Did ya miss me? I can’t blame you if the answer is “no,” but I’ve missed you! It’s not so easy for me to indulge in my favorite hobbies like sewing and knitting because I’m working full-time and my children are going through some developmental phases that require lots of attention and TLC.

Nevertheless, I’ve fit in a little bit of sewing and knitting. If I were to be completely honest with you, I’d admit that my efforts have often produced wadders recently. I’m not too upset about that and let me explain why. Since I’ve been working, I’ve given myself permission to BUY clothes. I haven’t done that in years. I sewed or knit everything I wore. When I did that, I put a lot of pressure on myself to make wearable garments.

Since I didn’t have time to sew a brand new work wardrobe, I went shopping. That helped me fill in some sizeable holes in my wardrobe. With those holes filled, I decided I could sew only fun or interesting things instead of wardrobe basics. When those things don’t work out, oh well! I had fun along the way and got to try something new.

I’ve made doll clothes:

flowergirl dress

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I made a blouse:

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Simplicity 2501

I made this skirt, but got rid of it because it was too tight across the hips:

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It was a good project though, because I took care over finishing details and managed to line it nicely, vent and all. I hope somebody found it at the thrift store and felt they scored!

I also made a crazy dress, which I like, but my husband has issues with. He doesn’t understand what the big “flappy” bits over my hips are. hee hee…That’s precisely what I like about it.

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McCall’s 6321

What am I working on now?

I’m working on another version of 9668. The original version I made (pictured below) was too tight around the midriff. Hopefully, my alterations will be juuuust right. I like the style a lot.

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I’ve also enrolled in Susan Khalje’s Couture Dress course at Craftsy. I’ve watched about half of the videos and have learned so much! It’s worth every. single. penny. I’ve also enrolled in Sew Retro’s Starlet Suit Jacket class, but haven’t yet watched any of the videos. I’m excited about that one, especially since I’ve been wearing a lot of jackets to work. It’ll be nice to make custom fitted ones instead of relying on the awkward fit of store-bought.

So, what have you been up to?

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