Jan 8, 2013

A Special Surprise!

Friends, I was mulling over a post about how I'm expecting to bleed readers over the coming weeks because I actually had no plans for sewing on the horizon. (I know! Horrors!)

With not a single useable scrap of fabric in my "stash" (a generous word for what I have thrown in a Rubbermaid tub under my drafting table), and little money in the bank, it just seemed sewing something new was out of my reach for the time being.

(However, I did just start working on an ambitious (for me) stop motion video project. Is that something you people would like to read about? Or should I keep my progress on that to myself? It does involve sewing moveable figurines — which I have never done before. I've become quite obsessed with it. It may be my Gangs of New York — i.e. it will probably take me 20 years to finish).

Anyway, back to sewing: my mojo was also flagging after a failure before Christmas — one that I have yet to post due to two successive coldsores. (Readers: I am vain enough not to allow photos when my mug is besmirched by oral herpes).

And then yesterday I came home to find a giant box on my doorstep. I wasn't expecting anything, but when I saw the return address, I knew it was going to be good! Sonja (of Gingermakes) randomly sent me a box of assorted fabric, some notions, and the Drape Drape 2 book! Perhaps she was tired of reading my complaints about not having fabric? Maybe her New Year's resolution involves being charitable to the needy? Either way: Sewing mojo restored!

Check out how generous Gingermakes was (missing from this pile is a couple spools of thread and a black zipper; girlfriend thinks of everything!):


My box of treasures included:

-a few yards of a nice black (ponte?) knit
-a few yards of brown chambray
-some turquoise lining fabric
-a few yards of turquoise jersey printed with hearts that resemble a giraffe's spots
-some grey sweatshirt material printed with white and pink hearts

Of course Lucy claimed the heart print knit (which was no doubt intended for her!)
  

However, Lucy likes the wrong side even better:


I think that knit needs to be made into this adorable Burdastye.com kids dress with pockets:
 
If there's enough, maybe she'll get one of each (right side out, and wrong side too).

I was thinking the brown chambray would be a good choice for a new Western shirt for Ryan. I haven't sewn anything for him in a while. This is the pattern I like, McCalls 6044:
  

But, inspired by Peter of Male Pattern Boldness' new trick of swaddling his face in a fabric to check whether the color enhances his complexion, I decided to see if it's a shade that would complement me better: 


Sorry, pal. I may keep this for myself, though I'm not sure what to do with it. Maybe Robe Sureau by Deer and Doe? I saw a nice chambray version on Burdastyle, though I worry about wrinkling in the rear end...


The black knit will become a LBD, using this pattern I happen to have on hand (McCall's 6319). I like version A, with the shoulder zip:

As for the heart-printed turquoise, Lucy and I swaddled up to see who would wear it better:






 Could be a draw....luckily there's enough I think I can make something for each of us. Maybe this Drape Drape 2 dress? It would be a little wild:


Or maybe leggings and a dress for Lucy, if I can't work up the courage to wear such a bold print.

Either way, thanks to Sonja, I now have the problem of deciding which project to tackle first — a great problem to have! If you don't know her blog (and I'n guessing you all do, because she's much more popular and prolific than I!), check it out at http://gingermakes.wordpress.com.

So with this bounty, what would you make first?

17 comments:

  1. I say keep the brown (beige?) chambray for yourself and give the kid the cutesy prints. What a great surprise!

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    1. I'm thinking chambray blazer for Spring. That should give me enough time....oh, I better get started now!

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  2. I'm so glad you liked the fabrics! I just really wanted to see what you would do with them! Oh, and the black is a ponte, and the turquoise is supposed to be silk, unless the good folks at Paron's did me dirty!

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    1. I feel challenged to make something with each...it shouldn't be hard to do. Your choices were great!

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  3. Wow is that Gingermakes a sewing guardian angel or what!!

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    1. I know! Every one should have a fabric fairy!

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  4. This is such a love surprise for you! I say go with the sureasu dress with that lovely beige! I've made two already and it is my current go to pattern. Have fun making!

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    1. I'll have to go check out your sureaus. Maybe seeing a few more versions will convince me.

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  5. What a great pick-me-up to start the year off. Some super sewing times ahead ...

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  6. Awwww what a great surprise! I would go with the LBD first, while you decide for sure what you want to do with the rest.

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    1. That's the plan! Tracing the pattern tonight....(another New Year's resolution: trace, not cut.)

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  7. yay! what a great surprise! i love the burdastyle kid dress (i've been eyeing that one myself), and the m 6319 would be awesome as a LBD... so much fun stuff, can't wait to see what you make!

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    1. oh, and the stop motion video project sounds really cool, i would totally not be bored if you blogged about it.

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    1. Sonja IS a double-serving of awesomesauce.

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  9. Very cool! Selfishly, I'd love to see the little hearts sewn up into a dress first. And... where does one find friends who randomly send boxes of fabric? (smile)

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