I have been sewing, though there hasn’t been much to show until today. I liked Phyllis‘ idea of silver snaps with the brown lacy version of my Butterick Blouse. I haven’t been to New York recently, so I ordered pearl snaps and a snap setter from Snapsource.com. They didn’t have any plain silver snaps that I liked, so I went with pearl instead. I ordered both white with silver rings and brown with silver rings, to see the colors against the lace. The brown won out. Here’s the finished product:
And here’s a closeup of the snaps. They are less yellow-toned than is showing on my monitor, and they look really good against the lace.
I also made another version of Vogue 8825. I made this one with Groovy Bricks ITY Jersey in Pink/Mist/Sand/Brown from Gorgeous Fabrics. I love the 1970s vibe this gives off. Some think the 70s were the Decade that Style Forgot, but I like parts of it. Okay, not the Avocado or Harvest Gold appliances, but Carol Brady always wore really cool prints, and they appeal to the Jamaica Plain girl in me.
The only thing I changed, and I think Karla was the one who suggested this, was I added Pro-Tricot Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply to the back collar only, for a little more support. The collar on my original dress was a little bit floppy in the back, and this added just the right amount of body to the knit. Here are some pictures of the dress on Shelley:
Shameless Plug Time
One thing that irked me a little this weekend is that I seem to have lost all my hand sewing needles. Fortunately I only needed them for marking the placement of the snaps, but how annoying is it to not have any? They’ve been wandering off, most likely falling on the floor and being vacuumed into oblivion, one by one. So I’m putting in an order for the best hand sewing needles out there, from Susan Khalje. In the interest of full disclosure, Susan is a friend as well as a professional colleague, but I don’t have any vested interest. So if you need couture sewing supplies, including the best needles and pins out there, get them from Susan!
Parting Shots: More of the Musical, and Gratuitous Manicure Shot
We went to the second performance of “Hairspray” last night. I took pictures of the kids in the lobby greeting their fans after the performance. Here they are with SIL and her kids:
Beth, their piano teacher, came as well, and the boys were thrilled!
And Tatiana, DS the Younger’s Ballroom teacher, came with her mother and her daughter.
The second night was excellent, and we all had a great time!
Finally, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I painted my nails green and am wearing my grandmother’s Claddagh ring to mark the occasion. We are not eating corned beef and cabbage, nor are we drinking green beer. But we do have “Waking Ned Devine” queued up on the DVR for after dinner (roast chicken).