April 9, 2015

The Woodlands. (Fail.)

I really wanted to like this. But I don't.
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(This is one of the more flattering pictures. Aside from my face, obviously.)
I wore it for like an hour at work the other day, and then realized really suddenly that I was wearing pyjamas. (Even though the bolt tag says this fabric is not intended for children's sleepwear. And I'm not a child.) Hopefully I'm the only one who thought that, but either way I soon took it off, and just wore my jacket the rest of the day. So this coupled with the fact that I was already self-conscious about the fact that the horizontal stripes are not in fact horizontal but actually run at like a twenty-degree angle means I probably won't wear this outside the house again. 

I bought this fabric maybe a year ago? I really really loved the print. (And it's flannel, and I'm a big fan of flannel.) Unfortunately the print scale was so big I didn't have any idea what to do with it. Anything with darts would look bad, construction-wise, and most things without darts (like shift dresses) look bad on me. I finally decided to try for a sort of sweatshirt thing, using the same pattern as for my purple wool pullover.

I finished making this more than a month ago (and I started in um January), so I don't really remember the construction, and there wouldn't be much to say anyway. The only thing I changed was to remove the shawl/surplice collar and just do a normal crew neck, turned under and finished with bias tape (the original collar, I think we can all agree, would look ridiculous in this print). I think it's interesting, though, how different the two garments look. Of course I knew the flannel wouldn't drape as nicely as loosely-woven wool--I figured this would be more sweatshirt than sweater--but I still thought it would drape some. I guess from certain angles it does look decent.
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The other problem is... um, the print. I didn't do much pattern matching, per se. But I did spend a lot of time lining everything up to make sure I had no headless animals, no boob flowers, and, most importantly, no nursing bears. (Yeah, one layout I tried was perfect everywhere else, except unfortunately I had the tip of a bear snout exactly aligned with my bust apex. (Actually, it wound up still being pretty close. But the bears are pretty low-profile. And it's so ridiculous that I kind of don't mind anyway.)) (I did underestimate the amount of room I'd need to fit my head through the neck opening, so my front fox's ears are cut off a tiny bit on top, and he doesn't look as nicely aligned as he could have, but at least his head is all there.) I'm pretty sure I spent more time figuring out the layout than I did actually sewing this top.

So I lined everything up vertically, on both front and back pieces and on the sleeves, and I assumed this meant that everything would also be lined up horizontally. But no. It's not even that the fabric was printed off grain. The print itself is crooked, with the horizontal running a bit uphill (or down) instead of straight across compared to the vertical. I guess things like this are to be expected from JoAnn fabric that only cost like four dollars a yard, but still. Man. My disappointment was compounded by the fact that it wasn't until I had everything finished except the hems that I realized, hey, wow, this looks really crooked.
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(It's most obvious, I think, if you look at the rabbits and the foxes in the bottom row. Er, the rabbits and the fox and the disembodied fox head in the bottom row.)
Across the bottom front, the position of the print from one side to the other is more than an inch off. I was hoping this might not be too obvious. And indeed, in some of the pictures it doesn't look too bad. But I'll never love this shirt the way I wanted to.
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This is pretty much the only thing I've sewn all year, though, so I figured I should put it up. Why the sewing drought? I've not been discouraged because of this. (Well, I am discouraged by this, but it's not why I've sewn less.) Partly I've been very busy, but partly also I've been kind of burned out on sewing. The things I want to sew aren't the things I ever wear, and the things I actually wear aren't the things I want to--or feel skilled/patient enough to--sew, so it's kind of a struggle right now. I'm trying to motivate myself back in, at least enough to do Spring for Cotton or a Monthly Stitch challenge or something, but we'll see how it goes.

Project details:
Fabric: 2 yards at 45"wilderness woodcut flannel, from JoAnn Fabric, purchased September 2013, $8.39
Pattern: Butterick 4437, from Scrap, purchased June 2013, used before so free
Year: 1970s
Notions: about half a yard of bias tape, already in stash; that's it
 Made before: yes
Make again: maybe? not with flannel, though
Sewing soundtrack: I forget
 First worn: Tuesday
Wear again: inside, yes. out of the apartment, probably... not
Total cost: $8.39

January 22, 2015

It Is Not The Same Thing.

For a while I've been quiet here on the blog. (I did start to write a 2014 recap post a few weeks ago, but then decided it was incredibly boring and never put it up.) In December, I think that's understandable--I made all my Christmas gifts this year, and of course I wasn't going to post them on the Internet before they'd been given. Then of course I gave them all away without remembering to take any photos. Eh.

Since then, I've been a bit burned out, perhaps. I haven't sewn anything (apart from a bra back extender, which took all of thirty seconds) since before the holiday. But I did finish this sweater, which I'd like to show you.
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If it looks familiar, that's because... yes, it does look rather similar to my last sweater. Immediately after finishing that one, I wanted to start another crochet project. I didn't have anything specific in mind, and decided I would decide on a patten after choosing my yarn. So I spent more than an hour going through all the yarn in the shop, and then bought, of all possibilities, the yarn that was the most similar in both color and weight to what I'd just finished using.

I like my previous yarn better, though. This yarn--Aarlan Charmeuse (vintage and no longer manufactured)--is pretty and soft, but despite being only 30% mohair (the rest is acrylic), is incredibly sheddy. I was hoping that might decrease a bit after I blocked it, but it did not. I wore the sweater to work on Tuesday, but I'm not sure how much I'll actually wind up wearing it, because it leaves little goat fibers everywhere.
sleeve
(All those little hairs you see? They are not random, from around my apartment. They are part of the fabric (at least until they stick to something else and come off).)
Apart from the shedding factor, I'm happy enough with the sweater. I don't love it, either, but it's fine. My main complaint is that it doesn't close in front. I know lots of people like open-front cardigans (based on Ravely searches, these are incredibly popular) but I like them to be able to close. So, since the sample image is an open front, I actually made this one a size bigger than I thought I needed to allow for buttoning, but it still isn't really wide enough to close without a bit of tugging. I was originally planning to put buttons along the front--I actually have perfectly matching buttons in my stash--and I guess I still could add them on, but I probably won't. This (below) looks decent enough I guess, but when I arrange it so it's all the way closed along the front, it looks rather uncomfortably stretched in places.
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The yoke also doesn't lay completely flat, for whatever reason. Maybe I just need to block it more thoroughly--it has improved a lot from what it looked like pre-blocking--or maybe this is just what openwork cardigans without a stable button/neck band do. (I see now that the instructions do tell you to make a band, but this was such an easy pattern that I hadn't looked at the instructions since shortly after I started, and I forgot that part. I guess adding a button band would've given me a bit more fabric to close things in front, but I still don't think it would've been enough. Also, I like how it looks with the openwork at the edge; I think it might look strange to then have a solid band on top of there.)
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What I do like is that it's very long. (Since I hadn't decided on a project yet when I bought the yarn, I actually wound up with two full skeins left over. (Which I promptly moved from the 'in stash' to 'will sell or trade' tab in my Ravelry thing, because shedding...)) But it also manages to be long without looking oversized. The sleeves are wider than on my previous cardigan (and the fabric feels like it'll be more stretchy, if necessary), so I'll be able to wear this over more shirts, not just ones with fitted sleeves, which is nice.

And I like how easy it was to make. I thought my previous crochet project was pretty easy, but this, oh my god. The sleeves were a little weird at times, but for the most part, this was the kind of thing I could do without paying any attention to my work whatsoever. Once you get past the yoke, there's no shaping at all, so. My Ravelry notes say that this took three and a half months to make, but that's time from start to finish, and doesn't include all the time in between that I spent doing other things and not working on the cardigan at all. I estimate I could have done this in a week of evenings, probably.
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The pattern I used--oh, right, I should mention that--is the (free) Chevron Lace Cardigan by Milobo. I can't remember the terms I used, but whatever they were, at the time, this was the top search result. (If you search for "cardigan," limit results to crochet--no other limits necessary--and sort by most projects, this is still the top result.) I'm not totally sure now why I wound up choosing it, since it didn't yield totally what I wanted--maybe I was just looking for something that would be quick and easy (and not look super strange in a ridiculously sheddy mohair). In that, it more than gets the job done.
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So yeah. I have another sweater. And will, in all likelihood, be starting on the next one very shortly. (And I promise it will not be another green cardigan. At least not this time.)

PS Ravelry notes here, if you want 'em.

And finally, here are project details:
Fabric Yarn: 4 skeins (740 yards) Aarlan Charmeuse, from Knittn' Kitten, purchased September 2014, $14.00
Pattern: Chevron Lace Cardigan by Milobo, free on Ravelry
Year: 2008
Notions: none
Made before: no
Make again: probably not, but I suppose it's possible
Sewing soundtrack: n/a
First worn: Tuesday
Wear again: yes
Total cost: $14.00

November 25, 2014

And I Even Managed A Smile.

Sooo. I made a 1970s pattern. In bright purple plaid. I think it's nice.
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Yeah, not quite as glaring as something with that description could have been.

I basically started writing this post right in the middle of construction details, and then added stuff as I thought of it, so it's very abrupt, but I couldn't think of a way/didn't want to make an effort to rearrange to make it better. So:

It looks to me like the bib is not completely even. I think it actually is, because I measured it extensively (after sewing). I think it's just that there's a bit of stretch/puckering, and the maybe it's also the angle of the plaid. I know that the collar ends overlap each other more than they're supposed to, so the plaid isn't as diagonal as it should be. (I should've trimmed them down when I noticed this, but that didn't occur to me until just now.) Even on the bias, I don't think the pieces would've stretched out that much--they were like two inches off--but obviously something went wrong.

Actually, I think they have to have stretched. (Or, possibly, the fabric was so off grain when I was cutting that I made them too long to begin with.) This is also why there are like four different layers of bias tape on the inside--all the pieces were different lengths. One was significantly shorter than the other three, and at the time I thought I'd cut it too short, but looking back I'm guessing that it's the one that remained the correct length. Eh, hindsight.
bib
(Oops. Oops. Oops. Also--I could've done a better job with my hand stitching, and made it invisible, but I figured it was already ugly, so.)
The other reason there's so much bias tape, and it's not beautifully applied, is that I assumed the collar would finish itself, and all the raw edges would be contained between the upper and under pieces. I dunno why I thought that--oh, except maybe that that's what every single other collar I've sewn has done. I did finish the back of the neck that way (not as directed) and spent ten or fifteen minutes this morning trying to think of a way it could be done for the rest. I think it might be awkward, but not impossible.

Speaking of the back neck, the facing gave me fits. I could not for the life of me figure out how it was supposed to work. I read the directions multiple times, stared at all the diagrams, pinned and sewed (and unpicked) it both ways, moved the pattern pieces and the actual fabric around repeatedly. I spent at least half an hour on it. Nothing seemed right. Eventually I decided it was an inessential piece and just got rid of it. I thought it might make more sense once I had the whole garment assembled (for future reference, I guess), but no. I still don't have any idea what that facing was supposed to do.

Another weird thing is that the upper collar is cut in two pieces, so there's a visible seam along the back. I'm not sure why this was done, except that, I guess, if you were using stripes or an uneven plaid (or anything directional, I guess) they wouldn't match in the front, since the collar is cut on the bias. If I'd thought about this in advance, my fabric would've been fine to cut the collar in one piece. But the seam isn't too obvious, and fortuitously, the plaid lined up really well there (I didn't bother with plaid matching at all, both because of my limited amount of fabric and because the scale was so small I figured it wouldn't matter anyway).
back
(Yeah, clearly I need to iron the back fold out a little more.)
The collar was also supposed to be interfaced, which I did not do because I don't like interfacing and I didn't want a stiff collar anyway. (Also, I only have white, which would've shown through and looked bad.) Maybe the collar would sit a little smoother if I'd interfaced, but I hardly think the omission is the cause of the problem. 

Other notes: I probably should've stabilized the shoulder seams. (Maybe even the armscyes?) The fabric is woven, not knit, but it's pretty drapey. Maybe the bias binding will help? That's the only change I really have, though.

Because, while the collar was kind of a pain to sew, I think that now I've done it once and know what's what, it'll be a lot easier in the future. And the pattern made up for any collar difficulty by everything else being incredibly easy. There are no darts or gathers or, really, any fitting at all. And the sleeves, oh my god, the sleeves. The shoulders are slightly dropped, and the sleeve heads fit into the armscyes completely flat, with no easing. I repeat, no easing. Almost like they were made for each other or something. (Why can't all patterns be like this?) Granted, the sleeves are pretty wide, and I narrowed them. (And I'll probably narrow them a bit more, next time.)

What this means is that it's an incredibly comfortable sweater to wear. I have full range of motion in my arms!
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I did make a few small pattern changes. For one, I omitted the pockets. (I wouldn't have had enough fabric even if I'd wanted them.) I think they look okay on the dress, but on the top, they're weird. I also tapered the sleeves by about six inches at the cuff, and made them I think two inches longer. The pattern has fold-back cuffs that are cut in the same piece with the regular sleeve; without those, I would've had to add a lot more length. I've mentioned this before, but I don't really care for three-quarter length sleeves. If they come below my elbow, they better also come below my wrists. Some people would probably think I've made these sleeves a bit too long, but they're right where I like them.

As is the hem. I knew I wanted my top to be shorter on me than the one in the pattern illustration, which is almost tunic length. Normally I add a couple inches to patterns to accommodate my height; in this case, I decided that if I cut out the pattern unaltered, it would wind up being my desired length. I did move the waist curve down a couple inches, but it's such a slight curve to begin with that this probably made very little difference. Anyway, though, the length is pretty much exactly right.

I didn't mess with the width at all. I thought about taking in the hips slightly, since the tunic in the illustration looks rather flared, but then I remembered that I often make garments too tight in the hips inadvertently. (And I was already making a 1970s size 8, which is meant for a woman with 33 1/2" hips. I do not have 33 1/2" hips. The pattern does also give the finished hem measurement (which is 43 1/2") and I don't have 43 1/2" hips, either, so I could've taken some off, but I decided I'd rather have a similar amount of ease at the waist and hips, rather than looking like I was wearing something with an elastic band at the bottom.) Now, I could've taken the hips in a couple inches and been fine, but I also think the width is fine as is. The bust fits well, too, and while there's plenty of room around the waist, obviously it's meant to be that way. I'm really pleased with how well the fabric drapes, and I think it was a good choice with this pattern, because even though I'm basically wearing an unfitted box, it does manage to still have some shape.
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So, yeah, I'm pretty pleased with this pattern, and pretty confident that I'll make it again. The resulting sweater, despite combining bright purple plaid with a 70s pattern (which has a lot of disastrous potential) is exactly the kind of thing I want to wear all the time right now. (I do not, however, want to wear it with a turtleneck under (or with that big of hair), as the illustrations do. Sorry, guys.) I don't think it's too loud, or looks too dated.

In fact, I think it looks fairly similar to the Finlayson sweater from Thread Theory (although I'm pretty sure Finlayson has a smaller collar--it's narrower and the bib is further up). The main difference, I think, is that my pattern, Butterick 4437, is for wovens. And for women. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places, but other than a few women who've made the Finlayson for themselves, I don't think I've seen any contemporary women's patterns that even resemble this. (So maybe that means this style is a bit dated? Whatever, I'm wearing it anyway.)

The fabric I used--one of the only thrifted fabrics I have that came with a label--is Lowell wool. I don't know anything else about it, like when it was made (I don't think there are still working mills in Lowell, but I also don't know if "Lowell wool" necessarily means it was made there, or if it's more of a descriptor for a brand or fabric type) or its exact fiber content. It's thin (held up to the light I can see through) and not scratchy, very drapey (I had a hard time getting it on grain; in fact, I'm sure it's not entirely on grain, especially horizontally), loosely woven, and the black fibers generally tend to be thicker and curlier than the purple.
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Quite possibly I should have lined it (and I actually have a decent purple lining for it, because this was not the original plan for the fabric; instead, it was going to be a circle skirt, but eventually I decided that, oddly enough, I would wear a sewn sweater in this fabric way more than a skirt. With a skirt, I'd feel compelled to wear a matching top, and I don't wear black, and that much purple all at once might be too much for me. A sweater feels more versatile). But, while I wouldn't exactly call the fabric soft or smooth, it is soft enough and smooth enough that I could comfortably wear it against bare skin. Ninety-nine percent of the time I'll probably have at least a tank top, and quite possibly also something else with long sleeves on under it (just no turtlenecks) so that isn't really relevant, but it's nice that I won't have to worry about what to wear underneath so that it doesn't touch my skin. It's also nice that it's roomy enough that I'll be able to wear other things underneath.
insides
I finished all the raw edges with self-made bias tape. It's polyester. I wish it wasn't, but I've been trying to get rid of the last of this fabric forever (this is the fourth thing I've made from it) and it was a really good color match. (Nothing else I had came close.) I guess I must have thought this would be faster/easier than French seams, but about eighty percent of the way through I realized I was actually sewing every seam five times, versus the usual two. (Pressing, I think, was about the same.) Aside from the mess with the bib, it does look nice, though. And hopefully the edges will stay secure. This fabric is really ravelly.

I tried to handle all the pieces as little as possible, to prevent both stretching and ravel. Re stretching, see above. Re ravel, well, it wasn't too bad, but I had to do a lot of trimming. I sewed everything at 5/8", but those edges are not 5/8" now. I remember thinking at one point that maybe this wasn't the best fabric to use for a garment that I hope to wear fairly frequently. (I see it as slightly more like outerwear in that respect.) I mean, I'm going to be folding it up to carry, and moving around in it a lot, and maybe sometimes even pushing up the sleeves, not storing it in a vacuum. We'll see how it in fact holds up. Right now, my hopes are high.
front
But it'll also be interesting to see how this pattern turns out made in an entirely different, more stable, fabric. The recommended ones--and plain old wool isn't actually one of them--are "soft or crisp fabrics such as poplin, pinwale corduroy, flannelette, gabardine, flannel and synthetic suede." Two of those I think clearly date pattern to its original decade. (I mean, can you imagine this made up in synthetic suede?) Poplin I guess would be okay if you were making the dress. Flannel and flannelette are both very compelling to me, but I'm also interested in what this might turn out like in something like fleece. (Or even a stable knit, like what's used for the Finlayson. I see no reason it wouldn't work.) Even more outerwear-like, probably, but nothing wrong with that.

I also thought I might experiment with making the bib square instead of rounded. (That might help with thinking it's crooked.) I also think I'd like the collar to be even a bit bigger. I haven't done, or even been very interested in, oversize collars in a while, but I guess when they're on outerwear instead of a blouse, it's okay. I feel kind of like my collar isn't as big as the ones in the illustration, so maybe that's why I want it. (It definitely doesn't seem as deep as theirs, but then, they're also stylized. The bottom of the bib comes to the same place re the sleeves and my bust point as it does on them.)
And I briefly considered attempting to make the collar into a hood. Then I looked at a couple hooded Finlaysons and decided I didn't really want a hood after all. I rarely wear hoods. I also realized that a straight collar variation would make this even more like the Finlayson. And, looking at the sew-along instructions, I think I may have figured out how to enclose the raw collar edges. (Note: it is not exactly what is directed. But it's only a small modification. And easier that way, I think, than what I'd end up with, fiddling with this.)

I have another piece of fabric, also a two-color plaid wool blend, that I wanted to use for another of these (if I liked the first one enough), but it's actually a scrap, and when I laid it out, I didn't even have to place any of the pattern pieces to know it wouldn't be big enough. I have a lot of leftover white fleece that I'm trying to get rid of, so I might mess with that (I'd never wear a white fleece pullover outside, unless maybe it was underneath several other layers, but it could be a house sweater), but other than that, I don't think I have anything else in my stash that'll work. I'm going to have to try very hard the rest of the winter not to buy a bunch of plaid flannel and wool. Or maybe I'll just buy a bunch and make like ten of these. I do need warm clothes, yeah?
gratuitous mirror shot
(I'm not sure what's up with all the different colors showing, but I think that this, oddly, is the most accurate representation.)
Also, finally: Vintage Pattern Pledge! This is only my second one for the year and I think I said I'd sew five vintage patterns that I hadn't made before, so I'm probably not going to get done. That's at least in part because the majority of my vintage patterns are for dresses (I bought this one for the dress; I remember I thought the tunic was kind of weird and ugly) and I don't really wear dresses much anymore. (I was going to use a vintage pattern to make a dress for Thanksgiving, but after having it sitting out for like three weeks and doing nothing, I decided I was clearly uninterested, so now I'm going to wear this sweater on Thursday instead.) But, eh, two out of five is better than nothing.

Project details:
Fabric: 1 2/3 yards at 60" plaid wool, from Scrap, purchased July 2013, $3.00. (I actually couldn't remember when I bought this or how much it cost. $3.00 was a lot less than I expected.)
Pattern: Butterick 4437, from Scrap, purchased June 2013, $0.50
Year: 1970s
Notions: self-made bias tape, a lot of it, using scraps from stash. nothing else.
Made before: nope
Make again: very likely
Sewing soundtrack: nope
First worn: just for pictures
Wear again: yes
Total cost: $3.50

November 15, 2014

Shop My Closet (Kind Of).

I forgot how much I hate creating Etsy listings, so I only wound up listing about half of what I'd originally planned to. And no garments. I feel like descriptions for things that are made, rather than supplies, need to be much more detailed and precise. I actually measured everything months ago, but I dunno. Ultimately, I decided it wasn't worth the effort.

However, if you'd be interested in taking any of these me-mades off my hands, shoot me an email (bringmesummer . email @ gmail . com), and we'll set something up. (And feel free to email me if you want more info about any of these, too.) I don't actually expect any of these to sell, but, eh, I did take pictures and do all that measuring (all in inches), so...

Bust: 34
Waist: 27
Back length: 21
Hem width: 33.5
Sleeve length from top: 6.5
Edge finishes: French seams and bias binding
More here
Bust: 37
Waist: 40
Back length: 31
Hem width: 44
Sleeve length from top: 25
Edge finishes: raw (it's knit, so no ravelling)
More here
Bust: 34
Waist: 27
Hip: free
Back length to waist: 18
Skirt length: 25
Hem width: 82
Sleeve length from top: 13.5
Belt (not pictured): 34, no prong
Edge finishes: French seams, bound edges, selvedges
More here
Bust: 34
Waist: 27
Hip: free
Back length to waist: 16.5
Skirt length: 19
Hem width: 84
Belt: 25, closes with hook and eye
Edge finishes: zig-zagged (skirt) and French seams (bodice)
More here
This goes with the multi-colored sundress pictured above, and was made to fit its length (but could also be worn separately).
Waist: 34 (elastic, unstretched)
Skirt length: 18
Edge finishes: French seams (woven fabric) and raw edges (net)
Bust: 38
Waist: 30
Back length: 22.5
Hem width: 36
Edge finishes: French seams
More here
Bust:  34
Waist: 33
Back length: 25.5
Hem width: 38
Sleeve length from top: 25.5
Edge finishes: French seams
Waist: 25
Hip: 35
Skirt length: 27
Hem width: 40
Edge finishes: zig-zagged
More here
Bust: 30
Waist: 26
Back length: 6.5
Hem width: 26
Edge finishes: fully lined
More here
Waist: 24
Hip: 36
Inseam: 2.25
Edge finishes: pinked

Finally--this one isn't me-made (though I did do some work on it), but I figured I might as well include it here. 
Waist: 35 (elastic, unstretched)
Skirt length: 25








So what is in the shop? A lot of sewing patterns, some fabric, a bunch of belt buckles (including several covered buckle kits), a couple sets of buttons, and some weird sewing tools. Almost all of it's vintage. Here are a couple of my favorites. And yes, they are favorites--I bought all these things originally because I liked them.
 I listed (and acquired) these separately, but I think they'd look cool together. (buttons)
 And I really love all of these colors; the fabric is a great weight, too. I just decided that the leaves were slightly too huge/bold for me. (fabric)
This one I bought because it's (still) the only pattern I've ever seen with a pink label. I actually made up the shorts version (for my sister)--see it here. (McCall's 2287)

As I said in my last post, my aim with all of this is not to make money but to get rid of stuff. (I'll hang onto the leftover clothes for a little longer, and possibly see if I can sell them to a thrift shop locally, but ultimately, the items I didn't wind up listing will be donated, not kept). And I'm also open to haggling--send me an email or Etsy convo.

So yeah. Please help me out here. I really want my stash to be more manageable (and more reflective of the sewing I want and am likely to do) and less embarrassing. To encourage that end, I've tried to price things to move, and here are a couple coupon codes, too:
for $2 off a $10 purchase -- 2OFF10
for $5 off a $20 purchase -- 5OFF20
for $10 off a $40 purchase -- 10OFF40

I thought about waiting and doing a Black Friday sale, to, you know, fit in, but I think Black Friday and Cyber Monday are unhealthy (for one), so instead the discount is valid now through November 21. That'll give you a week to get your shopping on, and then some time to breathe before the post-Thanksgiving frenzy begins.

Finally--here's a direct link to my Etsy shop: Gladys and Viv on Etsy

Okay good that's done. Now back to sewing.