My husband does not like wearing pants. (that sounds funny... try again)
My husband loves wearing shorts... He will not wear pants, even in winter. Yep, we get funny looks. He also does not like wearing shoes, but I digress.
He requested some cuffed, plaid, comfy shorts for our summer travels. Here is pair 1 of two. They are a poly blend of some sort with a nice, grey and red plaid to them. I am not keen on how the cuffs came out, but he really likes them
A shot from out Montreal trip...
A shot from earlier in the summer, a bit closer up of the shorts.
I don't have any other shots with better detail, but I will post the other shorts, ASAP!
here is my fabulous new skirt/dress! I mostly wear it as a skirt, but on photo day, it was rather hot out and I was feeling more dressy. It is made out of crinkly, super light cotton. I used this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=323055.0 as my direction for general proportions to cut out. I was also (as usual) inspired by many of my husband's suggestions and it is he who has christened it the "wedding cake" skirt (if you have seen the post I did for our wedding, you'll understand why!)...
The top band is smocked. I tried to size it so it would work as the top of a dress but still be reasonably flattering as the waistband of a skirt.
It is very full, floaty, cool and bright.
Anyway, here it is!
Seated, as a skirt, sorry, the only *skirt* photo of the bunch...
As a dress!
Twirly! You get an idea of the fullness. This was about 6 metres of fabric total, which very minimal left over. Sorry for the sun spot!
The cake! For reference... See if you can find the evil-faced strawberry
I have been wanting to try smocking for ages! Finally I did!
After much trial and error (Seriously... MUCH), this is the end result!
It is tedious, but gloriously easy! I love it! More to come, my friends... More to come!
Made with a lightweight, woven cotton. 1.50 a meter ('cause I bought what was left of the bolt... ahem... 9 meters...)
Had some serious issues getting the hem to sit nicely. It kept getting shorter and shorter... finally when I thought it was a lost cause, doomed to shirt-dom, my husband suggested a band at the bottom. The band is shiny lining fabric...
the front and my crazy face.
close up of the shirring...
I did some shirring on my infinity dress as well. This dress actually came before the infinity, but is only finished as of today!
At my husband's urging I finally embarked on making my first infinity dress, based on this tutorial http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html. It was pretty easy. I faced a few challenges, and I think I probably will tweak the end result a bit, but I still love it! I am hoping that I can figure out a few more bra-covering ways to wrap it. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know.
It is made out of a fairly light, rather stretchy polyester type fabric. It took a couple of hours from start to finish, mostly because I added a band around the bottom of the skirt and I shirred the "back" of the waistband. I think I will end up shirring the whole thing, as it seems there are more ways to wear it with what I was thinking of as the back in the front (if that makes sense!), also, I need to shrink the waist a bit due to possible circle-skirt-measurement-errors!
Anyway, onto the pics! They are cell phone pics, due to the recent passing death of my camera. Hopefully you get the idea, though! Also, hopefully the pictures work...
The front, the print
The back... windy day!
Whole front shot...taken by my rather tall husband.
I must say, I had my doubts about how well the infinity would work for me. It is awesome! I suggest giving it a try if you haven't already
The sun has finally arrived in Vancouver! YAY! For this grand occasion, I made myself a new shirt. I had some brown jersey kicking around (which had previously been destined to become leggings... didn't happen) and a lovely apple green T of my husbands. A little cutting and pinning and sculpting on my new dressform and there it was!
So without further ado... me, Lucy (aka the Pink Fink, aka my bike), Mike and I went for a ride around the seawall, and paused to enjoy the sun and snap a few photos of the new shirt! (I have not been sewing in a long while, so I am excited to have actually made something!!)
Don't be scared...
And, just the top:
*afterthought: There is actually no Mike to be seen in these photos as he was the photographer Ah well.
Mike and I were recenly married (June 26th/08)! I thought I'd share some photos of our outfits as I crafted them up for the occasion, and I must say, I am quite proud of them!
The "Fabulously Married" couple. I made my dress and Mike's suit, with the exception of his shirt, which he altered himself. I've never made a jacket before, so wow was it a challenge...
My train...(trane? hmm...) It's 9 feet long... You can also see my necklace and earrings, which Mike made for me!
bridesmaids - my grandmother made their dresses
and one more, so you can see the accidently lopsidedness of Mike's vest... lol
The cake! My mom made it. We forgot the cakestand. It's chocolate, with white chocolate dipped strawberries with colored chocolate squiggles and dots on them We noticed as we were cutting the cake that one of the berries had an evil face on it... haha!
Thanks for looking! We had such an awesome time, I had to share...