Saturday, June 18, 2011


This is my first Pyrex score ever!  I bought this canister for 99 cents at a Goodwill in Dickson, TN.

It seems that many crafters are also ardent Pyrex collectors.  Why is that?  I am not much of a collector, but I was glad to come across something Pyrex--albeit not a coveted mixing bowl.  Now, what to store in it?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

farewell to the wigsphere

This has been the most protracted move of my life!  Everything I own is now in boxes in Knoxville, I am camping at my parents' house in Nashville, and my apartment is ready for move-in five weeks from now in Cookeville.

[Pictured above is Knoxville's Sunsphere, a relic from the 1982 World's Fair.  It is perhaps best known, depending on who you ask, for the Simpsons episode in which Bart and friends take a road trip to Knoxville, only to find the World's Fair is over and the Sunsphere is full of wigs.]

Rocky Top!  I'll always be a Nashville girl, but I have a special fondness for you...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sorbetto top pattern review

I am so glad that Colette Patterns exists.  I am gladder still that they release a free pattern every year!  This time around, it's the Sorbetto top:

...which I love!  I stitched this up the same day the pattern was released, and not counting the time I spent assembling the pattern itself and sewing the muslin, this came together in just under an hour.  No joke.  It is a very flattering, relaxed cut with darts at the bust and no shapers in back.  (I forgot to photograph the back, sorry!)

I made this while visiting my parents, and the only suitable fabric I had on hand was an old mystery jersey that was stashed in their basement.  The fabric drapes nicely, but is still stable enough to handle the front box pleat and bust darts.  It also allowed me to take some shortcuts.  Rather than finishing the neckline and armholes with bias binding, which I didn't have on hand, I just serged the raw edges and let them be.  Same with the hem!

[I promise this isn't a look of annoyance!  It's just 100 degrees already, and brick is hot.]
I made a couple alterations to this pattern:
  • The muslin was a bit too short unhemmed, and cut me off just above the widest part of my hips, making my hips appear even wider.  No good.  So I added a full inch to the hem, not remembering that even serged jersey rolls.  Next time I'll add 1.25" to the hem.
  • Being petite in the high bust and fuller at the hips, I started with a generous 5/8" seam allowance at the armscythe side seam and graduated to a scant 5/8" when approaching the hem.

This top is wonderful and I plan to make several more before summer's end!  Colette Patterns are always well-illustrated with clear instructions, and are satisfying to sew.  This pattern is suitable for a beginner; the greatest challenge is selecting an appropriate fabric.  Drape makes all the difference here!  This chart is a handy reference tool:

Alright, get to sewing and let me know if you sewed this blouse too!  While you're doing that, I'll be packing for my fast-approaching move...

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

home front

Hello friends!  I've been absent from Blogland since the giveaway, but I have a good excuse: I'm moving!  Again.  You may recall I moved to Knoxville last August.  I start school in Cookeville, TN this August, and am trying to get settled well in advance.

unrelated: Ijams Nature Center!

This has turned out to be no small task.  Cookeville is a very small town (population: 30,000?), and it is almost impossible to find housing via the internet.  I've made several trips to look at apartments, which is a 3-hour drive round-trip from either Nashville or Knoxville.

All of this is to say, I am still here, I am busy as ever, and I will be writing more consistently once I have an address!  And on a side note, I am so excited to start school.  I'm working toward my BFA in Fibers, and it's going to be AWESOME.