Sparkly Seattle Tunic

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I know I’ve been a little silent over the winter, and it’s not because I haven’t been sewing, because I have been. A lot. In fact, if I haven’t been doing anything else at home, I’ve been sewing. I’ve had a couple time-sensitive projects I needed to work on. One was my costume for Emerald City Comic Con, and the other is a quilt I’ve been making with my mom for my brother’s wedding, which I still have yet to post about (but I will, when she’s done with her part of the quilt). Both have basically taken up all my time since I finished my husband’s coat, and I still need to make a dress for my brother’s wedding by the end of April, but I’m sure that will take me no time at all.

Somehow, I managed to find some time to go to the annual Sew Expo in Puyallup with a couple of girl friends. We just went for a day, and shopped and watched fashion shows like we did last year. I stuck to my strict budget, but found a few fabulous fabrics to make a few things with. Vogue Fabric’s booth was much larger this year, and I sifted through their pre-cut bundles and bought a couple knits and poly/rayon something prints. With my leftover budget, I revisited the booth of one of my favorite Seattle fabric stores, Nancy’s Sewing Basket. I ended up gravitating to a charcoal knit with gold/copper flecks. It feels like it might be a spandex blend, so it would probably make a marvelous bodycon dress, even. But I spent the rest of my budget on a single yard of this glorious fabric. (This picture doesn’t do it justice, but you can see a little where the fabric shimmers in the camera flash).

It has a beautiful drape to it, so the only thing that made sense was to make a cowl/drape neckline top out of it, and I’m sure I could eek that out of one yard of fabric. Digging through my pattern stash, I came across Simplicity 1716, which I was contemplating using on a couple yards of silk jersey I bought at Mood a few years ago. But the tunic with the fluttery cap sleeves was perfect for this fabric.

So after I was done with my costume, I decided to just make something for me with no time constraints attached. I needed something to boost my love for sewing again without making it feel like something I have to do. Hobbies are supposed to be fun, right?

This tunic went together rather quickly. The hardest part was probably hemming up the sleeves, or sewing down the pleats. If you have a random yard of a knit lying around with an awesome drape, definitely use this pattern. I might make it again, but a little shorter in shirt length, rather than tunic length, or longer again, as a dress. I love these sleeves, and it’s perfect for this time of year, too. And this fabric so reminds me of our famous Seattle color palette of greys and gloom that is classic Seattle spring.

I wore it to work today, and while one of my co-workers commented on it that it was cute, and I told her that I had just finished it last night, another remarked that he wouldn’t have guessed I made it, and that it looked like something I got from Nordstrom. Probably one of the best complements a home-sewer can get, right? :)

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Shiny

Sometime early last year, one of my friends told me I should make the famous Kaylee dress from the Shindig episode of Firefly. I don’t go to conventions or costume parties, so I had nowhere to wear it to should I make it. I laughed it off, until the same friend said we should go to Emerald City Comic Con together. We chatted about what costumes we should make, who we should go as, and how to coordinate our costumes. Eventually, I told her I’d make the Kaylee dress, but she’d have to make Inara’s dress from the same episode. She agreed, and set to work planning her dress, whereas I started freaking out about having to make something without a pattern.

Kaylee Shindig Dress

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