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I’ve got a verse but can’t rhyme it…

I’ve gotta go where its WARM!

So good to be back to coastal Carolina!
^It feels SO good to be back to coastal Carolina!

So I am officially on Spring break! I’m visiting my friend Natalie in the Outerbanks of North Carolina & having a fantastic time!

Relaxing sea breezes
^Pretty!!

On the way down, I went to the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio with my husband & his Boy Scout Troop. It was pretty cool, we got to stay on Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and that was sweet. Aside from getting the beginnings of a sinus infection, it was a fun trip.

National Museum of the United State Air Force
^The entrance to the museum

The Annie shirt is almost done! I’m not sure how much I’ll actually love it, but thats ok! I learned stuff making it, so thats also pretty darned important.

I’ve all but given up on Me Made March, which makes me very sad. I only own four shirts, two dresses, and a pair of shorts that I’ve sewn, and 3 of those shirts are the only things that are appropriate for the weather in Indiana in March. I had grand plans of doing a lot more sewing this month so I could really participate, but that hasn’t happened. I also planned on refashioning 2 tee shirts and a couple sweaters to help me through it. What road do they say is paved with good intentions?

I want my house to have a porch like this!
^I want my house to have a porch just like this!!

Currently tracing an old pair of shorts that don’t fit width wise or length wise to re make them with new fabric. They’re just basic soffe’s shorts, but they’re comfy and they don’t make them a little longer and a little bigger.

Back when I was a camp counselor we lived in these shorts, however, as a mid-twenties respectable woman, I don’t feel that would be appropriate…and after all, isn’t that one of the great things about being able to make your own clothes?!

News, Everyone!

Well friends and neighbors, it’s day 2 of Me Made March! Woot!

So far, so good. I have suddenly realized that I haven’t made that many clothes, and am VERY glad I included refashioned clothes in my pledge.

News A: I finished marking and cutting out the Yellow sheet princess seam button down… (it needs a name, I’m going to call it my Joyce shirt.) I basted my first princess seam together! Yay! It wasn’t as terrifying as I expected. Probably because I hand basted it and nothing can be scary when hand basting.

Joyce shirt's princess seam basted together

I think it’s going to take a while to finish it, so I have devised a devious new way of keeping my projects together. I would like to avoid another loss like the pin tuck shirt. (See News B.)
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Joyce shirt in new organizational method
In the big 2 gallon ziptop on the left is the leftover scraps and pieces of the fabric. Inside that bag go the two smaller bags, one with the tissue pattern pieces & instructions, the other with the cut and marked fabric pieces.

News B: I found that dang pin tuck shirt. I suppose I’m going to have to finish it now. Yippee Skippeee.

News C: I’ve started a tunic. Its Simplicity 4149.

The Annie Top

I’m calling it the Annie Tunic because my friend Annie once wore a shirt very similar to it, when I was just learning how to sew in 2008 or 09 and it is the inspiration behind it.

I’m making it out of a crinkly black gauzy cotton. It looks like it should be pretty quick to put together once it’s cut.

This is how big the babies are!
(Completely unrelated to sewing – babies in the greenhouse- So tiny and cute!)

News D:I got my point and shoot digital camera back from being repaired today! Yay!

News E: I drafted a new skirt pattern. Its a pretty simple A line skirt, but I had to complicate it with trouser style pockets, a waistband, and a front full length button closure. To be honest, its a knock off of Colette’s Beignet skirt. I am SO pro-small business, especially sewing businesses, and I try to support them whenever I can. BUT the fact is, the pattern is not available in my size, and I wouldn’t look good in that pattern as it is, so I’d have to do some major overhaul to wear it. Its easier for me to just draft a similar skirt myself.

Colette’s Very Cool inspiration skirt:

Inspiration skirt

First skirt drafting -Charcoal skirt

Hopefully I’ll get the Annie shirt or the dang pin tuck shirt done soon. Ooh or maybe the charcoal skirt…! Happy Wednesday!

Me Made March

I, Amy Jo of http://www.BlueHippoArts.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-March ’11. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade garment, refashioned garment, or wearable accessory each day for the duration of March 2011!!

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So that means I can wear a scarf or hat (if its part of an all day outfit, and not like, oh, its cold! I should put on a hat!) but not carry a purse or clutch and count it. And of course, any articles of clothing that I’ve made count!

I’m super excited! Zoe over at So, Zo… is hosting it. She’s done a Made by Me May and a Self Stitched September before. (Oh how I love alliterations!)

In order to do this successfully, I’m going to have to make at least a couple more shirts between now and March, and hopefully a pair of pants or a skirt. I’d really like to make a pair of trouser jeans, but I’m not sure how much farther I have to go with altering my Burda pants pattern.

We’ll see!

I’ve got a vintage yellow sheet with flowers on it that I’d like to make into a button down shirt, lovely soft and drapey blue oxford cloth, and this interesting linen looking cream with flowers print that I’m thinking would be good button downs. Then I also have a black gauze that I’ve been wanting to make into a simple tunic for almost 2 years. So if I can get those shirts and a pair of jeans done, I think I’ll be good to go!

Weeeee!!! I can’t wait.

Oh, and a progress update on the Dang Pin Tuck shirt… I have the sleeves but have lost the body of the shirt! Egads! Who does that? I think that perhaps I’m not meant to ever finish the stupid thing. At the rate I’m going, it might be done next fall. Stupid shirt.

Ok, that’s all for now! Go check out Zoe’s blog! She has a really cool style that isn’t much like my own, but that I really admire! (And some awesome info and posts on sustainability!)