Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sip 'n Sew

This weekend I hosted my very first sewing party for four of my vintage-loving girlfriends.  We titled the event, "Sip 'n Sew".  Everyone enjoyed cocktails and appetizers as I guided the girls through the same 1940's halter top pattern.  Before the party I sent a detailed email to the girls that listed the supplies that they needed to bring as well as the agenda for our get-together.  I traced the pattern pieces onto damask wrapping paper, which had a one inch grid on the back.  The grid made the tracing easy and the damask print added a bit of flair! 
Everyone took home a copy of the pattern.

Holland (Check out her blog!) 


Jeanette (front) and Monica (back)

Monica enjoying a break!

Gizmo is supervising

Sew, sew, sew!

Our 9 ft dining room table came in handy!

Yay! Monica sewed her first seam ever!

The beautiful Sarah showing off her finished product

Holland made a gorgeous blue gingham halter

I love Jeanette's aqua tropical fabric!
We all had a blast and have already planned our next sewing party.... pencil skirts!  My only regret is that I didn't get a picture with everyone together.  I'll just have to get one next time.  I am so lucky to have such a great group of like-minded, creative gals!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Austin Lonestar Roundup

Hello!  This is my first post.  My husband and I went to the Austin Roundup this weekend with some of our closest friends.  So naturally I had to have some new outfits.  What's a girl to do when she's low on cash and time?  Why sew some easy outfits, of course!  I was terrible about taking photos so it might take a few days to get pictures from our friends of my other outfits.  However, I have one photo of my outfit for Friday night.  It was a halter and sarong skirt.  The halter top was made from an actual vintage 40's pattern (Simplicity 1624) and the skirt was made from an 80's sarong wrap skirt pattern (Very Easy Very Vogue 9298).
I definitely needed Retro Vision goggles when buying this pattern.  This is so '80s and hideous.

I made style 2.  I also made style 1.  Will post pics soon!

This picture was taken in our friend's trailer.  I want my own!  Imagine all the decorating possibilities. 

Me and my hubby!
  I actually made the top twice.  I assumed that it would be too small since most patterns are made for B cups and I am much larger than that.  So I added an inch or two too many and ended up with a tent.  Note to self: Always make a muslin!  I also added several inches to the bottom band for modesty.  I didn't want to wear a bikini top out on South Congress.  Luckily, I bought more fabric than I needed and the top was quick and easy to sew.  The outfit was a hit and now I need to hold a sewing workshop for my girlfriends.  Cocktails and sewing anyone?