Wrapped Up My First Wrap Dress!


I was perusing the internet and found a free pattern for a Japanese-style wraparound dress on the Bernina website.

I thought it was adorable, and downloaded the pattern immediately.  I immediately started making it, cutting out the smallest size as per my normal habit.  I was hoping for a “wearable muslin”, and started with some slinky red satin I had gotten on sale.  Since this pattern has raglan-style sleeves, I couldn’t really try the fit until it was almost done.  Once I got the sleeves on, I noticed two things.  The collar didn’t come together, but more importantly, for the first time ever, it was too small!  Darn German pattern! LOL So, I went to the store, picked up some random inexpensive fabric to do another muslin, this time following the sizing chart making one 2 sizes up.  That one fit, although the collar still didn’t come together.  I really disliked the fabric I made the second muslin out of so there’s no way that’s seeing the light of day.  Fast forward a couple weeks and I found myself in Hancock touching this pretty sheer floral chiffon of white, yellows, and pinks, and not to far from it was a yellow lining fabric (all on sale, of course!)  It had to be mine and this pattern was perfect. The collar still didn’t come together, but who cares? I rounded it off, and called it a day.



Yes, I Now Own A Green Fur Coat! – McCalls 6800 Pattern Review


Like the headline says, now I own a green fur coat! Hancock Fabrics had a sale and that fur was marked down to a price I just couldn’t pass up.  I had already decided that McCalls Pattern 6800 was something i needed to have.  It’s for a princess seamed coat in varying lengths and collars.

As a pattern review, I chose View C without the belt.  Fur is not a recommended fabric for this pattern, but i do what I want! 🙂 So green fur (faux, of course) was used for the outer shell, and blue crepe back satin for the lining. The instructions were clear and easy to understand.  I made a muslin of the outer shell first, and chose the smallest size.  My deviations were omitting the belt, belt loops, and buttons, I added a fur hook at the waist, and bagged the lining.  I was hesitant about the green at first, but I love this coat! It’s heavy and soft and warm, and will be delightful to wear come January.  I’ll end with the obligatory spinning pic 🙂

Aerial Silks Saturday – From Butterfly to Airplane


So I had another unfortunate 3 week break , but today i was back in the air!  We worked on a new skill that will take a little time for me to get under my belt (double foot knot in the air as prep for inverted scorpion).  I will definitely be adding more hanging leg lifts to my workouts in order to get that skill.  I also learned a move out of Butterfly, called Airplane.  And I actually managed to do it, the third time and final I tried! Yay!