i’ve been having a serious handsewing phase lately, which is shocking. usually handsewing = area 51 in my house. but something about the weather and the easy laziness of watching project runway and crime show reruns (there’s a mix for you) + handsewing (productivity!) kept me going through a really tough week.
so here is my first official finished garment from my dyed fabric i created over the summer.
and, since oona has been nagging me lately to let the details of my work show – woman, there is a reason i like high-contrast images that obscure me and my punim – let’s try this one on for size:
don’t let that cheerful persona fool you. oona is one bossy lady.
BUT. considering that she didn’t laugh at my RENT poster this weekend – especially since i probably know the libretto almost as well as she does, without the excuse of having, you know, been in it, i think she’s also pretty awesome.
i am pretty sure this is the first weekend since my mom got sick in 2009 that i not only had plans, but had a chance to have friends over.
we had the added pleasure of lauren t from LLADYBIRD gracing us with her presence. i can honestly say i cannot wait to have her back in town again.
in fact, the only proper response was a celebration.
and a swap. that is me and nettie hoarding all of the good bits before we went to join the massive meetup of amazing people at mood. i can’t list everyone, because i didn’t even get to talk to everyone, but ladies, you were awesome.
NO. you totally were.
i was not the only excited one.
i am pretty sure that it was one of the best days of my cat’s life. there was fabric to fight with, bags to explore, and many people who obviously came solely for the purpose of finding out how nice it is to rub his tummy.
i am shamelessly stealing the photographs that peter took. i am hoping he will forgive me – because after all, i did feed him. except then on sunday he helped me fix one of my featherweights. it was like, dr. sewing machine, right there. we had to diagnose this:
and decide what i needed. hmm. so i might still be in peter’s debt even before i stole his photographs. but i didn’t take any – for a photographer, i am certainly awkward about asking other people to pose – except for this one of the cat (in a mood bag, as one does) and of willy (proof that i have been to the peter lappin sewing machine museum).
fitted top from alabama studio sewing + design, cropped and finished as a babydoll top. all of the seams were machine-stitched and then hand-finished with a parallel whipstitch. the binding is plain black knit and finished with a catchstitch.