Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HotPatterns Blouse-Back T

I spent a little time with my sewing machine last week, working on the 


I watched Trudy's tutorial, and was intrigued by the quick and easy construction. And thought I don't purchase RTW very often, choosing to sew my clothes more and more, I do "snoop shop" once in a while. Tops like the Blouse-back T can be see in many retailers at the moment. After a quick delivery of the pattern via snail mail, I was off to raid my stash for suitable fabric. I found this animal print in a drapey rayon, and a thin black knit for the back piece. The important thing to note here is that the key word is "drapey".  



I was a bit concerned that my finished project looked a little like a PJ top, but I think it works okay with the right accessories. I didn't make any alterations to the pattern, outside of narrowing the neckband a bit. And I didn't use the pattern piece for the neckband, instead I just took my own measurement of the neckline opening and snugged it up a bit so that it didn't gape. 
The next time I make this top I think I will cut a size smaller, and perhaps shorten the back some. I'm not the biggest fan of the high-low hemline on me (cute on others tho!), and even though I like this one, I think I might like the back shorter.







Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer 2014...busy, busy!

Hard to believe that today is August 21....the summer is flying by. Here at Casa Pozolo it is Wedding Planning Central with 3 of our 4 children engaged to be married:

                                           Libby & Terry to be married on 11/15/2014:


                                          Kenny & Cassie to be married on 6/6/2015:

Kristen & Brett to be married on 8/22/2015:
   

                                                          The 3 Brides-to-be!:

I haven't had much sewing or knitting to blog about as some of it is Top Secret, tho I have managed to make a garment or knit a stitch here and there! This was the first year I entered our local fair, with 2 quilts, a knitted shawl and knitted baby dress. I always enjoy viewing the projects entered by many talented individuals, so I thought this year I would participate.



We did get a little camping in, with our annual family camp out with the Pozolo side of the family....always fun!





Hosting a wedding shower for our daughter and her fiance a couple of weeks ago kept us busy, too. There is no shortage of inspiration available now with Pinterist, Google, etc, so crafting the invitations, decorations and favors was easy and fun too. We got to use the flowers from our garden for the centerpieces, a natural touch. The petit fours at each place setting were a hit, thanks to Kristie at Delicious Petite Sweets. Each guest also got to take home a handmade cosmetic bag....I think I can make those now in my sleep!





I do have a couple of sewing projects in the works, wrapping things up with summer sewing and on to Fall/Winter projects. 
Stay tuned!