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Scouting + Neil

June 26, 2013

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shorts: BDG/similar | earrings: Native Clutter Pyrite Drop Earrings
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense 40 | eyes: Warby Parker Zagg

I made a Scout! Oh man, I am so excited about this pattern. Slouchy tees are my favorite things to wear and my closet is running low on them.

Technically, this pattern is for wovens, but it sews up beautifully in a knit. I used a linen knit from Mood that I purchased a year ago. It looks like a few colors are still available here. The fabric isn’t as drapey as what I normally wear and the stiffness made it slightly difficult to finish. I resorted to the quick n’ dirty sergered edges folded up. For the neckline I used the selvedge edge. There was no stretch, but I love how it rolled over. I can still fit the shirt over my head, sooooo that’s good.

I compared the different sizes to measurements of tees I wear often and found the size 4 to be a few inches larger than my favorite tee. That was good news. I wanted it to be less fitted. I may even go up one more size when I cut out my lighter weight knits. I’ll also add a couple of inches to the length.

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neckline

You can join in on the Scout Sew Along that’s happening over at Kollabora! There are prizes to be had and lots of great inspiration.

Scout Sew Along

Something else happened yesterday.

flux made it in!

omg!!! oh hey neil.

I met Neil Gaiman.

Last week I spent hours in line getting his book and a guaranteed spot in the signing line. Yesterday I spent hours in line trying to get a spot in the room to see him speak. I made it in! He’s my favorite author and I never would’ve thought I’d get the chance to meet him. It’s strange to make eye contact with one of your idols. He asked, “how are you doing?” and I could only respond with a polite, “good, how are you?” I suppose that’s better than squealing.

His new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, is available now. If you haven’t read Gaiman and enjoy beautiful stories, mythology and a bit of darkness, I would recommend him. I’d start with something else though. Like Stardust or Neverwhere. Maybe American Gods. Or maybe try some short stories, like those in Smoke and Mirrors.

One thing I really love about book signings is the fans. The long waits are worth it because of the people. I made new friends and, as I’m still fairly new to this city, that means a lot. Thanks for the card games and good conversations, new friends, if you’re lurking out there!

Well, this post just became about Neil Gaiman. Any other fans out there? Or good book recommendations?

Odds & Ends

June 14, 2013

There’s a lot going on in my creative space and it’s mostly because I cleaned. My sewing machine and Native Clutter share a desk, so when one takes over there’s no room for the other.

binker

I also had some issues with my machine. It sounded really… crunchy. The crunchiness was occurring while I was sewing plackets for the museum event, so I was even dealing with a deadline! Worried that something was really wrong, I ran over to my local sewing shop. After a brief inspection, he put a glob of oil on the race and sent me home. Phew! Crisis averted. So, when your machine gets crunchy, oil it.

I really needed something fairly easy post-Pendleton bag. Like, soft cotton fabric and normal thread. I cut out Archer months ago, so I decided to finish it up even though it won’t be getting much wear through the sweltering summer. I’ll just have to make a sleeveless version next.

Sewing shirts is an interesting process. For me, there are really enjoyable parts, and some not so great ones. Like wtf is up with sleeve plackets? Mine look terrible, but I’m going to accept them and move on. I wear my shirt sleeves rolled up anyway.

archer!

archer close-up

Jen’s instructions are great and her sewalong has been incredibly helpful. Parts that I thought would be complicated have not been so bad. I’ve taken my time with the topstitching and even hand-basted the pockets before sewing.

I’m really, really happy with the fit so far. It’s the perfect slouchy, comfy top. I didn’t make any alterations, then worried about sleeve length, but I think it’s going to be perfect. Hopefully I’ll have it finished this weekend. After this, I want to participate in the Kollabora Scout Sewalong and the deadline is July 8th, which doesn’t give me much time considering how friggin’ slow I sew and plan.

native clutter

In addition to sewing, I’ve been working on new pieces for Native Clutter and updating photos. It made me laugh when I was working on product shots this morning and looked down to see this little chicken wing:

chicken wing

She’s my constant little sidekick and helper.

kollabora goodies

I also recently received a bunch of goodies from Kollabora! The Wiksten tank has been on my list of things to make since the pattern came out years ago. I may need to add a drawstring or something to the dress to give it some shape though. We shall see. And, of course, I’m reeeaaally into accessories right now. I would love to make some purses and clutches this summer.

I’d also like to address the bra- and swimwear-making frenzy that’s occuring right now. Let me just say that I’m in. I was trying to dwindle down my stash, but instead have been making unsupervised, frantic online purchases of spandex. I have a bra kit that I’ll tackle soon – hopefully before everything else arrives. Reading through Amy’s bra-making sewalong (even the comments!) has been fascinating research. I’m feeling pretty confident with all of that knowledge at hand.

So, I haven’t made anything yet, but my current favorite place to peruse and buy would have to be Merckwaerdigh’s eBay store. Oh man. Those sets are so gorgeous. Yes, I bought two.

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