I recently revisited my toddler years. Emotionally, that is. An invitation had been extended to my sister and me to take a class with Kayla Kennington. We were all signed up, my expectations were high, supplies purchased and my excitement level had reached a new level of “off the charts”. And then……the dreaded flu/cold/fever/body aches/sore throat/headache/sinus issues settled in. A trip to the doctor confirmed that I would continue to feel lousy for another ten days. Noooooo!!! I could feel the frustration and disappointment building. That class was going to teach me some really cool techniques and it was to be the subject of this months blog. My inner bratty child began to surface. The need to cross my arms, frown with deeply furrowed brows, pout, snort, harrumph and kick things became my dominant mood. For three days I was whining on the inside like a deprived two year old. I stopped short of throwing a tantrum. Or suddenly becoming a picky eater.
I love a lightweight, loose linen dress in the summer. This fabric came from Marcy Tilton last summer. Yesterday’s email informed me that she has more of it. It’s a bold contemporary print and I used a Marcy Tilton pattern that I cannabalized a bit. It’s Vogue 9193, lengthened and sleeves borrowed from Vogue 9237.
I love this pattern simply for the pocket. Although there is a seam across the low waist/high hip, there is also an opening for a pocket that is folded in. It’s ingenious and so relaxed. Slightly slouchy but hangs neatly. This pattern will stay with me for a while as that pocket gets worked into many other garments.
Here’s another linen dress in navy. More fabric from Marcy Tilton. This was made from the Helga shirt pattern by Tessuti Fabrics. I lengthened it quite a bit, left the collar off and used covered buttons that you can’t see!
My sister gifted me the most beautiful and unique pieces of silk fabrics. A gorgeous blue print and a sort of acid green pleated panel. I can’t remember the last time I made a pair of pants but Christine suggested these as I did not want the green next to my face.
They are made from, you got it, another Marcy Tilton pattern! Vogue 8499. View B. Yes, the baggy cropped pants. It was with great reservations that I made these but after they were done, they are SO comfortable. They have large pockets high on the legs that blend right in.
And there are pleats on the lower leg. Because I didn’t have quite enough fabric, another piece of fabric was pieced onto the lower legs to get it to the cropped length. It looks like part of the pattern. I like it and would probably add that on again just because it looks cool.
The silk piping came from a trip to Mood in New York a few years ago. Also a perfect match. It’s as if my sister had gone through my treasures and made the perfect fabric choices. Thank you, Patty. Who would have thought all these colors would go together. The jacket pattern is, again, the Helga Shirt pattern from Tessuti Fabrics. I lengthened the original pattern only a little for this look.
OK…..only one more thing. Because I’m training for another run in the Wharf to Wharf race, I needed a new fanny pack, waist wallet or whatever they are being called now. This one has a place for everything. Two water bottles, my phone, a removable pouch for my dogs remote and a removable zipper pouch for tissues and chapstick. And a partridge in a pear tree.
I think I got this fabric from the freebie table at one of my retreats and I designed the pack simply from what my needs were. Soon it will have wheels and travel behind me!
One last word about our upcoming Zephyr Retreat. I’ve had a cancellation therefore I now have room for one more student. So it’s not too late if you’re thinking of joining us this year. We’d love to have you. Just tap the workshop button at the top of this page to read up on the class.