Sunday, August 22, 2010

Distractions...projects not Chanel

I estimate that I've spent 60-70 hours on my Nashville Chanel and I'm still not done.  I do work slowly but this is starting to feel like a marathon...without all the sweaty runners.  I need a break.  I also need some tops because I've become even bustier over the last 6 months.  All my RTW tops are not exactly work-appropriate anymore.

I'm distracting myself with these projects:

Vogue 8392 view A in a white stretch poplin from

V8392 front

Vogue 1197 view A in a navy colored "slubby" single knit from


Butterick 5495 view C in a white "slubby" single knit


Butterick 5498 view A in the navy "slubby" single knit


Butterick 5525 view C front with view A sleeves in a teal and also a turquoise "slubby" single knit


Butterick 5328 view A in a turquoise stretch poplin from

Butterick 5328 blouses front image

Vogue 8391 view B in the white stretch poplin

V8391 front

Simplicity 2601 view D (pink shirt w/ cap sleeves and collar, no ruffle) in a white stretch poplin with turquoise floral embroidery from

Simplicity 2601 front image

There is the possibility that DH and I will be moving to a new home in the next 6 months and I dread the idea of packing up all my fabric.  I decided to sew it up in bunches and the first pile I came across was the white/blues/greens purchase from  The "slubby" knit wasn't at all what I thought it would be but it is very lightweight and only $1.99/yard.  The knit is so lightweight and sheer that it almost feels like one of my sister's beloved tissue tees from J.Crew.  If so, they should be super comfortable in this dreaded Memphis heat.  I have some knit linings from Lucy Fabrics (before she stopped selling fabric).  I was planning to make some camis to wear under my blouses.  The above projects and the camis would account for 28 yards...not even a drop in the bucket.  Sigh.  To further complicate things, my classes start up again on Monday.  I'm taking twice as many credits this semester so I can graduate in December.  Hmmm, might be packing up all that fabric after all.  Ladies, don't stash fabric!!  I store mine in these 6-shelf sweater organizers.  One was so heavy it tore away from the hanger and fell on me yesterday.  It was like wrestling with a 100-pound snake!  I nearly threw out my back trying to stack it up against the wall.  Who says sewing isn't dangerous?

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