Wednesday, March 28, 2012

(Primarily) Self-Made Woman

I took some time to do a little photoshoot this morning before I headed out to run errands.  I've got a backlog of finished pieces I've been too lazy to model and photograph, and I managed to snap pix of all but one of them today.  I'll spread them out over a couple of posts though.

So let's start out with this week's finished pieces, the Ginger skirt and the Butterick blouse.  You all know how a Ginger looks by now, and having now made this pattern five times, I really don't have anything to say about it other than, look how great it goes with my new blouse!


I put on my most padded bra, and now the blouse is starting to grow on me.  I think in a size 8 it will be just right.  Hmmm . . . decisions!


I'm not sure I mentioned it yet, but when I got started on the blouse I was surprised to discover that there are no horizontal bust darts.  There are, however, two vertical double-ended darts in the back and the sides are quite shaped, so the finished product actually does have more shape than I'd thought it would.


Putting this together reconfirmed my need to hand-baste in sleeves - always.  I didn't do it on the first sleeve, and ended up having to pick out and re-sew a couple sections.  I did baste the second sleeve, and it came together so much easier - and it hangs better than the one I didn't baste.

This shot is here mostly so you can see
my shoes better.

I love this outfit for a spring day - red, yellow and blue!  When I went out, I wore a yellow sweater I made years ago.  Also note that I've coordinated my nail polish and even added a bezel-set murrini glass ring I made a few years ago:

China Glaze Happy Go Lucky
I know.

Last but not least, here are today's silly shots:

Oh Sergio, I love you so much!

You do things for me that Ken doesn't do.
Sigh.

30 comments:

  1. Sergio! Perfect name. I call my serger Rhonda. Help me Rhonda

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  2. OK that is hilarious - you call your serger Sergio?! (Perfect.) And you have a Kenmore you call Ken? That is genius.

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    1. You may have noticed I'm a sucker for a pun!

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  3. Funny how a bra can hinder or help the look of blouse. I never really thought about the undergamnets I wore while measuring but I have started to.

    Glad the blouse is working out even though it's a wee big. It looks super cute with your skirt. Your outfit sings spring/summer.

    Also, can I just say how jealous I am of your sweet Sergio. I need a Sergio in my life.

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    1. I've always thought about it, because I need a LOT of help in the chest department!

      I think every (sewing) woman needs a Sergio. If he had a tan and could bring me a cocktail, he'd be perfect.

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  4. You look divine !! I cant believe your industry !! The ginger is fab and I think looks awesome with your new blouse. Ha ! My serger love almost rivals yours. Almost ! Love the nails and the shoes ..... I NEED THEM. I wish my 'photo shoots' looked as good as yours !! xx

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    1. Thanks, Kirsty! I've got to tell you, sewing all day for a few days in a row is kind of exhausting! I'm really procrastinating today on getting started on the pants. And your photos look great too - you're too hard on yourself!

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  5. It looks great! (Also your shoes/nailpolish are awesome too)

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    1. Thanks, Erin Kate! I love these shoes too - I also have them in white with pink piping!! I wish they were a little more comfortable though.

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  6. Gail, I also have the rug under your table. And I paired it with the same EXACT wallcolor. I think we have a problem

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  7. This is super cute! You are so fast! :)

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  8. Your shoes are adorable and you Made the ring? Wow!

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! Yes, I used to teach metalsmithing :-)

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  9. I love that skirt - it's such a fabulous colour!

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    1. Thanks. I have to admit, I felt super cute all day long! Usually I'm kind of a slob!

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  10. Very smart and stylish and neat - as in "pulled together". Hmmm... maybe I need a royal blue Ginger too!

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    1. It's so easy to fall victim to the Ginger snowball effect! I just decided I need a pink one too!

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  11. I love this outfit! You look fab! And your shoes-- gah!! So cute!!

    Also. I. WANT. A. Serger. NOW. I think I'm going to spring for that Brother soon. I can't help myself!

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    1. I'm so happy I have the serger, after so many years of wanting one. I think you should go for it - you won't regret it! And it's not hard to thread or use!

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  12. As usual, your clothes & nails are beautiful. But what I love most about this post are the 2 pics at the end and their captions! You will have some explaining to do when DH comes home tomorrow, LOL!

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    1. Hehehe! He already knows I'm over the moon about Sergio and Ken. But he also knows he's my #1 guy <3

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  13. You've done it again, Gail. Great outfit finished in time for the beginning days of Spring.
    Serger Love.
    hugs
    Gerry

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    1. Thanks, Gerry! I liked this outfit so much I bought fabric to duplicate it in another color!

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  14. Wonderful polish choice for that outfit!

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    1. Thanks! It's not my favorite yellow, but I think it worked well here.

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