Monday, May 30, 2016

Catching up-photo heavy post

Hello all!

Right now I am laid up with a very sore shoulder and I am unable to sew. Actually, I can sew, I cannot press or use an iron. Which really sucks because inspiration has struck and fabric is calling me to the sewing dungeon. Sooo annoying. This means of course, I can (and most definitely should) update my sad pathetic little blog.

I didn't finish the SWAP this year. I have been fighting an incredibly stubborn sinus infection since forever December, it has improved since then, not gone tho. My GP thinks surgery maybe required. At this point I don't care, I just want it gone. I see a specialist in July. Thank goodness for corticosteroid nasal sprays. They make breathing possible. The sinus infection also affected my ability to stay on my diet, when you are sick you want what you want to eat. I wanted fresh pressed apple juice with freshly squeezed ginger, and many other things that aren't part of the diet I was following.

At any rate this meant my sewing output really dropped early this year. I did get a bunch of  the intended SWAP sewn, but obviously not blogged or instagrammed or anything social media-ish. So here goes one massive update (ok maybe two not so massive updates).

I have decided that I don't like using scrub patterns for scrub tops, they are shapeless baggy and boring. My favorite pattern for scrubs is Sewaholic's Belcarra blouse. This top actually makes me look like I have a waist, WIN! To date I have made 14 Belcarra's. I have made so many that I am going to temporarily retire the pattern. I have made a few modifications to the pattern, narrowed the neckline (followed instructions on Sewaholic blog) lower patch pockets (essential for scrubs), no cuffs on the sleeves and sometimes I cut the hem level, depends on the fabric. I have one problem with the pattern and it is all my problem, I am incapable of making stripes match on raglan sleeves. I'm pretty sure it's genetic. Pockets I can match, sleeves not so much.

Here is the parade of Belcarra's. If the photos suck, my apologies, they were taken with my iPhone, the DLSR is too heavy for me to use right now.

100%  cotton voile-lovely and cool

cotton with lycra-you can barely tell, but the sleeves and hem are finished with black bias binding

obviously a Christmas top, made from bargain center off grain quilting cotton

another Christmas-check out the pockets on this one, all three of them

yet another Christmas top
2 ice dyed tops-I didn't intend for them to be almost identical, but that's the way they turned out

my favorite fabric, cotton sateen with a little lycra, I ♥ this print-was going to be part of SWAP

cotton with lycra-lovely and cool to wear

made for Jungle January, but never blogged, too sick sorry Anne!

linen, this fabric is more peach than pink

100% cotton border print

made from quilting cotton
I have never sewn a pattern as many times as this one. What patterns do you make over and over and over again?