Monday, September 6, 2021

August Wrap-up and September Plans

This month I sewed 3 things for 6 yards:

  • Burda 5/2020 skirt - 1.25 yd (WIP)
    • orange & blue animal print cotton sateen from stash
    • tack buttons
  • McCall's 8042 top - 2 yd
    • magenta clip dot voile
    • bias tape
  • New Look 6651 dress - 2.75 yd
    • navy cotton print voile
    • elastic
    • buttons

I'm not 100% sold on either the top or dress, but am hopeful for the skirt. The shirtdress is very cute but I don't know if it's entirely my style. It is still awaiting buttonholes and buttons. The skirt stalled because I am ALWAYS starting something fitted when I get to my super-bloated part of the month. Durrr.

Other thing of note this month, I finally started the process for my Beatrice! I will be posting an unboxing and summary of the scanning process soon. And once I receive it, I will post about the final product, and will follow up after some time with a review. I'm excited!

Beatrice scanning suit

My husband decided on a fancy birthday celebration and I was on short notice to find something. After a lot of pointless online browsing, I happened to go to Nordstrom Rack to return a pair of shoes and went by the sale rack and HUZZAH! I found a beautiful Vince Camuto off-shoulder dress in a RPL (rayon/poly/lycra) blend in MY size. There was no price tag on it and I took a deep breath and went to check out. It was $44! SCORRRREEEEE. After that, I stopped by TJ Maxx to make another return and found a cute Club Monaco dress in my size and for $49. So I bought both and am keeping both because they're pretttttty.
I was a lot less bloated on the day I wore the dress, LOL!

We had an awesome time!

I also became a Nana again! My daughter and son-in-law welcomed their 2nd baby boy, Fin into the world on August 26. I'm heading to California this week to get all the baby snuggles!

September plans are pretty loose. Here we are a whole week into the month and I'm just now writing an August review. Wah. And when I return from CA, there'll be just barely a week left in the month. I still don't have anything specific I want to work on and will likely focus on finishing my shirtdress and the skirt I started last month.

And I am playing around with some knitting machine techniques because I AM GOING TO KNIT AND FINISH A SWEATER!!!!

ribbing with hand manipulated eyelets (you can see where I messed up! LOL!) and laddering.
At the very top of the ladders, I tried to bring the needles back into work but apparently did that wrong

And I tried my hand at lace again

Isn't this pretty!? The machine does ALL the work, I just have to remember when to do my 2 rows of knit carriage (vs. the lace carriage). My machine has capabilities of a new machine but not the full electronics. So on the actual 940s, the machine will tell you when to knit. On my upgraded 910, I have to pay attention to when to knit. I will probably try something simple like a shawl with lace before diving into a sweater with the technique (like, decreases and increases in LACE?!? eek!)

As always, more later. Fall is my favorite so I'm really hoping my mojo makes a comeback. 


Unknown said...

Congratulations on the new grandbaby and thank you for your blog posts. I always enjoy seeing what you've been up to, even tho I also follow you on Instagram and get snippets there.

Summer Flies said...

Congrats to your growing family. Isn’t it minutes ago your daughter had her first!

Doctor T Designs said...

Congrats on the new grandbaby! I hope you have a wonderful trip! I love seeing the in-progress images, especially for the knitting. I don't think machine knitting will ever not totally blow my mind.

Graca said...

Awww, Congratulations on the new grandbaby! I was thinking the same as Summer Flies, how quickly time flies in a blink of an eye. Enjoy all the snuggles you can get, California seems so far when there are sweet ones to snuggle. I hope you had a wonderful visit. On a sewing note, love that animal print fabric.

b4uspk said...

I love your demos and blog posts . Cool ,congrats on the baby ,be safe in CA

Vanessa said...

Congrats on becoming a Nana again! Those two boys will probably be the best of friends! :) I hope your knitting comes to fruition, it is so pretty! I am glad you and your hubby could celebrate in your lovely garment.

Bunny said...

Incredible scores on the retail. They both look fabulous on you. Enjoy your lovin' on that babe and have a safe trip!

Linda said...

Love, love both dresses! So excited that you have another grandbaby! Have a safe trip to CA. I am always impressed with what you knit using the knitting machine!

Cherie said...

It's always amazing finding dresses that look that good in your size. Good shopping trip!
Love your haircut, BTW.