Friday, February 7, 2014

Sewing: "R" is for Romantic, Ruffled and Rose


When the incomparable Katy Dill hosts a series and asks one to join, the answer has to be yes! Have you been following her "Sew All 26" series? How could you not? Every time she posts something I think she can't possibly outdo herself and yet she does!


I chose the letter "R."  Not because it has any special meaning, but because when I was presented with the opportunity it gave me what should have been plenty of time and a few ideas I could play with.


It all started with: Romantic, Ruffled, Rose... 

And then R stood for "Ran out of fabric." So much for advance planning. So I sewed a blouse instead of a dress. 


(I think this is seriously gorgeous fabric from Anna Maria Horner--LouLouThi Clippings Passion)


And to Reinvent my idea, I sewed a Retro skirt with Rounded pockets...


The pockets are a Reappearance from a dress I sewed about a year ago for another fun series. I was going to put them on the Romantic Dress, which was also inspired by that project, had it been a dress, but I've also been thinking about the pockets on a seamed a-line skirt like this. I've had this skirt in my head for a while. I was going to make one for myself but sewing for myself never seems as pressing. Now that I have the pattern worked out maybe I will make one. (Right...)


I made the skirt out of grey boiled wool I purchased here last year and lined it with some scraps of the Anna Maria Horner cotton. I wish I'd had more of that fabric because I'd love it for all the lining. As it is, it's in the pockets and waistband and the rest of the lining is offwhite. 


Finally R is for a reversible shrug. 


This is my Winnie Shrug (Update: the pattern is available here!) and I wish I'd taken a photo of Audrey wearing it with the printed side out. For that matter, I wish I'd taken photos of the blouse and skirt without the shrug too. That may be my favorite combination. But I was already pushing my luck.


My camera battery died right after I took this shot. And did I mention my sewing machine broke while I was in the middle of sewing the skirt? But that I just happened to have a neighbor's machine sitting in my sewing room? It was unbelievable really. A bit Rough!


But R is also for Recovered, Resistant, Rallied and so Relieved. This project made it! And Audrey was a trooper too with her Rosy cheeks. 

Thank you Katy for the inspiration and the Reason to sew. It was so much fun! I would sew with you anytime.



23 comments:

Emily said...

What a darling outfit, Regardless of the hitches. I adore that shirt!

Fran said...

What beautiful garments, and an amazing photo shoot!

Miss Holly said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I want the whole outfit!!!!
Such a beautiful daughter ....:). !!

Fran said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Kerrie Erb said...

WOW! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that outfit.
You are so talented.
Can't wait for the shrug pattern!
Kerrie

Katti said...

Your daughter is such a cute beauty!
And the whole outfit is wonderful as well.
Katti

Heather said...

You have a new fan in me. You have such an eye for artful ensembles, and your sewing skills are something I strive to have someday! Beautiful work.

Granny Debbie said...

That skirt is just precious! What a beautiful girl.

Karen said...

The entire outfit is charming! I love the shrug and that pretty blouse. Your writing style was very enjoyable to read, too!

Lucinda said...

oh that skirt! should that pattern ever become available, I will be snapping it up! The entire outfit is just so beautiful!

Marilyn Wallace said...

Lovely!!! Makes me wish I could sew....

sweeter than cupcakes said...

I love the skirt!! The colors are great and the pretty topstitching. I want some of that purple!

Anonymous said...

B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L outfit for Audrey. The colorful rose & butterfly print for the blouse & shrug lining is sophisticated! Your choice of all 3 fabrics is "spot on!" Your LOVE shines through the ensemble revealing your excellent sewing talents also. BRAVO again! Sarah Helene, Minneapolis, MN

DKB said...

Your daughter has such a gorgeous face, perfectly framed by her hair. I made my daughter a peasant style dress in that same fabric. I had no idea I would love it as much as I do.

fi said...

Gorgeous outfit! I can't wait for the shrug pattern...

sewVery said...

I love that fabric too, and it is just perfect for your look. Beautiful job!

Seaweed and Raine said...

What a story! I don't think you will ever forget making this outfit! I love the fabric in the blouse... I think I may have to see if my LFS has any left. Audrey looks gorgeous. The fabric colours really suit her. :)
Sheree

Delia said...

It turned out beautifully! Wow. All those details are amazing!

Shelly Morgan said...

I love this whole look, but the pockets...I Luuuv. And the colors, so vivid for winter. Beautiful.

Maria said...

Wow, really beautiful. I can't wait to go through your tutorials!!

http://www.rebelsandpebbles.com/

Elasha said...

Well done Anneliese! I LOVE the cotton. So stunning against the snow. Beautiful!

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Natalia said...

Love that Anna Maria Horner fabric! Could you please share what pattern you used for the blouse? I'd really appreciate it! Thank you so much.

PS the comment above mine is spam :D

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