From the sewing cave

When I did the Ride Along on the Jibe Express at the beginning of August, I got a t-shirt that had a mis-sewn sleeve. It really bothered me to wear it, but the shirt was soooo big and not a single person noticed anyway. Rather than throw it away, I upcycled it using Vogue 1570.I should NEVER have started making French knots, but once begun I had to finish. I estimated I made 1120 of them.

Friday afternoon delivery

Whew! Done and delivered. The Breathe Bike Trek is Sept 7-10 in Petaluma. I decided I just couldn’t fit this into my schedule this year but had previously committed to providing some raffle prizes. For the past few weeks, I’ve been sewing up a storm. I made FOUR upcycled t-shirts (sizes S, M, Lg, X-lg) using last year’s BBT t-shirt, four polka-dot zippered bags (the lining is the back of the t-shirt with all the sponsors’ names) and 2 small zippered bags. I delivered everything to the Breathe CA office this afternoon.

From the Sewing Cave

Vogue 8938 is still the pattern I sew the most often. In August, I finished two more and sent them to Billie.dsc02954dsc02955Then I spotted the perfect periwinkle color in a voile to use with last year’s Breathe Bike Trek t-shirt.dsc02967A board member for SABA asked me to make t-shirts for this year’s Velo Ball as a raffle item. I decided to make three of them in small, medium, and large sizes.dsc03440dsc03445

Executing Vogue 8938

I started sewing this pattern about two years ago (which sort of parallels my weight-loss journey). I have SEVEN of them in my closet now. Here they are from oldest to most recent. This pattern is the best way to use purchased t-shirts: cut out the center front panel piece and add coordinating fabric for the rest.

Norwood Nobles – size 20 – I was CELDT testing 2 years ago and the friendly staff at Norwood Jr High gave each of the testers a school t-shirt. For one day’s work? The perfect shirt to test V8938 to see if I liked the fit. I did.

Green/Brown – size 18 – perfect for a pair of camo cropped pants.

Dark green Saskatchewan t-shirt with a hot orange batik knit from Stone Mountain and Daughter.

Tie-dyed t-shirt made by Calvary Lutheran Church youth group as a fundraiser at Farm & Tractor Days in May 2015.

Black and white coordinating Lotta Jansdotter woven cotton prints with a different back … which is just heavy enough to pull the front neckline up to the point of discomfort.

May is Bike Month “I am Happiest on my Bike” – a very nice drapey purple poly knit.

Bicycle Heaven – size 14 – with a great Liberty of London jersey knit called Torsten.
DSC01382On the near horizon, FIVE more V8938s. Stay tuned.