Friday, 30 November 2012

ready for the holiday parties

If you know me in real life, you know I am happiest in yoga pants or jeans, and a hoodie, along with my beloved flip flops. But, because I have to act like a big girl at times, (work, social requirements...), I do have a wardrobe of big girl clothes (and an obscene collection of ridiculously high heeled, sometimes sparkly, dress shoes and sandals. No, I can't explain it.)
We have a few holiday parties to attend this year, and my husband has already told me a hoodie and jeans won't cut it. Fine. Fabricland had a members sale a little while ago, and I know a metre (or so) of fabric is more than enough for a skirt for me, so I went looking for fabulous fabrics. And found them. Each of these skirts cost me less than $15 in materials, and I can whip up a pencil skirt in under 2 hours, so this was a win all around.

First up - Taffeta. 2 types, actually.

On the left, a green taffeta, with black velvet flocking. I know, flocking. But it's really nice! (Nancy can attest to that - I gave her a gift bag made out of the remnants.) The flocking is more like a velvet line drawing, and really adds to the taffeta.
On the right - maroon taffeta, shot with black, with the roses and vines sewn on in a 3D type look. Really nice in person.
(And yes, there are remnants that will become gift bags). I usually don't go for added "bulk" in fabrics - my ass is big enough without anything added to it, but this is somewhat subtle, and really looks nice. Both of these skirts will work great with a black ruffled tank style tunic and black silk cardigan I have. (The colour is truer in the top photo of the two skirts)

Second - Chinese Brocade.

My new favourite skirt. I LOVE this stuff! I'm a little peeved that I only got the one length, but then, how many brocade skirts does one really need? (Don't answer that - I'm probably going back for more soon...)

While I do have it paired with a blouse I made, This too will look great with black. The blouse is Vogue 1247, and has a number of bias panels in it, and wears well, but if I make it again, I'd change a few things. 1. Raise the neckline. This is VERY low cut, and not appropriate for work related functions. 2. Lengthen the hem. This will be tricky due to the construction of the front. I may simply use the back piece, and modify it for a similar front piece. In a spectacular fabric, I much prefer a simple outline, and I have some other taffeta cuts that would be great in a simple overblouse silhouette.

Of course, it wouldn't be Christmas if I wasn't sewing pajama pants - Ill show those soon! Plus I've been knitting - all the socks I've made over the year need heels - so that's my knitting for the next little while.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

we're live!

Finally, we're live here at Curlerchik 2.0! (I was really waiting for Marie at Sel & Poivre to find out she won the pajama pants - she has, and has sent her measurements, etc.) Guess I'd better start sewing!
Let me know you've found me here - I'll start posting for real soon. I have lots of pictures to share - I've been sewing and knitting up a storm lately - it's that Christmas thing, I guess. Plus, they are my stress releases, and work has been stressful lately. Nothing that can't be handled, but still. Add on to that the very real possibility of an Elementary School teacher strike, and the stress increases. My son is in Grade Eight - a crappy year for teachers to go Work-to-Rule or on strike. He'll lose out on all the extra curricular stuff like sports teams and band and peer mentoring that he does. I get what the teachers are saying, but after talking to so many of the teachers at the kid's school - they don't want this. They just want to be treated fairly.
Anyhoo, not political stuff here - I'll be back shortly witht he knitting and sewing, both with a heavy CHristmas influence!