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I’ve been gone to family-related things most of the day and am ready to not sit at the computer, but thought I’d post the photos I took yesterday of the georgette fabric.
Outdoors georgette
closer georgette
georgette drape outdoors

As you can see some of them were taken outside against the dark bricks of our house; on my computer the fabric looks bluish lavender.

inside georgette

The inside photos have more of a pink cast; you can see a yellow door on the right through the sheer fabric in one of the closeups.

two backgrounds

Follow up from Summer Dress Ideas 2

Paula commented:

Iā€™m not sure I followed your train of thought exactly but how about those same lined pants you mentioned with an almost knee-length tunic over, which could be made out of matching linen underneath and something sheer over the top of that?

Train of thought? More like big chunks of disjointed ideas!

So you think maybe the plain linen for pants and a tunic and a sheer jacket of some sort over that? That might be just the thing!

At first I thought you meant to make the tunic from a double layer (the sheer underlined with the linen.) I’d considered that but was concerned that the sheer might sag and hang unevenly over the linen. That could be remedied, probably, by constructing each piece separately and only sewing them together as one in the upper bodice (neckline, shoulder seam, armholes.)

Thanks for giving me these ideas. I was discussing this project with my husband today and he agreed that the pants idea would be more versatile in the long run than a dress. And we both liked the idea of mostly covering those shoes with the pant legs. šŸ˜€


Here’s a Burda Plus 2-2006-414 dress that Debbie Cook made. (click the link on her name and you can see the muslin and the dress she made by clicking the NEXT button a few times.) The lines are similar to the dress I posted yesterday and I think it would be flattering. If I made a similar dress in the burnout-style georgette (with satiny charmeuse-type flowers) I could make either a dress or a skirt and top in the solid color linen/rayon or linen/silk that I have. I also have a cotton rib knit in the same/similar color that could be used, but I’m not sure the sheer fabric would drape well over it.

In the middle of the night I awoke with another idea:
How about a pair of linen-type pants (long enough to mostly cover the shoes ) and some sort of woven or knit top or shell to coordinate or match? And then use the georgette to make an overdress or a sarong or skirt and top. This would give me a lot more options for wearing in the future as I don’t have too many places to wear a dressy dress.

Yesterday I draped the floral georgette/charmeuse and spent the day thinking about it. I hung it over almost-matching background, over a cream colored fabric, over a darker lilac, even over brown and a corrugated cardboard colored linen. The flowers in the charmeuse areas include the cream and various soft brown colors and it could be successfully worn over any of those colors.

The fabric hangs really nicely on the bias. But, have you ever tried sewing georgette? How about georgette on the bias? Yikes! I’m leaning toward tying it on as a sarong and being done with it. Or wrapping the six yards around me sari-style and calling it good. šŸ˜€

I still have not figured out the scanner, so as soon as I get a chance to press the georgette a little I’ll hang it outside and take a photo or two.

What do you think? This is a great time for suggestions. Nothing has been cut! It’s all still in the flat-pack… Nothing but potential! šŸ˜‰

Burda Archives are always fun to peruse. Here’s a dress/bolero in the BWOF 6/2006 that I think might work – not that I’ll use this exact dress, but the general idea is good.

The fabric I’m planning to use is a burnout silk/rayon. I’m trying to figure out how to set up the scanner so I can show it to you. I have to say that even though it’s often frustrating, trying new stuff like keeping this blog does force a person to learn new skills even when it would be a lot easier NOT to… So…back to reading the manual.

Help! My niece is getting married in 6 weeks or so and I seriously have nothing to wear…

In addition, as far as I can remember I’ve never been to an evening wedding, nor have I been to a reception on a luxury yacht on the river. So, as you can imagine, I’m beginning to get anxious.

I have several coordinating lilac/lavender silk and linen fabrics in my sewing room that might work (I’ll try to get photos posted in a day or two) but I’m really stuck when it comes to styles.

Unfortunately I have some unusual parameters due to physical stuff. For instance, I wear orthopedic shoes whenever I’m not sleeping; my balance is not good enough for walking without them, especially not on a boat. So I’ll be wearing bone colored SAS Free Times tie oxfords; not something I particularly want to draw attention to… lol

I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing a fairly long skirt of some sort. I can’t really imagine pants that would work for a wedding, but maybe some of you have better ideas.

Even though I’ve not developed this very far, I’m going to post this tonight to give myself a push to get a plan in place!

Cloudy with no wind. That was the weather yesterday. And that’s rare; about half a mile away on the other side of this barn is a turbine of a giant electricity-generating wind turbine farm. We’ve been having lots of rain and even have a ‘wind advisory’ today, so I took advantage of the no-wind situation yesterday to snap some quick photos of my SWAP.

Other folks in the SWAP 2008 have found wonderful and unique locations and ways to display their SWAP entries. I spent several weeks considering where I could hang all the SWAP clothing that would also reflect my world here in rural central Illinois, 150 miles from Chicago.

The farm where we live has several old barns that are used mostly for storing older machinery and the hay and straw bales we sell. There are also big machine sheds for the ‘real’ farm equipment, but they aren’t particularly picturesque. I finally chose this barn and the old wagon parked in front of it.

I gathered up most of the SWAP items I have actually finished (or mostly finished, there are a few finishing touches that haven’t been added yet) and hung them on hangers and walked out to the barn to test the photo taking. Luckily there is a second wagon nearby that could hold the extras so I wouldn’t have to do any excessive bending or twisting; this healing process is taking some time.

Left to right above: SW Teagarden T, Jalie leggings, BWOF yoga pants (stone), Kwik Sew 3393 pants (olive), Burda 7890 crossover top, Burda 7890 pants (brown), self-drafted PowerDry top (brown.)

Missing from the photo: Another similar PowerDry top in peach, the purchased ribbed turtleneck top and, of course, the not-yet-made Burda 7890 jacket and tank top.

I learned a LOT by attempting this challenge this year. I underestimated how difficult it is to coordinate disparate necklines, garment shapes, colors, fabrics. For example, these colors all looked great together in incandescent style light inside my house; in some cases they took on a different cast outdoors in natural (overcast) light. Now that I think of it, I assume there would be other changes under fluorescent lighting. Add to that the shifts that come via the camera lens and monitor and we have quite a mishmash. lol

Initially for the photo I tried hanging all the pants in a row along the wagon top with their legs hanging down. That was hilarious! Not one hung the same length (although they all are hemmed at full length on my body) along the row. It was a visual reminder of something I usually can successfully hide: my left leg is more than one inch shorter than the right one. You can see this clearly in the lighter colored pant above.

I’m disappointed that I didn’t get everything completed. But on the other hand, I’m very pleased that I was able to finish as many of these as I did. And I’ve had lots of wear from these pieces already, so I can truthfully say “I won!” the wearability test in my own eyes. lol

Hurrah! I’ve finally been able to sit long enough (and reach forward and move my foot, all at once! lol) that I’ve been able to SEW! It’s been more than a month since I’ve been able to spend time in my sewing room. I’ve been chomping at the bit to do this SWAP sewing.

Today I sewed in the underarm gussets of the Sewing Workshop’s TeaGarden T that I’m making from a peachy colored paisley print cotton interlock knit. I took the advice of one of the reviewers at and sewed color coded thread tacks at the matching points of the gusset and the top. Luckily this tacking was something I could do while lying flat! It really helped the gussets go in smoothly. Tomorrow I’ll sew hems in the bodice and sleeves and do a bit of hand sewing around the back of the neck/collar.

Teagarden T

The TeaGarden T pattern is a fascinating shape; only one pattern piece plus a small gusset. The pattern instructions credit Marcy Tilton with the design. I read somewhere that one of the earlier Issey Miyake patterns was the inspiration.

On the subject of SWAP 2008, I’m slowly coming to terms with the idea that I will not be completing this SWAP by April 11th. I had plenty of time the past couple of weeks (while still flat in bed, but not in SO much pain) to try to work out how I could meet the requirements; for a while I thought I could do it, with the addition of a simplified jacket or vest. But then I carefully reread the rules and decided that two of my tops were never going to meet the ‘more like a blouse than a tshirt’ requirement. Both the Burda crossover top and the Teagarden T are definitely knit tops, no buttons or sleeve plackets or other such details to be seen…


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