Friday, May 10, 2013

Waist Not

Clearly, I missed the SWAP deadline.  The business travel, sewing unplanned, complex dresses for my daughter, and sheer exhaustion side-tracked me.  Actually, I haven't started any new sewing projects ince I finished the prom dress, because I've just been too tired to do anything after work, and my husband has found non-sewing projects to keep me busy on weekends, including the conversion of our stinky, exterior cellar basement to a home gym.

After a couple of weeks, I just couldn't fight the urge to MAKE SOMETHING any longer.  After all, I have stacks of fabric just sitting around getting wrinkled, waiting for me to cut them apart and sew them back together again!  Finally, I opened a pattern envelope: my jeans from SWAP.
McCall's 6610

One reason I hadn't started them earlier, was that I just couldn't find fabric that I was happy with.  I'm too picky to buy apparel fabrics locally, and too impulsive to order swatches from my internet sources (I just order 3 yards of what I think I may like and sometimes it works).  For example - I thought I was getting Nantucket Red,
when in fact, I ordered Pinky Tuscadero:

So I now own several yards of denim and twill that I really don't have the desire to make into anything (the pink denim is only one example of several of my not-so-satisfying internet purchases).  Every time I glance at the pink denim, I think about a cute little jacket my daughter wore when she was 3.  It was adorable on a little tiny girl.  And it may look okay as a jacket on me, but not anything I would wear on my bottom half.  So, rather than waste the fabric, I decided I would dye it to the perfect shade of...who knows...but what do I have to lose?  I either hold on to fabric that I will never use, or I try a different color.  Or I could even use it as wearable muslin for my jeans, but I'm not one to waste fabric!

I didn't get very far with the McCall's pattern.  It's a fine pattern that turned out some lovely jeans for my daughter -- it wasn't the pattern, it was me.  I was in shock over how much my waist expanded after a winter of no exercise.  Perhaps the daily dose of pinot noir (medicinal, of course) added to my weight gain.  So, after a few minutes of trying to find my natural waist, I wrapped the pattern back up (thoroughly disgusted with myself) and started using the newly completed home gym. By the way, my husband's high expectations and attention to detail have resulted in a basement transformed into something that I am quite comfortable exercising in.

While sitting on the exercise bike watching the Great British Sewing Bee, I realized that I don't really want to make M6610.  Instead, I made a rub-off of some very comfortable pants that I own and wear quite frequently.  This method allows me to stay in denial of my expansive waistline, as it requires no measurements of my own body parts.  I've completed a draft, and the toile, and they appear to fit well, so now on to tweaking the fabric and making the garment.

With summer approaching, I am longing for Nantucket Reds, but I don't own any fabric in that shade.   I do own Bubblegum Pink (not to mention: Rust -- advertised as "Wine" -- and Muddy Yellow-Brown that emulated a lovely Rich Cocoa over the internet).  Surely, I can mix some dye together and mute the Hubba-Bubba to a nice Sun-Washed Coral?
Although I'm not a huge fan of Rit dyes, my impulsiveness prevents me from waiting for a shipment of fiber-reactive dyes from Dharma, so I am willing to lower my expectations so that I can complete this scientific experiment tomorrow.  The Rit site has dozens of color recipes, which I've narrowed down to three options -- #566 appears the closest to my desired shade.  They're all darker than ideal, but that's easy to adjust, right? Looks like I need a little red, some orange and maybe some brown or taupe to mute the pink.  Let's hope the fabric transformation is as successful as the basement's!


  1. Good luck with the dyeing! I admire your determination to charge ahead and change what you don't like!

    1. Thank you Carole. Sometimes my determination outshines my good sense.

  2. If you like Pinot Noir you might want to try the one made by a lady in Adelaide Hills. Guess what it's called - Sew&Sew Pinot Noir! Sounds like it's made specifically for you;)

    Here is my tasting experience:


    1. Hi Vlad,
      That is very interesting! I will have to see if I can find that wine locally. It does sound like a match! Thanks for stopping by,


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