Virtual sewing…

 Hugging the pillow – again. I’ve been sidelined for about a week, I’m tired of not feeling well! Whine…

But I see my PCP at Cleveland Clinic in 2 weeks, and I want every test! so I can beat this intermittent issue that’s been challenging me for over a year. Believe me, I’ve been tested like crazy and everything is working great. So why do I feel so awful? I’m sure it’s tied to my scleroderma and its effect on nutrient absorption.

I had been feeling so well since early December, but I started stumbling during Ashley’s wedding weekend at the end of February. And was in the ER once more in mid March. aarrggh.

Meanwhile – for the last day or so, I’ve felt well enough to do some online window shopping and to think about getting back in the loft. I’m feeling an urge to do something different for spring and summer. Uh oh, dangerous territory. New patterns are implied.

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Have you heard of ‘lagenlook’? From the German word, it translates as ‘layered look’. I didn’t realize there’s a term for this style of clothing, I really hadn’t thought about it. Now I find there’s a big world of lagenlook designers, retailers, bloggers, sewists, Pinterest boards…I’ve done a lot of looking. The approach is so appealing to the loose clothing/maxi lover that I am.

I was tipped in this direction by recent Pattern Reviews by rivergum and twotoast, focusing on designs by Tina Givens. What? I love Tina Givens fabric! Her designs are romantic, creative, intricate, and well articulated. Now I’ve fallen for her sewing site (what a relaxing exploration, it’s beautifully done) and her patterns.

She has 6 freebies, and all are really appealing patterns. I picked up two of them right away:

The Plinka pants. Well, OK, I might not do the ruffled hems, but how about very full pants, something between a gaucho and a culotte.

 

And the Bloom dress, which seems very foundational – many of her designs appear to be a play on this basic style.

That was so much fun, no money spent, and new ideas garnered.

Well no, I just couldn’t stop there. I purchased 3 more! but with a generous newbie discount.  This is so typical of me. I like to ‘fullsome’ anything I’m doing. Artwork, crafting, sewing, gardening – I always end up surrounding myself with everything and anything I think I might need. Apparently I need 3 more patterns to complete my initial Tina Givens journey.

Gypsy jacket

Phoebe shirt and pants

Suzanna jacket

These designs are so calm

Lightweight linens, voile, blends, jerseys – finding the right fabrics will be interesting, especially on a retiree budget. But I’ll pace myself! I have lots of broadcloth in the stash for muslins, which will keep me out of trouble for a while.

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Early this morning, I rambled through my Bloglovin’ update email as usual. This and the Pattern Review update are company to my first cup of coffee, every day. It has become a pleasurable habit. And I found a new pattern by True Bias – the Southport dress.

(Yes, True Bias of the Hudson Pants fame…great pattern).

Of course I had to have this. Fresh, pockets, long – I can already feel this dress. I have a gorgeous, soft Maggy London embroidered lawn that has been languishing in my stash, just waiting for the right pattern. The fabric is a bit challenging – the flowers are large and need a proper display. I think this will be a good marriage.

And I stopped there! I’m looking forward to all the cutting and taping of pattern pieces (these are all PDF patterns). I really am – I enjoy getting on the floor with my cutting board and drafting tools, and putting on a good movie or watching Big Bang Theory (my geek side – I have all of the episodes).
Hoping everyone has a nice weekend – bye for now! Coco