Monday, July 07, 2014

Choir Wardrobe 07-06-14...and a birthday giveaway...

Choir colors changed for July...we're now doing navy, hot pink/fuschia and gray.  So I snuck in the inaugural wearing of the new Sewing Workshop Plaza Pants, slightly wavy pleats and all. 

Which turned out not to show up hardly at all.  So.

These are a tropical weight wool that I got absolutely ages ago at the Atlanta Sewing Expo.  Now, there are those who will think, 'Wool in Alabama in the summer???' and I have to tell you that these are WAY more comfortable than a similar weight poly blend.  They're downright breezy as air flows right through.   :-) 

The barely visible top underneath is a summer wardrobe staple, Simplicity 4076, the scoop-neck view .  The topper is a linen jacket from Coldwater. 

I have a hack for you, too... the necklace was really a bit too long for the neckline.  I had a brainstorm and found a small safety pin that I fastened between a couple of beads about 2 inches in from the end.  Then I fastened the spring clasp on the safety pin and let the tail dangle under my hair in the back.  And the beads filled in the neckline just right. ;-)

I did some hunting for a couple of odd things...like the waistband interfacing that I almost never use, but added to the un-elasticized front of the Plaza pants...and found some long missing stuff.  Like the missing half of the Farewell to Arms skirt that I feared I had thrown away...and two and a half packages of these goodies:
Yep, these are those zip closure bags with the extra pocket on the front for patterns.  Love, love them.
And apparently they're no longer available.  Now, I happened to think it would be selfish of me to keep such a bounty all to myself, and, as it happens to be my birthday week, I thought I'd do a giveaway.  I will give one package of ten to a lucky random drawing winner.

But I'm going to be shameless here.  If you're interested...and I'll send them anywhere in the globe... you need to leave a comment for me telling me how long you've been reading Sew Random, and what your favorite topic that I cover might be...costuming?  Choir wardrobe?  Stashing stuff?  Whatever? 

My birthday is actually Friday, so I'll let this run through midnight Friday night and I'll draw the winner Saturday.

Have a great week!

14 comments:

  1. Hmmm, I've been reading your blog since shortly after you starting writing it, I think, 2003-04 ? Long time. :)

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    1. November 2005. Not quite ten years...yet... ;-)

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  2. about 3 years- Favorite was all the posts about R;s graduation dress

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  3. I bought the Plaza pant pattern when I went to the expo the first time I think almost 5 years ago. Of course I've done nothing with it. Your pants are gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Faye! I think they do better in a drapier fabric, really, but these aren't bad. They're certainly comfy...

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  4. I have no idea, honestly. A few years, but not sure how long exactly. And for me it's a toss-up between costuming and stashing things.

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    1. They seem to go hand-in-hand...I can't sew for me when I'm in the middle of a big costume push...so I stash things instead... ;-)

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  5. I've been with you since 2007! Yours is one of the first blogs I followed. I enjoy the choir posts! Happy birthday!

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  6. I'm pretty sure I've been with you since almost the beginning... I do know it's been a long time! It's hard to pick one favorite topic... I enjoy your Choir day outfits, and find your costuming adventures interesting and oh so familiar... but most of all I look forward to photos of finished garments.
    Maybe I hope to sew vicariously through you as I never seem to sew for myself anymore!
    BTW, I love my Plaza pants (they're so flattering on), and really do need to make another pair. But I found the back crotch length too short on me. Next time I'm adding an inch or so to that seam.

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    1. Y'know, I really need to add a pinch to the back crotch as well; noted that on my first go round years ago but didn't actually write it down on the guide sheet. Next time.

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  7. I have been reading your blog since early 2006 when I broke both of my feet and was on bed rest for 4 months. Hubby had bought me a laptop and I found your blog thru a search for sewing blogs. I have read about your children growing up, getting married, and going out into the world. I love your style and faithfulness to your church and all of the costumes you sew for your son's school.

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    1. 2006! That's almost the beginning... bless your hubby! I do hope everything has recovered in the meantime! Can't imagine breaking both feet. I've broken both arms, but it was about 4 years apart when I was a kid...

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