Geometric Goodies

GeoFullI was bored early one morning before leaving for France, and started exploring Mood Fabrics’ website while lying in bed, waiting for the Jazzman to wake up. Bad move. I found several things I had to have.

This one is called “Bright Multi Geometric Jersey Prints” and is a whole bunch of colors that look good on me. GeoNeckI knew I would use it for one of Marcy Tilton’s or Katherine Tilton’s tops they’ve designed for Vogue Patterns. So I wanted a complementary fabric to bind the neckline. Lookee here! The photo doesn’t do it justice. Look at how look it looks used to wrap the neck edge and ring the sleeves! That, my friends, is cool!

GeoPantsgeometricI decided to make Marcy Tilton’s Vogue 8582, which you saw previously described here, along with the brown pants described in that same post.

The thing I love about how this pattern merged with the fabric is the seeming under-bust seam. The way the pattern drapes is, in my opinion, very flattering to my figure. And of course I love that!!

The top took about 4 hours, start-to-finish, to make. And this great new outfit is going into my suitcase for my quick trip to NC to help celebrate my mother’s 100th birthday.

Sidebar: Got a haircut today. And notice the pretty toenails in the picture. My brothers and I are hosting brunch on Sunday. In attendance will be: my mother’s best friend’s daughter, who was like my little sister as we were growing up; my daddy’s associate in his medical practice (He’s 85 now. That means he was about 33 when I first met him!); the friend across the lake my brothers used to waterski with; the mechanic who souped up my older brother’s race car, a ’56 Chevy, with which he won hundreds of drag race trophies; and on and on. People I’ve known since I was 5 years old or so.

My sister-in-law planned the whole event. I owe her, big time!

I think I’ll wear this to brunch.

Vacation Happy – Days 5 & 6

imageToday I’m grateful for:

  • Having packed a boxy wool cowlneck sweater that I could put two other layers underneath. (However, I’m kicking myself for pulling the cashmere twinset out of the suitcase at the last minute. “It’s spring”, I thought. Yeah, so what? It’s danged cold!)
  • Two pairs of Naot shoes. These ultra comfortable shoes are worth every penny the retailers charge.
  • Getting to see new-to-me cities and attractions. Blown away yesterday by the Chateau de Chantilly. I’m enchanted with the little town of Senlis, near the chateau. We had lunch in an enchanting little underground restaurant, “Les Barbares,” in Senlis. Did I fantasize of about spending a summer month in Senlis? You bet!

Au revoir to Reims.
Bonjour to Paris!

(Our day of transfer from Reims to Paris was so busy, it was late in our first full day in Paris before I had time to post this. Tonight is the farewell dinner of the organized tour, and begins our two-day extension in Paris.)

Vacation Happy – Days 3 & 4

imageToday I’m grateful for:

  • Listening to my instincts and inserting batting in the straps of the bag I made to schlep my necessities on the trip.
  • Weather that has belied the weather forecast.
  • A merveilleux tour director with an amazing sense of humor.

Goodbye to Dijon.
Hello to Reims, after tasting Chardonnays in the City of Chablis.

Today’s photo came from an attractive window display in Dijon.

Vacation Happy – Days 1 & 2

imageToday I’m grateful for, among other things:

  • Beautiful weather in Lyon
  • Having gotten a no-muss-no-fuss haircut for vacation dry and style in 3 minutes!
  • Great traveling companions.
  • Friends at home watching our house so we don’t have to worry.

Today’s togs: K. Tilton top, M. Tilton pants, both from M. Tilton fabrics and Vogue patterns.

Au revoir to Lyon.

Bonjour to Dijon.

A Travel Tote

MarcyBagOn the evening before wheels-up to France, I finished the tote bag to keep me sane on this trip!

My friend and fellow fiberphile, Mary Lou Alexander, recently destashed and transferred some goodies she no longer needed to my stash. I wanted a new bag for this trip and started digging into her upholstery fabric remnants. Voila! (as they say in France).

Marcy Tilton has designed a number of great handbag patterns for Vogue, but Vogue 8590 fit my needs. My small travel purse doesn’t carry enough things to get me through a long plane trip, so I always like to have a tote large enough to carry my travel purse, along with my carry-on that holds things I won’t need until I arrive but don’t want to put in checked baggage. (Camera, jewelry, adapter cables, etc.)

MarcyBagDetailI’m not going to say a lot about this bag, as I’m still not completely packed. But it’s perfect. It’s Very Big without feeling or appearing to be Very Big.

There’s one glitch in the pattern instructions, if you’re making the bag. The illustration for attaching the straps is incorrect. Look at the pattern envelope picture and the illustration on the pattern back and apply your own brilliant logic. I also didn’t quite get the pleat in the inside pocket. Next time I make this bag, I’ll add more and different pockets, but time was of the essence on this one.

The exterior is two upholstery fabrics. The interior is a remnant of lightweight silk noil that was lying around. The cord to tie it shut and the patch on the side pocket is one of Jas’s old ties I cut up. Why did I put that patch on the pocket? (No, it’s not a secondary pocket. It’s just a piece of silk handsewn into place.) I tried silkscreening a cool design on the pocket. Nope, the upholstery fabric was too bumpy to take it. So I decided to stencil a design over it. Again, nope. So how could I hide the mess of paint now sitting on the pocket? Why, put a patch over it.

I carried the bag with me last night to my son’s dress rehearsal for “Legally Blonde, the Musical” at the Youngstown Playhouse. What a great bag! Pockets on each end just the size for a water bottle. If I want to drop my phone into that pocket, it’s down deep and no nasty European pickpocket can get his hands on it.

And a final note: That bag I made of French-themed fabric? It felt too light for me, like it wouldn’t hold things I wanted it to hold. So I laid it over the end of the plastic-covered ironing board and painted it with diluted Crafter’s Pick Fabric Stiffener. Now it’s great and is being folded and tucked into my suitcase.

Au revoir!

P.S. After walking around Pittsburgh International Airport for a couple of hours: That exterior side pocket is the perfect height for one’s passport and boarding pass. Inspired!