Resolution–To sew at least one item from one of my personal library of books on sewing each month. Selfish sewing! This month its:
What an interesting concept! I sew a lot for other people (house-warming gifts, baby shower present, things for the kids and grandkids} and I so seldomly sew for myself. When I heard about the book, Just for You – Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite She Can Sew Bloggers I bought it thinking it might help jump-start me on sewing my own travel wardrobe. I have had it in my library for over 6 months but have yet to sew anything from it – until now that is. The book has great photos filled with color and details and the projects include information on the fabric used for the project and sometimes where to purchase the fabric. I have loved pouring over it, reading the useful information on different techniques, and dreaming of someday sewing something from the book for myself. My resolve to join Sew the Library and the Link-Up Party on Fabric Mutt has made that dream a reality!
The whole concept of Just for You Selfish Sewing is that it contains 24 simple patterns aimed at women who love to sew. It is organized into twelve chapters for the twelve months of the year with two projects a month to keep you motivate on sewing for yourself. You can spoil yourself every month with clothing, tote bags, purses, and accessories. I was sorely tempted to start with the January projects– the Sweetly Gathered Round Handbag or the Chevron Shrug but the gorgeous and simple Lace Infinity Scarf in the July projects won my heart. It is a quick, easy, finish-in-a-day project that is chic and classy.
The designer is Jessica Christian at Craftiness is Not an Option (a blog I follow). The fabric is stretch lace from Fabric.com. I have made a number of infinity scarves and I didn’t really need the directions in the book. It was the choice of material that got me to make this project. I had never thought of making an infinity scarf from stretch lace. The stretch lace infinity scarf can change an outfit from travel-casual to something a little fancier for those occasions that calls for dress up when I travel.
Since next month I will be traveling and I already have plans for Valentine’s Day while on my road trip this was the perfect project. The plan is four states in fourteen days! I will be living out of a suitcase and most of my wardrobe will be casual but I will have several opportunities to dress up–a show in Las Vegas, NV, Valentine’s Day out with my son and his family in Albuquerque, NM, and my great-grandson’s first birthday party in El Paso, TX. The lovely red infinity scarf will dress up an outfit for a night out on the town on Valentine’s Day.
I ordered my red stretch lace fabric online from Fabric.com. I loved that the book told me right where to look for my fabric. One thing the book didn’t tell me was to forget about using pins. They just fall out of the lace. I ended up using binder clips instead.
While working on the stretch lace fabric I got me thinking about fabric choices. I have used fleece and minky in the past. I wanted to stretch myself and find something a little bit different. Jessica also suggested that jersey and knit interlock fabrics that were 50 inches or wider would be good choices for this project. Good suggestions but I wanted something more!
Here are some of the things I came up with. ( Thanks so much to my best friend, Bea, for modeling my infinity scarves.)
Wonderful texture! Perfect for dinner and a show in Las Vegas! This textured Home Dec fabric is elegant and unique. The picture does not really do it justice. See if you can get the feel for the luxuriousness of this fabric.
This fur scarf will be perfect for the chilly days I anticipate in Taos NM! Taos is at an altitude of almost 7,000 feet and the days have temperatures in the mid-40’s. That’s cold for a California girl! The faux fur didn’t put a freeze on my bank account either. It ran less than $7 for this scarf.
No worries looking like a frumpy, great-grandmother at Logan’s fist birthday party while in El Paso! This scarf will dress up even causal jeans and a sweater for an outdoor birthday party with a bounce house and BBQ Texas-style.
Just For You – Selfish Sewing is great! I could sew something new from it every month. But I am looking at my library shelves thinking of all the books with untried projects in them. Next month I will choose another book so I can be inspired to try something just a little bit different again. Who knows maybe I will try another project from this book before I leave for my road trip. I am still flipping the pages back to look at that gorgeous Chevron shrug…
Linking up with Sew the Library at Fabric Mutt.com.