And I have been winning stuff! I've been following all the great things happening over on Chelsea's blog, Make You Over, and was happy to see that she was giving away a couple of belts. She must have known that I've been wishing for a new belt. I recently browsed through the belt section in a local box store and everything was blah. Or okay with a ridiculous price tag attached. So when Chelsea said she was giving away belts I entered my name and promptly forgot about it. After all, what are the chances?
Apparently my chances were great!! Look what showed up in the mail this week. It's a great little belt. It isn't bulky so it doesn't show a big bump under my shirt like most belts. And it keeps the pants right where they should be. Thanks Chelsea! Thanks Make You Over! Now I just wish I had one in the lacy-clear pattern too...
So after all my gorging on strawberries & cream and lazing-about the last few days, which included a fabulous trip to Spokane, it's time to crack the whip and get this blue jacket done already.
Give the big kids a sucker and a paintbrush. check. Send the little kid to bed. check.
Butterick B5223. This is what I started with. I was thinking Audrey Hepburn. (This morning I found this great link to a page all about Ms. Hepburn and her lovely style that could take me hours to devour. She's just divine.) I've always been smitten by her. Who isn't smitten by her? But Audrey Hepburn and I don't really have the same body type. Surprise! Which I'm okay with. I'm not obsessed with weight gain/loss. "Are you looking at my gut? Well, I'm working on it." ~Middle Aged Man. I have my little issues with this or that part of my body like everyone, but I try to make the clothes fit me, not make me fit the clothes. So in an effort to eliminate the boxy look that wasn't doing my body any favors, I took the blue jacket to Tuck & Pin City.
This shows up close how I ended the topstitching.
It ends up giving me just a hint of a "bustle" in the back.
I extended the the original tucks in the front so they went all the way to the hem. Plus, where my hand is in this shot, I'm toying with the idea of adding an additional tuck just long enough to take in this annoying little pucker/bubble I'm getting next to the armhole. That has been a tricky spot for me more than once.