Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Blue is my Favorite Color

I need clothes and I need to sew. I've bought a few RTW pieces but with all the fabric I own and the ability to make my own, it makes me loath to spend a lot of money on RTW.  So if TNT bothers you, click out now. This is the first piece I made during the Labor Day weekend but I'm showing it last. Probably because we shot it pretty dressed up, the way that I would wear it to church vs the way that I would wear it to work.

So a pretty piece of fabric and a TNT pattern gave me this ~




There is nothing new or even different about this...except that a dress that should have taken 3-4 hours to make took me way longer.  It's usually like that for me when I'm trying to reclaim my sewing mojo.


Once again, I'm just tired of my current wardrobe. I haven't had that feeling in a very long time but the feeling is definitely affecting my sewing mood and what I want to create. While I long for new patterns, complicated sewing and new sewing challenges, reality says that I need to clothe my body.  So that's why I reached for my tried 'n true dress pattern to go with this fabric.



The fabric was purchased from Emmaonesock in late July.  Yeah a record for shelf life in the collection considering I haven't been sewing much...but I really wanted a dress from this fabric so that's what I made. 
  • It has an invisible zipper in the back. 
  • It is lined with white rayon bemberg.
  • I also added white piping to the neckline and bias binding to the armholes. Originally I thought about adding some pockets to the front of the dress but caught myself in the knick of time since I'm not really a pocket kinda girl.
Of course I will pair it with a cardigan to deal with the air conditioning that I spend most of my time in. However, after seeing the exhibit at The Met, I really wanted to add some sequins to the dress...especially seeing this dress up close...



...but in all honesty I would stand out in a way that would make me uncomfortable...though it took a lot of self-control not to add those dayum sequins! *LOL* That part of the exhibit really fueled my desire to finish up this blue 'n white dress because it seemed as if I translated my love of the exhibit into a wearable garment!

A few more pics ~





I'm moving on to other things. The heatwave has broken and it's going to be cooler around here this week. I will be recycling some of the skirt/cardi combinations I wore earlier in the season giving me time to sew some more things for late summer/early fall.

...as always more later!

62 comments:

  1. I don't see any need to apologize for using a TNT. You and the dress look fab.

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  2. TNTs are good. Do you make your cardigans too?

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    1. Shaneka - I have some I've made and a whole lot of RTW. Cards are the only thing I buy with regularity.

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  3. Looks great on you! Really love it.

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  4. I love it! Fabulous fabric and a great design to show it off. TNTs rule!

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  5. you look fantastic, what a great fabric.

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  6. As the comment above, LOVE the fabric and it looks great on you. Can you explain what a TNT is please.

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    1. TNT stands for tried and true or a pattern that you've used repeatedly.

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  7. That fabric is stunning on you! Your fit is so great too, always is!

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  8. The fabric and the fit are right on. Highlights the new slimmer, trimmer you.!

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  9. Love the blue and white. It doesn't need to be fancy with wonderful fabric like that.

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  10. What you do with your TNTs is a continual source of inspiration to me. Congrats on getting the fit looking perfect again on your new shape.

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  11. Blue is my favourite colour too! Looks amazing on you.

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  12. I love your dress! There in nothing wrong with a TNT pattern. You picked a beautiful fabric for this version and you look lovely! Great job & may your sewing mojo return with full gusto! Bonnie @ sewplus.blogspot.com

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  13. This dress is really beautiful, and you look gorgeous in it! Great fabric!!

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  14. That fabric is beautiful and you look awesome in your new dress. I'm a fan of TNT patterns and my closet is filled with TNT makes.

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  15. Wow! I LOVE that fabric and your choice of your TNT is a perfect way to show it off. You look fabulous!!

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  16. Very nice, the fabric is lovely and your fit is perfect.

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  17. For down and dirty sewing in a hurry I think your TNT is definitely one way to go--in addition to some of the cute easy-makes you've been doing.

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  18. Looks great on you, I love the fabric.

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  19. Beautiful choice of fabric and of pattern! You look FAB:)

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  20. That dress is so YOU! Absolute perfection. I love it!

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  21. The fabric & fit on this beautiful dress are just wonderful ! Need to work on finding a TNT - you do a really nice job with yours

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  22. This is so pretty and extremely becoming! Really a TNT worthy of its name! You have slimmed down awesomely and look so good in this dress!

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  23. This is such a winner! Man! Gorgeous!

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  24. Very, very attractive, feminine, and professional. Welcoming and friendly to the eye.

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  25. Actually, I really like your TNT dresses. Its great to see how the same pattern can look so different each time! I always like to see what vibe your dress is giving out! PS. I felt your pain when the Pleather and Ponte Black TNT had to go That was my Fav, but for healthy living, it's alright!

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  26. Beautiful Carolyn! You look fit and fab!

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  27. I see a great match of fabric and pattern in a style that suits you. It's a plus that it brings you fond memories of the exhibit. My husband has a saying that works here. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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  28. Beautiful dress. It looks great on you. I LOVE the print.

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  29. Blue and white is a great combination for you! This dress is lovely, and please make all the TNTs you want. Sometimes they are just what you need.

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  30. Love the print and the dress, really looks good on you. Thumbs up!

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  31. The dress looks great on you. It fits beautifully.

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  32. Never apologize for a tnt... may we all be so blessed! It fits you so well! Does this tnt have have a 3/4 sleeve if you want or a long sleeve for winter sewing?

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  33. You are gorgeous in the blue & white. I love it.

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  34. Love the fabric, the dress, and tat color (blue) on you.

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  35. Cute dress, Carolyn. It's been so long since my last visit. You have been very busy creating a whole new wardrobe. I want one too. ;-) Today's mini tour of your summer sewing has been great. These days I'm haven't been sewing as much as I would like; nor have I blogged much either. But that will soon change with the fall season.

    I will be back for more inspiration. Take care.
    C

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  36. Wowza! A definite winner in my book. You and the dress look stunning!

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  37. You look gorgeous in this dress. The print is so beautiful.

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  38. You are lookin' good, Carolyn! That's a fabulous dress on you, great color, and you look healthy and happy. Even if your mojo isn't totally back, you have produced a winning outfit!

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  39. I've never commented before, but I love this dress on you. The color and print are glorious and you look "Wowza"

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  40. Oh wow...this is gorgeous. I have been feeling the "blues" lately, although its not my favorite color, it really lifts my spirits. I have a similar knit you have inspired me to pull out of the stash. Now,,,what to do?

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  41. That fabric called to me, too - you did a brilliant job with it ... and those sequins! yum yum yum
    I'm going back to mass production of TNT patterns soon because I also need a bunch of wardrobe building.

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  42. I love that fabric and you look gorgeous in it!

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  43. That fabric is gorgeous!!! No apologies necessary for TNT pattern. The fit and style look good on you!

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  44. ooh, sequins would be fun! But your dress is lovely as is! Blue is definitely a good color on you. ...if you were still tempted by embellishment maybe some clear pailletes for some sheen, not too over the top, right?

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  45. I see why blue is your favorite color because you look good in it. I enjoy your tnt posts.

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  46. EVERYTHING about this dress is a home run!! The large print is GORGEOUS, the colors are BEAUTIFUL, the shape and style are just AWESOME. I'm not normally ALL CAPS EXCITED, but seriously, this is absolutely beautiful,and looks effortless and stylish and fashionable and just freaking awesome!!

    I'm totally inspired right now!!

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  47. I love your new dress! Love the shoes, too!

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  48. Oh, Carolyn. The fabric ia gorgeous and the color and print look beautiful on you. After seeing the dress you saw at the Met, I can understand why you would like to add sequins, but also understand why you cannot, at least for a work setting. How about devoting one cardigan to this dress and adding at least one motif from the fabric to the sweater, after sewing a modest amount of sequins onto the motif? Or, you could add some subtle beading to the dress, maybe around the neckline to act as a necklace. I like the sweater idea best because even with a motif from this fabric, you could wear it with a solid blue dress, or a nice white linen for the summer. I always admire what you make but I truly love this one. You look fabulous in this color. PS: I have a lot of time on my hands before my shoulder replacement and I would be glad to sew some sequins on a motif for you.

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  49. I do love love love this fabric and it looks great made up with your TNT, that suits you so well. I love it!

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  50. I can see why you love this fabric! It's gorgeous! I would have snapped that stuff up in a hot minute. This dress looks fantastic on you!

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  51. Carolyn I love this blue dress! Don't even begin to downgrade it just because you used a TNT pattern. Despite the hot temps here in Houston I've been on real productive sewing jazz having completed 11 garments (including 3 lined jackets) during the last couple of weeks. I believe it's a new record for me! Anyway most of the patterns used are TNTs and I realize how valueable they are along with my healthy stash. It's not just the fashion fabric but all the notions I've accumulated over the years. I know you can understand my appreciation for not having to run to some chain fabric store to search for a decent lining fabric, interfacing, and buttons to complete a prized garment. Can I hear an Amen for the stash? Karen

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  52. Fabulous! Looks like you stepped out of the Met exhibit! That blue dress looks gorgeous on you!

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  53. I'd love to have a TNT!. Nice dress

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  54. I love this colour/pattern combo on you. It's beautiful! And it makes you all glowy and happy looking.

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  55. Love this dress on you. The color and print is perfect.

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