Monday, September 04, 2006

Are we there yet???

The countdown to the 2006 cruise continues. Just 4 sleeps until we leave! I'm the world's worst (or greatest, depending on your perspective) procrastinator, which means that I have a TON of things to do before we leave. It also means that I haven't had a chance to read any of your blogs. I thought I was supposed to have MORE free time during my leave of absence, but so far that hasn't been the case.

PIG has been woefully neglected. I still haven't managed to finish Part 4, and Part 5 arrived last week. It's all beads and will be very slow going, I'm sure. I went ahead and started a bit of it, even though Part 4 isn't yet finished. I figure I have a better shot at getting it all done if I can switch between beading and regular stitching. Here's what it looked like as of August 31.



I haven't done much work on it since then, just a few beads for Part 5. Mostly, I've been sewing like a madwoman, though my finished sewing projects don't reflect that.

The first thing that I finished was a pair of pants. They're not nearly as huge as they look... maybe it's the cropped length that makes them appear so wide? The fit of these is extremely flattering, and there will be more to come before our departure on Friday. I sewed up a second pair of these today, in a lovely brown/black fabric. They were much dressier looking, but unfortunately the fabric was extremely itchy, so they will not be making the trip. I didn't even bother putting the zipper in. :( I have fabric for 3 more pair... wonder how many I'll finish?

I also made this top. I couldn't resist this batik fabric when I saw it on my first trip to the fabric shop.



I also added some decorative stitching to the hem of this one. I thought it was cute, but the reality is that I hate fiddling with blind hemstitches, and this was much easier to do.

15 comments:

Gill said...

I'm impressed by your sewing skills!

Katrina said...

both your top and pants are wonderful. Hope you have a fantastic time on the cruise!

Carol said...

I think your PIG looks fantastic!!! I can sympathize with all the beading on a Chatelaine project! I spent all weekend beading MTM - but now the entire project is finally finished - sigh of relief!!!!!!! I am glad I didn't start PIG with the group, although I do get the charts... I would be so overwhelmed! YOu are doing great!

Cathy said...

Have a great time on your cruise. I'm envious of your sewing abilities - wow!

Red said...

Your clothes are so cute!!! Nice little embellishment on the batik too! Enjoy your cruise...just think when you get back...it will be time for Hershey!!!! What a fun month you are having..and no work to boot!

Sue said...

Wow, you've really gotten a lot done on PIG!! You're a lovely seamstress also it seems. Have a wonderful time on your cruise.

Carol said...

Your PIG project looks great!! I thinks it's a good idea to rotate between part 4 and 5. Otherwise the beading micght be a little too intimidating!
Have fun in your cruise!

Chelle said...

Your clothes look fantastic! Have a great time on your cruise.

Erin said...

I love that shirt!!! Hmmm, I have to go to a wedding in the Virgin Islands next summer....will you make ME some pretty tropical clothing?!?!? hehehehe I really must get brave enough to try sewing something like this on my machine.

Michelle said...

Beautiful progress on PIG and I love your top you made - too cute!!

Sew-in-Love said...

Love the clothes you make, esp the top! DH is getting me a sewing machine soon too, so I too might join the sewing bloggers, instead of 'just' decorative stitching. You never know....

Come over and see my web-place sometime.=)

Elisabeth, UK=)

Von said...

Hi Juanita,
You did a wonderful job sewing up your cruise wardrobe!! You're going to have a great time, and I can't wait to hear all about it!

AnneS said...

I absolutely adore your green top you made ... just exquisite! Hope you've been having a wonderful time on your cruise - look forward to seeing loads of piccies when you get back! :D

Carto said...

Wow - is there no end to your talents?! A stitcher of crosses and maker of clothes extraordinaire! I LOVE the top - I'm into those sorts of blue/green colours. Have a brilliant time on your cruise and I can't wait to see the photies! x

Trish said...

OH WOW!!! WHat an AMAZING amount of work! It is lovely!!!

CONGRATS!!!