A few updates

      1. Still trying to get used to this layout– I like the look of it, but I’m not sure if I can keep it. I still haven’t figured out how to get the scrolling element back into the sidebar, and I’d like to keep the “Finished Projects” list intact, at least. Of more concern at the moment is that I’ve discovered (from posting and re-posting this particular post) that a lot of the word-processing doesn’t translate well. Like, say, italics. And bullet-point or numbered-lists. Or paragraphs that I don’t put multiple line spaces between. Any suggestions from some of you more html-savvy people would be greatly appreciated!! Or should I just go back to a Blogger template? (They’re so boring, though….)

      Ok, on to the crafty stuff.
      1.  I’ve been (slowly) working on the next necklace in the Elements series, for Earth. It’s taking awhile because I’m having some trouble with having to enlarge holes in quite a few of the beads as I go. So I’ve just been working on it a little at a time. I hope the result is worth it!
      2. I haven’t had a ton of time to sew this week, but I did get the real fabric for the Burda top cut out. (Of course, I remembered later this week that I completely forgot to adjust the pattern for the fitting adjustments I made to the muslin….need to do that.) I did get the pleats sewn into the front, so since it’s not a major fitting adjustment, I’m kind of hoping I can get it sewn together the rest of the way this afternoon. I swapped a good portion of my wardrobe out for warmer-weather clothes this morning, and realized it’ll go pretty much perfectly with the sunflower skirt I made last summer! So if I can get it done today, I can wear it to church tomorrow while we still have lovely 70-degree weather. (It’s supposed to get cold again next week. Boo.)
      3. Also did some shopping earlier this week, since Kohl’s was having a pretty big sale. For the most part, I did a good job of sticking with my list of wardrobe holes…
           –Though I’m mostly making work-friendly short-sleeved shirts, I did splurge on one with a fun-colored print and embellished waistband. (And some jewelry to go with the bracelet I won. I didn’t really have anything antique gold. Oh, and I got some free wide belts–one on a pair of pants I got, and one from a pair of pants that my mom got. She doesn’t like belts, so she passed it on to me. I’ll need to add some extra holes, but I’ve been wanting to try that belt-over-clothes look anyway!)

            —For some layering options, I found some shorter-sleeved cropped cardigans in white and chocolate brown. (Also found a nice, non-boring long-sleeved black cardigan for cooler spring days and next winter on the clearance rack. Nothing for spring there, but I have an idea to reconstruct something I already had to cover that.) I’ve seen a lot of ads lately with denim jackets layered over things (often with rolled-up sleeves), and I do love my jeans, so I did also get one of those. Yeah, I could make one, but the sleeves were actually long enough and it was on sale anyway, so I figured that this time it would be better to focus my sewing attention on other things.

             —I failed to find a pair of khaki pants that worked on me, but I did find two pairs of black. And I do wear black pants the most, and they were somewhat different silhouettes, so I’m covered there for now. And I did pick up a new pair of chocolate brown capris–my brother and sis-in-law talked me into helping out with the tech crew at my church, and I need to make sure I’ll have some options for things to wear that aren’t skirts for the weeks I get put on camera–it’s on a raised platform, so probably even long skirts wouldn’t be a good idea for that! (I already have a nice black pair, too, so hopefully between those two things I’ll be covered. I can still wear my skirts to teach in, at least.) Didn’t even try looking at jeans or skirts–I’d still like a boyfriend-cut jean, but the more recent Goodwill runs have left me with enough bootcuts that I won’t be hurting for things to wear on the weekend. And even though I ditched the patterns that I tried for the last jeans attempt, I haven’t given up on the thought of sewing the perfect-fitting pair of jeans. I just need to do a better fitting job with the muslin next time. And maybe use a pair of jeans that don’t have wonky things happening with the fly for my basis. As for skirts, those are quick sewing projects…and I need to test my sloper sometime, right?
                —Though this wasn’t on the Kohl’s trip, I did find a couple of pairs of sandals on sale at ShoeMall.com–a flat black one (which, so far, is quite comfortable), and a silver gladiator. Yay! Also attempted to get a pair of boots…they were having an email-only sale discount, which was actually my motivation to order them from there. But the curse of the wide feet struck again–the foot actually fit fine on this pair, but the part around my calf was ginormous! So I returned them to try another pair that specifically said on the site that it has a normal-sized shaft. (Unfortunately, that means I have to pay full-price on the boots, which, of course, is about a hundred dollars more than the combined price of the other two sandals. Sigh.)

        So that’s what’s going on in my corner of the crafty world right now. And I’m pretty much done lunch, so off to sew! Happy first day of spring!

        The Personal Style Project: Inspiration file!

        I’ve been looking around at some of my favorite inspirational websites (a bunch of old stuff from Anthropologie, and some more recent finds from places like ModCloth and Free People and other various websites), and in my old sketchbook where I’ve pasted pictures of and drawn sketches of clothes that have inspired me in the past. And I did find certain themes beginning to emerge of what I’m drawn to… (The first collage being a sampling of the things that have inspired me, and the second being things I’ve actually copied.)

        • I tend to be drawn to tops that, while mostly flowing, have some element of fitting–either at the waist, or an empire waist that’s still somewhat defined at the actual waist. I tend to avoid tops that are shapeless or too tailored, with the exception of blouses that have some really exceptional detail to them. (See the pink and white blouse in the collage of stuff I made–the basis for my “Doolittle blouse” Anthropologie knockoff.)
        • Oddly, I’m also drawn to more tailored jackets–especially if they are longer and/or vintage looking and/or military-looking.
        • I also like draping, particularly in the realm of knit tops. However, I usually stay away from ruffles.
        • Despite my penchant for flowy tops, I’m drawn to tailored details within that, at least for the woven-fabric tops–pleating, gathering, interesting seamings, etc. I also tend to like details that are kind of a throwback to Medieval or Renaissance days, like lace-up stuff. (That’s probably very 60s too, come to think of it.)
        • I also like a variety of textures–silky, velvety, denim, suede-like, leather, etc.
        • I’m drawn to colors that are either very bold or very earthy. Not so much neutrals, and definitely not pastels. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, it’s no secret that I’m also quite fond of prints–generally, the bigger and more colorful (and, apparently, the harder to match with anything else I already own), the better!
        • I do like vintage, but the 60s and 70s are way more me than the 40s and 50s, which is where most of the vintage lovers seem to end up. At least, the swing dancers I know and the blogs I read that deal with vintage sewing.
        • My choice of bottoms is rather tied to the season–this time of year, all I want to wear is jeans and pants, but once the weather warms up, I’d rather wear skirts than shorts!
        • My accessory of choice is generally jewelry–I never really like the way I look in hats, I’ve already mentioned that shoes and I have an ongoing feud due to how uncooperative they tend to be in getting on my feet, I’m not really a scarf person (at least beyond “they keep my neck warm when I go outside”), and while I’ve seen a lot of that belt-over-clothes look lately that I like the look of, so far all of my shopping attempts to find a way to try it have failed. (I haven’t found a belt that actually fits my waist yet, and the ones I own are basically for the utilitarian purpose of keeping my jeans where I want them!) This is usually in the form of beaded necklaces and earrings.

        In part 3 of the RetroChick guide, she suggests that the next step is to take an honest assessment of who I am–what I do (both for work and for play), and my body type and coloring. So that’s going to be the next post. Mainly because I’m going out of town tomorrow morning with the church’s outing club (going to make my second attempt ever at skiing, which will hopefully go all right–my first time was one of the worst experiences of my life, but a big part of that was who I was with.) And I probably should have gone to bed an hour ago to prepare for that…

        Edit: I forgot a couple of things, mainly due to not having much in the way of inspiration pics for them!

        • Jeans and pants: I don’t like skinny jeans or leggings or short shorts. In fact, I prefer skirts in the summer for the simple reason that it shows less of my leg. I’m most comfortable in pants that are flared or wide-legged, and my favored skirt silhouettes are long and flowing (think hippie-style) or knee-length A-line.
        • Shoes: I tend to go for boots with chunky heels, and strappy sandals that can accommodate my excess foot width. (But nothing between my toes…I can wear toe rings, but shoes that do that drive me nuts!) Either that, or my trusty Birkenstocks. Yeah, I’m so fashionable. 😉 When I have to do other shoes, I prefer to get Mary Jane-style shoes since the strap helps them stay on my feet. And I hate loafers.

        The Personal Style Project, phase 1 cont. : Fashion flashback!

        As mentioned in yesterday’s post, one of the most helpful resources I’ve found so far in trying to figure out how to define my personal style is a guide on retrochick.co.uk. So I’m working through that. It’s a little cold (and dark) to take a walk, and I have sort of started with the lookbook thing. But what looked like the most fun suggestion on the first main section of the guide was to think about what you wore as a teenager, when you “weren’t dressing for anyone else.” And that sounded like a fun post topic! So bring on the ’90s flashback!

        Admittedly, I didn’t quite have total freedom of what to wear as a teen…my school had a fairly strict dress code. No blue jeans, no printed t-shirts, no spaghetti straps, no backless sandals, nothing really tight or skin-baring or overly short (the “skirts no shorter than 4″ above the knee when kneeling” rule was one of my main inspirations for sewing my own, since being one of the taller girls in the class, it was hard to find skirts that worked with that!) But in a way, I think that kind of forced some creativity on me–how to express myself within limits, especially since I was the girl who hated having brand names plastered on my clothing and really didn’t want to dress like all of the Aberzombie-field hockey-playing preps.

        But here’s what I did end up wearing… I wish I had pictures, but sadly, I don’t have too many pics of either what I made or wore on a day-to-day basis back then. Most of my teenage pics are from things like school semi/formal events and retreats where we all wore bummy clothes.

        • During my earliest teen years, usually what I wore was the colored jeans we were allowed to wear (black most often, or the weirder colors like hunter green and brick) and either huge baggy sweaters, or huge baggy plaid shirts over top of other stuff. I also remember that there was a year (I think it was 8th grade) when I wore black hiking boots all the time… I really wanted a pair of Doc Martens, but they were out of my budget, so that was my cheap substitute. Honestly, at this point it wasn’t entirely a fashion statement, even though this was when the grunge look was pretty popular. It was more a way to cover up as much as possible, since I was still one of the curvier girls in the class at the time (especially compared to all the skinny, petite, athletic future Aberzombies….I was never overweight, but I looked it compared to them) and was rather self-conscious about it.
        • Believe it or not, the turning point for me was an article in a teen magazine about thrift shopping. I’d always figured that was a way for people who couldn’t afford to shop at the mall to get clothes before that…it never occurred to me that it could be a good way to find unique items! (Besides, this was the age where my parents were basically setting a budget for me and saying I had $X to spend on clothes for the year and anything above that was coming out of my own pocket….so then I could get more for my money!) So somewhere during 8th grade, I started going to Goodwill every time I could convince my mom to take me. (She wasn’t a fan.)
        • So now onto the fun part…what I actually wore. During school days, my pants weren’t really much to speak of, since I was still limited to the colored jeans and khakis. I lived in blue jeans during weekends and days off, though! My absolute favorite pair was a pair of faded flared Paris Blues jeans with a bleached-out looking butterfly print going up the legs–I remember they cost about $30 and I thought they were so expensive but I couldn’t pass them up. (There’s my thrift store junkie mentality at work!) I wore them until they got ridiculously faded and threadbare, somewhere in my early college years.
        • Funky skirts were a staple for me, too. Particularly long ones. My go-to favorite was a black, grey and white swirl-printed long polyester skirt, which I often paired with metallic silver boots and a metallic silver pleather jacket! (My best friend’s younger sister borrowed that entire outfit when the 7th and 8th graders, who shared a building with the high school, decided they wanted a Spirit Week with dress-up days too and had “Future Day”.) I also had two favorites that I made, both also long–the first was a royal blue wrap skirt with a cartoonish hippie-looking allover daisy print in white, lavender, light blue and this weird chartreuse-ish green, and the other was a sheer (and fully lined) stripey sort of print alternating this brown almost woodgrain stripe and a silvery leopard print with these large orchid-type flowers printed on it and metallic floral stuff woven into it. (Man, I wish I had pics of these…though I think I actually do have one of the wrap skirt somewhere, since I still had that one at the end of college when I realized I should be taking pics of this stuff.)
        • There was this phase, particularly in the 8th-10th grade range, where I wore a lot of vests. Usually homemade ones. The three I remember the most clearly were: 1) a black cotton parrot print that I hand-sewed colorful seed beeds to outline the parrots with. (I also had matching huge dangly seed bead earrings that I made to go with.) 2)Another cotton print, this one being a blue and green print that made me think of water. Probably highly toxic water, given that yellowish-green stripe bit… 3) The clincher: I made a cropped vest with a vintage pattern that my mom still had from the 70s. (She was sewing back then too.) Out of snakeskin-printed vinyl that I found in her stash. (Probably also from the 70s.) Worst finishing job ever–it was unlined, and if you looked inside, you could see the pattern piece descriptions and numbers written in there because I traced out the pattern pieces on the vinyl and didn’t think to put that information closer to the edges, where it would be hidden with the seams and facings!
        • Vintage-looking jackets were also a favorite of mine. Two of my favorites were actually found on that very first Goodwill run in 8th grade–one was a lightweight brown leather (or probably pleather), and the other was a black velveteen with patch pockets and a nice fat collar, which were $10 apiece and enough to sell me on the joys of thrifting. (The black one was also one I wore until the lining literally rotted out of the jacket sometime in college-I think I also tore it across the back too, since it wasn’t quite wide enough for my shoulders.) I also had a couple of jackets left over from my mom’s 70s wardrobe, both of which she made–one was a teal velveteen with a shawl collar, and the other was a brown tweedy sort of fabric. I remember thinking it unusual that it was also shot through with turquoise and orange bits, but honestly, I’ve never had a brown blazer that was as versatile as that one was. If it hadn’t always been a little too small and short in the sleeves, I’d probably still have it. (Honestly, I wish I still had it anyway. I hope it went to a good thrifter’s home and that she loved it.) The last one is an orangeish-tannish leather hip-length coat with piping and leather-covered buttons that’s either chocolate brown or black–it’s hard to tell–also my mom’s from the 70s. But I was smarter about this one–even though it’s also a little too short for my arms, I realized I will never find a leather vintage coat that awesome for anything I can afford again, and I still own it. And wear it often on the in-between seasons. I just wish I hadn’t taken off the belt loops and trenchcoat-esque belt when I was in high school–I hated it then, but I bet I’d love it now.
        • (And hey, look, I actually do have a pic of this! From about 2 years ago. Actually, I really like this outfit all together, and I even match the 70s decor in the boba tea shop!)
        • Shoes were my fashion nemesis. (Actually, shoes are still my fashion nemesis.) Mainly because I have very wide, and therefore hard-to-fit, feet. This is when I got into wearing boots a lot. And I did have my old-school black high-top Chucks that I would doodle on with colored pens during class when I was bored. (Yeah, I only used plain black or blue ink pens when I had to–my notes were a rainbow of turquoise, purple and green ink otherwise!) Also wore those until they fell apart….I want a new pair! And this is also when I got into the Birkenstock thing–I loved that they looked hippie and actually fit my feet no problem due to the unisex factor.
        • As far as accessories went, my style now is pretty much a further evolution of what I wore back then– silver over gold, dangly earrings, beaded jewelry that I made myself, and rings on multiple fingers.
        • I did like t-shirts in the off-school time, and tank tops in the summer–usually I’d try to go for the wider straps so I wouldn’t get in trouble for anything along the “you’re going out dressed like that?!” lines. During school, it was often plain but brightly colored knit tops (within the dress code–striped or tie-dyed when I could get away with it) or funky printed blouses.

        I’ve been looking into the different style definitions too… I’ve suspected all along that I have a very strong boho streak, given my propensity for things like ethnic-looking prints, nature-inspired jewelry, tie-dye and long skirts, but I’ve been having trouble trying to figure out how to make that fit with my enduring love for things like t-shirts, hoodies, and funky but tailored-looking jackets. (See here and here.) But I had a random flash of inspiration today, and I think I might be on to something…

        Speaking of hoodies, I’m really excited because I’ve been wanting a plain black one for awhile, and haven’t been able to find one for some reason. I found one at Goodwill today, and got it for $1.75 because it was tagged with the half-off color of the week! It’s a bit big in the waist, but for that price, I will gladly take my serger to it–especially since it fits perfectly around my hips!

        The Personal Style Project, phase 1: Musings and Evaluation

        So, since deciding that my style’s been in a rut and I need to rethink the way I’ve been dressing, I’ve been doing some research into the whole thing. Mostly in the form of some library books and style magazines, as well as a good bit of web-surfing. I’ve started looking at some fashion blogs, and found a few useful article series from those. And I’ve also been spending some time on Wardrobe Remix and getting an idea of what I do and don’t like. (Although I’m thinking that might be a more useful tool for me when the weather gets warmer–it’s completely dominated by the skirts-over-tights look right now, and with the exception of Sundays when I usually dress up a little more for church, I get cold too easily to make that a day-to-day look for me!)

        Amidst all of the fashion do’s and don’ts, I actually found the best and timeliest bit of advice I could have from a recent issue of Elle (splurged on a couple of fashion mags back in December with the thought of making collages of what I liked to help me out with this) in a Q&A. The question was, “Help! My closet has been taken over by crazy, impractical prints and too many sequins. How can I incorporate more classic items?” Their answer was, “I would say you’re either a thrift store junkie or your mom is [some apparent celebrity I’ve never heard of]. Either way, I love that you have nothing but crazy prints and sequins. My advice here is do not abandon your cool personal style. You don’t need khakis or blue jeans just to conform.” (It went on to suggest going for classics that are fun and versatile, and that the key is silhouettes–fitted with flowy, etc.) So that’s the approach I’m taking–I don’t have to stop wearing the things in my closet that I love, I’d just like to learn to put them together in outfits better. And I do have a couple of mix-and-matchable basics in mind to work towards sewing. (Of course, so far they’re all black. I need to work on that list.)

        One of the other bits of advice I found was to take pictures of your outfits, so I’ve been trying to do that over the last couple of days to help me evaluate what’s working, what’s not, and where I might need to think about new things to sew or thrift or otherwise add. I’m putting them in a Flickr set, so you can look if you want to, but then I won’t bore you if you don’t. 🙂 (Also, any comments or suggestions that any of you reading it want to make are welcome– I can take the constructive criticism.)

        Have you seen my sense of style? (or year-end musings)

        So it’s the time of year where I get all reflective about how things have gone. And I have to say that I’m feeling a bit discouraged about my craftiness this year. I’m sure that if I looked back over the blog over the last 12 months, there would be some major successes. I think right now it’s a combination of the overall fails that were my summer wardrobe project and the sister-of-the-groom dress of doom (basically the last two things I made), and the usual “I’m cold and there’s four more months of winter” blahs. That, and I’ve really done no sewing in weeks, other than a brief session yesterday to reupholster my computer chair. I’ve actually made absolutely nothing resembling clothes since September. That’s a long time.

        I also think this feeling is due to the context of these musings, which was sitting at the garden center in my ginormous sweatshirt that I have to wear, with a ponytail that won’t stay in my hair since I lost and/or broke all of the elastics that went tight enough to hold it well, and feeling generally cold and frumpy. But the point of all of this rambling is, I think I’ve lost my fashion sense. I just can’t put good outfits together anymore, it seems–especially this time of year, where I’m pretty much always cold and therefore my usual go-to outfit is a bulky sweater and a pair of pants. And I’m kind of feeling like my style has gotten kind of boring– like I was more daring with it when I was in high school, and the super-casual rut that college puts you in + trying to come off as professional when I’m teaching kids and still look young enough to get carded = I lost my personal expression. And it’s really not helping that I did that summer wardrobe thing and ended up with nothing that actually looked good together. (Though I’m sure the tops would have looked ok with the jeans if they hadn’t ripped up within a couple of wearings…) That, and though I hate to say it, I think that the year+ I spent in Wardrobe Refashion kind of didn’t help, since I felt like I had to make everything I wore. So my confidence in my ability to dress well has kind of taken a bit of a nose-dive over these last couple of months. (Though I do think I’m better at it in the summer, when my focus isn’t trying to avoid a perpetual state of near-hypothermia!)

        I’ve noticed that I seem to need some kind of focus for my crafting–like this year, it was working on fit and using up stash. (Both of which I still need to work on.) But I think my quest for this year is going to be figuring out what my style is now and trying to only make things that fit into that. And learning how to put the stuff in my closet together into more interesting outfits, now that I actually have an organized one. (Hopefully I can pull off interesting and still somewhat professional…at least I can get away with funkier professional since I work in the arts!) Now I just have to figure out how to do that…

        The Big 1-0-0!

        That’s right, this is my 100th post in this blog! So, partially to celebrate (but mostly because the timing worked out impeccably), I now bring you… my trip to NYC’s Fashion District! (Warning: This is going to be an extremely image-heavy post.)

        One of my friends and I went up to NYC for the afternoon (a couple hours’ drive from here) and spent the majority of the afternoon browing fabric shops. I do have to admit that it was difficult to find fabric I could actually use— the selection was heavily geared towards formalwear, and much of the remaining fabric was sadly out of my budget. But if I ever need to make a really fancy dress for a performance or a wedding dress or something, I know exactly where to go shopping now. The area between 7th/8th and 37th/38th Sts. are loaded with shops for this type of fabric. I did, however, come home with this:

        It’s a cotton voile, and slightly greener than the picture shows. I think I’m going to use it to make this blouse from BurdaStyle, minus the elastic at the waist and probably with 3/4 sleeves since this is a springier fabric. $14 for 2 yards, and the people running the store were quite friendly and helpful, even if the selection seemed a bit disorganized (but it was like that in all the stores, really, they were more like fabric warehouses than the vaguely more organized setup I’m used to at my only local option, the friendly neighborhood JoAnn’s. So I would recommend USA Fabric, which i s on 38th between 7th and 8th.)
        Then we had dinner at a place which claimed to have the best grilled chicken on earth– not sure how accurate that is, but it was quite good, and almost as quick as fast food (and so much healthier. I even liked the broccoli served with it, and that’s saying something!) Then, on to the highlight of the evening… one of the fashion shows at Mercedes-Benz (formerly Olympus) Fashion Week!
        The friend I went with is studying fashion design online through the Academy of Art University (with the goal of doing costume design), so she got two free passes to their MFA show. I took a ton of pictures, of course, which aren’t the best quality due to being several rows back and the fact that it took me till about halfway through the show to figure out the best spot between peoples’ heads to get relatively full shots of the models, but here’s a few highlights from most of the collections shown.
        #1: By Andrea Vence, who designed both the textiles and the outfits, and was inspired by Japanese bamboo basketry/kites.

        Didn’t get any good pictures of the second collection, so on to the third, by Kathryn Scully, who did beachwear inspired by family vacations to the Jersey Shore:
        The fourth was a collaboration between a fashion designer and a textile designer (James Yoest and Sharon Chia-yu Yeh, respectively). I missed several shots in this one, unfortunately, but did manage to get these two, which were fashioned from a recycled parachute:
        #5: By Jiyoon Yeom, a knitwear collection inspired by nature’s spirit:
        I didn’t bother taking pics of #6, which was a menswear collection inspired by “soccer thugs”. #7 was by Yi-Ting “Maxim” Lee, and was another knitwear collection inspired by the manga JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki. (Not big on leggings, but I really liked the knits themselves!)

        #8 was by Haa Cheng Thai, and was inspired by kirigami– the laser-cut fabrics on this one were amazing!

        #9: By Kyung Min Kim, who is primarily a textile designer but came up with some simple designs to showcase her fabric. I sincerely hope she becomes big enough for her designs to be sold to the general sewing public, because I absolutely loved the graphics and would buy it in a heartbeat. The photos really don’t do them justice, but here’s my attempt:

        #10: By MinSun Lee, a knitwear collection inspired by, of all things, Russian nesting dolls. I was curious to see how the layers would translate, since that can get bulky, but it actually worked.

        After this, we stopped at Starbucks just long enough for drinks (since I’d been craving iced chai all day) and then headed home. But now I’m feeling very inspired to get back to my sewing– probably a good thing, since lining quilting has made me very unmotivated! (It still stands at 6/12 pieces quilted, since pretty much all I’ve done in the way of craftiness since the last post was make one scrapbook page from that painted paper, and assemble 3 more layouts that still need text.)

        One last picture: Saw this dress on the way into the show once I was in the tent, and just liked it.

        Edit, 5:47 PM: Ok, make that 7/12 on the lining. I would have gotten more done this afternoon, but I spent a little time reenforcing the strap on the Gothic Rose bag, since it looked like the stitching at the corners was already beginning to pull a little and I do not want to mess this one up by the end of the cooler season (I really like this bag). That, and went to JoAnn’s with my mom (she needed some stuff, and as it turned out, I never actually used the gift card that one of my friends gave me for my birthday about 6 months ago. Spent more than what was on it, of course, but I now have a nice piece of dark denim for once I figure out a working jeans pattern, some army green twill that I want to make the Ellen pants from Burdastyle with, and a navy blue/tan/royal blue stripe to make a blouse from. I may make Burdastyle’s Emily with it, but I think I’m going to look through my stash first and see if I have a blouse pattern that I’ve already tried and liked first.