Saturday, July 19, 2008

A little less talk, a lot more action.

I'm a country girl (yes I really live in the country) and love country music. Last weekend while my hubby was away on business, the kids were up late listening to a Toby Keith CD while playing Legos. On a whim I thought it sure would be fun to see him in concert (I've only been to two concerts at the fair and then one when I was little with my dad which I don't really remember) so I decided to hop online and see what his tour schedule was. Low and behold he was coming to the local Amphitheatre in a week. So I decided to look and see if I could find tickets so I could surprise my hubby with a special date night. Lucky me, I ended up getting tickets in the center section 14 rows from the front!!! I was so pumped and kept it a secret until yesterday afternoon divulging clues to him via email. Once he guessed the "who" I told him what we were doing - needless to say, he was very impressed with the surprise and my creativity (can you say "awesome wife" points for me??? lol).

So with an upcoming date night upon us, I had to make something new to wear (of course!). Flipping through my BWOF mags this past week I found the perfect little top to wear to the concert. It is from the June 2008 issue - #123. It was actually super simple to make thanks to some tutorials that have been posted. I ended up following the one posted by Christina of Assorted Notions, but both Dawn of Two On, Two Off and Angie of Quality Time both had helpful info on their blogs too. Thanks ladies, I'm so appreciative of you taking the time to share how to do something, especially when the directions are pretty murky! I posted a full review Pattern Review if you'd like to know more about the top. The verdict: DH loved the top and we had a B.L.A.S.T. at the concert last night. I think that was actually more fun than I've had in a very long time. The group Montgomery Gentry opened for Toby Keith and they were wonderful to see live as well - it was just a night of pure fun!!!



Next up is a dress I made a few weeks ago - New Look 6802. I love this dress. I loved it the minute I saw it in the pattern catalog, but I'm a sucker for twist tops and wrap tops/dresses. Well I was not at all disappointed by this little number and have already worn it twice. I have another one cut and ready to sew up. I highly recommend this pattern, the instructions were super easy and the results are fabulous! Review on PR

This last top is one I whipped up because I realized I really needed more solid colored pieces in my wardrobe. It's from Ottobre Woman 2-2007 #4. Super easy and a TNT (tried and true) pattern for me. I also made four tank tops from the same issue this week too, pattern #1. I love the tank top pattern as well and it's very quick to make since I use my coverstitch machine and binding attachment. I don't have a picture of the tank tops, but I made one in turquoise, hot pink, plum, and red.

Currently I'm working on a jacket in turquoise linen. It's the Project Runway Simplicity 3538. I'm not sure if I'm in love with it or if it's looks too Becky HomeEc-y. It's almost done, so I think I will put it away for a week or two and bring it back out and see if I'm liking it a little better. I hate it when I'm not in love with something right away. I'm a jacket novice so I'm sure there is lots of room for improvement. DH doesn't know if he likes it either, so maybe that is swaying my feelings right now. He said he's not sure about the color and the color is definitely what I love so I don't know.

12 comments:

Erica B. said...

You've made some really nice pieces!

angie.a said...

Wow You've been so busy!! That's my go-to tee too (the Ottobre Woman one). I've got plans for another one this week myself. I don't know why I've never made the tank. Now I'm inspired to make some, since I love them under jackets at school!

Oh, and you're top #123 looks so cute on you!! They were all cute & different, which was fun to see. It's not exactly my "style" but I sure have worn that top alot since making it, LOL!!

Kristine said...

Wow... you've been busy! I was so glad to see your #123 top, and references to others, as I just purchased my very first BWOF, and it came yesterday! So timely! I love the concert surprise, my DH would've flipped!

Sewfast said...

Gorgeous pieces! Glad you enjoyed the concert...so did we! We were there too...my DH surprised me with tickets!!! Mary

stacysews said...

You've been busy! I LOVE the WOF top on you - I've seen everyone making this and now I'm convinced that I need to give it a try too! The dress is adorable too, now if I could only find more reasons to wear them!

Lilia said...

How fun Melissa! My hubby and I haven't been to a concert together since I was pregnant with my first dd. We saw Lauryn Hill. No country folks here LOL! What a great, sexy top to wear on a date with your Man. Glad you had so much fun.

Sewer-Sewist said...

I love that BWOF top! Perfect for a concert, too!
~Sarah

Christina said...

Nice to see you've been busy! These are some great wardrobe additions :)

amy said...

You are just the cutest thing ever!!!

Got to ask: which coverstitch machine do you have and do you like it? I'm in the market for one and am leaning toward the $$$ Babylock.

Mary said...

Great stuff! That concert top is perfect and I love the twist dress.

But my favorite is the phrase "Becky HomeEc-y." LOL!

Sew and So said...

Wow, you've been a busy woman!! They're all nice pieces, I especially like the twist dress.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That twist dress is fab! Dang, now I want the pattern. The top was perfect for a country concert, I think. I'm impressed you could keep it a secret! I am not good at hiding exciting things.