Yesterday was this blog's third birthday. Happy Birthday, HipDroppedStitches! I decided against another photo mosaic since I just posted one for 2010. Instead, I will share with you my hopes for this blog in its fourth year.
I plan to continue knitting and dancing, and I will definitely continue sharing those experiences with you. The changes will come in that I hope to do a lot more sewing this year. I have been greatly inspired by the sewing blogs I subscribe to (a couple of my current favorites are: http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/ and http://sewaholic.net/). If I can construct a bedlah from scratch, and work with materials like stretch velvet and silk chiffon, I must not be too far away from being able to create clothing I can easily work into my regular wardrobe, right? Being petite, I have always struggled with finding clothing that fits properly off the rack, and to complicate matters, the area in which I live is not known for its high fashion shopping. I would love to fill my closet with comfortable, fashionable, and well-fitting skirts and dresses, and making them myself seems like the only way to go. I would also like to work in a few bathing suits and party dresses. Oh, so many ideas swirling around in my head!
As I have used Ravelry to catalog my knitting projects, I will be using BurdaStyle to catalog my sewing projects. I will begin by sharing with you my first sewing project from a pattern... knit culottes!
I know, the word "culottes" makes me cringe a little as well, but these are comfy, fold-over waist, yoga style culottes that are certain to be a go-to item for warm-weather lounge wear. This is a free pattern by JJ1 and the details of my project can be found here. I used a knit fabric that I obtained at one of the fabric thrift sales I have attended, so I cannot tell you the exact fiber content. It is very soft and breathable. I think these culottes are super cute and super comfy. I will label this project a success!