Man, it’s been a monster term. 11 weeks of busy, busy, busy. My mantra has been just don’t stop, and although it sounds brutal, it’s been worth it. We’ve had some big wins at work and I smashed my first semester back at uni. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, but I’ve always had the lure of two weeks’ holidays to keep me putting one foot in front of the other.
I’ve had very little time for sewing this term (hence the crickets on the blog), but I have big plans for the holidays. I have five child-free days, and I am going to fill them! By the last week of term my reporting and marking was done, so I was able to spend my evenings pre-washing, cutting and getting my sh*t together, so that now I’m free, I can sew, sew, sew! Mind you, that means I need a plan, otherwise I’ll just faff about for the next few days, catching up on iView and repeats of #GBSB.
So, what’s on the list?
Morris Blazer – I have some charcoal/brown ponte that I bought ages ago, specifically for this pattern. It’s a beautiful, heavy but drapey fabric, and I’m keen to make it a winter staple (you know, if winter ever comes. People of Westeros, I may have solved your problems. But leave your crazies behind please…).
Kwik Sew 4067 – I like the V neck on this one, and the midi length skirt. I bought a tonne of Cloud 9 cotton for $3/m a while ago, and have just been waiting for inspiration to hit. I’ll try and widen the shoulder so the armscye sits parallel to the neck line, as this seem to be a super-flattering shape for my top half. I’ve already made a muslin, and found that the darts in the back look much better complete, and that the front darts look better pressed to the centre.
With four weddings in the next 10 months, I need some pretty dresses. Thanks to different guests, I’ll be able to get away with only making two dresses, and Butterick 5919 is definitely going to be one of them – look at that back! The collar on the black floral version is hideous, so I’ll leave that off, and am undecided about the little cap sleeves. It will take a lot of fitting to get right on me, but it will be a show stopper when I do! I have a few options for dress two, and am currently tossing up between Vogue 1433, Vogue 1402 and maybe even Simplicity 1800. I might even make all four (but not these holidays!). I can see all of these dresses needing lots of muslin-ing, so I’m really going to need some patience. I’ve been eyeing off Nani Iro Five Senses, and have had my cursor hovering over the ‘buy now’ button, but the fiscally responsible in me would take over… Then my beautiful mother sent me a photo from the The Drapery in Adelaide, where three meters had been chopped off the bolt just for me. I may have squeaked a little 🙂
I’ve already made two NewLook 6217 tees, and love them. They’re versatile, flattering and a quick sew, and you can french seam for a really nice finish. Because they’re a staple, I need to have a good look in my wardrobe and figure out what I can make that will be most useful. I opped some white poly crepe with polka dots that will make a handy top, just needs neck binding. I’ve got some Spotlight printed rayon that would also be a winner, and I’m going to bind it with red, just for shits and giggles. I stumbled across a heap of vintage bias binding recently, and I love it! So much nicer to use than the stuff you buy these days. I also scored some bargain rayon in the Sew Box fabric sale last week, although I’m not 100% sure what I’ll do with it yet.
Planning for the Spring Sew Box Seasons is well underway, and the main pattern in this box is gorgeous! It is beautifully designed, the instructions are thorough, and it sets you up for a fantastic finish. I’m almost done my first version, and believe it or not, I willingly chose to bind my facings, because the rest of it is so neat. I know, crazy! I have at least another one planned in my head too.
Am I being a bit ambitious? Yep. Do I care? No! Bring on the sewing!
Anyone else got some holiday sewing planned?