I know I haven't posted a new project in a long while, and if you read carefully you will notice that I have been having an emotionally shitty year, but now I think I am finally able to turn things and time back into my favour. No more poopy times for me anymore - no way Jose!
I know this because I feel actually quite excited to sew again and have been carefully squeezing time to do wee little sewing jobs here are there in between regular life stuff. (The ironing pile is even looking less daunting) Sadly, my winter sewing plans (as blogged here) kind of went out the window so I didn't get around to them, and McCall's 8939 is still sitting on the chair half done, but don't worry I won't let them become UFO's!
So what have I been sewing?
First is this colourful floral shirt made from a mystery crepe that I picked up from Fabric-a-Brac. I really wanted to make this with long sleeves but there wasn't enough fabric. I think paired with a high waist skirt or jeans or under a cute pinny, this top should look rather nice. I used Simplicity 8399 for this shirt, and as an added bonus, I didn't screw up the collar!
Also made in the past few weeks, this luscious green linen skirt. Look at that lovely green! This, for the record is my favourite colour. The grassy colour is so fresh and if I can get anything in This colour I'll buy it (see, my custom made shoes)
For this skirt I used Style 2405. The linen was bought on a trip to Spotlight. I really must get there more often because the stuff they have is wonderful, lots of basics, prints and cute cute cute things. I have been shopping at the local Lincraft so long I forgot big name craft stores aren't all dens of doom only stocking drill cotton, children's flannelette and weird animal print chiffon
Now, the good thing about getting my sew-jo back (that's sewing mojo for all of you who aren't as corny as I) is that I am actually getting excited about planning!!! Considering I've bought a whole bunch of new patterns and fabric recently, it was about time that I did get my sewjo back. And because it's the middle of winter, there is only a few months until warm weather returns and I can finally wear dresses without tights again. And lovely skirts without a big clunky coat hiding their glory
So if my current momentum holds I'm hoping to tackle the following...
This striped cotton in either Butterick 2712 or McCall’s 2078. I am leaning a little more towards the Butterick one, but I wonder if stripes will suit the pattern? I would totally make the 3/4 sleeve version, but as I haven't made anything with stripes I think ever, I am worried I might not suit it. The cotton is by Repro Depot bought from Spotlight
The looser of that battle may be saved for this reddish floral fabric, but I am also thinking this could look cute in Simplicity 9861. What do you think will suit better?
It terms of pairing things that I am confident with, we have Simplicity 6926 in this yellow ditzy print from Lincraft and McCall's 3803 in a black Repro Depot print with teeny dots and flowers. I think my decisions for these dresses is made all that easier by the fact that I'll basically be replicating the design on the envelope!
I am planning to save the yellow one for the Spoolettes Sewing day in August. I should be able to whip that up in a few hours I reckon. As long as I don't get distracted with chatting, eating sweets and helping others!
Oh and I almost forgot, I am also about to embark on a custom order for a friend of mine. She had asked a really long time ago for me to make her a cape, and we chose a Burdastyle pattern which ended up being a dud so we instead chose this McCall's 2118 and a nice black textured wool to make it in. My friend is quite short and petite so it's taken a few goes to get the fit just right, but I will totally show you the results when it's done
So yes, things are looking much brighter here at Sewingthe60s HQ, and hopefully I can get back behind that lovely machine of mine more often because I really miss her!
Have you started making your summer sewing plans? Or perhaps Autumn/winter plans?