April has been an incredibly productive month for me, sewing-wise, although I must admit the blogging has rather fallen by the wayside. That’s partly because of the way I’ve been working (batch cutting lots of projects, then batch sewing all the grey overlock bits, followed by all the grey sewing machine bits, then the black overlock bits, and so on) which meant that I had lots of projects on the go at once, and most things weren’t completed till nearly the end of the month. It’s also because I wasn’t one hundred percent happy with the finish on two garments, and had to redo them until I was happy. That meant I’ve only just been able to get photos of those two projects, but rest assured, there should be plenty of April’s sewing making it onto the blog in May 🙂
Sewing done in April:
L-R: Jalie’s Drop Pocket Cardigan, Gertie Knit Sweetheart Top, Gertie’s Easy Knit Pencil Skirt
Clockwise from left: Daisy’s Striped Skirt, Seamwork Geneva Knickers, Made by Jack’s Mum Speedy Pants Boxers for Gabriel
I also made a black knit school skirt for Daisy, but I don’t have a picture of that one yet so you’ll just have to imagine it. It’s like the striped one above, only, you know, black.
There were a few projects I’d hoped to complete in April but didn’t get done: a grey short sleeved tee and some more knickers, along with a school dress for Daisy. But that’s okay, because I made a couple of extra skirts instead 🙂
I had also hoped to get some materials together for a maxi dress (done and ready to cut), as well as a shirt dress and a Moss skirt. Those last two aren’t at all ready, but I’ve been thinking about the shirt dress so that counts for something, right?!
I’m really proud of everything I’ve achieved in April, and particularly the way I worked through some of the exercises in The Curated Closet
and finally figured out the style I feel happiest in. I posted about my Off-Duty Rockabilly Librarian style here
, and I’m already planning lots of projects that will fill in the gaps in my current wardrobe, allowing me to express my true, sassy
Money spent in April: £45.54
Breakdown: Patterns £11.04, Fabric £25.70, Notions £8.80
May sewing plans:
I’m going to make May a budget month (out of necessity) so I’ll be shopping the stash as much as possible. I’m planning to make a couple of dresses: a red and white polka dot maxi dress, using the Gertie Knit Sweetheart Top pattern along with a self-drafted maxi skirt one; and another Cleo dungaree dress using my star print stretch denim.
As for tops: I want to have a go at a self-drafted chiffon kimono for wearing over vest tops and jeans (two chiffons to choose from there: the grey flowers and the b&w bird design), a cap sleeve Knit Sweetheart Top using my striped jersey, and another vest top would be good, using the Alabama Chanin corset top pattern and some purple interlock.
I’ll also be making some very quick and simple projects, like more knickers (leopard print FTW!) and a rockabilly style headscarf, and making some alterations to a leopard print maxi dress I already own but haven’t worn in ages (needs straps and a fresh hem).
If that doesn’t keep me busy enough I want to make a few unselfish projects too, like more boxers and a sunhat for Gabriel, and an apron for Daisy.
I think that’s probably a ridiculous amount of sewing for one month and I’m sure some of it will spill into June, but hey, I’m fine with that. This isn’t a race, and it’s meant to be fun.
As well as all this I’ll be finishing off a complex crochet cardie, documenting my daily outfits on Instagram for #MeMadeMay17, and posting some round-ups here on the blog. I’ll also be doing some prep work (researching patterns, techniques and fabric) for some more complicated patterns I want to make over the summer: shorts, cigarette trousers, a shirtdress, a bikini (swimwear sewing–eek!) and a shirt for Andy, because I haven’t sewed him anything. Ever. But don’t feel too sorry for him coz I’ve mended loads of his jumpers and trousers and crocheted him a hat, so I reckon he’s doing okay.
Anyone else planning a crazily ambitious sewing month in May? And what’s on your sewing table at the moment?