Time for an update on how my #2017MakeNine challenge is going. Here’s the current state of play, with original images replaced with my makes:
However, although I’ve tried out some of the patterns I originally planned to make, my actual goal was to find a TNT pattern in each category so I could keep making the same pattern in different fabrics and colours. So this is more like the actual situation right now: Continue reading “#2017MakeNine challenge: six month update”
Okay, I’m really getting into the swing of thinking of my sewing in monthly chunks. Not sure why this is so helpful to me, but it is what it is. May’s plans are here, should you be interested. But now on to what ACTUALLY happened in May…
You know what, I honestly think I might finally have cracked sewing productivity, and over the past couple of months have managed to make one easy (knit) garment a week. It comes down to planning, folks. Simple as that. Last month I took the time to plan out some things I wanted to make in the month ahead, and I achieved most of them! Here’s last month’s post, in case you’re wondering.
I’ve also done a bit of housekeeping on the blog and have finally added a few static pages. You can see them in the blog sidebar. There’s a contact page, a few pages with each year’s blogged makes linked with handy pictures, and another ego-trip page all about me. That last one features a pic of a teenage me modelling the first item of clothing I ever made, back in the 90s. Oh dear. Fashion disaster!
I’ve already blogged a couple of my March makes, although most of my March blogging was playing catch up on the first couple of months of the year.
And the next two projects are completed but not yet blogged:
L-R: Seamwork Aurora top, Sew Over It Heather dress
I did also work on the velvet top refashion, but it didn’t work out well. There might be a post in that at some point, if I can finish it off so Daisy can wear it.
Money spent: £15.56
£10.78 for some ponte for making a Heather Dress
$6.00 Seamwork subscription (approx £4.78)
Pretty thrifty month. Yay for using up stash fabrics!
April sewing plans:
I really want a plain, short sleeved, v-neck grey tee, so I’m planning to use the Craftsy Sewing with Knits tee pattern (which I made earlier this month in pink) and make a swayback adjustment to perfect the fit. I might use some teal interlock to check I’ve got it right before cutting into my expensive grey merino jersey.
I’m also in the need for some new knickers, so I thought I’d have a try at making some. First I’m going to try out the Seamwork Geneva pattern, and if I find time I’ll also be having a go at the Lace V undies from So Sew Easy as this is a style I find really comfy.
One thing I’ve been wanting for a while now is a big, slouchy cardie to sling on over pretty much anything. I thought I might make the Grainline Driftless, but then I saw Jalie’s Drop Pocket Cardigan and I think I’m in love. It’s exactly the kind of shape I was after, and the interesting pocket construction makes it look like a fun sew.
More basics for summer: I’m after a staple vest top. Aurora wasn’t it, so next up I’m trying the Alabama Chanin corset top. A more complex sew, but the seam lines make it look really special.
I want to make a couple of things for the kids, too. I’m planning to start Gabriel’s potty training this month, so some more undies would be great. I’ll be trying the Made by Jack’s Mum Speedy Pants, probably both styles.
Daisy is in desperate need of more school uniform, so I want to make her a simple black skirt and if I find time, a modified Cleo pinafore dress (also in black). However, I think it might be getting a bit late in the year for a pinny dress, so I’ll probably leave this till the autumn.
One final thing I’d like to at least get started on is a maxi dress for me. Not sure yet if I want knit or woven, or if I’ll be buying a pattern or drafting my own. More thought required, but I’m keen to get going ASAP as this is a style I love but don’t currently own.
In addition to the above I’ll be planning ahead for other more involved summer makes and getting patterns and fabric together for a shirt dress and a Grainline Moss skirt. It will definitely be a more expensive month than March was, although I do have a couple of vouchers to spend at Ditto Fabrics and John Lewis so I expect I’ll make good use of those.
I’m also going to be working through more of the exercises in The Curated Closet and hoping to get a better handle on my style, so that I can make garments that really express it, that fit my lifestyle and that give me joy to wear.
I’ve been following Rochelle’s blog for ages now, and I really like her approach to creating a wardrobe of handmade items that really fit with her lifestyle. So this year I thought I’d give her #2017MakeNine sewing challenge a go. Nine items shouldn’t be too many to make in one year, and the idea is to keep the list fluid, changing things as and when I see fit. I’ve been thinking hard about capsule wardrobes and the garments I feel a need for when rooting around for something to wear. Rather than picking just nine patterns I’ve instead picked nine types of garment, with several pattern options for most of them. The idea is that I will hopefully find a pattern in each category that I like enough to want to make several versions of it in different fabrics and colours.
There’s only one contender here and that’s the Tilly and Buttons Cleo Dress. I’ve wanted a dungaree dress for ages–I last had one when I was pregnant with Daisy (who’s now 11!) and I wore it to death. I have been seriously inspired by alisesaye‘s gorgeous version pictured, and I have some aubergine needlecord in my stash which would be perfect for this pattern. It that works well then I’ll want to make a denim version too. Continue reading “2017 sewing plans (#2017MakeNine)”
I’ve now got all the rest of my family sick with a tummy bug. Well, that’s not strictly true as Gabriel is pretty much better now, but he still needs to stay indoors and away from other children for another 24 hours.
Anyway, I’ve had a fair bit of thinking time over the last few days and one of the things I’ve been thinking about is clothes. Specifically, what I need to stay cosy and reasonably stylish for the winter, as after clearing out the stuff that’s now too big for me my wardrobe is sorely lacking in appropriate clothing. Back in 2015 I spent some time trying to wrap my head around what a capsule wardrobe would mean for me–I devoured the Colette Wardrobe Architect posts and was a regular visitor to the blog Into Mind–but for some reason I never quite figured out how to whittle my clothing into any kind of coherent capsule. I’ve never been a particularly minimalist person, and while I’m increasingly drawn to the idea it’s tough to figure out how to downsize my possessions. I also have a fair few items of clothing that I’m attached to, but that only go with one or two other things. I KonMaried my wardrobe a couple of years ago, but it was in need of another overhaul.
A while back I posted an insanely optimistic post for nine summer garments i was planning to sew or crochet. I’ve managed just one of them, although I am over halfway through another (the crochet cardie). There was never enough time, plus I got distracted by making corduroy skirts. Not so summer appropriate, but handy now for the changing weather.
So I’ve learnt my lesson and this time I’m going for four garment ideas, all of which are simple makes. Six garments if you count the socks and undies! These are all things I feel a real need for in my wardrobe at the moment, and since I can’t afford to buy new at the moment my challenge is to make them all by shopping the stash, both of patterns and fabrics. Good thing I like a challenge!
I’m feeling a strange yearning for looser long and short sleeved tees. I’ve never really been one for the boxy fit, but having some of these in very drapey knits and a variety of lengths would make for some great layering opportunities. I have all manner of plain grey, black and brown knit fabric to use up, as well as some lavender, mauve, purple and bottle green interlock. I’ve already tried out both the Plantain tee and the Craftsy Sewing with Knits tee to great success. I might give the Grainline Hemlock a try too, and I like the look of the Seamwork Mesa (technically a dress, but easy to lop off to a shirt by the looks) and the Seamwork Aberdeen. As these will all be very quick and easy projects, I’m hoping to get a few tees made. Continue reading “Autumn/Winter sewing plans”
So, at the moment I’m a bit strapped for cash, what with all the recent expense of moving house and the fact it’s been a while since I’ve had a new book out. However, at the same time I’m facing a need for new summer clothing, including things I can’t make myself like sandals. I’ve given it some thought and have decided the best way to proceed is to curb my impulses to buy ALL the fabric and ALL the patterns, and shop my stash instead, thus saving my small amount of cash for some splendid footwear. Or not-so-splendid footwear, as the case may be. We’ll just have to see what I can find in my budget…
Anyway, here’s my plans for nine summery things I can make from my stash: