Sewing plans

I’m trying to get back to blogging get more regularly but because I’ve been spending so much time at the computer working the past few months I find it hard to bring myself to do it for fun. I’ve started using my phone to type up my posts whenever I have a few spare minutes and it’s working out great. I typed most of my previous post and this one in snippets here and there.

Let this be the signal to be more productive blogwise.

Ok. So. Sewing plans…..

These were my early summer sewing plans back in June or thereabouts:

Tillys Miette skirt ✔

Made with blue linen but unfortunately have no photos of it and its put away for now!

Sewaholic Crescent skirt✔

Made with tie dyed stretch denim type fabric from Minerva Crafts

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Dixie DIY Ballet dress✔

Made with cheap market fabric from Holland. This dress cost €5. I had to gather a rectangle for the skirt as 2M wasn’t enough, (must go back to buying 3M at the market). I lined the bodice with some nice Black Cotton Lycra from Tia Knight for a bit of support and warmth. I tried gathering the skirt with clear elastic but could not manage it so got some regular thin woven elastic and it worked with much less stress. The sizing I’ve been using to make this dress (my third so far) is small at shoulders, medium at waist and grading out to large at hips. Cos I’m a big pear.

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Hudson pants✔

As last post

 

Julia cardigan✔

 

 

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Made with striped Ponte knit I can’t remember where I got it from. Its a nice squishy soft knit with grey / black stripes. This is my first attempt at this cardi, I didn’t muslin just went ahead and made the Size L. Next time I will make the size xl for a bit more room, this one is quite fitted on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So 5 completed projects wasn’t bad for my busy summer of although 3 of the five were made in September!

I’ve made a list on a whiteboard in my sewing room for my current autumn sewing plans. It looks realistic:

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So far I have muslined the Named Dakota bodice. I like the fit and I’ve discovered Named patterns are designed for taller women. The only fit adjustment I’m making is my usual full back adjustment and in this case raising the armhole a cm.

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I want to make it in ponte but my stash has run out so I’ll have to wait til I feel I can order more fabric. My last credit card bill was a wake up call. I went a bit bananas ordering stuff in August and a lot of bad decisions were made. But it’s in the stash for a rainy day. I will make this dress during October as part of  Froctober but maybe not according to the official schedule. (Depends on fabric shopping ability)

 

I’ve made the purple workout tshirt for my Pilates class over the weekend.

 

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Next up is the Ottobre jacket in a flocked ponte (above) I picked up last spring from Minerva Crafts. A girl in my book club gave me a pile of Ottobre magazines to mind for her (use as i wish) as she won’t have time to use them at the moment. I prefer the A/W issues as the clothes are more practical. There’s a good few items I’d like to make mostly out of one magazine.

So if the day job doesn’t take up too much time and energy I should be able to keep to my plans, it also doesn’t take account of possible deviations like another Ballet dress in fabric I have in the stash for some instant gratification.

 

Anyone out there have any solid sewing plans??

 

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6 thoughts on “Sewing plans

  1. You’ve definitely had a productive summer! I’m looking forward to seeing your finished coat 🙂 I bought several patterns in the McCalls and Simplicity sales recently so have a few dresses on my ‘to sew’ list, and I really do want to try my hand at making a long lightweight coat soon too. It’s quite hard to find the right material, though I have some vintage reprint patterns in mind for it. I love hearing other sewer’s plans – thanks for sharing yours! 🙂

    • Hi Sue,

      I’m finding it hard to source fabric for another coat too. I wanted to make a minoru with Khaki twill but can’t find it anywhere. Every other colour but not khaki. Oh well I will keep looking. Have you got a sewing machine yet?? What will the weather be like over there for the winter?

      • Strange, I’d have thought khaki a popular choice for coat fabrics. Hope you can source some soon and get cracking! No sewing machine yet, but am hoping to get to the fabric markets for the first time this week 🙂 Weather should be fairly mild over winter – think in or around 10C – which will make a nice change!

  2. I love your ballet dress – I made a lady skater which I am really pleased with ( not blogged yet) and I seem to be heavily into ponte for winter this year! I also just downloaded Dakota – more ponte to come for that when I get paid!

    Louise

  3. I do like the whiteboard in your sewing room with sewing plans written down! Your Dakota dress looks like its coming along well – I agree that the pattern is designed for taller people. I had to make adjustments on nine as well

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