I’m glad I wrote about The Plan way back in November last year, as I do seem to have a bit of trouble sticking with it. I have made way more dresses than the Oanh who declares ‘I don’t wear dresses’ is really comfortable with. But I am now wearing more dresses!
So, what have I made from The Plan?
1. Sorbetto with sleeves. Unblogged, not much to say about it really (except I didn’t like the sleeves as there was much too much fabric flapping about, and I eventually fixed it by creating an inverted pleat). And I’ve also given it away to my sister…
2. An Alma. I plan more, really I do. But I cannot make another one for me until I finish the ones I have promised my sisters. Oh, why do I have to have so many sisters?
3. No other tops! Oh dear. I still want the warm outer layers, but I might need to make them for next winter at this rate … 2 out of 5. I’m failing tops. Oh, wait, I’m a liar. I made a Pavlova wrap top, just haven’t blogged it yet.
4. I made leggings! Two pairs even! But not the Papercut Pattern ones (I think I will await the glorious day when the angels bring me an overlocker, and the space to keep it, before I purchase this pattern). I drafted my own leggings based on an Etsy tutorial. These were super quick, and not much else to say about them really.
I have made no other bottoms, but am about three-quarters of the way through a Clover wearable muslin. So. Very. Close. (But interrupted because we moved house (Woot! Woot!) then it’s been busy at work – well, it’s always busy at work -, then we have adorable visitors and then it will be 2014 before I finish the pants because I’ll get distracted by something real shiny like).
5. I pass the Dresses category! I’ve made three (Tiramisu, Cambie and Eva) from my list. I’ve still not acquired the Sewn Go Anywhere dress, but instead have acquired myriad others, some of which I’ve even made up (Sureau). I’ve also cut out the Belladone but in a fit of guilt that I had not sewn any trousers, I’ve parked sewing her up in favour of sewing up the Clovers.
6. I haven’t made any of those little things listed (except bags, lots of bags!) I have made myself a wallet and other random bits and bobs, like a Door Snake (also known as a Draught Excluder), which used up all my fabric scraps!
I really need a list to remind me of the things I want to sew soonish because it helps me not get too lost when I get derailed by shiny pretty unsuitable new things that everyone else on the Internet is making. That’s not to say I’m berating myself overly much for following a tangent. It’s a hobby, after all. I am supposed to have fun. I forgive myself.
In the near future:
- tee shirts, long and short sleeve, using Maria Denmark’s Birgitte pattern. I will have to write a post publicly flaying myself for avoiding Maria’s awesome patterns because they were PDF ones. Having avoided them, I bought a few when Maria had a special, pieced the PDF pattern together, converted and now own all of them, except Edith, the latest. But I’ll buy her just as soon as Edith C is released. Swear.
- that waist coat vest. I even acquired another pattern (a Burda pattern) for a vest. I love wearing vests and waist coats, so I need to make more.
- a knit pencil skirt. Still undecided of pattern – Style Arc’s Ali or Ursula, or a version of the Pavlova skirts? I think I can leap 4 stairs at a time in a knit pencil skirt. Okay, maybe 3?
- some ponti trousers. Not sure of pattern yet. Style Arc has a few contenders.
- a lady skater dress. This dress is too awesome not to sew up.
- um, an Audrey dress. I will wear knit dresses, I swear.
- I still want to make a wrap or mock wrap knit dress. Style Arc’s Mia remains in contention and Style Arc’s Slip On Suzie has joined the ranks of wannabes as well.
- Victory Patterns’ Hazel or Colette Patterns’ Laurel. I know the shift style suits me. These would make great work dresses. Look at Funkbunny’s gorgeous version of Hazel.
- Avocado hoodies, one for my partner, one for me, just like they’re meant to be made
- Jedediah trousers for my partner. He needs this.
I’m starting to learn that if I have a pattern, no fabric, but an idea about what kind of fabric I want to make the pattern out of, I will never find the fabric and never make the pattern. I need to have fabric, and then match a pattern to the fabric, not the other way around. So, this means I have to drastically increase my fabric stash. Terrible situation to be in, no?
This is my current fabric stash in MY NEW SEWING ROOM. We have (from the bottom) Miscellaneous throws, scarves & sarongs not for sewing but they don’t currently live anywhere else); Knit fabrics – dark & blue spectrum; Knit fabrics – light & bright spectrum; Woven fabrics – dark & blue; Woven fabrics – light & bright. Current WIPs are hanging.
I have a NEW SEWING ROOM. Can you tell I am EXCITED about it?