Sewing: The Future

Do you know about The Monthly Stitch? Of course you do.  You are most likely much more on the pulse than me.  Although my actual pulse races like an excitable bunny with narcolepsy (I have an erratic pulse), I am slow with all things internetty.  Surprise!

Anyway, in case you don’t and have an aversion to either googling (Ms Crafternoon Nap, I’m peering in the direction of the northern hemisphere at you, which actually meant that I looked up, looked confused and wondered which way north was) or clicking hypertexty* links, my precis is thus:

Monthly themed sewing challenges, hosted by some lovely down under (but a different down under, not this down under) sewing bloggers.  (In case my reference to a different down under was too obtuse, KatMel and Juliet hail from New Zealand.  I reside in Australia.  There is a sort of friendly rivalry between the two countries especially vis-à-vis who invented pavlova, whose accent is more attractive to outsiders and where antipodean famous people actually spring from.)

I love reading about challenges and sew-a-longs etc.  I even vaguely consider joining them except I just know that I will completely fail.  I tried a monthly cooking challenge once.  I cook pretty regularly.  At least three times a week.  But I just could not post a recipe, with pictures, monthly.  I try terribly hard to resist signing onto challenges or make pledges (which is why I am not pledging to AWW 2014) but the Monthly Stitch has serendipitously matched my current sewing plans.  Sort of.

February is the month of pants (tee hee; I think they mean trousers.  Tee hee. Pants.**)  I am currently sewing up the Jedidiah trousers for my partner.  This was even on the sewing plan.  Well done, Me.  I started in, oh, maybe September last year?  Now, don’t expect I’ll finish before February expires or that, should the moon and the stars and the tides align and I actually do finish, that I’ll manage to take pictures and write a blog post (heaven forfend).  Because, you know.  Life.  It’s terribly disruptive of sewing and blogging.  Both of which are part of my life.  Basically, I seem to be saying that my life disrupts my life.  Perplexing.  

Anyway.  Booyah!  I am undertaking the February Monthly Stitch challenge.

Now, March and April challenges, I am going to put together.  March is Miss Bossy Patterns, where indecisive sewing bloggers pick at least 3 unused sewing patterns and ask our dear readers to direct us to make one.  April is Sewing Double, where we must sew something we’ve sewn already.  How am I going to put those two together, seeing that they seem a wee bit opposed? 

I intend to ask you to tell me which of the many pattern repeats I have wanted to do but not yet got around to.  I’m going to use your direction to bump them forward on the list.  I’m going to try my darndest to work on them in March and April.  I make no promises that I will complete them in March or April.  Some of them are sort of new, in that I have to do pattern modifications.  That is a pretty new thing for me because I’m lazy and a bit slapdash but so far fairly lucky with fit because I have a stick figure.  

This year, I hope to not buy as many new patterns and instead work my way through my pattern library, and do more repeats.  Lady Skater and Belladone are firm favourites and I’ve made two of each plus one mash-up of both.  I intend to only buy patterns that are not otherwise similar to patterns I currently own.  This means: no more shift dresses.  I have a bajillion and twenty shift dress patterns.  A bajillion and twenty.  No hyperbole. (okay, maybe a little hyperbole) 

This year, I want to sew more consciously, which means doing fit modifications, sewing things I want to wear and which fill a wardrobe gap.  I have lots of weird wardrobe gaps.  I blame the Brisbane floods and a fairly keen aversion to clothes shopping. 

Also this year I am going to work through my alterations / mending WIPs.  This has to be the most boring sewing category in the universe.  Definitely no hyperbole.

*drum roll* 

And the nominees are:

1.  Tiramisu.

I made, like, maybe the first Tiramisu on the internet.  I wore it, a lot.  My red tiramisu dress is now very much looking like I wore it a lot.  It’s faded.  There are oil stains in terribly noticeable places which may have happened during an enthusiastic dinner.  Laksa oil is forever, my friends.  There are little holes all over it, which may be because the fabric was crap, or little critters ate it, or I sewed badly and unpicked worse, or because of all three things.  I still wear it.  But I need another.  This is the fabric I have long earmarked for my second Tiramisu, intended as a work dress.  I just never get around to cutting, then sewing.  Do you want me to?

2.  Sureau.

I love my Citrus-y Sureau.  But the neck is a bit gapey and it’s a wee bit too tight on the waist.  Like, so tight that if I am sitting down, I have to have really, really good posture or not breathe.  Probably developing better posture is not a bad thing, and not breathing could make me faint like a Regency heroine and that could be fun, but, it just means that even on the limited occasions I can wear a dress with oranges all over it, I might not if I think I will be sitting down most of the time.  And the neck gapes even worse when I’m sitting down. And gapey necks allows everyone to see everything because I am a shorty pants.  So this challenge involves a pattern modification to solve the neck gape issue and also to enable me to breathe.  Oh, and I’m going to switch out the current skirt with the Belladone skirt.  Because the Belladone skirt is perfect.  

There are actually quite a lot of fabric contenders for the next Sureau… so … help!

(The two left fabrics are cotton blends; two rights are linen blends. That’s as much as I know about them.)

3.  Avocado hoodie.

Every time it gets cold (and it has just done so in Melbourne, but it might not stay this way), I realise that I do not have a casual jumper.  I used to have the best hoodie from Threadless but that died an overworn death.  I’ve made the Avo hoodie for my partner (it’s blue) and I want to make one for myself.  So this is sort of new and sort of not new.  And sort of a pattern repeat and sort of not a pattern repeat. 

This is my “blue & brights” knit stash.  Yellow, red, blue & green are all contenders for the Avo hoodie for me.  I might not have enough blue or green, so I would end up colour-blocking (ooh, check me out, so very on trend) them. 


4.  Thurlow trousers

Trousers are what I wear most of the time.  But I don’t have very many and I’ve not bought any more because I am going to make me trousers! Yes I am!  I made a pair of fail shorts as my first major clothes for me sewing project.  I also need to modify the Thurlow pattern – mostly to just narrow the legs. 

 I don’t think I have any suitable stash fabric for this.  So I will have to buy more fabric.  Oh no! Poor me! Everybody feel sorry for me!

 Who will win the Academy Award for Most Mashed Up March & April Sewing Challenge?  

You tell me! 

I’m having serious issues trying to add a poll, so just tell me in the comments, if you would be so kind.  If you ‘like’ this post, I’m counting that as a vote for the Thurlows because then it’s a February, March and April Monthly Stitch mash up. Triple booyah. 

I mean, I’m highly unlikely to start by then.  

And if you tell me to do everything, I’m going to cry.  

Don’t let emotional manipulation deter you, though.

(* I have an aversion to doing hypertext links when writing blog posts on my ipad, so … they happen when they happen.  Much like my blog posts themselves.)

 (** Why, yes.  I might be 5 years old inside.  Why do you ask?)

 (Also, also, I’m sorry if I gave the impression in my last few posts that I was giving up the blogging gig.  I’m not.  This blog is almost ten years old! That’s a decent chunk of my life.  I like it here.  I just want to adjust expectations away from regularity or frequency of posting.  I’m going to post when I want to and when I have time to because, you know, reasons and things.)





  1. bwahhhh!!!!! ;0 🙂 Now, how much do you need to breathe?
    I say go the avocado hoodie as 1.I don’t have it,’s a tad chilly & will get more so, 3.Cool colours in your knit stash & 4.maybe you’ll make me one too – no? damn. 😉


    1. I thought of you as I wrote that about my Citrusy Sureau …

      You would make an avo hoodie much faster than I could make you one 🙂


    1. The General Pants Co shop makes me laugh every time.

      Chilly bin is one of the funnier NZ terms! I’m trying to think of an Australian-ism that would be funny to NZ ears…


      1. It’s an icebox / esky / cooler (but not a fridge. Do you have those?

        That would be great but not very warm; the blue-green is earmarked for a swimsuit at some future point in time…

      2. We have coolers for camping, and an icebox is more like a freezer, but stand-alone (not part of a fridge.)

        I suppose a swirly swimsuit would be fiiiiiiiiine. I guess. It could be for running or something? (as a hoodie.)

    1. I’ve liked it, so I guess that’s a vote for the thurlows, but my real vote is the sureau in a print. I’m glad you’re not giving up the blogging, I enjoy reading your posts! 🙂


      1. Thanks, Anne! Probably my favourite part of this hobby / obsession are all the sewing bloggers. I just love being a teeny tiny part of that awesome community.

  2. Don’t cry, because I really want you to do all the things. But if I have to pick only one? Tiramisu.

    And I am so happy you are not giving up the blog entirely because I’ve only just discovered you and I think you are hilarious and I kind of want to be you when I grow up. But seriously, I don’t feel that blogs need to be worthy or even particularly helpful all the time. Mostly because I know mine isn’t. I read blogs because I find them entertaining and because I’m nosy and want to see what everyone is up to. So please keep posting whatever you want whenever you want.


    1. Thanks, Andrea!
      I’m nosy too 🙂 I love reading sewing blogs, and checking out finished items on Kollabora. I’m less fussed with Pattern Review but I check if every now & then, too!

      And I probably will still make everything. It’s just a question of when… (And whether something pretty & shiny distracts me in the meantime!)


  3. Ooh so many pretties!!! My vote is the Sureau, coz I loved your last one and it’s a shame it doesn’t fit. Therefore, it needs to be redeemed!


  4. Avocado Hoodie! I have this pattern in my stash as I was a Kickstarter-backer, but still haven’t made this (these, I have both girl and boy version)… But if you prefer another pattern, that’s fine with me too, I like all your options!


  5. Thurlows all the way! A) because you’ll wear them the most, B) because sewing pants is ridiculously satisfying & C) because it’s an excuse/ justification for fabric shopping, yay!! 🙂


  6. Thurlows!
    I love the fabric you have picked for the Tiramisu, but I must admit that I don’t really like the Tiramisu pattern all that much.
    I love your Sureau with the reflective piping, so redoing that would also be a great option! I particularly like the red fabric and the white one with the black pattern.
    Ha, the Avocado hoodie is … somewhere … on my never-ending list too.
    But I’m saying Thurlows because I like them—even though the toile I made of them didn’t work on me at all. And I like to see self-made trousers on other people. And I am curious to see which fabric you would pick for them! And you’ll wear them a lot! So … Thurlows!
    (See? I excel at rambling too!)


  7. Ah, comments. The comments are open! I was fairly sure you’d keep blogging but I thought maybe you’d given up comments. I must say, seeing fabrics with patterns and empty-ish closet must be pretty motivating. Maybe you’ll finish those trousers yet. I especially like the stripey fabric you’ve chosen for Tiramisu.


    1. I’m still reading lots of blogs but commenting keeps mucking up on the iPad (which is my main computer these days. I’m so with it.) If only I could just send comments when I think them… That fabric has never been earmarked for anything else except a Tiramisu! One day…


      1. For a while, and though the format has changed somewhat, I could reply to the comments on email — reader comments can be configured in WP to be emailed to you and you can just hit reply 😉

  8. I was thinking of saying all of them but that wouldn’t be very nice. Sooo- I say Sureau! ANd that geometric print would make up nicely…. and I like the yellow too! Sunny and cheerful!


  9. My vote is for the hoodie! Preferably in red. Coz I have a red hoodie. That’s a good reason, right? Actually, my hoodie is a bit small. I should send it to you. Then you wouldn’t have to make a red hoodie. Which might defeat the purpose. I’ll just hang on to it then, shall I?


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