It’s the end of July and I have only got 3 months of sewing time left this year. There wouldn’t be a sewing machine with me in November and December as our family move to a different time zone for hubby’s studies. Looking at the sewing goals I set for myself in January, all I can do is cringe! cringe! cringe! I’m far from completing the goals!!!
How about you? Have you met all or half of your sewing goals for the year? Or are you reviewing and making changes to them like me? I could have stuck to them if I weren’t so distracted by the many sewing patterns calling out to me from my stash or some magical fabric that just beckons to be transformed into a garment. Ah…Temptations!
Let’s take a look at the goals I posted early this year.
1. Winter dress
es from vintage patterns
Not cut nor sewn but I’ve made the first step of dry cleaning the fabric so one vintage winter dress is a likelihood.
2. Attempt the
bound buttonholes and welt pockets
Welt pockets checked. Bound buttonholes- I’m still really fearful of doing them! What if something goes wrong and the buttonholes totally ruin the garment I’ve spent time sewing? And I’m SO short on sewing time nowadays. These are things sewing nightmares are made of. At the moment, it’s also more important for me to get the projects I want finished done by October so bound buttonholes will have to wait. I will definitely attempt them, just not now.
3. Sew some projects from Japanese sewing books,
Drape Drape and Pattern Magic series
I’ve sewn two projects from Japanese sewing books so far (one to be blogged soon) and I’ll be doing one project from Pattern Magic hopefully.
Sew a swimsuit Sew winter coats and bodysuits
The swimsuit is not going to happen this year. Instead, I’m gonna be sewing 3 winter coats for the family and the Nettie bodysuit if possible. Bodysuits are definitely my winter staples!
5. Sew a DVF inspired wrap dress
DVF is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress this year. Frankly, I’ve always wanted a wrap dress but the bidding on ebay for an original DVF wrap pattern is always beyond what I’m willing to pay for. So I looked around and settled on Style Arc’s Kate dress.
I loved the dress and even wore it for the first day of Me Made May 2014 (phone photo below) but couldn’t find time to blog.
The fabric is a Maggy London jersey from my stash. This is my first Style Arc pattern. It took quite sometime to arrive and only came in the specific size ordered. There are only a few lines of instructions but the dress takes really little time to complete. I was actually surprised at how fast a project this was. I did, however, do a few things differently with this pattern. The tie belt was lengthened significantly for a front tie and I really wanted the ends to reach the bottom of the skirt.
Instead of the interfacing recommended, I used the fusible knit stay tape from A Fashionable Stitch for the neckline, shoulder seams and the hem. I was really pleased with the result of a simple stay tape. The finishing looked really professional! Subsequently, I used the same knit stay tape on the Renfrew tops/ dress I was sewing for my Australian vacay. ADEY LOVES STAY TAPE.
Before I started on the project, I was checking out the various reviews and wrap dresses made using this pattern. I decided to have a lower V neck and managed that change with an extra turn of the neckline seam. I adored the feminine length of the skirt and the darts on the sleeves.
My Pfaff sewing machine has a wonderful feature. The Stretch Knit Overlock Stitch and this was its inaugural knit project! Boy was I impressed with the results. My self made knitwear stitches has never looked this good! (I used to use the zig zag stitch)
The machine has a foot which glides overt the edge of the the fabric. This way the stitches come as close to the edge as possible.
To the hubby who bought me the Pfaff, I am utterly happy and grateful! I will definitely be sewing more knits!
And a special thank you to everyone who left sweet and encouraging words for my Linen Bamboo Blouse:) Thank you so much.
Chosen by random.org, the winner of the copy of “Basic Black” is Liz who said
“The Flannel Short Coat would be perfect for some soft fuchsia wool in my stash. Your top (using teal linen) would be next on my list!”
Congratulations Liz, you’ll be hearing from me soon and I hope you’ll have fun sewing from the book!
Have a blessed week everyone!