Yay! It’s done. I finished my Colette Hawthorn. Life sure did keep me busy. Baby showers, my grandma had a stroke, I’ve been in a flare. Luckily all I had to do was finish the buttons and hem it. So, last night during Dexter and The Newsroom, I finished my dress. It’s a very lightweight voile that I got on sale for $2.49 so the fabric total was less than a tenner. I have a vintage slip under it because I didn’t want to line it and lose the airiness of the fabric. It is perfect for warm days.
I cut a 16 shoulder and bust, graded out to 18 waist and hip. I should have cut it a straight 16 as the waist is a little too big. It’s pretty blousy. I actually have a smaller waist and I think I didn’t do myself any favors by making this too large. I still love it but am going to take it in a smidge.
I was super careful with the border print and layout. I reversed it for the top and bottom so the center of dress is white and cut the collar from the darkest part at bottom of border for more contrast. I just wanted to make sure no straggling vines ended up on my boobs. Edna Moda approves this dress.
Voile, brocade, jersey, wool, gauze. I need to get my sewing plan mapped out a little better so I can get some of this used up. My list so far? A Cambie, Thurlows, Negroni, some panties, an apron for Joe to use at work to clean books. Library nerd reference right there. A couple of tee shirts, a blazer and whatever else pops into my head. I really try to keep a tiny stash so it isn’t overwhelming and I can use what I have. You wanna know what IS overwhelming? All the scraps from this. Luckily I’ve started cutting for a baby quilt and a queen quilt.
I hope I have enough energy to sew tonight. This heat wave is beating it out of me. I love the heat, my joints feel so much better, but 110 isn’t doing me any favors. On my days off I’ve been sleeping 10 hours a day. It’s like I’m an adolescent again.
We’re having my daughter’s baby shower in a couple of weeks and I was looking at banners for the party. Hmmmm. $30 for a paper banner? Now I value time and production. I do. But, a Cricket or whatever is more than likely being used to do task, which is more profit for the artist. However, all the DIY queens know, we can’t shell out cash for something we can do. So, I made my template, cut out the pennants, blew up letters, cut them out and used them to cut fabric letters and appliqued them to the pennants. Pinked pennant edges, used yarn and an upholstery needle and voila. A party banner that can hang in the baby room after. It will go well with the aqua and purple she has in her room.
I may not be posting much but I’ve been sewing up a storm. I need to get some pictures going! I started working this weekend on Hawthorn. LOVE this dress. I was hoping to finish it up this weekend but got busy. I also got my Sewaholic patterns in the mail last week. So.Much.Sewing. To.Do. GAH. Can I quit my job and just sew all time? I mean, I also have the Sew Liberated book and Amy Butler Little Stitches because my lil mama is going to need all the baby things and I I want to sew them. How is this even possible? I had trouble keeping up with my sewing wishlist let alone sewing for a baby girl. I have to rescue that poor girl from all the frigging pink out there! HOW WILL THERE BE ENOUGH TIME? Ok, so tonight’s plan? Finish Hawthorn. Start on Thurlow shorts muslin. Make a quick baby thing. Oh, god, see, no sleep again for me….
I did a trial of the adorable kitty pattern Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones. My daughter is due with my first grandchild in Sept. so I thought I’d better try it out. I didn’t have any stuffing so I put old strips of tee shirt in it. It made it a little too stiff but it’ll make a fine little pillow. It came together quickly. I’m sure that once I get some more fabric and stuffing I’ll really like the next one even more.
I wish I had enough trim to finish out the arms but instead I just zigzagged the edges. I had to add extra pleats in at the top as the the neckline is much too wide, I should have cut a 10 neckline and shoulder and done an FBA. I'm chicken because I haven't tried one yet but it's time to bite the bullet and do it for the sake of fit. Otherwise I really like this top but can't imagine needing many of this style.
I’ve decided to participate in MMMay13. I’ve been sewing for a little over a year. I’m improving slowly but surely, even though I always forget to post finished projects on here. Me Made May will at least be a visual record of what I’ve made and help me figure out my wardrobe gaps. I’m excited and nervous. I think the main thing I need to remember is that this is about me. I sew for me and what it brings to my life. I can’t turn it into a thing where I feel bad about myself because my skills aren’t like so and so’s. That isn’t the point. I am trying to better myself and enjoy and past time and share the fruits of my labor….and learn from my mistakes.
So, here is my official pledge on Zo’s blog:
‘I, Tracy of Midwestern Small Town Girl, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear one handmade or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2013.’
On a totally unrelated note, I’m feeling heartbroken for Boston and all the people who help with races. Two years ago I did a half marathon that saved my life. Really. I am working a 5k this weekend with an organization that works to teach young girls that their value isn’t in their looks but in their hearts and in their strength. Picking such a positive event for such destruction is beyond me. It really is.
My friend, Tomato, aka Jen turned 23 last week. She is starting her first garden. As one who carries produce in my tee or skirt I can tell you that I wanted to make her a garden apron.
I put a rather large pocket for produce carrying and smaller ones for tools. Look how smiley she is. I'm so glad she liked it. She was even impressed by the lace hem tape. I aim to please. Now I need to make ne for me!
I,Tracy, am taking the #seamlesspledge until Dec. 31, 3013.
That was my second resolution. So far, so good. I bought one red sweater, a bra and shoes. Good shoes. Because I have plantar fasciitis…it comes with my crap thyroid and other delights. So, good shoes are a must. I ask for them for my birthday. I don’t count bras and shoes, especially since I try not to buy too many. My shoes were Rieker’s-so cute and very comfy. Love them. New bras from Bare Necessities. I wear a 34E. Also important to have good foundations for the girls. I’m pretty sure it will take a while for me to figure out bras, although it is on my list of things to learn.
I’m working on my spring sewing now, just started switching out closets for transitional weather here. That means #11 on my list is also being done. Try to sew 15 minutes a day.
#1, 8 go together My eating has been better. I’ve gotten rid of excess sugar from my diet, no gluten, no lactose. It helps greatly with inflammation. Exercise also helps with my tightness and sleep. See, I’m learning.
#3 &4 Money- oh boy. This is a big goal for our family and we are working on baby steps right now.
All the others are simply being more mindful in my daily living and being more open to life. Sometimes chronic illness and pain lead to a series of no in life and closed offness. I am not that type of person and want to remain an open person. I also don’t want to be a disease focused person. Balance is key-and really hard sometimes.
I think I’m doing pretty well on my resolutions. I definitely want to produce more sewing. Mostly this month I’ve been doing alterations and mending. No sexy, blog worthy photos in that.