Wardrobe Architect

I’ve started working on my board for Wardrobe Architect, the Colette project for a thoughtful wardrobe. I have my Pinterest board and notice I really love vintage feminine shapes. However, in my daily life I need some clothes that can get me through a flare and be comfy and cute. Sometimes you just can’t do a fitted waist. Sometimes you can. I need to integrate this though process more carefully into my sewing this year. The colors are colors I love and already wear all the time, so making more with them will blend into my current wardrobe and enhance it.

Now to check out what I have in storage and see what still fits and what I can mend/alter.

Sewing review

Last year’s list:

Floral voile Hawthorne shirt. I love my dress and have the shirt cut and need to finish.
Dress for the Dolly Clackett challenge. I already have this picked out and ready to sew,
Mad Men challenge dress. I have my inspiration, just need to get my fabric.
Red ponte pencil skirt with foldover waist. I need to draft a pattern for this.
Reversible Lucy shirt for Aubree. I have some puppy fabric for one side and hot pink voile for the other.
Denim Thurlow trousers. Fabric used for Lisette dress. 
Wool jersey Renfrew.
A blue Valerie Wells voile Cambie.
Navy silk voile blouse, unsure of pattern.
Red floral crepe vintage inspired button up with kimono sleeves.
Michael Miller challenge quilt
Wedding quilt..Almost complete.
Scrappy quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts
A new tote bag
Bind mug rugs

I still have things to finish but did hem a ton of pants, take in a bunch of dresses, sew two tee shirt quilts and more for clients. I guess it evens out. Time to start my Wardrobe Architect list. I already know there’s a Dahlia dress on my list.

Mending

I spent my weekend doing a lot of mending. I always let it pile up rather than do it one at a time like I should. I repaired two pairs of jeans, some blouses that gaped-big boob curse, some tiny holes in shirts and some odds and ends. I have some nice wool socks I love-shout out Sock Dreams- but I have worn the toes thin. It must be how I wiggle my toes all the time, it happens to all my socks.

I don’t feel too badly though because now I’ll get to try darning my socks. I’ve never done it before because it sounded so confusing. I bought Mend It Betterimage a couple of months ago and am excited to try it. I love this book. I hate tossing things I love and it has some great ideas on extending the life on things rather than being wasteful and tossing.

 

imageI’ve been thinking a lot over the past couple of weeks. I love sewing. I don’t mind alterations. Custom sewing is ok. I hate not having time to do my own sewing anymore.

I’m taking a step back. One year in business has taught me some things.

  • If people don’t want to pay me what I’m worth, don’t take the job. I’m not a sweat shop employee.
    Don’t price myself like you’re a box store. I’m better than that and so is my work.
  • I can explain everyone has a different sewing style and people may or may not get it. We just might not mesh.
  • Don’t go all out on business tools. I don’t need top shelf accounting programs for a tiny business. Use something small and practical. I like Wave.
  • Cut out doing work you don’t want to. I work full-time, so this side gig had best make me happy. I lost my happiness so I’m changing my business model.
  • From here on out, small alterations and my creativity rule. I make what I want for my shop. I sew personal things when I want, it comes first from now on, not last.

With my chronic illness I have to learn to say no. This will be that year. I’ve been lucky, my clients are great. I just bite off more than I can chew. It’s time to re-evaluate and move forward!

Difficult year

I’ve been pretty ill this year and still seeking diagnoses. I’ve had an IV in my hand too many times for my comfort this year. I know I have autoimmune issues but no answer so far to the newest problems.

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I have gotten a couple of things finished for me, in addition to my client work, like this denim Lisette shirt dress. The pattern was pretty easy although I didn’t do the hip pockets. I’m afraid it will draw too much attention to an area that just doesn’t need more attention. I also made a modification to the closure. I did decorative stitching on the placket up to mid-chest so I can slip it on and off during flare times when my hands don’t work. Put that on the list of shit you don’t usually worry about at 45.

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Sewing room at last!

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Look who has a sewing room! My daughter has left the nest and I’m working on a sewing room. Still a long way to go but I’m super excited! I have room to have everything in one space. Now to finish clearing and decorating it.

Washi dress

I made my first Washi dress recently and I love it. Pull on, pockets, comfy. I made it in a twill which means I had to use heavy elastic on the back. I like the neck but it's a little low for the busty at work so next time will be be plain scoop. Def. need more of these for spring.

 

Mad Men challenge

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So, I have terrible photos for my challenge. Good news, I love this dress! I took a a Renfrew tee and made it 13 inches longer ( dang I’m short) to make a dress. Added a ruffle! It’s cotton interlock, good weight. I’d like a ponte in it. I wanted to try a knit and adapted the Renfrew because on days my MCTD or fibro acts up I still want to look nice but feel comfortable.

 

Sewing list for first half 2014

I've started a list of all the items I want to sew in the first half of 2014. Some are WIP. Here's the list!

  1. Floral voile Hawthorne shirt. I love my dress and have the shirt cut and need to finish.
  2. Dress for the Dolly Clackett challenge. I already have this picked out and ready to sew,
  3. Mad Men challenge dress. I have my inspiration, just need to get my fabric.
  4. Red ponte pencil skirt with foldover waist. I need to draft a pattern for this.
  5. Reversible Lucy shirt for Aubree. I have some puppy fabric for one side and hot pink voile for the other.
  6. Denim Thurlow trousers.
  7. Wool jersey Renfrew.
  8. A blue Valerie Wells voile Cambie.
  9. Navy silk voile blouse, unsure of pattern.
  10. Red floral crepe vintage inspired button up with kimono sleeves.
  11. Michael Miller challenge quilt
  12. Wedding quilt
  13. Scrappy quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts
  14. A new tote bag
  15. Bind mug rugs

That's it so far. I think I can knock out most of it! I didn't dare make my whole year plan. Eek.

 

Best sewing investment this winter

That would easily be the Onion 1032 pattern. 1032_1 I bought it on Pattern Review for $8.50 with shipping and bought some anti-pill grey fleece on sale before Thanksgiving at $1.99 a yard. Total cost for this jacket? Less than $14. Worn at least 2x a week since December 1. Super cozy and warm.

I like the pointed hood on it. Since I’m so short it makes me feel extra elfish. I’d really like to make this up in a wool and make a quilted lining for a coat. I never button my coats anyway so a tie would be fine with me. I’d just need to size up the shoulder and arms as they are slim fitted.

Getting a pic at the end of the day of my hood.
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