Monday, 17 September 2012

Spring / summer sewing

I've been trying to come up with a plan for my spring and summer sewing. I'm being conservative, as my time (and money) is pretty limited at the moment, so I'm putting less on, rather than more.

What I'd really like to sew:

I need to finish my Hazel. I have the fabric sitting there, and have attempted an FBA or two. Working out how to adjust patterns was pretty ambitious for such a beginner, especially on a pretty complicated bodice shape, but it's getting there. I need to sit back down with it, and try try again. It's pretty good practice, but I find tracing patterns time consuming and dull. The dress should go together easily once I get the adjustments right.

I also want to sew at least one Cambie dress. I have the pattern sitting there and I love it. I still need to pick fabric for it, but I'm thinking a pale blue with small flowers would be pretty. I don't usually wear many prints, so this would be a change for me, but I think it would be nice for summer.

Thurlow shorts - I'd like to sew a pair of these in Tweed or something, but probably a little longer than the pattern suggests! I don't have any shorts and probably haven't since I was a teenager, so this is a bit of an experiment for me, but I'm keen to try and somehow think that shorts are less intimidating to sew than trousers!

Renfrew: I still need some more basic tshirts. I have enough wool for one more Merino tshirt, but I'd really like to make a couple more in stripes! I am in love with stripey t-shirts at the moment and can't get enough of them.

Finally, in my most ambitious project to date, I would like to sew up an Anise jacket. I've been wanting a little cropped jacket that is high necked for a while, and the Anise is pretty much perfect! I'm thinking a grey wool with white buttons and some pretty lining would be perfect. I bought the companion book for it, and will buy the pattern closer to the time I'm ready for it!

I want to sew up the patterns that I have, first.

Finally, I have all five of the patterns that came with my Colette sewing handbook to sew up too. I saw some olive green velvet at Tessuti on the weekend and was restrained and didn't buy it (though I did stand there stroking it for a while), and I would like to have made a meringue skirt out of it! I'm pretty underwhelmed with the photos in the book, but looking online at other people's versions of them, I think I actually do like most of the patterns! I can't see myself making or wearing the Taffy blouse, but the other ones are ok... not sure about the big bell sleeves on one of the dresses though!!

I think I can get at least some of this done for this season... buying the fabric will be the tough part, as will getting photographs of the creations afterwards!! I tried unsuccessfully all weekend last week to get photos for the Beignet, but the ones that I got in the end were tiny and grainy. BOOO. Taking photos is the most stressful part of blogging. I don't have a camera with a self timer function and the Chef is working 120 hour weeks, so there's no-one to take pictures for me. I am also not the best photographer at the best of times. I think I might have to suck it up and post those silly selfies. I hate them, but they seem to be my best shot at the moment!!

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  1. I can totally sympathise with you about photo taking anxieties!! I take all my own photos & even though I have a self timer I still find it really difficult (& also pretty silly :) )

    So, I hope this isn't being too forward, but perhaps we could arrange a photo shoot some time?! I work not far from your husband's restaurant at 3 Bags Full so it might be possible to organise something? No pressure of course, but if you're interested let me know!

    Jenny

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    1. I was about to suggest the same thing as Jenny - a photo taking date of sorts.

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    2. Oh yay! It's not just me!! A photo taking date / shoot sounds like a really great idea - I'd definitely be up for that!

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    3. If you wanted one this week let me know. I'm currently free pretty much every evening after work, and this afternoon and evening.

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    4. Did you end up organising a time to take some pics? I can help out on Sunday if you still need some help!

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    5. Oh thanks! After tonight I'm free any evening and most of the weekend. I also have a half day on Friday, so that could work too! my email address is belinda.leon@gmail.com - email me and we can sort out times.

      Yay! Sewing people are the best. <3

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  2. Sounds like you will have a lovely wardrobe by the end of all that sewing. I hope you can get some photos because I'd love to see the finished pieces. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks! I just hope that the garments live up to my imagination!

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  3. That is an amazing plan- good luck!

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    1. amazing and ambitious! I'm looking forward to tackling it though. How did your Cambie turn out??

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