If this is what being organised is, I’m afraid I favour ignorant mayhem, although I am pleased to say I was able to locate the fabric for my PJ bloomers (stand down Samaritans!) I have been reviewing my sewing plans & have come to the conclusion that they are “unrealistic”.
This is my humungous pile of “sew me soon” fabrics (I count 15). This is the manifestation of fantasy. How on earth am I going to find time to make all of these up?
So, in writing about them I shall use this post to go where my energy is & that will be how I can prioritise, good idea, right? (I have to apologise also that for some reason I can’t add hyperlinks in this post which is a shame as I reference other peeps’ blogs as well as some of my past makes. I just don’t understand….but never mind). Let’s begin. You do not win a prize for identifying my Spring/ Summer colour palette amongst this pile. There is a serious tendency for red, white & navy with a splash of teal thrown in for good measure. Oh did I laugh when the realisation hit me that I shall be most decidedly patriotic for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. All very deliberate you understand?!!
So what am I trying to achieve with this bright bundle? I’d like to perk up my spring work wardrobe, as well as adding some life & some smells of the sea to my casual wardrobe. There is unlikely to be very much cross over between the two – I cannot see myself turning up to work styled a la marin festooned with stripes and anchors. For work I am thinking dresses, skirts & tops, all of which can be non-work wear too, should I so chose to posh myself up a bit.
First up will be a red linen mix Colette Patterns Ginger, I plan to make the cupid bow waistband variety. I may throw in some piping or rick rack, but am also thinking (for once) I might keep it plain. This will be a great mixer & I shall not line it either, so I am anticipating a more speedy make. (Score!!)
More linen– I have a bare metre of teal linen mix that I shall either make into a skirt Simplicity 2451 -( you know the skirt favoured by Zoe) or if I have enough to squeeze it, the Cynthia Rowley short sleeved jacket, Simplicity 2443.
The eagle eyed amongst you may have spied where some of my iPhone buy-back money was diverted – yay! More ellies! I couldn’t bear the thought of Ditto running out & so feverishly bought a few more instalments – this time for some dress lengths. Oh I know. Talk about over the top! But I just couldn’t help myself. What do you think? I want to make the red into a shirt dress, maybe the full skirted Lisette Traveller, or else my Vintage shirt dresses (remember my “too old for school vintage gingham dress”). As for the navy (it is very dark) I had thought to make it into this wonderful pattern with 3/4 sleeves but it also has a cute detachable collar & bow that I won from the Hectic Eclectic during the Sew Grateful week. But I would need to get speedy on this as I see it as a Spring make- you know the time of year when you are weaning yourself out of your cardigan.
Speaking of dresses, there is also some gorgeous fabric that Debbie from Minnado’s House kindly sent me from her legendry fabric bountifulness. Wonderful drapey navy with spriggy flowers on it. Yes, it could very much be a blouse, but I also see it as a wonderful dress (40s stylee?) & as Debbie suggested with red buttons. I am going to see if I can squeeze this vintage pattern out of it. Wish me luck!
Next, a taster for where my thoughts are regarding my nautical wardrobe. ONE day (soon I hope) we shall go on a sailing holiday. Even if Gary stubbornly leaves his bell bottoms & Jean Paul Gaultier extra tight t-shirt & pipe at home I want to kitsch it up & look the part. It’s all stripes & brights for me. These following items are supposed to complement & supplement other things I have already made. (Sidebar – I was thinking of using Pinterest to develop images for planning this holiday wardrobe..could work, no?)
First of all I want a successful pair of red trousers. You hear me sewing Gods? I don’t want any more hassle. By the way can I say that I’m so grateful to all the sympathetic & helpful comments you’ve left in comments to my photo story ex-Clovers. I am quite stunned by the links & tips & guides you’ve taken the effort to send me. Big thank you I shall go & look at them all before even getting close to cutting out my next pair (promise). But I want to make some tapered red trousers using my Built By Wendy pattern (seemed to work OK last time on my piped linen trousers) & Clover style legs. I have some bright red fabric & it has some stretch in it, as I was originally planning to Clover it. The nautical element might be understated and extend to notions.
But now for some overt “hello sailor”. Come on over for some vintage delight. Time to get excited.
Ding dong! Check out the sailor shorts & trousers- this pattern was my gem from the Crafters’ Ceilidh pattern swap, donated by Debi herself I think. I have some white fabric to make shorts, & some denim for some trousers (leg style to be determined). All have stretch – I kind of went on a fabric-with-stretch buying bingo, at the time believing in the achievability of Clovers for me. But I’m sure it will result in more comfort for this ol’ gal in whatever it becomes. Maybe it will enable longer periods of time not in PJs?!!
I also have some wonderful horiziontally striped cotton, bought in Edinburgh. This I imagine as a kimono sleeved 60s style top, button back with a little stand up collar perhaps. This will be my first design in Miss P’s Draftalong…
And sailor-wear would not be complete without some striped jerseys to make a red/white cap sleeved t-shirt plus a Breton style long sleeved top.
And finally for this instalment at least I just had to show you this cuteness…I’m not saying it is a priority. But putting it together has made me coo.
A tangential foray into sand & sea – outside of the main colour palette, but included as it is seaside related!! This will be a full pleated skirt with a border along the bottom with this stripey yellow shirting. The floral fabric just happens to be the same tone of yellow…..
Now as for the other things I need to make, presents for friends, fancy dress presents for kids …..it’s shivering me timbers!
Sorry again to everyone I cannot link to today If only there was an instant way to understand html that didn’t eat into sewing time …..hopefully it’ll be fixed by the next time I post. Bye for now one & all