Why hello there everyone! I’m eager to get back blogging again and even more keen to get sewing. This is the first day of my ‘new’ work-life balance, and am feeling very refreshed & insanely happy after a fab ski holiday with my family. Yesterday I was working as a casual in a warehouse but now have a couple of days (kind of like a mid-week weekend- sorry– I am not trying to make anyone jealous here) before I go back to earn more beans. Still very early days in my thinking & planning about how I meet my bills but the short term at least is sorted. And now I have time to think & plan. And sew and blog. Yay!!!!!
So I want to dive in which means ignoring the catch up on 2015’s sewing outputs & reviews- that will have to wait. Today I am going to share my thinking with you and ask for any suggestions you may have. This is for January. (And remember I still have some Christmas presents to make – a pair of boxers and two shirts).
Of most excitement then for me is having time & space to sew – in my new cottage. And I could go completely wild & sew completely spontaneous projects. But I have been sobered by the unpacking & re-packing of my stash of fabrics. I have also been made sensible by having to home the clothes I make- I no longer have spare wardrobes. Oh no. And I have underbed storage (these from Ikea are pretty good value & do a wonderful job) to keep out of season clothing. If I can’t store it, I can’t keep it (or I have to get rid of something else to make way). This is finally enabling me to make considered decisions about what I *need* & therefore what I shall be sewing. Hurrah. At last I have grown up a bit!And what else I need to take into account is lifestyle – no more office clothes, a much more casual wardrobe. OK, so after reading about my new ways of thinking, let’s see what I am thinking about making this month/ next month maybe.
Tops & jumpers- getting practical.
I need another Linden sweatshirt (or two) in my life. I have some green sweatshirting & various coloured ribbing- perfect for warehouse work & snuggling in the evenings. I wear my first Linden sweatshirt a lot and it is decidedly a test garment made with fabric that has fade lines in it. Making the green sweatshirting up will probably provoke more experimentation….
I have really enjoyed wearing my cowl neck fleece Renfrew – it has jumper status & is great for this time of the year & can get away with being a ‘fleece’ because it has more style. I will investigate options to make another using some thicker knit (or even fleece) from my stash.
Tops of a more pretty kind:
I will show you later a top that I am going to make from a French magazine I bought on holiday. But in addition to that I am fancying a chiffon Orla top and have a few options in my stash. I also feel another Sew Over It Pussy Bow blouse coming on…in polka dot chiffon for sure. Why the enthusiasm for chiffon? Well it’s easy to look after (first thing!) – I don’t find I need to iron it- plus I have some really cute options in my stash already.
I have also got a couple of pieces of fabric that I plan to make into the Mila shirt. (if I have enough …)
The great trouser ‘mind palace’ (hahaha – just watched the latest ‘Sherlock’ and was reminded of that phrase). I have been living in my Ginger jeans and need another pair of trousers- my green Chinos are great, but I think could be elevated if they were made out of some fabric with some stretch so I am pondering that line of attack. However I am determined to get my trouser block at peak performance so that I can whip up a pair of trews that fit me perfectly in next to no time. Fabric choices are still up for grabs- I do need to investigate my stash however. And then I have whittling away at the back of my mind how much I love my Hudson trousers & that a seasonal pair could be good for warehouse work too.
I have a huge urge to make the Sew Over It Joan dress in a double knit. Maybe something from Girl Charlee? I have been dying to make a Joan ever since it came out. Could the time be right now? Also a Rachel wrap dress from Maria Denmark– another knit dress. And I have already pointed out that New Look 6298 is in my possession and on my radar …
Spectacular excuse for something special
And if you were being lulled into any sense that this badger was turning overly practical, have no fear. Top of my creative thoughts is what to wear at a fancy London Awards night that I have been invited to. Last few times I wore this outfit, but I feel as if something new is needed (especially as the skirt may be a bit tight at the moment following holidays & less running than usual).
I am considering a cocktail dress – either the Martini from Capital Chic Patterns or else something from a vintage pattern I will unearth as I unpack my sewing room & organise it. I don’t think I can bring myself to be flamboyant enough to invest in 7m of taffeta for the full skirt in Simplicity 1099 but the long straight skirt & top or knee length full skirt & top could also be an option. Fabric though? ? I need to look at my stash but suspect that I will not have anything this special as I don’t tend to hoard posh fabrics….I am dabbling with these from Fabric Godmother but don’t know if they would be OK for the Martini dress. This peachskin and this crepe backed satin.
Now this is where I need your help. Another John Lewis Sale purchase, this boiled wool.
I would really like to make something out of it to wear now- a casual jacket/ thick cardi of some sort – nothing formal – a good to throw on with jeans would be really useful. I like the idea of something like this. But am not sure if a mid weight boiled wool would work. If it is a jacket it is clearly unlined because you don’t need to bother with linings or even seam finishing with boiled wool- & I wouldn’t want to miss out on that opportunity. Would New look 6351 be good for it? I was wondering about a zipped biker jacket, but it is a mid weight not that sturdy? (Any recommended patterns?) I haven’t bought enough to make the Clare coat, maybe I should have thought that through as I do like the idea of pull on shoulder fastenings & snuggly collar big time. Do you have any other ideas for using boiled wool?
At some point I am also going to start my test jacket before cutting out my Tweedy – going to rock that country look don’t you know?! So that is also in my plans.
Did I call this a plan for January? I don’t think so somehow! Let’s just say that this is the dump of my winter sewing thoughts. There will also be some running wear – for me & a friend (I owe her a pair of leggings!). As well as a dress for a friend in time for Spring. And surely other things will crop up. But there you have it. Thank you for the opportunity to write this post as it has helped me work out just what my sewing priorities could be over the next few months with some kind of structure. Any thoughts welcome!