The Westwood skirt is almost done [blog post already written, have some patience will you?!] and so it’s only right that I’m planning and plotting to get a nice big batch of stuff cut out ready to sew in the little bits of time I’ll snatch from my marking season.
Florals: I’ve had this pattern for YEARS. I bought it on impulse, then went off it, then liked it again…but it takes a LOT of fabric. I have this outrageous tropical print which I also bought on impulse a few years ago. There isn’t enough, so I thought I’d cut out some of the pieces in this bit of old sheet that used to do duty as a door curtain. Might work, might not, let’s see!
This morning, at work, while my poor students wrestled with their first exams, I taped together several PDF patterns which I’d recently bought. On ‘The Sewing Place’ there are a couple of challenges I plan to tackle- one for florals, one for using scraps, and one for ‘Sewing With a Kind of Plan’ which will end in October I think. Thoughts so far…
Scraps: well my dears, so MANY scraps! I might do some crazy piecing, and see what transpires…
SWAKOP: This needs to be made from 3 ‘sets’ of three garments, 2 tops and a bottom in each [no sexual innuendo, behave!] There are rules on what has to coordinate with what, and you get a wildcard. Some garments can be pre-made or RTW. I’m looking at a blue/green/purple colour scheme here, and have moved various bits of fabric around to see what goes. The Westwood-esque skirt will be there, with its jade jacket. I need some plain white tops, so they’re going into this collection. I unearthed a stunning piece of heavy silk satin, jade green with gold metallic paint splashes. That’s going in too, assuming I can squeeze something out of it!
I’m so in love with my two pairs of Brenne trousers that I think I may need more to get me through the summer. Secret pyjamas or what! OK, not so secret, they are ridiculous but very comfy…I need a plain black pair of ‘Ebony’ trousers too, they’re so smart, but feel like pyjamas. Are you detecting a theme? I used to sneer at people that put comfort above style, hey ho.
One of the patterns I want to use for the SWAKOP is the ‘Afternoon Blouse and Shift Dress’ from Handmade. I downloaded this ages ago and forgot about it. I have some lovely white linen, and some white cotton gauze in stash, both will be useful for a short while until I get tea or red wine on it! This is one of the PDFs I put together today- very very easy, no trimming of pages BUT masses of waste, and SEVENTY ONE PAGES if you print the whole file.
I spotted these beauties this week, and immediately succumbed. Flared trousers, with a soft waistband? Yes please! Shorts that aren’t voluminous mummy monstrosities? [they make my legs look like sticks] Yes please! I’m going to rummage and see what stretch fabrics I have that will be of use- there might be some more stretch denim somewhere…they so remind me of the loons I longed for in the 70s. Greenstyle Creations, if these patterns come together, I will love you forever!
The missus loves both of these too, so there may be several in the pipeline…
The fourth PDF is the amazing ‘Joker’ shirt from Okistyle. This one is for the missus, and will be in the heavy self-stripe white stretch cotton I used for my Juliet shirt. I may incorporate some piping to show off the seam lines
You see, not ALL about me lol
ALSO I need to get that wedding dress finished. I stalled after attaching the miles of tulle and zipping it up for safety…out of sight, out of mind it seems. That has to be the priority.
AND of course I need to get the ‘cathedral dress’ ready for August bank holiday, when we go on our big steampunk weekend.
So what do you think? Enough to be going on with I think. What are you planning?