I don't like it when weeks go like that but I try and make the most of it. So in between the distractions of life I have been pulling out ideas for my 2015 sewing sessions.
I need a cotton dress, and think I will use this pattern:
|New Look 6080|
And in no particular order, but on the list of essentials are a pair of cool pants for summer, and thicker pants for winter. This pattern has wider leg pants which are great for summer, and more tapered pants which will work for winter:
I don't feel inclined to rush this project - and I am not sure when I will start. Sometime in January I think. The fabrics are stashed and already shrunk.
While I was going through patterns and stash, I found some bits of poplin that were rescued from a dress that became a wadder, sometime in my pre-blog past. I looked at the shapes, and they looked as though they would work for a gored skirt. I rummaged through the pattern stash and found this:
I love the look of this pattern, but when I looked at the pattern pieces I could see that the cut really is for an hour glass/pear with small waist and larger hips, 9 inches below waist. I'm chunky around the middle, with a large high hip/tummy and tiny hips. So a further rummage made this the pattern of choice:
I downloaded the pattern pictures from Pattern Review ; unfortunately the photo process there seems to chop of the bottom of the Burda Pattern pictures. Anyway, as you can see from the line drawing, the hip line is quite high in this skirt, and the waist is not too indented. I think this shape might work for me, so I am going to trial the short version. Except I will make it a bit longer.
It will be wonderful to use the wadded fabric - I hate wasting good material.
I also want to trial a couple of top patterns. I like this little Simplicity top:
I've already made the muslin and it looks good. I'm not sure what fabric I will use yet, so it will be off to the stash to choose one soon.
I also love this little dress (View B, sleeves)
I'm going to trial it as a top first, to see how the neck feels. It looks high to me, and might not be comfortable. I've made the muslin up but haven't tried it on yet. It may be one of those garments that needs the right fabric and the right occasion. Sometimes I have made things up just because I wanted to trial them and get them off the list, only to not wear them because they don't work in my life or wardrobe. I want to eliminate these sorts of mistakes this year.
I may also make another knit top using this pattern:
|Kwik Sew 3036|
I have been looking for months and months and months for a summer weight cotton knit that isn't see through. I finally found it at Remnant Warehouse. It was an online purchase and I had no idea what weight it would be, but hooray, when it arrived, it was perfect. Happy Smile!
Of course, with the Remnant Warehouse recent 25% off sale, I've been busy stashing instead of sewing. Strategic stashing of course :). I shop with them online - it's a bit hit and miss as you can't tell the texture of the fabric, nor can you assess it's feel until you get it. But I just keep an open mind - it's quite fun, sort of like a lucky dip, and sooner or later it will be just right for something :). I've shopped with them enough to know that their fabrics are all lovely, and a good price.
I now have a good selection of stash, which really helps me to start wardrobe planning and sewing with more of a purpose. Living in Newcastle, I have been restricted to Spotlight basics, and really, there is a limit to what you can do with cheap craft cotton. Now that my casual wardrobe is about finished, I want to start making quality garments. I started with casual clothes because that got my sewing skills sharpened after a ten year sewing hiatus.
Some of it even is even patterned. I find it difficult to find fabrics in colours and patterns that suit me.
This one works as it is an abstract, linear pattern in cooler colours. Some of you have commented I don't wear pattern much, but I do find most patterns just do not like me:)
Speaking of stash, next year I must go on a Stash Diet. I need to clear out the excess and fabrics I don't like, and only buy bits that work back and that I like, . Some nourishment is after all needed, and if I purge, I can treat myself. Rewards are a very good incentive :)
I am also going to keep track of what I use and what I spend. I keep meaning to, but this year other priorities in my personal life intervened. I know I have stashed too much, so I want to see how much I recoup in garments over the next year or so. Quite a bit I suspect, as I find it hard to buy clothes that fit, especially in Newcastle, where obesity is quite prevalent. So the market caters to larger people here. It is also not a quality market, so I don't like the clothes in any case.
And when I go away, I don't have time to shop for clothes. It's just not on my priority list.
So it's time to up the ante and Sew my Stash into my Style during 2015.
Those are my plans. What are yours?