There is something about a new sewing season that is always exciting - so many things to make, so many ideas, so many choices. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the sheer number of possibilities.
As you know, I often sew useful wardrobe workhorses- very serviceable basics. Because that suits my current lifestyle, even though I sometimes wish it were otherwise, and also because I live in a very casual sort of town - which sort of intersects with my current lifestyle and why it is not quite what I would wish here. One day though, I will move back to Adelaide.
I also want to sew some more interesting garments, a few things to pep up the basics.
And then I think about sewing it all - and think about tracing all the patterns, which I always do - it means you have the master pattern if things go wrong, or you traced the wrong size and need the next one up - if you did this straight from the pattern, you would not be able to recut. So I trace my patterns. This is also a good time to think about how you would sew the garment. A bit of thought at the beginning can save a few unpickings further down the sewing track
Now that is the step I hate. That and pre-washing fabric. The bit I like is the sewing and watching the garment evolve. But tracing patterns also helps the sewing process because it is a good time to look closely at the pattern and think about how you would sew the garment. A bit of thought at the beginning can save a few unpickings further down the sewing track
And over the next few weeks I have quite a busy time with work and things that need doing around the house. And will have limited time for sewing but will want maximum results.
So as DH was working yesterday and this morning, I decided to get a bunch of patterns traced. A marathon session, and here they all are, each pattern and it's tracing in a separate bag:
|A box pleated skirt, should be fun to make and wear.|
|Below knee culottes/shorts - can't wait to make these.|
|I need a throw on simple jacket. Not sure what colour.|
|A happy mid summer dress.|
|A big white shirt. Just because I want to make one.|
|A Lisette princess line top.|
|Maybe these pants will look okay.|
|I like this jacket too - in something soft and drapey?|
|A classic shirt - love the black and white|
This will keep me busy for the next few months. I also want to make some casual pants, and a couple of skirts and tops. So I guess I will trace these this afternoon:
Do you make plans as well, or do you just sew whatever you want to make as the idea arises? And how do you fit in sewing with other life demands?