Hello everyone, the first month of 2017 has already gone. So quickly. And I really don't feel I got into a sewing rhythm at all. Yes, I got things made, but the month was sort of higgly piggly, so sewing was fitted in higgly piggly as well. Which I don't like. I often have to fit it in, but in a more orderly fashion, which I do like! Hopefully over the next month or so I will get more structure and order back into my sewing life.
As for the green fabric above, I will tell you about that later in the post. First I will recap January's makes.
First make of the month was a little cotton shirt, which I didn't like to start with as the fabric was a cheap, stiff, cotton and it didn't drape nicely. But after about 8 washes (I just kept throwing it back in the machine when other blues and whites were being washed) it has softened and I quite like it now. for a casual weekend sort of top.
I was also working on a promised Xmas gift for my DH. A casual cotton/linen shirt and pants. This was a mammoth job, because I had to work out what size and shape and had to then do 2 muslins for the shirt and two for the pants! Anyway, I got there in the end:
And, I am pleased to report, he likes wearing it on hot, humid weekends. The pockets are a great hit - he says they are just right. And the air conditioner has not been run on high, and is often off! The thermal properties of cotton/linen made up in loose garments beats a t shirt and drill pants!
I felt a little jaded after two shirt muslins, 2 pant muslins, and then the sewing of black shirt and pants. I don't like sewing black, and there was just miles and miles of the stuff...
So after that I made something simple and cheerful for me. A little cotton top to wear with a previously me-made skirt:
After all, when Spotlight is still selling clearance fabrics at a good price, what do you do, especially when you have a gift card you have been instructed to use? Lots of future plans for this lot...
And in the green baskets underneath the stash additions (which are waiting to be catalogued and housed) are my new threads:
I am gradually building up a collection of larger reels of thread. 5000 metres for about $3.9, purchased from MRecht.. Beats Gutermann 100 metres for $3.49 or whatever it currently is. I can use this on my industrial machine, and for the domestic machines I have purchased a spool holder and feeder:
I got this from Sewing Machine Warehouse for about $9.99 plus postage. I have tested the set up on my domestic Janome, and it worked well, and the machine didn't mind sewing with the thread. This does not mean I am recommending this thread and spool set up, just letting you know what I have done and that it worked for me!
As for the green fabric:
It's a cheap quilting cotton. I have metres of the stuff, purchased when it was $3.00 per metre - and it is 260 wide! I knew green was about to become the next big colour in fashion, so planned to make some things with it to pep up my basic wardrobe.
First I am going to make these trousers by Lisette:
What I like about them is the classic trouser style combined with a hint of jean style:
The picture is a bit blurry, but gives you an idea at least.
I also thought the fabric would be wonderful for this dress:
Can't wait to share both these makes with you, I think they will look quite stunning.
Bye for now,