Sunday, December 20, 2009

January Sewing Queue: Summary

So, to sum up (as I think I've completely overwhelmed myself) my goals for January 2010 are:
  1. Swimsuit (or 2) for me
  2. Underwear for me
  3. Swimsuit (or 2) for DD
  4. Underwear for DD
  5. Gym shirts for me
  6. Gym shorts/Yoga pants for me
  7. PJs for me
  8. Boxers for DH
  9. PJs for DD
  10. Art Caddy for DD - UNDERWAY
  11. Lunch Bags (x2) for me
  12. Sequin skirts for dancing school

I'll let you know how I go. I think I've compiled an absolutely ridiculous list, but seeing as though there's no sewing police, it just doesn't matter. As long as it keeps me from wasting my sewing time, I'm good with that.

January Sewing Queue: Other Bits and Pieces

Of course, I'll be trying to sew up a few UFOs (and trying not to add any more).

Other than the swimwear, exercise wear and lingerie, there are a couple of other projects I'd like to fit into January if I get the chance...

First, I'd like to finish up this Art Caddy I'm making for DD. I finished cutting it out this morning, so I may even get it done before the New Year.

Second, I'd like to sew a couple of these lunchbags so that I get into the habit of taking my own lunch to work more often.

I bought both of these patterns from You Can Make This, along with a Weekender Bag pattern that I'm just NOT going to include in my January plans. I'm hoping to make it up in the first quarter of 2010 so I can use it as a work bag - we'll see how that pans out.

Then, I'd like to sew up a ton of the sequin circle skirts for the dancing school - just to get ahead before I go back to work.

January Sewing Queue: Lingerie and Sleepwear

Lingerie Sewing:

I don't particularly want to enter the Lingerie contest, but I am mindful of the fact that I need to be sewing up my lingerie stash. It's not doing me any good sitting in the cupboard. I've also been hoarding cute cotton/lycras to make underwear for DD. I can see a panty TNT coming up.

Again, I've just bought a Jalie pattern for underwear, so I'll be giving this a lash (for me and DD).

The Otto panty pattern worked fairly well for me, but I've also got a few other patterns floating around. The problem is that I have never seen one of them through to the TNT stage. Most of them fit pretty good, but not perfectly. I think if you're going to sew your own underwear then PERFECT fit is the goal.

In the recent Jalie pattern haul, I also acquired this shapewear pattern. I'm not sure I'll get to it this January, but it's worth including here, just in case. It doesn't look too difficult, it's just a matter of finding the time.

I also need some PJs, so they'll be in the list, too.

I've seen this made up as a nightie, which could be fun.

I've also always wanted to make this dress up as a nightie in a soft knit. Maybe the top in a knit would be cute with some matching knit boxers.

Some inspiration pictures for the sleepwear project! (I've been saving these pictures for a long time and have no idea where I have collected them from. I'm fairly sure some of them are from the Little MissMatched website, though.)

Could use one of cami patterns from Otto for the top and the Jazz pants pattern for the bottom of that one.

If I get to it, I'll make up some sleepwear for DD as well. She's covered for the minute, but is growing like a bean. I'm fairly sure she'll be OK for summer, but winter PJs will be another story. Of course, buying clothes for her is easy and inexpensive, so that's always an option.

AND, last but not least, I'll be sewing some boxers for DH. I was supposed to get to them as part of his Christmas present, but that's not going to happen, so I'll be doing those in January. Hopefully, once I've got the pattern and construction ironed out, I'll be able to sew him up a few pairs. I've got a few lengths of suitable fabric here and it would be good to use it all up. (2 of the pieces are in the first basket of target fabrics).

January Sewing Queue: Exercise Wear

As far as outfits for the gym are concerned, I'm fairly comfortable in loose shorts and t-shirts - no tight fitting garments for me! I thought I might give these patterns a go:

For the summer months, I thought I'd just use the Otto Jazz pants pattern and cut it off to shorts length. I'm planning on doing some of the Body Balance and Yoga classes so a couple of longer pair would be fine, too.

I've got a whole lot of cotton/lycra knits in stash, so I'll be using them up for the tops, however, I'm still searching for the perfect fabric for the bottoms. I want breathability, but no cling, and I also want the ability to find a consistent source.

I'm thinking about ordering some Supplex fabric (290 g/m2), hoping that will be heavy enough. The description they give is "It is naturally absorbent to keep fabrics dry, comfortable and anti-static. It also releases stubborn stains in the wash and keeps dirt in the wash water away from the fabric." Sounds perfect to me - as long as the weight is good. I'll be ordering some of that in the new year.

I'll also need to get some wider elastic - I've heard that's a good finish for the waistband. I don't have anything wide enough in stash, but that's easy to fix.

January Sewing Queue: Swimwear

There's an Activewear competition running on Pattern Review for January 2010 as well as the start of a Lingerie competition halfway through the month. Over at PR, they're changing the way the prizes are awarded in contests, making 2nd place a random drawing, which seems like a bit of fun. First place is awarded on votes, as usual. Given the change, I thought I might enter a few of the contests next year. I wouldn't have a hope of winning normally, and, while that's not the reason I would enter the contest, a chance gives me a little more motivation to see things through.


With that said, what would I sew in the Activewear area? I need a new swimsuit, as well as some outfits for the gym, so that's a good start. I've just come into possession of a new Jalie swimsuit pattern, so that seems like the logical place to start. I've also got another couple of tankini patterns I've been wanting to sew for a while.

Given that I have a heap of printed nylon lycra, I really should sew up a few more swimsuits for DD. I'd like to give the Jalie pattern a go for her, as well as the standard Kwik Sew patterns I usually use...

It's so easy to whip up a swimsuit for DD, though, that I'd really like to set a goal to sew at least one for myself.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Sewing Update

DD Christmas Skirt - DONE

Pretty Ditty Apron - CUT OUT - DONE
Fairy Skirt - CUT OUT - DONE

DH's Boxers - May be relegated until after Christmas at this rate
DSIL's Bag - Have purchased and wrapped another gift so may do this one for her birthday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Musing about next year's goals

I feel as though I've been fairly productive this year. I've certainly sewn a lot of projects, but I'm still drowning in fabric. Part of the problem is that I can't throw anything away, and the other (main) part is that I keep buying more fabric. I really should learn. Anyway, the bottom line is that the amount of fabric I have is starting to stress me out so my goals for next year will involve sewing down my stash.

My First Goal: Targeted Fabrics

I've picked out a few fabrics and set them aside. I'm going to sew things from those fabrics (I can add other fabrics according to the project) until they are all gone. The fabrics (and tentative plans) are:
  1. Lime green organza with gold foil stars (Christmas Skirt for Iyla, Pretty Ditty Christmas Apron?)
  2. White stretch cotton sateen (capri pants for DD)
  3. White voile with gold stars and diagonal lines (peasant blouse for DD)
  4. Pink glitter organza (Fairy Skirt for DN)
  5. Aqua Blue with cute dogs satin-y fabric (PJs for DD, Boxers for DH)
  6. Pink Paisley satin-y fabric (Boxers for DH)
  7. Blue/Green/Yellow/White stretch cotton sateen (Ruffle back Otto skirt for DD)
  8. Green Fairy Drill (Art Caddy for DN)
  9. Blue Bubble Drill (Art Caddy for DD)
  10. Chocolate Brown with multi-coloured birds/geo design (Pretty Ditty Apron for Mum)

My Second Goal: Lingerie Fabric Stash Reduction

I need to sew down my lingerie fabric stash until it fits in one box. It's mainly for underpants for me so I'll need to get cracking on perfecting that TNT. THEN I'll be able to whip those babies out.

My Third Goal: Swimwear Fabric Stash Reduction

I want to sew down my swimwear fabric stash until it fits into 2 boxes. I've got a whole bunch of printed lycras that need to be used up. I also need some new swimsuits - so there's a match! Of course, sewing swimsuits for my DD is quite addictive. There's no fit issues and she always looks cute. However, I need to bite this bullet. I also want to order some sun protection lycra and I can't justify doing that until I at least get the current lycra stash under control.

My Fourth (and last for now) Goal: Dancing Fabric Stash Reduction

Finally, I want to sew up most of the dancing fabric stash. I'm not sure how much longer DD will be dancing so I need to get this stuff sewn up now while it's still useful. I also have a whole bunch of the pink sequin fabric - I know I'll be making more of those circle skirts so I may just get a head start over the Christmas school holidays.

Phew, it seems like a lot but I know I need direction in my sewing otherwise I flounder and fritter my time away. I may never achieve all these goals, but I like the way they keep me somewhat focused.

Christmas Sewing List

I know I've only got another couple of weeks to go, but I've made a fair dint in the list already. I'm only listing what I've got to go...

  • Boxers for DH
  • Bag for DSIL
  • Pretty Ditty Apron for Mum
  • Christmas Skirt for DD
  • Fairy Skirt for DN

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hard to Believe

I know! I've just sewn up a muslin for the Burda Plus pants (Spring/Summer 2007 E952 #402) and this is what they looked like straight 'out off the tracing paper!'

I think they look pretty good already - no major funny things happening. I'm so excited. I have a feeling this is going to be my first proper TNT pants pattern!

Issues that I needed to address in the above pants:

  • side seams are pulling forward towards my belly
  • the waistband is a little too tight
  • the back is sitting out slightly at the top of CB and
  • the crease lines (which are on the grain) are not sitting perfectly straight.
So, I let the side seams out by 1/2". This has stopped any of the pulling and allows the side seams to sit at my side instead of towards the front. I also took a wedge out of the CB seam, angling it in towards the top of the WB. This makes the WB sit in nicely against my back. However, I still have the problem with the crease lines pulling in towards the inner leg.

I think there is my problem. I've got a little bit of pulling on my front thigh. I also find that if I push the WB down a fraction at the CF (or pull up the WB at the side seams) the crease lines hang straight.


I'm going to have one last look in my fit books to see about the thigh issue, otherwise, I think this pattern is good to go! I'd planned to use this pattern in my mini-wardrobe #1, so I've got two fabrics ready and waiting to go. Hopefully, by next week, I'll have a couple of pairs of new pants!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Direction with Simplicity 3768 Shorts

I've gotten some great advice and I now need to try a few things.

One poster said that I need to make sure the front and back are level - that perhaps I've pulled the front up too high. I need to try the muslin on again, keeping everything level and take some photos from front, back AND sides.

Another poster has given me the idea of using the WB the way it is and using elastic as a kind of interfacing. If I don't attach it - just enclose it in the WB, then I can shorten it as I lose size. Great idea - and I think I'll do this, but so I need to get the pants fitting first? Maybe I need to cut out a WB, recut the top of these shorts according to the pattern and sew it together as it's meant to be in the pattern.

Yet another poster mentioned crotch length...apparently, the pattern should measure my crotch length plus an extra 1" for ease. I've measured my CL - it's 29.5". Next step is to measure the pattern and see if that works out.

Finally, I'm also going to try molding my crotch line with tinfoil and getting a template happening. There are a few threads on PR about doing this and it sounds interesting, so I'm going to give it a go.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Progress - Warning some TMI shots included

I have finally fallen to the dreaded bugs that have been so prevalent around here. I don't have anything really bad, but I have a sore throat and I totally lack any energy.

Having said that, I have done a few sewing related things this week. I tried on my shorts muslin and fiddled around with it for a while. It fits fine in the front and is plenty big enough, but I am getting some bizarre folds/creases and I don't know what to do about them. I'm going to post over at PR to see if I can get some ideas about what to do next.

I've also finally traced out the Burda Plus pants I plan to use in my mini-wardrobe. I've cut them out in muslin fabric and will stitch them together either tonight or tomorrow (probably tomorrow if I'm being realistic). I may also need to ask for help on PR for those too. I really want to get those ones right as I'd love to have a TNT pants pattern.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Mini-Wardrobe #1 and TNTs

I've decided that I need to get organised with some TNT patterns. I am going to start with pants. I wear far more pants than I do skirts. However, I don't want to fall into the trap of filling up my wardrobe with pants and have nothing to wear with them, so I'm planning to sew some simple tops at the same time to create a mini-wardrobe.

There has been much discussion of this mini-wardrobe concept on Artisan Square and Pattern Review so I figure I'm just going to jump on the bandwagon. Sherril Miller showed some beautiful combinations last week and I love the way she had photographed her fabric and presented her plans - so I'm shamelessly copying.

The ADHD in me is struggling to keep this to 2 tops and 2 bottoms - I'm already at 3 tops, but I keep reminding myself that if I keep it simple until I get some TNTs, I'll have a better chance of succeeding.

The other thing that is in the back of my mind is that I'm trying to lose weight. I joined a gym the other week and have plans for slowly and steadily losing 30 kgs. That will make all my work on TNTs completely redundant, but I figure I'm going to sew for the body I have now. At the very least it will give me stacks of practice in fitting and sewing techniques!

Anyway, here are the plans for my first mini-wardrobe.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Completed Projects for 2009

  • 37 hot pink sequinned circle skirts
  • 11 aqua sequinned circle skirts
  • Aqua/white sparkly tulle ruffly dance skirt
  • Navy pants (Burda)
  • Green print Kwiksew shirt
  • 1 sequinned Redondo for DD
  • 2 x black knit skirts for me (McCalls 5434 and Kwiksew 3412)
  • Blue/green/brown T-shirt for me (but too small)
  • Jade and black print knit dress for me
  • Jade/black mesh and black knit t-shirt for me
  • Black skirt with Jade/black mesh overlay for me
  • 1 x doll's quilt (first quilt for me - ever!)
  • Peasant Blouse
  • Baby jumper (knitting)
  • Black maternity dress for Rachel
  • Black knit pants (McCalls 5434)
  • Navy knit pants (McCalls 5434)
  • Green jungly knit mesh tunic top (Simplicity 3624)
  • Cream knit tunic top (Simplicity 3624)
  • Kharki Skirt (Simplicity 4701)
  • Ottobre straight skirt multi coloured stretch linen
  • Denim skirt (Simplicity 4701)
  • Puppy print nightie for DD
  • Chocolate brown wrap skirt (Ottobre)
  • Aqua slub knit tank top (Ottobre)
  • Ottobre gathered neck t-shirts x 5
  • Undies x 3
  • Cupcake pants for DD
  • Ladybug and Polka Dot pants for DD
  • Strapless navy top (McCalls 5434)
  • Spindle sundress (Ottobre) - wadder/nightie
  • Blue Tracksuit pants for DD - school uniform x 3

So far (8/8/2009) I'm up to 87 garments/projects completed this year. Granted most of them are fairly simple, but I need to fill up my wardrobe with enough clothes to get me through the basics, then I can spend some time on more involved and intricate projects.

ETA (14/8/2009):

Have finished a few more items - mainly UFOs - it feels good to get them out of the room!

  • Baby Quilt for Rachel
  • Doll's quilt #1
  • Black/Jade Print T-shirt
  • Green knit top
  • Brown jumper

ETA (18/8/2009)

  • Pink tracksuit pants for DD
  • Cupcake tracksuit pants for DD
  • Jade Knit Top (KwikSew 3658)

ETA (30/8/2009)

  • Black Burda Plus Pants

ETA (9/12/09)

  • Pink/White Bikini for DD
  • Orange Hawaiian Bikini for DD
  • Blue Hawaiian Bikini for DD
  • Bright floral one-piece swimsuit for DD
  • Black/Red Bikini bottoms for DD
  • Yellow/Pink Leotard for DD
  • Yellow/Pink Dancing Skirt for DD
  • Pink Leotard for DN
  • Pretty Ditty Apron for MIL
  • Watermelon linen shorts for Me
  • Striped Linen shorts for Me
  • White Shorts for Me
  • Pink Cupcake Hoodie for DD
  • MORE sequin circle skirts (about 30) for Dancing
  • White panties for Me
  • Doll's quilt #2 for DN

Now up to 141 projects for the year :-) And I've still got some Christmas sewing to finish.

Up-To-Date List of UFOs

I'm going to keep track of this here so I can find it and update as needed...

Projects which need finishing:
  • Coral shirt
  • Choc/olive t-shirt
  • Watermelon linen jeans jacket
  • Jeans for me
  • Jeans for DD
  • Beige panties

UFOS which are DONE:

  • Baby Quilt for Rachel - DONE
  • 3 x Bikinis for DD - DONE
  • Pink cupcake hoodie for DD - DONE
  • Pink tracksuit pants for DD - DONE
  • Cupcake tracksuit pants for DD - DONE
  • Doll's quilt #1 - DONE
  • Black/Jade Print T-shirt - DONE
  • Doll's quilt #2 - DONE
  • Green knit top - DONE
  • Brown jumper - DONE
  • Jade knit top - DONE

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Keeping track is a wonderful thing!

And doing it on the computer means I can't lose it!

One of the things I struggle with on a daily basis is my ADD tendencies. I'm great out of the blocks, but not so great finishing things off. I also tend to take on WAY too much, get overwhelmed, then abandon everything. Case in point, the LONG list of projects that need to be completed...

I'm not going to kid myself that I'll get it all done this week. I haven't got time, it's DD's birthday this week and I'm still getting sorted for her party. BUT, I can fit in a little bit of sewing each day. Hopefully, if I can choose to work on something from the list, I can finish something this week.

Projects completed since last update:

  • 11 x aqua sequin circle skirts - DONE (even including a couple of extras for last minute RSVPs)
  • 1 ruffly tulle dancing skirt (learning how to use ruffler foot)
  • Navy pants

Work done on:

  • Baby Quilt for Rachel's baby

Once this crazy birthday weekend is over, it's full steam ahead on crafty projects. I did some clothes shopping this last week, so I'm not under any pressure to finish anything up for our holiday, which helps enormously. It's funny, I'm so much more productive when I'm not under pressure.

Plans include clearing out some of that mountain of UFOs and making some shorts for our holiday. I'd also like to complete a mini-wardrobre ala Sherril. We'll see...

Friday, July 31, 2009

Regaining Focus

I have been sewing a lot, but, true to my normal ADD style, I haven't finished all things...

Completed projects since last update: (49 things! Yay!)
  • 37 sequinned circle skirts for dancing school
  • 1 sequinned Redondo for DD
  • Green print shirt for me
  • 2 x black knit skirts for me
  • black knit pants for me
  • Blue/green/brown T-shirt for me (but too small)
  • Jade and black print knit dress for me
  • Jade/black mesh and black knit t-shirt for me
  • Black skirt with Jade/black mesh overlay for me
  • 1 x doll's quilt (first quilt for me - ever!)
  • Peasant Blouse
  • Baby jumper (knitting)
Projects which need finishing
  • 9 x aqua sequin circle skirts - DONE (but now need to make another one for a last minute invite!)
  • Baby Quilt
  • 2 x Doll's quilts
  • Navy pants
  • Green knit top
  • Brown jumper
  • Jade knit top
  • Coral shirt
  • Choc/olive t-shirt
  • Watermelon linen jeans jacket
  • Jeans for me
  • Jeans for DD
  • Muslin for shorts
  • Pink cupcake hoodie for DD
  • 2 x tracksuit pants for DD
  • Beige panties
  • 3 x Bikinis for DD
I've also got lots of projects lined up for our upcoming holiday, but I'd like to clear a few things from my to-do lists first. If worst comes to worst, I'll just buy a few things.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Finished the dress for my friend

Here is the maternity dress that I made for my friend. It was a bit of a learning curve. Not only had I not sewn this pattern before, but it didn't fit to start with AND I had to convert it to maternity. The trouble was she wanted a dress copied and I have no idea how to do that - particularly since she didn't want an EXACT copy anyway. So we did the best we could.

I did an FBA (she's an F-cup) and added a bit on the sides. Originally, I added in some width across the tummy to allow for expansion, but she didn't want it that loose, so I took that out. I ended up just rounding the bottom hem at the CF.

The good news is that she loves it.

OK. It's back to sewing for me now. I have made a few knit garments since I finished DF's dress. Nothing spectacular, just some good wardrobe basics in black double knit. I'm up to 7 garments finished this month.

I just spent last night pulling out all the knits that I have in the stash which are suitable for tops - and matching them up with patterns. I really need some new tops. I always seem to make bottoms - and then have nothing to wear them with. So, to that end, I am going to concentrate on tops for the rest of this month.

Friday, April 10, 2009

April Sewing So Far

It's Good Friday and the start of school holidays. I can see some sewing time coming the distance! LOL.

Anyway, I can cross off a couple of items from my April sewing queue: I'm up to 4 garments sewn for this month, already.

  • DD Tracksuit pants for school are DONE - 3 pairs
  • Maternity Dress for friend is DONE

After making a TON of alterations to this dress - had to adjust for size, do a FBA, then convert to maternity - it turned out quite well. It's tied back fairly tightly in the picture above. I'm just grateful and relieved that she likes it. I was so nervous sewing for someone other than my family. She plans to wear it with knee-high boots and a denim jacket this winter.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Sewing Queue

  1. Enter a garment in the knit contest on Pattern Review
  2. Participate in the panty sew-a-long with Sigrid
  3. Participate in the jeans sew-a-long on Pattern Review
  4. Learn how to sew a classic women's shirt with Alison
  5. Attend my first meeting of the Australian Sewing Guild
  6. Learn how to do free motion quilting

Big goals - but I'm very excited about each of them.

Here are the garments I've got in the queue - kind of order of priority to start with, then not! Garments in red are completed!

  1. Tracksuit pants for DD's school uniform (3 pairs) - Butterick 3955 (TNT pattern)
  2. Maternity Dress for GF - Kwiksew 3533
  3. Long-sleeved knit top - Simplicity 4076 Wrap Top - Animal Mesh and Chocolate Rayon Jersey (TNT pattern)
  4. Jeans - Ottobre or McCalls - haven't decided yet
  5. Panties - Kwiksew 2100 (TNT pattern) - maybe 4 pairs?
  6. Shirt - Kwiksew ? - Peach stretch poplin
  7. Knit Pants - McCalls 5434 - Camel Ponte de Roma
  8. Knit Pants - McCalls 5434 - Black Ponte de Roma
  9. Red Knit Skirt - Kwiksew 3412 - Red Ponte de Roma
  10. Black Knit Skirt - McCalls 5434 - Black Ponte de Roma
  11. Black Knit Skirt - Kwiksew 3412 - Black Ponte de Roma
  12. Knit Skirt - either Kwiksew 3412 or McCalls 5434 - Camel Ponte de Roma
  13. Brown T-shirt - Ottobre TNT T-shirt 2/2007 #4 - Chocolate and Olive Interlock
  14. Peasant Blouse - New Look 6179 - Kharki and Multi-coloured floral cotton
  15. Wide Legged Pants for DD - Burda ? - Retro printed drill
  16. Pants with ruffle for DD - Butterick 3955 - Pink Animal printed drill
  17. Wrap Skirt - Ottobre 2/2006 - #10
  18. Long-sleeved knit top - Burda WOF 12/2008 #113
  19. Straight Skirt - Ottobre ? - to practice Hong Kong seam finish
  20. Knit Wrap Dress - New Look ? - Peacock jersey (muslin first)
  21. Doll's Quilt for DD
  22. Costume for gift in May (fairy or mermaid?)

March Round Up

I'm pretty stoked at how productive I've been throughout March. I haven't been blogging regularly, but I HAVE been sewing! I'm starting to conquer that steep learning curve that is the Babylock Evolve and I really like it now. Of course, I've still busted out my old Janome Mylock to help speed up the sewing process at times.

I'll post pics when I get a bit more organised, but for now...I present the list of 11 completed garments in March 2009!
  1. Aqua Sleeveless Knit Top - Ottobre 2/2006 #2 (made sleeveless) - really just an exercise in learning how to use my new binder attachment.
  2. Red Print T-shirt - using my now TNT t-shirt pattern - Ottobre 2/2007 #4/3 hybrid
  3. Purple Dots T-shirt
  4. Cream T-shirt
  5. Latte Slub Knit T-shirt
  6. Navy Knit Pants - McCalls 5434 - I've got big plans for this pattern come April.
  7. Strapless Top - McCalls 5434 - made to use up a small remnant - won't bother making again
  8. Spindle Dress - Ottobre 2/2009 #8 - AWFUL - but inserted elastic under the bust and am now wearing it as a nightie - super comfy, but not a look I'd be wearing out of the house on my body.
  9. Brown Wrap Skirt - Ottobre 2/2006 #10 - LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. It was a bit of a bear for me to sew, but I'm fairly certain that was user error. I'm planning to make a few more of these over the coming months as they transition between seasons well. I'm thinking this skirt with my knee high boots.
  10. Cupcake Drill pants for DD
  11. Ladybug Drill pants for DD

I did do the majority of work on 3 pairs of tracksuit pants for DD for her school uniform but since they are not officially complete, they'll be waiting until next month's list.

I've also been working on fitting a dress for a pregnant friend. THAT'S been a huge learning curve, as I had to enlarge the pattern to start with, do a FBA AND convert the pattern to maternity. I have to have it finished by next week as she wants to wear it on their holiday at Easter. No pressure!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Kelley's Queue for March

Gearing up for winter and finishing off a few loose ends:

Loose Ends:
  1. handsewing on the 5 tops I nearly finished this last weekend
  2. brown Ottobre skirt
  3. Beige Pants

New Wardrobe Items:

  1. Dress or two
  2. Pants
  3. Skirts
  4. Peasant Blouses

Winter Ottobre Plans for DD

I'm feeling a little guilty that I haven't sewn anything of note for DD this year (just one little nightie). I've got heaps of plans bubbling away for Ottobre patterns that I want to sew for her this winter. I have a feeling she won't be fitting into many of last winter's clothes, so I will probably need to be sewing her something!

Anyway, I thought I'd keep all the inspiration pictures here so that when I'm ready to put it together, I can come back here and update the process...



Long Sleeved Tops:





That's a lot of clothes for one winter, particularly since she'll be wearing school uniforms most of the time. However, it's only for inspiration, and so I don't forget which patterns I wanted to try. I also need to find a pattern for a fairly plain pull-over style hoodie to use up some of the fleece that I have sitting in my stash cupboard.

I'm figuring for winter, she'll need:

Dresses: 1

Pinafore: 1

Tops: 4

Skirts: 2

Pants: 2

Coat: 1

Jacket/Jumper: 2

Poncho: 2

PJs: 4

Leggings: 5