Sunday, April 27, 2014

UFO's and Shiny Objects

I have not been as active with my sewing and blogging lately. Life has been busy leaving little time for play.

I started a new job in April,and no longer wear dental scrubs but regular work clothing. I was able to make do with what I owned the first week trying not to break my Ready to Wear Fast.  I have a confession.
 I had thought I could sew and not purchase anything new, but I have cheated and purchased a few items. Yes, I rationalized the first purchase of a sweater dress and button up cardigan, I do not know who to knit and they were on sale. The second time came much easier to cheat, I needed nicer Jeans to wear to work. I could probably learn to sew my own, bit when would I find the time and I still had so many other sewing plans. I did purchase responsibly, made in the USA and that makes me feel a little better, but regardless I have broke my fast and am no longer participating.

I had plans to complete my March The Monthly Stitch challenge Timeless Trenchcoat, and it is here.

Yes,  we have a UFO sighting.
I made a muslin prepared the fabric but have not yet cut it out.  Now it is April and I am just squeezing in a last minute The Monthly Sitch Sewing Double . Not only was I overly ambitious about my goals I was also easily distracted by every shiny new object.
From top left to right Winifred dress andCoco shirt
,Bottom left to right  Flora dress and,Moneta dress

 I was inspired by Clio So Sexy Sew Along and joined that, I have the pattern and fabric planned for a black silk slip, but again it has not been cut another Un Finished Object.

Here we are the end of April and I had planned to do this for Sew for Victory

                                                    Yes, still not completed or even cut.
Look...more UFO's a Bow tie blouse from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing promised to my daughter in white wool jersey.

I decided that I needed to review the Wardrobe Architect and my personal wardrobe plans. This helped me focus on what I needed to fill the gaps in my wardrobe and focus on my aesthetic and silhouettes that flatter me. Here are some things gathered on my Pinterest Board. I really like the simple French Style with minimal classic pieces to mix and match.

Reading my blog feed I came across this post from  Rachel of House of Pinheiro, Sewing Blissfully  Perfect timing for me as I was reflecting on my sewing and UFO's
I have come to peace with my sewing and am no longer feeling guilty about not completing tasks. I am also dropping out of the the Ready to Wear Fast. I will only buy things that I love and that are quality made. I want my sewing to be the same. I have decided to drop out of Me Made May  and Sew for Victory. I look forward to seeing what my fellow bloggers create.
 I plan to continue with the Monthly Stitch Challenge and using them to complete items that fill gaps in my wardrobe. I will complete the Trench coat even though it may be really late. I will try to complete my the Vintage Pattern Pledge sewing again items that are in my plan.

I  may sew a few other simple fast items in the meantime but I plan to be more focused when I sew and enjoy the process by sewing blissfully.
Happy Sewing!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Vintage Pattern Pledge item #2 completed !

I used blue wool jersey from Mood Fabrics that I originally I purchased for another Renfrew but did not have quite enough fabric. I searched my patterns and settled on Butterick 6222 from my vintage patterns. The pattern description says" Here is your top answer to a skirt. The perfectly simple blouse that can be made with short cropped sleeves and a jewel neckline (A); or with a band collar and cuffed bottom edge (B).Turtle neckline and short cropped sleeves (C). Sounds like a shirt for me.

 Yay! I'm finally caught up on goal adding another pattern to my Vintage Pattern Pledge and sewing from my stash.
I decided to sew version A and open up the neckline a little. I made it exactly as the pattern recommended except drafted my own facing to match the new neckline. One of the things I enjoy about sewing with vintage patterns is the new skills and techniques that the home sewer in 1950 would have known.

As the pattern instructs, I started with basting the pattern first to check the fit. (no mention of a toile or muslin). As I suspected, the shoulder area was too big and the waist a little snug, I took in the shoulder seam another 3/8 to be 1 inch total seam allowance and graded out the side seam to 1/2 inch instead of 5/8 in the waist. The back was also too broad so I extended the back darts. After getting the fit right I unpicked and resewed the seams and finished the back with machine button holes.
I had a hard time selecting buttons and was really over thinking it...

White is pretty and classic , but then do I have to wear it with white?

 Blue is safe but is that too boring? Some of them are really cute, but very large will it be uncomfortable to sit against?  While I was wallowing in my indecisiveness,the ladies at Nancy's Sewing Basket came to my rescue and helped me to select the perfect button. They have so many buttons on the wall that I didn't even see these, they are exactly what I was looking for, and neutral enough for me.

I finished the inside exactly as recommended in the vintage instructions, with hem tape and hand stitching.
The sleeve was finished with a narrow hem.

The inside of the blouse.

Here is the blouse untucked.  

If I had used a fabric that frayed easily I would have finished the edges with the serger but the wool jersey that is not problem.

Voila! another quick sewing project completed. For more photos of my fellow Vintage pledge sewists look at the Pinterest board created by A Stitching Odyssey.
Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Planning for Sew for Victory 2.0

Lucky Lucille
I am planning for Sew for Victory Sew-Along Rochelle from Lucky Lucille. I have finally selected Hollywood 979 for my pattern from Finicky Pattern Shop on Etsy. I was drooling over so many beauties but decided this one could be worn in a more modern way.

Many other bloggers have already completed there garments or selected patterns and fabric. You can see more on the Flickr Group page.
While I wait the arrival of the pattern, I am trying to selected the perfect fabric. I have decided to go with a print which is unusual for me. Rochelle posted several guidelines for fabric to help with selection.

Lucky Lucille

I do not have anything in my stash to use so its time to shop. I have been
eyeing this pretty black and ivory, Anna Sui Starry Night Poly Crepe de Chine.

Mood Fabrics
I also love this white and black geometric print cotton lawn from my local fabric store 
Nancy's Sewing Basket.

My other thought is this pretty bird cotton print that I recently won from a giveaway hosted by one of my favorite dressmakers The Nerdy Seamstress.

Hmmm....decisions to make. Any thoughts?

I've been using Sew for Victory board on pinterest to gather inspiration. There is even more inspiration on Sew for Victory  the 2013 Video Parade on Rochelle's blog, Lucky Lucille. Anyone else want to join? The deadline is April 30th.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gearing up for Me Made May

Helena from Gray all Day recently posted and made this cute button about gearing up for Me Made May. It is hard to believe that May is so near, if I plan to try and wear me made items during the entire month I have better get busy with some selfish sewing.

So if your wondering what exactly is Me Made May? 
I found this on So Zo...What do you know? 

"Me-Made-May'14 (MMM'14 for short) is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. The me-made and self-stitched challenges have been taking place for over four years now and they work on both a personal and community level. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge pledge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them. A very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2014. The participants can also choose to document their challenge with daily photos (though this is in no way compulsory for taking part) and share them with other participants.

What isn't MMM'14? 
  • The Me-Made-May challenges are NOT all about taking daily outfit photographs. However, many participants do choose to document their challenge with daily/weekly/as-often-as-you-like photos and share them on their blog if they have one or on Flickr if they are a member. The challenge is about wearing your handmade clothing more often than you usually do, if you choose to take documentation photos, then that is fabulous and we'd love to see 'em, but taking photos isn't necessary or compulsory and really isn't the point of the challenge. 
  • MMM'14 also isn't reason to panic-sew/knit/crochet/refashion etc. This challenge is about wearing the items that you have already created, not about stock-piling more makes. However, if you want to use taking part in MMM'14 as the kick in the butt you need to finally hem that half-finished skirt, or rework an ill-fitting garment, then great. Remember, this challenge is meant to be fun, and panic-anything isn't fun! 
  • A competition. It doesn't matter how many self-stitched items you already have or haven't. You can take part even if you just have one solitary self-made item! You just need to set your pledge to make it challenging for YOU, no matter what criteria other participants have set themselves. "

My personal goal will be to wear one Me Made item every day in May. I will document with daily photos and post at the end of the week on my blog and in the Flickr group.  Are you planning on participating? Zoe has joined with Jennifer Lauren Vintage hosting this years MMM. If you want to know more or sign up go to Me Made May 2014.

Happy Sewing!