Spring is not in the air
In fact, after a completely mild winter, we are currently experiencing the sort of slushy snowy mix that makes one want to stay inside, drink lots of tea, eat soup and watch movies. Our first snowstorm was in October, and up until now it’s been dry, often mild, sometimes cold. Bizarre.
Despite the slush in the streets, there is still a spring in my step. Once my most recent project gets posted on the Sew Weekly (this week’s theme being refashion, one we know I’m all over), I’ll do a wrap up of my fall/winter sewing palette.
For now, let me share with you my plans for spring/summer. They are quite ambitious. But by taking a more organized approach, specifically pairing pattern and cloth, I hope to complete each item. My fall/winter plans were a little more generalized. Once I started actually matching yardage to patterns, all hell broke loose. Okay, it wasn’t that dramatic. Yet I should have compared the yardage in my stash to the pattern envelopes, instead of guesstimating. I am also listing items in the order I hope to complete them, though I’ll allow myself wiggle room in the event I get one of my harebrained ideas. A musthavethisnow moment.
The only real glitch I foresee is that I plan on sticking with the Sew Weekly, albeit not every single week. I’ll try to align my projects with the themes as best as possible. However, upcoming themes are only posted a few at a time. Sooo… I’m going to try reeeeally hard not to get crazy distracted, yet still be part of that wonderful community.
I also have two surprise projects, but I can’t really mention when they will fall in the queue, or what they are ;)
I’m going to utilize my Pinterest board more this time around. A few of the swatches there are for inspiration/wish list, but otherwise I’m only putting up what I plan on making. Taking a cue from Amy’s charming Tuesdays with Gertie series, I’ve assigned myself specific days for working, so that I can piggy back a couple of projects at a time. I’m curious to find out if this more methodical approach works for me. I tend to vary in the way in which I work – loving all things organization and method, then becoming wildly spontaneous and doing whatever suits my whim.
1. Vogue 1198 in waxed canvas w/thrifted bed sheet lining
2. Jeans, using the Kenneth King Jean-ius class. They’ll be in denim. Later on, I’ll make a pedal-pusher pair in red sateen. It was my original fabric for Clover, though I didn’t purchase enough.
3. Colette Taffy in iridescent chiffon. Difficult to photograph, lovely to look at.
4. Sewaholic Renfrow in stripey lemon meringue goodness.
UPDATE – interwebs dislike… just went to purchase this and it’s gone. sad face.
5. BurdaStyle Alison swimsuit in this swimwear lycra from my stash.
6. Colette Clover, though most likely a FrankenClover. I plan on remaking the Purple Reign version, then another in the fuchsia. Heck, maybe even a denim pair, but that’s getting too far ahead…
7. Short, flippy skirt in the blue rayon at the bottom of the above photo. Possibly a FrankenLinda. This is the same rayon, different color Pretty Things was made up in.
8. Hot Patterns cowl tee in chevron jersey from stash.
9. Simplicity 2724 in this lightweight, semi-sheer linen blend from my Mom’s stash.
10. Decades of Style 1948 Siren Sundress, in this poly chiffon from stash.
BONUS – Finishing (face it, starting) my Bombshell dress. I’m also in the mood for another JJ, and have been for some time now. I’m thinking voile for summer. Ryan deserves a pair of jeans after I master the art of copying. My bra kit and pattern finally arrived, so I’ll get that done right away. And there are sure to be gifts to make along the way.
What do you think, guys? Am I in over my head? Or is this manageable, considering it is both a spring and summer plan?