I know I didn’t blog much this past year, but I feel like I actually accomplished a good amount of sewing. Mostly because I’ve worn most of it very very regularly.
– grey linen Hummingbird skirt: This skirt is amazing. I love it. I’ve worn it SO much it’s coming apart at the seams, which might just be a factor of how much I move in my skirts and thus the strain I put on the seams. They’re all felled, and some of them have twill tape and/or interfacing sewn and ironed into them now because they’ve started splitting.
Grey Linen Hummingbird
Grey Linen Hummingbird pockets. That’s a ghost print, not a sperm print.
– denim ramie Hummingbird skirt: This is also amazing. It’s about 1.5″ longer than the regular short Hummingbird and I’m having the same problem with the seams showing strain. I swear, it fits! But I crouch and run and climb and MOVE in these skirts, and non-stretch fabrics just don’t quite do it. Next up, Hummingbirds with the flared back in the shorter length AND Hummingbirds in stretch. Another option is to use a 4-piece skirt back design I have, with a flared cb bottom panel. I had 3 of those skirts at one point and although they kept the pencil silhouette, they also gave me enough room to move.
Denim Ramie Hummingbird
– cognac (?!) organic cotton knit Scout tee: This is so comfy, but 1) the fabric wrinkles SO bad, and shows all the lines from drying on a rack, and 2) the pattern is so unflattering. Surrendering my waistline that much is not a thing I should do, although I’m more inclined to do so for summer in a soft knit like this tee. I’m still considering making more knit t-shirts using drapey rayon knits and things like that, but I won’t be making the Scout in a woven any time soon. I’ve tried a few (including a red linen one with black sleeves and trim!), and… not for me. Note: I adore the neckline on this tee. It’s this twisted neckline.
Knit Scout Tee
– Really Bright cotton lawn Belcarra blouse: Love it. The fabric is a little too stiff, but I don’t care because the colours are amazing and it fits and reads as professional. LOVE. If you have beefier arms, it also covers the pits perfectly, so if you don’t shave and your office doesn’t appreciate that, you can do a summer blouse with no one the wiser.
– blue flowered voile Belcarra blouse: Love it. The fabric is TOTALLY not me, but the voile is sooooo soft and light and lovely to wear. I have 2 more lawn/voiles and one poly for more Belcarra blouses.
Blue Voile Belcarra
– Cambie Skirt: Nope. That A-Line shape? Nope. The poor fabric choice? Nope nope. It stands out from my body WAY too much. I feel like a kid dressed up in a cone, pretending to be a Christmas tree. The pockets are super rad though, and I think the skirt will work better in a fabric with drape. Haha. OR I could just use my 1/2 circle skirt pattern on the bodice once that’s fit. IDK. I have enough Cute Cat fabric for the full skirt, so that’s another option.
– charcoal wool 1/2 circle skirt on yoke with Cambie pockets, and full heavy satin lining: OMG, this skirt is DREAMY. It’s longer than I normally wear (I didn’t shorten my pattern whoops) but it’s soooooo nice! I wore it over Christmas and had fun swooshing around. I sewed it in about 3 hours so where it’s sewn to the yoke is not perfect… and the hem decided to annoy me and bubble… but I don’t care, it’s lovely! I have some red wool to make another skirt out of. (It’s in the wash, so no pic!)
– 2 pairs leggings: I need more, with different/better fabric… like wool jersey. I found my medieval stocking pattern, so I’ll be morphing that into a full leggings pattern with some pattern manipulation (maybe this weekend). I guess I mean “tights” pattern, since there will be feet on my leggings! This will be even better for work. Making leggings is SO expensive compared to buying them though. $15 for wool leggings at Costco. $17 for 2 pairs of cotton leggings at Costco. It’s hard because I’m on a limited budget, but I can do this.
– Renaissance Doublet: Well, mostly a friend made this for me in exchange for my old spinning wheel and a huge pile of roving. :D She patterned it and fit it and cut it and sewed most of it together. I’ve done the finishing, button holes (going over machine done ones in silk thread! I only have one mostly done, whoops.), buttons, and need to cover the waist seam with some bias tape or something. Now I’ll be able to find the wide single fold bias tape I know I have, because…
– reorganized sewing area – ongoing. I got a wardrobe earlier this summer but didn’t love it enough to put shelves in for organization, so that was a fail. But my parents gave me a HUGE lovely tall dresser at Christmas, since they are moving. HUGE and LOVELY and TALL. Pretty much everything except my hand-drawn patterns (well, and fabric) fit into it, it’s AMAZING. Everything is organized. The only downside is there is no drawer deep enough for the large envelopes I store adjusted patterns in. I’ll have to pick up some nicer magazine holders to organize those into on top. This is just incredible, this organization.
Due to the organization, I also found my quilt fabric. It’s all cut, I just need to sew it together. I even know where the batting is. Amazing. The colours are not the colours I’d go for these days, but I’m still going to make it. It’s just HUGE blocks that I can lay out in some pleasing pattern on my living room floor before sewing.
I met up with some friends and we went to an Our Social Fabric sale. I got ~4m poly-wool suiting (grey skirt!), a tonne of different fabrics for linings, and a black fabric with drunken polka dots on it. I have enough dots for a Belcarra AND a Cambie with full skirt. I also got a bolt of nice stretch denim I’m sharing with my friends. I was thinking Ginger jeans, but I’m not sure. There’s definitely a stretch Hummingbird in the fabric’s future.
I also got sucked into buying Moneta. I have a teal ponte I think will be great with it, as well as a weird fake-sweater knit. I’ll be doing the Tiramisu skirt though, because I LOVE the skirt on that dress. Love it. I also have a partially finished Tiramisu dress I’m going to try to get done this weekend.
My New Year’s “Resolution”? I seriously need to figure something out so I can take photos in my apartment.