About 2 months ago I posted here with a list of a few thing I was planning to make. So how have I got on? Let's see!
1. Vintage Wrap blouse in Gingham/Check, version with short sleeves.
DONE! But not blogged, since the fit is rubbish. It didn't help that I really didn't understand how the pattern worked from looking at the pattern pieces and I couldn't work out how to lengthen it, even though I was sure it was going to be too short. It was! And the bust is way too big. One day in the future I will probably re-visit this and do it right.
2. A blouse with a peter pan collar based on McCalls 9458
DONE! And I made another top using the same pattern. Still refining though - not ready for the Liberty just yet.
3. A cord skirt for weekend wear, using a Vintage Simplicity pattern
DONE! And I made a patterned version too. This was undoubtedly my favourite and most successful make.
4. A casual dress for the weekends
Kinda Done - In that I made my 'Emphatically Empire Line' dress, but am a bit 'meh' about it.
This is still to come...
6. A dress for a wedding at the end of May.
All in all, I'm chuffed with my list progress. It really helped to focus my sewing and I even fitted in some additional projects, like PJs for me and for my current husband.
I spent last weekend sewing my Sailor Skirt and have cut out the pieces for a maxi Dress (using the Style pattern - thanks for all the input, commenters!).
Overall Sewing Conclusions
I'm really motivated to sew right now, and have been making one project after another. I've been making good use of my fabric and pattern stashes, which I'm very pleased about. I'm definitely finding a few patterns which I love, and want to refine the patterns for so I can make multiples.
I am also increasingly keen to make practical items I can wear frequently. I'm really happy with my blue and white dress for a wedding, but while making it I felt sad that all my hard work would result in a dress that wouldn't see much wear. Does this mean I am 'maturing' as a seamstress?! Or just realising that it's silly to have a wardrobe of infrequently worn clothes?
I'll also be posting soon with my plan for the next few things I want to make - I have no idea if anyone finds these kind of posts interesting, but I find it so helpful to set out my plans for sewing to keep myself on track. For me, it really works.
Completed: Craftsmanship Bag
3 hours ago