Friday, June 3, 2016

2016 Sewing Plans and Make Nine Update as of Early June

As usual, my sewing plans from the end of last year haven't been going as ... planned.  But I did make a lot of the regular clothes that I wanted to!  I just haven't been feeling historical this year apparently.
 
Civil War sewing:  I at least need to get the undergarments and the plaid day dress finished for the Symposium, which is at the beginning of April: UPDATE pretty  much nothing has happened except finishing the hoop.
  1. Finish the undergarments, the corset chemise and drawers are done, just have the hoop and petticoat to go UPDATE June: Hoop is finished.
  2. Cream plaid day dress 
  3. Plaid ballgown (maybe) 
  4. Garibaldi blouse and skirt.
Other Eras / Steampunk UPDATE June : absolutely no progress on any of these
  1. The green and blue sari bustle gown that I started for Teslacon 2014 - Symposium?
  2. Finish gold pencil skirt - Symposium?
  3. Edwardian undergarments in black and cream
Regular clothes: UPDATE June This is apparently my thing this year!
  1. Jeans (priority) UPDATE June: DONE
  2. Pajamas for my cousins kids (priority) UPDATE June: DONE
  3. Shirt for my brother - before his birthday in February UPDATE June: It's started!
  4. Gifts for BayMella 
  5. New blouse to wear with my drindl. 
  6. 1930s vests Update JUNE: made one
  7. 1970s denim skirt UPDATE June: DONE
  8.  1940s blouse and trousers. 
  9. Cinderella dress - Easter dress? UPDATE June: DONE
  10. Star wars dress  UPDATE June: DONE
  11. Work out clothes. UPDATE June: I have made some, but should totally make more.
  12. Another scrub top for my mom. UPDATE June: DONE (several times!)
  13. 1930s dress.  UPDATE June: in progress
  14. knit dress 
  15. Slips UPDATE June: DONE (one at least!)
  16. Wrap sweater - by spring UPDATE June: DONE
  17. T shirts and leggings for my little cousin (priority) UPDATE June: DONE
  18. T shirts for myself (priority since they're already cut out) UPDATE June: DONE
  19. Knickerbockers
Quilting: UPDATE June -- worked on the charm quilt (at least cutting out squares) and started cutting out pieces for the Civil War quilt as a present for my parents
  1. A quilt commission for a friend 
  2. Work on my charm quilt 
  3. I'd also like to start doing some piecing for a Civil War quilt
Fabric I have that I should do something with: UPDATE June -- haven't touched any of this
  1. Plaid taffeta (maybe Civil War ballgown) 
  2. Pink on pink stripe 
  3. Green on white and white on white stripe   
AND a Make Nine update (some of which overlaps above) -- I've finished four of the nine, plus I'm currently working on a fifth and a sixth, so I'm gonna say I'm half done with my Make Nine!
  1. McCalls 7153: 1930s dress in Tardis fabric UPDATE June: Almost DONE
  2. Simplicity 0311: a knit dress pattern that I couldn't resist UPDATE June: haven't touched
  3. Burda 6964: slips because I'm convinced that I can make them cheaper than I can buy them UPDATE June: DONE It was superduper easy and only took like a yard of fabric plus some foldover elastic.  Haven't worn it yet though.
  4. Civil War outfit: the pattern I posted on Instagram was Truly Victorian's 1860s Darted Bodice, but I'm in the midst of creating the entire ensemble from the skin out. UPDATE June: Hoop is done, but nothing else
  5. Butterick 6295: more workout clothes, I'm in love with this pattern because the pants have a pocket! UPDATE June: Haven't touched
  6. Burda 6874: my brother has requested a button up shirt for his birthday UPDATE June: in progress. The plan is to have it ready for him to try on on Father's Day
  7. BurdaStyle knickerbockers I just really love this pattern, it's been on my list for while, I just have no clue what to make them out of or what to wear it with UPDATE June: Haven't touched (I've been unable to find fabric I like)
  8. BurdaStyle 1970s-esque denim trousers: I made a pair already this year and I LOVE them. I need more. The pair I made were in stretch denim, I'm thinking maybe some corduroy... UPDATE June: Still haven't made another pair but I really should because I STILL love them
  9. BurdaStyle wrap cardigan This is in progress, in a lightweight navy slightly slubbed knit UPDATE June: DONE

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Finished Projects - May

  1. Purple dragonfly seersucker dress with popover. Purchased fabric, pattern and zipper; stash thread. (May 9th)
    Dress worn with a white shrug, the popover wasn't finished in time for church
  2. Yellow and cream jacket, commissioned by a friend (May 17th)
    Same pattern as my French terry hoodie, but no hood and with cream lace layover on the back and appliqued on the sleeves
  3. French terry tank top and skirt.  Fabric was left over from my hoodie and pants, purchased pattern.(May 15th)
    Just the skirt!  McCalls has this Learn to Sew line that I'm kind of in love with for quick and easy projects.
  4. Lane Raglan rashguard.  Purchased fabric, some fabric was stash, some was purchased.     (May 23rd)
    The paisley is actually super bright obnoxious colors, but it didn't photograph very well.
  5. Blue-green Plantain shirt, Deer and Doe pattern.  Free pattern, purchased fabric and thread. (May 30th)
  6. A pair of Lady Shorts from some left over knit.  Free pattern, stash fabric and thread, purchased elastic. (May 20th)
  7. Kilt for my dad from an old pair of jeans.  (May 28th)
  8. Black poly-cotton scrub jacket for my mom.  Purchased fabric and pattern, stash thread.     (May 29th)
    Cutting out the scrub top, shown with the purple dragonfly dress
  9. Slip from a Burda pattern. Purchased pattern, thread and fabric.  (May 29th)
  10. Deer and Doe Bruyere shirt. Purchased everything. (May 4th)
    The pattern needs a lot of changes before I make another. The waist, sleeves and back are all a little tight, so I retraced almost the entire pattern in a larger size, and also lengthened the bottom and the sleeves.  But I still love this one!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Finished Projects - March and April


  1. Cinderella dress (3/2): purchased fabric and zipper; stash pattern, buttons and thread
  2. Daisy dress for Briella (3/19): leftover fabric from making my mother a scrub top and stash thread; purchased pattern and zipper
  3. French terry lounge pants (3/20) and hoodie (3/24): purchased pants pattern, fabric, thread and zipper; stash hoodie pattern and fabric to line the hood
  4. Gold cropped vest for Symposium (3/29): stash everything
  5. Commissioned yellow and white polka dotted cotton skirt (4/19): purchased everything
  6. Two mending projects for my mom
  7. Draped black top (4/16): purchased fabric; stash fabric, thread and elastic

















Monday, March 7, 2016

Finished Projects - February 2016

  1. Snake print 3/4 sleeve tshirt using left over fabric from the dress I made last year (February 9) - stash everything
  2. Sarong for a friend (February 6) - friend purchased fabric and thread
  3. Navy blue 3/4 sleeve tshirt using left over fabric from cutting out the next item (February 12) - stash everything (since it was leftover fabric)
  4. Navy blue wrap sweater from a BurdaStyle pattern.  This was a make nine. (February 13) - purchased fabric and pattern, stash thread                                 
  5. Nightgown for my little cousin out of Star Wars flannel. This ended up too big for the little thing. She'll grow into it, right? (February 17) - stash fabric and thread, purchased pattern
  6. 1970s denim skirt from a Simplicity reprint (February 24) - purchased everything except thread
  7. Green scrub top for mama (February 20) - stash thread and pattern, she bought the fabric
  8. Star Wars dress, Butterick reprint retro pattern (February 25) - stash pattern and thread, purchased fabric
  9. Pink seersucker scrub top for mama, using a new pattern so we'll see how she likes it. (February 27) - stash thread, purchased pattern, she bought the fabric







Friday, February 5, 2016

Projects in the Pipeline - February 2016

Since I posted about all the things I finished in January, I figured the next step would be to let you all know what I've been working on in February!

1. 1955 Butterick retro reprint Star Wars BB-8 dress:



 2. Civil War (my deadline is like TWO MONTHS AWAY), part of my 2016makenine



3. Everything else is in these piles: two tshirts for myself using leftovers from other projects; a BurdaStyle wrap cardigan (on my 2016makenine); a commissioned sarong for a friend; a flannel nightgown for my little cousin; a kilt from an old pair of jeans for my dad (!); a 1970s denim skirt; two scrub tops for my mom; a button up shirt for my brother (also 2016makenine); a 1950s dress for my little cousin; some gifts for a couple of my favorite female wrestlers; and a 1950s dress for me out of Cinderella fabric.  The BB-8 dress is also in that pile.



Current Deadlines:
1. Green scrub top for mom by March 1st
2. A dress for myself by Easter March 27th: What says Easter more -- Star Wars or Cinderella? :)
3. I'd like to also make my cousin's dress by Easter
4. Civil War by April 8th

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Finished Projects - January 2016

I'm planning on posting monthly updates of my completed projects, that way I can keep better track of what I'm sewing and when instead of having to go back and figure it out later. 
  1. Daisy scrub top for my mother - January 1st.  She bought the fabric a while back, I used the same pattern I always do for her scrub tops and some of the overwhelming amount of navy thread I have in my stash.
  2. Grey and navy Tshirt for myself - January 2nd. Stash pattern and thread, purchased fabric.
  3. Grey and black Tshirt for myself - January 2nd. Stash pattern and thread, purchased fabric.
  4. Green Tshirt for my little cousin (aka mini-me) - January 9th. Stash pattern and thread, purchased fabric (remnant).
  5. Purple Tshirt for mini-me - January 9th. Stash everything, used left over fabric and thread from the purple Tshirt I made myself last year. 
  6. Cream leggings for mini-me - January 24th. Stash everything, used left over fabric and thread from making myself a tshirt, and the pattern was a free downloadable I found online.  It's for 18 months to 12 years, so I traced off the appropriate size for Briella.  Figured I might need the other sizes later!
  7. Blue jeans for myself - January 9th. This was a sewing goal for 2016 as well as one of my 2016makenine patterns.  Purchased fabric and pattern (BurdaStyle download), used thread from my stash.
  8. Purple leggings for mini-me - January 24th. Stash everything, used left over fabric and thread from the purple Tshirt I made myself last year. And the same downloadable pattern I used for the cream leggings.
  9. Pajama pants for Corbin (my cousin's oldest) - January 24th. Stash everything.
  10. Pajama pants for Alex (my cousin's middle son) - January 24th. Stash everything.
  11. Workout top - January 17th.  Stash everything (I think).  I used leftover fabric from my workout pants, and the tshirt pattern I'm obsessed with.  I just shortened the sleeves to elbow length.  It's pretty cute, if I do say so myself. :)
  12. Paris 1930s vest - January 20th.  Purchased and stash fabric, purchased snap tape because I didn't feel like messing with buttons.  Stash thread and pattern that was purchased forever ago.
  13. Gold skirt - January 19th.  Last year, I cut out a pencil skirt out of this crazy gold fabric, satin with fabric flowers all over, that I bought a remnant of.  The colors of the steampunk group I belong to, the Airship Archon, are gold and black so I tend to gravitate towards anything I find that would be appropriate. As I started putting it together, I realized that it wouldn't work as a pencil skirt because I couldn't dart it.  So I just sewed all the seams, zigzagged some elastic to the top and hemmed it with some hem tape.  I figured that I'd just have to wear it with a corset to over the waistband. Maybe a black satin apron that I have so I can wear my airship uniform corset because the golds are (of course) different.
  14. 1856 Walking Cage Crinoline - January 30th.  I'm finally making progress on my mid nineteenth century dreams!! Also I have an awesome father, he helped me out by cutting the steel boning and crimping the edges together for me. I've had almost everything for so long that you could probably consider it stash...Part of my 2016makenine


In progress
Almost finished, over my chemise, drawers and corset!
Everything's on my dress form (and taking up space!) so I can work on it properly.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Make Nine

So in my internet travels, I have discovered this wondrous thing called #2016makenine.  Of course, I had to get in on the fun!  I went through my to do list and picked out nine patterns (eight of which are things I've never made, and the ninth, well...I technically already made it in 2016 so it still counts, right?)

Anyways, here's what I came up with:

  1. McCalls 7153: 1930s dress in Tardis fabric
  2. Simplicity 0311: a knit dress pattern that I couldn't resist
  3. Burda 6964: slips because I'm convinced that I can make them cheaper than I can buy them
  4. Civil War outfit: the pattern I posted on Instagram was Truly Victorian's 1860s Darted Bodice, but I'm in the midst of creating the entire ensemble from the skin out.
  5. Butterick 6295: more workout clothes, I'm in love with this pattern because the pants have a pocket!
  6. Burda 6874: my brother has requested a button up shirt for his birthday
  7. BurdaStyle knickerbockers I just really love this pattern, it's been on my list for while, I just have no clue what to make them out of or what to wear it with
  8. BurdaStyle 1970s-esque denim trousers: I made a pair already this year and I LOVE them. I need more. The pair I made were in stretch denim, I'm thinking maybe some corduroy...
  9. BurdaStyle wrap cardigan This is in progress, in a lightweight navy slightly slubbed knit 
Obviously, there's a lot more than this on my to do list for this year, but I looked at the Make Nine idea as making things you haven't made before, trying out new patterns, trying out new techniques, setting some sewing goals, that kind of thing.  The Tardis dress will be challenging, because of the bias layout.  I'm still learning to sew with knits (this covers like half the list lol).  I've never made a slip or any kind of modern undergarment before.  The Civil War is a new era for me.  A button up shirt is definitely a challenge.  Learning to sew jeans was a goal I set for this year.