Friday, October 14, 2016

How Miss Wilde Got Her Sew-Jo Back

First of all, I really just love the term sew-jo.  It's so much easier than sewing mojo which I was using before.  Any who...

As I mentioned briefly in my last post, life has been mega crazy over the last few months.  At the end of June, I went on a trip with my brother and his family to Buffalo/Niagara Falls.  And saw freaking Weezer with my bestie/soulmate Pepper so it was pretty amazing!  Came home to the news that I may have to be moving.  Okay, start looking for places.  My mother had knee replacement surgery the Thursday after the Fourth of July, and then the call comes the very next day that my paternal grandfather has passed.  So instead of taking two days off work, I end up being in Cincinnati for almost a week dealing with that, and taking my father to the funeral in Indiana the next Tuesday.  Then I find out that I really do have to move, so I start packing and organizing and getting rid of things before I even have a place to go.  Towards the end of August, I go on vacation with my mother as usual, but we take a shorter trip than normal because of her knee.  Then my car breaks down on my way out of town for Labor Day weekend.  Get the call the next day while at my nephew's birthday party that my car is DEAD.  So I'm trying to finalize when I'm moving (I did find a place) and I have to go car shopping. 

So in the last few months I've had (1) my mom in the hospital and recovering from surgery (2) my grandfather die and his funeral (3) my car die and buying a new car and (4) moving in with a friend where I have a much smaller space so organization was hella important. So...needless to say, not much sewing has been going on, partially because of lack of time, partially because with so much going on, my sew-jo went on a vacation.

I moved September 24th, then left the next day to take a little trip with my mom.  So not much settling in happened for a while.  And a lot of it was waiting for my  new housemate to make room in the basement for things that needed stored.  I did maneuver things around so I could use my sewing machine some, because I needed it for my mental stability. So finally, I moved the storage stuff downstairs last weekend, I've got my room as good as it's going to get at least for now and I can sew again!

Now to make some progress on that huge sewing to do list...

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall / Winter 2016 Sewing Plans

    Labor Day weekend I went on a little retail therapy fabric store spree and walked out with enough fabric for four outfits, plus another top.  So here's what's on the list, some is from the spending spree, some is more wish list items:

    1. Striped seventies-esque cotton Bruyére (Deer and Doe).  This wasn't part of the spending spree but it is on my to do list. And already started!
    2. A matching hoodie (McCalls 7026) and skirt (McCalls 7386) out of purple sweatshirt fleece with a coordinating purple print tshirt (Burda 6820).  I'm going to alter the skirt slightly, the pattern calls for it to be longer in the back than the front so I'm either going to make a maxi skirt and even out the hem (because the one I've already made kinda drives me bonkers) or make the next shortest view, which should still be pretty long, maybe a midi length. 
    3. Black and white plaid Bruyére (Deer and Doe) with pearl snaps and black jeggings (basic leggings pattern, which actually I meant to use another pattern and forgot and they're already almost done so...) to go with a pair of pink cowboy boots I own.
    4. Brown denim Burda Style denim trousers with a green and cream plaid flannel pullover hoodie (vintage Simplicity 7851)
    5. Red and blue plaid flannel pullover (vintage Simplicity 7851), I might not have enough to make it hooded though
    6. Hooded jumper in black corduroy patterned in fall colors (vintage Simplicity 7927).  This is also already started!
    7. I need to finish the shirt I started months ago for my brother.  It just needs the buttonholes and buttons.
    8. New fall scrub top for my mother for work.  Needs done by Halloween so she can wear it during the Thanksgiving season. 
    9. More underwear.  I'd also like to try bra making. I bought Simplicity 8229, and I also have three downloadable free patterns from the same designer. 
    10. More workout clothes.  I'm looking at Butterick 6295, McCalls 7446, and McCalls 7482, mostly pants, maybe some tops.  I have a pair of pink capris started that I discovered when I was going through stuff to move so those are actually almost done. 
    11. One of my favorite wrestlers is out injured and I want to make him a stuffed animal and send it to him with a card.  I have the pattern, but haven't started anything yet. 
    12. I need to make a red top to wear for the Christmas choir program at church.  I had a blouse, but honestly kinda hated it so I got rid of it.  I'm thinking of vintage Simplicity 7757, the tunic version with long sleeves and pockets if I can fit them. 
    13. I bought Simplicity 8243 and Simplicity 8242, but they are total wish list projects.

    August and September Finished Projects

    • Two pairs of underwear (August 6th) -- leftover fabric, free pattern, stash thread, purchased elastic.  It's the Rosy Ladyshorts pattern.
    • Repaired a pair of pants for my mother (August 12)
    • Hemmed my father's workout pants (August 12)
    • Green shirtdress (August 14) -- I think I purchased everything except the white thread. It also didn't turn out that great, I don't know if it was a poor fabric choice, or if it was the wrong size, or a combination of the two.  Pattern was McCalls 7351, view B but I added pockets to the skirt
    • Bodice. Not super happy with the way the pockets look...
      I finished the sleeve seams because the sleeves roll up and they'd be exposed.
    • Fixed my Flower Power dress, used leftover pink cotton to patch an underarm hole and put a matching match on the other side so it'd be even (August 15)
    • 1916 National Park Centennial suspender skirt (August 22) -- purchased pattern and fabric, stash thread and buttons 
    • Pattern
      Trying to figure out the pattern and instructions
      Trying to pick buttons
      I was at Fort Necessity NB on the Centennial and they LOVED my outfit so they posted in online!
    • Slip (August 22) -- stash pattern (same Burda that I used last time) and thread, purchased fabric and fold over elastic
    • Racerback dress (free download from Hey June) for Briella (August 23) -- free pattern, purchased fabric, stash fabric and thread
    • Took in two skirts for Briella
    • OSU skirt for Briella -- stash fabric and elastic, no pattern
    • Cinderella dress for Briella -- stash everything (all on September 3). Used the 1950s Simplicity dress pattern I used for her daisy dress, but there's not a sash.
    Thirteen projects in August and September, but I've lost count of my total projects for the year.  I'll have to figure that out.  Not much sewing has been going on lately, because life has been REALLY crazy.  Thankfully I think most of the crazy is taken care of so now I need to concentrate on getting settled into my new place (sewed for the first time there last night!) and working on my fall winter to do list. 

    Thursday, August 11, 2016

    Finished Projects - June and July

    1. 1930s McCalls 7153 Archive Collection TARDIS dress (June 4) -- Fabric was bought a while ago when JoAnn's first started carrying the Doctor Who collection.  Pattern was bought because I liked it.  I decided a while back to use them together, so I'm not really sure if this qualifies as a stash project or not.  Thread was stash.

    2. Blue seersucker with dragonflies dress for my mom (June 19) -- Fabric was purchased for a scrub top, but mom asked for a dress instead.  Stash pattern and thread, purchased ribbon for the drawstring.  I used the same pattern that I did last year to make a gauze dress.

    3. Finished a pair of drawstring pants that I started like 15 years ago (June 26) -- I'm calling this one a stash project since it was a UFO from more than a decade ago.

    4. Altered a 1950s jumper I made several years ago while sitting in my mom's hospital room.  The armscyes were cut too high, so I took out the stitching, cut out about half an inch of fabric or so and restitched them.  I have since worn it and it's better, maybe not perfect but at least better. (July 8)

    5. Hemmed my father's suit pants to wear to his father's funeral (July 11)

    6. Backpack for my summer vacation (July 30) -- purchased everything, except thread.
    I altered the pattern to have a Sigmund pocket as well as a water bottle pocket on the other side.

    7. 1950s blue jumper / dress (July 30) -- Stash pattern and thread, purchased zipper, fabric was purchased for a dress but not with this pattern in mind.

    8. Swim leggings (July 31) to go with the Lane Raglan rashguard I made earlier this year -- some stash fabric, some purchased, stash thread and pattern.  I used McCalls 7261, shortened to knee length.  I lined the upper sections with swimsuit lining and the skirt portion was self drafted. 

    9. 1970s blue plisse dress from a vintage pattern (July 31) -- purchased fabric and pattern, stash thread.

    10. Bag for my mother (July 31) -- stash fabric (leftover from the blue jumper I made myself) and thread, purchased pattern and webbing for the strap, I also used a leftover magnetic snap that I bought for my backpack.

    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 - DONE
    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