I’ve finally finished my massive closet cleanout (3 bags of clothes and 2 of shoes have gone to the Nearly New Shop, my most favorite thrift store that’s located in a former roller skating rink). This has revealed the holes in my closet (as I hoped!) Here is what I’m currently trying to plan:
1. Tops – Once again I find myself short on tops, especially blouses. I typically avoid sewing with blouse fabrics, but I think it’s time to conquer that fear! I’m beginning with Butterick 5785 in silk shantung:
I took your advice (from ages ago) and prewashed my fabric in the machine on hand wash. I hung the fabric to dry, and other than being wrinkled it still looks great! I’m really paranoid about silks in the wash, but I think it’s best to treat them this way – otherwise I never wear them! I love this blouse because of the longer shape and belt. I’ve ordered some other blouse fabrics, so I hope to have more to make soon.
2. Winter coats - I have a ton of short coats, but all my dress coats have given up the ghost. I’ve decided to join Gertie’s coat sew-a-long:
Is anyone else going to be sewing along with me? I’m not much of a joiner, but I think this is the only way I’ll be motivated. I’ve never sewn a coat! I plan to shorten the pattern by several inches, making it shorter than knee length. I’m planning to use a wool suiting (because a heavy coating would be crazy with a circle skirt!) but I haven’t bought my fabric yet. I think I want a red/wine color, but I haven’t found the perfect one just yet. I may be late getting started, but I can at least try to get my muslin sewn this week!
3. Black performance clothes
I know, I know, I say this every year. But I really and truly could use some good black outfits. I hate sewing with black, but I can’t depend on running across dresses I actually like. I’m planning (at this point) to try Vogue 8827, a new pattern for fall. I’m going to use a rayon crepe.
I’m also planning a few other items – I want to experiment with sheath dresses, and I have a few tunics to make. I can’t plan those yet – I have yet to get fabric!
Meanwhile, my house project continues. I’ve finished the living room and hallway, and now it’s time for the bathroom. At this point I’m planning to replace the floor and add beadboard to the walls. And paint, of course (I’m thinking icy mint!) There aren’t any sewing projects in that room (umm… please don’t let me get crazy enough to try to make my own rugs!) but I’m working on two small quilts/wall hangings. The first (which I’ve already started) is this:
This is the Frosted quilt by Frivilous Necessity. I bought a layer cake (set of 10″ squares) from Sewn in Cincinnati, and happened to pick up this exact print (Blizten, designed by BasicGrey for Moda). I like that it’s Christmassy without being kitsch. In real life the colors are more icy. I’m leaving off the border – I think quilts look nicer without. This will be my first time trying applique – the pattern used the fusible web method. Wish me luck!
I’m also making this hanging, for my living room:
This quilt, Centered, is from the book We love Color. This book contains only solid colored quilts. I bought it for my Ipad – my first book purchase, and let me tell you how convenient it is! I ordered the fabrics called for (all Kona cotton solids) and hope to work on it after finishing the Christmas quilt. I think it looks like a warp field or something
Until next time!