A while ago, I wrote about my sewing plans for the rest of 2014, and particularly for this summer. Since I sometimes don't blog about finished projects right away (or, sometimes, ever), I thought it might be useful, or at least interesting, to do a monthly wrap-up of my sewing "progress."
So, in the first month of summer--June 21 to July 21--I:
- sewed one pair of shorts (blogged here) for the Skirt Fixation challenge (and they also fit for the July Monthly Stitch challenge)
- refashioned five T-shirts into tank tops (blogged here)
- sewed a very quick, small case for my phone (unblogged)
- and sewed two other garments (also, as yet, unblogged).
In terms of fabric usage I:
- used up one piece of recently-gifted fabric (I'm counting all of what I was sent for the shorts as one, and there are only scrap-sized pieces left, so also counting it as used)
- used half a piece of stash fabric
- refashioned five RTW shirts and one me-made blouse
- but I also bought two two-yard pieces of fabric (both for the same project, one of the unblogged ones, and then I decided neither fabric was right and ultimately used a stash one. But at least my intent when I bought them both was immediate use).
I still have more than half my pile of T-shirts to convert, and I've made absolutely no progress on the crocheted cardigan that I was supposed to start working on. Maybe that will happen this month...
Speaking of this month, the past week or so I haven't felt like sewing or doing anything sewing-related at all, but this morning I made these little images to help me along. (Forgive my lazy photoshopping. I could've done a better job making the fabric look even, but I didn't.)
|(I also could've redrawn this so it doesn't have what looks like a peplum. I think I'll just extend the bodice part to blouse length, and not use the skirt pieces at all.)|
This last fabric, I've been wanting to make up for ages. (The fabric doesn't look like me at all, does it? (Admittedly, I actually bought it for Rat. But there wound up not being enough for what I intended, and then I decided I liked it so much I wanted to keep it for myself.) In the picture it looks very animal print/camo, but I promise in real life it's more abstract-looking, and what shows up as black is actually navy blue. Plus it's super soft.)
I haven't used it yet only because I have so little of the fabric--barely a yard--so I'm very limited in what I can actually do. For a long time I was thinking a Sorbetto with buttons on the fake placket, but a couple months ago, I finally muslined myself another Sorbetto and, while the fit was better than the first one I made, it was also, I think, the fastest I've ever given away a me-made garment that was originally meant to keep. Maybe in a few more years I'll try again, but for now, I think it's really just not the top for me.
And there aren't a lot of other things that can be made with only one yard of fabric. (I don't want to do color blocking or print mixing or whatever the term is for pairing it with another coordinating fabric in order to have enough to make up the whole thing. In most circumstances, I don't think I'd be opposed to that, but I don't want it here.) I'm definitely thinking a blouse of some kind, and pretty sure it'll have to be sleeveless and fairly fitted. Maybe even collarless, but who knows; collars arn't that fabric-hungry, are they? I've got a couple patterns I'm thinking about, and hopefully one of them will work, but nothing has jumped out at me yet as this is it! and I also haven't measured anything yet, so... Anyone, any suggestions?
Beyond those three, my core plans remain intact: shirts for work. Maybe a skirt or two. Trying to get started on the sweater. Sewing from the stash; no new fabric purchases (or notion, or pattern, purchases if I can manage it, and I've got enough stockpiled that I should be able to manage it). Moving along.
Don't be surprised if you see other projects on the blog before the above. Now that I've noted specifically what I'm meant to be working on, I have no doubt that I'll soon find any number of other things that I need to spend my time on. As long as it's going forward, I guess...