Saturday, 1 October 2011

Sewing plans - and I (really) mean it this time!

Ok ok I admit it, I’m just plain un-motivated when it comes to sewing.  I think my enthusiasm has taken a fair few knocks thanks to my fitting woes and I have been just plain avoiding going anywhere near my sewing machine.  But I have got a fair way through making my Beignet skirt and hope to get most of it done by the end of the weekend (update: not this weekend, the weather is amazing outside so indoor activity is not happening!). 

See I've finished the shell and facings, and lining except for hemming.  Just need to finish the lining hem, sew the facing onto the lining, then onto the shell, hem the shell do the buttonholes and then sew on the buttons.  Oh and add the belt loops - ok maybe there's more to do than I realised!

Unfortunately my bank balance just wouldn’t allow me to sign up for any sewing classes in the end, which I am gutted about.  But I am exploring getting a private lesson or two with someone in the hope they can help me a bit with fitting a couple of bodice patterns, to kinda kick-start me in the right direction there.

In the meantime I have decided to steer clear of dresses and tops for a little while and make a couple more skirts.  Just so I can get a few successful makes under my belt before trying to fit my top half again.

Luckily my bank balance would stretch to a couple of new patterns, so I decided on Colette’s Ginger skirt, and also because it is so darn cute (again I went for a Colette) the Jasmine top.

Yes I realise I said I wasn’t making any tops for a while, but this purchase is totally justified.  Firstly it’s a semi-fitted style so doesn’t need to fit perfectly, second it’s cut on the bias so is designed to stretch and fit round you more easily, lastly I repeat my earlier statement, it’s just so darn cute.

So after I have finished Beignet, I will be making up a Ginger.  I have some black cotton drill so will be making a wearable muslin in that.  I'm also thinking of making one in corduroy, but am unsure if this will work.

images from Croft Mill
What do you think?  Will corduroy work? I like the Navy best, but I always go for blues.


  1. I cant say yes or no to if it'll work (I'd assume so) but I can say that I think Cord would look fab - I'd go for the wine!

  2. I hear you - my sewing is taking a knock as I'm so tired all the time I just want to flop!

    I think the ginger would look fab in a wine corduroy (although I like the navy too).


  3. Wine or navy! If you always go blues, go wine!

  4. Hey Law! Don't worry about the sewing productivity, just take it slow and enjoy it as you go along. I know that fitting issues have really put me off before, especially with dresses. I think your idea of making separates for a while is a great one, that's what I'm doing at the moment to grow my skills and confidence. Your Beignet's going to look gorgeous and I can testify that the Ginger is so simple to make. I think cord will work really well and I reckon you should go for the wine colour ;o)

    Good luck with it all, it's good to see you back blogging and sewing again!

  5. Thanks for the supportive comment guys, looks like wine colour has it with the corduroy!

  6. Woo hoo! You are getting there, & the main thing is that you can see you're making progress. I too say "wine" - love it! ANd the Beignet is going to be fabulous! Enjoy the sunshine :-)


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