It’s been a while since I did a plans post. My sewing has been a little hit and miss in terms of planning over the last couple of months, so I thought I’d lay my plans out here to
force myself make myself accountable and have something to aim for. Lets have a look at what I’ve got planned…
(1) Navy Matryoshka Quilting Cotton McCalls M6896 Version C
I got this quilting cotton at the Goldhawk Road, possibly the first time I made the pilgrimage there a few years ago. This was back when I had no idea how much fabric to buy, and thought 2 metres would be plenty to make anything, before I realised that that was unrealistic, especially when quilting cotton is narrow. And when I thought quilting cotton was fine for garment making! But… then I spotted this top on the #greatbigpatternswap on instagram, and really fancied it, and it’s perfect for quilting cotton. I had already been wondering whether a peplum top would be a good addition to the workwear wardrobe, or good with jeans for a night out, so thought I’d give it a go and snapped the pattern up! And with the pattern swap if you get a garment made from the pattern you received by 14th August you get entered into the competition to win prizes. YEAY! I think I’ll make version C with the little short sleeves. If I like it, you can guarantee I’ll be using up all my 1.5-2m pieces of quilting cotton on variations of this top.
(2) Pink & Purple Ikat Cotton Rayon Jersey Kielo Dress
I loved my first kielo dress (on my instagram, but not blogged yet). I made it in a ponte, which in retrospect is perhaps a little heavy to allow for the drapey midsection to be as drapey as possible. But I want A MILLION MORE, and plan to start with a super drapey knee length version with the long sleeves, to make it more trans-seasonal. This viscose jersey is from girl charlee, I picked it up last year at the Edinburgh Knitting and Stitching Show, and have been waiting for the right project. I hope this will be a great workwear dress.
(3) Seasalt Floral Seaglass Cotton Voile Colette Myrna Dress
I fell in love with the pattern lines on the colette myrna as soon as I saw it. I’ve recently been struggling to get the colette/seamwork patterns to fit, to be honest, as often there’s not really enough bust shaping, but I reckon with the lovely drapey gathering around the bust and the ’40s style lines this one may be easier. I would really only need to get the waist to fit correctly and I should be onto a winner. This lovely fabric is from Seasalt Cornwall. They had a sale on fabric recently, and I got two pieces – the first I’ve already made into a By Hand London Anna dress, which I think its my favourite make to date. I’ve got high hopes for this one too – if it cuts the mustard I’m going to wear it to the #sewscottish Frocktails meet up – if you haven’t got your ticket check out Lesley (@sew_sleep_deprived on instagram) for details!
(4) Chambray Sew Over It Alex Shirt Dress
I bough this chambray specifically to make this (although now I can’t remember where I got it…). I’m trying to do this more with fabrics – buy them with a project in mind. Not that I’m completely copying the sample (I’m completely copying the sample!)… but you know, everyone needs a chambray shirt dress. I’ve made this once before, before I really knew what I was doing, and the viscose was too drapey, so the collar doesn’t sit right, and the seams are fraying, so I need a replacement! I may go down a size from my previous as its pretty shapeless (by design) but the size I chose was also a little big on the shoulders. Hopefully the chambray will give it a little more structure. I also have plans to make the shirt length, but maybe next month.
(5) Peach Cotton Lawn Leschi Blouse
One of the things I noticed in ‘Me Made May’ was I didn’t really have any nice semi-smart but loose and comfy lightweight tops to wear with jeans. You know, the type you thrown on for sunday brunch with a bit of lippy and a necklace and magically look pulled together. I need lots, so I must fix this pronto! The first I fancy trying is the Leschi Blouse from Straight Stitch Patterns. I love the neckline. The sleeves may be too roomy for my style, but that’ll be an easy fix as long as the sleeve head is ok. This cotton lawn is from Goldhawk road too, though more recently. I’m hoping this is going to be floaty flattering cool and comfy loveliness!
And thats it for the month. It’s my birthday on Thursday, and we’re going out on Weds evening at work to celebrate me finishing my training and getting a big girl job, so I’d like to have the peplum top done for then (i.e. I need to make it tomorrow, lol!) to wear with jeans. Lets see if that happens!
Till next time