Last week, I was on vacation or staycation, where we have the kids, but don’t really go anywhere except maybe to the beach. I usually use this opportunity to sew all the things, but this time not so much. I sewed a couple of things. I finished two things completely and sort of half-sewed two other things, but am feeling rather not thrilled about both of them. I have the sewing blahs. That’s not to say I still don’t want to sew all the things, but meh…not these things… Ever feel that way?
While on vacation, I did sew a couple of things:
This progress picture shows the mint colour a little better:
Two Jenna cardis in mint and in white. I’ve sewn this particular pattern so many times that I don’t really need to take pictures of me in them, but they will likely show up in future photos as layering pieces. These are sewn with my serger except for the top stitching and the buttons. They turned out so well this time.
I really love the look of the solid colour. I’ve previously created lots with colour blocking, but they don’t get a ton of wear. The weight of the fabrics is also perfect for the Jenna cardi and my other ones don’t match them. These are both medium weight stretch knits. The white is a white jersey with lycra and is so amazing in terms of recovery that I am going to get three more yards pretty soon to make a white jersey dress. The mint is a cotton interlock. My experience with interlocks is that they don’t usually have great recovery. This one holds the shape a lot better than others I’ve dealt with, though, even if the recovery could be similar to the white jersey. I’ve already been wearing these two non-stop. Basics for the win!
Update: Here is a picture of me wearing the white cardigan
The other things I half-sewed were my M6887 and then got upset because it doesn’t look right on me.
It’s very cute and has some really nice details in it. The piped pockets and princess seams are really great.
The drape of the skirt, however, throws the whole thing off. It’s not circle skirt enough and just seams to hang in horrible ways. I will probably be getting rid of the cute piped pockets, sadly, switching them for side-seam pockets, and then cinching it in again at the waist, because there is too much room there.
I’m also working on another M6696 in a gorgeous brightly coloured linen floral with green and orange accents:
I used the burrito method to put the yoke in. Something I didn’t take the time to learn previously. I’m never going back to another method again; it makes for such a good look. I like this dress and I know it will fit, but I feel pretty unmotivated to get ‘er done. It will happen eventually, though, because I love my M6696 shirtdresses!
I’m also about to lose my sewing room. The carpet needs to be replaced after several leaks in the basement room. After the carpet is replaced, we need a roommate for a while. I will be moving my sewing stuff up into our bedroom. Part of me is excited for that since I really like the light in our room and it will be a vast improvement from the darkness of the basement, but the other part of me…is just not feeling the amount of work that would go into moving up two floors. I’ll be doing it, though, with the help of my fabulous husband in the next few weeks. I plan on moving my stash upstairs first so my sewing room also looks like this:
The bonus, however, is that there is a cupboard currently on the top floor in one of the kids’ rooms that I can move down into the hallway and use for my stash. When my sewing area was in that room, I used it to organize my stash. It’s a great way of seeing what you have as well instead of having it in a suitcase, which is my current organization method. I think I will also get a couple of clear plastic containers for scraps and my wool. I don’t want any of my wool infested with moths since we consistently have a problem with them in our house. Any tips on getting rid of those? I’ve tried everything!
The issue was the sewing plans I made back before the wedding. I didn’t really anticipate how exhausted I would be post-wedding and how much trouble I would have functioning again. Even after my week off, I don’t feel much more rested or better. My pain has been flaring up really badly over the last couple of weeks as well. Part of that stems from not controlling my diet as well lately and having some things that bring on fibro flare ups. It’s just so difficult to stay away from the tasty things! I’m planning on getting back on track this week. Less sugar is the plan, but when farmer’s market vendors sell gluten free whoopie pies covered in chocolate with peanut butter icing in the middle and gluten free peanut butter cookies covers in chocolate with peanut butter icing in the middle….well….. the rest is just crumbs on the counter.
I also made a few too many desserts this past week. Rice Krispie squares and peach crisp.
Okay, I am making myself hungry!
Back to sewing. Sewing plans were the problem. I just have no desire to sew what was on my list. I feel like sewing comfy fall clothing rather than the long list of wovens and summer dresses I had. If they are woven sewing plans, I want to sew super loose-fitted clothes. I also crave some slower projects, like jackets.
I am replacing all my sewing plans from last time with three new projects:
M6754 in a navy ponte knit with grey and white polkadot knit bias tape for the neckline, princess seams, and waist. If this goes well, I will also make this in a royal blue quilted knit without any bias tape, however. It’s heavier weight and lush. I bought it when I went to Hamilton on Thursday last week to meet Gillian, Sarah, Andrea, and Leah. I also got a few other things and managed to stay below budget! Shocker!
Sadly, the royal blue doesn’t really show up well using my cell phone camera, but you can check it out in action on Gillian. The right picture going clockwise from the top right: orange and white drapey knit fabric, neon orange sheer and solid striped knit, purple “knit” print rayon knit, and the royal blue quilted ponte. The left picture is what I bought at Bra-Maker’s Supply: orange duoplex and royal blue duoplex, orange/pink/black stretch lace, and pink strap elastic.
The next project is M6555:
I’ve never tried this silhouette before! After seeing Nicole’s Papercut Sway dress, I became pretty obsessed with tent dresses. Leila added to that obsession recently with her trapeze dress. I found M6555 and really love the potential in it with the yoke. I plan on making this with white poly crepe and aqua poly crepe de chine:
In the above, the white crepe and aqua crepe de chine are in the middle. All are from fabric.com. The aqua crepe de chine is really drapey and the crepe has more structure to it, which is perfect for a suit jacket…
I plan on making Simplicity 2340:
This is using the coral satin for lining in the above fabric picture with the white crepe. I will need to do an FBA on this one and a muslin, but if it works out, I think I will make a couple more in some wool suiting I have been hoarding for ages from thrift store finds and some interesting lining fabrics, too. I have a mint satin and some other lovely satins that would work well for some of the fabrics.
Speaking of thrift store finds:
This past week, I found two poly crepes and a cotton denim-look sheet the last time I went and a huge amount of sock yarn for some fun slouchy thigh highs for the Fall/Winter. I’ve never knitted socks before, though, so we’ll see how this goes! Of course, I meant to just find a cotton and get eggs and bread, but I came home with tons more…. #fabricaddict
I still plan on keeping some of my plans and I have other quick projects to add to the queue. I definitely want to make another bra, especially after being inspired by Gillian’s lovely versions. I also crave quick projects: I want to make some Barrie Briefs for me and some boxer shorts for my husband. I got the denim-look cotton sheet for his boxer shorts and plan on cutting them this week. Another project would be a ponte knit Sophie Cardigan with a V-neck and the rectangle pockets. On the slow project front, I also still have Dale’s shirt cut out and will be getting that done sometime in the next month or so. Other than that, I have to get some Star Trek costumes done for my show, Holodeck Follies! I’m really looking forward to that project as a quick and fun thing to do.
I think changing course on my plans will help me get out of this sewing slump.
How do you get out of a sewing slump?