If you would have told me 5 years ago that I would (successfully) be sewing on slinky, I would have thought you were kidding. However, yesterday, I finished up my scarf-collar top (in the deep eggplant slinky) and I have to admit it looks great! The fit is spot-on, the fabric feels wonderful when you wear it, and the design of this pattern is fantastic. My only wish is that I had a bit of bronzer when I wear this one because the color washes me out a bit…… maybe if it ever warms up around here (even a bit of sunshine would be nice) I’ll be able to go outdoors again.
With this shirt behind me, I’m mulling over what my next project will be. My list of projects has substantially grown over the past two weeks and it’s time to prioritize what I should be working on first! Speaking of sewing to-do lists, what’s on everyone’s?
Thanks to Bret who took Easton out of the house for awhile yesterday and to Taylor who found a book that she couldn’t put down, I was able to to make a dent into my scarf-collar top sewing. Since I’m working with a slinky, I decided to go ahead and serge the entire top just to be sure that it feeds evenly through the machine. So far, I’ve managed to attach the scarf to the top itself without a hitch, which is suspect is the most difficult part of the project. Now I just need to sew up the front, attach the sleeves, and then sew in the hems (ack – hemming on slinky!). Anyone else working on this top? What did everyone else do over the (3-day) weekend?
A three day weekend. For many of us, it means we get an extra day with family, one more day of sewingcrafting, and a chance at a few sales. I’ve been trying hard to resist the latter, but with new patterns being released (everyone from Jalie and Hot Patterns to Burda and the ‘big 4’), I’m beginning plans for a spring wardrobe. So, today, I plan on picking up a few ‘supplies’ (like Pattern Ease, thread) from local stores, but also plan on checking out what my favorite online stores have to offer – at the very least ‘window shop’ for future reference – my goal this year is to stop holding onto the stash and sew up some of the pieces I’ve been hoarding that way I can make room for more.
Today I’m also carving out a bit of time to make something for myself – or at least get a good start on it. By the end of the week, I should have a scarf-collar top!
With the new year comes new projects. So far, I’ve managed to line up 4 for myself – a cushion for our ‘mudroom’ bench, Jalie 2821, the Bel-Air Lounging Pyjamas, and the Square Gusset Tee from The Sewing Republic. The details (fabrics, cost, etc.) can now be found on the sidebar!
I’ve also been mulling over some ‘sewing resolutions’ and have come up with a few:
- Make sure I keep up with my reviews on Pattern Review. I’ve really been lax about this over the past few months and would really like to contribute more!
- Add more projects to the sidebar on the site. I make a lot of things through out the year that don’t appear on the sidebar. Generally these are last minute, unplanned, or something that one of my children wanted me to make and are whipped up in a day. However, there are a few that I work on that take longer. For those, I need to be sure that I make a project entry.
- Keep track of everything I make. I love those ‘year end’ reviews of what everyone sewed up during the year. Even though I detail my projects here, I never go back to see what I’ve done, cumulatively. This year, I’m making a journal for myself so come December 21, 2010 I can see what I’ve been busy working on (I may try to keep track of the yards sewn, but that seems a bit ambitious on my part).
- Keep up with the book reviews. I got wayyyyy behind last year (I still have 4 that I would love to talk about) on book reviews. Why? They take a long time for me to write – I haven’t figured out why it takes me so long (maybe because I’m trying to cram lots of information into a short post?), but my goal is to write about them as soon as I get the book. Beware folks, by book list at Amazon is long, so you may be reading about quite a few books in 2010!