Saturday, 30 September 2017

September in Review...

Sewing:

I had big plans for National Sewing Month.
National Sewing Month begins tomorrow and the theme is to sew for the beauty of it. I have quite a bit of sewing to do for my beautiful Mom. She wants a new jacket in black. I have a lovely napped wool fabric set aside for that project and splurged on some silk lining. And then she would like another dress in a navy satin back crepe. There is an Eva dress to make for a friend. For myself I would really like to concentrate on sewing some comfortable pieces of sleepwear. I'll see how these plans work out.    

So how did I do? That new jacket for my Mom is in the works. It's all cut out, the underlining is hand-stitched to the fashion fabric and that's about it. I have two weeks to get it done. Yikes! I did manage to get her dress done this month. And same with the Eva dress for my friend. I actually made two, one didn't work out and then there was some unforeseen pattern grading before sewing a second one. Sleepwear for myself didn't even make it onto the radar.  

Clockwise Top L to R: Microwave cozy, no pattern used; (centre) linen Eva dress, Tessuti patterns; silk infinity scarf, no pattern used; satin back crepe dress, Simplicity 2372; (bottom L corner) linen Eva dress, Tessuti patterns.  
As seen above two unplanned items made it out of the sewing workspace. A silk infinity scarf when this beautiful fabric went on sale. And I sold another microwave cozy, this one was a made-to-order request.    

The Fasts:

I can't say that I stayed away from buying any fabric this month (see the silk infinity scarf) but I do believe I lost my desire to shop for fabric after recording my fabric collection in binders. 


Yes, it certainly was an eye-opening experience. This just might be the thing that helps me stay on track. 

The Stats:


Supplies
Quantity Used from the stash this Month 
Quantity Used this Year
Added to the Stash this year
Basting Tape
1 metre
4.83 metres
0
Bias Tape
 5.6 metres
21.2 metres
10 metres
Buttons

45
50
Chain

0
0
Cord Stopper

0
0
Elastic

32.3 metres
38 metres
Fabric
9.3 metres
103.9 metres
76
metres
Fusible Tape
 2 metres
43.26 metres
6 rolls
Hand needles

2
0
Hook and Eyes

0
0
Interfacing
0.5 metres
7.2 metres
6 metres
Lace trim
2.6 metres
0
Pattern (new)

14
18
Pattern (previously used--TNT)
3
25
0
Ribbon

1.1 metres
5.3 metres
Serger needles

0
0
Serger thread

4
12
Sewing machine needles
2
4
9
Snaps

5
0
Thread
1
15
18
Trim
2 metres
7 metres
Velcro

0
0
Zipper
1
8
10


The Plans

I don't even know if I should attempt to make plans since this month's plans turned out to be such a disaster. But here goes, 
  1. Sew that cardigan style jacket for Mom.  This one is a priority.  
  2. I need a fancy dress for an upcoming event in two weeks.  I was thinking about another Eva dress in a grey silk fabric but I'm not all that excited about sewing another version of the dress. I might have over-dosed on the pattern. But if I don't sew it, I have no idea what will replace it.    
  3. A jacket to go with said fancy dress. 
  4. I still want to sew some sleepwear.  
  5. And could you believe that I entered the coat contest over at Pattern Review. I have OOP Vogue 1213 that looks like a fun pattern to try. We'll see if there is time.    

Happy Sewing!

2 comments:

  1. I keep a similar notebook--but mainly to see where I got the fabric, the content, etc.--but not to beat myself up over ;-) What other uh, "habit" produces so much--not only in garments, etc, but most importantly, joy!

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    1. Thanks for this comment. You're right. I think it was just an eye opener at first but it has been a good thing to do. I have OOP Vogue 1213 on my wish list to do this month and it's a whole lot easier and more joyful process picking out fabric from the books.

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