Wednesday, 25 July 2012

That project list...

In May I developed a projects list for June:
  • Computer bag McCalls 6410
  • Gloves Butterick 5695
  • Jacket for Mum Kwik Sew 3716
  • Update the fit of 2 winter work jackets
  • 1912 ladies spring mantle
To date I've finished the gloves before winter hit. You read how easily my attention was diverted and I made lined trousers and a matching pleather jacket for the gloves, pjs because of the cold but I did start the wedding clothes for Mum, although none of these were on the original list. Yes, June was last month :))

I now have 1 week to finish off Mum's wedding ensembles (fingers crossed). Two new knit tops are done and I've cut out the matching skirt for the bronze jacket. I have another skirt and top combo to cut out. I'll post these up when I finish them.
This was my 3 step approach at the end of June
Step 1 - Make Kwik Sew 3916 in the day fabric I had originally planned to use. That way, she has an everyday jacket that she can get used to wearing so the evening version is familiar to her to wear. (tick)
Step 2 - Make an easy skirt and top ensemble to keep me motivated. (tick)
Step 3 - Make the evening jacket. This should take less time and fit well. (tick)

Researching for Mum
As you've seen, I completed the jackets first and then I did a stack of pattern research on PR and bought enough top/skirt pattern options from Lincraft and Spotlight for Mum. I can now see the end of Mum's project on the horizon. I also read the PR topics for petite plus and menopause because I thought that was the best way to figure out what the best patterns and pattern adjustments would suit Mum. I still haven't read similar forums on Stitches guild because time is zooming by.

Easily led
Again, I'm being led (Renata, Sharon and Alison) to make a bag next month (PR 2-week challenge) so the computer bag may get made. I might update those 2 winter jackets for myself. I could fit in the 1912 ladies spring mantle for the wedding as a special piece - but these are just some thoughts.

My wedding outfit options
The other small issue I'm thinking about for this wedding is:
a) do I make a new dress for myself (I hope so but what do I pick),
b) do I make it formal length or cocktail length dress (I'd love a formal length number),
c) do I make a formal trench to get me through a winter wedding (yes but am I nuts for considering two time consuming pieces??)?
This will all become a treasured family memory once the wedding is over. Did I tell you we have another wedding next year?

Prioritising sewing doesn't work
I have a new test dress up my sleeve made from Pitt Trading garbage bag remnants ...


Lena Merrin said...

Maria, making two time consuming pieces might stress you out and take all enjoyment out of the process. How about a gorgeous dress and a pashmina? :)

velosewer said...

I think you're right Lena. A gorgeous dress might be all I need. I have a pretty coat that I haven't worn for a while.

Karen said...

If you have tons of time,you might get the coat made; but I agree with Lena...too much pressure=no fun!

Dilliander said...

I'd delay the decision, start with the dress and just see how that goes. This way you can enjoy sewing the dress, then if time permits you can decide about the new trench... and if not you still have a lovely outfit with the coat you already own or a pashmina. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to make :)

Judith said...

So many sewing decisions!!! But isn't that half the fun of being so creative????
✿ Judy
made by J

MushyWear said...

You've been so busy and productive. I'm certain that whatever you decide for the wedding will be just right. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Anonymous said...

Wo look at you, gloves and jacket ready I'm picturing a motorcycle hunk impatiently hitting the horn so you can hurry up and go for a spin already XD. I got a glove pattern but the seam allowances were weird so I'm procrastination. Also, I don't have any leather XD Slowly, slowly..

Summer Flies said...

You have done so much! I think make the dress for the wedding and then just have the formal coat as an option. I made a lovely formal coat years ago and in Brisbane really you only need one! How lovely to have weddings to go to.

Renata said...

Being led, indeed Maria, that's the thanks we get for saving you from sitting around and doing nothing!!! The solution to your problem is very simple, make all three options, starting from the top, which is obviously the way your mind is thinking - easy peasy. A formal trench with a cocktail dress, what would Clinton say to that?? You could put some interchangeable sparkle buttons on the coat for the special occasion.

Kyle said...

So much pressure! Please be sure to take some time out during all of this for yourself!!

Sharon said...

I agree with Lena, do the lovely formal length dress and a pashmina. Besides the bag we are tempting you with, I thought we were doing the trench coat together as well :) Take care of yourself.

Carolyn said...

You have been so busy, and you still seem to have a lot on your plate. In my own experience if I sew something because I "have to" then I just cannot get into it and the project doesn't turn out as well as I hoped it would!


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