My enthusiasm for both sewing and blogging has been waning a little lately. I think I’ve become a bit overwhelmed by trying to decided exactly what to sew and drowning in a sea of unfinished/to-be-fixed projects. I’ve decided a little planning is in order. I’m about to embark on a very busy 2 and a half months so need a little focus.
* First up, I’m facing two big non-sewing related commitments:
- Participating in a 10km fun run. This is quite a big commitment given that I only decided to do this 1.5 weeks a go, the race is in 4 weeks and I’m not a jogger. I’ve spent much of the afternoon reading blogs on how to prepare for a 10k run in four weeks. Crazy but apparently doable…only time will tell. The biggest challenge for me is avoiding a knee injury.
- Online art e-course. I am starting an online e-course in a week. It runs for 4 weeks. This is basically a work thing. I need to clock up some professional development hours to keep my teacher registration. It looks like a lot of fun though and I’m looking really forward to spending some quality time with my daughter Meg creating artworks together.
* Next up I have two new challenging projects:
1. Chanel-style jacket (V8804). This pattern comes with the promise of teaching you luxurious couture construction methods. From memory there are 90something steps! Even though I have little need for a jacket like this, I’m really looking forward to working through the challenging construction details. I’ve ordered a beautiful Raspberry coloured wool from EmmaOneSock and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival.
2. Swimwear. I bought a beautiful piece of Tigerlilly lycra from The Fabric Store last year and have been dreaming of turning it into a stunning one-piece swimsuit based on a Baku swimsuit I already own. I have already began playing around with a pattern and toile. It’s very early days.
* Next up, 3 new & easy projects:
1. Four new tees - My t-shirt situation is really quite sad and in serious need of a re-stock. I've ordered the fabric and am waiting for it's arrival.
2. Jalie gymnastics pants. Just a little something I'd promised Meg. Pink and purple velvet....nooise!
3. Cord pants for the kiddos - I bought this fabric to make them two pairs of cords each to take away with them on a potentially cool holiday. It's going to take every inch of willpower to get these babies done. I'm not feeling particularly hopeful about this one.
* Unfinished Projects
2. Silk racerback tank. This pattern was taken from a Country Road top of my sisters. It's a little tight at the upper sideseams. I need to play around with this and finish the binding. A horrible project in misbehaving silk. Yuck!
3. Beach tunic - I began sewing this beach tunic last year with the intention of having it for the summer break holidays. I ran out of time. Let's see if I can have it done by this summer break.
4. Winter Vogue dress - This dress was supposed to be sewn up in time for the Winter just gone. It's made from a wool/viscose. I was on the home stretch when I tried it on and decided it looked too formal for for everyday wear and something I probably would never wear. I'm going to cut it off to make a top.
5. Knickers - 6 pairs of knickers cut out and never sewn together.
6. Vogue bag in Bird Textile fabric - I cut out this bag a gazillion years ago and never sewed it up. Maybe it's time.
7. Swimmers for Meg - I bought these patterns and fabric many months ago with the intention to practise sewing with lycra before making up my own swimmers. I didn't get very far. I must revisit this soon.
* Projects that need to be revisited
1. Silk Jersey Milly top - This began life as a faux wrap dress that I was never happy with. In a moment of impulse I chopped off the bottom. I need to add a hemband and fix up a few other bits.
2. Bras - Both these bras have underwire issues.
3. Cowl-neck top - Needs a hemband. Too shapeless.
4. Missoni top - needs taking in at the sideseams.
5. New Look silk dress - need to fix up the buckling neckband.
6. Burda denim trousers - need to reshape the legs
Well sorting through all this was supposed to make me feel less overwhelmed. I didn't realise just how much stuff I had thrown into the to-do hamper. Just looking at this post makes me feel more overwhelmed than ever. My goodness! That backfired! Wish me luck. Let's hope I get out alive.