Diverted

SWAP sewing has come to a screeching halt!

I completed the 2 Jalie t-shirts, both are crew necks due to: 1. not enough fabric and 2. Mock t-band was waaaay too short for the neck opening, and then I did not have enough fabric! No matter, they are done, simple, and I love them.

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New simple shirts!

I was supposed to cut out the blue and gray shirts next. I want to try out the Deer & Doe Plantain tee for these, just for a newer silhouette. I got as far as downloading and taping the pattern, and I just couldn’t go on because once again I don’t have enough fabric. To be fair, I purchased the fabric with 2 more Jalie’s in mind, but I just was irritated. So I quit. Instead I started sewing up a quilt top kit that I bought 10 years ago and has been languishing in my stash, taunting me.

I joked a little that it is harder than clothes and in a way it is. Those 1/4 inch seam allowances are unforgiving! If you are a little bit off even half the time, well, I imagine things won’t be exact! There is more room for error in a garment.

Still, I am enjoying the quick little zip! of sewing up a seam. Very satisfying.

Forward

Boxy top is done, and in the trash!  Learning experience for sure: wrong pattern, wrong fabric. I may try the pattern again in a stiffer woven or knit, but not now.

Switching my focus to the basics of SWAP, Planning 4 iterations of Jalie 2805:

  • Split side seam mock turtleneck in a blue marled rib knit
  • Second mock turtleneck in a white rib knit
  • 2 crew neck t shirts in gray and blue, possibly with a shirt-tail hem

That should only take a few days, between pre-wash, cut, sew.  The split seam and shirt-tail hem will take longer as I don’t have a pattern and will have to draft them. That brings SWAP to:

Bottoms

  1. Pre-sewn Jalie Eleonore jeans
  2. Purchased boot leg jeans

Tops

  1. Blue Mock turtleneck
  2. White mock turtleneck
  3. Blue crew neck
  4. White crew neck

That is actually not bad. 6 of 11 items. I really need a wider variety of overs, 2 would bring me to 8 items. One more shirt is 9 items, and the black or brown Elles or Eleanores gets me to 10 or 11. That doesn’t even count the tunics I want to make!  Plenty of options, and whatever I don’t finish can be added later for a nice capsule wardrobe based on blue, brown, and black.

 

Waffling

I am stuck.

I would like to keep sewing this Burda top, but I think the fabric and pattern are all wrong for each other, and wrong for me.  The fabric is too shiny and fancy, and the pattern is too hip and oversized.  I am pressing on, cause really I only have 6 more seams to sew and I’ll be done, but I think this is the wrong track.

I should really look at this as a learning experience, but I don’t really have any time for that!  I need clothes and a polished authentic look now!  Mistakes are inconvenient.  The main issue is that I am trying to complete SWAP, and spending most of February on a mistake is a mistake.

Part of the problem too is that I don’t know what I want my style to be, I just know that I want something other than what it is. I sew to make my own items that no one else can buy, but mainly I sew t-shirts and anyone can buy those! I am trying to up the interest by using new patterns like this Burda top, and texture like this shiny knit, but again I think I missed the mark.

Pajamas

Took the time today to trace out V 8859, OOP Marcy Tilton skinny pants.  I got these prior to discovering Stylearc patterns.  I whipped together a muslin from some gifted random knit. I chose a size 14 based on my measurements. Boy. No.  As usual the waist was very huge, not a bad fit in the thighs but as I have had great success with Stylearc, these are just meh.  Like I don’t even know if I want to wear them as pajamas.  I may try to salvage them into leggings for this SWAP, but that may not even be worth the effort.

The fabric was part of the problem.  I got it from a fabric exchange last year, it is pretty shiny so I am guessing a fair amount of poly, and my least favorite color for me: gunmetal gray. blah. I also omitted the yoke, and the knee pleats as I was short on fabric and just wanted to get a sense of the style lines.  I’ll keep it around for a while, but will probably gift it away at some point.

I will hold off on pants for now, instead I want to get going on Burda 6850, which I just picked up today.  I should muslin this too, before cutting into my fashion fabric, as it is very unstructured and I run the risk of being swallowed by my garment otherwise. I plan on a sweater, perhaps an overshirt of linen or similar, and a tunic with this crazy (for me) chevron knit. First the muslin.

Oh good!

The yearly blogger, that’s who I am.

SWAP time once again people!  Planning on taking part, as usual, but snafus abound.  I have not sewn a single thing yet!  I am procrastinating.  Once I get going I’ll have some momentum, but right now I am stuck.

We moved last month, and we are still boxed in. There are a number of things in my sewing area that have nothing to do with sewing, and I don’t really know where to put them.  That is barrier number one.

I am planning to start with Vogue 8859, in a very stretchy brown ponte (I think it is ponte, I got it from SR Harris, so who knows) and I am really unsure of the proper size, I’ll also have to shorten the rise, probably the thigh, and the lower leg, and take in a wedge from the back (I always have to do this with pants.)  Paralyzed by all of that. Plus I think I cut out a size too large. Plus there are some pleating details that will not work with this ponte as it is rather thick, so I’ll have to eliminate them too. A lot of pattern manipulation when really I would just rather cut and sew. Impatient. So instead I am doing nothing. Barrier number two.

And, Stitcher’s Guild is down, has been for weeks. I have no motivating posts to read. Barrier number 3.

I’ll get started tomorrow though, I promise.  May even have some pictures to post!img_3673

The chevron is a very loose knit that I am considering turning into a t-shirt dress, or a tank dress. I was originally planning a cardigan, but it keeps whispering “Dress.” So a dress it will probably be.

SWAP 2016-2 down

2 tops completed! I ended up using the same pattern for these: Simplicity 1366.  LOVE this top. Boxy but not too. Easy sew, only took me a few days to complete each one (that is fast for me.)

I sewed a straight size 8 for each, and I did muslin first. I’m trying really hard to do things the right way, so am making muslins for all new patterns. Takes time, but it truly saved time when I used my fashion fabric.

An 8 corresponds to my actual measurements, amazingly enough. I had to wiggle a bit to get the sleeves to fit just right. I also shortened the hem to 3/4″, I think the pattern allows for 1.5 inches. That would have been a wee bit too short for my liking.

It is described as a crop top, on anyone taller than me that may be true, but at barely 5’3″ it falls just below the waist band of my jeans. Here it is made up in a rayon batik:

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The second I made up in a floral burnout fabric. It is a little less drapey than this rayon.

I seriously like this pattern so much I may do yet another one with long sleeves, maybe in a sweater knit.

Up next though will probably be the Jalie Eleanore jean pattern. I have some light blue bengaline sitting in the stash that will serve as a muslin, hopefully wearable.  I’ll take a short break first, to finish cutting out the 6″ squares for DD’s quilt. It’s been marinating long enough.

SWAP 2016

I am at it again.

This time for me, no one is taking over my SWAP!

Plans mainly to sew from stash, although I just bought the Jalie Eleanor pull on Jean pattern. Like how I did that, right before I put my intentions in writing? I have so.much.stuff upstairs I need to get sewing some of it up.  I don’t know how I’ll get it all to coordinate though, none of it was purchased with the intention of matching anything.  And I desperately need more T shirts, super easy to sew, but I have no good fabric in the stash for that.

I’m going to try 3 new-to-me patterns, no make that 4: the jeans above, a Marcy Tilton jacket that I had to have a few months ago and now I am meh about, 2 woven T styles for variety.  I am working on a muslin for one and am having a bit of a slog with it.  The second I may start today, and if I like it better I may simply ditch the other for now, although without sleeves I think it may get the thumbs up.

No pictures now, just getting reality on paper.