Saturday, October 06, 2007

Sewing Randomness

I can't believe that it's been five days since I posted something to my blog and then again yes I can...because its been that kind of week!

Just a few things...all of it random...

1. I have decided not to enter the Timmel SWAP. I am just not sewing that way these days and since I don't have as much regular time due to job constraints or vacation time to devote to planning, sewing and photographing a collection, I am passing this year. And this is a major decision for me since I have participated in the SWAP for the last three years. *sigh*

2. It is still summer here in NJ! What's up with that!?! And it will continue to be warmish through the middle of next week...the upside of that is that I can take my time working on my new fall pieces without feeling the rush to complete them and wear them...'cause I can't - its too warm! *LOL*

3. However, it is so different sewing fall/winter clothing versus summer clothing. Making the transition and changing my expectations always bums me out a little during this time of the year. Especially since this year, I will be making more tailored lined pieces and all of the needed infrastructure is time consuming. I am moving away from sewing skirts and dresses (well I have a few new ones planned for fall! *smile*) and into more labor intensive jackets...which leads to point 4.

4. Thanks everyone for encouraging me to forge ahead in my new direction. I was pleasantly surprised at how the new look for the jacket came together and how it is really following the direction that I want to take my sewing in for fall/winter. Now I have to remove the piping from the jacket which was basted to the front and add the remaining intrastructure and lining. There are several more hours of work that need to be done to this jacket before it is ready for primetime wearing and viewing but I like the direction I am headed in.

5. I still have not hemmed the border print linen skirt that I made during my sewing vacay! I am definitely getting to that this weekend so that I can wear it on Monday - it may be the last chance I get before fall finally arrives! It is way past time that I got this puppy into my closet and not just hanging on top of the door!

6. Planning is moving forward for my new fall/winter pieces. I have been looking at sites and going through my fabric collection. I am determined to sew more of my fabric collection this year instead of just adding to it. There are some wonderful treasures in it, that I have spent time collecting and now they should see the light of day! I added a new bar to the side of my blog, "What I'm Sewing Now" so you can see the latest collection/pieces in progress.

7. I have become obsessed with this pattern ~ McCalls 5555 (one of the few that McCalls is offering in women's sizing!) ~ I want to make it in a wool challis paisley print that I have had in my collection for over 20 years. I am thinking of using View D without the belt and pockets and with a lining. That should make my version of the dress very corporate yet trendy.



That's it for today. I don't know if I will have any sewing pics to share with you this weekend since I will be doing more work on the jacket and enjoying the journey!

10 comments:

  1. I love that McCall's pattern 5555. I hope you do make it as I would love to see it made up and it looks "you". Enjoy your weekend!
    Heather in Nova Scotia

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  2. I know how you feel RE: SWAP. I suspect I won't be able to do it, and I feel sad leaving it after the last couple years of fun. I'm putting off making my official decision until I absolutely have to.

    Good luck with your fall/winter sewing. You know everyone will be waiting to see what you create, SWAP or not!

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  3. I ADORE that McCall's pattern and have it in my stash too! Can't wait to see your version!

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  4. I'm obsessed with that McCall's pattern too. I haven't purchased it yet, I keep telling myself I don't need it. Can't wait to see how that jacket turns out.

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  5. I am sorry to read you are not doing the SWAP this year. I can understand and relate to the work thing.

    I like that McCalls pattern. Have not seen this one. I too will be looking forward to seeing it made up.

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  6. Ohhhh, sorry you won't be swapping. I hope you'll still be dropping in on us from time to time! I'm looking forward to following your new direction.

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  7. It's good to sew from the heart! I look forward to reading about where it takes you! McCalls 5555 is wonderful; I think view D in wool challis will be professional yet easy and comfortable to wear. Happy sewing!
    Linda M.

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  8. Well. Pooh. I was really looking forward to your SWAP. You put so much thought and work in to it. But, I understand that you have to chose your priorities.

    And it's not just Jersey with the freaky weather. It was almost 90 here and I thought it was just out of control.

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  9. I'm really very sorry you won't be in this year's SWAP. Can't we make you change your mind????
    I like that McCall pattern and can't wait to see your dress!

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  10. I thought you were still vascillating on it (SWAP). Really?
    I hear you on the suit thing. Personally, I think it'll be wonderful to follow you as you document your way through projects that take a little longer than a weekend.

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