Saturday, April 09, 2011

A Pile of Patterns

It's official - spring really is here!  The trees are budding, the birds are singing and it's light in the mornings when I head to the bus stop...and on Monday it will be 80 degrees F. in NYC.  Since spring is really here, it's time to turn my mind to spring sewing...

I mean I had a great trip to the fabric store to pick up some new beauties and there have been a few boxes showing up at my front door...gotta keep the UPS man employed!  *LOL*  So the next step was to go through my pattern collection and pick out some patterns to use for spring & summer sewing.




Now I can tell you that my sewing will primarily consist of dresses.  I love a dress especially in warmer weather even though I think my sewing was a little more well-rounded last fall/winter - definitely count on seeing quite a few dresses.  I'm also incorporating at least one vintage pattern and one BS (that's Burda Style) pattern. 

The way I usually sew is that I pick a fabric from the collection or purchase it and then pick a pattern or maybe I was inspired by a pattern to create a new garment or series of garments.  This year I'm changing it up a little.  I'm sewing from this pile of patterns primarily because I pledged to sew the new plus size patterns that Butterick/McCalls & Vogue presented this season. 

We will see how this goes! *LOL*  I haven't been a pattern girl in years.  I mostly go by what moves me or I'm inspired by...so I will definitely have to stay off Style.com and out of the magazines, off the clothing sites on the internet...hey I'm changing up my entire creative process for this challenge!  *LOL*  So like I said we'll see how this goes...

Anyway, there are 24 patterns in the pile and I have 22-24 weeks before fall/winter sewing begins.  I will have a few days off at the end of next week for a mini-sewcation, a couple of three day weekends, and my annual sewcation in September to pull this all off...if I can.

There will probably be much moaning and complaining, much pattern alterating and quite a few desperate longings for my TNT patterns but I'm gonna try my hardest to stick to this pattern challenge and see what develops.  I may end up with some new patterns to add to the TNT collection...or this whole experiment may be too much for me and I'll go flying back into "The Land of TNT" never to emerge again!  *LOL* 

...as always more later!

11 comments:

  1. We'll all be anxiously following along to see what you sew up. Our 80-degree day is tomorrow in Chicago. I'll celebrate by going to pick up one of the new Vogue patterns.

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  2. I can't wait to see your new creations. You are such an inspiration to your fellow sewists.

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  3. I love the sound of your plan and I am so looking forward to following your progress. Isn't it great that spring is here and we can get out all our lovely lightweight fabrics and look at summer dress patterns!

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  4. Oh this will be so fun to watch and follow. I'll be anxious to see how this goes for you. I'm the queen of "try a new pattern and then fly back to my TNT". Sometimes, I get a new TNT. g

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  5. Carolyn let me know when you take your mini sewcation and I'll take it with you.

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  6. That little blue number peeking out from one of the Simplicity patterns is cute. Looking forward to seeing your creations.

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  7. Yes... Spring is in the air. Will stay stunned for your spring/summer collection.

    I was sifting through my stash for an April suit to start & trying to pick something for Spring/Summer.

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  8. Can't wait to see what you make... I also picked out a few spring/summer outfits to make, although not as many as you....

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  9. Carolyn, I love watching your dresses take shape and these new ones are bound to be just as lovely. You've inspired me to get one or two dresses fitted this season. They've not been part of my wardrobe plans in recent years but yours are so inspiring that I just have to give them a try.

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  10. That is one ambitious pile of patterns! I like your approach though and you may well find a new TNT out of that lot. Looking forward to following along!

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  11. I can't wait to see some of these sewn up! I love how you set a goal of 20+ patterns over the summer. I feel like the number of wearable garments I turn out is so low recently, so I'm tempted to tell myself "15 garments this summer" as well.

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