Monday, May 07, 2007

Spring/Summer Sewing List

Most of you have been reading my sewing thoughts for a minute and know that I love lists! This year I am a little late in making up my sewing list for Spring and Summer. Some of that...okay, a lot of that is because I was so focused (crazy, retardedly, stupidly focused) on my SWAP collection well into the middle of April...

"And let me take a moment here and thank each of you who left such wonderful comments on my blog and the personal notes that you sent me after the winners were announced. I was disappointed that my collection did not place in the top five 'cause I really wanted to win one for fat girls everywhere! I think it is really difficult to make an appealing plus size collection and show that we plus-size women can be as stylish and fashionable as the "skinny" girls..."

But back to what I was originally "chatting" about..another reason for the late spring/summer list is the sewing decompression I experienced immediately following the completion of the SWAP.

However, my sewing vacation is fast approaching and I want to have a plan for my nine, count them nine, days off! Gathering the patterns I want to use was the easiest part. The list is made up of a combination of TNT, new (Marfy & Hotpatterns), some that have been around for awhile but never used, a couple of new issues, an independent and of course some Big 4 patterns - see the sidebar for a listing of the patterns. The fabric list, though is still evolving, even after several trips to the fabric closet.

As of this morning, I want to make 19 outfits. The outfits consist of a combination of dresses, suits, a trench, a couple of sweaters and a multitude of colors. All of the items on the list will work with my new dressing goals...Corporate Chic with a burst of color!

Now I know you are wondering if I am going to share my list? Nooooooooo! I'm not! As each garment is completed, I will share it and any interesting construction tips here. Now remember this list is a flexible guideline because at any moment "Inspiration" might strike and I may make a detour from it! But it does contain garments that I would love to add to my wardrobe and I am sooooo looking forward to constructing.

So as the days count down to my sewing vacation (and they are not counting fast enough *smile*), I am doing my prep work in advance so that when my new sewing machine arrives (whichever one I finally decide on but I don't have a lot of time to be futzing around here!) and my baby hopefully makes it back from the sewing machine hospital....!


  1. A sewing vacation? How cool is that? I'll be peeking in regularly to see what you have done.

  2. COUNT ME IN TOO!! I'll be watching/learning all the way through - wouldn't want to miss any of "Corporate Chic with a burst of color"! I have learned so much from you since viewing your blog since I found it in February, and am looking forward to learning more! THANKS FOR TEACHING!

  3. I really wanted to win one for fat girls everywhere! I think it is really difficult to make an appealing plus size collection and show that we plus-size women can be as stylish and fashionable as the "skinny" girls..."

    First, let me say "Thank you" for representing us "fat girls" so admirably.

    I enjoy your blog and I will be watching for the 19 (count 'em - 19!) outfits. You are an inspriration.

  4. I once went on a sewing retreat. Me and 20 other women at a sleepaway camp in PA and just sewed for three days straight. Please sew a few stitches for all of us!

  5. A sewing vacation is my dream and a sewing retreat sounds even better.

    By the way, your swap collection was fabulous and very flattering. As a former plus size gal, I'd say you did great with fit and style choices. I never did and you have no idea how limiting this was to my wardrobe, and how awful I looked in my clothes. You should be very proud.

  6. Gee, I am looking forward to your sewing vacation too! More wonderful stuff coming hot off the machine!

  7. Oh how wonderful! Nine days of sewing. I can only imagine how exciting that must be. Oh, the anticipation. I can hardly wait for your vacation too so I can see your "Corporate Chic with a burst of color!"

  8. Sooo cool for you to tease, and keep your pattern list to yourself.
    I found after all that SWAP sewing that putting all the fabric and pattern choices out there in the universe just created the urge in me to Change everything...LOL.
    Can't wait to see what you come up with as you reveal the layers - sort of like peeling the onion.

  9. Oh, the suspense! I'll be anxiously awaiting your new outfits. Nine days off and sewing sounds fantastic! Enjoy! and thanks for sharing!

  10. Oh my goodness, 9 days to sew! I think its brilliant, just teasing us like that. Besides just saying that you will do this and that invites the fates to intervene and make you change your mind.

    Oo la la, can't wait for a peak!

  11. I've been following your beautiful SWAP progression and I wanted to congratulate you on your wonderful collection. It's sophisticated and very wearable. I've got to start sewing more! Yes, I guess I should add inspiring to that critique. Your "sewing decompression" is a state I am so familiar with. I'm a painter, and every exhibition is followed by a period of inactivity. I suppose we deplete our creative stores and we need that break before we start in again. I can't wait to see what you share with us next!

  12. Oooooo, a 9-day sewing vacation. I'm so jealous :)

    Can't wait to see how everything turns out!

  13. What a great way to spend a vacation! I'm looking forward to seeing your new additions to the fab Corporate Chic wardrobe. Have a blast!

  14. You totally rock!! Your collection is an inspiration to all of us voluptuous chicks and I imagine to everyone really. It's beautiful and chic. I can't wait to see what your nine days of sewing will produce. I just wish I was that productive.

  15. It may be difficult to make an appealing wardrobe for a plus size babe,but you did it with style.
    Thank you for taking photos in your beautiful creations and sharing them with us.
    You continue to inspire this plus babe.
    Enjoy your sewing retreat.Can't wait to see the results.

  16. Carolyn - I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve! Aren't full days of sewing just the best? You get up with a purpose each morning and go to bed with satifaction each night. Ahh, what could be better?

    P.S. I think your SWAP collection rocked - you have a great sense of style and you know what works for your body.


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