Friday, January 13, 2012

Week 2 of January, Wrap Skirt...

Since I am not going to finish dress this week, I wanted to do something I could finish. Skirts are quick and easy, so I decided to browse the internet and find a wrap skirt pattern. I wanted a curved front (like a skirt I already have) but otherwise this is a straight forward wrap skirt. My favorite tutorial was this one.

So here it is! I did a little embellishment on the border, but otherwise a basic wrap skirt in cordoroy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January 2012 week 2

Ok, so I said one garment a week... But my dear sewing friends, this dress continues to sit on my sewing table taunting me. The pattern is great, the instructions are clear, I love the alterations I made: but I hate the fabric.

I can't begin to tell you how many times this has happened to me over the course of my years sewing. But this time it is particularly frustrating because this pattern is not easy, and I put a lot of hours into making it fit.
So to look at where I am and say, "I love it but I look like Wednesday Adams in it." is a disappointment to say the least. *sigh*

I do think I will finish it, and salvage the outfit with a light colored cardigan... But I am planning on seriously searching for a better fabric and making it again soon.

The availability of fabric is a problem that continues to vex me... So, what thoughts do you all have about sources for great fabric online? How do you choose well when you can't see the fabric in person?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

First week of 2012

I just wanted to give a quick update about what projects I have going currently; since my main idea in blogging this endeavor was accountability. So, I have two garments going right now. The Colette Ceylon I did the muslin of, and a sweater vest I am knitting.

I have finally decided on the darker of two shades of gray wool gabardine for the dress. It's fairly light, but still a nice fabric for a winter dress. I searched for some cotton print that called to me to become this dress... No luck. I am still looking, and plan to revisit the pattern once I find some.

I like to have something knitted because I can take it with me. But I have a bad track record of abandoning projects I can't finish quickly... So, I hope I will see this vest in my closet not my UFO collection. I have to try right? I chose a bamboo/wool blend, I am interested to see how it goes. I was feeling cheap, otherwise I would have gone with something more washable. I figure a sweater vest doesn't see the laundry pile that often, so washing it carefully is not a big deal.

So there you are... My plans for the week. Happy 2012.