I haven’t had a lot of time to sew, lately, but I have had time to plot and plan, and imagine lots of beautiful and useful additions to my wardrobe.
I buy fabric as cheaply as I can. As a result, I have a lot of awful fabric. Since doing the Wardrobe Architect prompts from Coletterie several months ago, I’ve been putting a lot more thought into the use of fabric I buy. As a result, I have been buying larger quantities of less variety, and editing my shopping carts (both real and virtual) more aggressively. It has been working out great! I have piles of fabrics stacked with patterns or inspiration photos, ready to be put to assigned uses.
There are a few projects in particular I am especially excited about, but because they are more complicated and require skills I don’t yet have, it may be awhile before they actually join my wardrobe:
– A casual, but structured, jacket from a stretch khaki utility fabric. I need to make a muslin first to figure out the fit, and I am debating keeping it unlined. I bought this fabric a while ago, to use for work clothes. It wrinkled horribly when I prewashed it, so badly I can’t iron the wrinkles out all the way. In pants or a skirt, this wouldn’t work, but a casual jacket, without a collar, should be fine with wrinkles. I think.
– A cotton/rayon blend knit dress. It has a draped, wrap look without having the problems that come with wrap dresses. The fabric is a solid soft pastel in a sort of greyish blue somewhere between seafoam and powder. I don’t wear the color usually, and a lighter solid intimidates me, but I’m going to give it a chance. If nothing else, it will be COMFY, and it was only $3 a yard, so I bought 4 yards to play with!
– A particular dress from a lovely rayon I bought for $2.50 a yard. The dress has a v-neck band, with the body of the dress gathered below the band and draping down, and is tied with a belt. I had enough to already sew another tank top from it over the weekend. The colors are a little autumnal, but I think they are pretty enough to wear during the summer, too.
The last fabric I am really excited about is leaving me a little anxious. I know what I want to use it for (a full skirt), but I have a feeling that it will look terribly unflattering on me, or might be, at the least, pretty uncomfortable. It is a beautiful, BRIGHT floral linen and cotton blend, so it has the weight to be a fuller skirt and hang properly. I just can’t decide on anything else to use it for. It is as if that is its sole purpose, just maybe not for me. I don’t know, yet. I also really need more of the fabric than I have to make a good skirt, but I think it may be discontinued.
Anyway, those are my longer term sewing plans. I want to do some stuff for my son soon, too, and a few quicker things for myself, including more refashions and mods to things I already own.