You can tell how much better I am 'cos my house has finally had a good clean and so I don't feel guilty about closeting myself away in my sewing room. My biggest problem though was what to start first. I do have several WIPs but somehow they were not calling to me.
Instead with my Cornish holiday looming closer I decided to make myself one or two things that conjure up sunny skies, endless beaches and balmy evenings. (I know this is England and it's not yet April, but a girl can dream!)
Well I started with this,a bit more practical.....
a top that I love. Light weight but heavy enough to drape well. I bought this stripe fabric of a similar weight from the Harrogate knitting and Stitching show last November and thought it would be ideal. Of course I bought it intending to only make a short sleeved top, so there was a fair bit of manipulation needed to get this one out of only one metre., but I made me a pattern and it worked and I'm quite pleased with the result.
I have also finished a lined tunic from a free pattern I printed out from Angela Kane. Have you heard of her? If you love sewing clothes you should take a look. She also has on line videos showing step by step instructions and although I am not a beginner I found quite a few useful tips. I am considering signing up as a full member now which gives you access to all her patterns. Most are classic styles but as a base for anyone with a bit of flair they could be about all you would need to make most things in your wardrobe.
Finally I have purchased the Parfait dress pattern from Collette patterns. Have seen this made up recently here and was pretty impressed. This lady is a phenomenal sewer, I would never reach her standard in a million years! Only problem now is deciding from my tons (I jest not) of fabric what I am going to make it from. Spots, stripes, florals or perhaps that Cornish boating scene...or is that a nautical step too far? ( BTW for decency sake mine will be considerably longer. I have no intentions of frightening the poor Cornish folk with too much wrinkled white leg!!)
Well I think that's about it for now except that I have also cut out a jersey dress just like this one but in lime green to practise using my new acquisition which just happened to call to me at the knitting and Sewing show at the NEC. I mean it was my first real outing since this bug bit and I did need cheering up! And just think of all the money it will save me now I can whip up even more clothes.......
Have a good week