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Slow Goin'

Despite my infrequent posting and shoddy photography, I've managed to acquire a follower! And it's not someone I know. Crazy. Welcome, Kristine!

Anyway, this incredibly slow sewer is feeling incredibly frustrated. I've not completed anything in the last several weeks...well, aside from 1 Joann Store jersey t-shirt. While I love it, it's super vanilla cake and not really Exciting Blog Material. Plus, it took me something like 2 weeks to make. WTF. I just don't see how people can whip out garments in a day or two. I'd probably still show it if I could figure out how to take a self portrait in which I don't look blurry or like someone just kicked my dog. (Do I walk around with angry face all the time? Yikes.)

I've also been working on a dress, Simplicity 2337 (view A, sleeveless and sans ruffle). I'm using a textured wool/silk blend in a cranberry color from The fabric is super easy to sew and cut. It feels soft and drapes nicely for the gathered front. The dress is simple and shouldn't be this difficult. Naturally, I am making this project much harder than it needs to be and dragging it out to where I don't have the motivation to finish it. Meh. Really. Where am I going to wear a fancy red dress? I, of course, decided I needed to line the dress. I finally figured out how to do that, and even got the sheath dress to fit me well (WHAT?) but now the hem is all wonky and evening it out is not my idea of fun. Plus the v-neck is gaping a little on one side and suddenly the front straps are too long. I know these aren't hard to fix, if I had the gumption.

What do I do when I get bogged down in the finesse of finishing a project? I do some stash building and plan out new projects, that's what!

  • 6 yards of different denims for my as yet to be fitted correctly Thurlows and Junipers.
  • Several yards each of 3 different ITY knits. Need to spend some time w/my little Brother, YO!
  • The supplies I need for my Minoru Raincoat & matching rain boot liners. That's right, I haven't even traced off the pattern yet. So what? 
  • 10 yards (yes, I said 10) of teal jersey backed stretch fleece. It was a $1.99/yard special at last week. I couldn't resist. I need new hoodies and now I have enough to make a muslin and a final (plus some lounge pants, if I want). I was really pleased with the fabric, it's thick and soft and when I ran it through my washer, it was so fluffy that it didn't all get wet. I washed it several times on hot, and was finally satisfied.
  • Purchased/printed and traced out Victory Patterns Nicola dress. I plan to cut into some of my ITY knit today for this dress. Yes, I know it's a pattern for wovens, but not following directions is what I do best. If it turns out, I'll wear it to hubby's big 4-0 party we are having in a few weeks. I also plan to use the wrap blouse, version-3, with some very vintage kimono silk I have. 
  • I plan to finish the Colette Lily I started last fall. It's mostly done, but I need to take in the chest (not the bust) about 3 inches. Then put on the straps and hem it. It's my back-up dress plan for the 4-0 party.
So, the question is, will any of these actually get completed and make it to a blog post? Don't hold your breath! I'll probably change my mind 3 times first.


  1. I have the same problem. Mostly because I hate, hate, hate hemming and my fitting issues seem to evolve, even beyond the usual domino effect. Sympathy!

    I'm sure you'll whip your projects up in no time, though. You have the gumption.

    1. I appreciate the encouragement. I wallowed too much this weekend to accomplish anything. What is it with every single pattern fitting weird (and different from each other)? I probably need to pick something and make it over and over. The process of developing a TNT pattern seems so tedious.

  2. I just found your blog via this site...
    I thought that was pretty neat, so I added my pin too. I'm from Grandville. Nice to find fellow "sewists" in the area! :) I can't wait to see more of your creations!

    1. Here I thought there was NO ONE else sewing in Michigan. Welcome!

  3. How did I miss this blog post? I think my wordpress feed isn't very consistent!

    But anyhoo, I love your list of TO DOs! And how exciting that you've been shopping and collecting fabric and materials for all your projects. I will live vicariously through you!

    I know what you mean about making dresses without an occasion. I see everyone on the blogosphere making such cute dresses and skirts, and I have to stop myself from buying the patterns when I remember that I don't wear tailored dresses, well, anywhere really. :( Can't wait to see the dress though, the Marc Jacobs fabric is gorg!

    1. Hubby's 4-0 is Saturday, and I'm wearing neither Choice A, B or the back up plan. Oh well. Company is coming to town tomorrow, so today is my last sewing day. I'm making slippers. LOL.


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