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The year will be largely devoted to sewing for me. If time is short, I will prioritise my sewing rather than that for others! I’m so selfish! (David says it’s time I was doing this as I sew for others and do very little for myself) I will try to put in a garment each month for the MAGAM challenge hosted by Sarah Liz - but I won’t sew something ‘for the sake of it’ eg for a contest or challenge.
|This is Joanne's but I think I have enough fabric to make another|
|I modelled it|
- Burgundy or grey trousers. I have burgundy wool suitable for trousers but I’m not sure I have any grey.
- I can’t afford to make too many pairs as I MUST lose weight.
- I may try to make Style Arc Barb. I have the PDF with 3 sizes so that might work.
|McCall's 5894 The Perfect Jean by Palmer/Pletsch|
- I’m not sure what patterns I will use here as yet. I have a couple of Style Arc patterns and I haven't tried this brand as yet. These will be worn with trousers and top, a style with which I am very comfortable. So one will be navy. One perhaps grey. And I’ve just purchased online a double faced navy/grey wool - this may be for a heavier jacket. I will wait to see how it feels when it arrives. I also have McCall's 6844 which I’ve used before. I made a peplum version that time but would forgo that this time.
|McCall's 6844 - I'e made this previously and it's very popular|
|McCall's 6966 - similar but less popular.|
|Style Arc Abby. I've never used SA. This is a single sized paper pattern and I don't know if I have the correct size!|
- I intend to use natural fibres to make two, maybe three tops, if I have time. I have a number of RTW tops that still have life left in them so I don't need to go overboard. These will go with navy trousers and some with burgundy or grey. I have plain navy silk, though not much so maybe just enough for a tank; a lovely navy based silk; a baby blue crinkle silk (might be too pale for me though) and maybe a couple of other navy based prints that I bought when I was going to do PR’s wardrobe contest last year. It would have been great to do but I can’t sew that fast!
- Navy silk tank - probably using the pattern I drew up last year.
- One other item that I recognised was missing from my wardrobe was a plain jewel necked long sleeved tee shirt type top dressy enough for use under my blue checked jacket. I’m not sure what fabric this would be - preferably natural, preferably with some stretch (are the two compatible?) and in a fine smooth luxury fabric. Which pattern? I'm not sure - I don't think I will/I won't use the Cashmerette Concord though.
- Dress and indoor type jacket (I haven’t decided on pattern to use as yet). I will use Royal blue dupion silk.
- I’m not quite sure which of my commercial patterns I’ll use. I have got a lovely fabric which has blues and greys and an almost peach-skin surface in mind for it. Also some classic chambray.
- I'd also like to make a casual every day dress in ponte de Roma - I could perhaps use the PR Winter Street Dress which I have made previously
|I've made this 3 times previously, or is it 4? I've made the required modifications to the pattern (which were many!)|
- Alison - I made a dress toile but hadn’t seen her in it and she told me she had gained a bit of weight. At Christmas, we were able to confirm I could go ahead with the dress. She had thought that as what I had sent her was a ‘toile’ she couldn’t wear it but I confirmed that she could, provided she liked it. The skirt part of the dress is a thicker fabric than the original but Alison confirmed that she liked that. I don't have the fabric for this dress as yet. A navy background rather than black is the plan. She has to wear black at work, but navy is her preference. When she tried it on for me, it was clear that the sleeves aren't right - I’ll ask advice about that when my classes restart next week.
- Joanne - I will make her a pair of shorts. She wants black, as before.
- Helen - a green silk dress. I’ve said she needs to buy the fabric for
this herself. She has much better opportunities to buy as she lives in London.
I got the last lot in Goldhawk Road and though that takes her over an hour to
get there, that’s still far less than it takes me! I remember they had a nice
green at the time I bought the red silk.
|The long-awaited red silk dress. The green silk dress should be identical|
|Style 2 - not our tartan|
|Style 1 - not our tartan|
- David - graphite jeans, another pair of brushed denim jeans and a checked shirt. I have all these fabrics. I also have fabric for a jacket but don't think that will see the light of day! David is in no hurry for any of these.
- Grandsons - not sure really about whether to go ahead with shirts and gilets as contemplated.
- Probably not!
- Crucially, I plan to track my fabrics, patterns and makes rather more thoroughly in 2018 than I have done up until now!
We had a number of trials in 2017, which I won’t go into, and hope that 2018 will be better from that point of view. We are hoping to downsize and move in this coming year so that will have an impact on sewing time available. I will take into account availability of classes/sewing tutoring available when we are deciding where to move to as I will really miss what I get just now.