Without a doubt my least favorite part of sewing is cutting the fabric. I really dread this part of the process which results in many of my ideas are never executed, even though I have a pattern, the right fabric and all. Before you start cutting you need a lot of dust free space which means clearing the kitchen table or mopping the floor and then you have to fold the fabric correctly which is hard when you have 2-3 meters of fabric. Then you have to measure everything and even mark seam allowances. When cutting you need to take care and be precise because it really affects the look and quality of the finished garment.
Therefore my newest approach to this problem is to cut a lot at once, to simply get the cutting over with and then I have plenty of fun sewing to do So the last two evenings I have been preparing a few projects, and now I have a fun pile of ready to sew pieces. I spent the last of my evening threading my overlocker, testing the stitches on some scrap fabric and now it is also ready to start sewing 🙂
I know it has been a bit quite here for the last week or so. I got caught up preparing a presentation for a seminar at uni. Since then I’ve been sewing a lot but haven’t had the opportunity to take any photos yet. It gets dark really early now after we reset the clock two weeks ago. So I should have used the weekend to take some photos of my projects but I really wasn’t in the mood. Also, I spent most of my free time sewing a shirt which only needs buttons and buttonholes now.
Last weekend there was a fabric market downtown. It comes here every 2-3 months and it is HUGE! The first time I saw it I thought I was in heaven. It has all kinds of fabrics in every color, pattern, fiber, thickness and the notions, WOW! Everything you could dream of, it’s there. The market is always packed with people (ok mostly women) with huge shopping bags (home made) or pulling shopping trolleys behind them which they fill with all the lovely fabrics. It can be tricky to get around there and you have to be pretty determined, there is not much room to deliberate and the staff are so busy cutting fabrics for everyone it may take a while to get what you want.
This time I wasn’t feeling motivated enough and I wasn’t in the mood to push around. I only got two things, navy and white polka dot cotton jersey and black and white polka dot silk. I am excited about the silk since I’ve never really made anything with silk before. Although I may just become a lining for a skirt or a nighty I am looking forward to working with it.
These past few weeks I have often been to my local fabric shop and looked at their discount rack. They always keep this rack outside with leftover fabric (0.5-2 meters) which they sell with 50% off. I have gotten good deals there. Last time I went I found the perfect wool blend to make a skirt I’ve had on my mind for a few weeks. I talked about it in a previous post and since then I have not gotten it of my mind. So I guess this skirt is next on my sewing list. And I may just give it a silk lining, how luxurious would that be?
I have to admit when I saw this parka in the fall issue of Ottobre Kids I immediately started planing how I could make it for myself. You see, I am very short and I sometimes (read often) fit in the bigger sizes (158 or 164) of children clothing. So this would not have been very difficult but it felt weird.
But just look how amazing it is! Who would not want that?
Later I found out that Ottobre was planing to have this same parka in adult sizes in their Woman magazine. So I waited and waited until it finally came out a few weeks ago.
I bought the issue and was not disappointed when I saw the parka I fell in love with. I also looked at the other designs in the magazine and there are many that I really like. I often find that there are only two or three great garments and the other are just not for me, but this time is different. There are some jersey tops in different varieties which I plan to make, a shirt and a blouse with peplum, some skirts (I have already made one of those (see later)) and a blazer. I use size 34 and since I am short with such a short back I find it really difficult to find patterns for jackets and coats that fit me. Jacket patterns usually only get as small as 36 sometimes even 38. I find this really frustrating. So maybe I’ll even make the blazer.
But first up is the parka. I am trying to decide on a color, I think I will make it in black twill, and I have found some red and white polka dot fabric for the lining…at least the fabrics and notions have found their way into a shopping cart in an online fabric shop…ooops!
Last Saturday I went to the fabric store down town and saw this beautiful silk/cotton fabric with flowers on it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and imagined all the different things I could make with it. I was hottest for using it as a lining for a autumn jacket, which I am thinking about making someday (or maybe a blouse, or both). And since I couldn’t get it out of my head I went yesterday and bought 2 meters of the fabric.
I also got a cotton trouser fabric to make these for my older son:
I find them very cute and practical for him, since he is so small and skinny. And when I make them myself I can make the stretch band tight enough for him. The plan is to make the raglan t-shirt from the jersey fabric I got last week.
I already cut the penguin jersey for PJ’s, now I only need to sew them.
I am also working on a crochet pillow from leftover yarn. I am using the pattern Blómabreiða Þorvaldar from Þóra-heklbók and will hopefully get a pretty hexagonal pillow soon 🙂