Since I can’t seem to get going on much sewing–other than a couple of pillows that I’m putting together for a local weaver (yawn), I’ve decided to set myself a challenge to get me busy in the sewing room.
Now my personal challenges rarely play out all the way, but I do usually get off to a good start and make *some* progress before something sparkly catches my attention and I head off in another direction.
This time I’ve decided that my Ottobre Woman magazines
need deserve some attention. Most of their patterns suit my classic tastes and even the ones that are a stretch aren’t too far out there. For the most part, they are good wearable basics that suit my amateur stroke therapist/part-time dog walker lifestyle.
So. What to do with that? My plan is to work through all the patterns in the latest issue until I run out of steam or the next issue comes. I think the next one comes in late August or early September, so I doubt I’ll finish everything. This should help me update my wardrobe a bit, and best of all, get me sewing!
If there are multiple versions of the same basic pattern, I only have to make one of them. For instance, in my current magazine there are both pants and shorts using the same pieces. I will only make the pants. There is a dress and a tunic from the same pattern. I won’t make both.
I had first thought I would try to use stash–and I may use some, but my stash has dwindled to the point that I will have to buy fabric for most of the pieces. I will also try to use the recommended fabrics and notions, including invisible zippers when they specify them, and I’ll try to puzzle out the methods they outline instead of going off on my own. I will use fabric colors and prints that I like, rather than sticking slavishly to the magazine suggestions. I’m hoping to sew in coordinating fabrics so that I come out with a workable wardrobe.
I no longer have all the tools for making nice images that I used to have, but I’ll try to put something together so that you can see what I’m planning. The first pattern is traced and the first few fabrics are headed my way.
We’ll see how it goes!