It’s been nuts around here this past week. I been sewing and sewing and sewing, but not sewing from my stash. I’m really disappointed, but hey! This afternoon is ALL MINE. FINALLY. And I will spend it pushing work aside and sewing only for me!
I did try to work on my stash after my last post. I draped the pattern for the navy dot dress, and then realized it was a big NO for my body. Those pleats did a lot to make me look pregnant (which I’m most certainly not), so that had be pitched. I’m grateful that I hadn’t started cutting into my navy fabric! I decided after that failure that I’d use this pattern. I’m so excited to cut it up this afternoon that I’m going to have to put it back in my closet or I won’t get my work done!
After my draping incident, I realized that there’s no way I’m going to get thru my stash in time if I don’t start buying patterns. I have a guilty conscience about buying or using someone else’s patterns. Since I know how to make my own, and have everything to make them, I feel like a cheater. Yes, it’s dumb. I realize how much time I’m giving up by making a pattern when I could be sewing garments though, and it’s frustrating. So onto Etsy I went!
I’ve looked thru Mrs. Depew’s vintage pattern shop before, and I’d always eyed this 1930s French dress. I don’t feel like as much of a cheater when I have to draft the pattern myself, either. Win, win! I’m going to turn this on into a long top, instead of a dress. I’m pretty excited to start working on it!
Just to give you and idea of what else I work on when I’m not making my way thru my stash, here are two recent projects. The first one is a set of three pajama tops that I made for a gentleman here in Portland. He had an existing top that he really liked, so I used it to make a pattern and then sewed these up out of white cotton.
Another custom piece I’ve been working on is a wall hanging made out of 8 very bright molas. It’s quite a contrast from the pajama tops!
I will post more photos of each of these molas soon. The handwork that goes into each of these is exquisite.