My plans to go to Walthamstow are on hold for a couple of weeks. We are currently experiencing a horrendous heatwave and I am not prepared for my first time back on the Tube to be in 35C weather. It's also slowing down my actual sewing because our flat is unbearable right now and I'm hiding in the bedroom for most of the days. Not great for mental health, but necessary to stay not-fainted. Once the heatwave and subsequent week of rain are out of the way, I'll try again.
What I can share today is some of the fabric I've been sent by Minerva as part of their blogger partnership (this post is not part of said partnership, by the way - the posts I write for them go on their blog and since they found me through Instagram I'm genuinely not sure they even know this one exists). They had things on pause during lockdown but started up again last month, and I've asked for five things over the course of the past two months. This is way, waaay more than I normally take - up til the pause it averaged out at a bit less than one per month, but fabric is much less accessible to me than time right now. This is what I currently have, and what my plans are for each:
First and most importantly, there's this one. It's Cloud Nine barkcloth, one of my favourite substrates of all time. I used it to make this and this, and it's truly beautiful stuff. I bought both my previous lengths back in 2016 (even if I only managed to find a project for the second one last Christmas) and I've not really been in a position to afford it since, so when I saw it included on Minerva's list I jumped at it. This is the one I really want some advice on - I have three metres of this and I'd like to use as much of it as possible, but I'm having trouble visualising what it should be. I can see both a mod shift and overalls, but I definitely wouldn't wear a mod shift and I don't really think I'm an overalls woman either. Would love to hear some ideas!
This is a black viscose jersey that I bought myself. I also have a plain black ponte that was sent to me, but I don't think anyone is going to benefit from multiple pictures of plain black fabrics. This one is intended to be a black summer dress, and the ponte is going to be a jogger/trouser hybrid (haven't identified the pattern yet) and a trial version of the Charm Pattern Hepburn top.
This is a bright jade faux leather that was a struggle to photograph correctly. I asked for this thinking I would make a bag out of it (I've always been drawn to handbags this colour), but my bag making experience is minimal and I might switch the plan around if I have a better idea. There is an incredibly stupid part of my brain going, "...leather jacket?" and I cannot let that part win. I can't have a queue of faux leather cuts waiting for me to find an acceptable jacket pattern, that might take years.
Finally, there's this viscose jersey which I've already used. I ordered it thinking it would be a maxi dress, but realised when it arrived that I already have several other quite specific maxi dresses planned and this one is similar enough that it would end up being redundant, so I made a Sallie jumpsuit instead, something I haven't done for four years because my beginner self had so much trouble with my second one. Turns out it's not that hard anymore. Here it is:
It looks a tad too short in this picture, but that's the fault of the shoes. I ordered what I thought were a similar pair to my apparently-discontinued holy grail Skechers sandals, and when they arrived I discovered there was a very significant heel height difference. I am just over six feet tall here and it's very weird.
Sewing every day is still going well. Given the weather, sometimes daily sewing is minimal and sometimes it's prep that can be done outside the main room, but I have been making incremental progress and my robe is finally finished! I am absolutely not prepared to turn on the iron for love nor money right now so it hasn't had its final press, and it's too hot to wear even for a ten-minute photography session anyway, but once the weather breaks I will get it properly photographed and hopefully posted next week. My parents are coming to visit on Monday and Tuesday so it'll probably be mid-week again. Hope everyone is holding up!
Oh my gosh--your Sallie jumpsuit is beautiful. What a perfect marriage of fabric and style. Well done!ReplyDelete
Agree, the jumpsuit is stunning! And CCP just released a new wrap dress pattern, would that be something for the bark cloth?ReplyDelete
I think the barkcloth is too heavy for the Elodie, but I will definitely be making that pattern regardless!Delete
That jumpsuit is gorgeous! It's amazing noticing how much we improve at sewing over time - I love noticing what's not that hard anymore.ReplyDelete
I think the bark cloth would make a lovely BHL Anna dress, if you're into that pattern.
I actually made an Anna with my first piece of this barkcloth! It's definitely my back-up option if I can't come up with anything new.Delete
Halfway between mod shift and overalls would be something like a pinafore, and that would be perfect in bark cloth... although I don't think I've ever seen you sew a pinafore. Mini skirt?ReplyDelete
Haha no, I'm not a pinafore person! It would look good on the right person though.Delete
wow, the barkcloth looks so luxurious. I think it would make a fabulous Deer and Doe Fumeterre skirt. I could also see it as a statement trench/long coat (Rumana coat?) (especially paired with a plain black outfit, etc). OK now I want to make that coat- my clothes are so neutral it'd be a fun statement. Or perhaps a woven jumpsuit? Or perhaps a faux jumpsuit- matching top and pants (who knows, perhaps you could even squeeze in matching pants, top, skirt for multiple combinations). The Closet Core(formerly Case) Rome collection with the cielo top, fiore skirt, and pietra pants seem like they might work well in barkcloth? I hear you on the overalls trend- I'm tempted, but also skeptical they'd work for me. Have you tried out the new Patrones app? they just went digital, and you can download a free issue of PDF patterns. It is Spanish only so there's a bit of muddling through directions (I just use directions for similar English patterns I have) but a lot of the designs are fun. Sunny girl studio did a fun review of using them http://sunnygalstudio.blogspot.com/2020/08/patrones-magazine-review-and-shirtdress.htmlReplyDelete
Ooh, you might have it with the Fumeterre! I'd need to try out the pattern in something less precious to make sure it works for me, but I think that's my new Plan A!Delete
I've not looked at Patrones, but I will! My Spanish could probably use a refresher.