Upcoming Projects

I’ve been busy with some school projects so I haven’t been working on my spring wardrobe projects this week. That isn’t to say I haven’t been thinking about them.

Up Next:

  • Banksia Blouse - I was pretty frustrated after making two muslins for this blouse. I’ve since come around and I’m ready to tackle it again. I think my first step is to go up a size and to drop the bust dart 1 1/2″ and see where that leads me. I’m using a reddish version of this Valori Wells linen blend which is a little heavier than I would like for a blouse. If nothing else it will work for a great wearable muslin (besides, I picked it up at a steal).
  • Shorts – I’ve finally given in and accepted that I’m not going to find a sunny yellow stretch twill for my spring pants. Instead, I found some lovely red twill (not stretch) in the remnant bin at Stone Mountain Daughter Fabrics (where I also found that lovely silk charmeuse) that I have slated for shorts. I’ve made up a muslin from Burda but the instructions are so lacking that I might save this pattern for when I have more experience. Luckily, Colette just announced that their next line up will have a pair of shorts in it! I’m hoping that the shorts have a fly zipper because I would love the help from their super clear instructions.
  • Dress – I think this aforementioned trip to Stone Mountain Daughter Fabrics was the most successful in store shopping I’ve ever had. In the sale section was this gorgeous silk cotton for 1/2 off ($6 a yard!!!) I bought up the remainder (3 yards) and have replaced the rayon challis that I purchased online. The print looks like paint splatters in a pastel version of my palette. I am so in love. I start working on my final dress project at school this week and this dress will be part of that.

I’m hoping to work a little more breathing room in to my schedule so that I can catch up on all of my favorite blogs. I swear to you that my reader has something like 500 unread posts. I’m ashamed but most of all I just miss you all! In the meantime, tell me about your favorite project from March!

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22 Comments to “Upcoming Projects”

  1. I adore these drawings! And I can’t wait to see that dress – your description of the fabric is intriguing!

  2. I had been wanting a pair of shorts for summer, so I recently bought a pattern. I’m bummed that I didn’t wait a few weeks for Colette’s pattern :(

    This is my favorite project from March: http://misscrayolacreepy.blogspot.com/2012/03/final-version-of-truffle-dress.html

    • OMG – I love your truffle and I’m so sad that I missed it on my reader!!! It is so amazing and that fabric is sassy. I’m also jealous that you have such a wonderful sewing mentor – what a wonderful way to spend time with your grandma!

  3. looks good. can’t wait to see them.

  4. Your drawings are so whimsical and inspiring :)

    I confess… i pretty much did nothing in March hehe… but April is turning out to be much more productive!! I’m still working my way through Sew Colette, but really looking forward to my favourite, and the last project in the book, the Licorice dress! I’m gonna make it from a pretty blue silk crepe; my first project made with fabric I absolutely adore, so I can relate to your anticipation in making your dress from a beloved fabric too :)

    I’m looking forward to the new Colette shorts as well… i bet all the new patterns will be just lovely! :) EEK! poor wallet LOL

    • Thanks! I’ve been experimenting with sketching on the Ipad – it’s so fun!
      Your Licorice version sounds absolutely heavenly! I can’t wait to see it on you!
      I’m so afraid of the Colette release – luckily I have a $10 gc but I smell my credit card burning.

  5. Ooh, pretty plans! And may I just say I am jealous of your fabric finds? I always end up buying things full price like a chump! lol :)

    • I think this is the first time I’ve ever found what I wanted in the sale/remnant section so don’t feel like you’re alone in paying full price. I’m always so amazed by those thrifty girls that find amazing fabric at the flea market and such.

  6. I’m really interested in seeing your Banksia top because of those questionable darts. I know you already have red fabric for your shorts but if you want to dye some white fabric really easily those iDye packets come in many yellow shades. Dyeing it in the washing matching the color comes out really even.

    And I know what you mean about way too many unread posts in your reader! I’m trying to knock some of them out right now!

    • I talked with Megan about the darts and she said that they are high because she used a petite fit model. They ended up slipping past her because most of her testers were petite as well. We were both a little surprised that I had a problem with the position given my bust size and height but – hey! She’s made up a new revised edition that has lower darts in case anyone is interested.
      I’d love to do some dying. I don’t currently have a washing machine that I’m allowed to put dye in but one of these days!

  7. I’m super excited to see the shorts! That’s one of my favorite things to make =D

  8. I can’t wait for the Colette shorts pattern! I’m so excited! And I’m looking forward to your Banksia top, too!

  9. How lovely to find glorious things in remnants and sale bins at fabric stores and am looking forward to hearing how you get one with your planned garments…… About zip flys, have you seen this video tute at Threadsmagazine.com?

    http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid207460028001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAADA1lRGE~,jMAjzcjFPEVQDP_ePJcKdXxDbUxRIJo9&bctid=608366276001

    Hope the link works…

  10. I think I’ve finally accepted the fact that I need to add more shorts to my wardrobe. I own ONE pair – and its like, 100 degrees here…
    Anyway – your plans are looking great! I can’t wait to see that splatter print for the dress in the (blogosphere) flesh! It sounds amazing.
    March was a busy sewing month for me – and I really like everything I made! for once… April is going to be a busy month for me at work so I’ll probably take it a bit slow.

  11. Shorts, always a needed summer garment. Can’t wait to see them. I’ve been knocking down my planned list too.it feels good especially when they turn out.

  12. I love the drawings and the impressions of the fabric. We are still getting snow flurries from time to time so shorts are in the future for me :-)

  13. those drawings are so fun! I’m going at some shorts-making this summer, too.

  14. for the yellow stretch twill, have you tried fashionfabricsclub.com? i’m only an occasional reader, so i don’t know if you’ve mentioned this site in previous posts. i did a search on the site for stretch twill and some yellow ones did pop up for around $5.75 a yard. hope that helps.

  15. Love the illustrations!
    The zip fly is so tricky, sometimes I get it right, other times it just looks weird :(

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