It’s the last day of April which means my Spring Wardrobe Challenge is over! I can hardly believe it. You can click on any of the above pictures to be taken to the original post for the garments.
I ended up completing six garments – two shy of the ultimate goal. March and April were crazy months for me so I pretty happy with what I accomplished. So how closely did I follow my plan?
- Four Blouses – Success! – Although the concepts changed a little from the original sketches I completed four blouses, three of which are in full rotation!
- One Skirt – Success! – I love my teal skirt!
- One Pair of Pants – Success! – Alright, I bagged the plan to make Colette Pattern’s Clover when I couldn’t find a fabric that I liked. Instead, I made a pair of shorts from Colette and love them!
- One Dress – Fail! – In the end, I just couldn’t focus my energy on one design.
- Wild Card – Fail! – I set myself up by not having a concept to begin with. I kept waffling between another dress and a jacket and in the end didn’t get the work done.
One thing that I’m really happy with is my color palette. After I didn’t have much success finding yellows to mix in, I changed gears and added a lighter teal/mint color. All the clothes I made have mixed in really well with my existing closet and I don’t think you’ve seen the end of these colors – especially the red!
I’m finding that one of my greatest challenges is finding fabric. Once again, I take the easy way out and order online only to have the fabric not live up to expectations. I really, really need to stop ordering online when I have a specific project in mind. The drape and weight of a fabric are too important in the success of a garment and you can’t get a good idea of these qualities by reading a short description. Ordering swatches is a way around this but I have great fabric stores reasonably close that I should support if possible. I need to remember what good luck I had when I went fabric shopping this last time compared to the three online orders I placed.
So what’s next? My top priority is to focus on my school projects. Right now, I’m working on two dress designs. Having kind of neglected them during these past two months, I’m excited to get back to work and knock them out. Second, I want to do some fun projects that focus on techniques. You all know that I bought a new serger and I’m really wanting to master it. Despite this being my second serger, I’m amazed at how complex these machines are and how much of a learning curve there is with a new one! Thankfully, I bought it through a dealer and get free classes, otherwise I would be pretty frustrated. Strangely enough, an expensive machine won’t sew the garment for you!
I know I promised a maxi dress last Friday but I hit some design snags and didn’t complete it in time. You can expect a post tomorrow though! Happy Monday, everyone!