I have been so busy sewing lately that my husband calls my sewing studio a sweatshop! We are leaving on a trip this week and I spent the last week and a half sewing from about 9-5 with a break at noon. I usually only sew in the afternoons (from about 12;30-5) as I leave the mornings for my other chores. I would sew into the night like I did in my single days if I a) didn’t have a husband and b) didn’t have poor eyesight which requires a lot of light to sew. It’s much better to sew in the daylight hours anyway!
So, in the past week and a half I have made five dresses, two cardigans, and am finishing up my last dress. I am a bit obsessed, but they are all garments that I had the patterns and fabrics for and were on my to-do list. We are going on a vacation to the southwest and a girl does always want to look her best in new frocks, doesn’t she? With all of my sewing I have not had time to take any photos to show on my blog, but I surely will when we return. Amongst my own creations, I have also been altering a wedding dress for a client and still have been able to my ranch chores. I guess that’s why I get up before dawn!
What have I been making? Well, we are going to a wedding, so I have made a grey silk taffeta caped collar 1960s style dress with an amethyst cardigan made with a wool blend sweater knit. I just need to finish up the belt for the dress and sew the buttons/buttonholes on to my cardi. I also made a cardi as a practicer out of a yellow pique knit, but that fabric surely wasn’t meant for that pattern, so that’s just a covering for around the house now…. I have made two Sewaholic Cambie dresses (my first Sewaholic pattern!) — one of avocado green cotton broadcloth and one of a red paisley cotton. I made a 1940s sundress out of apple green cotton gauze and a 1960 circle skirted dress out of blue jungle print cotton lawn. The last one I’m finishing up is red and pink floral rayon challis 1960s-esque dress that I think I will wear on my birthday (which is next week!). 🙂
I had meant to make my Colette Laurel dress to enter in their contest, but I could not decide what fabric in which to make it out of. I had planned on using some gorgeous silk chiffon and silk charmeuse that I have in my stash, but as I have four yards of each, I decided to use those lustrous fabrics for another dress that I’ll make for my wedding anniversary and find something else for the Laurel.
I also planned to try my hand at making lingerie before we left and have all of the patterns and fabrics and supplies needed to do so. And yet, I have not…..
Oh, and as it’s almost May, I should say that I am taking part in So, Zo What Do You Know’s “Me Made ’13” challenge in which I pledge to wear garments that I make myself for the entire month of May. As for my own pledge, I will do so with a couple of exceptions as I do, at times, need to wear jeans or shorts on our ranch and I do not make either, so with the exceptions of ranch related activites (ie horseback riding, working cattle, gardening, etc.), I will wear my “Me Made” garments for the month of May. 🙂
I guess I better get to sewing! I’m almost done with my own Project Runway and nearly ready to go off and relax for a week with my husband’s side of the family in New Mexico.
Happy Sewing, friends!