I have been doing a lot of sewing you guys. A lot. Now, granted, I feel like I can't share a lot of it with you since I was commissioned by other people, and I don't really want to go around and ask permission to post their clothes on my blog, so it really doesn't look like I have been doing much. But in the past four months I have made:
4 Men's Skating Practice Shirts
6 Men's Skating Practice Pants
9 Woman's Skating Practice Dresses
5 Men's Skating Tuxedos (Jacket + Pants + Boot Covers, includes beading and rhinestones)
8 Women's Skating Competition Dresses (includes beading and rhinestones)
1 Child's Skating Competition Dress (includes beading and rhinestones)
1 Pair "Shoe" Costume Boot Covers
1 Knit Top (for my sister)
1 Dress (for my sister)
I have also stoned a pre-made shirt for skating, and done various mending and assorted other skating projects. That is over 36 sewing projects, and probably closer to 45-50 total projects if you include all of the small mending and assorted other things. Of all of this sewing, only 3 things were for me. Three!
So, basically, I am a bit tired of sewing what other people want me to sew, when they want me to sew it. That includes past me. Yes, at the time it was fun to plan out sewing projects and think about what I was going to sew all year long. But I wasn't anticipating spending a good third of my year sewing costumes for other people. And I have, yet again, missed the entire season of summer sewing. I really need summer clothes you guys! In looking over my year-long sewing plans I realized I would have to skip over a lot of projects I really, really wanted to make. And I don't want to wait until next year to make them. So I won't. I'm officially throwing in my sewing challenge towel. Especially since I know I already have costume orders for next year, so I don't even know if I would get to my projects next year even if I wanted to. So instead I am taking the rest of the year to sew for me. I mean, sure, I have some projects that need to get done for my sister, and sure, I have some mending that has been sitting around since March. And yes, my sewing space is a sparkly mess with glitter and sequin fragments everywhere, so I probably will spend at least a week cleaning before I even get around to sewing actual projects BUT when I get there I am going to make what I want when I want as the fancy hits me. Right now my fancy is telling me to make up some Burda patterns I have had traced since the beginning of March, and to fix a zipper on my birthday dress that has been on the dress form since a full week before my birthday *mumblecoughfourmonthsmumblecough* ago. Oh, and I am going to make a fancy dress from the June Burda magazine. And the jacket I wanted from last year. And maybe some shorts. And pants! I need pants. And PJs! I could use a lot of quick knit tops too. Sigh. So many things I want to make. But now at least I have some time to make them.
Right now at the top of my to-sew list are:
(1) Finish my "birthday" dress - I just need to fix the zipper and hem it!
(2) Mending and hemming. I just need to get this stuff out of my sewing room! Especially since the clothes aren't even mine.
(3) Summer dress for my sister:
|S1801 - Summer dress.|
(4) Spring/Summer dress for me:
(5) Lightweight summer jacket:
(6) Maxi Dress
(7) Lace Cardigan
(8) Another LBD
(9) Mid-weight Fall Jacket
(10) More skating costumes for me! My set of practice outfits are pretty worn out by this point (you know when lycra starts to go bad and feels all sticky and gross even when it is clean and dry?), and I really need some more. Didn't really want to do more skating stuff for a while, but I can't deny the need for it.
(11) PJs! Another sewing need. I have about three bottoms I should just toss (we are talking hole-y rags and safety pins here people) but I don't think I can really do that until I have a few replacements.
So, yeah, I am giving up on my sewing challenge. But most of the things I want to make right now were on that list to begin with, so I guess it isn't a total failure? And that also means I can get back to blogging my sewing projects. Right now I am terribly behind in book review posts, and I feel bad about the long pause in the skating dress tutorial posts. And I haven't been very good about confessing my fabric buys lately either. Oh, and showing off my sister's graduation dress, and my skating costumes for this year. So with any luck I will have a bit more time for the blogging of things, hopefully with some finished garment photos soon!