Post project blues, and my sewing to-do list

21 Jun

So, I finished my first dress, which was incredibly exciting, but now I’m suffering from a bit of post-project blues [edit: I started writing this post on Wednesday, when this was very much the case, but now I have decided on a new exciting project, the blues have abated :)]. It tends to happen – I get really caught up in the process of something, whether it be making something, or researching something to buy, and throw myself into completely, but then once the project is completed, or I’ve actually received the thing I bought, the excitement wears of. I guess it’s the thrill of the chase.

And I’m feeling a bit like that now I’ve finished my dress. I went along to my sewing course On Tuesday (wearing the dress of course!) with a couple of things to work on. One of them was the Simplicity 2415 disaster top. I worked on that a bit, but I really think the fabric is a bit too stiff for the style of the top, and it wasn’t really working out. I’d also taken along a pattern which I’d cut out, with the plan of cutting out the fabric for it at class – there are big tables there which makes it so much easier than trying to do it on our little table at home. But I got my pattern out to cut it and realised I’d picked up the wrong envelope! I’d taken along the pattern for the dress I’d just made, not the one I wanted to start making :( booo!

That kind of threw me a little bit, and I didn’t have anything else to get on with – for the first time, I found myself wishing for the end of the class, rather than being alarmed that it was going so quickly.

So I thought I’d do something that I’d been meaning to do for a while, and compile a list of projects that I want to complete – to give me something to go to when I’ve finished one project and need something new to get started on, and also so I remember which fabrics I was going to use for each pattern. I’m sure I’ll add to this list (in fact, I know I will), I already have some other ideas that I want to put into action, but I decided to only try and list items for which I have both the pattern and the fabric already lined up.

So, in no particular order…

Simplicity 3673 (view C), inspired by Molly’s green one, in the teal fabric I bought at Walthamstow Market

simplicity 3673 IMG_0019

Simplicity 1913 (free with last month’s Sew magazine), with this flower print fabric from my freecycle stash. I’m thinking of a more casual version, similar to the one they had on the cover.

simplicity 1913 IMG_0111

Simplicity 2444, inspired by Fiona’s lovely version, probably with this floral print from my Walthamstow haul. I’m really glad I came across hers because based on the pattern envelope, I probably wouldn’t have given the pattern a second glance.

simplicity 2444 IMG_0017

But I think I have found my winning next project…

I saw a couple of versions of this (such as Lauren’s and Katie’s), and completely fell in love.

The Bombshell swimsuit, by Heather Lou at Closet Case Files. Now, I have never had any desire to sew a swimsuit (I feel slightly odd saying that when I’ve always called it a swimming costume, but they sound like completely different things and let’s face it, swimsuit just sounds classier! Americanisms are slowly creeping into my language…)before, I’ve only ever sewn one item of clothing, and I rarely go swimming. But then yesterday, I booked a beach holiday! First beach holiday in a good few years (and Marcus’ first ever, he doesn’t really understand the concept) and I decided that if I was ever going to sew this swimsuit, now is the time! I have 15 days before I go on holiday, I have no swimsuit fabric (trip to Fabricland in Reading in order on Saturday I think!), and I have no idea whether it is even vaguely achievable for me, but I like a challenge, particularly a challenge with a deadline! It also helps that Heather Lou is doing a brilliant Sewalong for the Bombshell, and I may end up being a week behind, but, reading through her posts so far, the instructions are so clear that it’s really encouraged me to give it a go! I spent last night cutting and piecing together all the pattern sheets (harder than it should be I’m sure!), tomorrow I will go on a swimsuit fabric hunt (I’m thinking maybe some large red polka dot), and then we shall see what happens!

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6 Responses to “Post project blues, and my sewing to-do list”

  1. Gjeometry June 22, 2013 at 00:11 #

    So nice to find your blog! I am going to follow you now. I really like the Project Runway 1913 long sleeve dress. Can’t wait to see it sewn up!

    • Kelly June 22, 2013 at 00:46 #

      Thanks! Just had a look at yours too – I think I am in love with your cat already! 1913 looks like a really versatile pattern – going to make a short sleeved version first, for summer (if we’re lucky enough to get something that vaguely resembles summer!) but think I’ll do a long sleeved smarter work dress at some point too.

  2. Fiona Parker June 22, 2013 at 17:23 #

    It’s so nice to see that I inspired someone else’s sewing! Can’t wait to see your versions of all these things, especially the Bombshell!
    I just wanted to say thank you for your lovely comments on my blog and let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! http://chainstitcher.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/thank-you.html

    • Kelly June 23, 2013 at 16:21 #

      Aw, thank you so much! It’s so nice to know that people are reading it, and thanks for your encouraging comments! I’ll get to thinking up answers to your questions, and post will follow shortly! I’m so excited about the bombshell – bought my fabric yesterday, can’t wait to get it made up!

  3. sewinggoddess June 24, 2013 at 18:10 #

    Oh that firs simplicity pattern is just darling, and it’ll look really nice in the fabric you choose!

    • Kelly June 24, 2013 at 23:34 #

      It took me a while to track down that pattern I’ll tell you – I saw it, liked it, forgot what it was and had to spend ages online a) trying to figure out what it was and b) trying to find a copy of it! I think I’ll get a couple of really nice work dresses out of it though so it’ll be worth it :)

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