My sewjo has been missing for 2 weeks – thanks in part to a cold, but also because I’m avoiding several slightly-challenging projects!
Starting with the simplest, and working my way up in order of difficulty…
#1. An FBA
I KNOW! I should know how to do these. I shouldn’t get intimidated by doing it wrong. But here I am, avoiding making a simple knit dress because I know it needs an FBA.
I bought this lovely very stable sweater knit with plans to make a 60’s-inspired shift dress to wear to my cousin’s wedding. It’s a really large floral, so I wanted a pattern with enough darts for shaping, but not so many they’d break up the print. It needs to have sleeves, because Canadian winter is no joke. Seems like such a simple thing – but I couldn’t find an indie pattern that was what I wanted! Even Style Arc and Lekala let me down. I *almost* bought Big 4, but I just don’t have enough experience with them to feel confident in choosing the right size. In the end, I bought the Sew Over It Shift dress pattern. It doesn’t have fisheye darts in the back, which I would like, but it’ll do.
Then I started looking up FBA tutorials – so many options, and which one would give me the effect I wanted? Should I a) FBA the bodice only and blend the side seam out to a larger size for my hips as usual, or b) FBA the bodice adding width all the way down to the hem, and not add on as much at the side seam? Yesterday, I gave up and emailed Jenny from Cashmerette and Mary from Idle Fancy – two women who have done a lot of FBAs, and had written the tutorials I was looking at! (When in doubt, go straight to the source, ammiright?) They helped me choose an FBA method (b) and I think I’m ready to actually get started now. Thanks, ladies!
#2. A Leather Clutch
A lady needs a purse to attend a wedding, right? Which is how I found myself buying this gorgeous metallic leather recently. Seems so simple to make a little zippered clutch (really, an oversized pencil case is what I’m aiming for). But again, there are so many tutorials and I’m just not feeling motivated to choose on and get started. Guess I should start by buying a zipper, right? So I need to figure out dimensions… and then I’ll have to figure out how to sew leather… ugh.
#3. A Wool Coat
What was I thinking with this one??? I bought this beautiful raspberry boiled wool when I was shopping in Toronto with Sara and Kristen. I love boiled wool. I’ve always wanted to try sewing with it. But yet again, it involved a whole bunch of new techniques that I’m feeling to stressed to enjoy learning! How do I pretreat it? How do I sew with it? What kind of interfacing do I use?
My original plan is/was to sew the newest Hot Patterns coat, which has no lining and closes with snaps. Surely that’s the simplest wool coat to make? I still like the idea, I just have zero motivation to start.
Added to which, I’ve made a pledge with Jennifer from The Workroom Social and Heather from The Pug and Needle that this is the year we make coats! Aaagh! What have I done? I have absolute faith those two will bang out amazing coats, which is, frankly, the only reason I’m still even considering this project. I’m stubborn, and I need to be pushed on this one!
Help me, people! Make me get these project done! I’m a much more adventurous sewist in the summer when I’m on holiday… but the moment work stress kicks in for the school year, I really struggle with having to learn new skills and take risks in my hobby as well. If you have any advice at all for FBAs, leather or boiled wool jackets, I’d love to hear it.
PS. On the plus side, there have been some amazing Better Pictures Posts out there lately that always make me day! Jo made a jumping gif, Margo managed to jump and land prettily in high heels, which then inspired Carolyn in do a jumping pic, and finally, Meris writes about taking sitting, standing and moving pics with her iPhone on burst mode.❤