The Queue

Cushion cover. Sewing at its least glamorous.

I never know how much to write about planned projects. While it’s hard to resist showing off a new pattern or fabric and expounding on the fabulous garment it will become (or, y’know not), my “queue” is, ah, a bit fluid. A lot of ideas change, or get pushed off as new projects pop to the fore, and stuff can go on the back burner pretty much indefinitely. On the other hand, my theory is to write about whatever I happen to be sewing—and if the only sewing to write about is planning, well, there you go.

That being said, I’m at a transition point. The “let down” of finishing the Spring Coat was rather softened by having the plaid dress already underway, but now that’s done, too, I’m feeling a little floaty. There are several projects I SHOULD tackle, but of course they’re all non-selfish, and therefore not nearly as much fun:

I have to finish my friend’s cushion cover (now that I have the right zipper foot!). I actually made some good progress on this on Sunday, until I realized that somehow, despite loads of careful measuring, my cushion-wall-piece-band (whatever) is a good 7″ too short. So I need to unpick, insert a piece, and re-do the piping. Argh. I put it down. Hopefully I’ll tackle it on the weekend.

My friend Serena's costume coat

And then there’s Serena’s tailcoat. I’ve done most of the initial pattern alterations and really need to whip up a muslin.

I should also whip up the fleece-lined coat for Niece #2, just to get the fabrics out of stash (Now that the fabric has resurfaced). She won’t get to wear it until the fall, but that’s fine as I’m a little afraid she’d drown in it. She will be three in June, which is the size I’m making, but she’s still not 30 lbs (which I’m pretty sure Tyo was by 18 months). A little more time to grow won’t hurt. It needs to get done before the end of June, though, to make sure it gets there this summer.

And of course, there’s Peter’s Jeans Sewalong, which is already underway. I don’t NEED a sewalong to make jeans (although I’m sure I’ll learn plenty, even just reading along), but I certainly could. Tyo’s due for another pair, even if I don’t need any myself. I had thought about making some for the hubby, as finding him jeans is a nightmare, but since he’s picky about their fit and, as you all know, skittish about photography, I figure I’ll leave that headache for some time in the future.

Of course the main problem with all of these projects is that they’re not for me. I really am a selfish seamstress at heart, I guess…

On the practical side, I need to make myself a sweater (or three). I have plenty of fabric, I just need to decide on a style and make them. Partly because I left my lone, hard-working, long-cherished RTW hoodie behind when we went home for Easter, and partly because I will need them come June.

Speaking of which:

I, Tanit-Isis, of Tanit-Isis Sews, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-June ’11. I endeavour to wear entirely handmade clothing, including outerwear (but excluding underwear and socks), each day for the duration of June 2011, and to document this to the best of my abilities.

This is upping my game, if only slightly, as the last couple of times I have still incorporated RTW jackets (SSS) and sweaters (MMM, but just the one hoodie mentioned above). I will also try to avoid repeat outfits (although not repeat items), but I can’t promise these won’t creep in by accident.

A dress I don't need.

On the less practical side, there are at least two dresses in queue—McCall’s 315, and a real, dress-version of the Ceylon out of some grey-blue crepe. I must admit the Ceylon seems much less daunting now that I have my buttonholer!

Crepe Ceylon

And the 70s suit, Simplicity 6602, which could also fulfill Joy’s Bellbottom Challenge

70s Suit in narrow-wale corduroy

Despite the photography, the Ceylon crepe fabric and the corduroy are the exact same shade of dusty blue.

Another 70s jacket

Incidentally, the fabric for this jacket is still preying on my mind. And do you notice, the skirt and waistband detail are basically identical to one view of Colette’s new skirt?

Of course, if you recall, that waistband piece is one of several that are missing from this pattern. But it wouldn’t be hard to replicate.

Hmm. Never mind the Bellbottom Challenge. I’m looking at a whole frickin’ 70s wardrobe!

But first thing’s first. Cushion cover.

Blergh.

UPDATE: Oh yeah! And voting is now open in the Pattern Review Lined Jacket contest, for those of you who are PR members and interested. As Steph points out, these things work better the more people who vote, so go take a look! There are some awesome entries (and no, I’m not just talking about mine.)

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11 responses to “The Queue

  1. He he he! Your sewing talk strikes a chord ! I too have an ever changing fluid sewing plan, I have things I’d “love” to make for others that always get relegated behind selfish sewing; and what about the diversions & tangents here there & everywhere (mainly other blogs!) that are just a form of new inspiration. Maybe that’s why my handmade wardrobe isn’t that cohesive??! At least you are gaining a 70s feel! By the way, amazing Springy coat & totally love the cute tartan dress (enviably effective use of free time!)

  2. Make the 70’s suit. Ditch everything else.
    How’s that for enabling?

  3. It’s hard to choose sometimes. By the way, I took out the book to make my draft of the Riverbends top and can’t seem to find the draft diagram I KNEW was in there. It’s alright, should be able to figure it out, but I still haven’t gotten to it.

    Just jacket, jacket jacket for husband. Selfless sewing kind of sucks.

    Do what LizaJane says.

    • D’oh! And the vintagesewing.info page is on the fritz (I hope it’s not down for good!)

      I can totally picture the image in my mind—I’m sure you won’t have any trouble making it work on your own.

      I agree, selfless sewing sucks. Though if I can finish the pillow cover I may be able to leverage some babysitting for the weekend… (here’s hoping 😉 )

      You and LJ….

  4. Luckily, nobody in my family appreciates my sewing skills so I don’t get asked to make things. I suppose I should be more upset about that (NOT).

    I’m doing the Jeans Sew-along too, but ended up deciding to go with a completely different pattern with wider legs and just wing it. Unfortunately, we’re having a heat wave here and the concept of jeans in this weather is….blech. I feel like I should be doing jean shorts or a jean skirt or something.

    • Annoying that the first pattern didn’t work for you :(. Good luck with your new one.

      Maybe you could just make shorts until you get the hips/waist right? and then add the legs you want on…

  5. Ohhhh I hate mismeasuring home dec stuff, it is so annoying because it should be simple yet somehow it gets messed up! I am also voting for your coat on pattern review 🙂

  6. ugh sewing for others is such a drag (it’s the whole reason i haven’t finished the lemon sherbet dress)! my sewing queue is also reallllllllly fluid depending on what’s giving me a hard time, what i’m excited about making (this usually involves some sort of recent purchase-pattern or fabric) and that’s why my handsewn wardrobe includes a lot of dresses, party dresses! i say make what you love, if it’s the 70s suit then so be it!

    good luck in the PR spring coat contest!!

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