I may have just, in this moment, made peace with a lot of my personal blogging problems. I am a person who lives in the process, in the brainstorming, in the research, in the give and take and “maybe this” and “have you thought about trying…” and once I get to a decision point, all of the fun is over, I act on my decision and I move on with my life. Which explains why I am NEVER motivated to blog about a project once it’s finished. Once something is finished, once I’ve worn it in public for the first time, I’m already scheming about the NEXT thing, and I don’t want to loan any of my brain to dwelling on the past.
So here’s a list of things I’m thinking about right now.
1. Lounge shorts. Sleep shorts. One of my (long) long-term goals is to replace my wardrobe with entirely handmade garments. This meant that, as the Soffe shorts that I’ve had since college are all falling apart, I needed to find something new to wear while sleeping/loafing. Thankfully, I already owned digital versions of the Salme’s Elastic Waist Shorts AND Grainline’s Lakeside Pajama’s.
Also, I’ve recently sorted through sewing scraps and failures, and had been trying to utilize these fabrics instead of throwing them away! This meant that scrap pique from a summer dress helped test the Salme pattern, and I made final versions out of a) an unused pillowcase set (which is probably the most brilliant idea EVER) and scraps from this striped skirt. I was able to make some Lakeside shorts out of beautiful quilting cotton I bought on vacation as well as flannel scraps from a circle-scarf sewing binge a few years back.
Thoughts about this:
-MAKING SHORTS OUT OF SCRAPS IS SO MUCH FUN! I am so glad I figured this out.
-Finally figuring out how to use a bias tape maker wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be. Also, I now have miles and miles of bias tape made from OTHER fabric scraps!
-Everyone wants me to make them lounge shorts now. This…is probably not something I’m going to do, but EVERYONE, YOU COULD LEARN!
-Figuring out the exactly perfect length for elastic waistbands is TOUGH. This might have to do with how snug the shorts fit in general, meaning the elastic is mostly pointless. But I feel like there is a 1/2 inch difference between too loose and just right, and I haven’t yet found it, but I am getting there.
2. Fitness shorts. Shorts shorts shorts. Have I said that word enough yet for it to become gibberish?
Again, I’ve had a situation arise where most of my exercise shorts/leggings are falling apart, and they can be EXPENSIVE to replace, so I’m trying to learn how to replace them my own. I bought the Duathlon Shorts from Fehr Trade, which seem to be everyone’s favorites (and also have an awesome hidden phone pocket in their design). Since I knew this project would live or die by the fabric, I actually bought a collection of swatches and color cards from a manufacturer, which was VERY EXCITING and reiterated that I never can anticipate what a fabric will look/feel like based on the description and a digital photo.
The next step is to order some fabric, so I bought one last pair of awesome leggings to tide me over until then.
3. Making more Lady Skater dresses. The weather cooled off a bit this past weekend, and I pulled on the awesome brown terrycloth version which, people are ANGRY when they realize how comfortable it is, and it is one of my strongest selling points for sewing: “YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN CLOTHES AND THEY CAN BE GORGEOUS AND SECRETLY SWEATPANTS!”
I need to pull from my stash for this one. I think there’s some purple ponte knit calling my name.
One of my concerns is that my “capsule wardrobe” will turn into a closet full of Lady Skater dresses in every color of the rainbow. Which isn’t a terrible idea, BUT will probably be boring after a while, so…
4. Pencil skirt! I have had a pencil-skirt sized hole in my wardrobe for a while now, which needs to be addressed. I don’t wear them frequently, but I DO want to have the option to dress like a Very Professional Lady from time to time. And I think I’ve seen enough ruffle-less versions of By Hand London’s Charlotte Skirt (the paper pattern was a birthday present LAST YEAR) to convince me that it’s going to be the one.
Though, I might wait until I’ve completed this Craftsy class to start making a fitted skirt. It’s already been purchased, and the accompanying pattern is in my house, so this is definitely a winter project.
5. More things. All the things. But I’m going to stop here for now.