I sewed. Yup, that's right I sewed. In spite of the way it appeared, I hadn't been kidnapped and held hostage for my impressive sewing book collection, I wasn't being held for questioning by the stash police, wasn't on a top secret mission finding the world's rarest fabric, oh no. Just suffering from lost mojoitis. No, not mojitos, mojoitis. I just couldn't get going. All that changed this week.
I made this.
What is it, you ask? It is a holder for my earbuds for when I go to the gym. More than once I have arrived there without any means of listening to music thereby keeping my butt on the treadmill for the required amount of time. Now that my membership card is attached to them I can't go without them.I love the fabrics I used on this, the colours make me smile every time I see it.
I finished a caftan that I started months ago. It is Vogue 7335 now OOP. I have had this pattern forever, it came out in 2001 and I bought it pretty soon after that. On Pattern Review there is a consistent opinion that this is way oversized. Hell yeah it's big. I made a size 16, and I am a size 20 or 22 (on a bad day), I also am broad shouldered, and this hangs off me like those sweatshirts they wore in Flashdance, not really the look I was going for. That isn't to say I don't like it, I do. It will be perfect for lounging about the house when the stupid hot days of summer arrive. It made from one of the worlds ugliest prints (think of fishbones on acid), a rayon from my stash (I think it was thrifted, I hope it was really cheap). It was intended as a wearable muslin. Next one will be considerably smaller. Mark this as a win.
Next up Butterick 5504, Connie Crawford shorts or capris. Let me say right away that these are most definitely not a win. I am not sure whether that is the fault of the pattern or the fabric I chose or both. The fabric was in my stash (thrifted) and is cotton twill with lycra. I have read other people describing fabric as being spongy and I was never quite sure what they meant by spongy. Now I do. If you want to know what spongy fabric feels like, let me know and I will mail you some 8-). I think if I made these in a drapier fabric, I might be able to fix whateverthehell is wrong with them, but with this fabric, no way I am willing to try. They do some really strange things, for instance in the front crotch area there is fabric pooling there, which as I am sure you can imagine is less than attractive. Apparently when I walk strange movement occurs on the legs. These are too awful to photograph. My camera might break. Sorry, you are just going to have to take my word for it.
It is so nice to be back to sewing, you don't realize how much you love it until you haven't sewn for awhile. Stay tuned for part two.