When I wrote my year-end sewing recap, I was really surprised I had made so many things. I mean, really surprised. For one, with so many people in one house, that amount of sewing doesn't go as far as one might think. But more than that, I was surprised because my sewing time is so limited.
My goal was and is to carve out a couple of hours once a week to sew. I almost never sew during the week. I would love to but I just can't seem to make it work. I'm pretty ruthless with time management. I'm not on Facebook, Instagram, and try not to stockpile ideas on Pinterest which is very tempting to me. But still, I can't seem to make sewing during the week work. So it is what it is!
After giving it some thought I realized that my style has become much more streamlined. Consequently, most of the things I sew now are very fast. Where I once spent 4-6 hours on an Oliver + S pattern, I now spend under an hour on a tshirt.
I'm so thankful for those O+S patterns, because Liesl's detailed instructions literally taught me how to sew as well as so many techniques. But now, I'm more inclined to sew things that are quicker with fewer fussy details.
Dan's uncle has an expression, "We aren't building pianos!" That pretty much sums up my sewing as of late.
And so, case in point, a couple of weeks ago I sewed this Bohemian Babydoll dress in Kaufman's Railroad Denim.
I really think this is the perfect dress pattern. It can be worn alone in the summer but layers well in the winter. I love the subtle details of the curved hem, curved bodice, and contrasting hem facing. Without any back closures like buttons or zippers, it comes together fast and yet, in my opinion isn't lacking at all in cuteness.
Following Erin's advice, I used Rae's tutorial demonstrating the sausage method for finishing the sleeves. That worked great! It's easy and results in a clean finish.
The inspiration for the dress came from this pin, but then last week I saw on the Kids Clothes Week blog that Jess had made something similar almost 4 years ago. I hope that means this is a classic style rather than that my fashion sense is four years behind! :)
I made the tshirt in this beige jersey using a pattern from the 4/2013 issue of Ottobre. It's #6 - without all the bells and whistles.
The only thing I would change next time is to make the cuffs more like a typical cuff which is folded onto itself and attached at the sleeve rather than attached to the sleeve on one end and hemmed at the other.
I was really excited to sew my first tshirt for Jude, #39 from Ottobre 4/2013! I was also grateful and humbled that he'll still accept my mama-mades. Truthfully, I have not been super inspired to sew more adultish clothing. Maybe because jeans and cords seem like too much work and tshirts are easy enough to buy. It's why I don't sew for myself much, either.
Admittedly, I've felt a bit at a loss regarding what to make for Jude, especially after he grew out of more "babyish" (in his opinion) clothing. From instance, he felt he was too grown up for this knight hoodie that I wanted to sew for him. But sewing tshirts is growing on me and while I don't intend to make all of his tshirts (or my own), I do hope I can include some in his rotation.
I'm still trying to figure out knits. I feel like I have a good handle on them, but I'm not totally there yet.
I decided to go back to 100% stretch thread (instead of in the bobbin only), but I used a straight stitch rather than a double needle. Otherwise, the stretched thread seems to tangle in the double needle which is a real pain. Also it's pretty difficult to thread. So I'm hoping these hems will hold up. Only time will tell and you don't know unless you try. (How's that for throwing two cliches at you at once?) :)
Also, I discovered a really awesome product called Wondertape. The Ottobre instructions recommended using it to stabilize the shoulder seams. While I may generally be inclined to skip those instructions (ahem), I decided not to this time and was amazed at how well it worked.
Next I decided to tried it when folding the seam allowance of the pocket and again when sticking the pocket to the shirt and it was incredible. No pins, people! I'm never looking back! ;)
And speaking of not looking back, Hazey Mae is now crawling. She's somewhere in between an army crawl and an actual one. Here I laid her on her play mat and look where she ended up! Girl's only 5 months old!
Having had three other early crawlers, I know this means one thing for certain - I will be doing a lot more vacuuming! ;)