I have all of these sewing wants and needs rolling around in the noggin, so I thought it would be helpful to just lay ’em out here.
But first, speaking of rolling things around in the noggin, I find myself “in my head” a lot; sometimes I think about things so much that I think I’ve spoken aloud about them to people (particularly, Mr. 5. Apparently I do expect him to mind read).
This same introspection hinders my sewing greatly. I think TOO much and do not act enough. Part of it is being tired at the end of the weekday or busy on the weekend, but the other part is that I mull things to death (hullo, Master Procrastinator here) and then no work gets done on the pattern adjusting, fabric cutting, and most importantly: the sewing.
Case in point: we have two weddings to attend this month, and once I returned from PR Weekend I had planned to make dresses for both. Since I had 4 and 6 weeks to get them done, I went “ehhhhh, plenty of time” and then thought about what I wanted to make for hours over those weeks.
The first wedding we are attending is 2 days from now. I have thought about 3 different patterns, stared at the pattern tissue of one of them (tried a wonky FBA on this one), bought 2 fabrics that I thought would work for the one whose pattern tissue I stared at and adjusted the bust of, but have gone no further.
INDECISION, YE ARE THE ENEMY.
I have even managed to procrastinate in this post about planning by ruminating about my indecisive procrastinating ways. Life is too short for this stupid bullshit!
– Dresses for June Weddings
– Amazingly cheesy 4th of July outfits for our little family
– More Summer sleep sacks for Mr. Cheeks
– Outfit for Cheeks’ 1 year (!!!) photos
– Outfit for Cheeks’ birthday (!!!!!)
Because I live in a mostly selfish sewing world, let’s take a look at the wants first, starting with the dresses I’ve considered for these weddings:
Option 1: Burda style mag 08/2014 #116
I drooled when versions of this dress started hitting blogland, but didn’t have this issue on hand (thanks again for passing this issue on to me, Nakisha! You rock!). Then, I got pregnant and there was no sewing this waist-conscious number. I WILL make this beauty someday, but since it is impossible to nurse in and difficult to pump in, will be passing for now.
Option 2: By Hand London Anna
This is the one where I stared at the tissue and attempted an FBA. I read so much about it; there are a few FBA tutorials on the ‘net, and thanks to Mags realized I would likely need to shorten the skirt about 6″ (whoa!) for it to properly fit my 5’4″ frame.
I even bought 4 yards of gorgeous navy sandwashed silk crepe de chine from Fabric Mart and then, having the “nice fabric” fear of fucking up while attempting a new pattern, I went and bought 3 1/4 yards of this Nicole Miller “Stretch chiffon” (which, uh, I don’t really know wtf it is, but it’s sure as heck not chiffon!) from JoAnn:
Which still might be a tad too sheer for an unlined dress. DAMNIT.
And now it’s suddenly 2 days before the wedding I intended to make it for, and since it’s an Indie pattern I’d want to trace all of the pieces. Uh. Yeah. Plus, I’m unsure how it will look on the boobfront even with an FBA.
Also: still not nursing friendly, but easier for pumping than option 1.
Option 2: Simplicity 2369
I sewed up the tunic version of this pattern almost exactly FIVE years ago and have fond memories. I didn’t have to do an FBA and I loved how it turned out.
I can’t remember what size I made, but I think it was a 10, but I was also much smaller then. Upon texting with my sewing advisor (hehe) I think I will try a 12 to 14 this time around, depending on the stretch of my fabric. I hope to use a poly jersey (I know, Summer, poly, ugh, but the print is so cute!) that I bought in 2014 (I think?) when I visited SR Harris and got to meet Nakisha in person!
That all said; again: this is for 2 days from now. It’s highly possible that I will not finish anything new and will just wear something from ye olde closet. Whatever I start I will hopefully be able to finish for the second wedding later this month.
Second on the wants list: Cheesy as Hell family 4th of July outfits
It’s less than a month away, so I better get my ass in gear, right? (LOL yeah)
Here are the patterns I’ll be using:
I actually have a half made version of this for him in my sewing room right now; I made us all matching Christmas PJs (that I never blogged…uh, there’s always next Christmas) but only got the pants done for Mr. 5 and I done in time. I got the top for my top done (a Plantain), but somehow lost (what the actual fuck???) the front of Mr. 5’s henley and have been searching in vain since. I think it’s time to give up and cut him a new front.
But yeah, another one of these. With short sleeves.
This one probably looks familiar, because I made it for him already for the Wardrobe Contest! It was one of my favorites on him this Spring, and I plan to make the shorts version (as shown) instead of the pants version.
Me: Jalie 3132
Ah, Jalie. I love your fit; you make me so happy. I made a nursing dress version of this for myself last Summer that I never blogged (but will probably share if/when this kitschy Independence day magic gets blogged). I’ve lost a good majority of the baby weight, so it’s a tad big on me now, but I really love it regardless. I made that version 4″ longer than the tunic length, but it’s still a tad risque, so I will probably add 6-7″ this time around.
‘Nuff said. You can use your imagination on how these get ups are gonna turn out. My cheestastic self cannot wait to see how they all look together.
And now for the NEEDS.
Sleep Sacks: McCall’s 7219
I made a slew of these sleep sacks before Cheeks was even a twinkle in our eyes; I gave most of them out as gifts, but saved a few just in case… They worked great, but they are fleece. Now we only have a two Summer appropriate sleep sacks, and one lives at daycare.
The sacks we have are knit, but I had dreams of sweet “muslin” (but as sewers we all know it’s not muslin; it’s actually double gauze) sleep sacks at a fraction of the crazy A&A (you know the brand) prices. I wonder how they’ll hold up, since Cheeks is now pulling himself up and cruising around the crib, but couldn’t help but buy these fabrics (1 2) from Fabric.com:
Birthday photo outfit: McCall’s 6873
He’s going to be one in less than two months! That happened fast (and slow)! I kind of want to make this little old man fancy pants outfit for some of his pics, but I don’t know if I really want to put all of that work in for just photos.
FIRST BIRTHDAY OUTFIT: Brindille & Twig Summer Romper
You may remember this pattern from last year.
I thought about using the Rolled Hem Romper instead, but at the end of July it’s bound to be Hot As Balls outside, so why not make this cute little romper again? Plus, it’ll only be appropriate to make these for him for so long…my baby’s growin’ up! *tear*
I might make a coordinating raglan tee for underneath, but maybe I won’t! I also see myself finally using the Silhouette Cameo I bought over Black Friday to fancy his duds up with some celebratory “1”s!
So, that’s about it. Now let’s see what I can actually whip up in the next couple of months.
Do you think way more than you should about your sewing instead of actually sewing? Have any sweet ass sewing plans for the Summer?