I wish I had something cute to show you, but I don't. I haven't hit my machine for a week. I'm ready to cut out my black silk to make pants, but I think I'm afraid of it. I have no excuse! I've made these pants twice and wear both versions constantly, so the pattern has been well tested. It's just more expensive fabric than I'm used to. I don't want to mess it up!! In the meantime, I did sew a bunch (like 16) Lightning McQueen beanbags for Logan's upcoming 4th birthday party.
While I get over my fear, I have been blog surfing and I ran across this post by Myrna that really resonated with me. (Actually, a LOT of what Myrna writes really resonates with me. Have you been by her blog??) I have a ton of gorgeous patterns and fabulous fabric that keep getting pushed to the back of the queue as I sew, and I really want some of those garments in my wardrobe, and not in my sewing closet. So, I am going to commit to my own self-imposed sewing club. I've pulled 12 patterns that I already have fabric for and have been really wanting to sew, but haven't for some reason or another. I'm bagging them up, and each month (starting in September) I'll pull one out and sew it. At the rate I've been going, that may be the only thing I sew that month, but I really want to sew these things and get them out of my stash!! I also reserve the right to a sabbatical around the time that baby is born. Newborns seem to slow down my sewing...
So what do I have in the queue? I decided to limit to envelope patterns, mostly because I didn't want to sort through my burdas. I know lazy, but there it is. Since I also want this to be a bit of a stashbusting venture as well, I am only including projects for which I already have fabric, although I will allow linings or underlinings and notions to be purchased, since I don't tend to stash those. I sorted through my envelope patterns and chose 12 that I really want to sew, but have been putting off. Then I hit the stash, and pulled fabrics for each pattern. In some cases I already had linings as well, which is nice. Each pattern/fabric combo went into a 2 1/2 gallon zipper bag. I'll number them and then choose a number at random in order to select the one to be sewn each month.
Simplicity 2614, made from a printed green and white lawn from FFC
Vogue 8603, made from a lovely brown RPL, with coordinating brown and green floral lining both from Gorgeous fabrics
Vogue 1027, made from a brown ITY, origin forgotten - (Yes, I am totally plagiarizing Elizabeth's gorgeous brown version of this dress!)
Vogue 1050, made from navy and turquoise peachskin from Joann
Colette Ceylon, made from black and white polka dot lawn from FFC
Vogue 1099, made from turquoise cotton pique with a paisley lining both from Hancock
Vogue 8601, made from pink wool from Pendleton Mills, lined with a green shoe print charmeuse from Joann
burda 7738, made from stretch denim from Fabric.com
Vogue 8604, made from black stretch wool from Fabric.com
Vogue 8322, made from a black and white houndstooth print charmeuse from Hancock
Vogue 8543, made from a black and silver suiting from FabricMart, lining TBD
Simplicity 2764, made from a black and white houndstooth wool coating from Hancock with pink acetate lining from Buttons & Bolts
So, what will be first? I'll let you know September 1st! Hopefully, with an online commitment, I'll be able to stick closely to my plan. Help me out and bug me if you see me falling of the wagon, will you?? But first, I must go cut up some silk!