6.05.2014

Summer of Sundresses and Separates?

Hey there blog readers, seasonal summer temps have arrived and that means it's time to come up with a summer sewing plan.  At least that's what organized people would do and I'm trying to masquerade as one. Shhhhh don't tell.

My brain hasn't gotten the organizational memo though. Probably because it's been busy deleting pertinent knowledge to store more song lyrics. When I asked it, "What do we really want to wear this summer," it returned me a null value.  Really brain?  You have no preference to what gets sewn? You do know that we really need clothing right now. So maybe you need to keep me from sewing evening gowns or Jem and the Holograms costumes. Brain ignores me, tries to recall who sang that cover of "Careless Whisper" it heard on the TMS podcast the other day. Fine brain, I'll just pull out my pattern stash and see what's lurking in there. Oh so many things were lurking there....so many things.

Separates - My sewing hasn't quite caught up to my weight loss. Right now I'm working with 2 A-line skirts, one stretch denim pencil skirt, and exercise clothing for bottoms.  A couple madewell knock-off Tees and RTW shirts from my late 20's for tops.  This girl needs a few more separates and fast.

1. More Netties - These don't take too long to sew up and I'm digging how they look with skirts.  Current plans are for a turquoise, royal blue, and black versions.

2. More Emery skirts hacks - Cause I need them to wear with my Netties.  Watch me go and sew all of my rayon up into gathered skirts.

3. Some neutral colored Betsy Pencil skirts - I like my current denim pencil skirt a lot and would wear it regularly even if I wasn't short on clothing.  A few more that coordinate with my random collection of knit tops would be useful.

4. Belcarra - Bought the pattern when it was released and still haven't gotten around to muslining it up.  My stash as plenty of lawn and blouse weight fabrics that will work great.

5. Maybe a Bustier top - Right now I've got a bee in my bonnet about wanting some bustier tops. My pattern stash has both the Gertie bombshell dress pattern and OOP McCall's 6325 patterns to play around with. Not entirely sure it's a garment I'd wear on a regular basis though. For now it can sit at the bottom of the sewing list until a few other things get made.

Sundresses - I personally wasn't comfortable going sleeveless at my heavier weight, but that didn't stop me from buying patterns. Time to break those babies out and do a little stashbusting too.

1. Colette Lily
Bought this when it was released. How many years is that now?  Anyway I'm pretty sure that I can pull this look off because of all the princess seams. It's also the perfect pattern for the sturdy butterfly pique.....which I may of picked up last month when it was on sale.

2. Sewaholic Cambie
Cause why not jump on the Cambie train years after it's left the station. I blame all of you who keep making me fall in love with this dress every summer.  There's only so many times you can say, "Oh that won't look good on me," before caving and trying it out.  There are plenty of fabrics in the stash that would work for Cambie, but I've paired it with a quaint toile print inherited from the grandma stash,

3. Deer and Doe Belladone
Hey guess what? This pattern has also been around for a couple of years now.  Kept thinking I'd put some sleeves on it, but was too lazy to work out that puzzle.  Sometimes pattern drafting laziness pays off and you can make up the pattern as is at a later date. Right now I've got another cotton pique paired with it, but that's subject to change.

4. McCall's 6833
This baby is new on my radar thanks to Almond Rock who just blogged about her version. OMG it's soooo cute! I might even take this clipped voile out of the "too pretty to sew" pile for this pattern.  Since this pattern isn't in my stash yet, of course that's the garment I want to make it Right Now! However I will be sensible and wait for the next JoAnn's pattern sale day..... even if it slowly kills me to do so.  

So that's the plan for now.  If the past events are any indication of the present, then expect me to sew two items from this list in completely different fabrics before moving on to a new list. You know I'm easily distracted...ooooo shiny things!!!

P.S. Oh yeah, it was Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright who did that "Careless Whisper" cover. Guilty feet ain't got no rhythm....now try to get that out of your head.

29 comments:

  1. "I shoulda known better than to cheat a friend and waste a chance that I've been given.
    So I'm never gonna dance again the way I danced with you." :) I like your sewing list. Yeah dresses!!! I may have to give in and gather a few dresses for myself. I'm really interested to see what the Sewaholic Cambie will look like in Grandma's stash (love that fabric). Congrats on the continued weight loss!! You go girl! What size are you sewing in now?

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  2. Oh, you have such fun summer plans!!! I'm excited to see these! The Belladone dress is so, so cute- really looking forward to yours! It's not a true sleeveless dress as the shoulders extend almost into little cap sleeves. I really think you'll love it (can you tell it's my favorite pattern?)!

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  3. ugh. thanks. of course that is in my head now ;-)
    Your summer plans look great and I look forward to seeing each one. You have some fabulous patterns - and stash to use to sew them up. Happy Summer Sewing!

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  4. I love that blue floral you paired with the Belladone! Also, admit I have never looked twice at the Lily, but your fabric choice reminds me of a fabric in my stash and now I desperately want one!

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  5. Ooooo such nice plans!! All these dresses are going to look great on you! I can't wait to see them made up so I can steal your ideas!!!

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  6. Strange but true - I never noticed that you don't make sleeveless things! Viva la bare shoulders! I like all the stuff you have planned... except I think you should throw caution to the wind and make the bustier NOW!

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  7. I love that clipped voile (and I am now going to watch the careless whisper cover)

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  8. oh i'm working on that last mccalls pattern right now! except i'm doing the v-neck version. i totally plan on doing the bustier version this summer though! and i can't wait to see your belladone! love that pattern.

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  9. Excellent choices! I've just ordered the Belladone pattern and plan to make it up in a sort of panda/floral print - http://www.frumble.co.uk/shop/catalog/product/view/id/10624/s/floral-panda-garden-yellow/ - literally, a panda/floral print. Not gonna lie, I'm pretty excited!

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  10. Interesting that you didn't go sleeveless when you were heavier, because when I was (and still kind of am), I wore/wear almost nothing but. My arms aren't as skinny as needed for most sleeves (I'm a well-muscled former farm girl, after all!) and...well...lazy. ;-)

    Your sewing plan looks so cute! And I hear ya on having a wardrobe that doesn't fit--I've been living in ratty t-shirts and jeans while I *try* to sew up a cohesive wardrobe. It's just so hard to focus though when there are so many things you *need* to make!

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  11. I love a good list. I also love ignoring it for a whim! Theres no comfort in the truth, is there?

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  12. Ohhhh, what do you have in your stash Alice? Does it have cobalt in it? If so lock it up so that it doesn't go "missing" ie froggie steals it for me. :)

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  13. Thanks Margo, isn't summer without some dresses. I know you'll sew up some things that I'll have to steal too.

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  14. It's the kimono sleeve that disguises the lack of sleeveless things. I know because I just found out Katie doesn't make sleeveless clothing and never noticed it either! P.S. - I heard you in the back of my head now yelling," Bustier, Bustier!"

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  15. Ahhhhh that clipped voile is the combo of two of my favorite things, Clipped voile and flowers on black background. If only it would spawn some more of it's self. :)

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  16. Excellent! I will be eagerly reading your blog post about that pattern. I'm sure you have some cool fabric picked out too.

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  17. OMG that fabric!!!! I squeeled like a 5 year old upon seeing it. Your belladone is going to be sooo cute

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  18. The whole sleeveless thing was probably more in my head then any "real" problem. You know how it is. :)



    You're so right about it being hard to focus. Every project is screaming at you because you NEED it. Especially if you already wore the two outfit that fit this week.

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  19. LOL! There is no comfort in truth, but there is comfort in knowing your not alone. Besides that list makes all your off list sewing so much more fun.

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  20. If I do need an FBA I'd be happy to share. That is one adjustment that I don't need to do all the time so well have to see what's what. Now lowering darts, that is something that has to happen all the time. Boooo.

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  21. No cobalt! It's lavender and sage green if I remember correctly, and it's a large-scale floral, so I'm not actually sure where the similarity lies, maybe only in my head... But it would make a lovely Lily!

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  22. Large scale floras are always great and it does sound perfect for a Lily sundress.

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  23. I love that Careless Whisper cover and was totally going to tell you that's who it was till I got to the bottom of your post. LOL
    I have finally jumped on the Cambie and Belladone train too - in that I have bought the patterns, and have yet to sew them up! Can't wait to see yours!

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  24. Hee hee, great minds think alike. Maybe we need a pattern race to get sewing on either a Cambie or Belladone. I've seem to have pulled out different patterns instead.

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  25. Me too! I just cut out a Washi Dress. We need something...a sew-along perhaps? Or some sort of challenge?

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  26. Just had the brain storm this evening that I should host an informal summer sundress sew-a-long. One where you could chose what ever pattern you wanted, but we'd have a deadline to motivate us. I'm going knock out some details and post about it soonish. :)

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  27. I've got that same list! I'm still considering the McCalls though - do I really need more patterns? Am I really asking the right person this question?! I also really really need some time to sew...

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  28. Oh hey that's me mentioned above! Surprised me hehe. You can totally rock that sundress.
    I like the Seether rock cover of Careless Whisper but Ben Folds and Ruffs Wainwright are great so I better hunt out that version too!

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  29. The same list? Great minds think alike! And no you shouldn't ask me if you need to buy a pattern cause I'll always say yes. :)

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