yes, I realize that it is mid-February and a little late to be talking about 2012 as if it were still on the horizon. nope, it’s here and fully happening already but I’ve always been a little slow when it comes to these kind of things. I am hoping that is part of what you love about me. right?
so, here it goes…deep, deep thoughts about 2012. first, I’m so excited to be teaching so many amazing classes (by the way 2 spots still remain in the beginner–super tote class!). it really has been a fantastic, inspiring adventure already. I love the way that different people bring different and creative ideas to everything. I find that it helps to fuel my creativity too. so, I’m looking forward to lots more of that in 2012. second, I’ve got some great commissions underway that are making me really happy. I mean really, really happy. I’m like a humming, buzzing bee around my studio these days. I can’t wait to share the details about these but later because I have too much other stuff to share today. last, 2012 really feels like it holds so much incredible potential especially after how incredible 2011 has been. feels like I’m starting on this incredible platform and ready to launch into a smoother-running sewing-teaching machine!
and, as a smoother-running sewing-teaching machine I have a plan. this little plan started out as what felt like an ambitious idea and then it just grew until it started to take over my brain and became ESSENTIAL and something that I MUST DO.
the plan is to sew all my summer clothes this year! here is my justification: summer clothes can be simpler and so can be finished a bit more quickly than other season’s clothing; summer clothes are full of fun prints and so allow for use of fun fabrics; summer clothes include things like ‘beach dresses’ which can be loose and flowy rather than perfectly fitted; summer is a time for whimsy and fun clothes so I get to play, play, play; and most importantly, summer is months away so I have some time, right? RIGHT!
here is my list of things
I want to make am going to make:
- a beach halter top from this amy butler pattern
- if I like the halter top, I’m going to make it longer and turn it into a dress
- using the patternmaking book by steffani lincecum to make a knock off of a forever 21 shirt that I love but is too small for me.
- a long sleeve tunic from the same book for those chilly nights around a campfire
- a fingertip length tunic from the book design-it-yourself clothing by cal patch
- maybe even the cargo pants from the same book (?)
- two a line skirts from the sew u book by wendy mullin
- the swoop neck dress from colette patterns book
wow. that is looking like a lot. my rules are that I can only purchase summer shoes and no clothes. if I want it, I have to make it. we will see how it works out. I will certainly be blogging about it as I go. but, I hope it turns out to be a splashy summer, my friends. there is always the risk that I will just become that crazy patterned lady, too. interested in joining me? we could do it together and keep each other updated?! let me know and I create a little blog button. I’d love company.
alright, I do have a confession. the truth is that I have already made the two skirts on my list. they are the same as the skirt we make in my a-line skirt class.
this one is made from a japanese cotton-linen blend that I bought nearly a year ago and only just recently cut into. I love the pop of colors on the soft gray background. this skirt has just the right amount of structure to it that it is comfortable but still looks clean with smooth lines. I added a little red piping to the area near the waist hem and finished it with a blind hem stitch. I happen to be a big fan of the blind hem stitch, I like the way it looks professional and clean and not so becky home-ec-y.
this one I made a while ago…so I’m cheating just a little bit. it’s made from a table cloth that I got at a yard sale. I cut it on the bias to combat how stiff the fabric and I like the way it drapes and the way it looks like a vine is wrapping around me. it also really effectively hid some stains!
I’m a big fan of this pattern from wendy mullin’s sew u book. it seems to fit everyone really well and even though it is a standard skirt, the a line shape is maintained better than other skirt patterns I’ve used. that said, there is one gaping problem with this pattern and that is the sizing. it runs so unbelievably small that the smallest size seems better suited for children, to be honest. it really could benefit from some bigger sizes. to teach it in my class, I’ve had to create my own size up, which is crazy. that said, that’s my only gripe. the instructions are clear and include a great, foolproof technique for inserting a zipper.
ok, wow. that is a long post. but, I’m very excited and very amped on caffeine. I had better go direct that caffeinated energy on a few other important things…like tonight’s class!