Thursday 13 December 2007

First Post!

Welcome to my new, first and only blog. This is going to be a learning experience for me so bear with me if things go a bit wrong now and again!

I love reading other people's sewing blogs and they have inspired me to start my own. In addition to sharing my sewing projects with you this will also be my own sewing diary, with thoughts on new pattern/fabric purchases, projects I plan to do ,details of work in progress and hopefully at the end of it all even some finished garments to share. I hope that by documenting my plans I'll be inspired to create more (and finish them!) and challenge myself to try new things. This is a new adventure for me so let's see how it goes and how regularly I have something to post......

To kick things off this is what I have in progress at the moment ;

1) Black/cream jersey dress based on Butterick 4789 by Maggy London
I'm making this to wear to a wedding on Saturday (it's now Thursday night) so I really need to get moving! The dress code was "glamorous" and I have some new shoes I'm dying to wear which called for a new dress. It started off as a simple project from a pattern I have made several times before and has turned into a bit of a pattern drafting project. I'll post more details of that saga when it's done. I admit I'm starting to panic a little bit and feel in need of Tim Gunn popping into my sewing room looking worried and saying "Make it Work!". Not too much to show you in a photo yet, but the main body of the dress is in black jersey and the bodice is in this printed, blingy jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics.

2) Burda 09/2007_110 Blouse/Jacket
This is just about finished, all I need to do is securely sew on the hook and eye fastenings on the front, they are just loosely held in place at the moment. It has been in this state for 2 weeks, I am really bad at getting around to finishing off the final details like buttons and hems, it's like all the excitement of the project evaporates at that stage and I want to move onto something new. I'm really liking this top though and it's cranberry colour feels very Christmassy so I will finish this off as soon as the dress above is complete.

3) Burda 08/2007_117 Tie front blouse
This is also just about finished, guess what - it just needs buttons and buttonholes. Can you see a pattern developing here? Due to fabric shortage I have used a contrast satin fabric for the placket, ties, and sleeve bands and as you can see I modified the sleeves to 3/4 length.

That's it for the moment , progress report due in a few days!