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Sewing plans!

I did a bit of sightseeing last week, and sightseeing is a lot like sewing... much me-time to plan and ponder and think about life, the universe and everything. Brings things into focus, but also allows for more frivolous pursuit, such as thinking about, and planning for, sewing... lots and lots of sewing.

Before any sewing plans... Check out my handmade wardrobe! The trenchcoat has been great, and my latest Belacarra as well.


I was recently traveling for work, and some fabrics made it back to Switzerland. They're mostly from Mood, and most of them are intended for very specific purposes, with some wild cards.

I'll start with summer sewing, where I have three clear projects, at least one of which I hope to tackle in the following month.

First up, I have great plans for this silk-cotton rose embroidered fabric, to make it into another V1357.


Despite not underlining and managing to stretch out the waist for my previous, winter, version, I am very happy with the waist width increase and want to tinker a bit more. I really want to make a muslin to check fit, since I did some basting / pinning with the last version to remove some pooling at the back, but looking at photos, I could do better.

Second, I got myself this Vogue 1440 pattern, and unlike the rest of the interwebs, I got it for the shirt. Yes, you read that right!


I quite dig Vogue designer blouse patterns and that racer back looks like a winner. I have this silk twill earmarked for it, and the envelope lists "crepe de chine" which has a similar drape.

Come to think of it, I have 1.6m of a nice wool suiting that would work for the jacket... maybe I'll put that on my cold weather sewing list since I wore jackets a lot to work this winter.

Third, I have Vogue 1381, a Ralph Rucci pattern that looks great and I've been planning for since last October.


I have a loose weave off-white linen for it, and I'm planning to use the blue top stitching thread that I didn't use for the trenchcoat. I also want to embroider the skirt in blue. I haven't decided what to embroider with, but I certainly want something abstract. I'm currently gathering ideas on this Pinterest board. Suggestions welcome!

In fact, I am hoping I will be able to start with this dress first, since I have another work trip coming up in May and a 12 hour flight is perfect for embroidering. We'll see how it goes, I expect fitting to be hard on this one judging by the pictures on the Vogue website and the fact that it is not a very popular dress. I'm prepared to give up if it doesn't work.


Finally, a bit of autumn sewing planning. I saw this amazing fabric used in a post on the mood sewing network by Sew Busy Lizzie, and I knew it had to become an  autumn coat. I guess the MSN does work after all!


Since it's a high contender for "most special fabric I ever bought", I want to do it justice. The trenchcoat above is great, but I made plenty of mistakes that I'm not happy with, so this time I must do better.

I'm currently working on picking a pattern for it, but I'll make sure to document everything. I'm planning to get this done slowly - target for finishing it is September.

So there you go, these are my immediate sewing plans. My last plans post was 2 months ago, and I finished 3 items out of the 8 I listed - I only posted about two so far, but I have pictures taken for the blouse too - I just need to go write!

You'll notice fewer dresses than in the past - I guess I'm not a dress person as much as a separates person, and these plans reflect that. They also reflect my desire to understand and achieve better fit. I love that I'm moving more into sewing with great fabric, this is one of the great advantages of sewing for yourself.

What do you think? Do you have any spring/summer sewing plans? Any ideas for abstract embroidery I could use?


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