Sewing One Project Each Month
It’s been overcast and wintry for the past week. March winds were blowing and rain falling when I took the following pictures. One step backward and I would have been standing in a melting 3 foot snow drift!
Here is my March sewing project; a black, wool blend, A-line skirt sans waistband. Everything during this project went really well from inserting the lapped zipper in the back to double top-stitching the side and front seams. Even the bar tacks on the pockets went without a hitch. I was really pleased with how easily it went together.
And then I wore it. It slipped off my bum…two times. Oi!
One thing is sure when sewing your own clothes: you become an expert on your body shape, understanding pretty quickly what will work and what won’t. The trouble with my shape is that it keeps changing and it seems to have changed a lot in the New Year.
Since my stroke I've lost 47 pounds and expect to continue losing because, minus a few slip-ups now and again, my eating habits have changed. Constantly losing weight makes sewing well-fitted clothes a challenge. Impossible, I think.
With that in mind, I am now on the lookout for styles that are less structured so that shedding a few pounds won’t matter to the fit. Spending time at the sewing machine and ironing board seems a waste if you only get to wear the finished garment a few times...or in the March project's case, once.
This means I'll be changing the focus of my challenge from 12 skirts to the more liberal, 12 projects.
Designer Tina Givens creates what looks like comfortable, loose fitting clothes. A reader told me about Tina when I first announced this sewing challenge. I love, love, LOVE her romantic, bohemian style and may try some of her patterns.
First though, I need to make a new apron.
Remember to visit my friend Jackie to see the sweet girly dress she sewed for her challenge.
How about you? How did your March projects go?