Plus-Sized Sewing Scientist with a Love of Corsets, Kittens & Cake! Vintage Seamstress, Novice Knitter and All-Round Crafty Type.
Sunday, 17 May 2015
Sewing Dares, Wardrobe Architect, New Patterns, a Lurgy and a Challenge
Well if you knew me in real life, or have probably guessed from here, I am not really one to shirk away when someone flings down the gauntlet. Oh no, I love a challenge. But what's better than a challenge? That's right, a dare and a sewing one at that. Talking of challenges, I am doing one of those too but first, the dare!
Gillian, of "Crafting a Rainbow" blog has repeated her #Sewingdares challenge from last year and to stave off my procrastination I have to undertake the following dare by around the end of May. That's only a couple of weeks. My dare is to:
"Sew something inspired by your Wardrobe Architect project, or a second project from either the Gertie book or the GBSB book!".
So in the spirit of adventure I have been scouring eBay for vintage patterns so that I could get my Bianca on, Jagger that is, although I didn't find the suit pattern I was after so that might take a little more time. Plus I thought, I can kill three birds with one stone here - my Sewing Dare, another Vintage Pattern Pledge and something for my Wardrobe Architect project. Multi-tasking win or what?
In the WA series it asks the questions, "Who are your style icons?" and "What about them appeals to you?". I have way more choices than this and ran out of room to put everybody in but here are a few. These ladies appeal to me as apart from being beautiful and having their own sense of style they are mostly fearless women that walk(ed) their own path in life, though not always with a happy ending.
Looking at my WA Pinterest Board I can also see that I definitely have a few favourites clothes items too, with unknown till now some definite colour themes coming through.
Strangely enough. Those colours really do reflect about 80% of my current wardrobe and are the ones that I feel happiest in. The only colours that are missing are the sort of coral-orange ones that I like, and yes, for me leopard is a legitimate colour as is glitter.
Here are my new patterns, all from the 1970s, except for some badly needed jammie bottoms for me and a slightly dodgy but potentially nice jacket pattern. Can you believe that I only have two pairs of PJs left? Sprogzilla has nicked off with the rest. I am very badly in need.
Maybe I bought this for the pattern image colours? I do like the frock but maybe not the frills. Just to make life easier I am trying to only buy patterns in my size now. This is quite limiting when it comes to vintage patterns but at the rate I sew this will definitely be enough.
Not very stylish, no slinky lounging pyjamas these ones but they look comfy and practical.
I am going to use this one for a base pattern as I like the shape of the bottom of the pink jacket but the styles as a whole are maybe a wee bit too "Mother of the Bride" to stay are they are.
This one will be my Sewing Dare pattern. I am going to make a lovely long, swishy skirt, perfect for the sunny weather we might get.
I got this pattern sent to me from Simplicity as I am going to take part in their Blogger Challenge. Don't know if they had a delay getting the pattern out but I have only just got mine and it has to be sewn up for the end of May. There will be an awful lot of sewing going on next weekend. Not this one though as I am confined to the sofa with my blankie and a whole load of tissues nursing this bloody cold that is going round. I will be taking part in the "Vintage" entries section where we have to make something from this pattern but as there are no rules on what we can do then it is thinking cap on. I am making something inspired by one of my Style Icons who I have left off mentioning until you see the finished garment
Apologies for waffling. Not much joined up thinking going on here tonight. In fact I am off to lie in bed and read my sewing patterns again. Hope you are all having a great germ-free week.