Thursday, December 4, 2014

SEWCATION!

I have like, the most possible amount of days off work. When I leave work at Noon on Christmas Eve, I don't return until January 5th! Woohoo!!!

Why yes, it'll be Christmas and New Years and all that...but having giant kids at home means "Christmas" is about an hour and 12 minutes. And that includes breakfast. ;-) I'm partially kidding.

So even with all the festivities there shall be plenty of time to sew. Especially in the mornings before said giant kids even stir from their sleep! That really is my "secret" to sewing; I am an early riser. I rarely sleep past 7 a.m. and I live with sleepyheads. My husband may wake up by like 9 and the kids? Pfft. Sometimes my daughter doesn't roll out of bed until after noon.

I have already begun my year-end wrap up blog post and there's some revealing stuff there! So I will be trying to think a bit more about how a new items fits within my wardrobe. This mostly applies to work wear. Who knows which way the wind may blow for 'fun' sewing!

I have 7 things on the list to sew. And FIVE of them are new-to-me patterns. So yes, I will be doing some muslin'ing on a couple of items. BOOOOO! ;-)

First, the color palette.

Oy! This is another issue. I pulled out a ton of fabrics and just put them 'around me' on the bed. And I have a lot of stuff that is SIMILAR in color so they don't "go" together. And I have a gazillion prints! A gazillion!!!! Sheesh.

So it took awhile (a good while), to decide how to combine chosen patterns with fabrics in a way that they would work with each other. Now, the entire wardrobe is NOT mix & match, but there are lots of outfit combinations to be made.

Obviously, many of these items will also work with my existing sewn items

I knew that it was imperative that I commit to pattern/fabric combinations before starting. I don't want to get bogged down. I want to know EXACTLY what I'm going to do so I can boom, boom, boom! get these things sewn.


M6708 in animal print jersey (no pockets)

I hemmed and hawed about an animal print cardigan. "Will I REALLY wear THAT to work?" Male dominated industry and all that...

I'm going for it!

V8597 in teal jersey

In-House Belle blouse in white challis

Style Arc Sandra in medium wash denim

V9032 in black suiting

M6996 in mustard jersey


M6078 in black/green/gold knit


  • The V9032 and Belle blouse have both been made before, no muslins needed. 
  • I am not going to muslin M6078; I will just make sure the armholes aren't too low and that the length is correct.
  • I'm going to compare M6996 to M6844 (which I've made like 6 times) and see how well they line up. If they are similar (which I expect), I will sew that out of the envelope.
  • I HAVE to muslin the jeans, obviously. Hope to get that done well before sewcation occurs. 
  • I also will muslin (aiming for wearable) that Vogue top. Fitted top plus raglan sleeves; I don't want any problems or surprises.
  • M6708...Ooooh. That *could* go wrong but that's something where the fabric choice will really determine the fit. I think I'm going to go for lots of flat measuring and actually measuring the amount of stretch in my jersey (earth shattering, I know) to choose a size.
Most of these are what I consider to be 1 day projects.

M6996, V8597 and M6078 should be able to be completed within a few hours; which I consider "a day". It's rare that I sew for more than a few hours in one day and rarely in one sitting. The Belle blouse over a couple of days and same with the pants and M6708 cardigan. The time eater will obviously be the jeans.

A few weeks ago my husband cleaned up and oiled the vintage machine so I plan to set that up for topstitching to save some time.

I have to sew that baby quilt before 12/18 and hope to start some muslins in between working on that. If by muslin #2 those jeans aren't working I will probably quit them because I'm sure I'll be all distraught about it and will never (okay maybe not NEVER) make more than a couple of muslins.

I've got at least a dozen combos that work in my head from those pieces. We'll see how they fit together in 3D :)

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I've finished my denim trousers AND my Butterick jacket. But with tundra living and DD working, photos during the week are near impossible. Hope to get some taken this weekend.





30 comments:

  1. Great plans. I know you can accomplish them all. San't wait to see your finished garments.

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  2. This year, I have the same amt of time off that you have off! It is the first time since 1998 that I will have the week between Christmas and New Year's off. But I already predict you will sew more than me!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Decisions, decisions. You have been busy this year - great work.
    I have a gazillion prints too. Mainly because prints hide things.

    Did you print that style arc pattern?

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    1. I printed it but haven't taped it together. It wasn't bad, maybe like 30 pages or so??

      And up to size 18 only requires 1 1/2 yards of fabric - score!

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  4. That all sounds great and I'm sure your planning will pay off, I have a mini sewcation planned for this weekend. I'm also posting this weekend about the two cardigan patterns I made from McCalls 6844 and 6996, but yes the sizing is consistent so you should be able to whack out 6996 in no time!

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    1. Yay! I was assuming they would be quite similar. Can't wait to read your blog post!

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  5. Wow...great ideas & patterns. We must be twins cos we seem to have the same daughter who sleeps until after noon. I also only sew for a few hours. I used to be able to sew all day...not sure what happened there. ;)

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    1. :) I can't sew all day anymore. I start making all manner of mistakes.

      Those kids!!!

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  6. ooooh I am eagerly awaiting to see your finished items, especially since there is no sewing going on over here lol!

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    1. :-D Thanks Dorothy!! I'd better start cutting patterns out!

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  7. Yes! sewcation sewing. I am on the same schedule with you. Last work day is the 24th until January 5th. I know I will be using this time wisely to get as much sewing in as possible. I can't to see your creations.

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    1. yay!! There's gonna be a whole lot of well dressed sewers going into 2015 :-p

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  8. Wow - I am so impressed! Can't wait to see the completed projects. Enjoy the sew-cation!

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    1. Thanks! I'm so excited about seeing all the outfit combinations!!

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  9. 6708- I started that one, beware it runs big.

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  10. "That really is my "secret" to sewing; I am an early riser. I rarely sleep past 7 a.m. and I live with sleepyheads."

    LOL and :-P This is why I do NOT sew as much as I should...my youngins do not give me any morning time to myself. SLEEP IN darnit. Heehee.

    I love all these plans. You are such a fine planner, I am always inspired by your choices and how you get determined and then, BAM, done! Yay!!! I cannot wait to see them all IRL on you!

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  11. Yay, for sewcations! You've got some really cool plans planned for your sewcation. I tell ya, these kinds of post get me geeked lol! I really can't wait to see your jeans and Vogue 9032; it has been in my to sew queue forever now.

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    1. Thank you!

      This will actually be my 4th pair of V9032.

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  12. Your sewcation sounds wonderful.. Have fun..
    Cant wait to see your beautiful new clothes.. I so admire you and your sewing turn outs.. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thanks Judy! :)

      Merry Christmas to you!

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  13. Awesome plans. That's the way to get things done! Enjoy your sewing.

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  14. "Most of these are what I consider to be 1 day projects."

    o_O

    Okay folks, there's the proof. The woman is super-human!!!

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    1. Lol!!!! They are!!! Except for the jeans and button front shirt. The pants can happen in a day if I'm motivated!

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  15. Sewing vacation with a plan of action--I'm so envious. I tend to sew willly-nilly.

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    1. Ha! Me too! That's why I knewni had to nail down plans or else it would be tragic!

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