Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"Unselfish Sewing" Plans

When I first started I totally wanted to title my blog "The Selfish Seamstress" but alas, that was taken by someone who was, apparently, an outstanding sewer! I still use that moniker with friends and family though because I. Do. Not. Want. To. Sew. For. Others! :-p

But, I can be swayed. My very bestest friend recently had a birthday and when she swooned over my Swoon cardigan (har, har), I decided I was going to make one for her!

Carolyn has gotten with Michelle of Style Maker Fabrics to offer a discount code this month and I moseyed on over there and clicked on a gorgeous eggplant/plum variegated jersey in the page banner and saw some seriously yummy fall colored jerseys. My friend chose this jade:

And I chose this pumpkin:


This after using Herculean strength to avoid buying from Fabric Mart with all their yummy wool jerseys on sale on and off for the past week or so.


BUT! I would have never stopped at just a cut or 2 with FM, so there's that!

Also, Monday night I started cutting out my In-House Ellen pants and as I'm laying them all out, my daughter called. We talked for awhile --she's coming home this weekend--  and then she asked me to make her something "cool". Well naturally I turned to my Burda magazines!

I decided on this sweatshirt from the January 2016 issue

I'm making it in a slate blue colored ponte that's been in the stash awhile. I have 3 yards of it and the pattern calls for 2 1/8 for the size 36.  I'm thinking I may whip up a simple tube skirt to match. She really likes those to layer over tights/leggings. 

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I'm considering adding exposed zippers at the side seam - purely ornamental. 
We'll see how it goes!

I haven't blogged a finish project in for.ever. But they're all lined up - some of them worn. I'm going to knock out this sweatshirt and then finish my pants. The front is ready (need to do fly front topstitching) and back darts are sewn. I'll show the 4-piece collection together as only 2 items need full reviews (Kwik Sew 3558 and In House Ellen). The other 2 have been made multiple times (Butterick 5678 and Simplicity 2369).

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  1. I miss the selfish seamstress! She told it how it is.

  2. Awesome plans! You are a great friend to sew for someone else. I love the color your friend picked out. Also, that sweatshirt looks "cool." LOL!

  3. I LOVED the selfish seamstress blog! Sigh.. keep wishing she would come back, but I haven't heard from her in quite a long time. Anyhow, I've been forbidding myself from buying more fabric, but oh my, I am swooning over the fabric choices you showed at the beginning. And Stylemaker is offering a discount.. sigh... how much temptation can one resist?

  4. The Selfish Seamstress was one of the first sewing blogs I ever read. Fond memories. :)

  5. Who knows something new about The Selfish Seamstress? I don't know why I cannot see you pictures today...This computer is acting out....

  6. I enjoyed reading the Selfish Seamstress - wish she would come back! I love the fabric choices and I am sure that sweatshirt will be totally cool.

  7. That's pretty much the best compliment from your daughter. You know you're good when your grown kids ask you to make them something cool!

  8. I love both colours. How nice of you to sew something for your bestie ♥


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