My project planning, that is.
Perhaps it'll soon be time to put down the knitting needles and pick up the sewing machine. Yes, Subway Knitter can sew, just not on the subway.
I want a new sundress. Thing is, sundresses seem to range from the ultra-skimpy Lily strapless models to your extra-frumpy April Cornell specials. [Yes, I'm writing that about April Cornell dresses. They don't look good on me. Maybe they look good on you--and if so that's great. But on me? Next stop: Frump City.] And, I can't seem to find a dress that I like that doesn't cost $200.
But, thanks to the mighty KG (that's Knitting Grandma to new blog readers) I can sew. Now, I can't sew nearly as well as KG can. She's actually good. Me? Eh, not so much. But, I know that if I work the pattern slowly, step by step, I can accomplish a simple, not-so-fitted garment. I've given myself permission to convert my dining room into a temporary sewing room. Doing so eliminates the need to clean up my space every day, and allows me to do a little bit every evening without facing a lot of clearing afterwards.
So, what's it gonna be? I looked at a lot of patterns online, but I'll most likely choose Vogue 8023. I do love Vogue 2900, but that might be a touch beyond my skills at the moment. That, and the design might want a more substantial, dressier fabric than I'm looking to wear. This pattern from Butterick is very similar to V8023, but the hemline is higher. But, at $2.99 (versus ten-something for the Vogue), maybe I can just make the skirt longer (or maybe a novice like me ain't got no business tinkering with a sewing pattern in the same way that I tinker with every knitting pattern I meet).
And, now for the fabrics. How did we do all this before the internet? After I found a pattern that I liked, I hopped over to Reprodepot to look at fabrics. I like Reprodepot for online orders. I knew that I wanted a lightweight cotton, maybe a floral, but definitely something a little abstract. A few caught my eye, especially these by Kaffe Fassett.
Those of you who remember my last sewing adventure in July might also remember that the fabric I used then was from Kaffe Fassett as well. What can I say? Kaffe and I must be having a sort of textile mind meld.
Luckily Reprodepot offers swatches. For a mere $10 I could choose up to three swatches. Now, $10 seems like a lot for three strips of fabric, but imagine if they were free. People would be getting swatches of anything and everything with no intention of actually making a purchase. I totally understand the charge, but perhaps Repro. should offer a $5-off coupon if the swatches result in a purchase within 30 days. Anybody at Reprodepot reading?
Anyway, I write luckily because the repeats on the batik prints are much larger than I had been expecting. I don't necessarily dislike the large repeat; in fact I will probably end up choosing from one of them. It's just not what I was expecting. The solid color is nice, but a touch boring.