Happy Friday! I’m singing a big ol’ TGIF today. My week has not been great to say the least. I won’t bore you with the details but let’s just say I’ve had it about up to here points to top of head with one area of my life recently. Needless to say I’m making changes, but those changes take time. For now I will just passive aggressively rant about them on the internet because that’s always a good idea.
So the weekend can’t come quick enough, mostly because my wonderful man-friend is indulging me with a tour of Glasgow’s new-build developments. YES WE ARE BUYING A HOUSE. Not that I don’t love our house right now, but it’s rented and it just makes sense for us to actually own something. Well, own as much of a thing as you can when the bank will technically be fronting 80% of the cost. It’s all very technical and I don’t do well with numbers unless it’s talking about how many metres of fabric I can realistically carry home from the shop without my arms dropping off (the answer is 17.5 FYI).
So hunt for a house we shall! I always said I would like an older house but after a bit of soul searching (read scouring rightmove and zoopla) a new build is probably the best bet for us right now. I’ve seen a couple which are BEAUTIFUL and within budget so fingers crossed they are as nice in person as they are in my head. In-between houses we’re also going to Costco for Sample Saturday – Can I get an Amen?
This has turned into a bit of a brain dump which is quite appropriate considering what the point of this post actually is. I want to say I’m feeling uninspired to sew right now, but that’s not it at all. I want to sew but I have too many ideas in my head of what I want to make. I needed a serious brain-dump of all the things cluttering up my mind so I could make room for a bit of focus. I tried listing the things I wanted to make but that wasn’t hitting the spot. Then the crazy notion came over me to draw what I wanted to make and then BOOM! Clarity. You might be thinking that it should have been really obvious, but let me tell you I am not a drawer. I don’t consider myself arty. I consider myself crafty. So it was quite overwhelming when I felt so much better after drawing my ideas out. The little sketches kept flowing until finally I was 3 pages of A4 down with a blunt pencil in hand.
After all that, this it was easy to pin-point the things I want to make right now. I’ve narrowed it down to 3:
- A Sewaholic Davie dress with contrast panels which will become a good piece for the office.
- Simplicity 1801. Thanks to Rosin I now need this dress in my life. I’m planning on making it in a knit fabric which after a bit of research does seem to work. I actually own a RTW dress like this and I’ve been dying to make another version. This pattern is basically spot on and will be a cute dress for an upcoming holiday.
- Finally I want to forget all about my circle skirt fail and use the leftover fabric to make a more flattering gathered style. I will also remember to interface the waistband and not bugger up the invisible zip 🙂
So even though my sketches are pretty poor, it did me the world of good to get them down on paper. I did a bit of research on fashion sketches for sewing and was a bit bemused as to why all the models looked like stick-men. Surely that can’t be an accurate representation of how clothes will look on the average lady? I believe it is called a croquis and it freaks me out in a BIG way. After a bit more searching I came across Cashmerette’s Curvy Fashion Sketchbook which is way more accurate. I’m really half-tempted to buy one just to stick it to the (stick) man!
How do you plan your sewing? Are you a list aficionado or does sketching float your boat? I would love to hear if you use a fashion sketchbook! If you’ve made it this far thanks for listening to my nonsense vaguely disguised as wardrobe planning 🙂 I’ll be back on Monday with a new DIY project!