I LOVE it when new patterns are released from indie designers. It seems like there is always a wave of those garments on all my favorite sewing blogs and it's amazing to see what everyone comes up with. As you can tell by the title of this post, I'm really bad at sewing up garments at the same time as everyone else! I think that this is partly because I'm not very confident in my sewing skills (I consider myself an advanced beginner) and I know it's partly because I kept doing that thing where I say "Oh, I'll make one of those when I lose a bit of weight," which never seems to happen quickly enough or to my satisfaction. The trials of being a woman huh? Anyway, ever since I got my sewing machine I've been much more motivated about sewing and I finally sewed up a Hawthorn from Colette Patterns!
And to be honest...I was pretty disappointed with it. It was the first time I'd done a lot of things and I kept fretting over it. I picked a too crisp cotton shirting that would probably make a great collared shirt, but I when I sewed this dress it just felt too stiff (I spent HOURS at the store looking for the right black cotton, and it ended up being so wrong). It also wrinkles like crazy! Even though I (carefully) made a muslin, I was surprised at how it still ended up a touch loose. The buttons didn't match the dress and you know, a million other things that FELT like they went wrong. I didn't even know if I was going to blog it. This was weeks ago.
As time passed however, I would occasionally walk past the dress hanging in my closet and it would remind me of all the work I put into it. I made a muslin for the first time. I used interfacing for the first time. I made a collar for the first time. I altered a pattern for the first time. And people, I've never made so many buttonholes in one sitting! It started to represent failure less and less when I really thought about what I put into it. A friend of mine once told me that 'Success is Doing,' and it's moments like this that serve to remind you how important it is to just get out there and do stuff. Make, do, learn and repeat! I'll never get to where I want to be if I don't use and hone my skills, and this dress was perfect for just that, even if I think it's not perfect for wearing all the time. Some of you might want to see it now, so here it is:
Not great, but now after some reflection, also not bad. Yeah, not bad. :D
Remember my first ever baby quilt? Well, apparently I'm really bad at guessing how much fabric I need because I have tons of scraps leftover from it. I did a google search on how to use up fabric scraps and lots of ideas came up, including oh, about 1700 pin cushions! A little overwhelming, (because really, how many pincushions can one girl need), but they reminded me that I DID really wanted a pin cushion that sits on your wrist like Gertie's, so I decided to recycle my goods for just that purpose.
This came together incredibly quickly because I just dove into my stash for supplies, plus the fabric was precut! I think it's pretty cute and I've been using it tons already. I have no idea what to do with the rest of the bowl though, suggestions would be welcome!
Number 2 on my 30before30 is "create a creative space," and this is one I really want to get done sooner rather than later. I've got a space in our office reserved for this task, but all the things I want to do are kind of expensive if I did them all in one day, so I've been taking baby steps toward my own little craft corner. I thought I would just share a couple ways I've been trying to organizing my stuff in preparation for when the shelves/bins/bigger things can make their way here.
Firstly, I nabbed one of those cute IKEA kitchen carts that I've been eyeing for so long and loaded all my sewing thread and notions onto it. This way I can move my machine and most needed supplies to anywhere in the house and sew (for now this means I can easily wheel my way to and from the kitchen table). I'm sure this could work for painting supplies or scrapbooking, whatever you may need within an arm's reach!
At the top of the cart you'll find a lot of these little plastic bins. I tried keeping some things in Altoids, but I could never remember what was in what. I decided to save the tins for craft projects and got these little guys at Daiso (for those who are not familiar, it's a Japanese dollar store that made it to the states). I found them in the food section of the store and they came in packages of 4 for $1.50 (100 ish yen). They are super versatile, clear, secure, and stackable, I love them!
Lastly, I wasn't sure how to wrangle my fabric. A lot of people online who have awesome craft spaces used comic book backs to roll and stack their fabric for a really clean, even look. While I wasn't against this practice at all (I even had some on my Amazon wishlist!), I was in the mood to organizing AT THAT VERY MOMENT. Does that ever happen to you guys? Just me? Okay. Anyway, this is an online shopping kind of household and we had some leftover boxes. I looked at the boxes, then the boxcutter that I bought for my lightbox, then to the boxes again, and decided to go at them like a samurai. A slow, careful samurai. I ended up with lot of good cardboard slabs.
And then I wound up some scraps and ended up with some fabric slabs. This makes for non-uniform stacks, but I'm glad to be using a sturdier material and be able to recycle at the same time! I tacked on some rubber bands to help keep things together for fabrics too thick to pin.
I'm not where I'd like to be creative space-wise yet, but I'm taking the steps! I just wanted to share where I was at and maybe give you guys some ideas for your own spaces. Advice is also welcome!
I know I'm pretty late to the party here, but I recently found out about Grainline Studio and I love all of their patterns! They are sort of deceptively simple, but each pattern is versatile and can add a lot of value to one's wardrobe. I've already purchased fabric for an archer and a pair of the maritime shorts, but I really wanted to try their free pattern, the Hemlock tee, first because it seemed like a perfect fall top for layering. I found this great olive burn out knit at Joann's and dove right in!
Photo Credit: Picturing Kipi
Close up of the burn out pattern.
The drop shoulder made this a super easy project, so much so my boyfriend was shocked when I showed him the complete shirt a couple hours after I started. He asked, "what did you make this from?" I said, "fabric." He then proceeded to make big surprised eyes and proclaimed I just performed magic! ^_^ It makes sense since I am often showing him things I've made out of other things I found at the thrift store, but it was impressive all the same I guess. I love this shirt for fall and it's crazy comfortable to wear. I don't have a serger and there are definitely some imperfections, but overall I'm really pleased and wouldn't mind a couple more if I find any knits I like. I can't wait to make more stuff from Grainline!