Saturday, March 7, 2015

This and That.

At the moment, I'm knee-deep in trench coat sewing. This marks the third time I've used the Silhouette Barbara's trench coat pattern. I found some water resistant navy poplin at Joann and it practically demanded to be made into a trench coat.

Once I've finished with the trench coat, I want to make some dresses. I have quite a few poly prints in my stash that would make lovely spring dresses. Initially, I had one print earmarked for another Emery dress but halfway through my planning, I got sidetracked. I want to up my dress sewing game. I need a bit more of a challenge that a simple gathered skirt and bodice can't provide.

Enter Vogue patterns, with special focus on Tracy Reese.

From left to right: V1422 / V1433 / M6506 / V1225 / V1086
I want to make all of these dresses. I already have fabric in my stash for all of them except V1225. I need to source jersey knit for that one. Will I actually finish all these? It's possible. I've already muslined two of them. On the surface, these patterns don't seem terribly complicated (V1225 may be the exception) but they all have interesting designer features that make them much more interesting (or complicated. Three of them have petticoats).

This also marks an interesting turn in my sewing habits: sleeveless dresses. I hardly ever sew anything without sleeves. The dresses I have made are about 3-4 years old. Honestly, I loathe wearing sleeveless dresses mostly because I feel tubby and I think my arms look fat. I need to get over that. There's nothing wrong with my arms.

My goal is to finish these up by May. Since I spend every waking hour that I'm not at work sewing, I should be able to accomplish this goal. Fitting usually takes the most time. I have no problem switching out bodices if necessary.

Now back to my trench coat which should be finished by this time next week.


  1. If you finish more than one dress by May, you can have choices to wear to frocktails! Or you could do a mid party wardrobe change. Also, sleeveless dresses sounded eaiser at first but then making sure the sides don't gap and show undergarments made me change my thoughts. Looking forward to your new dresses!

  2. Looking forward to all of this. I used to only make sleeveless so I could take a cardi off and cool down. But we have a no sleeveless policy at work, so now everything gets at least a cap sleeve. There is nothing wrong with your arms and those are amazing patterns. g

  3. These are all pretty dresses that will look great on you!

  4. Oooh, which one will you be bringing for sewing circle? They are all really pretty choices.

  5. I am a fan of your trench coats and can't wait to see your latest creation. I want to make dresses too, but strangely I am a-feared. I'd love to see your dresses; they might be the motivation I need to conquer my fear.


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