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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Changing Gears For a Moment

I have *SO MANY THINGS*! that I want to sew :) I blame that on a plethora of awesome patterns that have entered the stash recently. But I've been sewing a lot and I have a lot of clothes. I purged fall/winter and still have a lot. And the one thing I do need to add - pants - I actually don't feel like sewing right now.

Gasp.

I know, right?

I still have to finish my 2 denim pieces that have been sewn for forever and I have 2 items cut out - a black wrap sweater using NL6301 and another Swoon cardigan in a black burnout jersey. I'm going to go ahead and add those to the wardrobe. Then I'm going to take a hiatus by sewing a mini-wardrobe for my daughter. This will 1) clear out some fabric 2) keep me sewing without overfilling the closet and 3) stop her whining! :-)

 
 
 
I initially had a New Look dress (6411) subbed for Burda 6853 which I thought she would have loved with zippers at the front of the raglan sleeves. But NL always has ridiculously wide necklines and she is definitely a crew neck kinda girl. I think she'd hate the 'openness' of that neckline even if she liked the dress. I am doing this in a cobalt blue ponte (far right) with black lace overlay as indicated on the pattern. This lace bit is a gamble. I may save this pattern for last.

McCalls 6964 I've made for her 3-4 times. I'll whip up a couple of those -- one with short sleeves and one with 3/4 sleeves (her arms are super long and I don't have that measurement so 3/4 vs long it is!). These will be from the light blue (bamboo!) jersey and gray jersey in the center.

Simplicity 1322 in the plaid wool suiting (2nd from the right).

New Look 6418 in a gray faux suede (2nd from the left). SUPER cute.

And finally this adorable dress from the October Burda (#117). This will be in the denim on the left (ignore the swatch, that's for me to wash with the denim to see how it handles).

If I were 18 I would want this dress!

 
 
And some fantastic versions from the Russian Burda:
 
 

I think it's so youthful, so fresh, so FUN!

I plan to make the skirts, then tees, then the denim Burda dress (I need to find buttons) and lastly the colorblocked Burda dress.

I'm actually excited! :-D

15 comments:

  1. you are so good to sew all that stuff for her! nice fabrics. although I can't get behind the idea of that overall dress :) just not my taste. I made that Burda dress last year with some leftover pontes that I had in my stash - quite a quick sew but I was bummed to find out that it was a one piece dress with an overlay - I though it was all separate pieces when i bought it and had ideas of color blocking. So I hacked it a bit and pieces it together. anyway - easy and useful pattern.

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    1. Oh NO! I thought it was separate pieces too! Darn it. I'll have to pull out the instruction sheet tonight.

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  2. Me at 18 could not have rocked that Burda dress, but I bet it looks cute on your daughter! Can't wait to see it.

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    1. Thanks Beth! I think she'll like it a lot!

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  3. I think the "overall dress" is youthful and fun! Your daughter will LOVE it! Her mini-wardrobe is awesome! Also, did I miss the Swoon cardigan you made for your friend? I'm sure she is enjoying it! And yes, there are a lot of awesome patterns out lately!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa!

      No, not yet! I was ready to hem it yesterday and as I am sewing I realized I didn't pin the entire hem. So just a tiny bit more work to go and then it'll be ready!

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  4. It's a great plan and I think you should make two of the overall dress - one in denim and one in a tweed/boucle. She may not know it but she's going to love the boucle one!

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    1. When I saw the boucle version on the Russian site I got all giddy and thought HOW CUTE would that be?! :)

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  5. Lucky daughter! I love that overall dress, just a bit different from the regular pinny dress patterns that are out there atm.

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    1. Thanks! I think it's so cute and in Burda fashion so interesting!

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  6. I can understand why the little one is "whining", she could be wearing the hot new designs from KS...Sews! That's awesome that you're excited about creating her fashions...anything to keep the "sewing mojo" alive and well I say!! Good Luck!

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    1. Ha! :)

      Agreed! I was going to just take a break but you know how twitchy the sewing fingers get!

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  7. Lucky daughter - your plans sound great. Really loving the overall dress too.

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  8. Wayyyyyy back in the day- we called that style "jumpers" and it was always my favorite style of winter dress. Now that I'm passed mid 50, I started to wonder if I could wear one again before remembering I can now wear whatever I damn well please! I've seen you as a fabric mart fashionista, I just discovered this blog tonight. Was wanting to get on a chair and cheer all your comments on Carolyn's site.

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  9. I just love that dress and I'm not 18! On my first trip to the US (many years ago) I bought a dress a little like that and loved it so much, but I left it in a hotel room and it was never found.. I was so upset. Look forward to seeing the plans. Like the new blog.

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