Sew-Jo has been a No-Go

I’ve seemed to slid into an unmotivated sewing state. My depression has snuck up on me lately and has zapped me of my motivation. On the plus side, I’ve been doing a lot of planning and prepping and a ton of mindless knitting.

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I’ve managed to complete my orders, only one more left to make for now. The first was a silky cream and grey floral print with sheer white mesh bra. The second was a lovely set of a bra and high waist underwear using a blue floral fabric with black mesh and picot elastic.

I picked up some cheap, $1 knit fabrics from a Walmart on my way home from a cardiologist appointment on friday. I figured if they had anything decent I’d pick some up to use as wearable muslin fabrics. I ended up with 14 yards of fabric! 2 yards of a mauve/blush tone jersey knit, 3 yd light grey jersey knit, 4 yards of green sweater knit, and 5 yards of black sweater knit. All are very lightweight and a bit sheer, but usable for wearable muslins for all the cardigans and things I’d like to make.

I washed all but the green sweater knit so far, but I’m hoping to get that in the wash tonight. And I printed out the Seamwork Oslo Cardigan pattern and managed to tape and cut that out. I’m working on cutting the oslo out of the black sweater knit today. I’m planning on printing the Seamwork Wembley cardigan out tonight or tomorrow.

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Otherwise I have a few plantain tees planned for the new jersey knits, a linden sweatshirt out of one of the sweater knits, an oslo from the sweater knit, a wembley from the sweater knit, a Lola Coat possibly lined with one of the sweater knits, a hemlock tee. Plus I’m going to try to squeeze out another 2 pairs of leggings from some athletic fabric I have in my stash plus some fun stretch fabric for a contrasting side panel.  A few more Linden sweatshirts are also in the plans.

Though I’m trying to think of any other knit patterns I wanted to try. I’m drawing a blank to anything other than maybe the tshirt from the Sew Over It City Break Capsule ebook. I can’t try any dress patterns due to the lightweight and sheerness of the fabric.

As for knitting, I’ve finished the Drangey Sweater for my Fiance! It looks gorgeous and I really really hope he likes it and actually wears it. He won’t get it until Christmas, but still. I’ve also been working on the socks for a friend and my Tied Knots cabled hat (which is almost finished). In fact, I’ve been doing so much knitting, I’ve hurt my arm from stressing the muscles out. So I need to dial it back with the knitting and such for now.

This weekend is pretty busy, tomorrow the Fiance has a very full day, but I’ll be home the whole day to get some things done. Saturday we will be going house hunting, so we’ll be out the whole day. Sunday is my Cousins 6th birthday party, I’m not very excited about going, but I haven’t seen my “Extended” family in over a year so I should go. I need to work on a gift tomorrow, I’m thinking of some simple slippers or something small and quick like that. However, I don’t know his shoe size, so I’ll just be guessing. He’s on the smaller size for his age, so if I pick the average shoe size for a 6 year old boy it should be fine. So overall, a pretty busy weekend.

I’ve been thinking about doing another me made month challenge this fall, to get a better feel for what I have and what I still need in my me made wardrobe. I know “Self Sewn September” is a thing, but I was thinking about doing October. Anyone else doing another me made wardrobe challenge?

Knitting Away

I haven’t been sewing nearly as much as I thought I would have over the past week. I did do a lot of Fall/Autumn wardrobe planning though. I’m starting to pair patterns I have that I’d like to wear this fall with fabric I have in my stash. I have a pretty good tentative list going, but I’d like to refine it and list it out in an order I’d like to get them done in. I know that I probably won’t do them exactly in that order, but at least it’s somewhere to start.

I’m planning:

  • 3 long sleeve Grainline Studio Linden sweatshirts, 2 in sweatshirt fleece (one black, one grey; given that I have enough fabric for that, I haven’t checked), one in sweater knit
  • 1 Sew Over It City Break Capsule Ebook Lola Coat (The Shorter version, but I’m going to add pockets) and I have some mystery fabric in my stash, it feels like a lightweight windbreaker fabric in black, so I’m going to test the pattern in that and use it as a wearable muslin.
  • 1 pair of Patterns 4 Pirates Peg Legs leggings, I have black athletic fabric for this. I need to get more fabric to make more leggings, just about all my rtw ones need replacing and I just busted through another pair this week :,(
  • 1 or 2 Seamwork Oslo Cardigans, I have some sweater knits for this
  • 1 Seamwork Wembley Cardigan, again in a sweater knit
  • 3 Button down shirts, I have some crepe chiffon that I’m going to use for wearable a muslin. I have various shirting fabric in my stash that I’ll use once I perfect the fit of the patterns
  • I’d also like some more Sew Over It City Break Capsule Ebook Mia Jeans, but I don’t have any more fabric in my stash for that.
  • Same goes for more tshirts, I need to pick up more fabric in order to make more
  • If I have the chance, I’d also like to make 2 blazers, a cropped one and a full length standard one. But those aren’t a priority

As you can see, it’s a lot of layering pieces mainly. Once the cold weather hits, I just throw an oversized sweatshirts on top of my baggy tshirt and leggings. So I’d like to look and feel a bit more put together and have nicer layering pieces. I’m hoping the button down shirts can also be used as a layering piece to throw on with a tshirt for something lighter than a sweater knit cardigan.

I’m also thinking about my knitting plans, I’m thinking about sweater knitting a lot. I have one started and just need to knit the sleeves and it’s finished, but I’m just not motivated to work on it, probably because the sleeve chart is confusing and doesn’t quite add up to where I left off when I separated the sleeves from the body. My probably is that most of the patterns I lean towards are fingering weight sweaters, which take forever and I lose motivation on working on it before it’s finished. However, I don’t have a sweaters quantity of worsted weight yarn in my stash to use, so I’d need to purchase some, and I’m on a really tight budget. So for now I might stick to shawl and sock knitting for myself and save up for some sweater quantities of yarn.

Speaking (or rather, writing) of sweater knitting. I’ve made significant progress on my Fiance’s sweater. I’ve finished the body and the bottom ribbing of the sweater and am almost halfway down the first sleeve. So that’s going really well and I should have it finished in plenty of time for Christmas. (I’ve made even more progress on the sleeve since I took this picture this morning!)

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I think I also mentioned that I wanted to knit a sweater for my cousins 6th birthday… Well I was almost at the point of separating the sleeves when I was told he doesn’t like anything that he has to put over his head…. So I’m ripping that sweater out now and have zero ideas as to what to do for his birthday. I hate cardigan knitting because I don’t like purling continuously, the motion hurts my hands. So I’m stumped! Any suggestions on what to make for a 6 year old boys birthday?

In other knitting news, I’ve been working on a pair of socks for a friend. She asked if I could make a pair of white ankle socks with a frilly top and I said sure. So I picked up the yarn this past weekend and cast on. I’m a little past the toes now, but it’s slow going as I’m using a light fingering weight yarn, so it’s teeny tiny itsy bitsy teeny weeny stitches. But I’m enjoying having a pair of socks to work on again.

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Wedding Planning! I’ve managed to get a base idea of the different things I want for my wedding, like bridesmaid dresses and shoe colors and flowers for the decor and bouquet. I’m thinking about what I’ll do for my bridal shower dress, because of course I want to make that too. I’m thinking of something with lace applique too so I can get some extra practice for the dress itself. My parents have also paired with the Fiance’s parents and they’re planning an engagement party for us next month. So I’m debating if I have time to make something for that. I have some nice off white chiffon that I could make a button down out of, but I’m not sure yet. I kind of want a dress, but I’m lost as to what pattern or style I would do for it.

Jason helped put everything in perspective though about my need to have every detail planned out even before we start planning: I have the basics, I know what I need, and I won’t know the rest until we pick a venue when the time comes. So there’s no point in fretting over these things that I can’t finalize anyway. I have everything else for now and besides, we need to start looking for houses because we ARE moving first, wedding comes later. So I’m trying to calm down about it all and just focus on looking for houses in good neighborhoods and figuring out how to construct my wedding dress for when the time comes. I’m also looking at lace options that all match and pricing for the fabric to find the best deal, but I still think that’s a necessity for figuring out before the planning starts.

(We also went to the beach, finally, as you can see in the photos. It was gorgeous! We arrived to explore just before sunset and managed to catch some amazing photos)

So what is your favorite pattern or piece of clothing for fall?

Plans for Planning

This week has been relatively productive. I managed to finish a few things that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while now.

First up: refashioned panties. A while ago I was helping the fiance’s mother clean out some old clothes from the attic. We both went through them and donated some and stored the rest back in the attic. I was allowed to have free reign over things I wanted to wear or wanted to re-purpose for the fabric. I picked a small pile of things and finally got around to starting the re-purposing. I made 2 different styles of panties (along with the thong from last week) out of a pair of pants that were 100% rayon. The fabric was practically new, aside from some holes in the bottom where it looks like the unlucky owner leaned/sat on something that ripped little holes in it. So it had a lot of potential for undies.

I went with a standard bikini brief cut (slightly more coverage) and a slightly higher cut leg bikini style (slightly less coverage), and black cotton jersey for the lining and a black stretch lace on both.

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I haven’t started on any of the other items yet, but I’m still figuring out plans for some of them.

I also managed to bang out a new Grainline Studios Linden shirt. I used a stable knit that is a mystery blend as I got it from a church destash. I’m pretty sure it is some sort of wool blend, based on the feel of it, but I can’t be sure. Anyway, I chose short sleeves because I didn’t have enough fabric for long sleeves, but I actually like the short sleeves on this one. I also didn’t use a neck band or bottom band, but just folded them under and stitched them in place. AND the best part? I lengthened it and made it a high low split hem! I really like how this detail came out.

I sized up on this one to be sure it would fit nicely, since the fabric has little to no stretch. I don’t think I necessarily needed to size up, now that it’s all finished, but I like things a little over sized anyway, so I’m totally fine with how loose fitting it came out.

I have a few more linden sweatshirts planned for the fall. I will also do an in depth review of the pattern in the near future, so stay tuned for that!

After all this sewing for me, I did do a little work for the shop too. I finished an order of one pair of sheer white mesh undies. Nothing too exciting there, but it’s a very popular item in my shop.

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The new item for the shop that I hinted at last week? Yeah, I finished that too, and it came out just as I imagined it. It’s made from a beautiful black and purple and pink floral print crepe double knit. It’s a pretty stable knit with some stretch (maybe 10%) but it’s perfect for bras. I also used black power mesh, black scallop lace, and black elastics, straps, and findings. I love it!

I plan to make a whole line that matches that bra, but it’s been stormy out so my blood pressure has been too low to sit at my sewing machine or to stand and cut things out. I’m hoping to get at least a pair of matching underwear finished by next week, if not a couple matching pairs.

I’ve been making good progress on knitting my fiance’s Christmas Sweater (The Drangey Pullover by Stephen West). I’m already finished with the yoke and halfway done with the body! I’ve also started on a child sweater (the flax sweater by tin can knits) for my cousins 6th birthday later this month. I may be a little ambitious with that deadline, but if anything I can give it to him for Christmas.

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Other than that I’ve been starting on my plans for my fall capsule wardrobe. It looks like I’ll be making a lot of layering pieces mainly. I have plans for at least 4 cardigans (and maybe 2 different styles of blazers). I’m also hoping to get a few pairs of leggings and pants finished. I desperately need to replace some of my rtw leggings as they’re ready to fall apart from being worn and washed so many times. However, I’m on a fabric buying ban and only using stash fabric due to having student loan debts dumped on me after I was told they were taken care of, as well as saving for my wedding, and wedding dress.

Speaking of my wedding dress, have a mentioned that I’m planning on making it myself from scratch? Yeah, I may be a little crazy, but I’m also very determined. So right now I’m looking at lace and lace appliques online and trying to gauge how much I should set aside for the materials of the dress. I’m also sketching up some of the lace appliques, trying to figure out placement ideas and if they’d work well with other appliques I’ve found. Here’s a little sneak peek of that (I’ve got plenty more started):

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Have you started on your fall wardrobe plans yet? What’s the “hole” in your fall wardrobe that you’ll need to be making first? Mine is definitely cardigans!

Trudging Through the Slump

Due to my health being all over the place, I’ve been in a bit of a sewing slump. But I’ve been working through it, getting orders done and working on a few small things.

I finished a bra that I had made with a modified version of my standard pattern for myself. This one is more of a plunge style and I narrowed the bridge a bit. But I forgot to add a little bit of width to the sides from taking width out of the bridge and also to account for the not so stretchy stretch lace that I used for the full bra. So it’s a little too snug for me to wear; I can get it on, but it’s not comfortable at all especially since I like a slightly looser band. Plus I used the underwires I had sitting in my drawer since I first started making bras for myself and before I really gauged which wire size was right for me and my shape. So the underwire is a size 30, which should fit the size 30 B bra (which is my size) but I need a 32 wire because my breast root is a bit wider than a 30 wire accounts for.

 

So all in all, I have a pretty new bra that I made in an evening, but can’t wear it. Oh well. It’s up in the shop but I’m not very hopefully of it selling due to the tiny size that it is.

I also whipped up a quick little thong as a model to show to a potential customer. It’s pretty cute and I hadn’t actually made one with the fold over elastic for the shop, it’s mainly been either stretch lace edging or picot underwear elastic. But I like the look and will be making more for the shop in the near future.

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Other than that, I have finished 2 orders: a classic Harley Quinn bra and a Slave Leia bra. I also managed to finish a pair of socks, which I might have talked about last week (using Badwolfgirlstudios yarn in the mermish colorway) but I have a picture this time! They’re gloriously soft and I can’t wait to wear them. I’ve been doing too many messy things (like baking) to feel comfortable wearing these and not ruining them. Hopefully I’ll be able to wear them soon though!

I finished the bright blue circle skirt that I’ve had cut out for a few weeks now. I can’t wait to get to making the top that I’d like to pair with it.

I finally got around to washing and blocking the socks I made for my fiance, which I had knit quite a while before we got engaged. Haha oops, but the good thing is that they’re ready for him to wear now. And while I was at it, I washed and blocked my Tennessee souvenir shawl, so now the lace is more open and the picot bind off is actually visible. I can’t wait to wear it in the fall! I love the color of it.

New cast on! I started a big project for my fiance for Christmas. I’d been thinking about it for a while and bought all the yarn for it, so I finally got around to purchasing the pattern and casting on. It’s so exciting and I hope he loves it! I’m making the Drangey Pullover by Stephen West in a dark navy that looks almost black for the main color and a bright turquoise blue for the contrast. It’s a little hard to photograph at this point because it’s grown considerably and is now bunched up on the needles. But I’m nearly done with the yoke part, so I’m assuming the progress on it will slow down quite a bit as it turns to just solid dark colored yarn.

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I’m in a bit of a bra making mood, so I may whip up a few new ones this week. I have quite a bit of fabric in my stash to choose from and I’ve definitely got my eye on one in particular. I’ll give you a little hint: it’ll be floral and lace with rich colors.

What projects are you most looking forward to working on next?

Process

It has been a lot more difficult getting back into the swing of things after that vacation to California. My body and health have been poorly since returning, so even though I was fine during the trip, I can tell now that I definitely over exerted myself. This is the life of the chronically ill though. I’ve been doing very well this year so it’s very difficult to deal with it suddenly being pretty bad again. So that’s why I’ve been MIA for a bit. But I’m persisting. This is the process after all.

With all that said I’m getting back to trying to write regular posts and sewing things regularly again. I’ve been working on orders for the shop since I arrived home, and hardly sewn anything else for myself or for the shop. I’ve started a few things: a purple short sleeved Grainline Linden shirt, a circle skirt, a few pairs of underwear, plus I left quite a few things started before I left for the trip. But I have been knitting quite a bit. My Zostera Shawl is finished and blocked, I just need to finished weaving in the ends. I started and am almost finished with my Stephen West Exploration Station. I finished a pair of socks out of Crazy Zauberball yarn. And I started another pair of socks out of some Bad Wolf Girl Studios “Mermish” yarn.

So I have been getting things done and have been pretty busy despite my health issues. I’ve also been baking quite a bit as the fiance and I went blueberry picking with his sister and her husband on Saturday. So I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with 11 1/2 lbs of blueberries before they go bad. So far it’s been blueberry balsamic salad dressing, 2 dozen blueberry muffins, blueberry cinnamon rolls, 1 dozen blueberry chocolate chunk cookies, blueberry scones, blueberry jam, and soon I’ll be making blueberry cheesecake and blueberry ice cream. All gluten free and vegan.

I’ve finished 4 pairs of underwear and a thong for orders for the shop and will be finished a custom bikini bottom order tonight. And then I have 2 more orders to finish within the next week, both are bras. And the fiance and I as well as a friend of ours went to see Spider-man on Tuesday (It was great, highly recommend). And this weekend both the fiance and I will be getting our hair done and house hunting. So I’m continuing to stay quite busy.

Hopefully next week I’ll have my exploration station shawl to show you as well as a hand sewn outfit, along with the remaining orders for my shop.

What have you been working on lately? How do you deal with crafting while not feeling well?

 

MMMay17 Week 3 recap

This week was a little bit of a fail for me made may. Mainly because of my mental state. I did wear me made undies or bra everyday though. So that’s something I guess.

Today I grabbed for my woven hemlock tee, but I’m not a fan of the fit on me. It’s just a bit too tent like on me and I should have just finished the armhole seams with a zigzag stitch instead of doing a french seam, as the seam is a bit too bulky and sits oddly. So I took it off and swapped for my seafoam vneck plantain tee. I’m also wearing a me made bra today.

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Now for the recap:

Monday: only me made undies

Tuesday: Me made undies and bra with a periwinkle purple linden sweatshirt and rtw leggings.

Wednesday: Black and white polka dot sweetheart halter neck dress.

Thursday: me made bra. I attempted to wear a me made shirt (burda styles wrap front blouse in magenta chiffon), but wore it for a couple minutes tops and then switched to a rtw baggy tshirt and leggings.

Friday: Me made undies. rtw leggings and tshirt

Saturday: me made bra and undies and my marled blue sweater long sleeve plantain tee with rtw leggings

Sunday: me made bra, seafoam vneck plantain tee with rtw leggings and undies.

Overall, not terrible, especially given the circumstances. Hopefully this next week will be better. I’m thinking I’ll be wearing more dresses next week, but don’t take my word on it.

Things I’ve finished in the past week:

I finished 2 slave leia bras, 3 pairs of undies, and a nude mesh bra I’ll be finishing tonight (I just need to sew the clasps on and then sew the underwire in) So it was a pretty productive week for the shop.

I also finished my linden sweatshirt, moneta crop top, and woven hemlock sweatshirt. I also finished knitting the body of a sweater I’ve been working on (so not exactly a finished object, but it was a big deal and a big part of the project that’s not finished)

I have 2 more bras and a pair of undies to finish for the shop this week, and I have a new thong design I’d like to finish and add to the shop this week as well.

Sewing plans:

Cutting out another linden sweatshirt, cutting out some shorty peg leg leggings (testing some adjustments to the pattern), taping together the Mia Jeans pdf from the sew over it city break capsule ebook (and washing some fabric for it), work on knitting my souvenir socks and shawl that I started.

All in all I’ll be keeping myself busy over the next week. What are your sewing and knitting plans for the next week?

Day 17 & 18 of mmmay17: a ball of anxiety

So I forgot to post yesterday, even though I did wear me made. Or rather, I was so busy shaking with anxiety and pacing that I didn’t have time to post. Oh well, what can a girl do?

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Another sweetheart halter neck dress. This was the first one I made, it was a sort of wearable muslin. It has some issues, but I still love it and definitely need to pick up more polka dot fabric. The waist was a little too bit for the skirt, so there are some puckers and bunching there (That were fixed in later versions). I had to take in the sides, and on later versions I raised the bust line a bit as the apex on this one sits a bit low on me (not surprising, I am petite after all). I also had to gather the center front a little as it was gaping and not sitting against my chest at all, the gathers helped a lot. The skirt on this one is longer than the other 2 I’ve made, which I like, it gives it a very classy vintage feel for me.

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Overall I love this dress and everyone else seems to as well, people can’t seem to take their eyes off it/me when I’m wearing it. This is obviously a tried and true pattern for me, I’ll most likely be wearing my other version of it over the weekend, given that the weather stays nice and warm.

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For today, I put on an outfit, and pretty much immediately switched out to a baggy tshirt, so I kind of failed on the me made outfit today. I tried, but I’m just too exhausted and my anxiety is too high for me to be in anything but super comfy baggy clothes. The shirt is a burda styles pattern.

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I’m not sure what’s going on with my mental health, other than it’s not good right now. I think the road trip did a lot more damage than I anticipated and now I’m dealing with the consequences and after effect of it all. I am trying and I am getting orders worked on and done and shipped out, but it’s very difficult. I’ve been in a lot of pain because all my muscles are extra tense from the anxiety and I’ve been tensing my jaw and grinding my teeth CONSTANTLY, I have to consciously unclench and stop grinding my teeth every. five. minutes. So there’s that.

I’ve also been working on my knitting to help keep my calm. I finished the body of the sweater I’ve been working on since around February. It’s a top down raglan, so I need to pick up the stitches from the waste yarn on the sleeves and knit those now, and then it’s finished! I haven’t tried it on at all yet, so I have no idea if it will fit yet. I know it’ll be more fitted than I originally anticipated and wanted, but I don’t think it’ll be too bad, it should still be comfy and wearable. I’m using Loops and Threads brand Woolike yarn in the Mauve colorway. It’s an acrylic nylon blend from Micheal’s and it’s a burgundy-berry color. I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in a sweater since I didn’t know if I’d like knitting sweaters or if I’d even finish it, so I didn’t want to waste the money on it if it didn’t work out. I definitely think I’ll be upgrading to something a bit more pricey (probably only cascade or something inexpensive like that). I’m using the Pretty Mallory pattern by Vera Sanon (It’s a free Cascade pattern)

And I caked up some of the Tennessee Souvenir yarn and cast on a pair of socks for that.

That’s all for today. Hopefully I’ll have some interesting things to show you this weekend!