Happy New Year to all!
So much to report…. I’ll start with some updates….
my beloved Pfaff sewing machine is repaired and working wonderfully. I have been making progress on my second Minoru, an olive ripstop cotton version with flannel interlining. Almost done! I was totally immobilized by the patch pockets, but I finally got brave and motivated. It’s just a matter of making the decision. I found Kenneth King’s Designing Details: Pockets invaluable. Love me some Craftsy. Highly recommended!
In November, I also worked on a Cake Red Velvet dress. My knit fabric was a purple rayon/lycra knit. I’m not sure I love the fit at the midriff, it seems too wide to me? Plus I think my fabric is too thin and clingy. So I haven’t yet hemmed it. Here’s an in-cutting-progress-shot:
During December, I have been taking a class at Lillstreet here in Chicago with the fantastic Jen of grainline studio. The class focuses on the ins-and-outs of sewing the grainline Archer pattern. This project is my first button down, tailored shirt. I’m learning a ton!
Finally….. (deep breath), I’m doing the RTW “fast” for 2014….. at the invitation of Goodbye Valentino. What this means, family and friends: I will forgo my Anthropologie & J Crew splurges for a year. Instead will only wear what I already have or what I sew or what I thrift in 2014. This is relatively insane given my work commitments and family life. But I also feel very drawn to this project, and Sarah is so enthusiastic & inspiring! More on this in the next post.