Friday, February 18, 2011

Three Day Weekend: Goals and Plans

With a three day weekend starting in just a few hours (yippee!!), I feel like I have a good opportunity to get some serious sewing done. And by that, I mean Lady Grey.  The weather next week is supposed to be in the 30's-40's which is the perfect weather for this coat. There is a lot left to do, so I don't know if I'll finish. But I hope to be mostly finished by Tuesday.

I've also been reassessing my sewing goals. Really, I love working on big, long projects that require multiple muslins (my pants) and/or careful sewing with new techniques (Lady Grey). I know, I know: I'm crazy. But quick and dirty rarely seems to work out for me. I suppose I don't know my fitting issues well enough to be able to alter patterns on the fly.

Anyway, I've decided to add one additional sewing goal for 2011: dresses. I don't wear dresses all that often for the very simple reason that my top and bottom halves are different sizes. However, when I do wear dresses, I always feel incredibly put together and attractive. I envy those who can buy a sheath dress off the rack; this has never been my reality. So, the way I see it, I can solve this top/bottom problem for myself.  So, I took advantage of a sale at BMV a few weeks ago to stock up on dress patterns. Specifically the kind that never fits in RTW versions.

Vogue 8280 - Total knockoff of "That Dress"

Butterick 5559 Maggy London Dress

Vogue 1121 Badgley Mischka Dress

Vogue 1161 Rachel Comey Dress

Right now this stack of patters, along with a bunch that are already in my stash are on the night table. I'm guessing that by the time I get to the multiple muslin phase, it will be summer. But that is ok with me. It means I will have beautiful dresses for fall.

Have a great - and productive! - weekend, everyone!


Faye Lewis said...

Great dress picks.

Karin said...

I also love your picks. I also find it impossible to buy rtw dresses because of the size disparity between my top and bottom halves. I am so used to not wearing dresses that I tend to forget that I can sew them! I look forward to seeing all your pretty dresses.

Clio said...

Karin - Exactly! I never think to sew/wear dresses. Since RTW never works, they are just not part of the regular rotation.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

You *are* crazy, lol. I got back into sewing pretty much for the sole reason that I love dresses and cannot buy them off the rack due to my XS check and M to L booty. This was particularly true back in the 90s when clothes were fitted. I am so glad dresses are in reach now!

Clio said...

Are there ANY women out there who have the same top and bottom size? If there are, I sure don't know them.