It has been a while! Truth is, I haven’t been able to carve out much sewing time lately. Every time I sit at my machine, which is upstairs, Quinn decides it is a perfect time to crawl to the edge of the top of the steps and flirt with disaster. So I run over to him and grab him before he falls, which he thinks is a hilarious game… Then when I get to my computer, he gives me about 2 minutes before he thinks I’ve had enough screen time and he pulls me away! I haven’t even been able to check my emails lately, let alone blog!
There is that, and there is also the fact that the kids have SO many outfits, I’ve been having a hard time finding inspiration since they don’t actually need anything currently.
I, on the other hand, am DESPERATE for some new clothes! I haven’t really ever sewn for myself, with the exception of a couple forgiving maternity shirts, so I’ve been a little afraid to. My goal this year is to change that. I want to start sewing for myself, and the only way to start doing it is to just get over my fear and DO IT!
This weekend there was a fabric shop hop in Austin so I decided to go and check out some shops I never even knew existed! There were 8 shops on the official list, and I visited 10 in all! I had no idea Austin had so many amazing fabric stores! I chatted with lots of store owners and sewers and was blown away with inspiration! I bought a couple patterns for myself and a bunch of amazing fabric to go along with them.
Both of these patterns are going to need some alterations on my part. I made a muslin yesterday for the pants, where I decided I really need to add some length, and apparently I need to grade for a bigger butt, lol! I was a little let down because I was hoping for a wearable muslin, but that is not the case. And no, I will not be posting a picture of me wearing it, ha! I don’t know why I always thought I had a flat tush. Quite the opposite! Then I was thinking I am an idiot for trying to do pants when in 2 seconds it will be summer, so maybe I should focus on the dress. That and hopefully by next winter I will have lost some more of this baby weight.. which would make me cry if I couldn’t fit into the pants I made. So I might just put that project on the shelf for a while..
Anyways, I decided to go ahead and blog about my experience of fitting and altering adult patterns as I go through it. Kind of publicly learning!
I have already traced out the pattern for the Washi dress and plan on sewing the muslin tomorrow while Millie is in school. I want to lengthen the bodice a little bit to make it not quite as high of an empire waist. And I’m sure I’ll have to adjust it for a bigger bust. I just want to see how the actual pattern pieces fit before I start changing the pattern.
Wish me luck on my new sewing ventures!!