At the start of 2016 I made a promise to myself that I would try and finish a sewing project before starting a new one, and I have stuck to it! Until now …. I have been wrestling with very frustrated sewing plans! First of all, I decided to make jeans … yes JEANS, not jeggings, not pull ups with an elasticated waist but proper JEANS!!!! I saw the Ginger Jeans pattern ages ago and was in awe of all the fabulous creations people have blogged about but the thought of making jeans was just a step too far for me, like making my own bra or nickers, why would I? However, I decided to challenge myself and give it a go! And I was doing really well BUT … I ran out of top stitching thread!
I am surprised how little thread is on a spool, after all, the manufacturers must be aware that people will need to rip out seams, especially when top stitching, but it seems there is just enough thread on a spool for 1 pair of jeans … I did a proper fly front and top stitched the pockets etc.
I was quite impressed with myself, the Mr said “you’ve even done the thingy stitches” (bar tacks) and although not perfect, I am more than happy to wear them, when I get them finished! I need to get some more thread but obviously it needs to be the same thread but I bought it in Sailsbury and I live in London …… I will figure it out. Maybe send my Mum a bit of the thread (from a ripped out seam!) and get her to buy me another spool from the same shop.
Then I thought, “I love that Marilla Walker jumpsuit, I’ll make another one!” I was inspired by this jumpsuit by Plumo.
I found some cheap fabric on Ebay and thought I would give it a try but to make it different I wanted to change the buttons at the front for an exposed chunky zip which I also bought on Ebay but the seller is away for 2 weeks so I’m waiting for the zip and can’t get any further along till it arrives, this is the fabric, not the same obviously but I like it.
So, that’s 2 projects I can’t get finished! I have decided to make a quick, easy skirt whilst I’m waiting, another Marilla Walker pattern, the Ilsley skirt, it’s a free pattern you can download but she is raising money for a cancer charity so it would be good to make a donation, the link is on her blog.
Finally, I have a pattern, fabric, elastic so hopefully this will be a project I can finish! The fabric looks denim but actually it is a chambray/viscose mix I got on Ebay and it is very soft with a lovely drape. I notice there is a bit of “Style Arc” in the pattern but it’s from a piece of scrap paper I used to lengthen the skirt by 2″. The Style Arc pattern I downloaded and pieced together is the Milla dress which I plan to make in a double knit cotton jersey with a white bodice and yellow bottom half.
Anyway, that’s my progress, or lack of it. I’m letting myself off the New Year’s Resolution rule as I am unable to finish the projects so starting another in the meantime doesn’t count, what do you think?!