Monday, May 4, 2009

April: Month End Review

Not the most productive of months in terms of volume, but I'm really pleased with what I turned out in April.

Six items, 11 yards of fabric out of the stash, and no new fabric in.

The biggest challenge overall was the BWOF trench jacket in iridescent vinyl. The fabric was interesting to sew with, to say the least, but the end result was worth it - and since it's been rainy a lot lately, I've gotten a good bit of wear out of it, which is satisfying. Nothing worse than making a jacket and having it suddenly turn too hot to wear it.

I also caught the jeans-making bug from Patternreview and tried the jeans pattern from the 2/2007 issue of Ottobre. I made the first pair in a stretch plaid RPL, and was surprised how well they turned out. Well enough, in fact, that I turned around a few days later and made a pair in denim - for which I still have to post a review because I haven't had pictures taken yet.

Only one recycling project this month - I made Simplicity 2601 out of a plus size cotton skirt from my local thrift store. It wa a good test drive of a new pattern, and while the design didn't completely thrill me, it excited me enough to spend time thinking, obsessing, and finally merging it with Butterick 4985 to make an entirely new blouse. Now that was satisfying.

I also tried out the A-line skirt from the April issue of BWOF. April wasn't their interesting issue, not by a long stretch, but I thought that #101 would be a useful skirt. Made up in denim, it's great for weekend wear, but I can see it in a nicer fabric for work (though if I did that, I would also add a lining, which BWOF omitted). Bad, bad BWOF. Linings aren't that difficult, and most of the time they really can make or break a project. Again, I say, bad BWOF.

I did start a few other projects - a maternity top for a friend, a baby dress for another friend's newborn - but they'll be listed in May's totals since I haven't gotten very far on either of them.

I'm also beginning to get the shirt-making itch again. It hasn't been that long, but we went shopping the other weekend and I stopped in this high-end men's store and had to stop myself from drooling. The shirts in this store had tons of details I want to try to reproduce, and sooner or later (probably sooner), I'll be making someone a new shirt.

10 comments:

Lori said...

A very good month, especially no fabric in. Good luck with your May sewing.

Elaray said...

The "Liberty" blouse looks really good! I'd say you had a good month.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

No fabric in! I'm not sure I'll ever be able to say that at the end of a month. I love your blouse projects!

Lindsay T said...

Dang, you're productive! I'm in a fabric in, not enough garments out mode right now. Kashi has cute summer fabrics in now...

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

What a great month :)

Sigrid said...

That's been a productive month. Lovely things you made.

Cennetta said...

You've had a very productive month. Every piece beautiful made, but my favorite is the jacket. Love, love.

Kat said...

You call this "productive", Karen??? I call it amazing! You are like Cennetta--full time job, busy with your animals, your man, AND you still find time to crank out great things.

-E said...

OMG OMG OMG i love that blouse!

Tany said...

It was a great month for you sewing wise!