Friday, February 3, 2017

January Sewing Check-in

Since I'm trying to be better about sticking with a plan and actually finishing up stuff, I thought a monthly check-in might be a good idea (and maybe will keep me accountable?).  What better time to start than summarizing the first month of the year!  Last night I went through all my in-progress items and made a couple of lists - completed items the past month, repairs, sewing priorities this month, and the holding pen of in-progress and planned projects, which I can pull from if I happen to get everything done!  This post will be a bit long, as it's the first time I'm putting everything down in writing, but hopefully things will shorten up as we go along.  I also have a list of all my fabrics with project ideas, but they aren't imminent, so won't go into the check-in posts.

Items completed in January:
I wasn't quite as productive as I was hoping in January, but I did get two things completed from start to finish (both sort of from my Fall sewing plans).  These were:



 

Repairs:
While I always get distracted by the shiny new projects, another resolution of mine is to take care of the clothes I already have (whether or not I made them).  They are usually quick fixes, but they sit in my repair pile for way too long.  I'm going to try to make them a top priority every month.

  • Free People orange/pink voile tunic - need to hem.  I bought it recently second-hand, and it has an intentional raw hem.  I wore it as is a few times, but it drives me crazy, and I'll be a lot happier with it hemmed.
  • Marine Layer eye tee - I bought this tee this past summer and it just makes me happy (although it creeps John out).  I had an accident while dealing with picking up a barking dog while answering the door with not-quite dry nail polish, so there is a magenta stain right at the neckline.  I think I can get away with cutting the neckline a bit deeper and rescue it, so we'll see how that goes!
  • Me-made geometric toaster - yes, this is the same item from my completed list!  It's wearable as is, but I didn't hem the sleeves, and I think I'll be a lot happier if I add cuffs.
 

February Sewing Priorities (both in-progress and not started):
I'm going to try to keep this list short, so I can actually accomplish it!  I know it makes the most sense to keep it to in-progress items only, but I do have a project on the list for an event later this month which I haven't started yet.
  • In-Progress:
    • Clay linen Hemlock tee - I've got this one about half done, so it will be a quick win to finish it up, as well as adds to my inventory of dress-up/dress-down tops that is a need right now.
    • Beige/black Dove blouse - This is the last hold-out from my Fall sewing plans!  It's been cut out since September, so I really need to just suck it up and sew it finally.
    • Embroidered pillow covers (2) - I started doing this embroidery in January, but lost steam.  I would love to pick this back up and finish at least one pillow.
  • Not Started:
    • Polka-dots/floral top and skirt - This isn't started at all, but this is the outfit for later this month.  Unfortunately I have a very limited amount of material, and have a drawing of what I want, but no pattern, so we'll see how this goes.  It could be amazing, or a complete flop.
 



Sewing Holding Pen:

  • In-Progress:
    • Pink floral tee - need to hem and add cuffs.  This could probably go into the repair category, as it's essentially wearable at the moment, but I haven't worn it yet, so we'll call it in-progress.
    • Ivory Toaster #1 sweater - all cut out, should be a quick sew.
    • Oscar De La Renta silk tank - currently mostly sewn up as a blouse, but the sleeves are super poofy.  I want to take the sleeves off and turn it into a tank.
    • Poppy silk kimono - Not a fan of the fit, so want to turn it into a tank, maybe an Odgen?
    • Ivory silky tank - cut out and started sewing. Need to find facing materials.
    • Grey linen throw quilt - loose collection of ideas that needs to come together.  
    • Clay linen capris - cut out, but on hold until warmer weather
    • Tote for mom - won't see her until the spring, so low on the priority list.
    • 4 placemats - all cut out, but don't need them right now, so low on the list
    • Turquoise striped Galleria culottes - cut out and started sewing, but lost steam.  On hold until warmer months.
    • Purple/red Sallie jumpsuit - same as above.
  • Not Started:
    • Pink floral bra/panties - This (plus the next few on the list) are the result of me getting inspired to up my me-made undie game.  I pulled together a selection of suitable fabrics (and ordered some necessary elastics), so I'll be playing around with these as I have time. 
    • Nude bra/panties 
    • Black bra/panties
    • Clay linen pillow cover - I had just enough left over after I cut out my Hemlock tee and capris to make the the front of a pillow cover, which will go nicely with my embroidered covers.  
Whew, there you have it!  Maybe now it's all down for posterity I will stick with it!  How about you, do you have any big sewing plans, or do you like to just wing it?

2 comments:

Kimberly Payne said...

Love that you went through everything to get a clear idea of what you want to be working on. I tend to ignore the in progress projects and just work on the shiny and new. But I am also working on that this month.

McLaura said...

Thanks, Kimberly! It's taken me several years to realize I am way more productive if I actually finish things, rather than get distracted! I'm off to a good start this year, and I hope your February goes well too!