Saturday, 13 April 2013

Project planning

I had hoped to share with you my finished Laurel dress today but there is a serious lack of sewing going on at the moment. The reason is I have been spending a lot of time with my foot raised on the sofa. 

Last Saturday I managed to miss a step on our stairs and somehow twisted a number of my ligaments in my right ankle. It was a comical fall! While I’m pleased it isn’t broken the official verdict is it might take six weeks to heal and I have to spend a lot of time resting it. SIX weeks?! This was not the news I wanted to hear as I am incapable of sitting still for a couple of hours. I’m not the type of person who sits in front of the TV night after night without doing something else (although there is nothing wrong with this). I cut out two parts of my Laurel dress yesterday and then had to rest it. It will be slow and small steps to finish this as I use my right foot to use the pedal at my machine. I tired using my left but it sort of messes with my head! 

So, I’ve spent some time planning projects. 

First up is Simplicity 2451. I have some beautiful fabric in my stash which I’m planning to use for this. I have been waiting for a long time to use these. I just can't resist butterflies!


A dress would be too much and I haven’t been able to find the right pattern for a top. I haven’t quite decided which colour and yes, I am aware that my choices are pink and blue! But that is ok because my Laurel is not.

I’m also going to try out these. 

Avery transfers

They are part of a surprise so I can’t say much more but if anyone has any tips on working with them please let me know. 

I’m working on some gifts and the red bias that I showed in the last post is part of this. I know need to make some piping with it. I’ll share how I have made that once I am to. 

The fourth project is one I’m quite excited about. I have crossed stitched for many years but I haven’t really done any over the last year. This project requires a lot of cross stitching. It will test me a bit as my stitches at the back will be on show and therefore need to be tidy. Normally I frame or sew on my finished items so it doesn’t matter what the back looks like. No so this time. I’m waiting for the postman to bring me a plentiful supply of 14 count Aida before I can start. At least this is a project I can do in front of the TV! 

A couple of the patterns in my 20:20 challenge will need grading up so I’ll spend some time looking up how to that. And I need to think about my fabric choice. 

1960s Off Center Front Button Belted Dress.
Simplicity 8482 1960s A Line Dress
I’m starting a pattern drafting course next month to make a summer dress. This will be my first attempt at drafting and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been browsing the web for ideas and think I am almost there. 

And if I get through all of that I can think about the other patterns from 20:20 that I haven’t thought about yet!

It feels quite good to have a plan, normally I hop from project to project. Do you plan your projects or hop around? 


  1. I'm very much liking that Simplicity skirt pattern. And pattern drafting? Very exciting stuff.

    I am not great at planning. I am very good at hoarding supplies though :-(

    1. I'm guilty of that as well. Although I don't think I have as big a stash compared to a lot that I see!

  2. Oh I LOVE that button through dress with the bow! That's gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do with it. What I the pattern?

    1. Hi Helen, I got it from an Etsy shop. I think it is Mail Order 4675 (US) from the 1960s. I haven't really looked for any further information about it.

  3. Oh, I just HATE when an injury stops me from doing what I love... I sure hope it heals quickly! Yay for you for carrying on with sewing! :)

  4. Oh dear, its so frustrating when something like this happens - and yes, it takes time for the brain to adjust to using a different foot, so no wonder it made your head spin. There is a limit to what you can sew by hand, especially with big plans! I guess you are counting down the days...

    1. Indeed I am. The postman brought the aida yesterday so I'm much happier!

  5. Sounds like your mind is buzzing with fabulous ideas!! Some wonderful projects there... And I'm so jealous that you're going on a pattern drafting course!!

    1. The trick is now turning them into something real! At least going on the course will guarantee one of them. I'm rather excited about it but still have just over 3 weeks to wait!


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