Saturday, 21 March 2015

Progress

Thanks to everyone who voted on my last post. The Granville shirt won by a small margin when all votes from the comments, Twitter and text messages were added up. I'll be honest, a small part of me wanted the dress to win but I've been enjoying working on the shirt so far and it really will be a useful addition to my wardrobe. 

I thought I would provide a quick update for those who have not been following along on Twitter or Instagram. Each morning this week I have been posting a photo to show progress.

Granville wk 1

Day 1: sticking the PDF pattern together. The pattern came together very easily. 
Day 2: Cutting the pattern to size. As tracing is my least favourite part of making an item, I don't trace my PDF patterns. I would rather cut and stick another version if needed. 
Day 3: Cutting the pieces for the toile. I chose to cut nearly all the pieces so I could check the techniques and find any potential pitfalls - very important when you might still be a little sleepy when sewing.
Day 4: Toile taking shape. The back seams, back yoke, shoulder seams and button plackets were completed. The collar was also prepared. 

I've enjoyed getting my creative spirit flowing for 30-40 minutes each morning. I feel like I am winning before I've even left the house. It is taking some willpower not to power on when I get back from work so I'm working on another project: Simplicity 2442

Simplicity 2442

I spotted the potential in this pattern after looking at the drawings - the pale blue satin on the front of the pattern does nothing for me! I wish I could say it is coming along nicely but I've realised I need to unpick the top seam on both of the bodices and my overlocker stopped being my friend last night, as shown in the middle picture. Hopefully it will behave itself today and it won't be long before I can share the finished item.

What's on your sewing table please?

10 comments:

  1. I have a sleeveless Granville in the process of being sewn. I made a flannel one in the middle of the winter. I love how you can find some time early in the morning for sewing. I can only do that on the weekend.

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    1. A sleeveless one sounds great. I'd love to know how it turns out.

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  3. This is awesome! I'm impressed that you managed to get so much done on the Granville in just a few short spurts of sewing. You are putting my lazy mornings to shame! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm a morning person so have more energy at that point. Don't worry about lazy mornings!

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  4. I've been following this on instagram, and it's looking great. It must be very hard to resist the temptation to do "just the next step..." in the evening!

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    1. It really is! I've had to start another project to keep me occupied

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  5. This is such a good challenge! I bet it is so hard to be disciplined and organised enough to get started and then have to stop after 30 mins, but I think that given the lifestyle the large majority of us have, it is a very intelligent way to get some sewing done. I'm going to try it myself :-)

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    1. It is tricky but thankfully I am able to leave my sewing equipment out. Good luck with the morning sewing - let me know how you get on.

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