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Summer sewing shortlist

24 May 2010, 15:36

Last week you got to see the newest Patrones that tg33 sent over, but you all have been far too good to me, because last week I also got a surprise parcel from Daisy!

She did some awesome detective work and worked out my size and style and picked out Simplicity 2754 and Butterick 5317 for me! And she did a great job, because I really like them both! I always have a hard time seeing the potential with the Project Runway patterns because the pattern covers are so horribly done that you can’t see any details at all, and Simplicity’s site makes it really awkward to browse by technical drawing (what I do as a general rule with Burda magazine previews). Anyway, as it turns out, I really like the details of this one, and doing some research myself, I remembered that Trena made it a few months back and I absolutely loved it! And she’s so got the right idea with those back view enhancements! And the Butterick Maggy London dress is just screaming out for a border print, as far as I’m concerned – the skirt is just a rectangle with pleating, so anything with a border or lace at the edge would go perfectly as you don’t have any cut, curved hem or side seams. So it actually is as easy as it’s labelled, seeing as how you’re really just making the bodice…

These patterns all came at the perfect time, because not only did I finish the second bridesmaid dress this weekend (photos coming later this week), but London has stumbled into a mini-heatwave which always gets me raring to sew! After spending the last two months solid on these dresses for my girls, I’m more than ready to sew for myself now, and I’m not scheduled to start on my wedding dress muslin until July.

Sooooo, how much can I cram into the next month, eh? Granted, I’ll still want to make a few things here or there while I’m working on my gown, but I thought it’d be a good idea to get all the things I want to sew together in one place. I’m not calling it a wardrobe or SWAP since they don’t all go together, and I don’t want to commit myself to ALL of these since I tend to get bored easily, so let’s just call this a shortlist so I can choose from these at will…

The FehrTrade Summer 2010 Sewing Shortlist!

From the top:

And not pictured (because I have to still sketch them out) are also self-drafted leggings (I know, I know, but there is a reason there!) and an assymetrical draped sheath dress, which are both already drafted up but need further testing.

The goal is also to use up as much of my stash as possible in the next month (with bonus points for using up those awkwardly small <1m remnants!) because…

We’re going to Paris!

Aaaaaaahh! I’m so excited. While all of you have been galavantic around to places here, there, and everywhere, I’ve been tethered to the hospital, feeling very grumpy and in a state of Extreme Holiday Envy. I mean, the last time we went anywhere was Dublin, in February 2008. Yeah. It’s still not a great idea for me to fly (anything that increases the chances of me getting sick is bad. Like recycled air.) so we’re driving down for the weekend at the end of June and staying with a friend of James’s.

We’re both excited because the last time either of us were there it was with/because of disastrous exes so we’re keen to exorcise the Paris demons and visit the markets and eat ourselves silly. We’ve seen all the museums and tourist spots before, so I’m particularly keen to visit Isabelle’s fabric shops and I’ve also been reading back through Not Martha’s recent comprehensive series of posts gleaming picks and ideas and finding really good iPhone apps and podcasts to help me brush up on my (what was one really very passable) conversational French.

So between our upcoming dirty weekend in Paris and our honeymoon in NYC in September (plus all the relatives and their suitcases coming over for the wedding), I’ve got a lot of fabric acquisition opportunities in the next year so I need to make some room first! So even though I like all of the patterns above, if I can’t pair them with fabric I’ve already got, I’m afraid they’ll have to wait for later…

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  1. Paris is amazing! I hope you both have a wonderful time.

    I would heartily recommend Le Tournebievre, a gorgeous little restaurant on the south side of the Seine, just near to the Notre Dame – perfect for a nice post-dinner stroll, too. I took the Mr there for his birthday, on a romantic-on-a-budget trip to Paris, and the food was just divine, and so reasonably priced.

    Have a wonderful trip!

    — Carina    May 24, 03:56 PM    #
  2. So you really need to sew ready for the Paris trip – as you havent got anything to wear? Right.
    Any excuse for a sewing spree! Have fun.

    — Kim Hood    May 24, 05:08 PM    #
  3. When we were in Paris some years ago it was on the way back from India and I was fabriced out. I’d love to be able to go again. Have fun! But New York prices on fabric is much better from what I hear, so make sure you have plenty of Euros!

    Nancy k    May 24, 05:37 PM    #
  4. Have a wonderful time in Paris and don’t forget the basement of Modes et Travaux rue Pepiniere right by St Lazare station. Lots of super fabric in 3 metre lengths for 10 or at most 15 euros. I’ve got wonderful crepe backed satin silk there – even the sales assistant was surprised at the quality for price, but you can’t guarantee they’ll have it -just depends what has come in

    — Anne Frances    May 24, 11:35 PM    #
  5. Well, I’d say you are making up for lost time marvelously by going to two of the coolest cities in the world! You guys are going to have so much fun.
    Re: Sewing Short List, I strongly recommend that you make the beignet skirt. I think it will be very useful for your travels — the style of it is such that you can get so many different looks out of the one skirt (depending on tops/shoes/belts) yet always look “well put together”. I made it a while ago (I was one of the beta testers for this pattern), and it was a pleasure to sew, too.

    — Olga    May 25, 02:12 AM    #
  6. Ah, great to have a trip to Paris coming up. Great shortlist, I’m working on that too (had hoped to incorporate the top, but Patrones was sold out :(, now waiting for it to show up elsewhere)

    Sigrid    May 25, 09:58 AM    #
  7. Hope you have the most wonderful time in Paris – it sounds so romantic, and to have fabric buying mixed in – what more can a sewing gal want! I’m looking forward to seeing your version of the Patrones jacket. That would be great for summer travelling – easy to make and can carry in/on handbag for stylishly bringing out when it gets nippy in the evenings.

    Jacquie (aka Dingyadi)    May 25, 12:19 PM    #
  8. Fabulous summer sewing plan! After going to Paris three times in 2008 and not having been since I am serious withdrawal. It’s so cliche to love Paris, but I’m ok being a cliche on this one.

    The Slapdash Sewist    May 25, 06:47 PM    #
  9. Hi, where do you buy fabric and notions in London?

    — Anon    May 27, 07:34 PM    #

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