All my plans on starting new sewing projects almost came to a halt 3 weeks ago when my Achilles tendonitis flared up and I had to wear my walking boot day and night, which meant I couldn’t stand and cut fabric. If you’ve ever worn one, you know it has a curved bottom and rocks so you can’t stand up straight for long. If you lean over, you take the chance of losing your balance. It also kills your back and hips.
So I moped about feeling sorry for myself a few days but didn’t waste any time in planning my projects, which were all over the place.
High on my list was a costume from the Outlander series. This was something different for me, since I mainly do pretty things but I wanted to be a little more rustic this time. I now have my wool tartan, a blue linen, and a shawl made for me by a friend, which at the time was totally NOT for this but how perfect?
Since I couldn’t stand and cut this out, I started with something small: the bum pad from the Simplicity 8162 Outlander accessories pattern. It looks a bit fluffy and stiff on my dress form but it’s not.
And then a couple days ago my friend Aylwen in Australia asked on her Jane Austen Festival site for any help from the members to make reticules to give as gifts for their presenters. Hey, I had quite a few small pieces of leftover silks and such, and a cute pattern for a reticule from LaMode Bagatelle, that I could make some from. And it could all be cut out on my sewing table whilst sitting down. So I pulled out my scraps and began cutting. I ended up with 15 cut out, then had to cut out the same of lining fabrics. Since I planned on sewing these on my assembly line method I figured they’d all be done rather quickly. But it got boring sewing seam after seam, without having a finished one to gloat over. But I soldiered on. I finally got to where I had one I could run the ribbons through and finish. Tah dah! This took me about 4 days to get them all done. Some of these will go to Australia, and the rest to our costumer’s swap meet next month to sell.
The mini project theme continued with planning a pocket for my Outlander costume. While searching for an embroidery design for mine, I remembered I had a pattern already for making one, Wingeo 202, and it has embroidery designs with it. I have the linen for it, and will be getting embroidery floss together for that soon.
I just got my white linen in the mail from F&S Fabrics for the chemise and got that cut out yesterday. So that’s my next sewing project starting today on Labor Day.
A couple weeks ago I had started cutting out my rose “mystery polyester” fabric for the Edwardian Rose 1912 dress when this cursed Achilles tendonitis struck me, so I will try to finish that up shortly. It’s out of my comfort zone and complicated to sew but I want to give it a shot.
I had two bolts of cotton voile fabrics sitting off to the side waiting to be cut into something. I keep looking at them, and they keep looking back. I can’t decide if I want a bustle dress or a tiered 1850s dress. This time of year when it’s so hot, these are what I want to work on. But by the time I start working on them, it will be cooler. And that hairy green and pink thing there? It used to be a tennis ball and is one of Chloe’s crazy toys.
As the weather starts cooling off I may go back to that Folkwear #508 outfit I wanted to make using either my maroon or navy blue linen blend I bought last March to make it from. I have hats for both already so I really need to make a dress for them.
As usual, my brain is all over the place of projects but that’s what keeps me from getting bored.