I’ve made it to the HALFWAY POINT!!! And with only 2 non-self-stitched items (RTW Jeans on Day 11 and a RTW Shirt on Day 12). I’m pretty proud of that, but I must say I had an emotional moment the night before Day 15 and wanted to scrap it all, or at least part way. I’m noticing that most of my SSS is brown and pink and I miss black. I miss some of the easy-to-wear tanks and, well, the other half of my wardrobe in general. I teeter between “Well, I’ve made it this far, that’s pretty good, just relax!” and “I’ve made it this far, I can’t stop now!” lol. So we’ll see how it all plays out.
I think I wore something similar on day 15 to what I wore exactly a week ago on Day 8, which is a bummer because I have a very early Women’s Bible study where last week was the first meeting and this week was the second so now they’ve seen me in the same outfit! Eeek! It’s okay – even someone who knows about my SSS didn’t notice. I wore my Flared Denim Skirt again (Simplicity 5914), but this time with my pink gauze top from Simplicity 2892 and my self drafted white knit shrug.
What I’ve decided on the skirt is I will take it in on the bottom sides (someday). This skirt has a side zip and I forgot to top stitch it so there will be no topstitching to take out…just remove part of the hem, sew the flare smaller and reinstall the hem. Plus, these are the seems I feel are the most trouble. I do not mind the front and back flares, so I think that will work out well!
The Gertie Lady Grey sew-a-long is in full muslin mode now, so I purchased some pattern tracing stuff (it’s not really fabric, not really paper) to transfer my pattern and get moving. There was some discussion about whether or not people trace their patterns or just use the original. For me, it depends on the pattern. On the Alice & Olivia pattern, I used the original, though now I wish I had traced it because I think I will use it over and over again. I traced the Anita Jeans pattern onto sew-in interfacing so that I could try it on and fit the “pattern”. Now I have a pretty messed up pattern (from all the taking in, adding on, etc.) so I plan to re-trace the altered pieces onto new pattern stuff/interfacing and then making further alterations from there. That way, I will be able to use it again and again without worry that the paper will wear out. Most patterns I don’t do this with as I don’t typically re-make a dress or top. However, this Lady Grey pattern was$18 (with the sew-a-long discount) so I feel like I’d like to preserve the original pattern for use later on. Therefore I will be tracing it. I bought this burgundy polyester suiting fabric from Hancock’s for $1.95/yd on the clearance tables.
I think it has a similar weight and feel to the wool blend I will be using so it should give me an accurate picture of the fit of the pattern. I’m now trying to decide…do I round up the tailoring items, such as silk thread, special interfacing, sleeve heads and silk organza for the bound buttons or just keep it simple and do regular buttonholes, fusible interfacing (that I already have), etc. hmmm….decisions, decisions. If any of you readers are doing the sew-a-long, what have you decided?
See you tomorrow!