Yikes! So much for living a simpler life! My girls went back to school at the end of January and I got back to work on Handmaker's Factory. I was unprepared for how busy I would be. I've spent the past five weeks organising workshops and sewing for Ink & Spindle, Abby Seymour and mermaid costumes for a school mums party business.
Needless to say the 'Unfinished Project Pile' I posted about finishing at the end of January is mostly still unfinished. I did finish my navy linen skirt but haven't yet got around to photographing it on me.
I also picked up my knitting again. Unfortunately I completely forgot where I was in the pattern and after trying to guess and making a mess of it I've frogged it back to the neckline.
I took part in the Watson Sewalong and made myself a few bras. They were surprisingly easier to make than expected. The difficult part is getting the fit right. I made this black version first and thought it was a little tight so went up a size and cut the longline version for my next bra which ended up being too big!
I think the fabric choice makes a huge difference too. The white bra fabric is much stretchier than the black bra fabric. I've been wearing the black bra and have found the cup size to be a good fit but the band is a little tight. I'll be cutting the smaller size again next time and adding a little extra to the band.
This week I took some time out of sewing for others to make myself a dress from some beautiful green ponte that I picked up at The Fabric Store. I was passing by after collecting some supplies for Handmaker's Factory and popped in to look for a jacket/coat fabric which I didn't find. I'm a sucker for green and couldn't leave without it.
A slight change in the weather recently has me thinking about my lack of clothes. I made one dress this summer! ONE! I've been living in a very limited summer wardrobe due to lack of time to sew and a need to simplify. I wanted to see what I need and what works for my lifestyle. I've come to the conclusion that I need comfortably clothes that are practical for bike riding and working in the studio. So more t-shirts, singlets, jeans, pants, leggings, garments made from stretch fabrics, a coat suitable for bike riding, cardigans and sweaters in fabrics, yarns and colours that work together.
I was inspired by this image of the top I found on Pinterest which was made by Sartorial Sweatshop. I love the small leather detail on the shoulders.