Lately, there’s been a lot of blogging in my head (about wardrobe planning, new fall fabrics and gorgeous new patterns). Yet, not much has been happening here 😦
Sewing has also been suffering.
I’ve discovered that instead of becoming easier for me (as I get more sewing practice), it’s actually becoming harder to make sewing projects come to life – maybe that’s because my girl is growing (and my usual “late night sewing” is not good anymore), or maybe I’m now more anxious about the final product – so many gorgeous outfits, amazing inspiration and stunning sewing details – all are making me a bit more conscious about what I sew (and show here).
Further, my ideal sewing is when I managed to start and complete a project within a couple of days – projects that take more, usually end up in the “mending box”. I’m really that impatience.
Of course, and since most of my daughter’s clothes are sewn by me and I’ve been “delaying” her fall sewing, we’ve been “layering” quite a lot lately (luckily for me the weather has been cooperating …)
Yet, last week, it begun to rain. Real rain, not just a few scattered showers followed by sunshine. and together with the rain, temperatures began to fall.
That’s when I knew I needed to get something done.
I had purchased two of the new Papillon & Mandarine patterns when they were released (planning) and decided to test them.
Fabrics were selected for quite a while – I have most of the fabrics and patterns for her fall/winter wardrobe selected and put aside since September – I like to plan a coordinating wardrobe as this makes it easier to mix and match (and of course, that way I don’t end up withe “lonely pieces” that won’t match anything else in their wardrobe).
The pictures don’t really make the garment any justice (it was already late and the colors were really hard to capture).
I just love the front/side bows on the tunic and the cute pleats on the skirt.
Both patterns were a pleasure to sew (the new patterns already have seam allowances, which is great, as in the past I’ve failed to add seam allowances at my first attempt sewing their patterns), but somehow I was quite surprised to see that my girl is already in size 8 (!) – usually most US and European patterns put her in size 5T or 6T (and trust me she’s not that “big”).
I will definitely be using these patterns more for her fall/winter wardrobe. I’ve already included a plaid version of the skirt and a liberty dress version of the tunic in my sewing list.
What’s on your sewing list, right now?