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February 28

Skirts in Progress

Hey guys!  I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve last made a blog post, but really… it’s only been since Friday.  How times flies.

 

Baxter has been feeling a bit under the weather lately, and she’s seen the vet twice since Friday.  She seems to be on the mend, but it’s hard to say since it’s slow going, plus she’s an old lady bun.

Baxter likes to hide out in her cottage, on the second floor.  It’s cute, but this is a tell-tale sign to me that she’s not feeling the greatest.  She goes in here when she’s feeling vulnerable; when looking for extra safety.  (I caught her on floor one this evening which was a nice change of pace.)

What’s nice is that I’m able to keep a close eye on her as I’m never more than 10 feet away from her while I’m sewing.  I’m so glad I can check in on her with so little effort.  (While I’m at home that is, 9-5 she’s on her own with Prof. Quincy.)

 

Getting to the topic of my post: Skirts, skirts and more skirts.

After finishing up one of my really old projects last week, the Macaron Redux dress, I’ve attempted to stick to my (soft) plan of only working on projects that I started in the past.  ie: finishing up things I’ve already started that are sitting around, uncompleted.

Since I needed an easy project to work on after the long, detailed Macaron dress, I decided skirts would be the way to go.

I have my purple wool Dubarry 1884B Skirt nearly completed along with both linen Simplicity 3673 skirts.  It’s a hemming marathon is what it is!

What’s ‘funny’ is that I’ve added a NEW skirt to the mix: Butterick 1056.  Eeeeeep!

Now I know I said I wasn’t going to start any new projects…. but this was different.  heh  Well, it was….

As I’m nearing completion of my green bobble knit jumper, I realized I had nothing to pair with it besides a black wool pencil skirt.  Since that isn’t terribly fun, I decided I had to make a skirt to pair along with my jumper.

To show you proof, here’s how close I am to wearing in green bobble jumper:

So you can see, I really needed something asap.  :)

Even though I started a new project when I wasn’t technically supposed to, I at least shopped my own personal stash for the fabric.  This is a brown tweedish (scratchy) wool that I had used for my Thurlow Trousers (which were a bust).  While I didn’t have enough fabric left to remake the Thurlows, I did have just enough for the Butterick 1056 skirt.

So far, this skirt has been a pure pleasure to sew, I’m actually having fun again. heh  The Macaron dress was great and it was a wonderful achievement, but I can’t say it was fun during that last week.  (It was stressful and had lots of tedious hand stitching).  So stitching up this fun, 40’s style skirt was just the thing I needed!

In fact, I’ve loved sewing it up so much that I want to make a second, summery version.  Perhaps even attempting a whimsical, fun patch pocket different from the one given in the directions.

While I can’t cross these skirts off my list yet… I am super, super close to being done with them.  This has left me pondering a new sewing project like a blouse or if I feel like continuing to plow through all of my WIP’s.

I know I should continue to finish my old projects: says my rational brain.  But my irrational brain is telling me that I deserve a break to make something new and fresh.  Heh  My irrational brain is the one who got me in this mess in the first place isn’t it….

Only time will tell to see which side of my brain wins this next round.  :)

  1. Jen / Feb 28 2013

    I adore that brown 40’s skirt with those little pockets! It looks great! I’m the same- terrible at keeping on with the projects I KNOW I should finish, when inspiration strikes with something new… I have to find a middle ground and do a little bit of each, otherwise I go stir crazy and start avoiding sewing like I avoid neuro assignments at uni! Pfft!
    Good luck with the pup, and the hemming marathon :)

  2. Gail / Feb 28 2013

    That Butterick skirt is so cool! I think it was the right decision to make it. You don’t have to play by the rules ALL the time ;-) Sweater is looking very luscious too!

  3. Donna / Feb 28 2013

    Love the 40’s style skirt!

  4. Stephanie / Feb 28 2013

    Love the 40s skirt! Maybe you could finish one UFO for every new project you do. That way you’ll still be UFO busting but you won’t feel so stuck doing just those projects.

  5. Qui / Feb 28 2013

    kudos for making progress! :) got to keep it fun–mix in the new stuff with some of the finishing chores–you do deserve it!!

  6. Michelle / Feb 28 2013

    I hope Baxter shows continued signs of improvement; it’s so difficult to watch our furry friends when they feel unwell, and even more difficult to not be able to know exactly what to do to help them.

    I definitely feel a new skirt was in order. You absolutely earned it, and it does seem like you really needed it. :-D

  7. Maggie / Feb 28 2013

    I agree, you deserve to throw in some fun new ideas with as long as you still continue with your initial plan. Especially if that means more of that adorable skirt! I absolutely love it! Can’t wait to see the full outfit :)

  8. Shar / Mar 1 2013

    Sewing is supposed to be fun so I agree with everyone else that you need to mix some new fun things in with your WIPs. I love the new skirt (and pockets)! I hope Baxter feels better soon.

  9. Frangipaniis / Mar 1 2013

    How about using the failed simplicity 3313 jumper and turning it into the cordova jacket if there is enough yardage turning something old into something new win win.

  10. Tasha / Mar 1 2013

    LOVE that skirt. Swoon!!! The pockets are a fabulous detail. That is just going to be ah-may-zing with your bobble jumper! (And oh, perhaps your new green/brown shoes? ;) I can totally see why you want to make a version for summer too. I’m so tempted to turn the dress pattern I have with a box pleat in the front into a skirt after seeing this. lol You totally deserved working on a fun project after your Macaron!

    Hope Ms. Baxter feels better soon!

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