The raincoat is practically done (I still need to finish the lining hems – I am doing those by hand so there are lots of TV watching plans for the rest of the week…) and I should be posting my review within the week.
In the meantime I was able to sew up the muslin for my next project – the Burda 07-2011-131 dress. Overall I rather like the way it looks, thought I will be needing to do a lot of alterations for fit:
|The front – overall I find the front fit to be pretty good, and the length is about right.|
|Side view – side and back seams need some taking-in.|
|I need to add about 2 inches, and take in the width slightly near the top.
Also, note that the dressform has a slightly lower bust than I do.
This top is low, even for Burda…
|The back needs a lot of work.|
Also, I have decided to include the little shoulder sleeve things in my final project. I don’t know it I like them, exactly, but I do think they balance out my shape better than the dress does without them, so I will include them in the final design. Also, I think they make the dress seem a bit more fashionable or modern or something. Although I think the dress still looks good without them too. Now that I have a plan, hopefully I can get the patterns adjusted and the dress cut out by the end of this week so I can sew it up next weekend.
Also, this past weekend I had a flash of inspiration for what I want to copy as the RTW knockoff bonus item for my sewing challenge. I don’t want to post pictures too soon (as I won’t be getting to it for a while yet), but I bought some fabric to be used as part of that future project:
|Project Runway fabric from Joann|
I am super pleased because it is exactly what I need for my challenge project. Which I won’t be getting to for quite a while. But I now I really want to work on that project, but I also know that it will probably be one of the most labor-intensive items on my list, so I really can’t start it until after all of my skating costumes are done for the year. Which means I can’t get to it for several months at least. So, well, perhaps I am being a bit of a tease, but I suppose that goes with the territory of having a year-long sewing plan. Or maybe it is just me. I do seem to have a lot of sewing projects planned out that aren’t necessarily challenge related.
What about you, other sewing people of the internets – how far in advance do you plan your sewing projects? Do you always buy fabric with specific projects in mind, or do you just buy something pretty and find projects for your stash later?