May has continued the months of madness… it’s been super busy. It’s been a busy time with work, with non-work, and with the third round of the Pattern Review Sewing Bee. It’s alway a mix of sadness and relief when you get cut from the Bee; honestly I thought the third round had some super strong entries, so I wasn’t too surprised I didn’t make it any further, and I’m really just honored I made it that far. It was tough competition this year, but it was super fun too! Overall I’m happy I got cut when I did though; I’m not sure how I would have finished the fourth round entry in time. I haven’t really had a lot of time or energy to work on things since the Bee though, so this will be a pretty short monthly review…
The only item I’ve had time to sew this month was just my third round entry from the Bee:
I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet (we’ve been moving offices at work so I’ve been wearing some much more casual clothing), but I am excited to have a chance to wear it sometime soon.
While I didn’t make it to the fourth round, I did come up with a sketch, just for fun, of something I might have made if I’d gone through. The theme was “20” so I wanted to have some sort of play on the idea of a 2020s interpretation of the 1920s:
I’m quite sure if I’d moved forward I would have put more thought into the project and probably would have ended up with something quite different than this initial sketch. But I thought I’d share anyway since it was something I doodled while I was too tired to do the work I was actually supposed to have been doing at the time…
Finally, an update on my sister’s bridesmaid gown project: she has completed all the hand sewing and last minute finishings just time for the wedding! Her next project is curtains, so hopefully it’s a bit less complicated than a full length gown.
The Bee was definitely a priority this month, but once it was over I had to get caught back up on a lot of real life things. I feel like I always need a bit of a pause from sewing after the Bee; it’s creatively fulfilling but also creatively exhausting. Certainly my next round of projects will be more pragmatic, as I’m definitely going to need more clothes for the “back to work” new-normal that is fast approaching. I expect June will be quite busy, but I’m hopeful that by mid-July I might have some more time to be back in the sewing room with more regularity.
The only finished project this month was the Jalie coatigan for the Bee, but I have also been trying to get a bit of mending done as well.
WIPs & Upcoming Plans
At the end of last month I predicted May would be dedicated to Bee things, which it has. My next immediate need is more work appropriate clothing, especially trousers. I have several styles I’m interested in trying, but I haven’t really settled on my next project yet. I think I will see how I’m feeling by the time I get back in the sewing space, hopefully sometime next month, but if not then, hopefully in July.