This dress has a story that I want to share with all of you. If you have been reading my blog long you probably recognize this black and white fabric. You see, I made a maxi dress like 3 years ago out of it. And I wanted to love it at the time but you know what, I never ever wore it. So a couple years ago I hacked off the sleeves and I had a renewed love of it. But that love has faded over the years. The reality is that I never ever grab for it, so it needed a new life.
Yesterday I shared with you my sewing plans for March and so today I get to share my Sew the Year February Recap.
If you haven’t been following along with Sew the Year I recommend going back and reading all about it here.
In February I went really big and tried to focus my makes on items that have either been in progress or on my sewing radar for a long time. This included 5 different projects and while I didn’t complete them all I am happy with the 3 I did make.
It’s March 1st so that means I get to share my plans for Sew the Year this month.
Last month my plans were very ambitious so this month I am going to keep it nice and simple for very exciting reasons…
I have two new patterns almost ready for testing!
If I have any hope of getting two patterns done for the month, I can’t also have a bunch of extra sewing planned. That is part of the reason last month was a stretch, but more on that tomorrow in my February recap.
Making a maxi Wedgwood skirt has been on my radar since I designed the pattern last year. The lines of the pattern paired with a flowy rayon seem like the perfect combination for a maxi skirt.
I got this amazing rayon challis from Indiesew almost exactly a year ago, right when I decided to make this skirt, ha! You can see how badly I needed Sew the Year to finally tackle projects that have been laying around forever.
I decided to pair the fun retro floral pattern of the skirt with my beloved chambray Cheyenne. It’s a fun way to make a lightweight skirt work during the winter without being too heavy.
I was a lover of overalls in middle school in the 90’s. But once I realized they weren’t exactly ‘cool’ I stopped wearing them. And honestly haven’t thought about them in 20 years.
But then as trends and fads go, they started popping up in social media and I was mildly interested. When I saw a fellow mom on the PTA board rocking a pair I knew I needed to make myself some. So bad in October I ordered the Turia Dungarees paper pattern from Pauline Alice patterns and some of my absolute favourite cone mills denim from Threadbare Fabrics and started sewing.
When I decided to add a little bra making to my list of sews for Sew the Year February I was nervous it was going to be a bit of a disaster. I mean, I have been putting this pattern off for 2 years, so it must be a hard as I had built it up to be in my head. Even my husband was a bit skeptical that I was sewing a bra.
January was a bit of a blur. Not only were we coming off of the holidays but I was out of town or had a full schedule every single weekend of the month!! I had originally planned to do a post for each item sewn and then a Sew the Year January recap post, but life got the better of me. So that means I am going to go ahead and cram it all into this post and promise to be better next month.
With no specific plans for the month that would dictate my sewing I decided to take Sew the Year February as a chance to tackle patterns that have either been sitting around partial finished or patterns that just never seem to get cut out.
We all have mental or written lists of patterns that we want to work on and in many cases even have the fabric and notions. But for whatever reason those projects just sit untouched. The flip side is the patterns that are a work in progress. For me the works in progress usually have something that bothers me to the point of knowing I will never actually wear them.
January is the month where we start fresh, get organized and try new things. One of my goals for the year is to continue to grow my sewist community to be a place of inspiration, support and kick butt sewing projects! Most of all let’s have fun! All of this has lead me to my new project, Sew the Year!