plaid wool tap shorts and other future projects
Perhaps this post should be taken as some form of online IOU.. rather than getting a Sewing Saturday project completed and posted, I ended up having an awesome (but not so productive) weekend with some visiting friends from college. Neil and I had company over this weekend and we spent our time running around town and showing them the sights.. which, unfortunately, didn't leave a lot of time for sewing.
So here is the plan for next weekend! I recently stocked up on over 100 yards (my sewing room is a mad mess of fabric and sewing patterns that have nowhere to go) of vintage fabric from the nicest couple, and in the lot I purchased came a bunch of tartan plaid wool. I can't wait to cover buttons and sew matching collars to fall coats with it! But in the meantime, I think this lightweight wool would be perfect for a pair of high waisted tap shorts. Maybe they'd be a good piece to transition from summer into early fall wear? Not that wool sounds remotely wearable for Nashville yet, but I'm looking ahead (basically I just want an excuse to wear fall colors again).
The sewing pattern is one that I purchased last spring, and I've been really excited to make these shorts ever since. They have a side zip enclosure and are ridiculously high waisted. I'd love to make some out of mauve silk, like the hue from this dream skirt.
A couple more projects that have been on my mind.. I'm still on the lookout for a good dress pattern to sew a white lace dress from, which is something that a couple of you have requested. I'm planning a hand-sewn buttonhole post in the near future (they look so much cooler than my machine stitched ones), as well as a tutorial for detachable peter pan collars with bias tape tie enclosure and interfacing. Also, the trapeze coat I was making for my niece Stella's American Girl doll didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to (the fit was really strange and not right.. maybe for Christmas, I'll sew her a matching dress for herself and the doll - velvet holiday dresses?), so I've decided to use a Barbie pattern from the late 70s to craft a new Barbie wardrobe for her birthday (little miniature dresses and jumpsuits and even wide legged pants). I'll make a few different pieces and post the process here.
I'm in the middle of sewing several mock-ups for my fall collection, which honestly takes up a lot of my sewing drive and leaves me little ambition when it comes to sewing other things.. I need to get out of this funk! This week, I'll work at it and come up with a good Sewing Saturday to share. Any project you'd like to see before the rest?
In the meantime, Neil and I are out house hunting. Our lease goes up in late August, which means we better renew or find a new place to live (preferably still in East Nashville.. we love this neighborhood). We'll see what happens - decision time tomorrow!