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Sewing with a Plan: February Progress

This winter I’m joining a bunch of other talented seamsters in the Stitcher’s Guild’s Sewing with a Plan 2012 challenge. We’re all making eleven garments from tried-and-true patterns.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any. My goal is to discover several TNTs over the course of the challenge through proper fitting, and here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

This month my progress slowed down a bit for the Stitcher’s Guild‘s Sewing with a Plan 2012 challenge.  I’ve added two more complete garment, the jeans, which I posted on Monday, and the Minoru jacket, which I’ve yet to post.  Lastly, I still haven’t contributed much over in the forum part of this challenge, but, again, maybe by April I’ll have found my voice over there.

Here is the current state of my SWAP as I head into March…

  • Button-Down Shirt w/Collar
  • Blouse or shirt (collar is optional)

1.  Sewaholic Pendrell in a gray and teal floral – completed.

2.  Paco Peralta Draped Top in gray silk – currently in the muslin phase, though the unbelievable four-ply silk from has already been prewashed in cold and line dried.

  • T-Shirt

3.  Sewaholic Renfrew cowl neck in ivory cotton knit – completed.

4.  Sewaholic Renfrew V neck in linen knit – completed.

  • Vest
  • Overshirt
  • Dress

5.  BurdaStyle 5/2011 Bustier Dress with Draped Detail in teal shantung with dragon print cotton lining – currently working on the bodice.

  • Jeans

6.  Jalie 2908 in dark blue denim – completed.

7.  Jalie 2908 as skinnies in dark blue denim.

  • Trousers

8.  Vogue V8156 in gray wool.

  • Shorts or Capri Pants
  • Skirt

9.  Colette Patterns Beignet in ivory gabardine – completed.

  • Jacket (jean jacket, windbreaker, hoodie, etc.)

10.  Sewaholic Minoru jacket in “Paint Me a ?” cotton with a gold Bemberg lining – completed, but not yet posted.

11.  Vogue V8435 in teal linen knit.

  • Coat  (suit or sport coat)
  • Overcoat or Raincoat
  • Bathing Suit & Coverup

I hope to finish three items in March to keep on pace for a complete SWAP by the end of April. The bombshell dress won’t be finished until the very end of the SWAP at the current one-video-a-week rate.  But, I like taking this Craftsy course at this pace.  Each week feels like a mini accomplishment.  In fact, I plan to continue this series with the Starlet Jacket once the bombshell dress is complete, essentially at the end of April.  Anyone else interested in joining me?  Back to the SWAP, I think the silk cowl and linen wrap jacket will be next, leaving the two pairs of pants for the end.  I better get sewing!

7 thoughts on “Sewing with a Plan: February Progress

  1. Amy, I’ve been thinking about the 4-ply silk for the paco peralta blouse, and you might want to underline the front bottom and back with washed silk chiffon. 4-ply is one of the easiest silk weaves to work with, because of its density, and it does not slip. Its only quirk is with hemming. I’ve surveyed dressmakers with whom we work and they roll their eyes with the same comment…. prick stitches always show and the outer fabric wants to fall differently than the hemline. The solution is to underline and prick stitch into the chiffon, with no stitches catching with the outside fabric. Cross stich at the side seams. If you have questions, you can contact me and I’ll try to explain more explicitly.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. It makes a lot of sense so I’ll definitely look into getting some silk chiffon. If I skipped the wide hem and just sewed up a narrow hem with my narrow hem foot, would that ruin the fall of the hem? Or the look of the pattern?

  2. You have done an amazing job with SWAP — I try to plan and then I always get distracted. All these pieces are so quality, so flattering. I’m looking forward to that Minoru!!

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