Monday, October 7, 2013

Selfish Sewing: The Reveal


Here it is, October 7 and I still haven't blogged about what I sewed during Selfish Sewing Week.  Time to rectify that.

Two out of my 3 projects have been worn multiple times.  But my last project (the long sleeve knit shirt) hasn't been worn once.  After unseasonably cool September temperatures, I finished the shirt and then we start having temps in the mid to upper 80s.  Go figure!  Pics of the shirt will have to wait until we resume having appropriate fall weather.;)

Here we go...

Maritime Shorts for mom

pattern:  Grainline Studio Maritime Shorts
size: 10
fabric: distressed twill
mods:  added 3 inches to the inseam, tapered the leg opening, moved rear pockets closer to the center back seam

I apologize for the lack of pictures.  With the kids in school, I've had to use the timer on my camera.  And let's just say, I haven't quite mastered how to pose my body in a flattering way.  K usually compensates for my awkward poses by changing the angle that the picture is taken.  The tripod doesn't!

Moving on...

Selfish Sewing Project #2
 
 
Selfish Sewing Project #2
 
 
Selfish Sewing Project #2
 
pattern:  Ottobre Design 05/09 #19 "soft shell jacket"
size:  40
fabric:  double sided fleece
 
I love this jacket.  It's warm and has a nice shape to it.  Perfect for cool mornings at the bus stop or those evening soccer/football practices.  And if I ever get my butt out from in front of the computer/sewing machine, it'll be great for running jogging. 
 
The collar/zipper instructions are a bit vague.  I was also in a rush to finish this on the last day of Selfish Sewing Week so the collar isn't finished perfectly.  I should have taken a peek at a fleece jacket that I'm retiring (I bought it at Target when I was pregnant with K).  But I didn't and there's no way I'm unpicking the collar/zipper and trying again.  I'm liable to create a bigger problem!
 
Final thoughts on Selfish Sewing Week...
 
I'm glad I participated!  That jacket has been on my list for at least 2 years but somehow--perhaps all that kids' clothes sewing?--it kept being pushed to the bottom of my list. 
 
And in case you were hoping to participate but didn't get a chance, Rachael and Jill will be doing another Selfish Sewing Week in about 6 months.  Count me in!
 
 


 
Threading My Way

30 comments:

  1. both are so nice and so profesh looking! way to go. bummer about losing your photographer, though. :/

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  2. You look fabulous in these, Cindy! It's good to see you sewing for yourself.

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    1. Thanks, Catherine. I'm certainly going to make it more of a priority from now on.:)

      C

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  3. Well at least the warmer weather means more time for shorts! Love that jacket, looks fantastic.

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    1. Exactly! Thank you...it's cooler today so I have the shirt I didn't blog yet on.;)

      C

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  4. Lookin' good! I would love to see more photos of the shorts - they look like they fit perfectly! And the jacket - the fit on that is spot-on, and it is such a useful item for autumn! Yay selfish sewing!

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  5. You are an expert at altering patterns, Cindy... the shorts fit perfectly. I LOVE the jacket, both the colours and the design!!! And great job taking photos yourself. You don't look awkward at all.

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  6. Looking good! 2 years was definitely worth the wait on the jacket.
    I'll have to remember Selfish Sewing week in 6 months, thanks for the heads up!

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    1. Thank you, Rachel. I have the jacket on right now.;)

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  7. Beautiful work! I still haven't sewn a thing for me- but now I want to. Your pics look great, and you are adorable!

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  8. Cindy, you did amazing! I am always so jealous of those of you brave enough to sew for yourselves!

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    1. I think it's kind of like sewing swimsuits. You think it will be so hard but then you do it a few times and find that it's not as bad as you thought it would be. Though, I do find it more challenging than sewing for the kids! Thanks, Brittney.:)

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  9. I really hope to participate next time.
    You did a marvellous job of your sewing Cindy.
    xx N

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    1. Thank you, Nicole.:) It was nice to have a reason to put myself first. Challenges/special sewing weeks are good ways to force my procrastinating self to sew!

      C

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  10. Love the idea of "selfish sewing." For all that you make for your kids, I'm glad you're spending some time and energy on projects for YOU. And these turned out fabulously. I can't believe you MADE that jacket! It's so professional! Then again, I sort of feel that way about everything you do...so I suppose I CAN believe it!

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  11. You had a fabulous week Cindy - love the shorts, and the jacket looks (dare I say it?!) RTW!

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    1. Thanks, Justine! I hope to reach your level of "selfish sewing" one of these days.;)

      C

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  12. I am always in awe of your sewing, everything looks beautifully made. I love that fleece, it is one of those items I couldn't do without for early morning walks to school!

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    1. Thank you, Katy! Fleece jackets are perfect for that ever changing fall weather.

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  13. They came out great and fit you so well. The fleece jacket looks so comfy.

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  14. Love the jacket! I could have gone with that pattern, which I already had, instead of springing for the Jalie pattern!

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  15. Wonderful job on sewing for yourself and getting the fit of all the items perfect! I find it so hard to sew for myself and get the fit right.

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  16. Great job on your selfish sewing! I really like the jacket.

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