Well. I’ve been a little down about my recent sewing failures. Of course I am not giving up, and I think I found my solution. First of all, I ordered the cheap muslin fabric I need in order to be able too feel like I can try new sewing projects without being afraid of failing. The fabric was $1.39 a yard (on sale) from Hancock Fabrics.
Its a simple, white, 100% cotton “Classic Muslin”. I checked around at the local fabric stores, and couldn’t find anything to compare with this price. This is my first online order of fabric… too bad it is so boring.
Using this fabric, I can try the Sew Everything Workshop projects that will help me learn the sewing skills I need to know before I can try other sewing pattens or sewing projects. That’s the plan anyway. My resolution to make a muslin is underway. I suppose this isn’t a technical muslin but I don’t care.
I also ordered some patterns online. I ordered from Simplicity. Unfortunately it seems that their website doesn’t easily accept orders from Macs. What??? Who designed that website and who made that decision? After a few emails back and forth from customer service, they finally deigned to take my money. You really have to be persistent if you want to place an order with them, apparently.
Anyway, this is what I ordered:
Simplicity 1989 Sew Simple Dress. This dress looks like it has a ton of potential. A straight cut dress can suit me if the hips are cut close enough. I hope that making the muslin first will let me make the size adjustments that will make this dress flattering. Ultimately I think that a casual stretch jersey would work with this dress pattern. Or maybe a cute cotton eyelet for summer, though eyelet fabric might be better suited to something with more structure. It seems like there are many possibilities for this casual dress once I can figure out how to sew it. SewMy made Simplicity 1989 and it looks great.
Simplicity 2418 Its So Easy Top. This shirt looks super cute. Portia of Miss P made this top, and I can only hope mine comes out half as good as hers. It looks like there are no separate sleeves, so construction is kept simple. I don’t wear cowl necks, but the scoop and cutout neckline looks like something I would definitely buy in a store.There seems to be some gathering, so I will need to learn about sewing that. I am hoping that with a close enough cut this can actually look good enough on me for me to at least wear it around the house when no one else is home…
New Look 6945 Easy Top. This top has several design options, including sleeveless and with sleeves. I admit that the construction looks a little ambitious for my level of sewing skills (i.e. none). Also, I am not in love with the design but I still want to try it. Maybe I will get lucky, and learn something new along the way. Pattern Review has several informative comments on this pattern. The new muslin fabric is definitely going to be used when I try to make this shirt.
New Look 6032 Easy Skirt and T-Shirt. This sewing pattern looks a little too complicated I suppose. I am hoping that I can at least do the t-shirt. As Right and I have mentioned before, its impossible to find good t-shirts lately, because it seems like t-shirt quality is bad. The skirt looks like it could be a nice basic, but since it has a complicated waistband I may find I am in over my head. Shannon of Mushywear used this pattern to make an adorable skirt. Let’s see how I do on my attempt…