Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021!

Can you believe that it will be 2021 soon? 2020 has definitely been a year. I’ve been ready for a while to close the chapter on 2020.

I wanted to write a blog post about my top hits and misses of the year, but when I look back at my sewing projects – I really didn’t get much sewing done actually.

Despite what was happening in the world, I’ve been very conflicted with my blog. I started to get back into crafting the last few months. It has been a nice break from sewing while still remaining creative. I’m conflicted because I actually started a new Instagram and Blog account for my crafting projects. I did this because the vibe on my sewing account was becoming more and more negative as the year progressed and I wanted to see more positivity in my sewing and crafting adventures. I often use Instagram to seek inspiration or ideas for my own projects. Now, I haven’t published my crafting blog to go live yet and I’m not too sure when or if I will. Is it possible to work at 2 blogs and keep up with the both of them? That answer I’m not too sure about.

Lets look ahead to 2021!

I decided to take full advantage of some of the amazing Black Friday sewing sales. I bought a few new patterns – from Independent Companies that I have never tried before and I also purchased a bra kit from Emerald Erin. My Black Friday purchases have really influenced my Make 9 for 2021.

Starting at the top left:

  • Double Zip Hoodie – Millicent Joy Sewing Patterns
  • Cindy Jean Jacket – Style Arc
  • Around The Block Hoodie – Ellie and Mac Sewing Patterns
  • Black Beauty Bra – Emerald Erin Sews
  • Rudeneja Handbag – Lavender and Twine
  • Lark Tee – Grainline Studio
  • Ash Jeans – Megan Nielsen
  • Kristy Top – Style Arc
  • S8855 – Simplicity

Have you sewn any of these patterns? If so, I’d love to hear which ones!

Love and miss you VERY MUCH dad! – Me

Where Does Your Creative Inspiration Come From?

Hello Readers,

I’m here today to ask you:  Where does your creative inspiration come from?  Does it come from deep within you, does it come from your friends and family, how about social media, latest pattern releases or even new arrivals at your favorite shop?

The reason I ask this question, is because I want to know for my own self, how much influence does social media (mainly Instagram) really play in my sewing and creative process.  I know for a fact that as of lately, I’ve been spending much more time planning, dreaming and scrolling through and admiring photos of makes rather than actually making anything.

Now, this could be a mix of various factors, I’m not one hundred percent sure.  I know for sure that one factor is our world’s current situation.  I know for some projects there are notions that I need and some of these notions I really need to see in person rather than making an online purchase.  I’ve done curb side pick up with Michaels and it was wonderful.  My local fabric shop however, only has curb side pick up for mask making materials such as broadcloth, elastic and interfacing.  They do not have fashion fabrics for curb side pick up.

I really wonder though, if I spent less time scrolling and more time making – how much stuff would I be making and would the patterns, fabrics (colors and prints) that I sew with change.  Overall, I want to see if my inspiration changes.  In my personal experience, Instagram has a major influence in my sewing, which can be both a positive and a negative and right now, I’m thinking that it is negatively affecting my creative processes.  I have found in my personal experience that Instagram has become a negative space lately that is just draining my creativity flow.

I’m going to try an experiment for myself:

I’m going to use the rest of the summer (and possibly the fall) to really re-discover my love for sewing again without Instagram.  I’m feeling ready to try new things – such as making a bodice sloper and possibly drafting a basic top for myself.  I need to focus on the patterns that I choose and how they fit into my everyday life and work wardrobe.

How will I be doing this?

I will be taking a break from scrolling through Instagram.  However, I do have a couple sewing friends in which I communicate through Instagram.  I will still continue to communicate with my friends on Instagram.  I will no longer spend time scrolling through makes for some time.  In fact, this week, I have slowly reduced my time on Instagram and have made changes to the notifications that I receive.  So far, I have noticed a small change in my fabric choices already!  Ultimately, I want to spend much more time actually sewing, then scrolling!

I will continue to share with you through my blog and my vlog about my sewing makes and what I have been up to in my creative world.

Now, you’re probably asking – well why take the break from Instagram and not my blog or vlog?

The answer to that is, I really thoroughly enjoy writing and chatting about my sewing makes.  Typing up a blog post and editing a video are some added things that I simply love about my sewing journey.  I have also found a balance of reading and viewing other blogs and vlogs.  Right from the start of my blog and vlog, I’ve set aside time to read fellow bloggers blog posts and watch other YouTubers videos and it works well for me.

 

In the mean time, I’ve taken time away from Instagram this week and have made a plan of makes I wish to accomplish during this time.  I believe with this break from Instagram, it will allow me to stay focused on the plan that I set out for myself.  I’m notorious for making plans and then getting side tracked by, you know…..Instagram…….new pattern releases…….new fabric……you name it.

Here is a little sneak peek!

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As I mentioned earlier, I’ve taken some time away from Instagram this week to really focus on my inspiration, and right now this color palette is really inspiring me to get sewing!  Just a note, not all fabrics are sewn and not all projects are listed (that’s all I could fit on my little board).

Wish me luck on my experiment!  I look forward to reporting back with these completed projects!

Please tell me, where does your sewing/crafting inspiration come from?

“I think of all the laughter, the smiles and all the fun.  My tears have once again begun.  For, although it brings me comfort to walk down memory lane it reminds me how, without you, life has never been the same.”  — Author Unknown

SMS Barkly Skirt Inspiration

I’m very excited for this post, it’s a little different from what I’m used to posting (with the help and suggestions from Paulette). I

One thing I have learned when it comes to the world’s current situation, is to have grace. When I first signed up to be a guest blogger from SMS this year, there were guidelines in place and I was ready for it. Then the pandemic hit, and people’s lives got turned upside down, but you just roll with it and do what you can with what you have.

So, this is a new kind of post for me, but I’m really excited! At the beginning of April, Meg from megsayssew on Instagram, showed us how to make a croquis. I took a photo of myself in my bra and panties against a light background (don’t mind my printer). I then print the photo and trace it onto a blank paper. I am then able to draw the various patterns with the fabrics and colors to see what the finished garment could potentially look like.

When I found out the pattern I was sewing for SMS was a go, it didn’t really give me much time to gather the fabric that I needed – heck I didn’t even know what the recommended fabrics were. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this blog post, I’m still waiting for my fabric to arrive, but that is okay! Why? Because I want to inspire you to try out this croquis method for your next sewing project.

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I scoured through the various fabrics available at Fabricville for what could potentially be ideal candidates for the Barkly Skirt pattern.

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First one is this yellow mustard linen. It is such a fresh and vibrant color for the summer, plus the rayon and linen blend would be perfect for the hot months.

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Next, I wanted to see how the skirt would look with a patterned fabric. I thought this Pansy Yellow linen fabric was a great for the summer months as well. In my personal opinion, because of all of the seam lines and panels in the skirt, I didn’t want to go with a patterned fabric.

My next thought was, color blocking. I’ve never color blocked before, but this could be the perfect opportunity to try something new, right?

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I tend to lean towards the rayon/linen blends, so for this color blocking, I really wanted to find 2 fabrics from the same fabric family. I thought a navy and a pink color would go well together, both are labeled as the same fabric a blend of rayon and linen.

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All of the fabrics that I chose were a either or a linen, or a linen/rayon blend. The Barkly Skirt also calls for denim, corduroy or cotton drill fabrics. You can easy make this a summer skirt and a winter skirt depend on the fabric that you choose. Another option I think would be great for my climate in the winter would be a corduroy version paired with a turtle neck top and a pair of leggings. Wait a second, I almost forgot, this pattern comes in 8….yes 8 different views with different panel variations!

Can you guess which fabric I decided to go with?! Stay tuned in the near future to see if your prediction was correct!

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Stay Home & Sew – Plans

Stay home and sew….sounds like a great activity, right?

The past 2 weeks have been quite the whirlwind.  Two weeks ago I was setting up homework packages, last week I was working from home – which was a whole new adventure in itself with a toddler running around.

Now I’m here, desperately wanting to sew all the things during spring break.  I’m feeling a sort of anxiousness about this all and here’s why:

I have plenty of fabric and patterns.  I have fabric for projects that I picked up years ago and never got around to sewing it.  I have fabric for projects that I’ve since changed my mind about.  Plus, I have fabric from my fabric shop that I tried to get started up and running.  What am I missing?  Notions. I have some notions, but not nearly the ones that I need in order to complete my sewing projects, such as thread color or zippers!  This dilemma causes me an anxiousness.  Who else is in the same boat as me?

After much thought, I’ve decided that I’m going to fight it.  I’m going to sort out my sewing room and match my fabrics with my patterns.  If I have the proper thread color, I’m going to start the project.

Once all of this has passed, I may have a large pile of unfinished projects waiting on buttons, zippers, ect.  But you know what, that is okay.  I’m okay with that.

So without further ado, here is my spring break sewing plans!

Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns

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I’ll be sewing this pattern along side my friend Ginnie from Sew Me Beautiful!  We’ve already talked about our plans and shared our fabric choices with each other! The fabric I’m using a grey cotton twill that I purchased back in 2018.  I’ll eventually need a zipper and buttons in order to complete this project.

 

Pixie Tee by Chalk & Notch Patterns / Burda Style Children’s Top 116

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Next up is the Pixie Tee that I’ve had for a while already.  I’m using this poly floral knit from my local Fabricland.  I plan to sew my daughter a top from the February issue of Burda Style magazine.  I’ll eventually need pink ribbon to finish this project off.

 

Burda Style Blouse 115

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I really love the elastics in the sleeves at the cuff.  I’ll be using this polyester blouse fabric I picked up from my local Fabricland.  I’m not a huge fan of 100% polyester fabric, but I seen this print and loved it.  I figure this would be an okay top to sew with polyester fabric as they are 3/4 length sleeves.

 

Sabrina Slims by Love Notions Patterns

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I’m very excited about this make and I’m not too sure why I put it off for so long.  I believe that this style of pant will be my go-to pants!  I have high hopes for this pattern. I’ll be using this fuschia cotton sateen fabric that I picked up last year at my local Fabricland with the intentions of making a Burda Style dress with it.  What’s your thoughts – Sabrina Slims or a Burda Style dress?  I think I’ve got my heart set on a pair of fuschia colored Sabrina Slims!

These are my plans for the duration of spring break plus social-distancing time.  In April, I have a couple more collaborations in which I’m excited for.  They both include using pattern companies I have not tried before, so I’m really excited for mid-April!

Thanks for reading!  How are you keeping busy during this time?  Have you started a new hobby?

“May the winds of Heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear, how much we love and miss you and wish that you were here.”  — Author Unknown.