Name: Asymmetrical pleated skirt from distressed silk.
Age: 15 months
Needs: Zipper, waistband, hemming
Name: Cotton voile blouse from a favorite 50’s pattern with piping
Age: 10 months
Needs: Shoulder seam, one sleeve, collar, darts, hem, buttonholes
Name: Cotton corduroy self-drafted skirt with back godets
Age: 3 months
Needs: Side zipper, attach lining, hem
Name: Burda skirt in linen-cotton
Age: 5 months
Needs: Technically a finished garment, but the lack of waistband makes me uncomfortable. I need to make a shaped waistband and attach it.
Name: early 1950’s dress with contrast collar and cuffs, made from a $1 sheet.
Age: 2 weeks
Needs: Belt, zipper, hem
Name: Smooth Sailing pants with lining, welt pockets and exceptional belt loops in wool-cashmere.
Age: 5 days
Needs: Attach waistband, belt loops, hook and bar, hem. It’s not a long-standing unfinished project, but I thought I should mention it.
These are the garments which weigh on my conscience lately. I can’t tell you exactly why I haven’t finished them, I just haven’t. Most of these are work-appropriate clothes and I’ve only been working a day or two every week for some time. I can’t be bothered to sew something I might wear once a month, though I do like to cut them out.
Now I have a full-time job! I’ll be working in the administrative office of the shop I already work for- answering phones, managing social media, e-mails, etc. I haven’t had a steady job in a long time, so I’m excited. I start on Monday; this weekend I plan to finish up at least most of these projects and make sure the rest of my wardrobe is in top condition.
I need new work blouses. These three fabrics sat on my work table for months. I know what they should be- Burda 01-2011-107 in the scrimshaw Liberty print; Jalie 2794 with lace inset in cream merino slub knit; and one of my late 40’s blouse patterns for the delft blue print.
How should I best avoid fussiness with the blue? Simple lines? Complete severity of cut? What about a mannish tailored shirt with deep pintucks? Can you see something cool and not frou-frou made from the blue, or should I relegate it to craft fabric?
Why do I have so many projects lacking zippers and hems? It’s not like I don’t know how to do them…