summer sewing

I may have a ton of sweaters and scarves in my drawers, but I’m severely lacking clothes. a while ago I cleaned out my closet of things that didn’t fit, were worn out, or I just didn’t wear. it felt great to make some space in my room, but I never replaced anything I gave away! I pretty much have about 4 shirts on heavy rotation. I think it’s time to remedy that.

layered barcelona skirt
 

barcelona skirt, amy butler

I don’t’ have much of a “plan” for my summer sewing or new wardrobe (what you would call a swap). I’m just going for patterns and fabrics that excite me and hoping that everything will come together in the end. if it doesn’t, then at least I have a bunch of cute pieces and ACTUAL clothes to wear! a plan would be too limiting for me right now; I don’t want to lose the excitement of sewing because of rigid rules.

raglan shirt
 

raglan sleeve top, betsy ross patterns

I’ve basically lost my knitting mojo the last few months. I haven’t seen a pattern that makes my heart pitter-patter (really, all I’ve seen is more of the same in the knitting mags the last few seasons) and my yarn stash feels like more of a burden than a pile of fun these days (look for a destash soon). I’ve been carrying a ball of yarn and some needles for the last two weeks, waiting for inspiration to strike. nothing yet. I almost don’t want to bother, which is a really weird feeling. you know it’s bad when you go on a 20+ hour car ride (twice) and you don’t even think about casting something on.

sigh, why am I so short
 

socialite dress, anna maria horner

I’m stocked up on sewing patterns though, so I see a lot of skirts, tops, and some dresses in my future. there’s almost more patterns than time really. I need to figure out a way to make the washing and cutting of fabrics more efficient. I don’t have a dedicated sewing space, I basically take over the kitchen table with my machine and cutting mat. I’m looking for a table though, so cross your fingers I can find something soon (I’m sort of looking for a table and ottoman that’s in weekend sewing if you have any tips).

birdie sling
 

birdie sling, amy butler

before I get to more clothes though, I’ve declared this weekend my bag crafting weekend. there are so many cute patterns out there and I want to make them all. I figure even if I don’t keep every bag, I know some friends of mine will appreciate them (ie I’ve been getting some very strong hints lately).
what are your crafting weekend plans? and what have you been obsessed with lately?

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  • Oiyi July 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Oh my, you have been busy sewing. I love all the stuff you have made. So cute and functional. I wish I could put down my needles and hooks to sew, but I also have spinning, too. Sigh, I need more hours in a day.

  • knithoundbrooklyn July 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for asking. The obssession du jour is spinning. Soon it will be upholstering (just to throw a curve ball into my life!).
    I am hoping to finish knitting my cabled yoke cardi and a pair of noro socks this weekend. And to finish spinning a big ol pile of shetland.

  • knithoundbrooklyn July 2, 2009 at 11:39 am

    What a dolt, I forgot to say, I love what you’ve sewn. The green skirt in particular – nice fabric!

  • Cassy July 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I ADORE that skirt and bag. Beautiful work.

  • Carrie July 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I think I have to make the Barcelona skirt now! yours is adorable! and I totally bought the Socialite dress the other night when I couldn’t sleep. your sewing is so inspiring!

  • Seanna Lea July 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I have a dress or two I want to sew up, and curtains. The new house says curtains!
    However, what I’ve been spending all of my craft hours on is my latest piece of cross-stitch, a pattern from a leaflet I bought years ago and have used a lot. This is the third time (maybe 4th) that I’ve made this one pattern from the leaflet, so it is faster than it was the last couple of times.

  • TheDailyKnitter July 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, I wish I could sew like that!
    And from experience, I can tell you, don’t worry about the knitting. You’ll want to pick it up again at some point with as much excitement as before.
    For now, enjoy your sewing! Everything looks great.
    😉

  • Amanda Elizabeth July 2, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I adore you. seriously.

  • martha Bilski July 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I have been carrying around some knitting too and yet I still want to begin new projects.arg

  • thuy July 2, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    lovely projects! i’ve been wanting to try my hand at quilting. i love the fabric of your birdie sling bag. do you know what it’s called?

  • erin July 2, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    They’re all so pretty, especially the skirt and the bag! awesome 🙂

  • Wanett July 2, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    The main event for this weekend…Quilt finishing!! I just purchased the backing fabric, fabric marker for a label and a curved needle to aid in placing ties. I am super excited and super nervous 😀

  • Teyani July 3, 2009 at 9:52 am

    love that skirt.. so very chic

  • mai July 3, 2009 at 11:16 am

    i especially love love love that skirt! i’ve been on a knitting roll, but everyone on flickr is making me want to learn how to crochet, embroider, and quilt!

  • vanessa July 3, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    love that dress and the bag…pretty fabric!

  • yahaira July 3, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    thuy- the fabric for the bag is wonderland by momo for moda fabrics

  • Rain July 4, 2009 at 3:25 am

    The skirt and bag are my favorites! But of course I love the whole bunch 🙂

  • Frances July 4, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Girl, I know we have spoken about this already, but oh my gosh, I just went on a 10 hour car trip and did not knit a stitch. My family is baffled. I am loving the sewing so much! Follow your passion. It shows on your final product.

  • Aimee July 6, 2009 at 5:18 am

    I’m so impressed! I love your fabric selections. You have great taste.
    I feel about about the knitting mojo, I haven’t had much either lately so I took up a cute litle hexagaon crochet projecting using some soft Rowan cotton.
    I think I’d like to start sewing some kids clothes soon. would be a good change from knitting….
    Anyway,l at least your creative mojo isn’t going to waste! Between sewing and glass blowing I think you’ve got good use of those creative juices right now. 🙂

  • Ingrid July 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Love the clothes – you are very clever. I’ve been feeling a lot of sewing mojo of late, but it is so hard to find a big block of time, compared to knitting.

  • gleek July 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    i love that raglan top!

  • TIFFANY July 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    loving this dress. I love a simple dress with pockets. I’ve been trying to start sewing since it’s too hot to knit these days. Love your big colorful quilt! I just bought some brown bear brown bear fabric from eric carle. I want to make my first quilt for my baby girl – 2 years in several weeks.
    thanks for the inspiration.

  • tiennie July 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    What lovely projects! I need to dust off my sewing machine. 🙂

  • Heather July 16, 2009 at 11:36 am

    GOOD LORD that Barcelona skirt is luminous–love it!

  • stinkerbell July 28, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    that bag is incredible! I love it and would want one myself. Wish I were “sew” crafty myself. but I might have to track me down some of that fabric and see if I can bribe a friend 🙂

  • karen August 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Love the skirt – both the color and the cut. Nice job!
    I especially love the Birdie bag. I have some AB fabric and I’m planning to start mine this weekend :^)