March Madness!

Ha!  I thought I would draw you in with adorable baby pictures before getting to the heart of the matter--my ready to wear fast, a pledge to not buy any new clothes at retail, instead committing to sew any new garments for an entire year!

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I noticed at the beginning of March, I had lost a little of my enthusiasm for this Ready to Wear Challenge, I was being sorely tempted to buy one of the spring looks at retail.  There is something about starting a project on January 1 when all things seem doable as the year stretches out before you and you feel totally ready to take on a challenge.  Yet as the months go by it gets a little tedious!  It didn't help that I made two garments that I didn't like.  One was a Vogue pattern in a knit--Vogue 1287, I liked the look on the envelope and perhaps if I was about 5 inches taller and 15 pounds lighter I might have liked it, but I suppose it is inevitable that some patterns are just not going to work!  Next I made a long shirt from one of the Japanese sewing books and although it looks nice, when I put it on I looked like the guy in the old version of the Night Before Christmas when he springs from his bed in his nightshirt; I just needed the cap to round out that look.  Needless to say, the look I was going for was not "old guy in nightshirt and cap".   I think I may be able to salvage it, but it was a bit discouraging.  Nevertheless, I soldiered on without a retail purchase and decided to try a pattern from Cutting Line Designs that I purchased at the Sewing Expo in Puyallup.  I already had the fabric called Portland Bridges from the Mill End Store and I decided to add a little chambray detail to the lapels and sleeve.  Finally, I was happy with the outcome and decided to make another one as well!  The next shirt I made from a linen I bought a couple of years ago at Mood Fabrics in New York.  It's a little lighter weight and will be perfect for summer.

Finally, as Easter is just around the corner I made a cape and dress for our little Hushpuppie aka Emily.  The cape is from Simplicity 1734 and I think is so much fun in this Bunny fabric that I thrifted locally.  I bought the green gingham lining at the Mill End.  The Bunny fabric is actually home dec fabric but I think it worked well for this pattern.  The dress is another Simplicity pattern 4243 fabricated from another thrift store fabric that is covered in little chicks.  I think the Easter Bunny will be pleased!

So all in all, 6 garments completed--whew!  I have some things lined up for April, I'll let you know how it goes!

Portland Bridges Fabric