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!
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!