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Apr 29, 2014

May Sewing Projects in the Pipeline



Readers, I can't believe it's almost May -- in part because today's weather feels like March.

Nonetheless, the calendar tells me May is just around the corner, which means it's time to plan my May sewing projects.

I can almost guarantee you that May will be 100% lace-free.  Instead I see paisley, lots of paisley.



I have to make a final shirt for my Menswear Sewing class (which ends in three weeks) and, as I think I mentioned already, I'm going to use this delicate minty green and gray cotton paisley.  Is this true Liberty of London or a copy at 1/3 the price?  I'm not sure; not even Professor B. could tell me.  I may try to cut my shirt today and start sewing it on the industrials at school.  That's really where we're supposed to be sewing our projects.

I hope to finish my mother's robe before the weekend and also start my next Mood project, which right now is looking like it's going to be a men's suit done in cotton denim using one of the two fabrics below, or perhaps both in combination. 





I also think it's time for a Cathy project -- Michael reminded me she hasn't had a new frock since last November.  Maybe this vintage 30's Simplicity summer suit?  (I sense a theme here.)



Finally, I am loving my new 1952 Simplicity French back boxers -- I'm wearing them for the second time this week (with a machine washing in-between) and I would like to whip up another pair, maybe with the remaining paisley, assuming there is enough fabric left after my shirt is done.

That sounds like plenty of sewing for one month to me and I hope you agree.

OK, time to cut the paisley...

Have a great day, everybody!

21 comments:

  1. That is plate full of planned projects. I'm impressed.

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  2. I'm wondering if the top pictured grey denim is too soft and wrinkly for a suit. I like the second picture better.

    Love that paisley.

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  3. I am so envious because it seems you have a copious amount of time for sewing. By the way, if you don't mind, what's your source of income? Since sewing seems your passion but not your sustenance, financial at least. I am curious.

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    1. shhh.. the Godfather doesn't like to talk about what he does...

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    2. I am a house husband at present.

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    3. Lots of us have free time to devote to projects. Personally, I'm more curious where you get ... the motivation. I've got tons of time, great shwacks of stash, yet, based on the evidence, enjoy pattern selection and fabric buying more than actual sewing. Sigh. Hints, anyone?

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    4. It buys SO much faster than it sews. Wishing I had a bit more time that was accompanied by mental acuity and energy. I'm mostly brain-dead when I get home from work. It's hard to figure out pattern alterations, etc when tired and brain dead after dinner. Where's that darned lottery when a girl just wants to sew?!?

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  4. I love the Simplicity 30's pattern, I recently worked on a 1940's pattern that I loved. And paisley, I love paisley. What a great month of May it will be at your place!

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  5. I look forward to seeing what you do with all that paisley. I love the stuff!

    Also, in case you didn't see this, I wanted to pass it along: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2014/05/05/140505crat_atlarge_thurman?currentPage=all&mobify=0

    Sorry if the html is ugly, I don't know how to do a link here.

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    1. Wow, things I never knew. What an interesting fellow, thanks for posting the link.

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    2. Thanks, Terry. I'd just read that earlier today. What a strange man!

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  6. Love paisley, can't wait to see your final. Also looking forward to Cathy's vintage inspired summer suit. Tres chic!

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  7. I'm not sure if that's true Liberty, but did you notice it's only 1/2 yd. for that price? So you're really paying $35 a yard.

    Love paisley, can't wait for the shirt.

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  8. I love paisley, too! I'll be looking forward to the shirt.

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  9. Wow Peter. Your going to be busy. I do love those french boxers. I think they can be fashioned into some type of pant. non-gimicky. I love the Charles James article. New stuff about him.

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  10. I love paisley too. That will make a great shirt.

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  11. That is some awesome paisley fabric! I love it. I can't wait to see the finished shirt.

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  12. I love your paisley fabric! Your shirt is going to be gorgeous. Aren't you glad you listened to your readers and signed up for that class?! :-)

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  13. For once I see a paisley that I like! I'm looking forward to seeing your shirt. And, as usual, you cracked me up 'with a machine washing in between' - great boxers though! Cheers, Anne-Marie

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  14. Awesome. A fashion forward friend turned up to a wedding in an amazing suit that when I looked closer was denim.

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  15. Oh, I love that paisley and am busy coveting it!

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