12 in 2012 - Check in

Do you remember 12 in 2012? I sure have forgotten about it!
Well, not really, but I have forgotten about some of my goals. Since almost two thirds of the year have gone, I decided to go back to check how I was doing and... it's BAD.

12 Pieces of Handmade Clothing:
1. Shirt dress                         → Planning to make one with Simplicity 2215 and surprise fabric
2. Blazer                                → I really don't know why I included this.
3. Trousers                            → Fingers crossed, I really want to make a pair.
4. Gertie's Bombshell dress  → I don't know. I'm starting to think this dress is really not for me.
5. Coat/ Jacket                      Planned! The pattern I want to use is in the mail.
6. Something for my
"Scallop Fever" series         Done!
7. Ruby slip                         Ops! I completely forgot about this one!!!
8. Colette's Oolong             This pattern is a fabric eater, so I must find some inexpensive yet cute.
9. Victory Patterns' Hazel    I recently had THE best idea for this pattern!
11. Wildcard!
                                          → Since January, I made lots of dresses, some blouses, two skirts and a  pair of pajama bottoms. See here.

12 New Sewing Techniques and Skills:
1. Boning
2. Hong-Kong finished seams
3. Bound buttonholes
4. Bound neckline placket      See my Banksia's.
5. Waist Stay
6. Zipper guard
7. Sew from a vintage pattern
8. Draft a skirt sloper/block
9. Draft a bodice sloper/block
10. Knit a garment
11. Refashion an unused garment
12. Draft the pattern for an accessory

♥ Host a sew-along on the blog  We might be almost there...
♥ Release a free pattern              I have zero ideas about this one, so I don't know.

I told you, it's bad.
I recently started to plan my sewing a bit more, but I'm afraid a year-long plan was a bit too much for me. I still have four more months to do as much as I can, but I'm almost sure I won't cross everything off list (especially the techniques, if I'm not going to make the Bombshell dress).

What about you? How are your plans going?


I don't know about you, but I almost always sew on a whim, without much planning. I usually don't like to feel "bound" to do something, because I start to feel under pressure and start procrastinating more than usual. But by doing this, I waste a lot of time because I often end up having the actual time to cut or to sew, but finding myself without a schedule, I just abandon myself to laziness and find something else to do.
So, I decided to try something new and make a little plan of the next few things I want to sew.
I hope I can stick to it. If I don't, at least I had a lot of fun with the technical drawings.

First off, the next entry for the Sew Colette 2.0. sewalong. We're tackling the Macaron pattern (my favorite ever, btw). I want to do something different from my first two versions of this dress, something dark and more on the dressy side. So I'm going to use this cotton with a geometric-y ethnic-y print as main fabric paired with black georgette for the upper part. I'm also adding a peter pan collar because I've been obsessing with this idea since seeing this.

This is already on my cutting table, but I'm having troubles with the fit. It's the Sonja dress by Salme patterns (available as a free download!) and I've already made two ill-fitting muslins, but I think I might be almost there.

Next, a Pendrell blouse with a peter pan collar. The print will channel my inner cougar, but I'm confident I can pull it off.

I couldn't make a clear decision for this silk georgette... a Pendrell blouse or a Grainline Tiny Pocket tank with buttons down the front? I guess I'll see how it goes with my previous Pendrell and go from there.

Finally, a bit of a question mark. I have some doubts about making another Hazel dress with criss-crossed straps with this fabric because a. the stripes are quite small and will be hell to match and b. I don't know if I can pull off a pink dress. But it's what I envisioned as soon as I saw this fabric. We'll see.