I’ve made myself a challenge for sewing in the coming month that I’m really excited about. Nick and I are going to Portland and Eugene Oregon for a few days in August for my cousin’s wedding, I’m giddy about the trip because 1) I love weddings, 2) it gives me a chance to sew a fancy dress that is a great stretch of my sewing skills, and 3) we haven’t been on a vacation since our honeymoon. To celebrate all of these fun things, I’m setting forth a bit of a challenge for the 4 day trip: everything I’m wearing (with the exception of shoes, underpinnings and accessories) is going to be me-made, including the bag I’m putting it all in. Tall order? Probably. But it’s forcing me to do a couple things: crank out some comfortable outfits to sit on a plane in, make some cute stuff that packs into a carry-on well but is stylish for running around and vacationing in, and make another pair of cute Lakeside PJ’s because I love the ones I just made and bought some adorable cotton to make another pair. Hooray for unnecessary pressure and deadlines!
I’ve figured out that I’ll need:
- A Portside bag to pack my stuff in.
- Something stylish for the flight, I love dressing up for a mid-day flight, it makes me feel glamorous. I’m thinking my new favorite Hawthorn out of dark blue chambray with the white western snaps. Cute and wears well for a bit of sitting! My only issue: I have to have the backs of my legs covered when sitting, plane seats skeeve me out baaaad. I guess I can sit on something?
- Something cute to wear out to dinner Thursday night (which could be the same thing I fly in but probably not)
- Lakeside PJs for sleeping and lounging
- Something for Friday, as we’re kicking around Portland for the day but driving down to Eugene that afternoon. Probably a new knit dress.
- My new favorite striped linen pants, yet to be blogged because I have to finish them and I want to make a top. But soon!!!
- Gorgeous lilac Billie Jean and a new wrap that matches for the wedding (!!!)
- Comfy maxi with a pashmina for the early-ass wake-up call for our flight home on Sunday. Maybe a new Myrtle, extended to maxi proportions? Secret blankie and PJs for the win! Our flight leaves Portland at a reasonable hour, but we have to wake up three hours before that to make it on time as we’re staying in Eugene. Say it with me: Bleurghargarghargh. Early wakeup calls suck.
So, a bag, a couple dresses, a T-shirt or top, and maybe some pants or possibly a Mabel pencil skirt (they’re just so easy and comfortable this one may win out), and some Lakeside PJ’s. I’ve got some great fabrics I bought a while back that I’m itching to stitch, i just need to find the time to cut out and sew some things up! I’m getting better at cutting things out during the week, so I can focus on sewing on the weekends. I find I’m more productive that way for the most part (but don’t tell the Cambie I have cut out and folded into a basket, half done and waiting to be finished. Wait, maybe that can be one of the things I take!).
I made most of my Billie Jean dress, and am pretty pleased with it. I had higher hopes for the fabric combo because separately they are amazing, but together they’re rather bridesmaid-y. I guess this means I’ll have to do some playing with accessories to make it feel less so! The fit is incredible, though, and fits just like a wiggle dress should: close and curve-hugging. I have to put the hem on, as well as finish the neck and arm bindings, but that’s about it. I’m thinking shoes + bag + wrap + jewelry will make everything better. That and having on real shoes and doing my face and hair, when I tried the dress on yesterday I was a bit, how do you say, bedraggled looking. Why get dressed up to sew? Hell why get dressed at all, when half the time you’re stripping to try on. I can’t be the only one who sews in her skivvies out there. Sometimes it’s just easier. But look out for stray pins!
For now, a half done and badly lit phone photo of Billie Jean:
OK now I SWEAR to you the fabric isn’t ombre! The true color of the dress is down at the bottom by the hem, it’s a lovely blue-y lilac-y color. I took three pictures and they all came out like this – I don’t know what gives and couldn’t be bothered to go get my real camera from across the room. Obviously this needs pressing but you get the gist! And she’s a bit boring on the hanger (see above: bridesmaid-y) but on my person? Dangerous curves! You’ll get a picture next month when it’s all dolled up at the wedding. You may even get to see some of my crazy family in those pictures ~ which you won’t want to miss.
Happy Monday darlings! What are you sewing these days?