Sewing Mojo vs. Sewing Time

So, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted in over a month.  The school year started about a month ago, and I have been trying to figure out a routine that will keep me sane both in the classroom and out.  I think I have finally come up with a workable plan, so I hope to post more regularly from now on.

Currently, I am working on two projects: Butterick 5319 and Colette Beignet.  I started the Butterick earlier this year, I think.  It was back when I was still thinking I could make a bunch of shapeless dresses and just belt them.  Needless to say, I am over that pattern style, so I am not at all excited about this dress.  That said, I do like the fabric, and I already cut out a few pieces, so I decided to go ahead and finish the job.  But…I lost the pattern piece for the back of the skirt.  Sigh.  I made up something that I hope works, but now I REALLY don’t want to make this dress.  I bribed myself with bright yellow lining fabric (It will look fabulous with the fabric, so I know I’ll finish it one day.  For now, though, I have put it aside.

I also started tracing Beignet on Monday before work.  Roughly 5am.  But the fabric was hard to work with (brushed cotton twill, I think) and I didn’t get very far.  Then school happened so it sat with 2 pieces traced for the rest of the week.  This morning, I decided that was absurd, so I traced out all the main fabric pieces, the facings, and the pockets.  I still need to trace and cut out the rest of the lining, but I’ve sewn together the front pieces, the back pieces, and attached the pockets.  So far, I think it’s a super cute design, and it seems like it will fit me like a glove.  I hope to finish the rest of the skirt, minus the buttons tomorrow.

Oh, the buttons.  I found the perfect buttons, but they have been discontinued.  I have nine.  I need 12.  I have googled and ebayed, and these buttons are gone.  They cannot be found.  I have looked for suitable replacement buttons, but none will do.  I can’t finish this skirt without 12 buttons.  Ugh!  Why is it so hard to find buttons in this town?  Anyway, I am close to throwing any old buttons on for the time being just to finish and then next time I am in NYC, buying some nice ones.  I could also alter the pattern, but that makes me nervous since I’ve only sewn two buttonholes in my life.

Oh and here’s a picture of my living room set up.  My sewing area is nice, but sometimes I want to sit out in the living room.  The dining room table makes for a nice sewing surface 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!


Well Look-y Here!

Howdy!  I’ve been recovering from my first year of high school teaching by doing almost nothing crafty.  I’ve been hanging out with friends, seeing movies, tutoring a student, dating a smidge, and that hasn’t left much time to organize my disaster space.  I’m an organizer.  I need order in my home to be productive, and since moving back from school, there has been very little order 😦  I need to buy things to put things in and hang things on and that stresses me the heck out.  I tried to ignore it and avoided doing things at home…like sew.  Then I realized crafting would help the insanity.  So I moved all my boxes to the floor whence they came, and got down to business!  I’ll have an FO post for you soon an I’m starting another project as soon as I hit publish!  Summertime, and the living CAN BE easy!

In case you’re wondering what my craft space looked like…here you go.  Shudder.