crafts · Sewing


I’m off this week, due to the public schools’ spring break.  I feel like I was just on vacation (because I was) so I didn’t have any real plans for this week.  Inspired by Carolyn, I’m declaring this week to be a sewcation!  I’m hoping to get to three garments, and I’ve already begun a spring maxi dress (above.)

I haven’t seen anyone else tackle this new Simplicity pattern (2219.)  So far it’s been lovely to sew, though the corners do require a bit of thought.  I’m doing a self-lining, as I do with almost all lined knits.  I bought this fabric on ebay, my number one source for nice knit prints.  It’s a really nice quality rayon with a bit of a textured appearance.  I don’t own any knit maxis, and this is the first of two I’m planning for warm weather.  It should be finished today (the skirt bit is not complicated.)  What else am I planning?

Butterick 5603 (another new (well, old pattern, new reprint) pattern) in this cotton/linen print.  I love the tied shoulders.  Here’s hoping it looks ok, since I know I won’t be able to match the print at every seam.

Butterick 5491 in rayon knit print.  I used to own a dress with a similar cut, and I wore it until it fell apart.  Hopefully I will have enough of the fabric to self-line, because my Joann’s is already sold out of this print!  If not I will pick up some cheap, thin knit to line (I dislike tricot, which is what people usually recommend to line a knit.)

So… wish me luck, as I turn my third floor sewing room into my personal sweatshop this week!