For several years my mother-in-law had a sign on her refrigerator stating “So many men… So little time”. As a wife and a mother of three sons, I guess she was either telling the truth – or maybe doing a little daydreaming. I don’t post things on my fridge, but if I did, it might read, “So many patterns… So many decisions”. And that, too, would be a combination – of the truth – and quite a bit of daydreaming!
Usually as I am working on an item, I am already thinking about the next one – and I often know what pattern I’ll be using next. However, I finished my silk tunic not quite decided yet. I figured I was ready to tackle something a little more complicated, after the easy construction of the tunic (and a few days off doing other things!) So what was it going to be? I had it narrowed down to these five patterns/projects:
1) View B of this dress (for summer), made up in a Moygashel linen, with a contrasting belt. This pattern has persistently been popping in my pattern box ever since I purchased it on Etsy in early January.
2) No, this pattern is NOT vintage. I signed up for The Couture Dress class taught by Susan Khalje on Craftsy, and this is the dress pattern which is sent with class enrollment. Actually, views A and C both have a 1960’s feel to them – classic and chic!
3) Ah, Molyneux! Another short-sleeved dress to be made in linen. The seaming detail is so lovely on this design. I will have to practice my “pouty” look, however, if I hope to look an inch as good as the model on the envelope.
4) After missing out on several Diane von Furstenberg-designed patterns on eBay, I was very excited to find this one in my size on Etsy in mid-May. What is it about D von F’s dresses that makes them so timeless?
5) I featured this pattern in a post shortly after I started my blog. Whether you call this a “swing” coat or a “clutch” coat – it’s 1950’s style has been in my mind for months!
The truth of the matter is that I will eventually be making dresses or a coat from all these patterns, but as I usually work on only one project at a time, I had to choose just one. Which one? It is underway as the thread- and scrap-covered floor of my sewing room will attest! I made my decision . . . but I have many stitches to go – and many stitches to go – before I can post it.