What’s next on the docket?

Jack and I had a wonderful time at my friend Kate’s house in Long Island this weekend.  Very relaxing and fun.  Jack had a blast in the pool and playing with the older kids.  I hope you all had a lovely weekend as well. 

I have started work on my next project, which I will tell you about in a sec, but I wanted to let you know (at the risk of being TMI) that my sewing will slow down significantly over the next few months as I am dipping my toes into the dating pool again and will have less time to devote to sewing.  I consider the first few months of dating like a second job in terms of the time commitment it requires.  Lots of interviewing candidates before you find someone remotely interesting.  Sound like fun?  NOT!  But I have come to the realization that a) I am ready to get back into the game again, and b) I ain’t getting any younger.  Now’s the time!  Carpe diem and all that.  Do I sound enthused?  😉   

My next project is a pleated skirt, Simplicity 2698, the shorter red print version on the left. 

I have had a certain fabric burning a hole in my stash from Fabricmart and I have to use it pronto.  Incidentally, Carolyn made a gorgeous jacket using this fabric.  Check it out!

Orange Chrysanthemum silk twill from Fabric Mart

When I originally bought the pattern, I still was in denial about my “number”.  You know what I mean…  What pattern size I am.  No way was I buying the pattern envelope with all the large sizes in it.  Now I am older, wiser and have calmly accepted the fact that I am a larger size.  Are you laughing at me yet?  The largest size in this envelope is 12.  I think realistically I’m inbetween a size 14 and 16.  I think it’s fairly simple to grade this pattern up and asked Thea how I might do so.  She wrote that I could take some inches out of the pleats or I could just add extra to the sides.  I think I am just going to add to the sides as I like how big the pleats are.  I just realized though that the back of the skirt is not pleated and I think I want it to be.  Thoughts people?  Do I want pleats in the back?  If so, would I just use the front pattern piece for the front and back?  Am I being stupid?

Last night I traced the pattern to make my muslin.  Tonight I will cut and sew it up.  Wish me luck.

By the way, here’s my sewing plan for the next couple of months:

  1. Churn out some pleated skirts using the chrysanthemum fabric, the navy stretch cotton from my first pair of pants (capris) and the khaki cotton I bought from Metro Textiles ages ago to make more pants.
  2. Audition/muslin several sheath dresses for my TNT project and for the family wedding in September.
  3. Work on my fall coat for the Trench Sew Along II.

With my new “second job”, this plan seems a little ambitious, but I think it can be doable.  The second job also threatens my 2010 goals, but I will try to keep my eye on the ball.  Life happens I guess; you can’t plan for everything. 

Happy sewing everyone!


11 responses to “What’s next on the docket?

  1. I totally agree that dating feels like a second job! That’s what I tell my (mostly married) friends who want to live vicariously through my dating life and are disappointed. 🙂 Good luck and happy hunting!

  2. I’m in the same (dating) pool you are. Just look at it as a numbers game. Not everyone’s going to match up to what you’re looking for. For a little encouragement (and some homework), you might try working through Rhonda Britten’s “Fearless Loving”. It REALLY helped me cut down the time I spend with fellas who aren’t a good fit AND helped me to work thru some of my own garbage. Good luck!

    Also, sewing for new dates is a GREAT motivator. If a guy takes interest in what you’re working on, he just might be a keeper!

  3. Elizabeth – good for you as far as getting back into the dating pool. Just remember life is about balance! Enjoy yourself – whatever you do.

  4. Somehow I wouldn’t choose to put pleats in the back too. No real idea why though, so I’m afraid that’s not very useful. Will you do the back pleats in the muslin? I’m curious to hear what your thoughts will be after it.

    Good luck with the dating. I’d say: Just have lots of fun. That’s the most important, isn’t it?

  5. Love the silk twill! I’d like pleats in the back but if you left them out, they won’t get wrinkled and smushed when you sit down. I have a few pleated skirts and after sitting at a desk and in my car, the back often looks a little crumpled. Maybe that’s why they were left out?
    Good luck getting back into the dating world! It can be scary, just approach with confidence, and be proud to be yourself! I hope it goes well!

  6. So what, you decide to date and then the candidates just start to appear? Kind of like, “build it, they will come?” Wow, I wish it happened like that for me! ; )

    About the twill, you should check with Polka Dot Overload.com; she didn’t like working with that fabric.

  7. Good luck, Elizabeth — you’re a catch!

    (Just don’t offer to shorten his pants or anything.)

  8. So glad that I am not in the dating pool! I spent the day with a male friend who is “newly looking around”, and what a pain it was. Mind you, I think he will only be happy with a rich, hot, 25 year old. And he is a paunchy 35 year old, not rolling in the dough guy. With a chip on his shoulder. I think he will be looking for a while!
    That skirt flew under my radar- it’s cute and the fabric is even cuter. I vote no pleats in the back!

  9. The good thing about dating is you have a reason to make some dress-up clothes which are always the most fun! I think I would leave the back unpleated, but thats because I have enough of my own extra “fabric” back there!

  10. Allison points out the only good thing about dating–my wardrobe has become a lot less sexy lately (which is probably the wrong thing to do!). Good luck! Have you checked out the Twinkle Sews A Line Skirt on burdastyle? A free download that has been made into cute versions and similar to this skirt–no grading required.

  11. A good man is hard to find … haha!

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