Wednesday, March 02, 2016

February Monthly Stitch Challenge - UFO Showdown

This year I've decided to try and do more challenges from The Monthly Stitch, which if you're not familiar with it is a sewing community that has monthly challenges. It's run by some of my Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network friends so I thought it was time I joined in!

The challenge for February (which I am posting in March, but I promise I finished up in February) was UFO showdown!
For those of you who don't know, in sewing/general crafting terms a UFO is an UnFinished Object and I have a BUNCH of sewing UFOs.

There are a bunch of reasons for this, but one of the main ones is that for some reason I REALLY like cutting out pattern pieces. So often if I'm having a bad day I want to cut out new pattern pieces, but not actually sew them up. This means lots of bags of half finished garments in my sewing "cave".

I could have actually finished off a bunch of projects, but I chose just one for the "showdown" I  do have a few more UFOs that I should finish off before our trip as I began them with the intention of taking them on other trips to warmer climates.

The project I decided to finish up for the UFO showdown is made using a vintage Maudella pattern gifted to me my Vix. I've made this pattern multiple times including here, here and here.

So I cut out this dress like a million years ago and sewed up most of it, but I didn't add the sleeves and hem it because reasons. I actually made this version of the dress a lot longer than the previous versions and I'm not sure if I'm into that or not - time will tell (well how much it gets worn will tell).
I bough the fabric from Arthur Toye (RIP) and I loved it so much I was scared to cut into it - but no more! It's time to use the "good" fabric because there will always be more good fabric in the future!! By the way I'm standing by the lemon tree that was basically dead when we moved into our house a year a go (We have been homeowners for a YEAR now!) but now its going strong! My friend Emma did a bit of a pruning session when she visited last and its really  sprung into life. Also maybe it got better because I added the flamingo to it that Ria gave me a couple of Christmases ago to its pot - I mean, that HAD to have lifted the lemon trees mood right?
Here's a close up of the fabric and also the cute sewing themed necklace Rich's mum bought me for Christmas. I teally love it, too back the spool of thread is sideways in the picture as that's my favourite charm!
That's my first monthly stitch challenge for the year done (I totally missed January, I thought about doing it, but it turns out I thought about it too much and it never happened) next months theme is "Sew hot right now".
I'm going to be honest, as much as I like clothes I find fashion strange and confusing. I just wear things I like, sewing "on trend" will be a little hard for me! Then I guess that's why they call it a challenge. From my limited research (walking down Lambton Quay where there's a bunch of chain stores) it seems that both the nineties and the seventies are "in"  right now - that's when I think I'm heading with this challenge. Do any of you have any idea what's "sew hot right now"?


Louise said...

The dress looks amazing on you! You've done a great job with it, and I'm sure you'll do great with your next challenge, too. I never know what's on trend, either, but you're right, the 90s and 70s do seem to be 'in' right now, so you can't go wrong.

I'm so jealous you have a lemon tree! I've always wanted one, but it's not warm enough for them here, and we don't have a conservatory to grow one indoors. Maybe I need the magical lemon-growing powers of a flamingo? xx

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

I'm just amazingly impressed you can make cute wearable clothes, never mind how long it takes you to finish them! I'm not sure I ever entirely left the 90s but yes it's all back as are the 70s (I only got a couple of years of that at the time)

Curtise said...

Love the dress at that length, and the print is great! xxx

Kezzie said...

That is amazing! I think you did a brilliant job! Ha, I know what you mean about cutting into good material- I feel like that whenever I use nice papers to make a card!!x

JuanitaTortilla said...

Good work on reviving the lemon tree! And you're are absolutely right about no longer holding on to "special" fabrics, something I need to exercise this year.