I’m “calmly and methodically” (as our Federal Government tells us it is governing, again and again, and again) plugging away at the Minoru, and touch wood, should have something to show next weekend.
Meanwhile, though, as ever I’m planning upcoming projects in my head. And really, I think half the fun of sewing is in the planning. Would anyone agree?
No urgency in the day-to-day wear section of my wardrobe, but I have two events coming up in the next few months that require attention.
At the end of August I’ve been invited to a fundraising lunch. The kicker is that the guest speaker is Cate Blanchett. Yep, ethereal beauty, style-icon Academy Award winning Ms Blanchett. Now, not being a lady who lunches (I am though, a lady to enjoys her lunch J) I have no idea as to appropriate wear for this event. The compounding issue is that I am sure my fellow attendees will be putting their best style feet forward, so the pressure is on.
I'm probably crackers for even be considering sewing for this event. But my Minoru sewing has me on a sewing confidence high, so I am considering making a pants suit. A safe choice maybe, but I have some dark aubergine wool/rayon blend I bought in New York in 2012 which would be perfect.
The likely jacket is McCalls 6441, a lined princess line jacket with zip front. The construction looks doable. The challenge will be in the fitting.
The pants could be any one of a few candidates from back issues of Burda, or these Cameron Flare Pants from Named Patterns. Just wondering whether that flap in front is such a good idea, though. And I will definitely omit the back pockets. But it needs a fabric with good drape, and my fabric has it.
If I have time, I have some coral crepe de chine, that I may make into this pattern from new-to-me pattern company In House patterns. The pattern is drafted for a D-cup (hey, that’s me) and I think this is fundraising lunch style. Dressy and pretty.
Event Number 2 is my youngest brother’s wedding mid-October. It is an afternoon/evening cocktail affair, in my parents’garden (Mum and Dad have a lovely garden). This throws up a few fashion challenges. As one who feels the cold, my main concern is that I will be warm enough. Cocktail wear is not normally associated with warmth, but if I’m cold, I’m not happy, no matter how many champagnes I’ve had. Mid-October is a bit hit and miss for weather in Sydney . It could be freezing, it could be balmy. I definitely need to plan for a wrap, and perhaps a merino wool slip in case the wind blows in from the Antarctic. Glamorous, I know!
So my starting point is this blue and gold wrap, which used to belong to my mother-in-law.
I love that blue and gold together. I’d like to find some of that blue in silk dupion to match, or else a nice green or blue to tone. I’ve been thinking about making the By Hand London Anna Dress, which I’ve been keen to make for a while now . It will also accommodate a merino slip , something I’m not sure the pattern designers considered .
Then again, this week I picked up May 2014 Burdastyle from the newsagent, and was immediately smitten with this dress.
It is a tall person pattern (hey, that’s me again), and apart from having to adjust the plunging neckline north, I love it. Love the skirt, the bodice and the sleeve. Everything about it.
So an ambitious programme coming up for me, but I’m up for it. One challenge will be completing three high-end items by the end of August for the lunch. The next challenge will be fitting that jacket and dress bodice, as a lone sewist. Both require careful fitting, and I really could do with one of those fabled fitting buddies here. Or I could become a contortionist.