March 14, 2014

Vogue 8670

Yet again, I needed something easy to break up working on the steampunk costume. This is a new pattern to me, and according to Vogue it is a "close-fitting, straight, below hip top". It's a pretty basic raglan sleeve tee pattern.  I made view C, which has a scrunchy turtleneck collar and long sleeves.  Of course, the weather is starting to warm up finally, but I'll get a little wear out of it yet.

This is also a stashbusting project. For financial reasons, I'm sewing completely from stash, and it's very likely I can sew all year with what I have right now.  This particular fabric was a tube knit that just barely fit all the pattern pieces, so there are no leftover chunks to figure out what to do with.  It's also a lot heavier and nicer than the crappy polyester knits I usually use, so I know I'll get a lot of wear out of it.

For doing absolutely no pattern adjustments whatsoever, I got really lucky with the fit on this.  Esepcially after looking at the pictures, I can see that the fit is definitely much looser than intended (considering the neck is supposed to be a regular turtleneck, not a funnel) but it works for me.  Big 4 sizing strikes again, but now I at least have a starting point, and I love that it's nice and long out of the envelope.

I'd like to say that after this, I'm going to power through and finish the steampunk coat without any other projects in between, but I think at this point that would just be dishonest.  I'll try to work on it some more (have I mentioned lately how much I hate gathers?), but I've already got another few easy projects stewing as possible things to cut out next.  Actually finishing this is such good motivation, I'd rather run through a bunch of fun easy projects and enjoy myself than tackle something crazy complicated and get stuck.
All that was left of the fabric after cutting - I'd call that stash-busted!

March 4, 2014

Real Life Hits Home...

Fair warning: this post is only tangentially sewing related.

My boyfriend got laid off yesterday, out of the blue.  This still leaves us better off than many people (and thank goodness we just got tax returns), but the grad student salary is designed to barely support one person, let alone two people and two cats. He has a lot of good experience on his resume now, but there still just aren't that many jobs out there.  I have faith that he'll do whatever he needs to do to keep us going, but it hurts my heart to see him so stressed out when this was no fault of his.

Of course, this obviously means no spending money on anything except necessities, which of course includes fabric.  Hopefully necessity proves to be the mother of invention and I come up with some beauties from the stash that I wouldn't have otherwise created.  I've got about $5 left on a JoAnn's gift card from Christmas, and that's my sewing budget for the foreseeable future.

Luckily, this has really put things in perspective for me about what is really important.  If it came down to it, I'd sell all my sewing supplies in a hot second to keep everybody warm and fed (and warm is not cheap this winter!). As much as we drool over huge fabric stashes and fancy machines, there are things that are far more important, and once we get back on our feet, I think I'll be diverting some of my sewing budget to provide for those that don't have the basics.  It's amazing what a little perspective can do.

Besides, I wouldn't be a real twenty-something if I didn't have to exist on ramen for a while, right? Right. :) Hope everybody's staying warm!