A good while ago, I claimed that I was going to start sewing for myself again after a hiatus prompted by multiple failed attempts. I haven’t made good on that claim, but look! My patterns are super organized. That binder houses all the non-kids patterns I’ve accumulated over the years. Rather, it houses the photocopies of the pattern envelopes and is my reference binder.
There are Burda, Butterick, McCalls, New Look, Simplicity, Vogue and Colette patterns, and aside from the Colette patterns, I got them all at those JoAnn’s mega-sales. I spent some crazy hours photocopying all the patterns and putting them in alpha-numerical order — I’m so happy with the end result! I can’t take full credit for this organizational system though. I found a similar method on the internet last year and adapted it.
And I have two of these massive IKEA baskets filled with the actual pattern envelopes. The zip lock baggies are the ones I’ve actually cut out. And of course I want to try Kristin’s scoop top and other downloadable and indie patterns.
My kids’ patterns are a mess, however – I’m going to start working on organizing those next. How do you keep your patterns from getting out of control? Do you use a similar system?
And this reminded me that I had made the Colette Sencha blouse a few years ago, which I never posted.
The fit isn’t great — it’s a little too short for my taste and it makes me look like I have at least three boobs, but it was one of my better selfish sewing experiences due to Colette patterns’ excellent instructions. The fabric is a mystery blend; it’s sheer and seems like it’s mostly cotton but might have a little rayon in it. It has a nice subtle texture.
Clearly I’m inept at using the tripod/remote since these shots are so blurry. I shot these photos yesterday and had literally 5 minutes before I had to go pick up K. At least the bags under my eyes and zits aren’t as noticeable (yes, I still break out all the time)! Ugh, I’m having all sorts of body image issues, and had initially written a painfully long-winded, weepy, over-the-top post about societal pressures of physical perfection, but I wisely decided to spare you.
So I’m not sure how this will shake out, but I’m going to try to sew at least one thing for myself per week. A companion to the Monday Outfits, grown-up edition! I better figure out how to use that tripod and remote…or maybe K can be the photographer (M is usually not available – he works so hard for us, good man).