Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sewing Plans and the House

Hello All!  It's been quite a while since I have posted.  I have been focused on the house plus I have had a spell of very long days at work.  While I enjoy my temporary home, it has lengthened my commute quite a bit.  Sometimes it takes me 2 hours one way!  I get home rather late and quite tired so I have had little time for sewing.

Regardless, I do have sewing plans.  Whether I can achieve them in the near future remains to be seen.  I purchased this lovely cotton print knit at NY Elegant Fabrics.  I like the autumnal colors as well as the "dusty" look it has.  I really love how it looks against the charcoal grey corduroy I purchased at Mood Fabrics in NYC.


I have already sewn up the printed knit jersey into a long-sleeved crew neck top.  Nothing fancy. The charcoal grey fabric is absolutely beautiful.  It is a medium weight fine wale corduroy, very soft and it feels luxurious.  I want to make a pair of jean style corduroy pants out of this fabric.  However, I have decided to make a muslin first.  I have a light grey medium weight corduroy in my stash that I am using as a muslin.  If it comes out reasonably well (I hope), maybe it can be a wearable muslin.


Since I had a long 5 day weekend for Thanksgiving, I was able to draft the pant pattern and cut it out in the muslin fabric.  Back to the routine tomorrow, though, so I don't know when I will pick this up again.

I have very little spare time during the week and the time I do have I spend reviewing and preparing paperwork and answering emails regarding the house.  As I said in a previous post, I am the recipient of grant money from the State of NJ for homeowners who suffered property damage due to Hurricane Sandy.  The grant covers part of the cost for elevating the house.  Of course, it brings with it quite a lot of paperwork that needs to be reviewed and submitted within certain deadlines.   

On the left, papers filed.  On the right, papers to be filed.
The weekends I spend doing chores and running errands as well as visiting the job site and recording the week's progress.  The contractor is close to finishing up.  I am working with the power company so that the gas meters can be installed.  There's still quite a few odds and ends but we are close to finishing....just in time for the holidays!  So I foresee lots of cleaning up and packing while in the midst of Christmas shopping...so I don't know when I will get sewing again - bummer.

Regardless, for those of you celebrating the upcoming holidays, I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.

Happy Sewing!

18 comments:

  1. The pants in that grey corduroy are gonna be absolutely perfect! I love corduroy and now reading about your sewing plans I feel inspired to get off my ... and cut a pair ; hope nothing happens on the way from my computer to my cutting table 😂
    I hope you manage to squeeze in some extra sewing time

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    1. I look forward to seeing your corduroy pants which I know will be perfect! I will get a better fit than ready to wear but the bagginess under the derriere always poses a challenge for me.

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  2. I adore the combination of these fabrics and hope that you get time for some sewing soon. Maybe over the christmas period if you are lucky! Pleased to hear all is well your end, albeit busy.

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    1. It will be some time before I get to make the pants in the charcoal grey corduroy. I just hope I can get to make them before it gets warm again - ha!

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  3. Tomasa-so glad to hear your house is progressing well !!! I love fall color in fabrics as well.

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    1. Thanks MaryEllen - the house is coming along!

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  4. I am glad to hear about the progress on the house. It can be so consuming to deal with such issues. Throw in a full time job with commute and when can one sew? I find times like that are great for fabric shopping. It fills my imagination with ideas and that can make any creative sewist very happy. I hope you are in the house soon and all settles down in short order!

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    1. Ah yes, you have noticed that the situation has not deterred my fabric buying tendencies...

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  5. I am glad that hear from you. I love these fabrics, especially the printed jersey is beautiful! I can't wait for your next project. I hope that you have happy holiday too.

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    1. Thank you Eli cat! I am flattered that you are looking forward to my next post.

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  6. That cotton print knit is gorgeous! I am finding that the holiday season is difficult to fit sewing into, but I do hope you get a chance to finish your makes!

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    1. Thank you Vanessa! Yes, the holiday season is quite a busy time of year indeed.

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  7. The paperwork must be a nightmare! Glad to hear about the progress and know there will be better times ahead. Your fabric looks pretty and I'm sure you'll do it justice, sooner or later!

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    1. Thank you Marianne! I understand the need for the paperwork although it can be onerous at times.

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  8. Your fabrics are so beautiful. I can imagine you must be very busy with the house. I'm sure it'll be all worth it in the end. I hope you enjoy the holidays.

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    1. Thank you so much! I do have my hands full with the house but I fully expect to enjoy the holidays. Hope you enjoy them as well!

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  9. That charcoal gray looks fab!

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    1. It's a nice fabric. At the rate I am going though, I don't know if I will get to make something out of it anytime soon.

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