Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monthly Make

So I have decided that since one of my goals of the new year was to really amp up my sewing efforts and work on making more of my own clothes I decided to take the A Make A Month 2011 challenge.  If you too wish to join the link is on the side bar (thanks Felt Fairy for the help with getting that up).  So I have to think what I wish to make over the next year.  I definitely have oodles of vintage patterns as well as some wonderful repros and lord knows I need some new clothes that fit me (I have unfortunately not been able to take off much baby weight in the last 3 years so not much fits).  I have been working on a muslin of some 40's repro Pants but may have to revamp the waist as I think the current design will be quite unflattering on me I also have a muslin in progress of Wearing Histories Smooth Sailing Blouse but I put it down for a while to work out the pants.  I need to go back in put the cuffs on the sleeves as well as get the button holes since I have never done buttonhole before.  I also may need to make it a tiny bit bigger as I think it could be tight but I think doing to buttons will be the deciding factor and yes I know I don't need to do the actual buttons on a muslin I want to for two reason: 1.  I need the practice 2.  I want to double check the fit for sure since I think it may be snug.   Well anyway here is the pattern if you are unfamiliar with it.

So that is two projects I also was looking at my family's Christmas stockings this year and decided the ones we have are not only quite shabby but also they don't all match.  So I thought I might make us all new stockings for Santa to leave us goodies in this year.
Some other clothes I have been wanting to attempt a Swirl like Wrap dress I don't know yet if I found the right pattern for this. Rosie the Riveteresque Overalls I was thinking I might use the decades of style pattern I purchased this fall.
I also purchased 3 other decades of style patterns this fall when a local shop had a sale on them so here are 3 other potential projects.

Here are also some recently purchased vintage patterns.

Ok well I am sure I am getting ahead of myself here as I would call myself an advanced beginner in sewing so I often get stuck on directions and have to visit my sewing mentor Aunt Marybeth to help me solve my sewing problems. So perhaps I will have to rotate simpler and more complex projects so I can succeed with my make a month challenge so perhaps it will go, Pants, Christmas Stocking #1, Smooth Sailing Blouse, Christmas stocking #2, Sweetheart Overalls, Christmas Stocking #3 and so on.  Anyway that is the plan for now.  So happy sewing all hopefully you will see a project posted soon.


  1. I've been wanting to do this too! I have a whole laundry basket full of clothes that need repairs so as soon as I can get through them, I'm rewarding myself with fabric to start a new project! I have a swirl pattern that I'm dying to try, I want to make a sheath style swimsuit, at least 3 play suits with matching skirts and belts, more blouses and a few 1930's skirts would be fabulous! I can't wait to not be pregnant anymore so some of these beautiful things will fit!! :)

  2. A monthly make - what a fantastic idea! maybe this is a way to give me a kick up the backside to finally learn how to sew properly!

  3. Count me in for the monthly make! I make most my clothes already but I usually stick to 50s dresses. I think the challange for me will be to start making more 30s and 40s styles. I have several pictures of my great-grandma during the depression and she is always wearing similar overalls to the ones you posted here. I think I need to buy myself a copy of that adorable pattern. :)

  4. Ladies Join the challenge if you click on the Month Make button it will take you to the Felt Fairies blog were you can sign on. Good luck ladies.

  5. Hi there! So glad you decided to join our *A MAKE A MONTH 2011* - looking forward to seeing what you make - my makes are always very simple!! love Annie xx