Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hours 1-9, 10,000 hours project

So in the last 2 weeks I've finished 9 hours of the 10,000 hour project.  First I planned out some of my summer sewing, most of which you'll see here.  I'm still trying to figure out a better organizational tool for up comming projects, I'll keep you posted on that.  The planning was only a half hour though, then I worked on a robe, it is Butterick 5152, super retro and wonderful.  Took me 7 and a half hours to complete from cutting out to the hem. It's full length short sleeved with rick rack trim, I love rick rack.

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Pattern: Butterick 5152
My Description: Full length retro robe with belt
Difficulty: Low to Moderate
Things I learned:  I need to get better at sewn in trims, had a bit of trouble with the rick rack.  Also, I need to mark the front and back sections better, I sewed the 2 fronts together and had to do a bit of ripping out.
Is this something I'll wear: Yes, every morning in summer.
Would I make this pattern again: Yes, I'm thinking I'll make the long sleeved version for the fall/winter out of something warmer, it's the perfect pattern for sipping coffee.

The next thing I made was a super simple skirt, took me only 1 and a half hours from cutting out to hem.  I think this is going to be a go to pattern, elasticized waist and a great length for work or the weekends.  I also want to make the shirt that goes along with it, but I'm having some issues with the length of the bust, so I'm going to make up some muslins.  I'm also thinking that I'm going to need to make a dress form here sooner or later.  But with the whole wanting to lose weight thing, it's hard to put that much time into a dress form.  I'll think about it.

Pattern: Simplicity 2614 a Threads pattern
My Description: Simple skirt and bias cut shirt pattern

Difficulty: Skirt: Extremely Easy
Things I learned: While elastic waists aren't super retro, or professional, they are super comfy, but I do want to get something to make feeding the elastic through easier.
Is this something I'll wear: Yes, super comfy.
Would I make this pattern again: Yes, basically right now I want to make it in every color.