I had my only exam during the exam period today. The rest were in-class exams. So now I'm footloose and fancy free! Yay!
This means more baking time. Mmm... And sewing time! My plum wool jacket is underway. I cut out the fronts and backs. Cutting through the heavy wool was really tough. I also marked them with tailor's tacks, which was fun because of the different colours of thread. I only cut out those pieces because I want to do the darts and seam and see how the body fits before cutting everything else out and getting it sewn together only to find out that it doesn't fit well. That would suck.
Christmas presents are also contributing toward sewing. I asked for some sewing books (one on patterning and one on couture sewing techniques). My mom has already bought me some corset supplies. Once Christmas hits, I will be getting my 1912 corset sewn up. This will be handy because I've decided to participate in the 1912 Project happening at the Vintage Pattern Lending Library
. You get a repro every month of a pattern from La Mode Illustree from 1912 and all you have to do is sew it up (and a mock-up is totally fine). It's pretty neat.
Also Christmas related, my grandmother gave me some money to buy my own gift. So I ordered some vintage patterns from Etsy.
A blouse and a dress. The two came together, and it was a pretty good deal for patterns that old. I've managed to already figure out the blouse is from 1939 (Yay! for Vintage Pattern Wiki
) and the dress is, I think, early 1940s, based on the shoulder yokes and hairstyles of the pictures. I've been wanting to find dress patterns with shoulder yokes
, a sweetheart neckline
, and a pleated front
after seeing all these inspiring dresses, and here was one with all three. Talk about lucky! So I snapped it up. The blouse was just a bonus.
Well, that's enough rambling from me. I've been pretty busy this last month, so it's really nice to know that I'm going to have some quality "me" time for the rest of the month. I plan on being very productive. And not just with sewing. I'm going to get my novel finished, which I wrote for NaNoWriMo (writing 50,000 words to win!). And watch lots of hockey. And read all those books that have been piling up. And maybe even see my friends once in a while too. Fun times!