2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

August 5, 2012

NEW PROJECT SUNDAY...

...I really only have few sewing rules that I try to abide by.  The most important of those being:
  •  DO NOT START A NEW PROJECT UNTIL THE LAST   ONE IS FINISHED. 
 That rule is designed to keep UFO's from flying around in my sewing room.  To date there's only one of those things flying around in here  - got to do something about that thing.  It was started way back in February, I'm ashamed to say.  The pattern Vogue 1250 - you know the most made dress in blog world or so it seems to me.  It just wasn't for me, maybe it was the fabric I chose,  I don't know.  I've tried to hide it, but every now and then it pops back up. 
Vogue 1250

I think it's the print - I can take it in small doses but not as a whole dress.  I could just cut it off for a top and just be done with it.  Then it'll become a thwarted UFO - how about that? 

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Do you feel a sense of relief when a sewing project is finished???  I certainly do - or maybe it's a feeling of release - meaning I'm released from the Old, so on with the New.  Thereby a finished project is the signal of a new beginning.

This week I finally got a pair of light weight linen pants completed - been trying to get to them all summer.  Used my old TNT pattern again rather than a new one, but for pants it works great - it fits, and that's a really important issue.  They were made from a light weight linen blend, nothing really special, but they were made to go with the chiffon top that I finished last week.
Butterick 5496
 
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I keep trying to get back to my "NEW PROJECT SUNDAY" regimen. If I can decide on a pattern and fabric, and prep and cut  on Sunday - then my 20 to 30 minutes of week day sewing can pay off in the form of a finished project at least by Saturday.   Yield:  52 garments per year.  I love simple math!


Looking forward to lots of brand new beginnings...

18 comments:

  1. The Vogue 1250 does look great as a top or what about a cardigan with the dress to break up the print. I like you simple math. I need to get back to garment sewing, lost a bit of steam there.

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  2. Really lovely. Aren´t you glad you de-ufo yourself? Congratulations!

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  3. Faye, that pattern would never work on me, just too wide in the hips, me, that is! It does look wonderful on many people though and I think you are included in that bunch. Great idea, though, to cut it off and make a top. Go Faye!

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  4. I agree, this does look good as a top! Much better than as a dress. I do love finishing things too. For all the same reasons.

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  5. I agree - that blue print looks better as a top.

    Whenever I finish a project, I take the time to catch up with my minimal ironing chores so i don't feel like I'm getting behind. I only have one standing UFO, and it's been put away for a reason - so I will get back to it later.

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  6. Faye, I have to agree with you & everyone else here...it does look better as a top. Great save! I really like your new project sunday idea...great concept, I need to try it!

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  7. The top as it is appears more wearable than the dress did - great save, and another project ticked off the list!

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  8. I agree with everyone else, TOP! (And quite a nice one at that!)

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  9. I like your Vogue 1250 both ways. That is a pattern I haven't tried yet. I think it looks fantastic on you. Your new floral blouse and linen pants look like a breezy beautiful outfit too. And I definitely like your idea of simple math!

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  10. I really like this turned into a top and I can see how the print may have been too much as a dres. I like it with the skirt. I like hearing about how people work. My method is the exact opposite to yours. I trace patterns, cut out and prep during the week so that on weekends I can just sit down and sew. From time to time I do occasionally sew in 20 min spurts during the week but not that often.

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  11. What a great idea to cut it off and make it a top! And it's a lovely top! Glad you were able to finish it up and move on.

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  12. Actually, I think the dress would look so nice with a jacket or cardigan with it...or maybe a nice wide belt? It really is a good pattern. Make it work!

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  13. I love the print but I like loud prints. I love the prep on Sunday finish by Saturday simple math.

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  14. I thought the print looked great on you. What do I know?!! When I first scrolled through without reading, I thought that you had done two pieces and then I saw that you had cut the bottom off and made a top rather than a dress. My only suggestion, had you left it as dress would have been to shorten it a bit. You have great legs!

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  15. Love the dress and the top! For me, your choice of fabric could be used for almost anything and I'd love it. I do not mind starting new projects. Sometimes I just need a change of sewing pace and a new project (at times) seems to give me that. I do have a limit and usually don't go beyond that. So many projects.....(including ideas).....so little time!

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  16. I guess I'm in the minority but I like the dress! It's so very DVF with the big print and feminine cut... don't turn it into a shirt!

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  17. So smart to turn the Vogue 1250 into a top! It's great that way, and it definitely makes the print more manageable (though i've never found an obnoxious print that doesn't work for me, heh).

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  18. I haven't tried that pattern yet. I don't think it's for me. But, I liked the dress and now the top you've ended up with. Looks great!

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