3 August 2012

Blouse Progress... or not...



Has your Summer sewing slowed down as much as mine has? I'm feeling extremely frustrated at the moment as I just can't find any window in which to make progress on my self-drafted pussy bow blouse (I just had to scroll through pages and pages of my blog to get to my previous post about it - eek!). Above you can see the very unglamorous final toile in yellow, complete with notes to self written on the fabric and some delightfully shoddy stitching. I'm itching to cut out the first real version in chocolate polka dot cotton (what else? You know my taste by now), but my diary has been chockablock... including a wonderful work assignment to a film festival in Croatia - yes, I should really stop moaning.

Is it time for me to revisit the Sewing Productivity Project?! Are you managing to get some sewing done this Summer? How do you fit it in? Or have you temporarily abandoned indoor pursuits?

What I have done though is finish my vintage dress refashion. Photos coming soon, I promise!

[Soundtrack: 'Can I Change My Mind' by Tyrone Davis]

23 comments:

  1. YO TAMBIÉN TENGO UNA TELA AMARILLA COMO ESA PARA UNA CAMISA

    Anilegra Moda Para Muñecas

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  2. in Australia it is the middle of winter and I am not really getting much/any sewing done. I sew on my dining table and it is utterly freezing in there (queensland hasn't heard about central heating so houses here are generally only heated by little portable heaters or reverse aircon). I have been setting myself a schedule, but even that is a struggle :-)

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    1. Oh of course, sometimes I forget it's a different season for some of my readers. I guess summer isn't an excuse!

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  3. Oh Tilly, I've just been complaining about my own summer sewing slump on my blog recently! I love the summer, but it does tend to get too busy for stitching...so, so sad...and frustrating! Fear not though, icky autumn/winter's probably just around the corner ;o)

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    1. It's not just me, then! I had a huge list of summer sewing plans and they've all gone out the window...

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  4. I'm feeling that too. When my bf asks what I want for my birthday this year I just ask for a weekend to myself to sew!

    But, I'm sure that work trip is well worth it. Will you get time for some fun and/fabric shopping while you are there?

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  5. And... How can anyone in the uk concentrate right now with the Olympics on. The atmosphere must be amazing!

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    1. It's nice seeing Olympic volunteers etc on the street, but to be honest I'm just not that into sport so not really watching much (ssshh!)

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  6. I'm very relieved to hear it's not just me that's having a sewing hibernation. I've got lots of things I want/need to sew but it's just impossible with children at home. Every sunny day is a bonus so we're out from dawn till dusk. And yes, the Olympics are totally distracting at the moment! Enjoy your film festival Tilly. x

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  7. I am getting a reasonable amount of sewing (and crochet) done at the moment, although not as much as I'd like.

    I'm sure your blouse is going to be gorgeous in that chocolate brown polka dots. It will be a perfect colour for Autumn.

    Lucky you going to Croatia, I went to Split and Dubrovnik on holiday a few years ago and fell in love with the country. Just beautiful!

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    1. It's gorgeous, isn't it? The event I work on is in Motovun, and this year we also went to Pula for the film festival which is held in a Roman amphitheatre - amazing!

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  8. The longer days help me accomplish more sewing in the summer, or maybe I am just better organized ...not sure. The winter blues tend to slow me down.

    Loving your chocolate dots and it is such a nice choice for your bow blouse, no matter when it gets finished it will be lovely

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    1. Aw... thank you. Your comments make me want to finish it now!

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  9. It's been so hot over here that I just can't bring myself to the sewing machine (plus I'm trying to finish my master's thesis PLUS the last-and unfinished- sewing project is just not coming out so great!)

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    1. A master's thesis is a good excuse!

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  10. I had to take a breather after San Diego Comic Con... very little of my 'normal' sewing has gotten done recently because my costume sewing schedule has just been so insane, and I don't see that relenting any time soon. :( I get more normal sewing done when it's not convention season, so I'll be happy when October passes to get back to all that. Or, alternately, I just don't volunteer to make three costumes for one group next year. o.O It's definitely back to the sewing grind; here's hoping I can finish everything on time...

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  11. Hi Tilly,
    I have been pretty efficient during my first week of holidays. I don't have much time the rest of the year so I am taking advantage of this free time to finish things and sew new ones. Yesterday it was a shirt for my boyfriend.
    Your blouse will be very pretty, I love that shape with the bow. That's exactly the kind I want to make for autumn.
    Have a nice week-end.

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  12. Hi and greetings from Finland!
    I just find your blog and it´s magnificent. I like it a lot. I haven´t sewn in years, but recently I was inspired again crafts. (Sorry the poor English)
    See you!

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  13. Give yourself a break and take the opportunity for inspiration. You never know what will spark your creativity! Have a great weekend! ;)

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  14. Totally know the feeling. If I'm honest, I've been a bit of a misery guts so far this Summer which has really stalled my sewing. Things seem to be on the up at least, so perhaps the output will too!

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  15. I was just thinking that...i've gotten sucked into quilting up my scrap basket lately. I think my attention span seems too short for an actual garment.

    I actually visited today because I thought you might have something in the works...maybe someone will host some sort of sewalong inspiration to get us all back on track. or maybe we should all go to the beach? ha. these are the burning questions!

    xo bex

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  16. I shouldn't complain about my near-complete lack of sewing time lately, because it's for a great reason-- I got engaged a month ago! But I'm also planning on making my own dress, and I have two projects that I need to finish before I can really dig into that. So not getting any sewing done is driving me nuts. For now, at least, I'm going to try to do one sewing-related thing a day, just to make ANY progress. (Yesterday, all I managed to squeeze in was laying out the denim to cut out for my Craftsy Jean-ius final draft. Doesn't even have pattern pieces on it yet. But I'm still counting it.)

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  17. Yes. I'm blaming winter down under and obsessive Olympics watching.

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