365 project, day 70

i cut out 50% of what will one day be a simple linen wrap dress before i got distracted by beer and ukelele.

i am self-discipline incarnate.

xx katty lea

the kat cave

i’m keeping the machines under the table so that i can pull them out whenever i’m working on something, but have a great surface for planning and laying out patterns otherwise. i still want to organize it a little better—maybe a little wall-mounted shelf to store scissors and pins and rulers.

i had plans to spend today on my bike, but the rain is a good excuse to get working on something in my newly fashioned sewing room.

but first, i wanted to share what i consider to be an awesome find.

creative hands, volumes 1 through 22. i found the whole set for 20 dollars in a goodwill, and before i knew what was happening i was plodding through the alleyways (the shortcut back home), hefting a box full of my new crafty, sewing books from the late 60s/early 70s. i’m a proud mama.

the main pattern blocks can mainly be found in the final volume (as far as i can tell), though there are some variations through the books.

i’ve never worked with patterns that i’d have to draft myself from a grid, but i’m excited to give it a try. the books also have all sorts of other fun, home ec. type of projects. knitting, cross stitch, embroidery, etc.

but before i dive in, there’s a huge piece of olive linen that i’ve been waiting to cut into. i’ve been resistant, because it is so pretty, and because i’ve never worked with linen before.

be brave, young padawan.

xx katty lea

raglan sleeved tunic

at the end of the day, i really do love it. a couple days ago, i sewed the button. the final piece. it was done. yet, draped over a chair, it simply stared at me, waiting to be worn.

even though it’s finished, it doesn’t feel finished. half a dozen times i poked and prodded at it, wondering how to better style it, if i should cinch the waist or not, add another button…

later, i’ll wake up in the middle of the night and decide it needs pockets. it really would be better with pockets. most things are.

but i do love it. my first pattern from simple modern sewing by shufu to seikatsu sha. i’m obsessed with japanese sewing books right now, and this raglan sleeved tunic caught my eye immediately. a simple silhouette with some very basic gathering around the sleeves and neckline. i couldn’t resist.

the button is salvaged from a dress i inherited from my babcia. there are a couple more buttons that are waiting for projects. only time will tell where they’ll end up.

i used a light, grey wool-blend with a good amount of drape. the fabric is lovely, and i choose it because it looks passably dressy. or, you know, ‘office appropriate’, almost. as close as i can come to that.

i’ve also featured this tunic it in my latest 365 project post.

my first actual project of the 365 project and it only took nine days.

we can do better than that, n’est-ce pas?

xx katty lea