I’m in the same seasonal paradox I’ve found myself in for the past few years – loads of time to sew, with very little daylight to document what I’ve made! I’m probably 5 projects behind at this point. Hopefully, I’ll get to share them with you soon….
In the meantime, I made a project that I can share without modeling – slippers! They haven’t left my feet since Saturday.
I used a combination of this Instructables tutorial and Andrea’s guest tutorial. I didn’t have a pattern, so I traced my foot and guessed at what the upper shoe pattern should look like. I added 3/8″ seam allowances. And, I used up a whole bunch o’ scraps: cotton canvas scraps from my first Minoru for the outsides and soles, a chunk from a trashed wool blanket for interlining, stash quilting cotton for the lining and bindings, and a scrap of cotton quilt batting between the outsole and interlining sole.
Speaking of the soles, I should have at least interfaced them because they’re already starting to look a bit worn! I may need to patch them or replace them sooner than later. I’m still chalking these up as a win, as my feet are warm, I used up scraps and I drafted my own pattern!
And just look at those little tabs on the back! They’re my favorite part.
I’ve also started the coat project – Simplicity 1759 is the winner. The pattern is traced and my muslin is cut out. I’m going to go with the View B front. I’ll be hitting you guys up for advice once I make my muslin, no matter how bad the light is! (And psst, Heather B., the sleeves are two-piecers!)
This time of year also raises the question, how much gift sewing should I be doing for the holidays? If memory serves, I made one gift last year and really enjoyed the low stress level. I’m considering making 2-3 this year, but I’ve got more time on my hands so it feels like the same level of commitment. (I still think about and chuckle over Karen’s post last year about why she doesn’t make presents – and I have to say, her logic against gift-crafting is pretty bullet-proof.) Are you making gifts this year or keeping your sewing time delightfully selfish?