this was my not-so-modest ambition way back in october: my tailored marfy vest, which i thought, no way will i finish this…ever; and my second (third, actually) iteration of vogue 7937, which honest-to-goodness takes about an hour and a half to sew, start-to-finish.
notice how it is inexplicably unfinished, while i finished my marfy in a matter of days. actually, there is an explanation, but it’s the excuse kind. the one-step-up-from “but i don’t wanna” kind. really, a version of “i’m much too lazy even to consider that.” the issue? i haven’t decided how i want to finish the back seams. do i press open and pink? press to the side and topstitch?
therein lies my dilemma. and my unfinished pile of would-be skirt.
i’m really feeling both the appeal and repulsion of my pile of UFOs these days…which, frankly, is starting to resemble the area 51 store room from indiana jones.
here i want to put some boning in the high waistband. that’s going to be the key to getting good structure and the 50s look i am going for.
what? i can be a 50s co-ed if i want to. i’m planning on white cotton italian pique for the shirt, with accents of some beautiful white-with-purple pinstripe same i picked up at B&J for a nauseating expense. the skirt is another fabric that got me in trouble straight from the name: elysian. the purple flowers are busy, but soothing, and i loved the idea of mixing the stripe and the print. the lavender is in case i go for the weskit and the full look.
this one is a bit odd, the colors may end up being too super-bright, but i just can’t get over the combo and how much i enjoy it.
they are appealing because they are outfits and pieces i both want and need. but a part of me is sick of them because they’ve been on my project board since july. i’m ready for new things! i’ve got a long-term project in me for january–i’d like to copy a non-cardigan-style chanel jacket i spied at my favorite consignment shop over thanksgiving weekend, and i have both the pattern and the fabric to do it.
i have plans for this that involve the pastille bodice and a skirt on a slight bias with three layers of hem, to pick up the incredibly slight tone of warm pink in the roses.
not to mention my pastille bodice and pastille/meringue skirt combo.
three four former FOs i have decided to refashion to fit my current needs, style and ability (plus some of them just aren’t working right now, period)
so i am putting this out there in order to help myself get in order and be accountable. i’d love for the separates to be done before the end of the year, so i can work in january on my chanel-style jacket and be starting some spring work by president’s day weekend. maybe it’s too much. but i’m hoping that all i need is a free weekend or two, maybe a FNSI, and a good queue of movies to keep me going.
and, yeah, i already have a spring to-do board. don’t even get me started on the ways i drive myself insane.