I was right-- I wasn't up to doing anything creative after work on Saturday. I suspected I wouldn't be, so I just chilled and got really excited about cutting out my latest project on Sunday. Which I did. But, as you can see in the picture, I grossly overestimated how much fabric I was actually going to need for this dress! It's my own fault-- I probably should have looked at the instructions in the store, and then I would have realized that the pattern calls to line the bodice in the same fabric. But I purchased lining fabric. Which I'm glad I did, because this fabric is just sheer enough that lining with the same fabric would result in all sorts of weird pattern-crossing. Still, that skirt piece on the left side of the picture is the end of what I needed to lay out. That rather large expanse in the rest of the picture--at least a solid yard, if not more-- is what I'm left with. I'm kind of annoyed, actually, because the fabric for this dress wasn't an inexpensive purchase. Especially because of the lining fabric-- since I'm fully lining the dress instead of just lining down to the midriff piece like the pattern calls for, I sprung for one that was higher quality than the $2-3 a yard stuff, and I have a huge piece of that leftover too. My comfort there is that it's highly probable I'll be able to find some use for plain white lining fabric. I really don't know what to do with this blue and white stuff, though. It's kind of a lightweight synthetic, so I have my doubts as to how good a bag it'll make. And yes, I could make a top out of it, likely, but it's a rather distinctive print, so can I have a top and a dress made out of the same stuff in my wardrobe? What to do?
I haven't been idle since Sunday. I spent Monday night partially cleaning up my room, and yesterday mostly cleaning up my sewing area. I think I made more progress on the sewing area than the room. I did end up throwing out some likely unusable pieces of scraps, mostly from my trash can...let's just say it was rather overdue for an emptying. A whole trash bag's worth of stuff, actually, and I feel rather guilty about it since it's just going to be sitting in a landfill till kingdom come. But I do have to admit it's nice to have a cleaner area. And I sort of re-discovered some things I'd been missing-- some beads I'd purchased that I couldn't find for ages, my newer, sharper pair of fabric scissors, things like that. I also found some pieces of fabric while I was rummaging around that are now just screaming at me to make something, anything, out of them. Namely a couple pieces that Mom gave me for Christmas last year that I haven't used yet. I think I can figure out what to do with the brown striped cotton (it's actually the brown version of the blue that I used to make the Emily blouse) , and a patterned knit that I have a couple patterns that it might work well with. What's got me puzzled is this one piece-- it's a brown kind of suedecloth-looking piece, with raised embroidery in the shape of flowers and swirls. So it's got some pretty nice texture to it. My original thought was a skirt, but now I'm thinking that the texture might actually add visual pounds to my hips, which don't really need the help. So now I'm thinking maybe a fitted jacket. I guess I'll have to see what I have in my stash, becuase I looked at the BurdaStyle patterns last night, and none of them look quite right for it. Of course, if I don't have one, I might be able to adapt a BurdaStyle...
Feeling slightly overwhelmed with craftiness, actually... between the sudden surge of ideas I've had in my no-sewing week (and especially after PR last Wednesday), and still having quite a bit of scrapbooking hanging over my head, I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever get either hobby under control!
There's a good chance I'll have another post today-- since I don't have the long day at the garden center on Wednesdays anymore, or band camp, or employee meetings today, or any teaching since I scheduled off Wednesdays due to the original garden center schedule this summer, I have the entire day off! Which means, other than necessary things like playing my flute and doing some laundry, I'm just going to sew all day. Woohoo!