Summer Sewing Plans

These lists never work out for me. I never make what I say I will. But, I was so inspired by the women and creativity at PR Weekend Portland, I’ve started a list.

Long term summer: a motorcycle / bomber jacket. I fell in love with this denim backed sherpa from Mill End. At $14 a yard it was a good buy. I immediately thought bomber jacket. Then at Christina’s I tried on her amazing amazing biker jacket.

I’ll also make a forward shoulder, round upper back adjustment and FBA, but this puppy will be mine by fall! But, can I say again how appalled I was at my posture in these (all) photos? Forward thrusting neck, rounded shoulders and all.

I felt like I had the upper body of an 80 year old. Less time at the computer would probably help!

Next: this Badgley Mishcka  Vogue jacket on display at Josephine’s Dry Goods in Portland. Drool.

I bought the rest of the bamboo denim off the bolt, ordered the patterns from Christina’s in Seattle on Monday and it was at my house in Baltimore on Thursday.

Again, I need an FBA. But, how fun to try on the garment you wanna make?

Third: Jeans! I bought two pieces of denim at PR Weekend LA (2008). And I won (ok, begged, badgered and pleaded) for the Jalie 2908 stretch jeans pattern.  Emile from Jalie was there and I tried her on. Awesome fit and no gaposis. I know, I’m totally the girl who cried denim, but I *really* wanna make some jeans!

In July I’m  going to take a stab at a raspberry Anthropologie trench-inspired dress for the PR RTW Knockoff Contest. It sold off their site less than a week after being on. I tried it on in Seattle and it was very flattering on me. I have a few cuts at home that should work just fine.

Truthfully, I know this is enough. But, I’m still thinking sailor pants, trench coat and a blouse or two. Sigh. In all honesty I will probably end up making just one of these! It’s simply the curse of the list.


  1. I just finished a summer jacket, and I’m finally admitting to myself that I have forward shoulders. I, too, am appalled at my posture when I stand in a ‘relaxed’ state. Going to look up the alteration right now…

  2. If the foward rounded shoulder thing is newish, as in not present in much older photos, could be still a chance to ‘straighten up’! Have you heard of the Alexander Technique? If you can find a teacher in your area you might find the sessions relaxing and possibly save the round from getting any rounder. Speaking as someone with ‘boomerang’ shoulders, a ‘shelf’ on the right and with a *very* round shouldered mother!

    That said, if you alter properly to fit the ‘fault’ it can disappear.

    Plans are made to be changed – but still worthwhile making the list in the first place. Do you have the serious boots you are going to need to wear with the jeans and bomber? 😉


  3. Nice denim fabric and nice jacket. BTW: Your PR pictures were fabulous! I felt like I was there! Looks like you had alot of fun. There’s nothing like meeting fellow bloggers, etc. in person. Hope you’re able to get some rest in this weekend.

    Will school continue during the summer? You’re right about the computer. Affects one’s posture greatly unless one knows how to do proper stretching and the right upper body exercises.

  4. I love the list. like you I can’t stick to a plan either – life and pattern attention deficit disorder get in the way. But I love that Badgely Mischka jacket – you have to make that!

  5. If you just make one of this list, you still can be sure that it will fit you and suit you and how cool is that? Maybe you just have to come back to this post and look at the pictures and tell yourself: I do look smashing in those garments, I need to make them for me too 😉 *smile*

    I love lists and they keep me focused but no two people are alike…

  6. You do realize that a List is just a guideline and that you don’t have to make everything on it! Does that make you feel better? Cause I make lists all the time and rarely finish everything on them…they are just there as aids to my sewing plans!

    You got some great things and I think you should start with the Badgley Mischka jacket – that looks like you sooooo much!

  7. I admire people (insert Trena) who sew with a plan and make lists, but it never usually works out for me…life gets in the way of sewing!

  8. I don’t like lists either. What happens if you’re suddenly in desperate need (or desire) of a floral skirt, and the list says it’s time for a jacket? I’m sure you’ll have a blast with whatever you make, and with the new fabric inspiring you, you might even get some list items done!

  9. Love the Badgley/Mishcka jacket pattern. I have it in my queue also. Once you make your own jeans, you will not want RTW again!

  10. I make lists all the time and I never make all of whats on it because there is no way that slow poke moi could actually sew everything on my list! But, it’s good to focus in and look through my fabric, because it also reminds me that no, I don’t need any more denim! It’s fun to dream and a sewing list is just that for those of us who are sewing obsessed!
    Your photos of PR weekend are wonderful, thanks posting them.

  11. Wow, thanks for the eye candy! I hadn’t yet discovered Christina’s blog when she posted that jacket, so I just now saw it. That’s impressive! And thanks for the 411 on those Jalie dress pants! I’d sworn off making pants with waistbands due to past disasters, but those are really cute, and Jalie has a good rep in the blogging world.

  12. That Badgley Mishcka jacket is very cute on you. I wondered what pattern it was when I saw the other PR photos.
    Don’t worry about the posture either. Now you are aware of it you can make an effort to stand up straighter. I have lazy posture too and need to constantly remind myself to push my shoulders back. 🙂 Just knowing helps.

  13. Hello Cidell,

    I hope you really do get to make these ones, they’ll look fabulous on you!

    I wanted to double check about the Jalie pattern: did you try on the stretch pants pattern (2909) or the specific stretch jeans (2908)? You see, I think I have a similar body shape to you (except larger overall, ahem) and I’d love a no-gap jeans pattern …

  14. Like Ginevra’s comment above, I really look forward to you blogging about making the jeans. I have a 10 year old daughter with a similar body shape to you. I have had lots of trouble making jeans for her. It is like fitting a moving target.

  15. You are making me sit straight as I sit here at my computer. 🙂 I looooove that bomber fabric, I do hope you tackle that first since it will be awesome. Nice list though! *mojo*

  16. I’m a list maker. I make lists of everything. It works for me, but it doesn’t work for everyone. I am satisfied when I cross something off. I’m currently making my way through a winter sewing list. Sometimes I change my mind when I lay the fabric out to cut it, but that’s OK. I like making jeans, but after the pair I made this weekend I think I need to make a swayback adjustment. I took them in by inches at the back and there is STILL a gap! I want to try bamboo fabric. I look forward to hearing about how it sews for you. Love the sherpa backed fabric. As for posture, I have two solutions. First of all, take up weight lifting … serious weight lifting. You’ll injure yourself if you don’t stand properly. I know that from experience! Secondly I will send my DH to you. He very kindly and thoughtfully tells me whenever I am standing poorly!

  17. Celie – can’t wait for you to do the Badgley Mishcka….I’m just a smidge concerned about the fit on the jacket….I may have to do a side dart just to make sure there’s a little shape to the jacket. I love it though and looks like its worth the effort.

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