I haven’t been very active for a while, so first of all, sorry about that, and thank you for your patience.
The reason I have been so inactive is because I am in hospital at the moment, having undergone surgery for a big prolapsed disc in my lower back. I have been struggling with this issue for some time now, about a year actually. And in the end, it was decided that the conservative approach (pain medication and light training for stability, while allowing my body to heal it self.) was not working.
My condition had deteriorated to the point where there was concern about lasting nerve damage and damage to the control of my bladder function. So suddenly everything happened very fast, and I underwent surgery. The surgery was succesful, but there is some concern that I might have re-prolapsed after the surgery so I am current waiting for a MR scan to attempt to determine weather the nerve disturbances I feel is part of a badly irritated nerves healing proces or signs of a re-prolaps.
Hopefully soon I will get some answers and a solid recovery plan can be made and I will be out of hospital.
I haven’t told you guys about this before but having this issue has had a major influence on my life, suddenly being badly injured and not being able to do simple things like sitting on chairs, going out to dinner with friends, going to the movies, standing up for more than 5-10 mins at the time. I bet you didn’t know, but all this time I have been sewing lying on the floor, propped up with pillows as necessary and as long as I could at the time. But now it seems I can finally imagine a future where I can sit down when I sew/eat/socialize/work etc. It will most likely be a while before I get there, so I will probably be sewing on the floor for a while yet. But just knowing it is finally a posibility feels great.
I cannot wait!
So this is why I have been so quiet lately, but hopefully I will soon be feeling well enough to resume with sewing (even if on the floor), taking pictures etc. I have finished my first ten challenge, but still need to take some pictures to show you of the last couple of items. Which are all button down shirts. I Can not wait.
On another note, my brain obviously have not stopped working, even though my back has been too bad to be sewing or modeling for pictures, so instead I have been planning a lot of future projects! So I have purchased a lot of new patters, and the rest of this post will therefore be a pattern haul! Hurray! Most of the patterns are variations on the shirt/blouse theme, which seems to have captured my liking in a big way.
Here is the haul:
The first pattern I am excited about making is Butterick 6099
I want to make view C or D, but maybe with the mandarin collar. I have been making quite a few normal shirt collars lately, so I feel I might need a change of pace.
The next pattern I am excited about is this one. I want to make view B (the orange dress version with cute little sleeves). The pattern is intended for summer garments though, and the fabric should be thin and light. So I am unsure weather to leave this for the spring or to try and give it a go with a slightly more heavy fabric so I can wear it in the fall/winter.
For this pattern I want to make view A (the yellow one), and I think I will make it, in this lovely white/ivory modal fabric that I got a while back. I initially got it for another project, but it never really felt right. I just wasn’t yet happy with my pattern and the alterations I had made to it, and unsure how to get the result I wanted, so I kept putting it off. I think it will be perfect for this pattern though.
Another pattern I cannot wait to sew up is this one! I just think the different high-low variations is great and very elegant. Im drawn especially to view C and A, but I have a feeling I might end up making several of them.
I also think some of them might be cute with a little belt.
For this pattern I was drawn to the neck ruffles and shoulder details. I think it will make a super cute dress as well as maybe a blouse with a little hacking. The pussy bow blouse i might make too, but I have another pattern i might like more for that.
Another pattern I am really excited about sewing up, is this one. I think I will be making some really nice layering pieces to be paired with lovely cardigans or blazers. I especially like the versions in the solid colors, so the details really stand out. I got som navy poly see-through something which I might be using. But first I think I need to get my hands on a walking foot, so I can handle the fabric decently. So it probably won’t be made right away.
Dresses have not been something I have been sewing so far, and to be honest I feel more drawn to separats. But I do like wearing dresses so I decided to get a pattern and give it a whirl. Empire waist is usually a great thing on me, so thats what I picked. I just hope it will not be too revealing.
This is another pattern I have been drooling over for a while. I really like the bodice and especially the variation in the pink fabric. I really want to sew it in a similar fabric. I also like the sleeve variations on A and the peter pan color, which is something I have yet to try sewing.
This pattern I do not have a specifik plan for yet. I got in a sale, mainly to have some more blouse/top variation possibilities.
I think several of the versions are really sweet, but I am kinda concerned about how it will sit on my body with no darts. Perhaps It is not necessary, or perhaps I can do something clever. We will see.
Yes, what can I say? A custom cups wrap top, seemed a good idea. It almost have kinda Karate Gi style vibe, which is okay with me.
This is my last pattern for this haul, it is the before mentioned pussy bow blouse. I think it is just beautiful. I love the yoke, which extends over the shoulders. I might make this in the blouse version or in the mini dress version.
So ya, that is all I had to say for this time. But I would love to hear about it, if you have made any of these patters, and how they worked out for you.