Sewcial Distancing Plans

April 30, 2020 No Comments
Chelsea wearing a Hinterland dress in an orange print with a mint green background.

Or, why I’m grateful to have a hobby

So, you might know we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, which has given everyone more time than we had previously known what to do with. I’ve been using this time mostly to read, sew and watch tv. Luckily for me, I took part in Seamwork’s S/S 2020 Design Your Wardrobe class, so I already have a BUNCH of plans ready for sewcial distancing (get it?)! I’m planning on adding a few basics that I know will get a lot of wear (including my first Hinterland dress!), and picking a few things that will challenge me. Because I’ve got the time.

The basics

Like I just mentioned, I’m sewing my first Hinterland dress, which has a bit of a cult following in the sewing community. Okay, to be honest I just made my first Hinterland dress (it’s the one I’m wearing in the picture!). And if you follow me on instagram, you may know that I’ve already started another. Well, technically I started it before the one I’ve actually completed, but due to fabric stuff (to iron or not to iron before cutting… I should have ironed), it’s been put on the back burner. I’m going to get over the issues and hammer out the final bits that need to be taken in/recut. No mods to be made, aside from removing the button placket to cut both front pieces on the fold!

A picnic bitch wrap dress

I bought the Hannah dress pattern from By Hand London a few months back because I’m a sucker for wrap dresses. I’ve finally got fabric I want to use with it, and it’s a picnic bitch’s dream. If you don’t know what I mean by picnic bitch, please watch any Best Dressed youtube video. She’ll probably reference being one. It’s a vibe and I love it. Especially with this fabric. I originally saw it from one of my favorite fabric shops, Stonemountain & Daughters, but it sold out in less than 15 hours, so I missed out. Or so I thought!! Gotta love fabric shops that source deadstock from the same (I’m assuming) suppliers!!

As showcased in my previous sewing post, I’m wearing some lovely sweatpants and a cute, basic knit t-shirt.

Both of which I made during April! I’ve been inspired by @daily_disco‘s leisure suits for awhile now, and decided to whip up my own sweatpants! I already have tons of sweatshirts (they’re a wardrobe basic for me at this point), so finally having some comfy sweatpants to lounge in is a delight. When I bought the jersey for my shirt, I also snagged this fleece. I hardly ever wear colorful pants, so I’m especially excited for this one!

A shirt hack

I saw this hack for the Roscoe blouse and knew I had to make it. I then found this fabric and knew I had to use it for the hack. A bit pricey, but it’s deadstock SILK CREPE DE CHINE from an ethical producer. Worth it. It’s a dream to touch (for all the online fabric shopping I do, I’m big on texture), and I can’t wait to whip it up. First I’m making a muslin though, to ensure it fits correctly before cutting into my gorgeous dream of a fabric.

Finally, I have a couple throw quilts I want to make!

I bought a quilt kit from Cottoneer for the Perfect Storm quilt by Cloth and Crescent, so I’m excited to wrap that up! I got the absolute best backing for it, and I’m too hyped for it to finally be made. The second quilt on my list is the Clava quilt by Miss Make. I have dreamy fabric for it, and I’m excited to get this one going too!

The Challengers
I, Chelsea White, am going to make a jean jacket.

A pale pink jean jacket. A pale pink jean jacket whose fabric I have owned for over 2 years now. WHOOPS. I’ve worked it up in my mind, but I know it wont’ be that difficult once I actually start sewing. Plus, Seamwork has a free class covering the pattern I’ll be using, so it won’t be as hard as I thought. Hopefully!!

Buttons.

I have three garments that are on my list that will require buttons. The jacket, a dress and a button up shirt. I haven’t sewn a buttonhole since my senior year of high school, so yeah, I’m a little nervous! I’ve just gotta take my time, practice on scraps, and breathe through it. I can do it!!

A bra and underwear.

I bought a bra and underwear kit from Madalynne, but I’ve been too nervous to tackle sewing my own bra and underwear. Whelp, I have the time now! Plus, how cool would it be to wear an outfit that was entirely made by me (minus the shoes)? I get excited just thinking about it!

Do you have any crafty activities lined up for this chunk of time? I’d love to know!
Chelsea

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I’m Chelsea, half human, half disco ball, total joyful disaster. When I’m not walking my dog or sewing some fun clothes you can find me listening to records, exploring my city and doing my best to bring joy to my every day.

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