I started sewing the Colette Parfait dress last Saturday. It took me for-ev-er to assemble the pattern. I have very little open floor space in my house and dogs (read: dog hair) everywhere. Not good for taping stuff together. With Colette patterns new download options, I love the instant gratification I get from buying the pattern and being able to start working on it right away. I'm not sure about other sewists out there, but I can very rarely start sewing on the same day I cut the pattern out. By the time I get all the pieces cut out and organized, I'm burnt out on sewing. My typical sewing schedule is something like this:
Day 1: Trace pattern pieces on freezer paper; cut out
Day 2: Find big(ger) pieces of scrap fabric and cut out bodice piece muslin
Day 3: Sew up the bodice muslin; pin out adjustments; make pattern adjustments
Day 4: Cut out actual fabric (this sometimes happens immediately after making pattern adjustments)
Day 5: Sew all the things!
Day 6: Do the finishing stuff--any hand sewing, hemming, buttons, etc
I don't do all these things in consecutive days because I have next-to-no free time at all ever, but I do sneak sewing time in a few times a week when I can. I pinned some seams-to-be on my Souvenier Dress last night before bed, for example. That totally counts!
I think my Parfait schedule went something like:
Sunday: Download pattern
Tuesday: Cut out the pieces, sew up the muslin bit, make the changes
Thursday: Cut out actual fabric and interfacing parts
Saturday (November 10): Sew all the things!
That's where I'm at now. I switched my focus back to the Souvenier Dress. I'm using the same thread for both, so I should be able to finish both dresses this weekend! That is, provided I don't have ten different and more important things come up in the meantime. I'm still thinking about the buttons. I love theses vintage inspired ones I have, but they might be too heavy and too big. I have to decide before I can make the button holes.
For you crafty people, how do you break down your crafting time? I'm the least efficient sewer out there--my ironing board and iron are in one room, my sewing machine is in another, and I can never find the stupid scissors! What tips do you have to make your crafting more efficient that you can share with me? Let me know in the comments.
Hopefully I will have two new dresses to show off next week! Have a great weekend!