Saturday, July 7, 2007

The Rotary Cutter Is Smokin'!

I was feeling overwhelmed and couldn't decide what to make next. Too many fabrics. Too many patterns. Too many choices. Yeah, life is tough, I know. ;-) But after 3 or 4 days of paralysis, I'm finally back at the cutting table. Usually, I cut one project and then sew one project. Today, I'm a cutting fool.

After poring over tons of patterns and magazines and coming up with no definitive plan, I decided to just go with TNT (tried and true) patterns and Get 'er Done. I have all those pretty fabrics and they're not doing me any good by gathering dust. And besides, the fabric closet is ready to explode … because as many of you know, when I don't sew, I buy. ;-)

I've had the Live Earth concert playing on the Bravo channel all day and so far, I've actually made some decisions and have cut out 4 tops and 1 skirt, with one more skirt to cut before the end of the evening. My goal for the next two weeks is to get enough additional pieces cut and sewn so that everything still unsewn fits on the closet shelves. It's a good thing it's summer and I live in tee shirts, skirts, and capris because the sewing should be fast and easy.

I've stopped between skirts right now to write this while I'm deciding whether to use another TNT or to try an as-yet untested pattern. I'm leaning toward the new pattern because it will be simple enough to tissue-fit and tell whether it will work (or not). Ahem. Famous Last Words.

What I've cut so far:

Kwik Sew 3378 (tee)
Kwik Sew 3287 (skirt)
Burda WOF 06/2005 #111 (tee, with sleeves from Ottobre 02/2007)
Ottobre 02/2007 #5 (tee, with different sleeves this time)
Self-drafted (tee, with Diana Mode sleeves—my favorite tee so far this summer)

The 2 skirts I'm debating between:
Kwik Sew 3231 (skirt, TNT)
Simplicity 4276 (skirt, untested)

Of course, I could just do both, right?

I'm hoping to start sewing tonight, but if not, the machines will be humming tomorrow.


  1. Very cool! Looking forward to seeing what you create!

  2. Woohoo, can't wait to see it all! Happy Sunday to you :)

  3. You've been busy!!!! But I do the same thing, cut one day, and sew the next! LOL

  4. Yee-haw!
    FWIW, my vote is for the KS skirt because the verticals are flattering and KS usually has better shaping than SIM. IMO with poor drafting the cut of that skirt ahs pup tent potential unless you cut it on the bias--now that would take up a lot of fabric, but you wouldn't have the verticals. However, after a lot of TNTs you're probably itching to break new ground.
    Do what your sewing muse says!
    You can always swe up a lot of fabric by making some summer bathrobes.

  5. Really cute, Debbie. I really like the Simplicity skirt pattern. I like to wear skirts in the summer as it is so hot here. DH has asked me to hold off buying any new fabric until I sew up some of the 5 bins of fabric I already have. I told him that it was mostly winter fabrics (including that stashed in the armoire) that I needed summer fabrics. Am not sure if he bought it or not but that's my story.

  6. Now there's one arguement for TNT's!

    When you're in the mood to sew, you just cut and go!

    Love it! :)


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