I've been looking at the next few weeks of challenges on Sew Weekly. It's interesting how for some, I read the synopsis and INSTANTLY know what I want to make, others I have a rough idea....but for most it takes 2-3 weeks of scouring the internet and magazines before I have some kind of inspiration.
For this coming week, if you've been keeping an eye on my Absobloominglutely tumblr account you'll know what I'm up to (Spider Tempy, Spider Tempy, sews very fast, unpicks with regretty.....OK, so I used up all my rhyming skills on my Dr Seuss skirt post).
It's red, white and blue week. As red is my favourite colour this is one of the colour challenges I instantly warm to. But the ideal make for me this week would have been the UK/USA flag dress I made for the Accessorise challenge:
But actually having already done some obvious red, white and blues...having to think outside the box actually made me come up with something I'm sure I'll have far more fun making and photoshooting than you lot will reading about it (not that I'm saying it will be boring for you, I'll make sure of that...it's I'm a geek and making a geek dress is FUN).
Next week's challenge is half sorted as it's Embellishment and/or Embroidery week....and again if you follow my Asbobloominglutely you'll have seen the beginnings of what I'm doing there.... Here's a sneak peek:
It's the week after that I'm undecided about, but need to decide on quickly if I need to order in some fabric.
It's 'The Great Outdoors" but the synposis is also "something inspired by nature". My thinking (warped as it is) is that you could take this at least two ways. Inspired by nature might lead to creations based on flowers or trees, animals, lakes, mountains, the sea....the list is endless......buuuuuuut, pause, I'm drawn to the phrase "The Great Outdoors"....
To me, "The Great Outdoors" conjures up camping, hiking, woodlands (yes, my little British soul stuck in Phoenix, Arizona is pining for greenery again), lakes, sitting around campfires, smores, Yogi Bear....pickernick baskets....yep, I'm going for the cute and kitschy again instead of the artistic and literal.
I'm also LONG OVERDUE and being rather nesh about getting around to sewing my first pair of trousers, or at least shorts (and no, I'm British, I can't call them pants, everytime I hear Americans say pants it makes me giggle.....it gets me into all sorts of trouble). If I were go down the Great Outdoors route, I could make myself my first pair of shorts....brown practical hiking shorts....with pockets for a compass, my inhaler and couple of boy scouts to rub together to make a fire make sure I didn't get lost.
I like this idea. I also like the idea of making a practical shirt...in a very unsuitable fabric, for example, I'm drawn to Alexander Henry Fabrics outdoorsy guys or gals:
I think I like the gals even better than the guys, but the guys seem more inappropriate haha. I saw 'Dolly Clackett's' lovely dress made up from the gals fabric the other day whilst researching...and there's a slightly different pattern, with more green in it that's tickling my fancy too. But even I, Tempest Devyne, am unsure whether I'd have the nerve to pull off wearing a shirt made from the this material on a regular basis (and you've seen some of the stuff I wear!)
What do you think? Should I go for it just for the fun of it? Can you picture the smores around the campfire photoshoot right now? Me, holding a map upside down in front of a Phoenix mountain?
OK, what about this fabric? Still whimsical but less risque:
It has a bit of the Dora the Explorer to it. Or what about this...
Aaaargh, too many choices. I'm thinking the blouse will be a mix up of view A and C of McCalls 6035 btw:
What do you reckon? Any suggestions to help my indecision would be gratefully received...then possibly ignored as I go for the Alexander Henrys anyway ;) Stop me! Stop me! Hold me back.....