The challenge was hosted by Sheona of Sewisfaction this year and if anyone can persuade someone to want to take part in something Sheona, with her bubbly, cheerful personality is just the person to do it. I love her vlog posts and instagram stories and feeds. She is down to earth and so easy to relate too. So when she announced she was hosting this year, I couldn't help but join in.
I had a hard time deciding which pattern I was going to use at first, because there's a few I love. I thought of making six more Blackwood cardi's, or maybe a few new Idyllwild Tees. Maybe a couple more Anna dresses (but how would that work with jeans and steel toes five days out of the week?). Finally I settled on the Sew Over It Molly Top. I had five of them already, so I figured I could just double up. Then I ended up making a Molly Dress the week the challenge was starting, and then another Molly top the evening of the second last day. I already have two more planned. Molly is definitely proven to be my go to tried and true pattern. It's such a simple make and I can whip one up in a little over an hour from cutting out to hemming. The fit is spot on with just an inch and a half added for length, so it's a no brainer for me. It makes me feel great being able to finish something easily these days when sewing time is so limited and I love wearing them. It's definitely my number one "TNT" pattern.
I've been on the fence about the Molly Dress since the City Break E-book came out to be honest. I have definitely wanted to make one, but worried that it would look like a nightgown, or just too shapeless on my figure. I have some gorgeous Ponte that I'd ordered from Stitchy Bee a while back that I wanted to make a dress with, but no way wanted to waste it if the dress was a disaster. So I bought some fabric from the local Fabricland on my way home from work one day. Unfortunately I misread the price and it ended up hella expensive, especially for a potential dud. Ooops! I decided to forge ahead with it though with the intention that if it was a nightmare I could chop off the bottom and have a really soft and cozy Molly top. I LOVE the dress. It gets all the heart eyes from me. I have no clue what the fabric is - it's soft and feels like a cross between a really fine sweater knit and a brushed poly.
I documented my week on Instagram - most photos taken with my tripod and remote on my phone, and the weekday ones were taken at 5:30 in the morning, so photo quality is a bit dodgy, but hopefully you won't mind my less than glorious photography skills. Here's how my week went:
Day One - the brand new Molly Dress
Day Two - a Molly tee - this one is probably my least favourite Molly. It's a fairly recent make, and it's ok, but there's very little drape to the organic cotton jersey and it turns out it's not as great a colour as I thought it was when I bought the fabric three years ago, but it's great for kicking around in.
Day Three - one of my early Molly's. I think this was the second one I made last year. Unfortunately I forgot to add any length and it's shrunk so it's on the verge of too short for me to wear comfortably. But it has silver threads along the edges of the stripes which makes me ridiculously happy, so I still wear it more often than I should and then spend the day tugging it down.
Day Four - My first Molly. Oh how I love this top! It's so cozy and soft. It's made from a sweater knit and it's only issue is that somehow a mad case of static cling has got it's clutches on it and no matter how I wash or dry it I can not get rid of the cling from hell. I've tried everything I can think of so if you have any great solutions, please let me know!
Day Five - A recent Molly. I totally meant to make a cardi with this fabric. But then I felt like I was in the doldrums with my sewing and had nothing to wear, so it became a Molly instead. I may or may not live in this top.
Day Six - this was my third Molly. At first I thought this jersey from Minerva Crafts was way to drapey and that the top looked way too flowy, but it took mere moments of wearing it for it to become one of my favourites. It's such a great top for work. Not too heavy, and a great layering piece. It gets a lot of wear! (let's just ignore the wrinkles - it probably should have had a date with an iron before I took a photo in it.)
Day Seven - last but not least my newest Molly top. This is a short sleeved version. I thought I'd mix things up and make a v-neck on this and now I'm obsessing about a long sleeve v-neck Molly. I could live in this top every day if it wasn't weird to do so.
In retrospect, I suppose choosing the Molly Top wasn't the most challenging thing given I really do wear them all the time, especially during the work week. It felt almost like cheating it was such an easy choice! As I mentioned I'm planning a Molly Dress with the Ponte from Stitchy Bee and I have a great monochromatic grey floral jersey that I just ordered on a black friday sale from The Fabric Snob that is pretty much screaming at me to become a v-neck long sleeve Molly, so clearly I'm not done with the pattern just yet!
I have some other projects I'd love to tell you about in the near future, but not sure when I'll get the chance to be back to blogging, so who knows when it'll happen or if it'll happen. I sometimes feel like so much time has past that there's not much point in writing about it anymore. So I guess I'll just play it by ear and see you when I see you. In the meantime, I hope this finds you all happy, healthy and enjoying life to it's fullest!