Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September Wrap-Up and October Plans

It's October Already?

In my August wrap-up, I had a list of 8 things I wanted to make in September. So how did I do? I made 4 of the 8, plus some other things. Because "ooh! Shiny!" :)

Sewaholic Minoru (sewn)
M7244 (sewn)
B5030 (not sewn)
M7254 (not sewn)
M6708 (sewn)
Burda 7136 (switched for B5678)
M6964 (not sewn)
Burda 8/2015 (not sewn)

Most notably left off the September sewing list is Butterick 5030. I love that pattern so much though and WILL make it. It's just that the navy crepe I had planned for it is narrower than I thought and I do not have enough yardage.

This month I sewed 18.75 yards (I don't even know how that happened; and double checked the math twice!):
  • McCall's 6708 cardigan in polka-dot sweater knit with contrast bands - 1.5 yards ( I promise I will review this soon!)
  • McCall's 6886 dress in the same fabric as the M6708 contrast - 1.5 yards
  • McCall's 7244 dress in marsala ponte - 1.5 yards
  • Sewaholic Minoru jacket in tan water repellent linen - 2.5 yards
  • McCall's 6886 dress in black/white striped ponte - 1.75 yards
  • McCall's 6884 dress in teal/navy ITY - 2.25 yards
  • Butterick 5678 shirt in white cotton shirting - 1.75 yards
  • Lekala 5871 skirt in cotton twill - 1 yard
  • New Look 6326 skirt in black ponte - 2.75 yards (TIMES TWO! lol!)
  • Burda 9/2014 muslin in plaid suiting - 2 yards
I really like the look of the crazy Burda pant so far! I wish I could have actually used this fabric for them as I like the subtle pattern. But I can already see the front crotch length is too long and hence these will be a muslin, for sure. 

October plans?

-I will finish this muslin and sew up these pants in black (pants are Burda 9/2014)
-Black cropped Lekala moto jacket (copying a RTW jacket from WHBM)
-Another pair of SA Sandra jeans (in a light khaki-ish twill)
-Burda 8/2015 skirt (I really want this skirt!)

Otherwise, I switched my wardrobe from 'spring/summer' to 'fall/winter' and am currently LOVING it. I love doing this by the way, it feels like I get NEW CLOTHES! vs having everything crammed into the closet year-round.

It's too warm still for 'winter' clothes but I think boot weather has definitely arrived and longer sleeves, ponte dresses and jackets are in.

I know that I still need solid colored tops. I love a good print but living in the midwest, life is about layering and with my collection of cardigans and jackets, solid tops make that easier. So I am thinking I can add to the wardrobe in that area.

I am down just about 10 lbs in the last two months and am noticing baggy pants. Yay but boo! I have 3 pair that I really, really, really need to take in because they just look a bit sad. I probably won't sew many dress pants in the foreseeable future. I'll be wearing all the skirts and all the dresses with all the boots until it gets Minnesota cold. And by then I'm thinking I may be dropping from a size 18 in pants down to a 16. So I am reluctant to cut anymore out.

Oh and all this sewing totally fits in with FESA!


  1. Great summary! I really liked your makes this month! And, yay, losing a bit of weight!

  2. Congrats on this month's output! I'm looking forward to seeing the final version of those Burda pants. And yay to losing weight!

  3. great job with your September output. I just saw a knit jacket in Kohl's similar between the Lekala moto and the Style arc marie jacket.

    1. Thank you! Ooh I have not gone in Kohl's since forever but it sounds like they've since gotten more fashionable clothes!

  4. I really do like those pants - I'm off to see if I have that magazine :).

    Congrats on your weight loss - that will help your joints. Lucky that baggy, 70's pants are in because they are not so fitted so you can lose a bit of weight with them - maybe that's what you could make in the interim.

    1. Thank you!!!

      It is helping already !I am downright amazed at the difference. Can't wait til I'm at 20 lbs down!

      I was thinking of finding a couple of patterns meant for ponte. Carolyn just made a pair from a pattern I have. That would get me through another transition!

  5. My weight is changing too. It does make trouser fitting awkward, I need a trouser pattern that I can take in (& out) easily. Not sure it exists!

    You have had an impressive output - as always!

  6. Impressive as always. Keep up the great work!

  7. I am so in awe if how prolific you are, and that what you sew is so stylish! And I love your blog!

  8. I like your white shirt and pant combo. Those pants are different, alright. The fabric seems to work great with it. Congratulations on your weight loss. Keep the momentum going!

  9. Yay for you and your weight loss! Just another reason to sew some more clothes :D I'm loving those pants you are working on. You were so productive in September! I'm with you on the switch to fall/winter clothes. I love this season :D

    1. Exactly Kristin! MOAR sewing! LOL! :)

      I love fall. Love. Love. Love.

  10. You are so productive with your sewing! And congrats with the weight loss. I think I have been inspired to lose some weight too (so that I can gain it all back at Christmas time! LOL!).

  11. Seriously how do you manage to produce all this sewing and work full-time. Great achievement, lovely results, loved the shirt. Good weight loss a big congratulations on that one.

    1. Thanks so much Louise! It's amazing how much differently clothes fit after a 10 lb loss!


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