Monday, November 2, 2015

October Wrap Up

October Wrap Up

My sewing was all over the place for October and November will have a bunch of "just because I wanna" sewing :) My wardrobe is full. I have lots of storage but I also have lots of clothes. LOTS! So my November plans (when I decide on them!) will reflect this.

In October, I sewed 15 yards:
  • Vogue 8979 top in red poly crepe - 1.5 yards
  • Butterick 5678 shirt in pink cotton oxford - 1.75 yards (WIP-needs buttonholes)
  • New Look 6261 dress in plaid wool - 1.5 yards (finished-needs pressing and photos)
  • Style Arc Edith top in pumpkin rayon challis - 1.75 yards - wadder :(
  • New Look 6301 dresses in ponte - 6.5 yards (2 as a gift, 1 for me!)
  • Simplicity 2246 dress in black ponte - 2 yards (WIP-needs buttonholes)
Favorite: Hmmm, S2246 will be a wardrobe workhorse as will B5678. And I really like the New Look dress too! I can't choose!

And how funny that these 3 haven't appeared yet :-p I will probably do one big write up as they are all patterns I've already sewn and minimal changes were made this time around.

Fail: SA Edith. Pattern seems like it'll be fine, but my fabric choice was a fail.

Accomplishments: I didn't push myself much this month. I suppose with the NL dress. While everything wasn't perfect, I did a really nice job matching across the zipper, which I was worried about and put off for days :)

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Making My Wardrobe Work Wrap Up

I had SO much fun documenting my outfit choices for October. Sure, there's Me Made May, which I love, but this was about putting looks together, not just wearing handmade. Although the vast majority of my wardrobe is handmade now :)

The whole month, along with outfit details and my 1-10 rating are HERE.

Here are my faves for the month:


2 in the center bottom are the same day. 
I just love wearing my Burda coat so much!

Part of me feels like it was all over the place! But the other part says I'm pretty consistent in my love for top+pants+topper. And that I feel like if I "just" wear a top and bottom I need big jewelry.

I wonder if Heidi, Nina and Zac would look at this collection of items and say that this is the "same woman"? :-P 

What I learned?

  • I really like 'playing in my clothes'. This entire time, I would spend about 30 minutes on Sunday evening trying on looks and coming up with 3 solid options. This gave me for sure things to wear with a couple days of freedom for feeling "blah" or having a sudden change of heart.
  • Black, gray and denim are my neutrals.
  • Throwing a denim jacket over dresses makes me happy and I should do it more often.
  • I love my gray Butterick 6169 moto jacket.
  • I wore a dress 5 times and a skirt 2 times. Interesting as I was so gung-ho for fall and dresses! 
  • I wore 7 pairs of pants twice each 
  • I had one day where I didn't get dressed so the other 9 days each had a different pair of pants. That's 16 pairs of pants I wore this month! OHMYGOSH. I am totally not making more pants. Okay I probably will. But sheesh! LOL!

So my big takeaway is that I like dresses but I still love separates. And I "need" more cardigans and jackets. And still feel like I need more tops.

And while I can appreciate minimalist approaches...I am just a person who will have a large wardrobe!

Also, I am thoroughly enjoying Rocksbox. I've received 2 boxes during the month of October. I'll write a review after receiving my 3rd box.

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I'm working on an outfit from the November Burda for my daughter and have 2 things planned from Burda for myself (August and October issues)...but I haven't put any plans in stone for November. 

More on that after I've had a chance to ponder.

15 comments:

  1. I love your wrap-up!! You have a great sense of style, and it really shows! I have been swamped with life with my kiddos, but do want to sew something BEFORE THE YEAR IS OUT, lol!! Great job as always Nakisha!

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    1. Thank you so much!

      Oh I hope you do find the time to sew something Vanessa!!!!

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  2. Very prolific! Can't wait to hear about Rocksbox. DD does LeTote and absolutely loves it. She so hates to shop.

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    1. Thanks Bunny! oooh, glad she likes it! There's so many subscription services out there!

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  3. Great wrap up, and fantastic outfits!

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  4. I really like seeing your outfits all pictures together. They are all stylish and all very you. It makes me realize that I really want to revamp my wardrobe. I've reverted back to jeans and t-shirts because I haven't had a lot (well, any) time to see for myself in a long while. Seeing all your garments together is inspiring me to get my commissions done so I can get back to seeing for myself.

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    1. Thank you!

      I hope you do find some time to sew for you in between paid jobs! I know that must get tough.

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  5. Wow! Great looking outfits ! I especially the blue print dress and the black dolman sleeve top, but I loved many other pieces as well! Great wrap up.

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    1. Thank you Diana! Those are faves of mine as well!

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  6. I love seeing how you pair everything in your wardrobe. I'm no good at that sort of thing :D You make it look effortless!

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    1. Aww, thanks! So my little secret...My daughter (17!) has been asking me to help her put outfits together! I was tickled! LOL!

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  7. Oh my...you are so prolific. I love all of your ensembles.

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  8. Thanks for sharing these, it really helps (me at least) coming up with ideas for myself. I have been slacking with sewing the past 2 months, I gotta get back on the saddle ;-). Reading about your productivity normally will do it for me, LOL.

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