Tuesday, April 5, 2016

March Wrap Up

Hellooooooooo. Is this thing on?!

Thanks to all the supporters of my lab-coat-vest! ;-)

It's only been 10 days since I last blogged but I've barely been reading any blogs either which is crazy for me! Now, I could have sworn I had taken photos of my latest B5760 skirt (of which I have made 4 or 5) but I think I just tried it on with a bunch of tops.

**Ooh! That made me think of something...I got lots of comments to try the lab-coat-vest on with other outfits. TRUST me, when a sewing fail hits the blog, I have tried that garment on with any and everything I think might possibly help it and make it work. So the vest got tried on with lights and darks, with skirts and pants and shorts and jeans, with sleeved dresses and sleeveless dresses. It just doesn't work in it's current state. At all.**

Anyway, I finally had a few minutes to check out a couple of blogs today and realized I hadn't posted my March wrap-up. So here goes!

This month I sewed 14 yards:

  • McCall's 6884 dress in black and floral print ITY - 3 1/4 yards
  • Vogue 8904 dress in gray and white striped jersey - 2 3/4 yards
  • Burda 7136 shirt in chambray - 2 yards (still needs buttons)
  • Simplicity 2700 pants in brick red wool blend suiting - 2 3/4 yards
  • Simplicity 1756 vest in white linen/cotton blend - 2 1/4 yards
  • Butterick 5760 skirt in blue denim-look boucle - 1 yard
Favorite: Real close call between the two dresses. The McCall's is an absolute favorite pattern and I love the color blocking. But that Vogue dress is sooooo flattering IMO and I love how soft the jersey is!

Accomplishments: Zippered welt pockets on the vest! They were NOT perfect, but I DID IT! And without help from the pattern! 

FAILS: Obvs we know what this is...the vest.

I had to bow out of the Wardrobe contest and my Fabric Mart post for the month. The move almost did me in! SO much work. Sheesh. 

April's plans are to finish the prom dress and my April FM post. That's it. We'll see if I manage to get my April Burda done. I really want to make this dress and wear it to my daughter's final Jazz concert--they call it Hot Club-- It's really cool and as a bonus, senior parents get some special accommodations. Yay!

The concert isn't formal in any way so I plan to make the dress in the olive crepe I got from FM (LOVE every one of those fabrics I ordered btw!!) and wear a more casual jacket over it. 


  1. This may be a dumb question: Can you wear the *fail* as a lab coat at wok? With a white blouse perhaps?

    1. Well my current position doesn't require a lab coat. But the answer would be no...the lab coat would be worn as a layer of protection.

  2. The olive crepe fabric for the dress you want to make sounds really beautiful! I can't wait to see it completed! Going back to your "lab coat", I think it was just the color… Don't give up on this pattern because I think it's really cute! Try it in a different color maybe khaki or can army green for more casual look with jeans! Also adding a drawstring around the midsection to to draw it in may change the look and make it something more appealing to you as well . I see many options for this vest!

    1. Thanks Myra! Well, I used a different vest pattern before that has an elastic waist - which I love. And it's army green.

      I've got 600+ patterns - it's okay if one doesn't work! :)

      I cannot wait on that dress! Seems like a fun project to make and wear.

  3. Your dresses were my favourites as well. Too bad about the vest, I thought it was great, my thoughts would be to wear it with an off the shoulder top that has sleeves but I know how it feels to make something that doesn't feel right. I still think it's great. And that dress you plan to make for the jazz concert sounds lovely. Can't wait to see it.

    1. Thanks Graca! Exactly; sometimes things just don't pan out, even if they don't look "bad".

  4. Don't dump it...dye it! (The vest that is.) Try a greyed down color or mixed color rather than a pure or primary color. Maybe a sage green or grey/blue to work with jeans. Just a thought.

    1. I got lots of suggestions to dye it. I've never dyed anything and not interested in learning a new thing *at this moment*.

      I'm pretty okay with the occasional fail...it happens. On to the next!

  5. Your dress sounds great! I am excited to see how your daughter's prom dress turns out too!

  6. that dress is so pretty! I can't wait to see the finished prom dress though.... I've been waiting patiently :D

  7. what pattern is the pink dress? I LOVE it


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