Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June Wrap-Up and Midyear Check-in

Err. This is an epic post of epicness...Don't say I didn't I warn you.

This month I sewed 10 1/4 yards:
  • Style Arc Cara top in floral cotton (lawn?): 1 yard
  • Burda 05/2016 #113 dress-as-nightshirt in floral knit and striped/patterned knit: 3 yards total
  • Burda 6/2016 #105 dress in animal print cotton stretch twill: 2.5 yards (pattern calls for 2 or 2 1/8; I'm not sure about that. Could just be me and how I cut?? I used all 2.5 yards)
  • Style Arc Cara top in white cotton eyelet: 1.5 yards (narrower fabric and wanted to use the scalloped edge)
  • Vogue 9056 top in black/white striped ponte - 1 yard (WIP)
  • M6886 dress in pale blue textured knit - 1 1/4 (WIP)

Favorite: I am head over heels with my Burda birthday dress! It's one of my favorite makes ever.

FAIL: An overall good month! If I had to list a fail, it would be procrastinating on the Burda. I knew it wouldn't be difficult, just a little time consuming, so I didn't push myself to get started, and I almost missed my deadline not ordering notions in time. 

Accomplishment:  I sewed all the things in my "planning" list from my May! Woohoo! 

Mid Year Goals Check

Where has the year gone?!?! This is bananas!

At the start of the year, I had some goals:

Goal was to use more of the Style Arc patterns I've purchased and to use ANY of the Jalie patterns.

No and almost yes (ha!). I've sewn some SA patterns but they've been new patterns that I had to have and then sewed up right away. I have a decent stash of SA patterns and need to use them. I have sewn my first Jalie (Scarf collar top) and LOVE it!

Here is the muslin:

I remember buying this fabric thinking DD would love it; but she did not. So it's been awaiting it's turn to become something. I think I actually like it for this top! I wasn't paying attention and cut the back with the faces right side up but the front they're upside down. Plus I didn't want to waste fabric for the ties in case this didn't work out so I ended them where the fabric ended for the other pattern pieces. So this particular version won't be finished.

I've made a 5/8" swayback adjustment, small 1/4" armhole dart + cheater FBA. DO NOT be surprised if my next post has like 4 of these. Seriously. I'm in love with the fit through the shoulders and upper back and the length is perfect. I'm off work until Tuesday so sewing WILL happen :) just not today or tomorrow. One more trip to the college with my daughter until move-in day!

My other WIPs:

M6866 in this lovely blue-grey textured knit that is too thin for a dress. I'm going to copy a cami and lengthen it to a slip (from tricot). I love the fit too much to give it up or chop it to a top!

V9056 in black/white ponte.

I was sad-mad when I realized this view has no seam allowance at the neckline or armholes. It's to be left raw. No. No. NO! I made a binding that works. I was debating if I should hem it but I don't mind it un-hemmed...but those other raw edges would not work for me. Photos to come soon.

New Mid Year Goal: The illustrious Carolyn at Diary of a Sewing Fanatic has challenged me! She knows I lament on my pattern collection and then I buy more patterns. And then I have dozens of patterns strewn about all over...Sigh. So she has challenged me to No New Patterns! til the end of the year. No envelope patterns, no PDF patterns, no FREE PDF patterns. No. New. Patterns. The exception is Burda because obvs, I subscribe.

I accept the challenge!

I was starting to feel overwhelmed by the stash. I don't know how many yards I've added but I've only placed 6 (!!) Fabric Mart orders this year and 2 Fashion Fabrics Club orders. I visited the new SR Harris and bought 3 yards of denim and I purchased a couple of cuts from Hancock before the closure. In contrast, in 2015 I placed 15 Fabric Mart orders in the first half of the year--Plus who only knows how many visits to Hancock and SR Harris (a lot).

We'll call that progress!

I never set a specific number but I know that I've spent less on sewing this year than any other. A large part of that is due to moving, my daughter's graduation and party, etc.

I listed 6 skills in my 2016 post:

1) Floaty fabrics: Nope. All the nopes. I have yet to fully attempt to tame the floaty fabric beast.

2) Sew a blazer: Not yet. I want to, I really do. It'll probably be a Burda. And probably in August!

3) Sew at least 6 (for the year) Burda patterns: Done! This year, IMO, has been phenomenal for Burda. I've sewn something from each issue so far this year. And I'm planning to go the distance. Sewing at least one thing, for myself, from each issue of the magazine.

4) Sew a prom dress: DID THAT! It was challenging and I had to get creative at times and stretch myself. It was a fantastic experience.

5) Sew pajamas: I sewed 2 nightgowns! :) I still need pj shorts and pants. So this is still a goal.

6) Sew a summer wardrobe: Quasi completed. I made some dresses and tops. I think I don't really know what I want in a summer wardrobe! And one may think; well it's only July...but usually by August I'm moving on to fall sewing. Because September is hit or miss. And by October it can be winter. LOL! Ok, not winter, winter, but cold enough for tights and boots and how we have 55 degree mornings and it's the end of June!

I think I'm off to a good start for the first half of 2016!

On a personal note; with my birthday being in early July, it's always a reflective time. Halfway through another year...another year older. It always makes me take a step back and examine where I am in my life. So, I'll be turning 37 in a few days. I'll be getting divorced in a few months. I'll be sending my first kid off to college in 7 weeks. I moved this year and L-O-V-E my new house. June made a year at my job. I'm in a good place. I like it!

Okay fine...I just sneaked that in there. :-p It's been an uphill battle for awhile (as in  >50% of the marriage) with blended family issues.  Add in some other stuff and the best decision for everyone is to go our separate ways.

July Plans

Guess what I have NOT done? 

Worked on DDs quilt since like February. I'm a horrible mom. I don't know if it'll be completed before school starts. Maybe she won't notice. Maybe I can send it for her birthday - which is like 2.5 weeks after school starts.


-Quilt top
-Burda Challenge for July
-Dress for a bridal shower 
-Fabric Mart post  (I need new skirts so perhaps I'll try to go in that direction)

When I drafted this post I was set on making like 30 million skirts (or 2-4, same thing). Well, I was bored and it was a beautiful day so to escape the chill of the office I went to the mall and found cute skirts at Ann Taylor Loft!

I was just combing through my patterns for a skirt pattern for a cut of white rayon twill and found this for $10.

It looks REALLY cute on me! I'll model it with my new Jalie tops :)

And I found this one but not in my size. I found it online and debated ordering it (I hate their $8.95 shipping and feel like cardholders should get a better deal). Well today they were having a free shipping special on all orders. Score! So for $25, I got this one too:

We'll have to wait for it to come to tell if it's love. The white skirt is a 14 and in-store they had this one in a 10. Hahaha! I put it "on my body" and decided it could be cute if it were, you know, my size.


  1. Can I join you in Carolyn's challenge I need to make more and blog more too.

    1. Shaneka - go for it! I offered her a gift card to Mood but I will make yours to Metro Textiles if you last!

  2. Glad things are working out for you personally. I know it's been a long road. As for the challenge, girl I just saved you a bunch of money AND made it easier to accomplish your goal to sew from your Burda mags every month! Imma have to come visit you to make sure you're sticking to the challenge though! Ha hahahahaha!

    1. Hahaha!

      I printed out a Burda jacket pattern and was like. Hmm...lemme screen shot this March purchase date.


  3. Oooh! I'm excited to see what you do with M6866 and V9066 (which I LOVE). You have already done a lot for the year, even though it is HALFWAY through. I wish you the best with all the changes you have going on personally,and am sending you a BIG hug! I'm sorry to hear things are not working out with your marriage, but I know you are strong, beautiful,and resilient, and you will move forward with grace. :)

  4. Wow, what a lot of personal changes! Glad to hear you're in a good place about it all, wishing you all the best. Burda magazine has really given you some great garments this year! Good luck on the no new patterns... that would be tough!

    1. Thanks Lisa! Oh, it's going to be sooo hard! LOL!

  5. Love the animal print (my FM order arrived today - yay!) and the knit dress. Good call on making a slip for it, it's great on you.

  6. Wishing you the best, in the beginning of your new life. So happy that you are doing well . Sending hugs to you and best wishes.
    I had to laugh at your daughters unfinished quilt.. Well.. I have to confess.... I bought stuff to make my daughter a quilt when she was 9 or 10 yrs old.. Got busy with work, it never got finished.. Finally, I finished it and gave it to her when she was 38 yrs old.hahahaha. So your not so behind after all. smile.
    Love your goals.. Love your accomplishments.
    Proud you like your new home.. Will have to post some photos..

    1. Thanks Judy :)

      WOW! Okay, I am on track with my quilt!

  7. Glad to hear you are in a happy place. I feel like I haven't been very good at dealing with life's changes, so I admire someone who can deal with them and still be positive. Love your Burda sewing and wardrobe additions - you have had an epic year of sewing! Can't wait to see what you make next!

  8. wow you get a lot accomplished - both sewing and all other areas! hope all the changes are working out and you are happy. By the way - I went through a phase of excessing pattern purchasing and then one day I thought this is ridiculous, you know my mantra - "there are no new patterns" when you see a new one you might like just go through your stash and find something similar, I bet you will already have it :)

    1. Thanks Beth!

      And I agree with you on the patterns!!! I am starting to get that 'eye'--I see details now instead of the pattern.

  9. You've shamed me! With all the projects I have lined up I'm just not getting them done. Thank you for the encouraging 'Kick in the pants'! I love it when I dive in to some serious sewing and you've provided the inspiration for it. Thank you, and keep the inspiration coming!

  10. So happy you are in a happy place! :) Nog hugs!

    So what plans for the birthday month? :) lol I always thought of December as my birthday month and enjoyed the whole month as mine. I hope you have a great birthday month too! :)

    I haven't been sewing for a few years now but loved reading your blog and a few other blogs all this while. Now I'm mentally at a place where I am ready to sew ..

    I've always been amazed at the clothes you make and how much you sew. Your enthusiasm is catching on.

    1. Thank you Kay!

      My mom's birthday is a few days after mine then my sister's a week after that. So it's never been just "mine" :)

  11. *Big hugs! autocorrect is funny!

  12. I love Loft too, especially their Julie pants, as they usually fit well. I haven't been there for ages though, not since the winter; maybe I should check them out again this summer.

    Wow you have a lot of life changes happening! Thinking of you and sending you some love!

  13. p.s. that thin knit--I have it from Kashi, only 11 rows per "block" instead of 4 like yours...have had it in the stash over a year now and keep thinking about purging it because it is so thin! I also have something similiar in white and also in brown from PR weekend 2014. The white would totally need to be lined for sure, but I will sew up the brown sometime!!

  14. I love your behind the scenes updates :) I love love love my Jalie scarf tops too. After I made my first one I sewed up 3 or 4 more right away! They are so fun to make and wear. Can't wait to see more of those from you.

    No new patterns??? I send some strength your way ;-)


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