Friday, September 30, 2016

September Wrap-up and October Plans

It cannot be October?!?! 3 more months til we can say good-bye to 2016! Whew!!

I had a pretty hectic month. Getting through some personal stuff at the beginning plus loads of fun stuff like becoming the mom of a young adult! My daughter turned 18 which is completely bananas. IDK where nearly 2 decades went! And I had some great weekends with friends...and apparently I sewed a.ton.

I'm never quite sure how it happens. And especially this month as I had several days (including 2 whole weekends!) where I never graced the sewing room. But whatevs. My fall list is long, I've culled a ton of stuff from my closet, and I feel like I'm finally defining my style. Still need to work on weekend/casual wear, but I'm slipping some of that in as I go.

This month I sewed:
  • New Look 6189 pants in teal crepe - these ended up as a wadder. Shame because the pattern fits me well. But the crepe and the color just didn't work as I envisioned. Too bad too. That crepe would have made an amazing skirt or dress. Live and learn.
  • McCall's 7358 top in printed poly charmeuse - despite poly charmeuse being the spawn of satan, the sewing didn't go so bad. This pattern however? Meh. I will have to review it to have it on record. 
  • Jalie pleated cardigan in taupe wool jersey - Great wardrobe staple!
  • Swoon cardigan in rayon poly lycra knit - Can't wait to make another version (or 2!)
  • Kwik Sew 3558 jacket in mini checked suiting (poly/cotton blend?) - to be blogged
  • Butterick 5678 shirt in blue cotton shirting - to be blogged
  • Simplicity 2369 top in navy rayon jersey - to be blogged
  • In-House Ellen pants in mini checked suiting to match KS3558 - to be blogged
  • Burda 1/2016 sweatshirt in rayon blend ponte for my daughter - I updated my last post with a photo!
  • Burda 9/2016 dress in print ITY - to be blogged (should be able to get photos this weekend!)
  • Burda 10/2016 sweatshirt in black and white sweater knit - this didn't go quite as planned. Review to come.
Favorite: Until you see'll have to take my word...Burda 9/2016 is awesome and fantastic and makes me want to frolic. I want to put it on everyday and dance around. I may review that before the other gazillion unblogged things.

Okay, here's a photo I posted on Instagram (speaking of...) -- It makes my heart sing!

FAIL: The M7358 top is at least CUTE on. So even though I side-eye it daily, I won't call it the fail of the month. I'll have to give it to the Burda raglan sweatshirt. I had something in mind but don't think it worked out as planned. I hacked the pattern (kinda sorta not really) and my proportions are off. Plus the fabric is super stiff and I should have 'jumped ship' when I realized that and used something with a bit more drape for what I was going for.

Accomplishments: I have been 1) wanting to sew the KS jacket since forever. According to PR, I bought that pattern around April 2014. and 2) wanting a casual suit since forever. And now I have it! I love the two together even if the shirt and top I made to go with don't work (TOO blue). Reviews to come - promise!  

October Plans

My daughter has her first concert performance next week and needs concert attire. I tried to enforce my will but no dice. ;-) She described what she wanted and even though I know she doesn't see it, I'm going to use her prom dress pattern to make the gown. With a full back (vs. a 'v'), no lace or illusion or tulle or slitted skirt...and with elbow length's perfect! The bodice will be in black stretch velvet and the skirt I'm not 100% sure yet. I am thinking I could use the leftover suiting fabric I made the New Look 6481 jacket with but I don't want it too stiff. But it should have some body and be relatively wrinkle free.

I'm entering the outerwear contest on Pattern Review. I am making the Clare coat by Closet Case Files. I actually snatched up this pattern as soon as it was released, spurred on by Michelle's review (of Happily Caffeinated). I am using black wool with a gold-tone brass zipper. I don't need a Minnesota winter coat, just one warm enough for the in-between weather. Which to me is around 30 degrees F to zero. Once it drops below zero, out comes the parka.

I actually don't have a nice black coat! I have a down coat for "in between weather" - it's lightweight, shorter length and has no hood. So not for COLD weather, and I have a down coat that is super warm. I have my fuchsia coat that I sewed and a charcoal RTW coat, also for in between weather...but no black. So I'm excited!

High on the wishlist for the month is view B of Vogue 9210 in an olive/moss colored ponte with gold zippered pockets And with the same fabric, the top in Vogue 1465 (a DK or DKNY pattern so it's no longer on their site)

And, McCall's 7430. I was so immediately drawn to this one when it was released. I have a gray ponte for it and after Erica posted a version for her daughter, it jumped right back to the top of the pile.

There are no finished measurements on the site, hopefully they're on the pattern tissue. But with all those seam lines, getting a good fit should be easier.

I really wanted to make this sleeveless at first but think I'll add sleeves. A simple, solid colored knit dress will come in handy and can be worn alone or layered. I don't want full-length sleeves though so either D with B's sleeves or B with A/D's collar. However you want to look at it! :)

If I could sneak in one last project, it would be Butterick 6388

I may be being a bit over-ambitious here. But that's okay :) I'll do what I can do. Her dress needs to be done by 10/7 so that's first. I'm giving myself 2 weeks for the Clare which I think is doable. I plan to start it on 10/10. That way, any mishaps I'll have time to work through and if I get done on time or early, I can move on to one of my other projects. I'm actually almost certain I can get DDs dress and the Vogue top and leggings done by the 10th but we'll see!


Lastly, I think I'm over social media. Well the big ones. I've deactivated my Facebook and don't miss it. Instagram has frustrated me with their algorithm based feed...It's an annoying concept and really it's just another way to market/advertise. But on IG it really makes NO SENSE. They reorder photos and then you get stuff out of context. So you're commenting on something but don't realize another photo or two have been posted since and your comment is now irrelevant.

They claim not to hide anything, just re-order it. But I've gone on, seen just a handful of new posts (I follow about 400 accounts), close out, go back hours later and still see pretty much the same posts. And then I navigate directly to someone's account and see several posts that I did not see in my timeline. It's aggravating.

I have a Twitter account but don't use it. I feel all I ever see are celebrity and "celebrity" posts, even though I don't follow them. And Snapchat is pretty much exclusive to family.

So I'm reading more and sewing more (har, har) and starting to get out a little more and attend events/functions/etc. And I'm going to the gym every other day! (I did not go when I was sick).

I think '4th quarter' makes me restless. I'm always excited to flip the calendar and move on to a new year :)


  1. I'm always so impressed by how productive you are! You've picked some great patterns for October and I can't wait to see you sew them up.

  2. Best wishes on your October plans.. Some pretty stuff to be seen, I am sure, as you always make such cute clothes.
    Hard to believe our kids grow up so fast. My Two oldest grandkids will be 18 this year.. I just can't believe it. My baby will be 40 tomorrow..[so sad..ha]

    1. Thanks Judy! The time passes so fast!! Happy Birthday to your baby! :)

  3. I love how ambitious you are! You have lots of great plans for October, and I am stoked about seeing what you do with that coat!

  4. So many awesome plans! Super excited to see what you make. I'm also excited to see the backlog of projects. And totally agree about the social media - I've been off facebook for years, I'm not really using twitter except as a a link for the blog, and while I'm still using Instagram, the non-chronological arrangement has made it far less appealing. But spending less time on media and more time on sewing is probably a good thing!

  5. I am so with you on social media. I have the exact same feelings regarding Instagram. I am not enjoying it as much as I could because of their stupid algorithms. Ugh. I also have a twitter account but find it either loaded with mindless crap, "oo, I just cut my new fabric" or the world's biggest bullying venue. I know many are into Periscope but I just can't waste valuable sewing time on any other social media. I do enjoy my FB groups, particularly the bag groups and the pattern review group that doesn't allow any designers to post. It is really quite positive and no fangurl influence.

    Your productivity is amazing and you work full time! I just can't manage that type of productivity with working full time but I do try to sqeeze in every moment I can in the studio. I am so impressed with all you accomplish.

    1. Thank you Bunny!

      Yeah Twitter never quite did it for me. I tried to get into it years back and then my account went dormant for years.

  6. Your plans sound great! I wish I could just settle in and focus on the things I really need right now, but for whatever reason I just can't seem to get motivated (nor find the time, if I'm being honest--I'm not one of those 5 minutes here and there type of people. I need a full on session!!)

    And yes to the social media annoyance. Twitter is OK, my phone is way behind the curve on that (gotta love being 3% of the smartphone users!), but even my awesome IG program has been sucked into the crappy algorithm thing (but at least my only ads are through the app and are a tiny bar at the top of the screen!), and I've never been a heavy user of FB. I get on there once in a great while and contact someone I don't have a current phone number for, but that's about it. Snapchat/Periscope/etc., are all things I can't get on windows phone, so I don't use them.

    1. Thanks! Ah! I get so much done in those quick sessions!!!

  7. Re: social media - you know I hate the IG algorithm but I have commuting time that I need to use up productively instead of sitting and staring...and we're entering that time of year where it TAKES forever to get home! So I've taken to looking at my favorites timelines, it's easier than dealing with the annoyingness that IG has become. Or those dayum stories...seriously if I wanted stories, I would be on Snapchat. And I've always HATED Facebook - so don't waste much time there at all. Lately I've been reading blogs on the bus again, so thanks to everyone who has been updating theirs lately!

    1. Ah yes, your commute totally changes the game!

      Facebook was alright way back when. Now all you can really do is see photos, videos and shared news stories. Like nothing else is in the feed!

  8. Wow the burda dress looks so beautiful. Please post pics wearing it. That is such a gorgeous pattern.

  9. Ahhh! Excited to see your Vogue 1465 top. I made the skirt and plan to blog about it this month (finally).

    Love the ITY dress!!!! Did you say you're going to blog about that one? Keeping my eyes peeled for that post. :)

    1. Thank you! Ooh I would like to see that skirt on. It has fantastic style lines!!!

  10. I use Twitter purely for professional networking. I check it maybe once a week. I like Instagram, but the algorithm is annoying. I don't follow many people so my irritation is manageable. As for FB, I use it a lot, but tune out the annoying stuff, and I don't have many friends. 🙄

    I love reading blogs, recently got into podcasts and absolutely love my kindle 😻

  11. Wow, I still trying to wrap my head around the fact you sewed 11 items in a month (and you're working full time too with children!!). You are definitely "super woman"! The burda dress is so cute and can't wait to see you in it! I really like the Butterick 6388 dress! That's a cutie too! I haven't been on IG in a while and will have to checkout the updates. FB and Periscope is where I spend the majority of my time. I still don't fully understand Twitter, LOL! Social media will definitely eat up your time if you let it! I still enjoy reading blogs and there are so many I's really hard to keep up with them all sometime! I keep blogging because I enjoy it and hope others do too!

    1. Well kind of like 0.8 kids! LOL!!!

      I think we'll see so many versions of that Butterick dress/tunic because of that interesting collar!

  12. As always I am so impressed with your productivity! Maybe if I follow your lead and leave FB and Instagram alone I could be as productive. There's no doubt that they are big time wasters!!! As always enjoyed your post and looking forward to seeing that coat. I am sure it will be amazing.

  13. You have got some really interesting projects planned for this month! I know what you mean regarding social media. I decided long ago that I have a real life and I can't keep tracking and posting on all these different platforms. So I chose a couple and stuck to them. I don't want to handle social media like a second full time job! ;-)

  14. You are one busy lady! I don't know how you have time to do all of these beautiful clothes! Good luck with your goals! Can't wait to see them!

  15. I'm always in awe of how much you manage to sew in one month! After working an 8 hour day I come home and it's so hard to motivate myself to go to my sewing room and sew. Any tips??

    1. I think a huge part of it is that I sew fast. Otherwise I am such a proponent of taking the time where I can. I get a lot done by sewing in 20 minute chunks when I have the time.

      I actually don't sew very much during the week. I'll do some short stints mentioned above but most of my sewing happens Friday through Sunday.

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