Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Wrap-Up...And I'm Out.

On the fabric front, I did not add anything to stash in the month of February.

This month I sewed:
  • McCall's 6702 top in navy cotton sateen
  • Baste + Gather Kendall Skinny jeans in gray stretch denim (pattern not available for sale)
  • Burda 7136 shirt in green/white gingham seersucker
  • Simplicity 1499 vest in olive cotton sateen (WIP)
Wow. Who is this person that sews just a few things in a month!? :)

I really love the navy top. It has some fun details and the fabric is amazing!!

I think the gray skinnies will come in handy. I don't wear jeans very often but those can go to work or weekend and casual or more dressed up. So I hope to wear them a ton.

The green gingham shirt makes me happy! I've wanted one for awhile - either this green or navy gingham. So glad to finally have this versatile item in the closet!

The vest is cute so far. I added welt pockets but wish I would have done flaps like my inspiration photo:

 


At any rate, it's coming along.

I'm not adding studs or a closure. I also intend to have visible self-fabric bias binding (maybe not as wide as the inspiration pic) and epaulets .

I totally meant to add the little belt-like thing in back, caught in the princess seams and connected via D-ring, but had topstitched the seams before I remembered. Maybe I'll do something more like they did here.

But, alas, I am out.

I mentioned the contest would be a stretch for me because of a hectic schedule for February and March. Having finished 3.5 items in the month means I won't get the others done. It's fine though!

Part of that is a still full plate with lots of weekend time taken up. Plus my parents are visiting for a week! I only see them 1-2 times a year so yes, sewing takes a full back seat. I don't foresee sewing at all while they are here. So to meet the contest deadline I would somehow have to manage to sew a pair of jeans, a jacket, a skirt (or other bottom), 2 tops, an accessory (which I could go 'easy' and make a scarf) PLUS take 10 sets of outfit photos...in 3 weeks. With an already full plate.

Not. Going. To. Happen.

Lastly, while I'm being generally very positive this year (so I won't complain too much), I'll also say I've gotten way disenchanted with the PR site and that is yet another reason. Sometimes I try to just go into what I think may be 'safe' threads but good grief. The climate is just really off lately. For now, my patterns are catalogued there and I'll maintain my membership. The thought of coming up with a new system for this:


is daunting! Hahaha! I read what people do with Evernote and other apps and...I ain't doing that. For real. It will not happen. So I'm not really posting pattern reviews or interacting much in the forums and it makes it easier to bow out of a contest.

For March I do plan to:
-Finish the vest
-Sew the Birkin flare jeans (I love this pattern and the wash of denim I chose)
-Sew SOMETHING from my 2017 Burda issues -- btw, I am amending my challenge. I will sew from current issues. It felt like more pressure to find something from that month vs just choosing something from the current issue. So I'm going back to my original form of the challenge. Even though I'm not completely jazzed with Burda so far this year.

January: I've seen some cute versions of this one on the Russian Burda site and may sew it.


February: I like all 3 of these so we'll have to see how fabric stash + patterns shake out! Although the middle dress is really a summer piece.

 
 
March: I really only like the wedding dresses and don't have any reason to sew something more formal. I am also thinking that I could do this as a sleeveless dress:
 
 
I like the twist front and neckline. AND it's the petite pattern. I am kind of thinking of ponte too.

Hmm, this is starting to sound like a really good idea! LOL! :) Adding this to the March plans!
 
I hope to be more active this month online. I miss reading blogs and interacting! Until later!
 


23 comments:

  1. Love the way that vest is coming along!

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  2. I can't wait to see your finished vest; it's looking great!

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    1. Thank you Candice! I think it's going to be a workhorse!

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  3. You know best and sewing for a deadline sucks...it takes all of the fun and relaxingness (I know that ain't a word) out of sewing. You made some great pieces anyway. And I know you were banging pieces out but everything has ebbs and flows.

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    1. It does take the relaxingness out of it. I like doing the challenges and contests but totally sew primarily as a hobby. So I don't like when it's stressful. It's not supposed to be stressful!

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  4. Four garments is still a respectable number if you are busy with life things as well. As for patterns, I keep a visual record on Pinterest.

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  5. I think four garments a month is pretty great, but it's always good to know your limitations. You'll enjoy your sewing and your other non-sewing plans so much more without that deadline hanging over your head. The Birkin flares are on my autumn sewing list so I can't wait to see your version.

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    1. Well yes, it's quite normal. I was being a little tongue in cheek as I have often made 10-12 things in a month! :)

      I've made the Birkin's before and really like the fit of them! Great pattern IMO!

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  6. that vest looks good and I am interested to see your skinnies as I might try that pattern, the flares, and just make them skinny or straight leg. Although I am still opposed to sewing jeans when I can just buy them :) As for PR, I've never done anything there other than post reviews. Checking reviews there is really helpful to see how patterns turn out. Forums - I just don't get that - they seem like a big time sink. Hope things calm down for you and you can get back to sewing as much as you want. By the way - that last Burda dress is super cute and I'm thinking of it as well.

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    1. Thanks Beth! I hear you. I can buy jeans easily from Old Navy for ~$20 and take the waist in. And I've recently been reminded that American Eagle jeans fit me really well. No adjustments needed, but they're 2-3 times more expensive than ON :) I just like the process!!

      Reviews ARE helpful. Maybe I'll just post/read reviews and leave it there.

      That dress is so cute and I love the fringe detail!

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  7. For one terrible second I thought you meant you were out of blogging! The contest is an interesting idea, but there's no point in rushing pieces and stressing just to make the deadline. Great pieces so far that will work hard in your wardrobe. I'd love to see that Burda twist dress made up, I really like it.

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    1. Ha! When I went back and read the title, I thought it read the same way too! Oops :)

      I have this cobalt piece of rayon blend ponte and I'm kindaaaaa thinking that may jump to the front of the line.

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  8. Your vest is looking SO good! And if it makes you feel better, you were still way more productive than me on your slow month, lol! Enjoy your parents, and their impending visit. They are a good priority!

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  9. I can't wait to see this best complete it, looks really good so far! I agree with you regarding PR… Lately I've only used it to check pattern reviews and add them to my wish list for easy retrieval when I need to. (I occasionally will review a pattern myself, but the excitement has dulled!) I've been looking for a way to catalog my patterns, fabric and wish list too. This is something I desperately need to work on this year and I guess I'm not alone, LOL!

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    1. You are definitely not alone. lol! I agree. I may just restrain myself and use it for the review portion. Save my mental ;-)

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  10. Your vest is coming along very nicely. You still were way more productive than most of us, lol. Have fun with your parents!

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  11. Have fun with your parents! I love Pattern Review - for the pattern reviews. :-p Forums are way too much, I can't keep up without spending all my time there. I'd rather hang out on Instagram if I'm going to waste time online.

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    1. Thanks Ebi! Haha, yes the internet can be fun but also a huge time suck!

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  12. I'm not sure I'm gonna make the contest deadline myself. I've still got 3 things left to sew and I'm dreading all the photos. I'm not super happy with the way a couple items turned out. If I get done it time that's great but I'm not gonna stress myself out about it. That does take the fun out of it. I will finish the capsule either way. The contest did get me motivated to sew again so thank you for the inspiration! Your vest is looking awesome!!

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