Friday, December 1, 2017

November Wrap-Up and Upcoming Plans

This month I sewed:
  • Vogue 9022 dress in black/white sweater knit
  • Burda 8/2017 coat in red wool fleece
  • Infinity scarf in plaid cotton flannel
  • Ottobre 5/2017 sweatshirt in ivory ponte (for my daughter)
  • Burda 11/2017 skirt in caramel/cream wool blend suiting
Favorites: I had a great month!! I really love all 3 garments (for me) that I finished!

Accomplishments: I will say it sure was something cutting into a perfectly made sweatshirt but in the end, it turned out so cute! Alls I got is a bathroom mirror selfie!

FAILS: None this month unless you want to count my not loving the flannel scarf with the coat. I have worn them together though.

What's many wants...I am really trying to stick to adding the basics that I need. I'm going to do so without focusing on SWAP. I keep pulling stuff out and putting it back trying to figure out my next project. I think forcing myself to think in terms of the SWAP was a little stifling. Even though, as I mentioned, the majority of things in my SWAP were already planned items from my fall/winter sewing list posted in October. I've already made 5 or 6 items on that list.

I have a lot of clothes. Duh, right? (I have a lot of storage too!) But as my sewing has improved and fabric purchasing too, I'm holding on to things much longer than in the earlier part of my journey. So for the rest of fall winter,  my focus will stay on basics. It's me so there's no way I'll make it without any "shiny" creeping in, but I will really be planning to sew from this list.

Black is one of my neutrals. I need a black skirt, trousers, dress and jacket. I need a light colored jacket, more solid colored dresses, a casual pair of pants (that aren't jeans), loungewear and outerwear.

Simplicity 2700, a TNT, in taupe RPL. For summer and fall I was all about my slim fit ankle pants! I wore a pair of my S2700 pants recently and now I need MOAR pants!! :)

Burda 3/2013 (it's a plus pattern) trouser in plum RPL suiting. Over Thanksgiving, I saw a pair of flat front, wide legged trousers and I had to have something similar!  These are already traced off, seam allowance added. I am leaving off the pockets so they should go pretty fast.

Vogue 9032, my TNT, in black wool blend suiting.

Burda 7/2017 in a tan suiting. I like the idea of this casual pant in a suiting. We'll see!

Birkin flares in a medium blue that really gives me a 70s vibe. My first pair of Birkins are a favorite but I messed up on the zipper and so I can only wear them with longer tops. These will be pushed though. Perhaps February or March. Partly because I doubt I'll wear them much during winter and also because denim is particularly hard on my hands, even before the injury.

Butterick 5760, my TNT straight skirt in black wool blend suiting lined with Bemberg.

I almost listed New Look 6530 a dress but it's a top and skirt! I'll use a navy Ponte. I'm still deciding on the contrast. What do you think?

Burda 6853 in black sateen with lace accents as on the pattern envelope.

McCall's 6886 in a maxi length in a black sweater knit. I got this idea and now I gotta have it.

SOMETHING with my black floral rayon challis. I want to wear this fabric! LOL!

Burda 11/2007 in black wool blend suiting. I muslined this awhile back and cut it out and started sewing it in a different suiting. But then I decided I wanted the black one to be the longer view with pockets. I'll have to trace it and make the adjustments again. Boooooooo!

Burda 12/2007 in winter white boucle. I'm excited about this one!

Vogue 1569 in the striped boucle that I went gaga over.

Burda 1/2018 slouchy tee in burnout jersey.

PJ pants, fabric to be determined.

Simplicity 8424 loungewear. I have fabric for all 3 tops and 2 pair of leggings.

My outerwear plans are major! I have 3 pieces I want (whew!). I plan to tackle one per month.

I really want the Clare coat.  I do not own a black coat aside from my down coat. Plus, I already have everything for it! Wool, lining, gold piping (!) and a 'gold' zipper.

It will still be winter here but we'll start to have random warmer days towards the end of March / beginning of April. I can't stop thinking about Burda 8/2017. And I decided it HAD to be navy. And then....the skies parted and there was a 'By The Piece' navy wool melton at Fabric Mart. 2.25 yards for $21. So yeah, THAT is happening. I will be extending the sleeves to full length though.

I need a new trench coat! Mine has been too small since forever but it was my best option in spring as a dressier jacket.  I have the vintage Simplicity pattern. It's a size 16 but it may still be too small because vintage. We'll see how the muslin looks when the time comes.

I loved the Named Isla but they no longer offer a print version and don't offer a copy shop option. I will not pay $20+ for the PDF and print and assemble tiles...Too much.

Otherwise there's Burda 11/2012. They have SO many classic trench coats in plus sizes. The straight sized ones are more 'trench-like'. I know I can adapt and add features but I don't wanna! I even like the angled storm flaps here. And it has a collar stand! I don't WANT to trace a Burda either, but it's Burda and I know it will work.

I'd planned on sewing Simplicity 8470 or the Grainline Cascade. I didn't have a winter coat that was casual. I have a couple of jackets but no coats. I was going to hang with my nephews and had on my denim overalls (love them!!) and all of my winter coats felt FAR too dressy. But I was out and about one day at lunch and saw this coat and was like, this is IT! I did not want a traditional puffer with it's shininess. I was so excited! I tried on the Large and...

...Oh. Well that's a little snug. I put it back, dejected.

But then I found an XL! WINNING!! So I will be saving my black/white/metallic herringbone coating for another day! :)

So to recap, I hope that over December and January (including my 12 day staycation at year end), I can sew:

4 pairs of pants
2 skirts
1 top
3 dresses
2 blazers
1 other topper

And then the loungewear items, which will take way less time on a per-item basis than everything else! I'll probably sneak pieces in between other sewing.

2 pair of leggings
1 pair of pajama pants
4 knit loungewear tops

That was pretty epic!

Can you believe it's DECEMBER already?! How did that happen?? 2017 is almost over!


  1. I really love the New Look 6530
    The curved hem with the color contrast is great. I especially like the cream & tan color way
    & would so copy it.
    I don't know how you get so many of your sewing plans done I have a jacket (from last yr)
    & a blouse from last month that are waiting to be finished. Sewing must be your super power

    1. I would totally copy the cover! And I might in the spring!! :)

      I'm just a fast sewer! LOL! And though I work full time, I'm pretty much home alone otherwise. I have big kids...well, "kids" :)

  2. I so enjoy reading what you write. There is an easiness and fun no matter what you are writing about. I have have to say, having just read Myrna's blog that you are quite the accomplisher as well (new word, seemed fitting!). Jean

    1. Aww! Thank you!!! I always say when asked, "I write like I talk!" :) I have been happy when I meet sewing friends in real life and they are excited that in-person me is the same as online me! :-D

      I *love* Myrna's blog!! She gave me lots of confidence when I was first starting out!

  3. I love seeing your monthly recap and upcoming plans. I should have more of a plan myself (I'm working on that).

    1. Thank you Denise! It is fun to plan! And you don't have to hold yourself to everything "on paper"!

  4. I'll be bring up the rear in the dust of your progress with my slow sewing self. Your production is amazing!

  5. I would do the New Look 6530 without the contrast, that way it would read as a dress when you wear them together. One also needs to think about "anxiety zones"... I myself would not like to draw attention down towards my hips :)

    1. Hahaha! My only anxiety zone is my biceps. They are so darn big! I have no problems with anything making my butt or hips look bigger! LOL! Bring it on! :)

      It does look nice with the contrast!! I really like it.

  6. I like the contrast on NL6530. I think the colors they used blend nicely, so something a few shades lighter or darker would look nice.
    Your plans are ah-mazing!!! I have thought about next year, but not really put anything down yet. I look forward to seeing your plans unfold. Btw, your daughter's shirt is just perfect. She looks so good in it!

    1. I love the contrast too. I auditioned several options, liked what I want with but I have to choose something else. I added an inch via FBA, didn't add to the front band and have no more of that fabric. Boooo!

      Thank you! She has worn it twice already! :)

      I'm sure you'll get some ideas flowing! Especially once that amazing anorak is done!!

  7. I think I am exhausted just reading your plans, but I think that is just because I am also exhausted by mine!Plus life. Judging by what you get done in a working month, I think you will achieve your Staycation goals!

  8. I like the New Look pattern 6530 -- I haven't seen that and now I want it!!

    1. Get it!! I am most of the way through and love it!

  9. I have a whole bunch of McCalls 6886 cut out on my cutting table for my I have to hunt and see if I have some black sweater knit to make her one of those too! Also, I'm staying home to sew this year too. It's nice to know that someone else will be sewing too!

    1. YAY! I am excited to get to that. I think it'll be a fun little dress to have on hand.

      yep! I'll be sewing away with ya!

  10. You are so productive. It always amazes me. I love the trench coat!

  11. A terrific month indeed!

    I love the boucle fabric and am looking forward to seeing it made up.

  12. I also have trench coats on the brain! I have the Simplicity 4084 trench coat pattern and I'm going to check tonight to see if it has a collar stand! I was really dreading printing/adding SAs to the Burda trench pattern but it's got all the details I want. The Slapdash Sewist made it a few years back.

    1. SEE! The thought of ALLLLLLL those pattern pieces and seam allowances makes me sad!! I did see that Simplicity come up in my search. I thought it was so similar to S2508 (which I've made before). But 2508 is raglan which I'd rather a set in sleeve.

      I want to do the neckline "belt" :) on traditional trench so I was excited to see the collar stand on the Burda. But SAs!!! lol!

  13. You are so proactive! Love it. I haven't thought about details on how I will approach winter/next year sewing projects. Good luck on your upcoming projects.

    1. Thanks Cennetta! I am such a planner in general!

  14. I like the yellow Burda jacket too. I also want to see what you do with the boucle fabric. I really want to make the Simplicity 8470 coat, but the reviews about the instructions/construction give me pause. If you decide to do it, I'll sew along with you.

    1. I kind of want to make it too!! When would be a good time for you?

  15. I truly envy your quantity (and quality) of sewing! You always manage to crank out SEVERAL pieces of clothing almost every month! (What is your secret?) That truly is a very cute sweat shirt design and I bet there were a lot of compliments on it too! Nice job and you should have gotten a big “High Five” followed by a HUGE bear hug!


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