Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Victim of Circumstance...

It all started with 1 pattern wish and ended with 1 crazy teenager. I never feel the need to wax poetic about motherhood...and I never feel need to shy away from the difficulties either. For all his positive traits, my youngest is certainly responsible for about 85% of my gray hair. I'd like to skip ahead to about ohhhh...maybe 3-5 years from now?? Ha!!
On Saturday, my son was out running errands and I asked him to stop by JA and pick up this pattern. #1 in my 18 of 2018 pattern stash additions. Except for view D (in pink), I love all of these I was excited to add this one to stash for summer and was feeling pretty good about 2.5 months without new patterns.

All was well but then...sigh.
Usually, stress fuels my sewing. This time I lost my mojo and spiraled a bit. Blerghhhhhhh. I'm not sure which came first, the cart (patterns) or the horse (fabric)! I do know I'm working on a top for my daughter (her creation, I think it's weird) and she wanted another top with statement sleeves. I thought about M7687 for her and was wondering what I had in stash for it.
Somewhere along the line I started looking for an "interesting top" and had forgotten my mild curiosity about M7724 and then saw a couple made up and decided I HAD TO HAVE THAT TOO!
And then I went to SR Harris and saw this mustard striped shirting (she loves mustard) and had to have it. I think that's when I thought of M7687?? Idk. See. Cart? Horse?! But I saw the blue/white stripe on the bottom and needed that for the Simplicity top and the modeled version of M7724. But the other two blue fabrics are for the crazy colorblocked version of M7724 and the striped swimsuit knit is for a swimsuit bottom for a trip next month...
I don't know how it all went down...just that it did! In my defense to myself, I've purchased 10 yards prior to adding this 10 yards. Of the prior 10 yards, I've sewn 5.5 of them so that's something, right?  And theoretically, 4.5 ish of this fabric will be used in the next 30 days (her fabric, the two 1 yard cuts and ~0.5 yard of the swim fabric). So we're just going to call that good. Mmmkay??
Moving on! :-p
M7687 for DD (with a zipper in back, not buttons) and I could see using it for myself in the future; so I'll trace hers off.
B6488 has been on my wishlist since it came out. I think all of the versions have a place in my wardrobe.
V9305 is just too, too cute. I wanted this for my mom and me. I'm not a fan of linen but will look for some for her. I'm not sure yet what fabric I'll use for mine.
M7724 as mentioned above
M7728 because I forgot how awesome that jumpsuit looks (sleeveless and off the shoulder) until I started looking for a specific bodice for a dress for the OTRII tour with Jay-Z and Beyoncé. That's way later this summer but I was ordering, so why not?! Oy!
B6330 because the jumpsuit and jacket mimic two rtw items I saw and loved but were not a perfect fit. And we don't need to settle for imperfect fit!
This jumpsuit from Target is the kind of thing I can live in in summer on weekends. This is a size Large. Bust, waist, hips? Great. But so much neck and armhole gaping! I will make it custom-sized and I have the perfect fabric for it.

The jacket is very similar to this nice tencel twill jacket I saw in Marshall's but the M was too small and the L too big. So I'll make my own! I have a lovely white tencel twill that will fit nicely into a summer wardrobe.

Other goings ons:

One day, my coat will be done. I did something wonky with the collar facing but had already trimmed and graded and clipped and there was no way I was ripping it out. So I'm going to forge ahead with a little sadness.

I posted this on IG the other day. I was wearing nothing handmade in my outfit but this Burda Illusion jacket is one of my all time favorite items!!! And every time I wear it, I marvel at how terrible the sewing is. But I don't care!!!! :) I'm hoping my black coat does the same for me :-p

My son loves hockey so I had this graphic created by LeighBee Designs on Etsy. The image printed as separate elements and I see now that I moved the state over too far. I'll  make them one on future versions. He really liked it and brought me 5 tshirts to add the design to.
I nabbed this off of my daughter's Snapchat <3

I got SOME sewing done! This top from Burda 7/2017 is complete now and needs a press and pictures. It'll be the weekend before I can get photos so stay tuned.

Until later!


  1. Ok we’ll call it even!! I love you posts! The Burda is soo cute, strip matching is 👌🏾! I want to start blogging my plans, I’m apprehensive, I do want documentation of what I want to sew, but Incase I fall off, no record!

    1. It's totally even! :)
      Oh, if you're considering it, just do it. I blog for me. I love engaging with commenters and reading other blogs but having a record of my sewing is the #1 reason why I blog. I post plans All.The.TIME! They are NOT always followed through on! :-p

  2. Well when you fall - you fall! Guess you won't be fabric shopping much in NYC now will you?!

    1. Right?! Well the good thing is, I hadn't planned on a ton anyway. But I'll be at a net 10 yards into the stash which doesn't make me feel so bad. AND, I culled two paper shopping bags full(!) of fabric this past weekend. So I have a little room...but I have a shopping list. There's some very specific items I'm looking for. And I'm hoping, fingers crossed, that FM has some wools and wool knits for the low! LOL!

  3. Lots of fun plans!! I decided that if I buy fabric, but sew it up immediately (so that it doesn't make it to my stash) then it doesn't "count." Haha! Hope you sew the B6330 jumpsuit soon, because it's on my to-sew list (still debating about which fabric to use though)! I made the jacket from that Butterick pattern and like it a lot. (Just be sure to measure the sleeve pattern pieces. I had to add quiet a bit of length to them!)

    1. I'm kind of the same. Since I'm tracking in vs out this year, then it just ends up being a wash if I sew it right away.

      I hope to sew it soon too!! Ahh good to know about the jacket. I'll make note of it.

  4. I don't know where to start! I love the black and white striped top, and can't wait to see it!! Also, I remember your Burda illusion jacket. It was one of my favorites that you made too. I definitely hear you about wanting to jump ahead sometimes when parenting kids, lol! I hope your coat still comes out great.

    1. Thank you!! I still haven't touched that coat. DOH!

  5. Aww, I remember your illusion jacket. It's great that you still wear it. I thought it was fantastic. The Burda tops looks really great.

    1. Thank you! :) It feels so stylish and I know really no one will ever look at it and think, "well THAT'S pretty wonky!"

  6. I do this to myself as well, far too often... ah well!
    That shoulder seam.... what everyone else has said before me - perfection!

  7. Love the look of this black/white striped blouse! Hope to see more of it in your next post. I do like the illusion jacket and glad you still wear it.


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