Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October Wrap-Up and November Plans

Honestly.

I don't want to be that person who focuses on the passage of time but goodness! This year is flying by!

Fall sewing is well underway all around the blogosphere - yay! Those in warm weather climates hold out for as long as they can it seems but then fall (my favorite season!) goodies start popping up and it makes me happy! :-D

This month, the mojo was on pause but I rallied in the end! In the last half of October I sewed 5 yards:
  •  Burda 8/2017 jacket - 2.25 yards
    • navy wool melton with navy acetate lining
    • Buttons (glorious, beautiful buttons!)  
  • Style Arc Mindi skirt - 1.25 yards
    • black stretch cotton twill
    • zippers 
  • Burda 11/2018 top - 1.5 yards
    • black/grey burnout jersey
Favorite: The jacket is exactly as I imagined and I love it! There are parts of the sewing I suppose I could gripe about but...I won't!

"Fail": Not quite but...the Mindi skirt has me a bit on the fence. It's SUPER boxy and the back feels almost A-line while the front is straight. I like it just fine but it isn't what I pictured.

Accomplishments: Nothing really sticks out. Outerwear is always a BIG project but a little bit at a time and then, it's done! Otherwise, I traced, adjusted and sewed my Burda top in one evening and wore it to work the next day! That's always fun :)

Also, I didn't buy any fabric in October!  I was going to pat myself on the back for not having purchased fabric the last 2 months but that isn't entirely true...our local group visited Kokoon Fashion and bought some of the designer's fabric and that was mid September.

November Plans

I feel *really* good about my fall/early winter plan. (by mid January we're going to be in Michelin-Man type layers) I also feel really good that I'll be able to go the rest of the year without buying fabric because I'm so excited about my current plans. We'll see!


Two of these have now been sewn. Next up is the Vogue dress and mock t-neck top (above the Mindi skirt). And then I'm going to make an olive version of the Burda top.

Love this top!
 
A little further along than this on the skirt - it just needs topstitching on the waistband.

I'll probably save the 'cozier' items - the Simplicity version of the Toaster and the Burda cardigan lower right - for when the mercury drops a bit more. 

I plan on saving the Birkin flares and Burda blazer (middle pic of the toppers) for my long December break. Those projects are perfect for completing by stealing bits of time.

Are you well into your fall sewing plan? Inspired by any of the recent pattern releases?


23 comments:

  1. Yes, I'm definitely sewing fall. It's been cold here in the mornings and a couple of mornings I've had on my winter coat. WHAT?! I'm probably done buying fabric for the year now too...but never say never...cause Black Friday sales can be VERY tempting! And I will be off for a long Christmas break this year too so will definitely be sewing for at least a week of that time.

    Love, love, love the coat BTW!

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    1. Thank you! :-D It makes me so happy!!

      I have somehow managed to never buy fabric on Black Friday! Notions, interfacing, patterns - I've probably gone wild :-p Fingers crossed for resisting! LOL!

      I have our normal break from Christmas Eve until January 2nd but I may take a day or two off at the beginning since we have a weekend before Christmas which will give me almost 2 full weeks. Especially since I have a floating holiday to burn before the year is out!

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  2. Ah, I made that Burda jacket in the middle a long time ago! I hope you like it - it ended up a bit too boxy for me. It's a beautiful style. One piece of advice: the lapels can get quite bulky, so you may want to plan around that...

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    1. Thanks for the confirmation! I figured as much and while I really wanted to use "fabric A", I will use "B" because it is a much lighter wool. It's still a beautiful fabric; a deep eggplant color :)

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  3. What great garments you plan to sew in November, and done 2 already too.
    I'm very much into sewing for fall, and hope to get a little more done this month than what I normally do. There was a time I sewed up far more than I do nowadays, I'd like to get back in the habit :).

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    1. Thanks Sigrid! Yay for fall sewing!!!

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    2. Agreed, Sigrid, and my circumstances mirror yours - there was a time I sewed so much more than I do these days, but I find KS_SEWS such an inspiration to do more! Proud to say sewing is in my blood, which I've passed on to my daughter :)!

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  4. I love the look of your plans. I have stopped sewing stuff for baking hot humid weather, but I'm not sure I'd call it fall sewing just yet. You are right though that the year is flying past so I need to get on it before it is spring again!

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    1. Thanks Allison! And yesssss the time passes before you know it.

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  5. I love what you've made, and I love what you're planning to sew! I especially love the black skirt with the zippered pockets that only needs topstitching! It looks fantastic!

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  6. Everyone's mojo dips. I would hazard a guess that you had a lot of things going on in the rest of your life and needed some down time. It seems strange reading your Fall/Winter plans - all of which look good. We are moving in the opposite direction!

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    1. I know! When I first started sewing I was always tickled by the opposite season across the way :)

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  7. It is finally getting chilly here! Though the 80'90 degrees days aren't totally done yet. But we are getting there. My sewing time has been super limited, but I've got my "Forever UFO" coat still on my dress form and I *really* want to finish it just because of the Fall Feels. I'm super excited by your sewing plans - they look like a great fall/early winter wardrobe! This year really is moving much too fast.

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    1. Good luck on finishing your coat!! Hope you find a window.

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  8. Great sewing plans. What is the dress pattern directly above the flares? I seem to be having a crazy moment and sewing georgette just when it's getting cold!

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    1. Thanks! That is the V1595 referenced.

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  9. that's quite a plan! of course I will be watching the jacket progress with interest. and it doesn't seem like fall here at all- still working in the garden wearing shorts! and not complaining about that :)

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    1. It is :-D I hope to get through it all!

      Ahhh so nice. We keep dropping below freezing at night and then having okay-ish days. I hope winter stays away for a few more weeks!

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  10. what is the pattern for the shirred top?

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  11. I really like your plans!!! I have been Fall sewing even though we are still having roller coaster temperatures. Your skirt looks so good!!!!

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  12. Yes, in the sense that I don't have any real plans so I'm sort of on track :). I did like the recent release and hope to sew a thing or two. Tracing, adjusting and sewing a top in a day is impressive!!

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