Monday, October 1, 2018

September Wrap-up and October Plans

Seriously? September is over? Just like that?!?!?

I was feeling pretty blah at the start of the month. I made a lot of things this month; most super easy (knits) and TNT patterns or patterns I've used before. It definitely ups the productivity!

I have lost maybe 15lbs since spring and I don't feel like I look very different...but so many things no longer fit. My wonderfulfantasticamazinglysewn V9032 pants, skirt and dress from that black wool suiting don't fit anymore. I seem to have stabilized at this ~178-180lbs so maybe I'll take them in. I hate, so much. I get to sew new things! But I get sad that some favorites no longer work :( Working with patterns that have been made before helps fill the gaps a bit faster.

This month I sewed 6 things and 10.25 yards:

  • McCall's 7745 skirt hack - 2 yards
    • plaid cotton shirting
    • snap

  • Burda 4/2014 trench skirt hack - 2.25 yards
    • stretch twill
    • buttons, zipper, decorative "ring" (it's a triangle...)

  • Ottobre 5/2017 cardigan -2 yards
    • print jersey
    • cording

  • McCall's 6964 tee - 1 yard
    • slub jersey

  • McCall's 6886 tee hack - 1.25 yards
    • slub jersey

  • Simplicity 2369 dress - 1.75 yards (WIP)
    • print ITY
Favorite: The short sleeved tee. You thought I was going to say the skirt, right? :) I do love it but the tee shirt is just perfection. I have worn it 3 times already and just finished it about a week ago! LOL!!

The McCall's skirt hack is a close runner up. It works out so absolutely perfectly as a skirt. The dress is beautiful but that bodice is t.r.a.s.h.!

Accomplishment: The trench skirt! Maybe it's about time I stop mentioning my dislike/disinterest in 'hacking'. It just depends on how badly I want the thing I want :)

FAILS: I have a version of S2369 that was sewn in 2015 and I absolutely love it. It's from an ITY and I wear it very, very often.

For the current one, the ITY I chose was one of FM designer brands and I liked the fabric and it has an abstract geometric print and I love the color...but am not loving the dress on me. At all. :( I don't mind it with a topper but otherwise it doesn't move me. I'm going to finish it and see if I wear it. Meh.

October plans:
I don't have any?? I have a short list but mentioned not being able to fit a few of my basics. I had to attend a memorial service on Saturday and had to quickly take in my black skirt through the hips. I can't fit my black trousers, can't fit my black dress and just pulled out and washed my fall clothes so we'll see what may need to be replaced.

I'd posted this before; I've sewn the two on the upper left (S2359 from the orange/white ITY and Ottobre 5/2017 from the black/white jersey) and the lower right (M7745 skirt). So far, I'm still working from these fabrics. 

Also, I fussed about my order, they finally sent me a return label, then life happened and I forgot about it. I "found" the box this weekend and now it's too late to return them. So I may incorporate some of those solid crepe and challis fabrics into my plans for blouses as I need a bunch more solid colored tops and dresses. I have a lot of drapey blouses I want. Also, I saw this RTW chambray dress and am thinking about copying it. 

So basically, we'll see which way the wind blows!


  1. Your RTW dress is Mccalls 6885 with a squared off bottom instead of the curved on featured on the pattern front. You did have a good September and October should be interesting.

    1. Thank you! I don't have that one so will likely make S8014 work!

  2. I love that trench skirt!!! It is so wonderful! You had another good month, and I hope you do copy that RTW shirtdress.

  3. As usual you had a marvelous month. Can't wait to see what October brings.

  4. I'm in the same boat, I lost about 18 lbs in the past six months or so and my pants are loose which make me so sad because fitting pants is hard. I think I can get away with wearing baggy pants but they really do need to be re-hemmed as their now dragging. And I made a wool suiting shirt dress that is, well, huge and if I convince myself that I can still wear it, it will need a belt. So I hear ya! Your trench skirt is fantastic. Can't wait to see what you do with that green fabric and your chambray dress.

    1. augghh, too early and typing without coffee first. Should read: "they're now dragging" not "their now dragging." [making coffee now] lol

    2. Haha :)
      Yes! It's a tough spot to be in! Thank you! I love that skirt so much!

  5. You were sew busy! Enjoyed seeing all your makes!

  6. I can see that chambray dress giving you miles of wear. Go for it!

  7. I think the ITY dress looks great on you!

    1. Oh thanks! That's the old one; that's the one I do like :) It's the new one that isn't wokrking out as well :/


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