Sunday, March 7, 2021

February Wrap-up and March Plans

This month I sewed 5 items for a total of 6 3/8 yards.
I sewed:
  • McCall's 6044 shirt for my son in law - 1.5 yards
    • cotton shirting
    • buttons
  • McCall's 6016 shirt for my grandson - 5/8 yard
    • cotton shirting
    • snaps
  • Simplicity 8529 top - 1.25 yards from stash
    • black and olive french terry
  • Burda 6990 top - 1.5 yards
    • teal and tan rayon jersey
  • Burda 8/2016 top - 1.5 yards
    • cotton jersey
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Those shirts for my guys! They turned out really well and I did my best work on them! So excited to see some pics.

Also, I DID NOT BUY ANY FABRIC or PATTERNS IN FEBRUARY! Woohoo!!!! I am still waiting for my Ottobre mags that I ordered 1/25 :( Apparently, they weren't aware of some new USPS rule about declarations of contents. Ugh.

FAILS: Burda 8/2016 is a giant fail. I do not sew cotton jersey (aside from loungewear or leggings) and I need to stick to that. I have never been happy with a finished garment made from a cotton-lycra knit. And I really splurged on this fabric. I won't consider it a total waste though. The pattern pieces are pretty big so I'm thinking I'm going to cut a t-shirt for Bert and maybe a headband for me. 

FAVE: Aside from the shirts, I'd say the S8529 top. I really love the color blocking! 

(I pressed the hem out after this pic! LOL!)

The Burda 6990 may not make an appearance soon so I'm posting it here. I really wanted the teal on top but didn't have enough of the scraps and now I'm not as happy about it. 

Burda 8/2016 was fully finished but this pic shows the blahness that is the neckline. It just does NOT look good on. And I had a couple of people message me on Instagram that their versions didn't turn either. 

And, y'all know me, I move on!

March Plans

I've finished my first project - a bias cut cami from Burda 1/2019 in an Atelier Brunette challis that I picked up from Stonemountain and Daughter. It was a fun make and I think I'd use this pattern again. I'll do a full review!
And I haven't forgotten about my goal of a finished machine knit project each quarter. I am SO intimidated by my lack of knowledge with this craft! EEK! It's so unlike me to be cautious like this but I just feel there's so much I don't know. 

I'm using a pattern that 1)I've tried before (but I used a yarn that was too lightweight and it was too short and too small) and 2) that's actually pretty simple. The front and back are rectangles resulting in a dropped shoulder look and the sleeve is a simple, gradual increase. I'm going to see it through to the end. Even though I knit one panel and it came up 2+" longer than I expected (and I made a swatch!!)

I also need to finish my brother's club covers. I got held up with how to work with the nylon fabric but a microtex needle and slightly longer stitch seems to be the way to go.

I also want to sew this jacket from Burda 6/2018:
I have a few Cricut projects to work on this month as well...


  1. the color of that machine knit sweater is gorgeous, hope you can make it work. Cute cami, ready for summer. As for cotton jersey with lycra - interesting, that is my preferred knit for tops and I have had good success with it. but for anything with ties it does seem too thick.

  2. The cami looks great! I look forward to your review and hope the Burda jacket turns out to be all you hope for.

  3. The color blocked tops looks fun! And I have to agree that cotton jersey is just not the best fabric. Good luck with your knitting project - I love the color!


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