Monday, April 5, 2021

March Wrap-up and April Plans

 This month I sewed 4 items for a total of 5 3/4 yards.

I sewed:
  • Burda 1/2019 camisole - 1 yard from stash
    • viscose challis
  • Burda 1/2016 sweatshirt - 2 yards from stash (for my daughter)
    • navy cotton jersey
  • Burda 3/2014 top - 1.5 yards from stash (For a special project)
    • teal cotton lawn
  • McCall's 7061 sweatshirt - 1.25 yards from stash
    • cotton sweatshirt fleece
    • grommets
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All of my projects came from stash this month!

FAILS: Eh, no real fails. The McCall's sweatshirt is too small. This is my 4th version of this pattern and I did not account for the lack of stretch in these fleece. It's pure comedy trying to put it on. sighhhhhh.

FAVE: Fave has to go to the camisole! It fits so nicely and I just love the pleated upper bodice. 


I did buy fabric this month though-oops! I got a total of 13 yards from Fabric Mart. Mostly dress-weight (4 cuts, 3 yards each), and a heavier crepe for a skirt. I ordered what was shown as the last yard for the skirt but, of course, Fabric Mart sent 1 1/4 yards and now I can expand my options. Woohoo!

For the first quarter of the year, I'm a bit upside down and I really want to improve that ratio over the next few months. 

20 3/8 yards OUT 
22 yards IN

For the month of April, I want to sew and just enjoy the process, rather than worry about utility or practicality. 

I started with my TNT, Butterick 5760, in a green & black boucle. I'm adding an off-center seam to create a split in front, and adding a lining. I did a blind hem by machine and when I went to try it on, I was confused on why the hem was rippling...I discovered that it didn't catch in MANY spots. Grr! Spongey boucle + nighttime = no deal. I'll remove the stitching and have at it again. I can't hem by hand, plus, the stitches sink right into this fabric, and it's wool so a shot of steam makes all the difference in the world. 

I've also traced off this Burda 5/2019 dress and plan to use one of my new fabrics

It's a poly dressweight that's black with gold (hearts), white circles, and some pink accents. 
It is very pretty in person!! 

I REALLY want to sew this green fabric (also from my recent FM purchase) so I can wear it this spring (or "spring" in MN). I want something soft, with gathers or pleats, but no buttons (many of the patterns that are kind of what I have in mind are button front). Still looking for the right pattern. 

In other news, I FINALLY got my Ottobre baby mags I ordered back in January! There was a change in required declarations apparently(?) and the package was returned to Ottobre before being re-sent. So I might make a baby item too!

3/2014 and 4/2014

For my surprise project, I filmed at a local bookstore, Cream & Amber (website and InstaGram). As thanks to the owner, I put together this basket with a plant, a tee that I decorated with vinyl to say, "Just One More Chapter", and sea salt caramels. <3 I also picked up a few books!

As always, more later!


  1. I laughed at your "spring in Minnesota" comment, because that's probably deep winter for me in Florida. I know when I lived up north way back when, you do get used to it. But why? LOL! OK, it would be nice to actually need to wear pretty sweaters and boots more than 3 times a year, but I've decided I'm turning into one of those old ladies who keeps the house set at 80 degrees. Not really 80, but I definitely do not like being cold anymore. Have fun sewing for the baby. Ottobre has such nice kid patterns.

  2. The surprise project sounds exciting! Yay for Ottobre magazines and baby sewing. I love the Burda dress! It is gonna look great when you finish! Sorry about the sweatshirt. The stretch factor has gotten me before too!


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