Summer Plans

I have all of these sewing wants and needs rolling around in the noggin, so I thought it would be helpful to just lay ’em out here.

But first, speaking of rolling things around in the noggin, I find myself “in my head” a lot; sometimes I think about things so much that I think I’ve spoken aloud about them to people (particularly, Mr. 5.  Apparently I do expect him to mind read).

This same introspection hinders my sewing greatly.  I think TOO much and do not act enough.  Part of it is being tired at the end of the weekday or busy on the weekend, but the other part is that I mull things to death (hullo, Master Procrastinator here) and then no work gets done on the pattern adjusting, fabric cutting, and most importantly:  the sewing.

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Great Pattern Review Sewing Bee Round 1

So, I finally got off of my buns and sewed something…a skirt for Pattern Review’s take on The Great British Sewing Bee!


After my short stint in the Fabric Mart Fashion Challenge 2, I figured I was ready for another bout of intriguing competition.  It also doesn’t hurt that I’ve had a lot of fun with Pattern Review contests in the past (especially this one.)

The idea behind this contest is that everyone will sew the same thing every week; there will be four rounds with a winner declared and a group of participants sent “home” each week.

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Happy Belated Halloween!

I can’t seem to ever be on time.  Always 10-15 minutes late wherever I go (but I am working on it, ’cause I know it’s annoying) and now I’m a whole three DAYS late wishing you guys a Happy Halloween!

Just a warning: this back story is a little long. You may want to sit down, or grab a cup of tea before you tuck in.

I waffled back and forth about whether I wanted to make a Halloween costume at all; I’ve been much more practical in my sewing in the last year or two and it seemed like a lot of work for something I’d wear one day and maybe never again.

But, I still pondered about what costume I would want, since I didn’t wear one to work last year and felt like a lame-ass.  I started off considering Elsa from Frozen, like every other 5-10 year old out there, because who doesn’t want to wear a sparkly, sheer cape?  I bought McCall’s 7000 thinking I would do so.


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TBT: Burda Style Ruched Top

So, I was looking over my fabric in/out spreadsheet, which contains the finish dates of each garment I’ve completed and realized that I have made about 50 things this year for a total of around 115 yards used, and I have blogged about a mere 11 of them.  WTH?  Get to it, girl.

And that’s not counting the things I made at the end of last year that were never blogged, either.  Sheesh.

Chances are, I won’t get to all of them, but I’ve decided I’m going to do my own version of Throwback Thursday to chronicle some of the makes that never got their day in the sun.  Sure, I’m not going too far back, but I am going back.

First up?  This lovely Burda Style top from the January 2014 magazine.  Completed on March 29, 2014:



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