Sunday, November 2, 2014

October Re-cap, November Plans

Hello everyone!

Welcome to November!!

October was a pretty good month for me, sewing-wise.  I completed three out of a projected amount of four finished items!  I am super happy with that because I started out the month with a series of wadders.  I was so tempted to throw in the towel and forget my whole plan, but...I put on my big girl pants (one of my co-workers used to say this all the time) and moved forward.  Sometimes you just have to go, one step at a time.  And that is what I did.

Here's what I ended up with:

So that adds two more tops and a cardigan to my wardrobe...woo hoo!  And I did still end up with a pretty good looking month, since I completed one item more than last month.

On the other hand, I still have not accomplished an entirely Me-Made outfit.  My jeans are currently in progress, and since they will probably take up most of my time for November, I only added a few additional patterns from my Fall sewing plan.

I'm going to try again on Burda 6910, View B with a lovely sweater knit I purchased from Joann's Fabrics some time ago.  The trick for this one will be doing a broad shoulder adjustment.  I also remember that there was neckline gaping, so I'll have to revisit the sizing to make sure I chose the proper one.  Don't worry, I plan on doing a muslin to avoid a lot of frustration with this one.

I also plan to try Simplicity 1463 for the first time, View A:

I saw a version on Patternreview that was just gorgeous!  Hopefully my version will turn out just as nice.

If all of that gets done (or if I just really need a pair), my "ace in the hole" will be a few pair of leggings.  I am gearing up for Fall/Winter outfits, and I only have one pair of black leggings.  A couple of weeks ago I downloaded a free pdf pattern from Spit Up and Stilettos called the Matilda Leggings, and I really want to try sewing them up.  The site has some awesome patterns for FREE! Check them out if you like.  

Here's hoping I am wildly successful in my sewing plans for this month!  I can tell you right now that November is going to be super busy for me personally.  Half the battle will be balancing the craziness with making time to sew, but I believe it can be done.  If you have any tips for how you keep your sewing mojo going during the holiday season let me know.

Also, THANK YOU all for your kind comments on my blog!  I always return every comment by email, because I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to say something to me.

Stay sew-filled!


  1. Very nice wrap up. Love the plans. Try not to get addicted to sewing leggings! :-p

  2. You created some great tops during October and looks like it only gets better for November.

  3. Congrats on sewing 3 out of the 4 garments you had planned for October! I think that's great! I love the patterns you have selected for November. I look forward to seeing the end products. Happy sewing!

  4. You've done very well so far! I love your tops and especially your cardigan! The only thing I can suggest for making more time for sewing, is to sew whenever you have a moment...10, 20 or how ever many minutes, use it, they add up. Good luck to you and I am so looking forward to what you finally come up with for the remainder of the year! Also, thanks for the tip on the legging pattern!

  5. A really super October for sewing for you! These tops are great. I've never heard of the company who makes the Matilda tights... I am now off to check them out... thanks :) I want to make some basic leggings for underneath other pants when it's super cold out and as pajamas.

  6. Leggings are so easy to sew up that it is insane. I think the Matildas are very cute (I downloaded that pattern too! Along with a bunch of others....). You had a good October. Here is to a thankful and sew-filled November!

  7. You have been sewing along having a good time.I hope to be back at it soon. I just love your little mini me!

  8. Ooo. I'm looking forward to seeing your second take on Bu6910. I have this pattern and am curious to see how it sews up. I don't remember your first version.

  9. I like your plan of setting sewing goals per month. All of your stuff looks great!

  10. Love your work...and your photobomber!

  11. Hi Vanessa!
    Just checking in to see how your're doing since you haven't blogged for a while. Hope you are ok! Happy New Year!

  12. We miss you!!! Hope all is well!

  13. Hi Vanessa, just checking you are ok, missing your posts.


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