Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Plans

Hello everyone!

It is February and I am ready to sew!

Since the beginning of the year I knew I wanted to work on something BIG! Actually, not only BIG, but NEW (to me).  Well, I put this particular item off until now because I really wanted to get my feet wet first. Now that my feet are wet, I am forging ahead with my pattern choice for February:

It is Closet Case Files Kelly Anorak!  I know I have mentioned it before, but here it is again, along with my fabric of choice.  Isn't the jacket just purty??? And I love that I don't own a jacket reminiscient of this style at all! At all!! I will be making the hooded version on the left.

My fabric is a Robert Kaufman's Ventana Twill in Navy. I purchased it from on the recommendation of Heather Lou, the creator of this lovely pattern.  I have been stalking the Closet Case Files blog lately, preparing myself for all that sewing this jacket will entail.  I already have all my materials for the jacket, and will start out working on a proper muslin shell in order to fine tune the fitting details. I don't anticipate it will need many fit alterations, according to Heather Lou, but I want to take my time and be sure.

Speaking of fit, this project lines up PERFECTLY with the MAGAM (Make a Garment a Month) theme for February:

The theme is to choose a pattern, work out the fit issues, and finish it! Easy enough, right? I anticipate this jacket may take me most of the month to finish, but I would like it to be done so I can at least wear it a time or two.  The weather has been so up and down here lately that I'm nervous we may be jumping right through "winter" and into spring before I know it.  If that proves to be true, I'll have to wait another 6-8 months before I can wear my jacket again!  Ah, well.  I will err on the side of optimism, and hope the weather cooperates. Besides, the material I am using is a lighter to mid weight, so it should transition well.

There are also a few garments I have laying around that I would like to "finish" this month too.  First, is my daughter's overall dress from Ottobre magazine.  She has chosen the fabric, I only need to cut out the pieces I traced off. It looks like a nice simple sew, and some encouragement from a few of you in one of my posts led me to realize I needed to get moving on this one:

Yes to overalls!
Next is a project that I just can't seem to finish, even though there is barely anything left to do (ever have one of those):

It's the Love Notions Canyon Cardigan! Please don't think there is anything wrong with this pattern! It was a delightful sew up until the point I reached, I think I just have a mental block and I need to press through. Expect to see this one finished...soon! LOL!

Then there is this Simplicity top that I cut out, started to sew, then made a mistake with the bias binding. I used some packaged binding that I had, and it just looked horrible! Horrible! I remembered, after sewing it, that I prefer making my own because it always turns out so much better. Here is the pattern:

I love the flowiness of the front, and how it DOES NOT hug my stomach (priorities, lol).  Once I get this shirt worked out, I want to sew a few MORE! So, expect to see this one...and in more than one version!  

Well, once again, you can count on me to have lofty goals! Though this time I think at least half of it is achievable!  

Good luck with your sewing plans for February!

Stay sew-filled!


  1. I have been eyeing this Closet Case Kelly Anorak pattern and will be purchasing it this weekend. I don't know when I will get around to working on it but I want to have it handy for when the mood strikes. I look forward to seeing your version of this pattern.

  2. The jacket is going to look gorgeous! I love that pattern. Good luck with your February plans!

  3. That Kelly Anorak is currently making it's rounds, LOL! I feel like I should make one too! I believe in you and you WILL succeed this year...I just feel it in my bones (and I hope yours too!). Good luck and I do hope you make your February plans a reality!

  4. I'm so keen to see your anorak. I'm loving the look of those Ottobre outfits... I think the Ottobre kids stuff is so nice but I'll have to live vicariously through you! Hope you get all your plans done for February.

  5. Good luck with all your plans. That coat will take time but I think you will enjoy the process and the final product.

  6. I'm sewing 4 garments this month too! I'm sure we can encourage each other to accomplish our goals. I like all your pattern choices, especially that anorak! Boy I would like to have an anorak like that too. It will be great for spring and autumn. Looking forward to seeing your finished garments!

  7. Thanks for commenting about the iron situation on my blog. Would you mind telling me which iron you have. I'm thinking I had a cheapie before and it worked just fine, so I may purchase a cheapie again. I'll be trying my hand at making bias tape for the first time so wish me luck! I'm following a YouTube video where the seamstress starts with a fat quarter. Good luck with your projects. I may join you with the garment a month goal :)

  8. You're going to enjoy this challenge. I can't wait to see the finished garment.


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