Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Already??

I can not believe how quickly January flew by!

Before I get into the wardrobe sew along, I really should revisit my January goals:

1.  Cream Cardigan - Simplicity 2603 (already cut)  Finished!
2.  Fix orange/brown herringbone skirt Finished!
3.  Cut and sew one dress (so many to chose from I'm having a hard time narrowing it down!) Finished!
4.  Cut and sew a cream silky shirt or blouse  - In progress!  I've chosen Butterick 5226, view B.  The body is finished, with the exception of handstitching the undercollar band closed. Have I mentioned before how much I hate this method?  Anyway...

Hooray!  I am SO close to finishing the goals I set for myself for sewing!  Well done Me!

KNITTING: (um...yeah...again!)
1.  Finish Circle Socks
2.  Start Gap-Tastic Cowl #2 sewing certainly took precedence this month.  Though, last night I did rip back the Circle Socks and have decided to make them Plain Vanilla Socks.  If I'm too tired to sew, I am definitely too tired to knit a pattern, so Plain Vanilla they will be.  Besides, there is lots of interest in the yarn.  They really don't need pattern.  Yes, I'm justifying my decision to be lazy to myself.  LOL.

Ok...onto the good stuff!  The Wardrobe Basics Sew Along!


So...update on What I've Sewn so far:  NADA!  ZILCH!  ZERO!  NOTHING!  I've done absolutely no sewing in the past week.  But I've done a lot of thinking and a lot of researching.  Thank you, thank you to Lori for her post on the planning for the Faux Fur Vest, because it cued me to head over to to purchase this:

My faux fur for my vest!  Sometimes I hate shopping online.  I love being able to touch and see it in person before making my decision to purchase it.  I have had the unfortunate experience of being hit and miss with before.  Of course, I only have myself to blame, being sucked into chea pricing!  I only hope it isn't cheap (tawdry) looking, because it was *cheap* (inexpensive).  I bought enough to make myself a coat as well because it was cheap (inexpensive).  If it is cheap (tawdry) then I can always make a throw out of it (as opposed to throw it out LOL).  Cheep Cheep!  I digress...

The problem being in this case that I have been SCOURING my local fabric stores and the amount of faux fur in leopard print is ZERO!  So, I crossed my fingers and went ahead and hit the magic "Purchase" button.  I'll let you know how it turns out!

As far as patterns go, for the vest, I'm thinking of using the modification to the Loes Hinse Garbo Jacket that she had detailed in one of her recent newsletters. Sorry, I'm still at work and can't for the life of me figure out which newsletter it was in.  I'd have to say one of the ones in the past year??  I may raise the neckline a little.  But then again, maybe I won't.

Loes Hinse Garbo Jacket
For the coat, I may blatantly copy Erica Bunker's version seen here.  She used Vogue 1128.  I already have the pattern, and I love the way hers turned out.  Hope that's okay with you, Erica!  As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!  


As for February Goals, I have a few...


1.  Finish Cream Blouse
2.  Cut and sew black slim ponte pants
3.  Cut and sew faux fur vest (this all depends on how the shipping time goes, sometimes from the States to Canada can take a little longer than anticipated!)
4.  I have one rather large cushion cover to make for a friend, and I WANT to get it done!
5.  I also have two under-layer shirts to make for said friend's daughters, specifically with thumb holes for skiing.  I have started researching the best method for the thumb hole, and now just need to search through my patterns!


1.  Finish Circle socks.Plain Vanilla Socks.

There you have it.  Happy February!!


  1. Better hurry up on those goals....Christmas is around the corner!
    I so loved Ericas coat, too. I bought that pattern when it first came ot and never thought of using faux fur
    looking forward to seeing your pants and vest!

  2. You've had a great month and I'm sure that February will be just as satisfying!