Thursday, February 7, 2019

February Goals

I'm not sure how enticing my goals posts are to the general public, but I really find them helpful for me to be accountable to anyone who reads my posts.  So, I'm going to continue on with them.  I'm not going to go back to my last goals post since it was so long ago, nor will I do a recap of my 2018 goals for the year.  I'll just jump in and outline my goals for February 2019.

Sewing & Quilting

  1. Finish Warm Winter Sudoku wardrobe
  2. Plan the next capsule wardrobe - this one will be an athletic wear wardrobe
  3. Finish Baby Girl F's (my granddaughter!) Mermaid Quilt and crib sheets
Knitting & Spinning
  1. Finish M'Agatha sweater - this would be perfect to coordinate as an extra with my Warm Winter Sudoku Wardrobe!
  2. Finish the orange baby sweater for Baby Girl F
  3. Finish last pair of 2018 socks
  4. Start Monkey Socks
  5. Knit a pair of socks for my grandson, Deklan
  6. Finish Deklan's Toronto Maple Leafs sweater
  7. Sew together Augusta cardigan and finish!  This would also coordinate really well with my Warm Winter Sudoku Wardrobe!
  8. Spin 15 minutes a day (when I'm not travelling)


    1. Finish current Bruno, Chief of Police, Book #2 by Martin Walker - I am absolutely loving these easy to read novels about Bruno, a former solider turned police chief in St. Denis, France.  
    2. Start & finish Bruno, Chief of Police, Book #3 by Martin Walker
    3. Start Bruno, Chief of Police, Book #4 by Martin Walker
    4. Finish 9 Minutes on Monday by James Robbins
    5. Choose next business book to read
    1. Continue cycling training program.  This includes cycling four-five days per week (I'm currently using a pretty plain-Jane stationary bike I bought in mid-December).  I'm finding the biking really boring, but try to make it more exciting by using the time to catch up on video podcasts.  I'm loving how strong I'm already starting to feel.
    2. Aim to be in bed by 10 pm, lights out by 10:30 pm 
    There you have it, February goals.  Let's see how hard I can crush these!

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019

    Happy New Year!

    Yes, I know it's February.  Today, however, is the Lunar New Year.  I had a friend over on the weekend for a Sewing Day and we got to talking about how we didn't really live up to our expectations for ourselves for this year (aka we totally sucked at some of our plans only one month in).  We decided to use the Lunar New Year as a turning point to reassess and make some adjustments in our plans for the coming year.  We also decided we're going to be accountable to each other for some of our plans.

    The past six months or so for me have been somewhat of a blur.  An amazing blur, but a blur nonetheless.  Work has been crazy busy, with a change in positions. It's been an adjustment but it's working out very well.  I enjoyed a vacation that saw my entire family together celebrating the wedding of my brother to my favourite sister-in-law.   My daughter and her spouse announced that they are expecting their second child, and my first grandchild has grown in leaps and bounds (literally and figuratively).  I travelled A LOT. I spent one weekend in September at Disney for a very close friend's birthday.  I spent the following weekend in New Orleans for work. I also travelled a lot for work in my home province, essentially I only spent at most two nights in a row at home through the entire month.   As a result, I was sick as a dog in November with sinusitis, bronchitis and an ear infection that took a lot out of me.  As soon as I recovered, December was in the full Christmas spirit swing, seeing the usual round of social activities, parties and family get-togethers.  I rang in January with what is now happily becoming my traditional Sewing Retreat.  In all honesty, I'm not really sure where January went, but it's been cold and snowy.  And here we are, February and all caught up.

    I've been sharing some of my makes on Instagram (I have a private account, but if you've got sewing or knitting or something related in your profile, I will approve your request to follow me), but am very aware of how little I've shared on this blog.  I'm not going to apologize, but I really do miss the accountability factor that sharing my goals and planning blog posts bring to me.  I can't promise how much I'll actually be posting, but I really do enjoy interacting with my sewing friends online.  So...let's get on with the most recent post!

    I have been sewing like someone obsessed, because...well...I am! Ringing in the (calendar) New Year with a sewing retreat reset my creativity and made me really want to spend some more dedicated time in my Atelier.  I'm currently working through some planning that I did a few weeks ago and have almost finished the capsule that I planned. 

    There are a lot of options for planning a capsule wardrobe.  For this one, I chose the Sewing Sudoku method as the basis for this wardrobe.  You can find a free printable here:  Melly Sews Wardrobe Sudoku Planner. I have a work trip at the mid-to-end of February and thought this would make the perfect opportunity to work a few new things into my wardrobe.  The Sudoku method sees four tops and four bottoms coordinated with four pairs of footwear/shoes and four accessories.  For this plan, I am including all layering pieces rather than accessories as it is COLD in Canada in the winter and I need the extra pieces in my wardrobe to stay warm. I LOVE my accessories and will be adding them in, but not in a formalized plan.

    My plan is this:


    Top #1 - Butterick 3124, Sandra Betzina Today's Fit with cowl neck (view A), in olive green stretch lace
    Butterick Sewing Pattern 3124 Misses Size 10-14 Today's Fit Sandra Betzina Knit Tops

    Top #2 - McCalls 5536 Twist Top (view C & E), in espresso brown rayon/lycra jersey
    Image result for McCalls 5536

    Top #3 - Butterick 3124, Sandra Betzina Today's Fit shell (view B), in cream stretch lace
    Butterick Sewing Pattern 3124 Misses Size 10-14 Today's Fit Sandra Betzina Knit Tops

    Top #4 - Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse, in cream lightweight polyester textured crepe

    Bottom #1 - Vogue7607 asymmetrical skirt, in olive green textured faux leatherette
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    Bottom #2 - Vogue 8202 wide-legged jeans, in espresso brown fine wale corduroy
    Vogue 8202 Misses Fitted Stretch Pants, Jeans, Lo Rise, Lots of Detail, Sewing Pattern Size 12-14-16

    Bottom #3 - Simplicity 4596 pleated skirt (View A), in greige textured faux leatherette

    Bottom #4 - Closet Case Ginger Jeans,  in rust orange lightweight stretch denim
    Ginger Skinny Jeans pattern // Envelope Front // Closet Case Patterns

    Layering Pieces
    Layering Piece #1 - Vogue 7764 military style jacket, in olive green cotton velveteen
    Vogue #7764 Misses Fitted Jacket Sewing Pattern Size 12-14-16 Bust 34-36-38

    Layering Piece #2 - New Look 6013 vest, in a heavyweight sueded olive green knit
    Image result for new look 6013

    Layering Piece #3 - Vogue 1517 jacket, in brown wool blend suiting

    Layering Piece #4 - McCalls 7257 cardigan jacket in loosely woven fabric in cream, rust orange, khaki, and burgundy
    Image result for McCalls 7257

    Shoes #1 - Brown faux alligator heeled pumps
    Shoes #2 - Khaki boots, similar in styling to faux Doc Martin
    Shoes #3 - Cognac low heeled riding boots
    Shoes #4 - Cognac suede booties

    I'll have to buy a few notions but this plan uses mostly items from my stash - even some vintage stash! 

    I love planning wardrobe capsules.  I love new clothes and I love being able to have a highly wearable wardrobe when they're completed.