Saturday, February 28, 2009

February end of the month recap

Well it's the last day of the month and time for a recap. It will be short and sweet this month...not because I didn't get alot accomplished but because...well it is! *LOL*

During the month of February, I made four garments...three dresses and one jacket. All for my work wardrobe and all of the pieces worked in my "get dressed with ease in the mornings" frame of mind! I did go over my fabric quota for the month by three yards...but the yellow rib knit was calling my name so loudly at Paron's that I just couldn't leave it! And I already know how I want to use it...just have to find some time!!!

However, my four garments used quite a bit of yardage...14! I need to felt fabric more often!!! And since I have quite a few more yards out than in...I'm fine with this. I need to keep this pattern up...So to summarize - 4 garments made - 13 yards of fabric in and 14 yards of fabric out.


Since it is the weekend and I didn't sew at all last weekend...I have plans for some sewing this weekend. Not big plans and not elaborate plans because during the week...I faced a need. See this:

The bag is full of garments to go to the drycleaners. I have been dragging my feet in taking them and now two of my favorite suits are in here along with all four pairs of my black pants. I don't know how I allowed this to happen! So sewing will be practical this weekend...I'm making another pair of black pants...yes I know...boring, boring, boring...but much needed.

During the week I wore a pair of pants that I made about two years ago and even though they fit and weren't tight when I stood up and moved around...the legs were a little uncomfortable sitting. So this morning, I remembered this article called, "Design with Ease" from the Fall 2008 issue of Sew Stylish:

The article talks about adding ease to pants legs...and it solves the issue that I am having so I am going to put the information to good use this weekend:

I am also going to work on the jacket to "The Making of a Suit" outfit...I looked at it again this morning and realized that I am so close to the finish line that I need to just bite the bullet and get this completed. Especially since it is a pretty suit and the weather is turning chillier again...*sigh* I can tell it is the beginning of March because I am sooooooo ready for spring to arrive!

So basics and practicality will rule my sewing this weekend. I will take the dry cleaning to the cleaners on Monday morning, cause I have several dresses on my "To Sew" list that will be perfect for the transitional weather, that I really want to sew instead of basics...

More later!


  1. You can never have too many pair of black pants, especially as a career women. I can completely relate to the drycleaning issue when I was in the corporate world.

  2. Drycleaner's errand! Sigh... I procrastinate on those way too much, leading to an impression too often, to "have nothing to wear".

    Black pair of pants are investments, stapples, necessities, precious commodities. I don't have any right now. I'm sewing a gray pair tonight. I should follow this project with a black pair project. Or more than one.

  3. Busy weekend Carolyn!

    ...I need some black pants....thanks for the reminder :)

    ...stop by my blog when you have a moment and see what I've been up to lately!

    Pam ~Off The Cuff~

  4. Well, I'm still hanging onto my "two pieces of clothing a month" goal and almost made it: I'm putting buttonholes into another shirt I made for my husband and I'm hemming the turquoise wool gab dress. A little late, but definitely ahead of where I was at this time last year. As for black pants, I have four pairs and I also have three black skirts, too. :)

  5. Oh, February did not go as well as planned, sewing wise, but I did get some knitting done. I am still ahead and still battling my case of "I really want to but". There is no such thing as too many pairs of black pants. Which reminds me that I need some too.

  6. Carolyn,

    I don't think that you can ever have too many black pants. But then, black pants are the mainstay of my wardrobe.

    Thanks for noticing that I read your blog. I love it!


  7. 4 garments in a month is great going! I have a similar bag of dry cleaning that has been sitting by my door for the last 5 days!

  8. I am so impressed every time I come here by your output. You are inspiring. And that you can read those directions and follow them! I need to develop my patience. Thank you for this blog!

  9. 4 garments in a month, that's a great achievement....and I support others too, you can't have too much of black pant as a career woman. You are so inspiring.....

  10. I have the magazine with the ease article and had forgotten about it or never read the article. Thanks for jogging my memory. As for the pants, I need to get a pattern fitted up. I wish someday when you are feeling especially benevolent that you would tell us a bit about your method of lining pants or your dresses. You always seem to line lots of things. If the pattern does not have a lining included like say a jacket I am sort of lost. I would think lined pants would wear lots better but most patterns never mention doing it. I probably need to buy a book about lining but don't think I have ever seen one. mssewcrazy

  11. I think getting to sew fun stuff is the best motivator for taking clothes to the dry cleaner.

  12. Carolyn, first thank you so much for the nice compliments you left on my blog. Someone just asked me why it is that I love to sew so much. My answer ?It lets me express myself. Its my creative outlet. I can tell that would be one of your answers to that question as well.
    Four garments for the month for someone who works full time still astonishes me.
    Thanks for sharing that info on the fitting of pants. I'll use that for sure. have a great week.


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