Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Project Review 2012: February

I have found that by setting monthly project goals, I am far more productive and a lot less overwhelmed that I  have been in the past.   Last month marked my first review and I definitely want to continue posting these throughout 2012.  February was quite productive.  I love every garment I made and that each one is sticking to my mix-and-match rule. I am also very happy to say that every project was made from fabric already in my stash! Katie's UFO / Stash Busting Project is proving very motivating.

First up is an outfit that consists of a new make and a UFO: my newest Jasmine blouse and my Butterick 4552 trousers.  


I had made the trousers several months back and ended up quite unhappy with the fit.  The length was off, too, despite making the trouser version.  After waiting in my UFO pile, I pulled them out a couple of weeks ago and did some significant tweaking.  I deepened the front darts by 1/2 inch and the back ones by 1/4".  I also added a 3" cuff, which made the length just perfect!!

I finished off the remainder of this great stretch denim with another pair of Butterick 2507 trousers (I also made my Meringue).  After shortening the rise by 1", I had another winner!  I am absolutely thrilled to have two reliable patterns blocks: one for slim fit and one for wide leg trousers. Yay, me!


I am really happy with my second Jasmine blouse.  I absolutely adore this design and will be making a third over the next few months.  It reminds me of something Audrey Hepburn would have worn.  I love the polka dot fabric and I used bias tape to finish the inside of the collar, eliminating the facing.

On the Colette Patterns front, I finished my plaid Peony dress with modified Macaron sleeves.  Now I just have to find the time to properly photograph it!



I really love this skirt, I must admit.  I wore it to work one day and was stopped by several people who told me how much they loved it.  Makes a girl feel special, doesn't it?  I made it specifically to go with my beautiful Ava top from Tess Designs and I love how the two look together.  It makes me yearn for warm weather so I can wear this outfit without freezing!  In the meantime, the skirt works well paired with other tops and blouses from my closet. 

I do have a lovely review post planned for all the amazing Tess Designs separates I am lucky enough to have in my wardrobe, I am just waiting on my photographer (aka Mr. Friday) to be free.  I am thinking of the Royal Botanical Gardens, which has lovely indoor and outdoor facilities.


In knitting news, I cast on for the Sabine shrug.  After nearly completing my St. James pullover, I realized that while very pretty, I don't wear pullovers.  I am an unabashed lover of cardigans and shrugs.  So, frogged the St. James will be and the yarn reused for another pattern.


February's Sew Colette project was the Pastille Dress.  Mine is nearly finished after a few minor setbacks that were completely silly!  All I have left to do is sew in the zip and hem it.

My Year-to-Date Handmades:
Tops:3
Skirts: 3
Trousers: 2
Dresses: 1

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For March, I would like to make the following:
  1. Truffle Dress for the Sew Colette Sew-Along
  2. Mary's Armistice Blouse for That's Sew Cinematic
  3. Mary's Armistice Skirt for That's Sew Cinematic
  4. Marian Martin 9281 with long sleeves
  5. Simplicity 6903, View 1 for Miss Friday
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What did you make in February?  What are your plans for March?  Do you set creative goals monthly or yearly?

20 comments:

Popbabe7 said...

So many pretty projects! You can be proud of yourself, these are gorgeous. xx

Marie said...

What lovely makes / progress for February! It's a great idea to set yourself these monthly aims, might have to give it a go sometime ;o)

Mika said...

I wrote recently about how overwhelmed I'm getting with my project list - I'm trying right now to just think a couple of projects ahead, but after this post I think I may try monthly plans soon. Thanks!

Annabelle said...

I am so excited for your upcoming projects. If I can finish my minoru and corset (from Anna's sew along at a Few Threads Loose) I will feel pretty happy with my accomplishments.

Symon said...

Wow! I can't believe you did all that in a month!! All I did in Feb was Pastille lol - I blame my newness, and aspire to one day be half as productive as you! :)

I love those trousers, and your Jasmine rocks too!! What a great outfit! :)

Jennilee Cookman said...

I'm a huge fan of sewing to do lists. Right now I've got a yearly goal list as well as monthly goals that I set for myself. In March, I'm trying to finish (or at least mostly finish) two steampunk costumes for a convention at the end of April.

Sharon said...

Goodness me, what a lot you have achieved!

I too am not a sweater/jumper girl (well, in my case that should really say middle-aged woman LOL), I always wear cardigans instead :-)

Sølvi said...

Ooo that is one productive month! The polkadot Jasmine is especially pretty!

I tried to do a similar monthly review last year, but I didn´t get past February, so no success with that…I might give it ago again at one point though, as I sometimes forget things I have made, but not blogged! :-)

Rochelle New said...

Your Pastille is looking beautiful!! Can't wait to see the finished result :)

Jane said...

Oh, how much do I love that Jasmine blouse?! Beautiful. Congratulations on such a productive month, I made a dress and a skirt in February which I'm pretty pleased about. x

Miss Crayola Creepy said...

You are on a roll!!! I'm not sure which I love more, the Jasmine top (I love polka dots too!) or the adorable skirt. I pinned the skirt on Pinterest :) You have awesome style!

Becky said...

Lovely creations! The polka-dot blouse with the pants looks especially great. I've tended to do more yearly goals, but I like the idea of monthly ones--I also tend to get a bit overwhelmed with the amount of things I want to make! And doing monthly round-ups might make me feel a bit more productive. (Or it would, except it basically took me 2 months to finish 2 things, lol.) Would you mind terribly if I borrowed the monthly goal idea from you for March? :)

Lavender said...

I don't know how I missed this! (Thanks Erin & Pinterest) Love the skirt. My mom made me a poodle skirt as a kid, and then all my friends wanted them. I even had saddle shoes!

Foster said...

Where do you find the time? I do have some goals that are more like, finish such and such first, then move on to such and such. If I get on item sewn a month and my block-of-the-month finished, I feel super productive.

Urban Rustic said...

Gorgeous outfits as ever Sarah!The polka dot fabric with the Jasmine makes it look so different.

Mommy en France said...

Such a productive month! Everything looks lovely! Well done. I am trying to wrap up my long drawn out Fall/Winter palette and get organised for spring. This post, and the challenges you are co-hosting, are inspiring me to get on with it.

Meg the Grand said...

Your projects are so lovely! The trousers and Jasmine make a lovely ensemble, but that skirt takes the cake! How fabulous!!!

Alessa said...

Wow, what a productive month! What a cute little skirt and I love, love, love the polka-dot Jasmine! I really need to get that pattern soon...

I haven't been all that productive this year. Stuff seems to pile up and it's even worse now with my full time occupation... ah well. I have planned to structure my days a bit better, and I have high hopes for daylight saving time, as I really don't like sewing with artificial light...

Lisette said...

I love that first outfit! Can I borrow it sometime? :) I can't believe that I possible missed a whole month of your posts. Life has been crazy.

frk.bustad said...

it's such a super duper cute polka dot blouse! Love it! Great project list for a whole month!