September makes and October plans

First of all, I can’t believe it’s the end of September already! 2020 is flying by! The good news is we are getting well and truly into Autumn, which is my favourite season! I love the chunky cardigans, skirts and dresses with tights and boots and just generally being all cosy!

September was a slow sewing month for me. Going back to work full time in the COVID era is very tiring. The days are longer and I just feel much busier than usual. This obviously impacted on my sewing. I didn’t even touch my sewing machine for the first half of the month! My desire to sew is still strong and I still have lots of plans and ideas. It also appears that my love of buying fabrics has not slowed down at all. I’m running out of space to store them all!

Anyway, in September, I managed to complete 3 projects. I don’t think this is too bad considering I only starting sewing mid-month.

September makes

Sew Over It – Pussybow blouse

My first completed make was another Pussybow blouse from Sew Over It. I made one of these earlier this year and it does get worn often for work so I decided to make another. This one is in a Navy floral viscose that I bought a couple of months ago from Material Girl Laura. I love the colours on it and think it’s perfect for Autumn. I decided to make it sleeveless so I can layer it in the colder months but still wear it in the summer. It was a last minute decision to go sleeveless (I didn’t want to do the cuffs and rouleau finish) so didn’t alter the armhole in any way. I bias bound the armhole and it’s ok to wear. If I’d planned it better I may have altered the shape of the armhole slightly, but it’s still fine to wear.

Sew Over It – Peggy Trousers

My next make was another Sew Over It pattern, this time the Peggy trousers. The Peggy trousers are their latest PDF pattern and this was my first make one of their Pattern Insiders. It’s very exciting to be part of the team! I used a black garbadine twill suiting fabric from Minerva, which is lovely. I’m tempted to get some more! I love the paperbag waist on these trousers! These were quite an involved make as they have a zip fly, pleats at the front and the paperbag waist but I enjoyed making them. I graded in a size from waist to hips but still have a bit too much fabric around my hips. Trouser fitting is something I want to improve!

Megan Nielsen – Opal Pants

I finally made the Opal pants after planning to make them for several months. I used a grey tencel twill from The New Craft House and really enjoyed making them. It was interesting to make these straight after the Peggy trousers as they are quite similar. Opal is a much quicker and easier pattern as there is no fly fastener and the front is flat (no pleats). It also has in-seam pockets which Peggy does not. I graded a size from waist to hip again and still have similar fitting issues but they seem less pronounced with these. Maybe due to the front of these being flat? I’d like to make these again in a slightly drapier fabric as I think they will look very different.

October plans

Many of my October plans are rolled over from September that I didn’t complete. Hopefully I’ll get more sewing done this month as we have 2 weeks for half term and have lots planned!

Papercut Patterns – Sapporo Coat

So far I’ve cut out the pattern! I’m planning on getting this cut out and started in October. I have a navy Melton Wool from Minerva to use. I’m looking forward to making a new coat!

True Bias – Shelby dress

I’m very excited for this make! I have two fabrics I want to make this dress in. The first is the burgundy dotty and dots viscose I got from Sister Mintaka. I keep seeing lots of gorgeous versions of this dress and I think it would look lovely with tights and boots and a chunky cardigan.

Sew Over It – Heather Dress

The Heather dress is another previous make that got lots of wear but unfortunately, it is now too small for me. I’ve decided I need another in my life as it’s so comfy! I’ve got some plain black and a zebra print ponte from Sewisfaction as I really like the colour blocked version.

Tilly and the Buttons – Alexa Jumpsuit

This has been on my to-make list for a few months and I still haven’t gotten round to it. I really like Tilly’s nautical version and I have some gorgeous tencel fabric from Patterns and Plains to use. I also have gold buttons ready to complete the look!

Tilly and the Buttons – Lotta dress

It’s taken me a bit of time to warm up to the Lotta dress but I’m now quite excited to make one! It looks quite versatile as you can make it in wovens or jerseys. I’m going to be making it in an animal print viscose from Crafty Sew and So. This project is actually going to be a blog post for them so this one will definitely be made by the end of October!

As usual, I have an ambitious list but I’m hoping to make quite a dent in it. I also want to sew up a large chunk of my stash as I really have no room left! I need to sew as fast as I buy fabric! Or I could stop buying fabric for a bit, but that’s no fun!!

What are you planning to make in October?

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