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My Wardrobe Plan – How did I do?

Has it been a year already! OMG I can’t believe it. But I have a lot to be thankful for. It’s been a phenomenal year for me! I’ve gotten a lot done and proud to say that I’ve achieved my goal of ONE Garment-a-month. Not only that, a Sew-along started on PR about this generated a lot of interest and many of you joined me in this motivating me even more.

So what did I sew?


Kwik Sew 3263 (TNT)


Burda 8498 (NEW)


Jalie 2794 (NEW)


Burda 8356 (TNT)


New Look 6699 (NEW)


Jalie 2806 (NEW)


Simplicity 2936 (NEW)


Vogue 2925 (TNT)


Kwik Sew 2856 (TNT)


Burda 7765 and Textile Studio Basic Top (NEW)


Burda 8124 (NEW)


Jalie Sweetheart Top (TNT)

This is the most expensive yardage I’ve ever sewn with. Its Rayon/Silk Jersey I bought at Sawyer Brook at the PR Day a few months ago. The good thing is that I only had to buy a yard and I squeezed a 3/4 length top from it. Not bad right? It feels like butter against the skin! I used clear elastic in the neck binding all the way around so it doesnt sag. LOVE IT!

Jalie 2794

So 7 out of the 12 garments I made this year were NEW. Not bad if I may say so. I am actually quite pleased with my progress this year. My goal for this year is to try one NEW pattern each month.

My August Project

Ok so I did finish the white shirt last night. And the skirt in the picture is a gift from my aunt who just visited me. I couldn’t wear the skirt while she was here because I didn’t have anything which goes with it. This white top also enables me to wear many other pieces in my wardrobe and I am pretty happy with it. I am now convinced that white may not be a bad color on me after all. Thanks Renee for pushing me in the right direction.

Now, about the pattern: It’s my favorite knit top pattern from Vogue 2925. I’ve written a review here. I’ve made this pattern 3 more times and all the tops manage to look different. My favorite method of finishing this top is using Foldover elastic. Since this knit was lacy, instead of lining it, I decided to just wear a white cami underneath. Depending on the mood I am in, I can choose to wear a contrasting color t-shirt under this shirt too.

I can’t even remember how long I’ve had this fabric in my stash for. It was never enough to make a full sleeve shirt so I’ve kept it. But for this project, it was perfect.

And for the record, not only did I finish this top last night, I did end up going to the gym AND bake these scrumptious Banana Nut Muffins! I modified the recipe from King Arthur Flour Book to make them low-fat too. Oh and this time I was finally able to get the tops of the muffins just like you find in the stores. Very crunchy and great texture. The trick is in really not stirring the batter too much. I think I’ll reward myself by having another one of these now. YUMMO!

July Project – Simplicity 2936

Last month I started a sew along on which got a huge response from others. So now sewing one garment a month is even more fun watching others and motivating each other. I’ve been traveling a lot too and hooking up with other PR members in my travels. It’s a great feeling meeting them and talking about sewing, PR and how it all got started.

My next meet up is in Vogue fabrics in Evanston, IL on July 28th. So exciting!

Here’s a shirt I just finished as my July project. I am really enjoying sewing fun and funky woven prints. I think I’ll give my serger a little rest while I make a few more of these. Granted that they are not the quick and easy projects I am used to but they are definitely more satisfying. However now that I’ve spent a few days basting, stitching and topstitching this, I think I need to make something quick for my upcoming trip to Chicago.

I have some knit left from my June project which will become a quick a-line skirt. I can’t wait to get my custom dress form!

My June Burda arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to start working on some of the cute projects from this issue. I used to subscribe to Burda WOF two years ago but never made that many items so decided to suspend it. But lately there has been a renewed interest in Burda and other pattern magazines on PR that I have no choice 🙂 I broken down and subscribed through Great price there. Since my first issue isnt going to arrive for 6 weeks, I bought the June Burda from

I like a lot of things from this issue but my first project is going to be this super cute shoulder cut out tunic. There are several reviews of this top on PR but my favorite is Christina’s version! I think this top will be perfect with my lace skirt. I might even do some beading on the neckband.

photo credit

Another Friend save the day, June Project

So once again, I relied on a friend to save my project. But that’s just me. I am happiest in the company of my friends and always have been. Like last night sewing till midnight was a blast with Emily. She worked on her Maternity wardrobe while I squeezed in my June project.

I am traveling to Canada next week and meeting Emilie (Jalie co-owner) and wanted to show off my new top (The newest Jalie pattern 2806) in the fabric she sent for me, so this was sort of out of necessity.

So last night everything was going well and I am trying to be patient with the foldover pleat but it was just not cooperating. I tried hand tacking the allowance to inside but that didnt work either. Emily suggested that I try adding some weight inside the top to keep the pleat in place the but I just couldnt come up with a feasible solution.

Enter Donna… the problem solver!

“Lets tack the pleat down sewing through all the layers! And we’ll make the stitches so tiny that they become part of the gathers.” Brilliant! Of course she did the sewing too because unlike her my hand sewing skills are… Pathetic!

She she first basted the pleat down and I tried it on. It was perfect. She then used a coordinating thread and took really tiny stitches on the pleat. I love em!



Here’s my review of Jalie 2806 on

We then went outside to take some photos. So she takes the credit for pretty much half of my June project 🙂

My May Project

So you thought that I skipped a month right? Nope. I did manage to finish the bias skirt as my May Project. I had been fussing over this project for so long. Should I line it or not? What seam finishes? How will my first bias project turn out.. so on and so forth. In the end I only had 2 days left until month end and I needed to stick to my plan so I decided to jump right in and just sew it to the best of my abilities. Granted that this is not something I would enter in a contest, but it’s a bias skirt and I love it! I decide not to line it and just wear a slip under it if I feel the need.

I also realized that there is no need to be afraid of bias. In fact I am going to make my next bias skirt in a gorgeous linen I picked up in NYC at the PR weekend last year. I’ve heard that bias is beautiful in linen and I want to see for myself. Plus its sweltering hot here so I need some linen on my body 🙂

Ok enough talk, lets see the photo of my FIRST BIAS SKIRT in silk charmeuse from Mike’s Fabrics (The BEST!) at PR weekend LA.

I’ll have to take a better picture when I wear it. It was 1:00 AM when I finished it and I could barely get Gagan to look at me, let alone take a photo 🙂

Super Quick April Project

Whew! Just in time. So as you know, this year I decided that I HAVE to sew at least one wearable item each month. So, while I am finishing the knitting UFOs this month, they still don’t count. Last evening I put my knitting aside to whip up this quick top. Now, I already had the pieces cut out from a year ago (that’s right, a year!!!) but never made it. I ran into a few problems with this one, like forgetting to cut the binding for the neck…

So, I decided to take the easy route and just do rolled hems on my serger. I stay stitched the V neckline and carefully rolled all the top edges, including the hem on my serger. I LOVE this finish and it’s so EASY. If you havent tried it, you’ve gotta give it a shot. Just serge slowly without stretching the fabric so you don’t end up with lettuce edging instead.

I know this is not from my wardrobe plan, but at least it’s a wearable project so I am good :). Next up… a silk scarf to go with this top!

Oh almost forgot about the pattern. It’s (unfortunately) an OOP Pattern from Burda.

Burda 8356.

Marzo es Terminado

That’s Spanish for “March is Finished”. But you already knew that didn’t you? What exactly does this mean? Well if you’ll recall, earlier this year I decided that I’ll make a wearable garment each month. This is so I don’t slip into a sewing slump and the goal is easy enough to achieve. This is pushing me to sew even more and I’ve already sewn more than what the plan has.

So I give to you, my second Sweetheart Top (this time in a gorgeous teal, and shorter sleeves). I also waned to show off my hand dyed scarf which was indeed done for this top. I love it!

Review of Jalie 2794 on

February is DONE!

My sewing project for February is DONE! And what a satisfying project indeed. It’s a princess seam shirt which I’ll use as a template for many more shirts to come. I’ve written a detailed review of my shirt on PR so you can read it there if you want.

I have a PLAN!

Ok, so I’ve been MIA for a while but I am back now and with a bang I might add 🙂 So last year was crazy with home front, family and of course PatternReview. I hardly got any sewing done. But I did pick up a new hobby! Knitting is fun but it’s slow, and its good for a change but with sewing, I can actually make stuff I wear and in 45 minutes or less. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

Ok, so in December I decided that each month in 2008 I WILL sew a wearable item and to help me do this and stick to my goal, my friend Emily made a sewing plan for me! God knows that if it weren’t for her, I would have probably slipped. But now, I have my own storyboard and given the time we spent doing this, it owe it to her to to stick to it.

Ok, enough chatter, here’s the plan. I know most of the fabrics are knits but since that’s what I have most in my stash, I decided to just use those.

Since I don’t think I am ready to participate in any of the PR contests just yet, Emily designed this plan for me based on my wardrobe needs as well as the fabrics and patterns I want to use from my stash. This works perfectly for me because most of the patterns I am using in this plan are the ones I’ve tried before so it’ll be quick sewing for me, just to get me going.

I’ve also added a few patterns which I’ve been wanting to try for a while but never got to it. Now, since they are a part of my plan, I am hoping they will get used.

Emily and I get together on weekends to sew/knit. She is coming over tomorrow, so I’d better cut out my first top. I am thinking it’ll be the print knit on top left – KS 3263, since I do need some long sleeve tops. This is going to be fun!

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