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October 2018 Goals Update #2

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another check in to see where we are on our 2018 sewing resolutions.  Since there are only 3 months left, we should be getting closer to finishing up.  Should be!  

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

For the women’s make 9 challenge, we’ve now sewn 6 of the garments we had planned.  Here are links to the 2 additional items we’ve sewn since April.  

Gabriola Skirt  (I sewed it for me, but Aria stole it.  So it still counts, right?)

Sandbridge Skirt (actually 2 of them!)

And in our April update post, I said I wanted another chance at the Ventian Skirt.  So here’s where I sewed another Ventian Skirt, maxi version this time.

Only 3 garments left to go, and the Charleston dress is already muslined, so that should get finished this month.

October Make 9 Update from Skirt Fixation

For the men’s Make 9 challenge, I’ve only sewn 2 more items, so I’m officially behind.  And since the hardest garment is left (pants!) I’m not sure I’m going to accomplish this one.  Neither of these two makes are blogged by themselves, but here is where I mentioned about the Hudson Pants I made for our oldest boy.  Since I also sewed him the Metro Tee, Mr. Skirt Fixation definitely has been getting the short end of the sewing stick.  

2018 RTW Fast update: Still no ready to wear garment purchases of any kind for me!  Yea!

Stash Shrinker:  After my April post, I raised the multiplier back up to 5 from 3.  I did catch up on the amount of fabric sewn, and am still going strong!  It’s a strict fabric diet I have myself on, but I love to see the number of yards sewn keep going up.  Right now it’s up to 310.75 yards sewn!!!  This seems to motivate me as much as not buying all the fabric I love is motivating me to sew from my stash!

Project Run & Play Let’s Sew A Rainbow goal: Done and blogged.  Well, all except the purple.  We’ll see if that ever happens!   There’s just not much love for purple garments around here!

Me Made May: Accomplished, posted to Instagram and blogged.  See the posts here.

Plenum Quilt review by Skirt Fixation

There are 2 more goals I hope to accomplish before the end of the year.  One is to finish up some of the quilts I have in process.  Fall and winter are such nice times to sew and USE quilts!  And the other goal is to work on my fall/winter wardrobe.  My spring/summer wardrobe always gets a lot of attention because of Me Made May, but the same scrutiny doesn’t happen 6 months later when the weather changes.  

That’s all for today!  It’s just sort of a personal tracking post, so thanks for reading and sticking around for all the skirt and sewing fun.

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2018 Goals Update – April

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

Instead of waiting until the end of the year to check in on our sewing resolutions, I thought it would help stay on track to check in throughout the year.  So check up #1!

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

For the women’s make 9 challenge, I’ve sewn myself 4 items.  That means I’m ahead of the curve for staying on track.  Here are the links to the posts:

Woven Runway Skirt

Ventian Skirt (technically, I wanted to do a maxi, but after my chambray midi version, I’m not sure I want to do a maxi.  The fit is not great, but I think it’s the inseam pockets that I’m not loving, so I might do a maxi with the patch pockets and see if I like that better.)

Cheyenne Tunic

Lane Raglan

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

For the men’s make 9 challenge, I’ve sewn 3 items.  This means I’m right on schedule, but I’ve still got a couple of hard makes left.  Like pants.  Here is the link to the post:

Finlayson Sweater

Ha, I’m realizing that I haven’t blogged the turtleneck or the flannel Marco shirt.  Here’s a photo of it on the dashing Mr. Skirt Fixation to make up for that oversight.

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

2018 RTW Fast update:  No clothing purchases from me, but this is not a big surprise.  I have not purchased clothing for myself for several years!  I love sewing…

Another goal I added in after the original post was to use the Stash Shrinker spreadsheet from my friend Michelle at Sew Journers to help address the condition of my fabric stash.  Basically, you choose a multiplier, and use the spreadsheet to sew that amount of yards of fabric compared to the amount of yards of fabric you buy.  I decided to chose an extremely high multiplier of 5 and stay on a very strict diet until I sewed 100 yards of fabric at which point I would lower the multiplier.  Well, there’s good news and bad news…I can lower the multiplier now, but I didn’t stick with the not buying goal.  So I’ve lowered the multiplier to 3, and I’ll try to catch up on the amount of yardage bought!

A mini goal I’m doing is following along with Project Run & Play’s Let’s Sew A Rainbow event.  I’ve decided to sew something from the stash for one of the kids each week in the color of the week.  It’s green week, and I’ve sewed along every week so far!  I’ll do a post at the end with all the garments, but if you want to see sneak peeks, you should follow us on Instagram.

And now that we’re up to May, it’s time for Me Made May!  I’ll try to do a roundup of my posts here weekly like I did last year.  And the year beforeBut I’m hoping to challenge myself by sewing a garment for myself every week during May.  Last year I used Me Made May as an opportunity to identify the holes and gaps in my handmade wardrobe, but I never did anything about it!  So here’s to achieving that goal!

That’s all for today!  Thanks for sticking around for all the sewing and skirt fun.

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2017 Sewing Goals

And now that we’ve assessed our sewing from 2016, we want to share our sewing goals for 2017 with you!  Just like our State of the Blog 2016 post, all of us are contributing today.


If last year was about new things, this year is going to be a mix of new and continuing!  My plan is to continue meeting sewing bloggers in person (at least 3 more!) continue sewing for Mr. Skirt Fixation (he’s requested pants…scary!) and continue participating in Project Sew It.

As for new, there’s a huge new thing happening with a baby due soon!  So I’m going to be blogging a lot about baby sewing.  I have so many ideas and things planned, I’ve already named this new category Handmade Baby.  Now to settle on the baby’s name…


This year I anticipate a move forward into ‘adult life’, and that may or may not include more time away from home, and less time sewing. I still want to do crafting, and maybe some more detailed embroidery, but I’m not limiting myself to specific goals this year, since I don’t know what will be reasonable to accomplish.  My over-arching goal, I think, is to force myself to try new things, no matter how scary they seem  (And also not to sprain my hand sewing on buttons for mom, cause I know I’ll still be doing that XD)


As I have started high school, I will be a lot busier this year, which means less time for sewing and things like that… But I do plan on joining Mom in Project Sew It, partly because my wardrobe is very lacking.  I’m really exited to be doing this, and plan on making a lot of it purple and gray.


I want to sew a quilt for the new baby.  I also want to sew more clothes for myself.  And I have some ideas for making new things for my doll.

How about you, do you have any sewing goals for 2017?

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2015 Blog Goals

Yesterday we offered a State of The Blog 2014, so today we thought it would be fun to set some goals and dream a little. Like yesterday, we all decided to contribute.


No compromise! That’s my biggest resolution. I find myself carrying on an internal conversation when I’m sewing, saying things like, “Oh well, no one will notice!” and “It’s only the inside.” But then I am dissatisfied with the final product because I know about each and every little defect. So this year, No Compromise!

And, this year I want to be more deliberate in my fabric buying. Like Teri, I tend to be so impulsive when I see a fabric I like. I want to try to only buy fabric with a specific use in mind. The stash, you know!

Game Day Dress and Jersey Review by Skirt Fixation

Last year my goal was to master sewing with knit fabric.  Well, I sewed with knits quite a bit, but I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered it, so onward!  It’ll be a delightful journey!


My New Year’s resolutions for my sewing/crafting life are as follows.

1. Work with new/different materials. For instance, felt, leather, etc.

Girl's Mara Dress

2. Sew up some garments from patterns. I did have fun with the little dress that I sewed for Annie from a pattern, and it’s a great life skill to be able to sew from a pattern.

3. Create a basic wardrobe for myself. I mean that I want to make mix and match-able things that I can use as basics.


This year, I would like to make a lot more things than I did last year.

Easy skirt to bag refashion by Skirt Fixation

For one thing, I would like to sew a pattern, and I would also like to make a quilt.


Annie says that her New Year’s resolutions include learning how to embroider, learning how to knit, and how to sew a little skirt for her bear.

teddy bear skirt

She has been asking Allegra for quite a while to teach her how to embroider, and now she’ll have to get right on it! She wants to knit so that she can learn how to knit scarves and gloves and socks, she says. That will be Aria’s job, as she is our resident knitter.

The Blog:

A little glimpse into what’s coming this year for the blog:

Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition round 2!

Living Skirt Art (everyone’s favorite!) grows into a bigger event this year.

An Instagram Liberty of London fabric swap. (You’ll want to follow us on Instagram as that’s not the only great thing coming up there!)

All The Skirts ~ New Editions

Some new things we can’t quite reveal yet!

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And to get the year off to a very, very perfect start, we found out yesterday that we won a $100 gift certificate from on Instagram!!!! We are so very delighted and can’t wait to place our order and get sewing! Here’s to a very Happy 2015.