Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Oriole Bag by Sew Sweetness

My dear friend Margaret celebrated a milestone birthday this year, and I just knew the Oriole Bag by Sew Sweetness would be perfect for her!  I found this cute purple cotton print at my local JoAnn Fabrics store, as well as the purple lining.
I tried my best to match the fabric pattern, and was pleased with the result  :-)

I liked that the pattern had instructions for an adjustable shoulder strap, which can be worn as either over the shoulder -or-as a crossbody bag. The necessary hardware included the rectangular strap holders, the adjustable strap slider and the twist lock closure. 

Two types of interfacing were used, both Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex fusible woven interfacing as well as foam headliner fabric.
One inside pocket was placed for either a phone or set of keys.

A fun project for a special friend....Happy Birthday, Margaret!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Butterick 5246 (O-O-P), Vogue 8731(O-O-P) and a FabricMart precut!

A tale of two dresses and one fabric pre-cut: 


My daughter asked if I would sew up a dress for her, using ITY ("so comfy - like wearing pajamas")
that would be work appropriate after she saw the one I made for myself for in March for Easter.
After looking at the fabulous pre-cut sale at FabricMart Fabrics, she chose this print, a 4 yard pre-cut:

Butterick 5246 , though now out of print, is a very comfortable dress to wear, and indeed "fast & easy" as the pattern states. I had made View B for myself with the cowl neckline, but I'm not a fan of that style and I 
find that I'm always fussing with it when I wear it. My daughter wanted the scoop neck version.

And even though this is NOT a maternity pattern, it works great for those early months of pregnancy!
(Woo-hoo, I get to be a Grandma again!!!!)
I'm so pleased that she has worn it several times now, and that it is work appropriate.

Having about a 1 1/2 yards left, I decided to sew up one of my TNT patterns, 
Vogue 8731, also out of print.  I've sewn this one twice before, both as tops. This time, I decided I wanted one of those summer staples: the knit tank dress...and had JUST enough fabric left to do just that. (I am trying to avoid putting project remnants back into my stash!)

This was the first time I used fold over elastic for binding both the neckline and the armholes.....WHY did I wait so long? Quick, easy, and comfortable to wear.
I have to admit that it took a couple of attempts:  note to self to reduce the seam allowance first.  :-)

And in this family photo from Easter Sunday (one of my favorites: so much love and happiness!)
you can get a glimpse of my dress using Butterick 5246

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

HotPatterns HP1203: Fast & Fabulous Kimono Blouson T

HotPatterns HP1203:  Fast & Fabulous Kimono Blouson T is another home run from Trudy at HotPatterns!
I made this one using a lovely charmeuse which I think was a remnant from Haberman Fabrics a few years ago. 
This is a fun, easy and clever design. No bust darts, but the slight front gathers at the hip band allow for the fullness needed. This fit perfectly out of the pattern envelope without any alterations....what a treat!
Interfacing was used in the hip band and the sleeve bands from Fashion Sewing Supply.

Yes, I still had to style with a sweater, since it was 25 F degrees here in Michigan this morning! 
Spring.....where are you???

I'll be making this one again, I'm sure!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hotpatterns 1159 - The Fast & Fabulous Jetsetter Poncho

Being a fan of Hotpatterns and designer Trudy's previous releases, I had the 1159 Fast & Fabulous Jetsetter Poncho on my radar. But when I attended one of my local American Sewing Guild meetings a few months back, I got to see the pattern made up by one of the members. It was SO cute, and I ordered the pattern immediately...and finally made one last weekend for a date night to see Black Panther.

The fabric I used came, from all places, the Salvation Army, and it's a true polyester double knit from the 'old days'.....similar to a fabric that many now call ponte. It has a blue/cream pattern, a very indiscreet check on the public or right side and navy on the other.  I wanted a more structured piece, and this fabric worked perfectly!

The pattern shows a more drapey cowl neckline, but that wasn't going to work with this 
fabric. Instead, I folded the cowl in half when I attached it to the body of the poncho, and 
I like the structured cowl look. I chose not to do any top stitching on those lovely vertical style lines, since when I tried it on scrap fabric the topstitiching couldn't even be seen, although I did topstitich where the cowl attaches at the neckline to insure that the seam allowance stayed put.

The armhole facings worked great: I applied the facings to the right side,  turned and stitched them down about 1 1/2 inches from the fold and trimmed the excess away. Perfect!

This was a very fun, fast & fabulous (!) project, and I think I will make another, trying a more
light weight and drapey knit for the next one. 

Thanks again, Trudy Hanson, for another lovely design!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Kwik Sew 3916


Over the last couple of winter seasons, I've seen the large plaid blanket vests/ponchos
as a fashion trend. When I found this fabric at my local JoAnn Fabrics, it jumped into my cart and came home with me.

I wanted a vest instead of a poncho, and Kwik Sew 3916 was the perfect pattern!

What a fun project! I did purchase extra fabric, as I knew that this would be a fabric hog when I needed to match the oversized plaid. For that reason, I did need to shorten the length of the vest by 1 inch, which was fine with me.

Love the cut-on cap sleeve, and pockets!
Although this is a polyester fabric, it is very soft and warm. 
An unusually nice find from JoAnn's.....sometimes we sewists get lucky!

The Historical Society in my town is currently working on a barn raising project, and I 
thought this would make for an interesting photo. Note the first flakes of snow for this season!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Simplicity 2784 (OOP): Raggedy Ann...Happy Halloween!

When my daughter asked if I could make my granddaughter's Raggedy Ann costume for Halloween this year, I didn't hesitate to say YES!  :-)
Although I was unable to find a current pattern, thank goodness for Etsy. The seller shipped Simplicity 2784 (OOP) to me right away, which gave me ample time to sew Jolene's costume. 

OMG.....can you stand it? 
Such a fun project! The wig is made by first making a type of  'skull cap' out of tricot, and then adding the hanks of yarn in a circular pattern. After trying it on, the bangs are cut and 

                                           I did have to add a ribbon to tie below her chin.....
                                 of course, she isn't wild about keeping the wig on her head  :-)

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Look 6213 and HotPatterns 1216: Garden Party Tee

Every now and then my finished sewing project doesn't meet up with the expectations that I may 
have had for it....take New Look 6213 for instance:

I love everything about this pattern: cute tie, length, V-neck.
The pattern noted that there was an allowance for ease of 7 inches. As I usually make an
FBA of 3-4,  I decided not to make the FBA and only add an inch to the side seams.
Not enough.
And there are no bust darts, but notice the gathering at the neckline instead.
I also failed to see the more cut-in shoulder.....not a favorite style for me.

This silky poly from JoAnn Fabrics is so cute though.....right? 'wearable muslin' is wearable, under a sweater tho, due to the wonky fit.
I plan to make this one again, now that I know what adjustments to make, as it was fun 
to sew up with a clever way to approach that neckline. Just watch for stretch there, as
it is all bias!

I had more success with HotPatterns 1216: Garden Party Tee, which is my usual experience
with HotPatterns.  

Since I've made this before, and knew it would fit great, I went right to the serger for construction. 
The polka dot is a cotton knit, and the floral chiffon was purchased at a local  fabric discounter.

                                  I did add a couple of inches at the hem to the chiffon flounce,
                                                        and finished it with a narrow hem.

Thought I've had it in my head to combine polka dots with this floral chiffon, I wasn't
quite sure that I liked it. Did it need a scarf to tie it all together?

                   In the end, I decided against the scarf, I think it was just a little too matchy-matchy LOL!

                  Besides, I really LOVE that chiffon, and want to use what I have left for a kimono top/jacket.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017