F.A.S.T. Gala 2018: Hand knits for Angelman's

I remember having a sweater that knit up the back when my kiddos were young, and that is what I wanted to make for the silent auction at the F.A.S.T. Gala in December, 2018 to benefit Angelman Syndrome research.
I picked up the Valley Yarns bulky from Webs, who was vending in Aug 2018 at Stitches Midwest. The lime green and the gray are both so gender neutral in this day and age of   "pink for girls, blue for boys" (that makes me a little crazy!).
                                                      (My haul from Stitches Midwest 218)

These sweaters did turn out very cute, but the pattern.....agh!!  Minimal directions, and confusing charting took some of the fun out of  this project. And then I found one of the balls of grey yarn was missing
and so I ordered more yarn. Of course, a couple of months later I found
the lost ball, which had somehow rolled under the driver's seat
of my car....!!
 But, I tried to focus and knit encouraging thoughts and lots of love into thes…

McCall's 5512

Aren't summer weddings in Michigan just beautiful?  This one took place at the Mansion at Pine Knob, a beautiful venue.
I wore McCall's 5512 in a floral brocade from Fabric Mart, which I ordered back in  Feb and is no longer available.

I did make some adjustments to the bodice, adding an inch at the side front and back to allow for more fabric for a modified FBA. This dress is fully lined and so comfortable to wear. I also like the 60's vibe  :-) This is an easy make, and a cute style, but no longer available on the McCall's website, tho there are some patterns to be found on Etsy.

McCall's 7131: culottes? gauchos?

A current trend for women is the full split skirt, cropped between ankle and knee. Gee....I remember these from the 80's, we called them 'gauchos' back then! LOL  I used a linen I purchased from FabricMart  (still available!)....stripes!  I am seeing striped linen everywhere in retail and online this summer.
I liked the style lines of  McCall's 7131  View C, especially the flat front with elasticized back, and the pockets!

After wearing these a couple of times now, I think a more drapey fabric would work better as there is a LOT of fabric! Also, this is a very generously drafted pattern, and I could easily go down a size. I ended up taking in the side seams about an inch. All that being said, I would like to make up this pattern again, and would recommend it.

Here I am wearing it with one of my hand knit tops: Rusted Root knit in 2011 Pattern: Rusted Root by Zephyr Style Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease, colorway: Seaspray Needles: US size 6

(Obligatory split skirt photo L…

Simplicity 8024: Rose's Baptism dress

When my daughter and her husband were making the plans for their daughter Rose's Baptism, they asked if  I would make Rosie's dress.....of course I said YES!
My daughter pinned some ideas to a shared Pinterest board, and  we were off and running. Simplicity 8024 had the style lines that Rosie's Momma was looking for:
When discussing fabric, Rosie's Momma also wanted "lace, lace and more lace....especially a lace bonnet!". We had no problem finding the  perfect lace and satin, as well as a cotton batiste for the under slip. All fabrics washed up beautifully before construction.
The full length skirt was satin with a lace overlay, which I treated as one. The lace's scalloped edge finished off the hem nicely.
I also laid lace over the satin for the petal sleeves (love those!). I wanted to showcase that lovely scalloped edge, so I made an overlay to drape over the front and back bodice.

Instead of trying to make buttonholes in the lace, I used snaps to  close…

Me-Made-May 2019: McCall's 7381

What's not to love about a Spring wedding in Michigan, especially when the  weather turns out perfect!  One of my daughters' dear friends had a lovely outdoor barn wedding this month, and I got to wear my new dress: McCall's 7381

I had this blouseweight Peachskin woven fabric from FabricMart  waiting on my shelf   and it worked perfectly with this McCall's pattern. After reading a few reviews of this pattern, I knew the bodice might run a little big,  so I did not make any adjustments there. Actually, I only made a couple of changes. The pattern calls for lining the bodice, and

Me-Made-May 2019: Blackwood Cardigan #2

I like and wear my first Blackwood Cardigan so much (blogged about here), that I thought I would make up another. This time I decided to make the shorter, hip-length version.                Fabric is a poly knit from Haberman Fabrics, in a pretty coral color. I love coral with navy!

Not such a flattering pic (LOL), but I did want to show the nice fit through the shoulders and the wide band at the hip. 

Although I am wearing this today with slacks, I know it will also be perfect to toss  over a dress this summer. 
(Curious about the quilt in the background? I made this one a few years ago, motivated by a class I took with Gwen Marston on liberated quiltmaking. My inspiration was a photo I took on a golf course in Upper Michigan: it was a beautiful summer day with green grass, blue skies and orange monarch butterflies flitting around. Heavenly!)

Me-Made-May 2019: Simplicity 1810

I've been wanting to sew with linen for a while now, and this lovely linen print from Fabric Mart just jumped into my online cart a few weeks ago. 

Simplicity 1810 has been in my pattern collection (now it's OOP) waiting for it's turn in the rotation, and I'm happy I got to use it! I really love the shoulder gathers, the clean neckline facings and the fullness that gets gathered by the self ties that come out of the back darts (clever!). The linen I used does tend to stand away from the body a little bit, but not enough to bother me. 
After measuring the pattern pieces I decided that there was enough ease so that I did not need to make an FBA, but I did raise the front neckline about 1/2 inch, lengthened the ties, and graded out from below the bust to hem. That extra hip room was not needed and I ended up taking some back out. Today I wore this with the ties crossing over in front and knotted in the back, hard to see with my printed linen. But I do also have the optio…