Sewing for the Grandkids: Easter 2020

Can I talk a little about how much FUN it is to sew for grandchildren?
Before we were all in isolation, I had planned to make matching Easter outfits for our 5 grandchildren, ages from 1 year to 4 years.  I was browsing through Hobby Lobby one day, and found this lovely cotton floral. I knew I wanted to use gingham as well, and was able to find that at HL too. 
Planning to go on a sewing retreat with my local quilt guild in early March, I figured that would be the perfect time to work on this project. Little did we know that the next week we would all be following the Stay at Home orders of self-isolation!  Since 4 of our grandchildren live out of state, I was sure to get current measurements before I started. 

Using downloaded PDF patterns from indie designers made it much easier to make the various sizes I needed for the little girls' dresses. The  Willow Top, Tunic and Dress from Sew a Little Seam was just what I was looking for! I wanted a gingham bodice with a floral skirt, …

Sew Together Bag + Finch Bucket

I've been spending my time at home in isolation during the CoVid 19 pandemic working on projects on my to-do list.  I had purchased this pattern for the Sew Together zipper bag last year, and had an enjoyable day at my sewing machine yesterday making it up. The pattern is by Sew Demented, and the construction details are very clever!
I sewed along with the YouTube video by Margaret Leuwen, and that made it very straightforward.

I decided to choose a fabric that I had used last year when I made my Finch Bucket knitting bag. Many years ago I had purchased a large lot of zippers from Zipperstop, and they came in all lengths and colors. This was such a good purchase for me, as I always seem to have exactly the zipper that I need!  I made a few changes from the photo above: changed the colors of the zippers, and used a more stable fusible interfacing without adding the batting and quilting that I initially thought I would do.

I love my cute little bag! I know there is an adaptation to…

Go Iowa Hawkeyes!

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might have found the headline to today's post a little confusing as I have noted in the past that I am a ardent University of Michigan alum and fan. (My blood runs "just a little" Maize and Blue!)  But my dear son-in-law is an Iowa alum, and I wanted to make him a quilt of his own.
Although I live in Michigan, I was able to source the Iowa Hawkeye fabric online from Joann Fabrics before we all went into isolation. And this was the first project I focused on:

The pattern is called Triple Treat, from the book Happy Hour by Atkinson Designs.
The front is pieced using cotton fabrics, and I used flannel on the back: so snuggly! The quilting is a large meander done on my domestic Juki TL-2000 Qi (love that machine!).

This book also has a pattern to use the off-cuts from the block piecing to make a table runner, called Second Helpings:

I would have loved to gift this to him in person, but with the current state of affairs I had to …

The Great Module SewAlong: Reveal!

Today is the big reveal for my entry into #thegreatmodulesewalongon Instagram, hosted by Whitney @tomkatstitcherycarmel and Carla @carlamayfield5

Back in January, after hearing about the Module Sew Along on Whitney's You Tube channel, I started to give the whole idea some thought. I pulled fabrics from my stash, purchased one or two, and started to think about pairing the fabrics with patterns. I was able to use patterns from my collection as well, with the only exception being a pattern purchase from Megan Nielsen Patterns: the Tania Culottes. I  had already purchased this pattern for the January Sew My Style challenge. If you look closely, not all fabric in the pile was used, and not every pattern I had initially pulled  was used either.  I've never been as organized and and considerate in my choice of garments to sew, and I really liked this approach! 

From left to right:
Simplicity 9020: a loungewear set consisting of an oversized boxy T shirt and pair of joggers (with poc…

Feelin' cozy with Simplicity 9020

This project is my final make for #thegreatmodulesewalong! I decided that since I mostly sew clothes that are appropriate for my office job, I really needed to sew some lounge wear. Having recently purchased Simplicity 9020, I went ahead and cut it out using this lovely Italian knit that I had purchased years ago from Mood Fabrics.
Trust me, I DID read the pattern notes re sizing, but this pattern is VERY oversized!! I cut my usual size LG for the top, and cut an XL for the bottoms for cozy comfort, and had to take both pieces in substantially.  I kept the side seam pockets on the pants (of course!), but left off the small back pocket which I knew I would never use.
Adding cuffs to the sleeves brought the arm fullness in a bit, and made the top a more practical garment.
The result: wearable, but still oversized.

It was so fun to add some text to the very plain gray knit, using my Silhouette machine and some heat transfer vinyl.

I enjoyed the quick result and plan to make more lounge …

Toaster Sweater for my Module: Top #2

I've been sewing along on my Wardrobe Module for The Great Module Sewalong, and recently  put together Simplicity 8529, the Toaster Sweater which is a collaboration with the Sew House Seven pattern designer company. 
This is a very popular pattern in the sewing community, first with Sew House Seven and then again with Simplicity. It's clean lines and of-the-moment design makes it fun to sew and to wear. I must say, I really like the high funnel collar: not quite a cowl, and not quite a turtleneck!

I purchased this lovely ivory knit from Beautiful Textiles, and it sewed like a dream. Well, the fabric was lovely to sew, but my serger decided to act up!! I guess I've been walking a fine line with needing new cutting blades, so off it  went to the repairman for a spa date! New blade(s), clean-up and tune-up and soon I'll be back serging again.
(my machine serged fine with a test piece-I ALWAYS do a test serge first-and sewed fine on the straight, but NOT on any curve. It&…