Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Look 6802 again

I found this graphic black and white knit on the JoAnn's clearance table a few weeks ago, and thought it would look great using New Look 6802:

I've made this one before for me, but this time I made it up for my daughter. It should make a great addition to her work wardrobe :-)
Difficult to see the front twist with this busy fabric.



I elected to make a gathered short sleeve instead of the pleats.
Cute!

Hope she likes it!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Indygo Junction Midtown Trench

  Last September when I attended the American Stitches Sewing Expo in Novi, MI, I picked up this pattern, The Midtown Trench by Indygo Junction.

I also purchased this bold gray and purple print at the Expo from my favorite vendor, Vogue Fabrics. The fabric is actually a somewhat drapey, cotton/rayon blend I think. But it did sew up nicely for this application. 


I am loving these wide collars and big buttons lately, with a retro feel to them:


Of course, the swing pleats in the back are really cute, and the two-piece sleeve adds interest. Side seam pockets are handy too.





Since we are still having WINTER weather here in Michigan, I wanted to wear this to work at least once this season and grab some pics. Now I am on to summer sewing!
                                                 (title for this photo: Red means STOP)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring??



They call this SPRING??!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday Night Sew-in

Got a chance last night to sit down at my sewing machine and finish up my Walhanging-of-the-Month for March (fused, machine appliqued and machine quilted). The patterns for my WOM projects are from the book "Kim Schaefer's Book of Calendar Quilts". They are very cute and whimsical, and I thought making them would be a great way to bust down some of the quilting fabric stash :-)


 

I started this project in February with this cute little heart number:


I'll catch up with January somewhere along the way, no worries!

Friday, March 18, 2011

March Madness!

Gameday Central

  No. 8 seed Michigan vs. No. 9 seed Tennessee - NCAA Second Round
  Date: Friday, March 18  |  Time: 12:40 p.m.  |  Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena  |  Location: Charlotte, N.C.


I love this time of year! And best of all, my alma mater made it to the Big Dance!
I couldn't be more excited.....
GO BLUE!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

McCall's 5893

I have a chance to leave snowy, cold Michigan for a visit to Sanibel Island, Florida, and so I thought I would sew up a casual dress/swim suit cover-up. The fabric is a thin T-shirt knit from Fabric.com, a recent addition to my garment fabric stash! Maybe I am turning over a new leaf by sewing fabric as it comes in the house, rather than stockpiling it for future use :-)
McCall's 5893  is advertised as a 1-hour pattern, but it took me longer than that! I like to take my time, since I've decided that I'm a process sewer.....tho I almost always appreciate the finished product. 




I did make a couple of changes to the pattern. The directions called for the neckline and armholes edges to just be turned to the inside and stitched down to finish the raw edges.....not a look that I like for the neckline. I cut some "almost" bias strips out of the dress fabric and finished the neckline that way. Looks much better, in my opinion. I also made a full-bust adjustment, and lengthened the bodice, and as usual when sewing with knits I used stabilizer at the shoulder seams and hem.
I hope I like the longer length....I'll know more when I wear it! If not, I'll just lop it off for a shorter sundress.