July 28, 2016


...such a chore!

July 27, 2016


...the pattern companies lavished us with cute, retro looking boxy tops this summer.  One that caught my eye right off the bat was Simplicity 8090.  I made two of view C, one to wear inside and one for outside.

I need more summer pj's so I used a tiny printed cotton fabric that has been in my stash for eons to make a matching pair. For the pj shorts I used McCall's 6848 view E with the ruffled leg.   I used a soft gray and white seersucker to make my outdoor version of the Simplicity top.

Matching summer PJ's anyone????

July 25, 2016


...do you remember back in June when I made this top for my friend?
As soon as it was finished I immediately placed it in the mail to her with high hopes that it would be a good fit.  Well, we finally had a meetup, and guess what she was wearing when I saw her???

The Simplicity eyelet top with almost identical matching white eyelet shorts that she said she'd had for years.  I think SHE WORE IT WELL...

July 6, 2016


...it's been a while, but I'm currently working on pants again.  The project is an UFO that I started and cut out last summer.  I'm working on refining my TNT pants pattern AND also on developing a pants block that will hopefully assist me in using other pants patterns of my choice. (does that make sense?)  The current pair was meant to be a wearable muslin, so I have new pants.

I used Burda 7062 which are close fitting, has waist facings and side zipper (moved the zipper to the back seam.)
My pants after a couple hours wear.  I'm calling them Imperfectly perfect.  I really like the fit and plan to make them again raising the crouch curve just a little next time.  There are two additional UFO's living in my sewing room.  How many reside in yours????



... I love sewing, yes I do!. and I know you do too.  But we all have something, maybe just one thing that we dislike about sewing.  This explains it for me...

 SOLUTION:  Wind two when you first start and get it over with!!!
What's your least favorite part of sewing???

July 3, 2016


...yes, I said Fall ya'll.  Although Georgia temperatures constantly soar up to 100 degree, it's nice and cool in my sewing room - Thank God!  Makes you wonder why my post title references Fall.  Well, I've had two light weight knit jackets on my make list since last fall that I just couldn't find the time to sew up.   I decided that now would be an excellent time to tackle them so when they will be all ready for Fall.  I'm trying to work smart for a change; here's the first of the two:
I made this simple pattern in a black pontederoma knit 3 or 4 years ago, and really didn't like it.   Turns out that that black jacket ended up being the most worn garment I've ever made.  When temperatures start to drop this is the jacket I usually reach for.  Every time I wear it I find myself thinking, "I really need to make this jacket in another color", but just never got around to doing it.  So I just went ahead and knocked it out ahead of time this weekend.  I think I need a brown one as well but will probably use a different pattern.
I also managed to finish up another Simplicity 8128, this time for myself.  I tell you I hate what a bust dart does to a stripped fabric.  That being said I will wear this top even though stripe matching is impossible in the side seams due to the bust dart.

I have the entire week off, so happy sewing to me and to you.  Hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July...

June 28, 2016


...my next summer top was made to enter the Sew Much Talent June Challenge - using a TNT (tried and true pattern.  I used OOP Simplicity 4171 becaue I made it years ago, loved it, and got lots of compliments every time I wore wear it.  Sometimes simple is better, and this pattern is just that - simple. 

FABRIC CHOICE:  As my students say "IDK".  Some pretty paisley print in colors that I loved and was attracted to during the recent Hancock going out of business sales.  Pretty but!, hard to sew - even to serge.

VIEW:  I made View D.

PATTERN ADJUSTMENTS:  Size chosen using information printed on the front pattern piece (as advised by Carol Ware, one of my new sewing muses.  This is new to me (believe it or not).  This gave me a much better fit than using the sizing printed on the back of the pattern envelope.

The only adjustment made was adding 1 1/2" to the length of the pattern.

The only problem I encountered was getting a smooth square shaped neckline, but I did make it work.

Working on whittling this chair down, but I still have another yard of this paisley fabric left...


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