October 15, 2018

#2018 Make Nine Challenge...

...this seemingly simple "just chose nine patterns and make them up in a year" challenge has proven rather difficult for me to accomplish.  Mainly because the patterns I picked at the beginning of the year just no longer hold my interest.  But, I am still determined to finish the Make Nine Challenge!  I've made numerous pattern substitutions (which is allowed according to the rules), with still more changes subject to take place - but hang in here with me if you please.  

Next up is Simplicity 8268 is a new jogger pattern that I decided to substitute for the Hudson Pants on my #2018MakeNine grid.  I decided to switch patterns because I just didn't feel like taping a PDF at the moment, but still wanted to have a pair of jogger pants for comfy at home wear.

This stretch knit gray denim print has sat in my stash for eons pinpointed for joggers. When I decided to make up the Simplicity pattern I had to do a deep stash dive to find it.  I used self fabric instead of tubing to make the cuffs and waistband not wanting to make a trip to Joann's only to find that they didn't have the right color anyway.  I'm satisfied with them and as a matter fact have been wearing them all morning. 
So here's my new Make Nine grid for the moment:



Row 1: Burda 6446. Butterick 4684, Simplicity 8268
Row 2: True Bias Lander Pants, Burda 6428, Vogue 8601
Row 3:  Butterick 6296, Vogue 8859, Butterick 6169

With two and a half months left in the challenge I will persevere, but keep your fingers crossed for me...

October 13, 2018

Hurricane Sewing...

...for the first time since 1856 Middle Georgia experienced an actual Category 1 Hurricane.  During hurricane season it's not unusual for us to get residual tropical storms (which can still be horrible); but not a real hurricane!  We made it through Praise God, nothing blew away and this time I didn't even lose power - so I sewed...

 First up, the new Madison Cardigan from Style Sew Me. HAD TO HAVE IT!!! I wanted to use another sweater knit but didn't have enough yardage, so I used this Aztec striped sweater knit instead. 

Stripped, yes stripped - and this was the dickens to match too. but I did manage to so pretty good with it.  I allowed the sweater to hang a full 24 hours then set out to conquer the mammoth high-low hem. I DID NOT want to end up with a wavy hem on all this fabric so I used 1/2" Steam-A-Seam on the entire area before stitching.  It seems that the Hurricane Michael blew Fall into the area. The weather man saws that we won't be experiencing any more 90 degree temps so I think I'll have a chance to wear this pretty soon...

October 1, 2018

Vogue 8859 Part 2...

...I've never really been a knit pant wearer, but for some reason I was highly attracted to Vogue 8859.  However, a few knit pant patterns have found their way into my stash and so I'm glad I had this one. 
 
Description:  Close-fitting pants with elastic waist, pleats in knee area, back yoke and pockets
I really liked the wearable muslin I made last week so I thought I make second pair before I returned the pattern to the drawer.  This time I did make a few more tweaks and find I like the second pair ever more.
  • I adjusted the front crouch shape rather than the back this time by 3/4"
  • added another 1" to the back yoke
  • in addition to lengthening by 3"
 
I guess these are a cross between jeggings and leggings according to how close a fit you want.  Pay no attention to the black and white top this was just for try on.  I plan to wear these with a tunic yet to be made.  I had a great time in the sewing room this past weekend even though it was just in making another pair of knit pants...

#2018 Make Nine Challenge...

...this seemingly simple "just chose nine patterns and make them up in a year" challenge has proven rather difficult for me to ...