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...

June 26, 2016


...when I posted my proposed eyelet top project on FaceBook,  my cosmetology teacher muse/friend commented, "Size 8 please no color preference".   After completing my top, posted yesterday, I still have so much of the fabric left I thought I'd grant her request.  Notice she mentioned "Size 8" which is much smaller than me or my dressform - Ms. Faye, so her top looks a bit squeezed on in my pictures. 

8128 caught my attention right off the bat when Simplicity's summer pattern's were first released.  Although simple, I love the retro, boxy, swing, cropped design.  I love retro, and I think my friend loves retro even more than me.  I hope it fits and that she likes it.  I'll try to get it in the mail to hear early this week.   On this top I used the shell fabric for the neck facings and did not interface.  For the armhole facing I actually used the fabric selvelge in the same manner that you would normally use bias tape as facing.  Other than being tight on this dressform, I think the top turned out fine.  

Now I need to make this pattern up for myself, in another fabric choice of course.  Eyelet is still full of holes...

June 25, 2016


...I made an administrative decision to remove the underlining from my eyelet top - New Look 6459 - because what fun is eyelet if you can't see through it?  With my schedule it took me all week to finish this cute boxy top, but now it's done and I can move on to one of the 1,000 other ideas on my mind for the summer.
And yes, eyelet is full of holes.  This top might not make it to work, but I love the cut of the armscye. I will make it again in a solid or a print so I won't have to be concerned with facing show through. This is just the first of several boxy tops that I have planned for the summer...


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