Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Snow Sewing

While we were here being snowed in by the blizzard, I decided to pull out some projects that I haven't taken the time to do otherwise. So one thing was this Kwik Sew 3455 pattern for work out wear.



I've made the pants before here and I've been intending to make the top for a while. So, a snow day was the perfect opportunity. I don't know if any of you have made something like this before, but I highly recommend it. If you want a quick, easy project, give something like this a try. I really like this particular pattern. It's knit, so there aren't really any adjustments to make. And it's a good stash-busting pattern. With the contrast fabric, each piece needed was less than a yard.

Now I can get back to my regular work outs that don't involve shoveling snow!

Until next time...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January Jacket Completed...Vogue 8758

I've been wanting to make a jacket for awhile, but hadn't gotten around to it. So, I figured this was the perfect time to go ahead and do it. I chose this particular pattern because I thought it had interesting lines and details. As far as the fabric was concerned, I chose a polyester poplin in "wine". 


In this picture, I'm actually wearing it with the dress from the same pattern that I made back in 2013. Here is a picture of that completed dress.


The jacket is quite easy to make if you take it step-by-step. It isn't fully lined, only the sleeves are.  But I also wanted to show it with jeans to show that it can be worn more casually as well.



The pattern is out-of-print at this time, but if you've got this or come across it, it might be worth getting. I really like this one!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

January Jacket Vogue 8758

I started this project about a week ago with the muslin I made. 



I chose this pattern because I thought it had interesting lines and details, but wouldn't be a difficult project to make. I believe the pattern is out of print, but this is one of Vogues wardrobe patterns. 


I did make the dress here a couple of years ago. As far as the muslin is concerned, here's a tip that might help someone: I always like to use different color thread for the top and bobbin. It just helps me to see if there was some problem I had during the construction that I might want to keep in mind when I make the garment. It also helps me use up any unusual-colored thread I might have purchased for a particular project that I'll probably never need again. 

But here is the jacket so far... 





That's ll for now. I hope to show you the finished garment soon!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2015 Wrap-up and 2016 Plans

Below are some of my favorite pieces that I made last year. 


These are the items I find myself wearing most often and what I'm most satisfied with. 2015 was quite a journey. I did the RTW (ready-to-wear) fast again for the second year in a row! I'm definitely not doing it again, although I still haven't bought any clothing. 

For 2016 there is the ongoing goal to continue to challenge myself and grow. As far as particular items I want to make this year or particular goals:


  • an LDB is certainly on the list,
  • buy fewer patterns and use the ones I have (especially the ones I bought and never tried)
  • continue to sew through my fabric stash, although I've noticed I have a LOT of prints and not many solids, so I will keep this in mind when purchasing
  • I also want to keep track of yardage sewn this year. I've never done this before, but I think it'll be an interesting tidbit to note at the end of the year
So, what are some of your sewing goals? Do you set goals or just wing-it and make whatever you feel like making? Honestly, I do both. 

Next time I'll show you what I'm currently working on... Until then, 

Happy New Year!  And happy sewing!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Casual Living - McCall's 7195 Sweatshirt

I made this McCall's woven sweatshirt last week. Although, I actually used a knit that doesn't have a lot of stretch. In all honesty, I found some material that I really liked so I was anxious to try it for this top. 



This is a picture of View C which is the one I made. There are variations for the sleeves and hem line. 



I used a textured knit for the shirt which made it more interesting without making it more difficult. 





I made this in large, although the next time I would make it closer to medium. I really need to pay more attention to the finished measurements on the envelope, rather than going by my measurements. It's a bit more full than necessary or what I would normally like. I think that might not be as much of an issue using a woven material. But, It is comfortable and very easy to make. Next time I will use the suggested types of fabrics (like you're supposed to do - ha ha).

All in all, I do like the pattern. I like that there are sleeve options and hemline options so you can get a different look depending on what you choose to do. This only took a few hours to put together, so it's a quick and easy project.

Until next time...

Saturday, December 5, 2015

New name, new projects...

You may have noticed that I changed the name of my blog. I've been thinking about this for awhile and decided to go ahead and do it. Actually, I kept putting it off because I got scared. I was thinking about too many "what ifs". But I did it and I'm glad I did! 

I think the new name is more in tune with who I am and what I've been sewing anyway. 

That's all for now. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and I should have a new post up soon. I just finished something today.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Burda Style Skirt 12/2015 #115

I've been getting Burda Style magazine for several years now, and every now and then I see something that I know I have to make. This skirt was one of those things. I made view A which is the shorter version of the skirt. I love the shaped yoke of the skirt. This is described as a wrap-effect skirt. That's true. It has the look of a wrap which is an easy style to wear.


This is the side view to show the yoke. As you can see, there is a narrow waistband. 




The length is perfect for me as well. If you want to make sure that the skirt doesn't open while wearing, I would suggest using a pin (they used to make large decorative safety pins for that purpose) to keep it closed. The wrap is deep, though so it's unlikely to just fly open. 


I styled it a few different ways. The material I used has blue, black and tan in it so it can go with several different outfits. This skirt, by the way, is unlined. The longer version would be gorgeous in velvet! 

And best of all, this is actually very easy to make!!

Until later... Happy sewing!