Monday, November 14, 2016

Knit Pants - V8859

I made these knit pants a couple of weeks ago. I wasn't sure about the material since it is very stretchy (basically jeggings material).But I'm so glad I made these. They are as comfortable as yoga pants and aren't tight.


These are dark blue (like jeans). I made the version with the double pleated knees. The only change I made was to use a wider elastic for the waistband. The pattern calls for 3/4" while I used 1". For me that just makes for a more comfortable fit. 


While I wouldn't wear this with the shirt tucked in like this, it's just to give a better idea of what the back looks like. 

This is quick and easy to make. And, the pattern didn't require me to make any additional adjustments which is awesome!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Pink lace cardi

This has become one of those go-to patterns for me. It's McCall's 6408 "jacket" pattern. To me, it's much more a cardigan than jacket, but whatever. I made this years ago in off-white and it has become one of my most used garments. 


So this time around, I decided to use some stretch lace I had to make another one. I'm still trying to use fabrics (and patterns) that I already have since I have so much. 

I definitely believe that this one is better made than the previous one (here's a link to that post). I have had so much more experience sewing in general and knits in particular than I did back then. My sewing confidence now is so much greater now than it was 5 years ago!


So, my advice to anyone out there who tried something that they liked but maybe it didn't work out is: keep at it! The more you do, the better you become. 

This is a quick and easy project. I made it in one sitting, but if you don't have that kind of time, it's easily broken down to doable steps. It's a Nancy Zieman "10-20-30 minutes to sew" pattern - perfect for busy sewists.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Simplicity Tunic 4149

I made this a few weeks ago and it is so comfortable, easy to wear and easy to make (a great combo, don't you think). I made View C with some very minor (decorative) changes.


I didn't do the rows of decorative top stitching that the pattern calls for with this view. I did do one row of the top stitch because that helps to hold down the facing and neck band on the inside. I didn't need to make any other changes to the pattern. I cut a size 16 for this. 



I really like that this pattern has different sleeve options as well (it also comes with pants, skirt and scarf patterns). This is a quick, easy project to put together. 

This is probably the last of my summer sewing (I really didn't do as much as I thought I might this year). I have already started to purchase some Fall patterns so I need to get to work on those plans!

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Burda Style Shorts and Style Arc T

Wow! Time sure does fly when you've been super busy. Anyway, I made these two items a couple of weeks ago and I'm FINALLY getting around to writing the blog post.

The shorts are from Burda Style magazine 06/2014 #118. These are casual cargo shorts that I made using a light-weight khaki cotton twill that's got a little bit of stretch in it.



There is a belt that's supposed to go with the pattern, but I opted not to make that. I just didn't like the look of it with the shorts. The pattern calls for snaps for the pockets, but I didn't have any that would go with the fabric, so I used a button and button hole. The pockets are pleated which makes them extra roomy. This is great if you want to really use them.



The top is the Alannah T-shirt from Style Arc. This is the second time I've used this pattern and I really like it. It's easy, quick to make and fits really well. This particular one in made from cotton interlock. 




The length on these T-shirts is nice so you can reach for things without exposing anything! I think this pattern is an easy pattern for beginners especially someone who may be new to using knit fabrics. 

That's all for now. I have a few more summer makes to share and then I guess I should start planning (or at least thinking about) my Fall wardrobe. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Vogue 8997

I LOVE this dress! It's feminine without being frilly or fussy. It's also surprisingly easy to make. This is one of those patterns that I bought because I really liked the style, but then put off actually making. I thought it would be far more complicated than it was. 




I used a linen blend fabric (washable) that I've had for a while and a solid purple lining. The only change I made to the pattern was to raise the neckline about 2". After making the muslin, I decided that that would be a more comfortable neckline for me personally. Originally, the front and back neck are (I believe) about the same depth.




This is not only a great summer dress pattern, but has enough variations (including long sleeves) that it can be made all year.



Until next time...  Happy sewing!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Quick and Easy Vogue 8750 Skirt

I recently had to attend a memorial service and I needed something to wear. Fortunately, I tried on some clothes the day before the event and realized that what I had just wouldn't do. The dress and skirt were too small. Luckily, I had a piece of black fabric in my stash and this pattern:


I decided on View A because I had just enough fabric to make it (less than a yard). I used a polyester crepe material for this.  The lines in this pattern make a simple fitted skirt much more interesting. 


The back yoke makes fitting the skirt much easier. While this pattern looks complicated, I assure you it's not. I finished this is about 4 hours. The skirt is unlined and I think that the next time, I will draft a lining pattern for it. 




I didn't add any design changes or alterations to this since I was in a time crunch. I also don't think it needs anything (except the lining). The skirt fit perfectly just making it out of the envelope.

Simple, easy, comfortable and quick are the keys to this Vogue Options pattern!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

5 Ways to Get Your Creative Mojo Back


We have ALL struggled from time to time with putting out creative content. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a blog post, sewing project, or whatever the case may be. So, here are a 5 simple ways to get yourself out of that creative slump.

         1.   Magazines. Whether its fashion, lifestyle or home decor, read whatever inspires you and gets you excited to try something new. I would suggest not limiting yourself to the current crop of magazines. Look at some vintage (or just old) magazines for ideas. You never know what might ignite that creative spark.





2.  Reading other blogs. Seeing what others have made is a great way to get inspired.

         3.   Periscope. If you haven’t gotten into Periscope, you should. There is an entire crafting and sewing community there whose member life stream daily/weekly. I find that I’m always getting ideas, learning new techniques, and finding out about patterns I want to try.

         4.    Brain dump. Whatever method you want to use, it’s always a good idea to get rid of the mental clutter.






          5.   Re-organize and clean the sewing room/creative space. Cleaning my sewing area and getting things re-organized always helps me. Just like brain dumping gets rid of the mental clutter, cleaning my sewing room helps get rid of the physical clutter. I have a hard time working in a disorganized space (visual clutter=mental clutter).

     Until next time...