Thursday, July 29, 2010

Finished project - Simplicity 3773

Okay, I finished the top I was working on and despite it's obvious flaws (the plaid isn't matched up), I really like it. It's very comfortable and easy to wear. To be honest, I didn't even try to match the plaid. It really didn't even occur to me. I just wanted to try this pattern again. I had tried this years ago and I messed it up so much I threw out the work in progress. Back then I had a lot of trouble with the collar. This time, no problem. Originally, I had planned on using a floral for this which would have eliminated the plaid-matching for which I am admittedly challenged. I want to make the capri pants which are also part of the pattern. Like they say "live and learn". Or in this case, sew and learn.

Friday, July 23, 2010


I finished the top. I think that it's OK, but I'm just not loving it. I prefer to were things that are not so low cut. I didn't realize that this would be quite as low as it is. Also, since my upper measurements fit in with the size 16, that's what I made, but I certainly could have gone down to the 14. But, 'live and learn' as they say. The material is cotton voile and the lining polyester. I've always avoided sheer or really light-weight fabrics in the past, but this was easy to work with. It's not slippery which made it east to handle. I do like the 'floaty-ness' of the fabric.

Not sure what my next project will be. I found a pair of jeans that I had cut out about a year and a half ago - LOL. They should (hopefully) still fit, so maybe I'll finally put those together.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday baking and what I'm working on...

I usually try not to sew on Sundays (everyone needs a break). Instead, yesterday I made "turtle brownies" from scratch from the "Betty Crocker Best of Baking" cookbook. They're really good (better than they look in the picture). And yes, I realize that one is missing...I can't serve what I haven't tasted, right!?!

As far as sewing, I'm working on Butterick 5485. I'm making the short top. I hope to finish this week. I sometimes push myself to complete something for the sake of completing it that I don't do as good a job as I would like. So, I'm trying to slow myself down a little.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thinking of Fall...

Even though we had an earthquake this morning and the temperatures are close to 100 degrees again this week, I'm thinking of what to sew for the upcoming fall season. I guess with the pattern companies releasing the 'early Fall' patterns, that's got me looking to the next season. I love the fall. The temperatures cool off and the colors are beautiful when the leaves change. So, I've started planning some things to make for cooler weather. Mind you, I haven't yet finished sewing my summer garments yet! But I guess it's good to plan ahead. I've already bought some of the new patterns on sale. Since I'm at home, I like to make things that are practical, but I'm trying to get out of the sweats and T-shirts. But I do love jeans! So, I'll challenge myself and make a couple of pairs. Maybe I can find some interesting fabric to use for at least one pair.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Burda shorts failure, T-shirt success

Okay, made the muslin of the May BurdaStyle Bermuda shorts and, let's just say, the results were not good. While I like a lot about the pattern, The pleats in the front are a definite no-no for me. Also, even though I used the size (40) based on the measurement chart in the magazine, I should have gone up one size, if I wanted to breathe, or two sizes, if I wanted to close the shorts and breathe at the same time! Anyway, I add that as a learning experience (LOL).

But, my knock-off of a Lands End Tshirt went well. I made this this morning. As I said in an earlier post, I read how to copy a RTW Tshirt in "Power Sewing" and thought I'd give it a try. There are a couple of things I would do differently next time like widen the neck band (double in width) and change the sleeve so I wouldn't have to gather it to make it fit. But all in all, I'm pretty happy with the results for a first try. (I really am happy with it even though the picture looks like a mug shot!LOL!).

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What I'm working on now...

I'm (slowly) working on a muslin for some Bermuda shorts that were featured in the May issure of BurdaStyle magazine. I think the finished product will be a combination of two of the styles (133 & 134 in the picture).

I also made my own pattern for a T-shirt that I like. I read in "Power Sewing" by Sandra Betzina how to copy a RTW tank and used that to make the T-shirt pattern. I haven't cut it out yet, but I think this will be a good thing to do with some of the stash of fabric I have.

I'll have to keep you all posted on how things turn out.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Completed garment

I finished the "skort" pattern yesterday. I can't believe I've had this pattern for so long and never made it. It was very easy and only took about 3 hours to make of actual sewing time. It would have been faster, but I did have to undo a couple of mistakes. Anyway, as I said before, I made View E. Mine has the panel with the pocket on the opposite side from what the pattern envelope shows because I cut the piece out right-side down, rather than right-side up as the instructions state. I also lengthened the pattern by 2" and shortened the crotch by 1/2". I put the hem at about 1/4". I wanted this to be knee-length rather than mid-thigh. I used a stretch cotton twill I bought from in a poppy red color.

Unfortunately, this pattern is OOP, but it's really great to have if you can get ahold of it. Like I said before, I've seen these in the store but they're always so short (and I'm well past the age of wearing a mini - LOL!).

Friday, July 2, 2010

Latest project...

This is the latest thing I've been working on. It's a "skort" pattern (OOP) from McCall's #4519. I feel like I've had this pattern forever, but it's been at least 5 or 6 years and I'm just getting around to making it. I always see these in certain stores, but they're too short (for my taste). And, don't even get me started about the waist-gap that always seems to appear with RTW shorts and pants! I'm making view E (it's the one on the side of the picture with the front panel and pocket). I should finish this tonight or tomorrow, so hopefully I'll have more pictures soon.