June 18, 2014

Me Made May & Updates

Well, I think that Me Made May was a lot of fun. I do have to confess that I totally cheated.... but I had sort of planned it that way. I'll explain: My pledge was to wear or use a Me Made item each day and since I have "made" purses that I use regularly, that counts.

My biggest problem with this challenge is that I don't get dressed every day. You see, I'm a stay home mom and unless I'm going somewhere, I don't generally bother getting dressed.... and I don't make pjs, t-shirts or sweats. When I do have to run out, this is what you will generally see:



Anyway, this challenge was very revealing to me about what I wear. I do wear all of the items that I've made. Since I just started last year, it's really not that much and most of it is geared to fancier occasions like church, date night with my husband and things like that. My sewing philosophy is that if I'm going to put the effort into making something, it's going to be worth it. I like silk chiffon, tropical weight wool and my favorite fabric is linen..... I love petting linen.

I look forward to making more clothes for myself, most likely one garment item each month. I'm holding off on the break-neck speed of something each week because it's summer. I've been pulled away from my machine for gardening, pic-nics, kids sports and clubs and I want to be able to enjoy the great outdoors.

When I do get to my machine, I've been opting for historical sewing projects. You are invited to follow those adventures over on my other blog. Here's a peak of my most recent finish, or I should say, re-finish:


In other news, I'm not going to continue the Scrap Basket Sunday Link-up. Honestly, it was really just a way to keep myself accountable as well as to be able to see what others were doing, if they wanted to share. I love being inspired by the creativity of others. However, there really was not a great deal of participation so there's no one to get disappointed now that I'm not going to host it.... so it works out fine.

I hope you are enjoying the season that you find yourself in and continue to take great pleasure in the sewing projects that compliment your life. Until next time, Happy Stitching!!!

May 18, 2014

A Baby Blocks Quilt - Scrap Basket Sunday Link-up

I don't have anything to show because I haven't made anything this week. I started on a top that should be showcasing next week but that doesn't really apply for this party, does it? So, as for scraps, I have decided to use some scraps from my historical sewing adventures for a quilt. Here's a bit of the fabric that I pulled out so far:


I have been very smitten with this quilt pattern for some time and found this image in a book published 1852. The instructions for this pouch call for silk but I was happy to see it anyway.


So, without boring you terribly as to the historic research and details, I want to make a crib sized Baby Blocks quilt from historic cottons. ??I think the design is also called Pandora's Box?? Anyway, this project may or may not be a feat since I don't quilt and I'm not really sure how those pieces go together. I'm relying heavily on the internet community's collective sharing, e.g. youtube and tutorials. If you've made one of these, any tips or pointers would be lovely.

And without further delay, here's the link-up:

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May 10, 2014

Violet Clutch - Scrap Basket Sunday Link-Up

Happy Mother's Day! 
If you don't celebrate this great holiday, may you and your mom have a great day anyway. :D

This project is in loving memory of my maternal grandmother. I have "borrowed" one of her many brooches as accent to my violet clutch purse... that field of flowers just needed a pretty butterfly didn't it? I'm loving this bag for Mother's Day brunch.



The back story:
I had a scrap of this lovely floral cotton and wanted to put it to good use.... and I think that it turned out rather well. I started with a basic sketch of the shape that I was going for and transferred that to some very thick sew-in interfacing. Then I laid that on my fabric, added seam allowances and cut it out.

I had wanted to break up the pattern by binding the edges with a coordinating fabric but I didn't like how it looked... so I ripped it all off and did without. For a nice finish, I used Grandma's brooch.

While this bag looks flat from the front, you will see that it's not. I didn't like the rounded fold-over so I pinched the sides and tacked them down. You can see it better from the side:


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May 08, 2014

Wool Silk Skirt Finished - Simplicity 1919

Well, this skirt is a long time in coming. I purchased this beautiful wool silk blend back in May 2013 (here) and it spoke to me immediately... before I even held it in my hands. However, I didn't start sewing until September. I had picked this piece as part of that month's outfit, but ran out of thread and time. The colder temperatures made this project fizzle out fast and the it became a UFO, hung in the closet until warmer weather enticed a finish.

An attempt at getting this project back on track was made in January 2014 (here) with no success... but I did manage to pick up matching thread and a zipper over the course of several months. Hey, slow progress counts, right?  Thankfully warm weather has returned and given be the incentive to finish up and... It's Finally Done!



Simplicity 1919 Skirt has a basic single panel front with darts. The back, however, is what makes this skirt special. It's a darted, three panel style but at the bottom they added a cute ruffle. So simple but with a very nice twist.



I pretty much stayed with the pattern on this one except that I didn't use interfacing on the waistline..... I cringe at the thought of interfacing. Also, all of my seams are flat felled and the waistband is topstitched. I also added an overlap on the waistband along with a hook and eye closure.

I am in love with this fabric. It's a wool, silk blend and couldn't be more lovely. It's a very light weight fabric so a slip is called for since I didn't line it.

Now I just need to get a picture in this skirt with my salmon silk chiffon top and I'll be happy.... unfortunately the skirt is a bit tighter now than when I hung it up last fall.... Oops!

Now on to my other UFO.... or perhaps I'll start that wool summer dress I planned for this month.... or, for a super fast, instant gratification piece I can throw together a simple sheer top.....  ;D

Until later, happy sewing!

May 04, 2014

What Are You Making For Spring?

My summer schedule is getting busier by the day, leaving less and less time for sewing... but I did manage to squeeze in a bit of scrap busting.... even if it was just something as unglamorous as recycled terry towels. I cut up the material into washcloth size and bound them with scraps.

Terry cloth towel remade into bound wash clothes

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April 30, 2014

Pencil Skirt & Peplum

I've been wanting to make a 50s style peplum top and pencil skirt for some time now. I am absolutely in love with this retro look but haven't had that push that I've needed to get it going. After all when and where would I wear it?

Pattern Review had an "Inspired By The Movies" contest, some time ago, but I'm not really into 50s movies so I had nothing already in mind. My first search resulted in this image at Petticoat Pond. It's a scene from "What A Way To Go" (1964) staring Shirley MacLane and Dean Martin. It's not what I'm going for but... what a hoot that dress is. Lol, I had to share.

Anyway, I obviously didn't get into that contest but the urge to have/sew this style has been nagging at me. My reason finally revealed itself with the Challenge Create: Adult Edition.

They actually had two challenges that related to my sewing desire. The first was a refashion and I worked a skirt into my "getting very hectic" schedule. I also wanted to do the top, since it started life as a curtain, but my week became over booked before I could fit it in. So, I finished it for this months "outfit a month" goal.


So? What do you think??

My husband hates the fabric for the top. Every time I pointed it out and tried to tell him my plans, he would just shutter, shake is head and walk away. Lol, I'm sure glad he kept his real opinion to himself or that poor curtain could have gotten a complex... or I may have chickened out about making it.

I have no idea where the curtain originally came from or why I had it in my sewing room. It probably passed to me through my mom. She is great at bringing me other people's cast offs. I think this piece will get much more love in the future.... and will make many new friend in my regular wardrobe closet. You can read the rebirth story here.

For the skirt, it started as a long wrap skirt. I made it last year but never wore it. Don't ask me why, it just never made it's way into my rotation. That will not be the case with this new beauty. Not only is this skirt lovely, it's buttery goodness is so comfortable I don't want to take it off. Not only that but this wool is so slick that it doesn't wrinkle!!! Yeah, no ironing!!  Read the chronicles of this metamorphosis here.

I'm so glad that I found reasons to stitch my imagination into reality.... now, can you direct me to a party where I can wear my new look?

I hope everyone else is having as much fun as I am. Until next time... Happy Sewing!

April 28, 2014

Keeping May Simple.. Let's Hope

Strawberry Blossoms & Unripe Fruit
With so much crazy sewing in March & April, I wanted to take May easy..... let's see if I can. From the list below you will see that I'm looking at two UFOs, a summer dress and weekly scrap busting.
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The first thing that will be on my mind has nothing to do with sewing... it's all about wearing those gorgeous pieces that we already have... it is Me Made May 2014!!!! I'll be posting weekly updates of my progress (hopefully). Let me know if you are too so that I can follow you. :)

http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com/2014/04/me-made-may14-sign-up-here.html

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Project Sewn has announced their themes for their next season... starting April 21st. Here's what they are proposing:
~ Week #1 (May 5th): The Leading Ladies Challenge--- This is a skip for me.... sorry, not much of a tv or movie person.
~ Week #2 (May 12th): Floral Frenzy Challenge-- Of course I will have to share my new floral peplum top.
~ Week #3 (May 19th): Going Global Challenge--- I'd love to make a qipao but I really don't have the fabric or pattern for it. So this is another skip for me.
~ Week #4 (May 26th): Signature Style Week--- I should really finish my grey silk/wool striped skirt and showcase it with my pink silk chiffon top. That outfit is totally me.


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The Monthly Stitch is having a Sew Stretchy Challenge and I have a baby blue knit dress that's hanging in my closet as a UFO.... What a great time to finish it. I was a silent participant in April's Sew Double Challenge..that is, I made doubles of things but never posted them to their group. Let's cross our fingers that I can do better and actually share my finishes this month. :)

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The only thing that I had planned to sew in May is this cute summer dress....
Butterick B5917 Ruffle Dress
from this ultra light weight wool...


As you can see I had paired it with this Simplicity pattern but after making my black linen skirt in March and the burgundy one in April, I decided to switch up.

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I'm sure that I'll have something to post for the Garment A Month Challenge. It has really been a lot of fun sharing what I'm making and seeing what everyone else is doing.

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I've also been having fun with my Scrap Basket Sunday link-up. You are more than welcome to join. I'd love to see what you can craft out of your scraps.

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So that's my plan to keep May simple... wish me luck.
What are your plans? I'd love to hear all about it.