May 10, 2017

Dritz Espadrille Kit ~ I Made Shoes!!!!!

I made a pair of espadrilles!!!! I'm really very pleased! I do admit that if you are going to make shoes, these have to be the easiest and least expensive way to go.




I wanted to get the kit from Dritz's Amazon store for around $10, including shipping. However, it's listed as an add on and wouldn't let me purchase unless I added $25 worth of other stuff to my cart. Um, no thanks. So I ended up getting these from a seller on eBay. 


After much personal debate I decided to go with black linen, simply because I had ordered a lot for my pajamas. The lining is a historical reproduction quilting cotton. 


The pattern went together beautifully. It was a bit fiddley around the toe, getting the ease to fit. Nothing horrible though. If I wasn't so particular, I could have been finished in a day. But that's just not how I do things. Lol


I fiddled and worked out all the ease. I picked out the inside and outside seams and smoothed all the extra fabric down before I stitched it closed again. The directions say to stitch the back piece under the toe piece but I sandwiched it inside, instead. I just like the finish better that way. 




The scariest part was actually sewing the blanket stitching to attach the fabric to the sole. I was so intimidated with this final step that I put this project on a shelf for a while. Every day these unfinished shoes stared at me. Finally I took the plunge and finished them.

I can't wait to get another kit.... I'm not sure if I want another pair of flats or a pair of wedge heels.
Until next time,
Happy Stitching


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May 07, 2017

Me Made May 2017 ~ Week 1 Roundup

  Wow! That was crazy and fast. The week came and went in a blur. 



Taking pictures wasn't so bad once I gave into the idea of bathroom selfies. I don't know what I'll do for the days I wear me made skirts??? Perhaps stand on a stool???


Day 1 of Me Made May 2017. I wore a barely there silk chiffon cowl neck, backwards, as evidenced by my bathroom selfie. Lol 😂 I made this in 2013 from McCalls M6563. (blog post here) At the time I was obsessed with finding the perfect cowl neck. I'm not into them anymore. So, this top has been resting for a long while. It's nice and slouchy for hanging out at home.


Day 2 of Me Made May 2017. I made this linen top from  NewLook 6808 in 2013. (blog post here) I was afraid to try a zipper so I made it a little big and use it as a pullover. 


Day 3 of Me Made May 2017. I found a new pajama top today. I made this cowl neck, cotton top in 2014 from Simplicity 1716. (blog post here) I'm not into that neckline anymore but this knit is so comfortable, it's a keeper.


Day 4 of Me Made May 2017 - I just finished this refashion/wearable muslin of Simplicity 3750 on Tuesday (blogged here). Feeling a bit naked because I don't usually have such a low neckline. Just call me old fashioned.  I have a short list of fitting corrections for the final project.


Day 5 of Me Made May 2017. This is turning out to be a great way to clear out the pieces I can't/don't wear anymore. The striped cowl neck was a wearable muslin from McCalls M6563 (details here). The yellow silk cowl neck is my very first modern top project ever (blogged here). Both have matching sashes. Neither of them fit me.  What can I remake these into???


Until next time,
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May 02, 2017

Simplicity 3750 ~ Refashion

Finished Simplicity 3750 Refashion


I decided I wanted to make this pattern but I felt the need to make a muslin first. So I went for a wearable muslin from one of my husband's old dress shirts.

Original Eddie Bauer Dress Shirt ~ with a rip in the sleeve

It was an Eddie Bauer, 100% cotton dress shirt with a rip down the sleeve. I have no idea how he managed to rip it..let me just attest to the amazing quality of this shirt. The fabric is thick, the colors are still vivid, and All the seams were re-enforced. This was a well made shirt that took forever to take apart. Lol. But I persevered. 

Laying out the pattern

In looking over the directions I wasn't excited about starting with reinforcing bits and doing fiddley work with gathering and elastic. So, I skipped that part and jumped in by stitching up the center back and attaching the yoke at the shoulders. Then I was excited because I felt like I was halfway finished.


Cotton Fabric and matching Thread

In starting on the front neckline, I was slightly disappointed. The front is turned under and after the yoke is attached, it and the back are bound. Really that's not a bad set of ideas, I just don't think the instructions implemented the techniques well. In my opinion they should have bound the edge first and then attached it to the front and folded it under. That would give a much nicer finish. 

Bathroom Selfie in My New Top

As for the fit and first try, I'm pleased. It's a very nice, comfortable pullover 

Planned Alterations:
I'll be adding a lining to the yoke and top front pieces. 

~ The bust area is too low and too short. I'll be adding at least an inch in both directions. 

~ Replace the elastic with self fabric cording. 

~ Add grommets for the cording above and below the bust. 

~ I'll be spreading out the shoulder gathers. Concentrating the gathers at the top makes the shoulders very puffy... not what I'm going for. 


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April 14, 2017

Leather Inlay Ring ~ April Makes

Each month my goal is to sew an outfit and make an accessory piece. This month's project is pajamas and there's not a lot of accessory options. I went with something quick and simple, a ring.



This jewelry project, like my last one, is an easy assembly. Cut the inlay material to fit the groove and cement it in place. Give it time to dry and there you go.




I purchased the sterling ring from riogrande.com and the leather from tandyleather.com

I hope this little project has inspired you, in some way, to be creative.

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