September 21, 2017

Fall Sewing Plans 2017

I am so glad that I was finally able to get myself back into a sewing rhythm. Even if it was just in time to pack up my finished projects because we are now moving steadily into fall and winter months.



I really don't have any specific plans, however, I do need to work on the Couture Blazer in order to be finished with it by Thanksgiving.


And there is a nice blue corduroy jacket that was in the middle of last winter that I could really use this fall.


Not to mention a cream and red striped tropical weight wool that is almost a finished jacket. The only real problem that I see here is that it probably doesn't fit me as I was at least a size or two smaller when I started this years ago.

Cream & Red Pinstripe Tropical Weight Wool, Butterick B5391,
Simplicity 3688, & Butterick B5685

What I really want to do is take apart a pair of jeans that I have, that fit me really well, and make a pattern from them...... and then duplicate it in all sorts of great colors and add interesting details. Not thinking that that is a very realistic goal but I put it here anyway. 

The projects that I currently find myself thinking about are my plans to take the scrap fabric from this years projects and use them to make Christmas ornaments and small gift toppers.

Until next time,
Happy Stitching!!



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August 25, 2017

More Cropped Pants - August Projects

I'm having a bit of drama in fulfilling my sewing goals. The cropped pants and white ruffle top for July went together so easily but finishing those espadrille wedges just never seemed to materialize. I guess the sewing room elves are on vacation..... and I must be too. Lol. I decided to skip the wedges and the bag and the beach cover-up and dive into a very old project that's been on my list for years now, turning my cocoa brown linen into casual and comfy cropped pants. The pattern went together perfectly for my July pants so now the only problem was that I could't, for the life of me, find the brown linen. I looked everywhere, for days.

So I decided to try out another really quick project pattern that I've been drooling over forever. You know, something easy that would pick up my spirits and make me feel productive. Well, that project fell flat. The pattern doesn't fit or work for me in the least. I'd have to do all sorts of complicated changes. No surprise that I passed on that project too.

Then I stumbled onto some other projects that went wrong in one way or another. Oh my!!! What is a girl to do when things are just not working out. Finally, I found that brown linen in a place that I just knew it couldn't be. I was able to throw that pair together and then another pair from an olive green mystery material. I couldn't tell you what the fiber content is or where I got it. I couldn't even tell you how long I had it. Honestly, I don't even care. I'm just thrilled that I am back on the path to happy sewing with two successful projects this month.





 Both pair of cropped pants were made with NewLook 6130 in size 14. I added a waistband and flat felled all my seams by hand. These are so comfortable..... they may become secret pajamas.



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July 21, 2017

Cropped Pants ~ July Project

I posted a picture of three fabrics on Instagram asking for suggestions of what to make with them. I received some amazing ideas and was inspired to totally change my July sewing plans. I can't even remember what I originally wanted to make because as soon as the inspiration hit for these pants, the old idea was forgotten, instantly.





I started with this stash fabric that was purchased years ago, for my girls, and a pattern from the stash as well.

Pink & White Check Fabric and New Look #

I went with New Look #6130 in a straight 14. I was expecting to need to take in the fullness at the hem but in the end I just shortened them. The fabric is cotton with a bit of stretch and a bit see through so I lined it with simple muslin and hand felled the seams. The invisible zip was a snap. This was a simple and relatively quick project and I'm loving wearing these great cropped pants.


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July 07, 2017

Bootstrap Fashion Custom Fit Ruffle Top ~ July Project

While surfing the net in search of the perfect ruffle top to go with my cropped pants outfit for July, I came across an image for this really cute ruffle top. However, it was from a company (and sold on a website) that I had never heard of. After several days of finding nothing, and constantly coming back to that cute top, I decided to do some research. As it turns out there are loads of conversations and reviews about the company and it's offerings on PatternReview.com. I also found a few sewing bloggers that wrote about this exact pattern. So, I decided to take the plunge........ and I'm thrilled that I did.





When purchasing the pattern, you give your measurements and pay online. The pattern comes in your e-mail as a PDF in about 30 minutes. So in less than an hour after completing the transaction, I could have been putting together the pattern and getting ready so sew my new top. Instead, I browsed their website and added about a dozen other patterns to my wish list. I was, of course, assuming that the pattern was going to be perfect and I was going to want to purchase more.

Line Drawing from Bootstrap Fashion Website


Finally, I did print and tape together the pattern and cut it out. It was very easy, being a simple pattern. I made it up in some white jersey that I purchased in January for a different project. So this totally counts as stash busting. The fit is great and I could make more in a snap.

The only issue that I came across was a small detail that I overlooked. When cutting out the ruffle please notice that the seam allowance stops. That is totally done on purpose and you should take it seriously. This little oversight on my part led to frustration and an embarrassing email to the company asking for help.

I did make two simple changes, simply for personal preference. I changed the side that the ruffle is on. Lol, it's supposed to go on the other side. Also, I had read that Bootstrap patterns ran short, so I added several inches to the bottom hemline. As it turns out, this was totally unnecessary for me. The pattern was plenty long enough and with what I added could have been a mini skirt. Lol. I did take the excess back off.

If I make this again I will be adding other small changes. The first is to cut the front neckline a tad lower. It catches me really high. The next is to move the end point for the front pleats (which I gathered instead) up a tad to just under my bust. There is just a bit more fullness in my abdominal area than I like.

Normally, I take a generous amount of time in finishing the inside seams of my garments (most often flat felling) but this time I skipped this step. Partially because it's a knit and I have found that the seams stay very stable through wearing and washing. Also because it's a white knit and I fully expect that it will be ruined very quickly with stains. Hahaha!

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