May 14, 2018

McCall's 6173 ~ First Try Leggings

As I mentioned in my plans post, I need some leggings to wear under a sheer dress. Originally, I wanted to have something really light weight to keep me cool. However, when I was at Joann's looking at the knits I couldn't bring myself to get fabric that was not opaque. I ended up purchasing this khaki, ponte knit, blend. It has a bit of weight to it.... so probably not going to be nice and cooling.

~ McCall's 6173 ~ Leggings ~ Khaki Ponte Knit ~

I've had this McCall's 6173 leggings pattern in my stash for some time. I've become hesitant to try pants patterns because of fitting issues. I was hoping that this pattern wouldn't have many issues because the fabric to use has so much stretch.

Also from prior pants fitting experience I've learned that rise depth (crotch to waist) matters. In measuring the pattern I realized that I would need to add a few inches in order for the waistband to sit at my natural waist. That was my first pattern adjustment. My second adjustment was to take off a few inches at the bottom of the leg.

 I couldn't find how much wearing ease is added in so I measured the pattern and took a guess as to what size to use..... and I guessed wrong. Hahaha! I originally went with a size extra small at the ankle and grading up to a size small at the waist. The waist is a bit snug but the leg was too tight to get my foot through. Lol! Not to despair, I managed to salvage the piece and it's now wearable. Yay!

It really wasn't that hard, actually, to save the piece. I kept the seams at the front and back and added a strip of fabric to the inseam..... from ankle, up around the crotch, back to the other ankle.

~ Hand Top Stitching ~ Khaki Leggings ~ McCall's 6173 ~

Then, of course, I wanted the seams to lay a certain way (and I had to get my hand sewing fix) so I added top stitching, by hand, around the edges of the strip. To finish the garment I just needed to hem the bottom and the waist. I skipped the elastic in the waistband.

These were a very easy make. Even with the hand sewing and the little glitch that I had with sizing, I was able to get these finished in a single evening. I'm using this pattern again for a pair of leggings in olive green. I'll be using a straight size medium on that one and making adjustments if needed.

I hope that all of your sewing projects are going together like a dream.
Until next time, 
Happy Stitching!!

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May 07, 2018

Small Pattern & Fabric Haul

Not that I need any more fabric or patterns but at the same time, it seems like it's been a long time since I picked up anything new. Recently I stopped in to Joann Fabrics (twice actually) and purchased some. Both times they were having a sale.

In my first trip they were having a $.99 sale on Simplicity Patterns

~ Simplicity 1254 ~ Simplicity 8392 ~ Simplicity 8177 ~

These first three I purchased for myself. I have no idea when I'll get a chance to make them. I liked the lines of the hooded jacket of Simplicity 1254. The large shawl collar is very pretty. Also the little jacket from MimiGStyle 8392 caught my eye. As for the last, MimiGStyle 8177, I like the entire outfit. This pattern reminds me that I've been trying to make striped, wide leg pants for years. I also really like the sleeveless, calf length jacket.


~ Simplicity 2468 ~ Simplicity 8069 ~ Simplicity 8030 ~

These cute patterns were picked up because my oldest daughter has recently found out that she is expecting a new baby in October. I'm so excited!! Can you believe that I'm going to be a grandma?


~ Simplicity 8151 ~ Simplicity 1152 ~

My husband found a denim apron that he really likes. I thought that it would be fun to make him one as a surprise. Simplicity 1152 has a cute curtain swag that is the style that I want for the living room. Hopefully it's as simple to do as the pattern suggests.


~ Butterick 6483 ~

I've been looking for an Asian inspired dress pattern for years now. Perhaps I can make a stack of tops from this Butterick 6483 pattern. I love the contrast binding and frog closures. I can see myself wearing this style regularly.


~ Olive and Khaki Ponte Knit ~

On my second trip to Joann's I found some thick, ponte knit in olive and khaki, both on sale for 40% off. I picked up 1.5 yards of each. This is the only thing in this post that I actually have plans for. Lol. Hopefully, these will be transformed into tank tops and yoga pants for my upcoming trip.


~ Vogue 9282 ~
They were also having a sale on Vogue patterns for $4.99 each. Looking through the book, I found several that I would love to have but nothing that I had to have because I wanted to make it now.... except for this Very Easy Vogue pattern for wide leg pants. I had just picked up the Mimi G pattern with wide leg pants but this one has less pieces and is listed as "easy".

With our current situation, I'm going to try "easy" as often as possible. Already having those striped wide leg pants on my mind and this pattern sitting on my table may be the key. Perhaps I'll get that project finished in time for our trip as well.

Please wish me luck and continue to keep my husband in prayer.
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May 01, 2018

Sewing Plans

I had packed away my sewing projects at the beginning of the year in order to take care of my husband. I had no second thoughts or regrets about it. Sewing just didn't take precedence.

Now, thanks to my husband, I find myself shopping for patterns and fabric because he has decided that we are taking a short trip at the end of July. I will admit that I tried to go shopping for clothes and just couldn't find anything that was flattering. So, here I am to share some quick sewing plans. 

The first stage of our trip will be spent on the road. I will need clothes that are comfortable for driving and getting in and out of the extreme July heat, if need be. For this stage of the journey, I'm going with a sheer dress over a bodysuit. Basically I'll be wearing yoga pants and a tank top with the added style of a sheer dress..... so athleisure in hiding. Lol. I haven't decided on a pattern for the dress but Simplicity 8648 gives a good example of this look.


~ Simplicity 8648 ~


Another outfit that I will need is a nice blouse and skirt combo. I really like the crossover blouse with puffy sleeves that was popular with fashion bloggers last summer. I think it would look lovely paired with a long pencil skirt. Again, I'm not set on patterns but I really like McCall's 7627 for the top and Burda 6469 for the skirt. I especially like this skirt pattern because of the big pockets.


~ McCall's 7627 ~

~ Burda 6469 ~

I'm sure that I will want other clothes as well, but that's as much as I have planned for now. Wish me luck and please continue to keep my husband in prayer.

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April 04, 2018

Asking for Prayer

I generally don't write about personal family matters on this blog because it is strictly a sewing blog. However, there are many people in the internet sewing community that I have come to be fond of and I wanted to share our situation and ask for prayer.

My husband was sick over the Christmas (2017) holiday with a stomach bug. We didn't think that it was anything major except that after it was over, he never fully recovered. He suffered from dizziness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath and felt like he was going to pass out at random times.

In January (2018) he went to the hospital on two separate occasions. Both times the doctors couldn't find anything wrong with him. Even the family doctor couldn't find anything so he was referred to specialists.

After going through a lot of blood work and so many scans they diagnosed him, in February, with Stage 3 Melanoma (skin cancer). The dermatologist that examined him found no signs of Stage 1 or 2. From what I have been told, Stage 1 & 2 are on the skin and can be seen. Stage 3 is when the cancer goes inside the body. In this case, into his lymph system. Specifically he had a swollen lymph node on his neck that, when biopsied, showed the presence of pigmented skin cells.

After more blood work and more scans they changed his diagnosis to Stage 4. The cancer was not localized, it had spread throughout his body.

Because of the nature of his diagnosis, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are not options for him. His current treatment options are immunotherapy. The principle idea is to raise his immune system so that it will fight off the cancer.

My husband has always been relatively healthy. Over the years he has struggled with fatigue but that is so common in our society that he just took it as a matter of course. Being a foodie, he battled with his weight and spent a good amount of time in the gym. We never had any idea that we would find ourselves in this situation. We saw no warning signs.

As for me, I've invested all my time in helping him. On his good days he gets up, dressed, cooks, and runs errands without any help from me. These are my favorite days. It's as if he isn't even sick. On his bad days he can hardly make it out of bed or eat anything. At one point he needed me to take him to his appointments in a wheelchair. Thankfully, he has had more good days than bad. Please join me in prayer that his good days continue and get better.

Thank you for your time in prayer,
Jessica and family