June 25, 2017

July Sewing Plans

I haven't been getting all the projects finished that I would like and that's putting me behind schedule. Here's a list of the items on my "to make now" list.

1. I need to finish my bathing suit cover up but I'm really not inspired to keep going with it. It's almost finished, though, so I will..... sooner or later.

Simplicity 3750, View B Hack for a Beach Cover Up

2. A canvas backpack is supposed to be on the list to finish up my June outfit.

Butterick B5054 Backpack Pattern

3. For July I am excited to make, what I hope to be, a really cute top and short pants with wedge espadrille outfit. This is the project that I am excited and driven to work on. That said, it's probably going to be the one that gets finished first.

Fabric from my Stash. Suggestions Please!! 

A while ago I posted a picture of some fabrics on Instagram, asking for suggestions of what to make with them. I received some really great suggestions. I'm loving the idea of making this pink table cloth check into short pants. I own and already have worked with New Look 6130 (cropped pants) as shorts and know the waistline and rise fit me well. All I need to do is work up a muslin to check for length and width of the leg. I'm hoping that is a quick make.

NewLook 6130 Short Pants and Pink & White Fabric

Bootstrap Fashion Ruffle Top Pattern

The top is a pattern from Bootstrap Fashion. I just found the company on-line while trying to find a ruffle top pattern to go with the above pants idea. I hadn't used this company before or even heard of them until now. There are lots of blog posts and reviews on PatternReview.com on the company. So, after reading everything I could, I gave the company a try. You choose a pattern, give your measurements and pay with PayPal and your custom pattern hits your e-mail in about 30 minutes as a PDF. I've already printed it, cut it out, and taped it together. Now I just have to make it up. I'm thinking it should go together quickly as well.

Espadrille Wedge Kits

For the shoes, I picked up a couple packs of Dritz espadrille wedges. I need to find some white, embroidered, eyelet fabric to finish a kit for this outfit. Perhaps I can do a cute ancle tie instead of the buckle strap that's suggested.

Here's a video I published to YouTube chatting all about my finished projects and my future plans (listed above). I'd be thrilled if you took the time to watch and add a comment. I'm still not very confident at the whole YouTube thing but hopefully I'll get the hang of it soon.

I hope you are making great progress in attaining your sewing goals.
Until next time,
Happy Stitching!!

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June 19, 2017

My First Shirtdress

I have never really thought about making a shirtdress for myself. Mostly because I tend toward structured skirts and separates. A shirtdress is neither. However, thanks to Instagram I have been introduced to the #sewtogetherforsummer. It's titled "2017 Is The Summer Of The Shirtdress".

Shirtdress and Jeans

The rules are easy; make a shirtdress from any pattern, in any fabric. Then share on social media by June 21st. To be official you, of course, have to follow specific accounts and use the hashtag.

Looking at my pattern stash (I've posted most of it to Pinterest) there were two that jumped out at me.


The first was NewLook 6963. I was considering the sleeveless version. The second was a top that's been on my to-do list for some time. However, it didn't fit with the theme, since I want the top view. Then I realized that I had McCall's MP345. That pattern is actually a shirtdress.

McCall's MP345 Shirtdress Pattern &
Pretty Pink, Teal, and Brown Plaid Cotton Shirting

The pattern made up very quickly. The only fidgety part was the collar and front placket and they went together like a dream. I used size 16 (my current size is generally 14) because I wanted this to be a little roomy. The only alterations that I made were that I left off the collar and I didn't attach the belt at the side seams. Also, I didn't attach any buttons, instead I just stitched the front plackets together at a point that would allow me to pull the dress over my head and be modest enough to leave open.

The sleeves are from an entirely different pattern. I was originally going to use the cap sleeve from New Look 6808 because I know that I love the shape of that one. In the end, I decided to try something new so I used the sleeve from Simplicity 2917. I had just moved that pattern from my stash to my "to be made" pile and wanted to see how the sleeve laid. I'm on the fence about it. 

Finished Shirtdress with Belt

 The dress is extremely big and has no shape. I knew that going into this project, however. The one detail that surprised me was how high the hem is on the side. Since I'm more conservative in my dress, this is not going to work for me as a dress to wear in public. I could easily use it as a night shirt but I plan on slashing the front and extending the placket to the hem. I will also have to install a fastener, probably snaps. Once I've remade it, I can use it as a long shirt and wear it open with a tank top underneath and bottoms, of course
Finished Shirtdress without Belt

I finished the seams with my favorite seam treatment, flat felling. I did use the machine for top stitching instead of sewing it by hand. I used a teal thread to try and bring out the teal in the fabric.

Top Stitching In Teal Thread

I hope your sewing goals are becoming a reality.
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Of all the dozens of pictures that we took. This is the best one.
Lol. It just really does nothing for a rectangle body shape.

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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