Saturday, February 18, 2017

Belated Valentine's Wishes

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's day filled with the love of family and friends!

I did just that with two of my favorite guys in my life, my son and my granddog!  Not one of going out on Valentine's day, so we just hung out at the house, and I decided to make another pair of joggers (Simplicity 8268), and oversize top Simplicity 1062.  Both of these patterns will be go to patterns for those clothes that you need to wear just to lounge around the house. 

Not much to about Simplicity 1062, only 4 pattern pieces, and I did not even use the instructions.  What I did find was this pattern did run a little large for me, so next time I will size down. 

My granddog Jack, always looking for an opportunity to have his head scratched. 
 My Winter projects are almost coming to an end, as I am so ready for Spring.  The last project I'm working on is Love Notions Laundry Day Tee, which I'm making a tunic.  When I say I'm ready for Spring...I'm ready!!!

I have been seeing sewing capsules, ect.  So here is what I'm going to start with

Sew Simple Cardi in a black/white Liverpool knit.  I have had this pattern in my stash for ever and a moon, and I have seen a lot of lovely renditions of this from several seamstress blogs.  I will make a black/white polka dot tee to go with this using Sewaholic Renfrew, another pattern that has been in my stash.  I'm probably the last on to get on the Renfrew bandwagon!  Finally I will remake a skirt that my grandma gave to me.  I have chosen Simplicity 2226,  because this was the closest I came to the resembled what I want to have this combination work.  I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone and matching different patterns, so I hope the print from the Cardi, and the black/white polka dots will work.  These will be pieces I can mix and match.

Here is the before picture of the skirt that my grandma gave me.   I use to stay with her during the summertime before her passing, and she always wanted to give me some of her old skirts, and I took them with pride.  So stay tuned for the after.  I'm hoping I will have enough fabric to make Simp 2226.
As always thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Flop and success!

When I saw the new Toaster Sweater pattern from Sew House Seven, I knew I had to have it and what fabric I wanted to use.   I don't buy many sweater patterns since we don't have much of a winter here in Southern Texas, but this was one that would find a home in my pattern stash.

Well lets get to the obvious...this make was a flop!!! No fault of the pattern, and  I will be making this again next fall/winter.  I choose version 2.   So what went wrong on my part:

First of all:  I picked the wrong fabric.  This was a light weight knit, and due to the structure of this pattern I feel a heavier knit with structure should have been used.

Second:  Since this was a light weight knit I the funnel collar was collapsing, so I put in a lightweight interfacing.  By doing this I was able to achieve the funnel collar, however it threw the shoulders off which left the fabric puckering and not laying flat.

Finally:  I cut a larger size, because I wanted a oversize sweater.  Well let me tell you version 2 in my size would have been plenty oversize.  I took in the seams, and took them in and by this time I was done and done!  So needless to say this went in the UFO sack.

The success of this was Simplicity 8268 jogger pattern.  Not much to say about this pattern went together easily, no adjustments expect for someone who is only 5' tall, so I had to take up the length. For me Simplicity patterns have been spot on as for fit.  For the joggers, I used a comfortable french terry.  
And guess who made his appearance, my granddog Jack.

Over all this was not a total loss, for the flop on the sweater I can salvage the material and make something else, and have a nice pair of joggers to wear around the house.

Up next is going to be the Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions!  I have seen alot of buzz about this pattern, and to see what the buzz was about.  I'm not a big fan of PDF patterns, cutting a taping, but so far so good.  You can find the pattern here:   Actually the pattern is free is you like the facebook page of Love Notions and you will be given a code.  So stay tuned!

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

I'm So Humbled and Huge THANK YOU!

 First of all I'd like to apologize for late reply for these beautiful supportive words, I've have been under the weather for the last 2 weeks.

Thank you  for the kind words! 

Sometimes we just need someone to be there, and just to  let us feel thought of and supported!  

Thank you again for each and everyone that left words of encouragement, and thoughtfulness!  I'm speechless, and humbled ....and special thanks and hug for Rhonda of !

Thank you again for taking time to stop by!  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Common Courtsey

Just going to put this out there as we all have blogs for different reasons, and enjoy visitors.  I started mine solely to just track my personal journey back to sewing.  We all have different styles, views and personalities, and thats what I love about readings others blogs, as well as inspiration!

Enjoy visitors, comments, can can even take constructive criticism.  Why I welcome someone telling me that my outfit looks like clown clothes.  But what I can't accept is when someone attacks someone personally.  My style right now while its not couture, its my style and fits my life.  There is a reason why I approve comments before they are  posted, and this is the reason.  So with that said....please when visiting someone's blog....common courtsey....IF you can't say something nice..don't say nothing at all.

Sorry for the small rant...but just had to put this out there!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ending the Year with McCalls 6474 and Welcome 2017

Just a tad bit with sharing my last project of 2016, McCalls 6474.

My inspiration came from a Christmas shopping excursion and not wanting to pay the price of a night gown that I could make myself.  I wondered into Soma, and was admiring some very pretty soft night gowns, and thinking that I could wait until they went on sale.  Then a light bulb went off, and remembered a vibrant color soft DBP I had in my stash, and the exact pattern I would use McCalls 6747.  So off to home it was, and this is the result. Sorry photos kept mixing up, so here goes.

On the hem I decided to use a lettuce hem as well on the sleeves, just to give it a frilly touch. 
 So here is my version of McCalls 6474 (version D).  The pattern is marked easy, and yes it lives up to that.  I think from the time I parked my car, did my Christmas shopping, and made it home, I completed this in less time, so very easy indeed.  I cut my usual size out, and it was somewhat large one, but thats ok for a night gown.  I do think next time I will go down in size though. This will be a TNT pattern in the future, I can see some future pajamas made out of more DBP in my stash in the future.  

So thats a wrap for 2016

I'm ready for winter to be over, but I have 5 more projects that I want to complete, before I pull out my spring patterns and fabric.  Here is what I'm working on now to round out my winter sewing:

Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater version 2 and Simplicity Joggers.  I have them cut out and ready to go so to be continued:

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Butterick 6388

Hello and long time since last entry!

A lot has been happening and not for the good again.  So to keep me focused off the issues, I will be doing so sewing therapy!

When I first saw Butterick 6388 it was love at first sight, and enjoyed seeing others version of view D.    I decided to make a wearable muslin, so I picked out some black, and a maroon/black liverpool contrast. Liverpool the modern day version of double knit, and I love the sturdiness/texture.  The pattern fit on me was spot on, however next time I think I will go down a size because it I want it a little more fitted.  On this version I omitted the pockets, I just felt they would be to bulky, and with my middle age spread, did not want to add to the attraction.  The construction was fairly simple, however during the construction, I had made a small blunder and it is slightly noticeable to the eye but I'm not going to say where.   This dress is so comfortable, just throw it on and go.  I have some left over fabric that I plan to make the best for another dress that is in the making.

I see a couple more versions of this in the future, but for now have other patterns I'm itching to sew.   If you haven't tried this pattern I suggest this to put on the top of your list.

Thank you for stopping by!  Till later

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kwik Sew K4169.....A New Go To Pattern

I have a new go to pattern Kwik Sew 4169, will it did not begin that way.  My first version was not so much a flop but with all the alterations, I got somewhat discouraged.  I cut the size out according to my size, and knew this would be a muslin, however I wanted a wearable muslin.  Well things don't usually turn out the way you want in construction, and sometimes its back to the drawing board.  My first version was way to big around the arm hole, and I had to take it up quite a bit, plus the waist line was way lower than what the picture showed.  I went back and forth, and I just decided to finish it, and be done.  So here is my first version, and its going to be finding a new home.  The waist does not sit at my waist like the pattern shows.  Very discouraged but...........

 Back to square one.  I cut out a smaller size, and the fitting was perfect.  The waist line is where it needs to me, and not the arm holes fit perfect, plus I did not need to take in the sides any.  So here is my new version, and I am very pleased.
 Its hard to see the details with this print, but trust me the waist line is correct.
 This is the perfect dress for Texas day its hot and the next there is a nip in the air.  So many different ways to pair it up.
 Getting geared up for Fall sewing and up next is Simplicity 1693.  There are different versions of this pull over top, I choose the basic neck line with the 3/4 sleeves.  On this pattern I did not have to make any alterations, I cut the size out per my measurments, and it was a perfect fit.  I have noticed Simplicity patterns are true to size at least for me.
 This is going to be another go to pattern, and I highly recommend it.
 Well I was back in New Orleans and I had to stop at one of my favorite fabric store.  It is always such a treat to stop there, and hard to spend to much money.  I'm on a budget, and so told myself I would only buy fabric that I did not have  or anything similar.
 I walked out with this beauty.  Thinking about making a wrap top out of it.  Any other suggestions are welcome.
I always enjoy visiting with Mr. Herbert, the owner he is full of so much history.  He told me a little tibbit....that is you use a tablespoon of white vinegar in the pre will keep the fabric from fading.  Will be trying this out when I prewash....have you heard about this before?  

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