Saturday, April 9, 2016

Two Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirts

With purging my old workout shirts, I decided to start with a couple sweatshirts using the  Fraser sweatshirt pattern by Sewaholic.  It was a toss up between this pattern, and McCalls 6992 , but I decided on Sewaholic.  I made a size bigger, and did not make a muslin since I wanted the final
result to be a little baggy.  The Fraser has three different options, but I choose the plain jane option, as I knew the material I was going to use, would dress this up somewhat.  The pattern is pretty straight forward, so I did not look at the directions.  

For the first sweatshirt, I went with a spring green french terry fabric.  With the amount of stretch on this fabric, at the last minute decided to make my normal size.  


Sorry for the red eyes and swollen face, the allergies are really hitting me hard.  
Since I choose the basic pattern, I decided to use the wrong side of the fabric for the neck, sleeve, and waist band.  The pattern does not require topstitching, but I decided to topstitch to give a little more character.
For the second version of the same pattern, I choose another french terry, using a gray floral rose pattern, and for the bands,I used a contrast gray that matched the darker color of the rose pattern.
 For this one I decided to make a long sleeve one.  This material was a little lighter in weight.
 And my spoiled granddog Jack decided he needed some attention.
I am very pleased with the way both sweatshirts turned out, and they will be a nice addition to my new work out attire.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

When Life Throws You Lemons

When life throws you lemons, what do you do?  You make sweet lemonade and the best out of the situation(s).

My company that I work for was bought out by another company, and during the transition,everyone in the new Corp office said it would be "business as usual".  Well their "business as usual" basically translated into the elimination of my position (and 300 colleagues) .  This happened so fast and no warning, so my world was turned upside down.

But I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason.  So I shift things into first gear, and get the business that needs to get done, resume update, job searches ect needless to say "tighten the budget! Also, not to get into the "woe" is me attitude.  Plus I am appreciating the down time that is allowing me to do alot of things I put off.

First:  Sew

I have been participating in the Make a Garment a Month hosted by lovely SarahLiz from http://sarahlizsewstyle.blogspot.com.  The theme for Feburary was "Freaky Feburary", so for me it was PDF patterns.  I don't know what it was about a PDF pattern, but it was something that frazzled me out thinking about cutting and taping all those tiles together.  So I choose two easy projects:

My first one is was Colette Patterns Seamworks Monthly Magazine pattern:  Wembley Cropped Cardigan:  This pattern is as exactly as stated a Cropped Cardigan.  If you are not familiar with Seamworks by Coletts patterns, it is a monthly PDF magazine that you can subscribe for $6.00 a month, and you also get to pick out two patterns a month.  They claim that all of their patterns can be completed within 3 hours or less.

Getting back to my Wembley, I choose this pattern because I wanted a more fitted cardigan with a cropped waist for spring to wear with my sundresses or tops, nothing that would over power my outfit, and was perfect.  I have to say cutting and taping the pattern pieces was not all that bad, it felt more like I was back in the first grade art class.
 I choose a light weight knit that looks kind of like lace texture.  The pattern does run true to size so I cut out one size larger to give me extra room.  Instructions were pretty straight forward, and to be honest I don't think I looked at them but once.
 The sleeves are suppose to be 3/4 sleeves, but again being short they came to my wrist which is fine with me.  Length wise it hit right at my waste.  I can see a few more in my closet.
 Since I was on a roll, I decided to make the Warabi Kimono sleeve tunic by Waffle patterns.  What drew me to this pattern was the sleeves.  I did make a muslin, and I felt like this pattern ran just a little big, so I went down in size.  There are only 3 pattern pieces to this top, so it is an easy sew.  The instructions were very clear.  Instead of making my own bias tape, I just used premade bias tape.
 The front portion of the sleeve crosses over and I don't know if you can see seam connecting the bodice to the sleeve.

 Patterns used:  Wembley Cropped Cardigan and Warabi Kimono Sleeve Tunic.   One question, I do have is how do you store PDF patterns does one fold them as a regular pattern and store them in an envelope?
 Second:  Take that long over due Photo class that I have been putting off.    I have a nice little Cannon Rebel camera that I purchased over 3 years ago, and have been operation on "Auto" mode. Nothing wrong with Auto mode, but I wanted to know how to use the standard settings, how to set my own shutter speed, Fstop, and ISO.  Plus I wanted to learm more than the typical point and shoot techniques.  These were taken after my first class, I love this water picture, capturing the water coming off the rock, cleary.
 This poor little guy kept getting chased by dogs, and kids and all he wanted to do was enjoy the water.  Finally after taking alot of pictures of this little fellow, and with the help of long angle lens, I was able to capture him in decent photo.    I still have aways to go, but I'm off on a good start!
 Third:  Giving new life to my grandma's bookcase that I bought at her estate auction:   Not that I have anything against brown, but this thing had multi layers of brown, stain, and paint on it. The first step was stripping, and sanding, and boy was it a long process.
 This is what it looks like afterwards, I still have more work to do, but here is the before, and stay tuned for the after.
 Finally:  Time to start getting in shape and health.  Its easy to sit around, watch TV, sleep in late, but on the other hand, I felt that I was going to take time to get back in shape, eat healthier (I don't believe in the word DIET) and sew me some new work out clothes:  

So what is on the cutting board first is going to be two basic sweatshirts in light weight terry knit.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Back with a Successful McCalls 5579

Since my first time making 70s McCalls 5579 ended in disaster thanks to a sewing gremlin last year, I decided to make another one.  Some how my first top ended up with a hole in the middle of the fabric, guess I accidently nicked the material when I was trimming seams.   I made the top of this pattern, which was the sleeveless version with a cowl neck, a great staple piece.  If you are into 70s patterns, I have to recommend this one.  The top was suppose to have an elastic waist, however I decided to omit the elastic and do a straight hem.  Also, since I knew I wanted to do a straight seam, I added two inches when I cut the top out.
 After wearing this out and about today, I feel that I need to take in the sides some.  It seemed slightly boxy so will be taking in about 1/2 inches on the sides, and even more so at the waist to give it a little more fit.
 Will be making the top with the long sleeves as well.  Plus I'll be making the skirt, can see it now paired with boots for the winter time.
 The fabric is so busy, but its a cowl neck.  This neck line drapes so well. 
2016 is off to a good start! 

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

HELLO 2016............A New Start

Its been a while, and I decided in order for me to start the New Year off clean with a new start I should finish the projects that I started that were still lurking somewhere in my sewing space.  I
came up with 3 not so bad I thought and I could do this.  My answer was simple I would try to complete the project and if not then it would be tossed by Dec 31, 2015. 

PROJECT 1:  New Look 6378 Kimono top,  easy enough and for my daughter.  Well she did not like it and told me half way through...so out it went.  Glad she told me before I finished it.

PROJECT 2:  Burda 7382 a pair of  basic black workout/leggings for me.  This was the first time I used a Burda pattern so I was not sure about the fit, so I cut out my size, and it was huge.  So I worked with this "so called" easy project, and got the elastic in however the fit was just not there.   I could have tried again to rework this project....but hey enough was enough.  I will give this pattern a try again, because I was drawn to the drawstring finish on the bottom.    Needless to say...so out it went.    I decided to take a short cut with the elastic casing, and just attach the elastic to the waist then fold, and "stitch in the ditch".   After doing this, I decided never to stitch in the ditch again as I felt that would have made the garment feel cheap.

PROJECT 3McCalls 5579....a blast from the past 70s pattern.  I choose the "cowl neck " shirt.  The only reason I put this project off was because of the fabric.  It was a really slippery slinky knit, and was not sure if I really wanted to sew it up being so slippery.   However, I was on a mission to complete all of the projects I put off in 2015.  So off I went, and actually it was not as bad as I thought.  The pattern came along great, and I was getting ready to hem the blouse and I noticed:

 THIS::::::::::::::::
Yes, somehow I accidently cut a hole in the material.  Don't know how it happened maybe when I was trimming the seams and the material shifted, but it did.  Talk about being upset because I really liked the way this was turning out.  The hole was in the middle of the shirt, and could not be salvaged.  On a positive note....will be sewing this pattern again.

So no new projects completed for 2015....so HERES to 2016!!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Replenishing Basics

Sometimes, we need to replenish basics and while its not the most exciting sewing at least its nice knowing that it is made well.  My first project and this will be an on going project is to replace my work out wear.  My workout tops are rather sad and tattered.   So my first top is a loose fitting knit top by Simplicity 1199. 

 With Simplicity 1199, I made view E, and this pattern does run large, so next time will size down about 2 sizes or maybe one since I like how this one flows.
Next up is McCalls 6604, I made view C.  The fits is spot on, with no adjustments.  The only issue I had was the neck binding is a little gapping, but I can live with it.  Next time I'll adjust it.  These two easy project took awhile to make and I just wanted them done.  The material I bought for my niece, and was going to make something for her, but she did not like it , so I just made a top for me.
 Back of McCalls 6604.  I really did like the way this pattern came together, and will sew it again with the different versions.
 My next basic is my TNT cardi pattern:  McCalls 6844.  I usually make the peplum bottom, however this time just went with the basic straight option.  Some how during my travels I misplaced my favorite black cardi, so this one is a good replacement.
The back rides a little lower in the back which is fine with me.  At first I thought I cut it it out wrong, however the picture on the patter shows the back does ride slightly lower in the back.
One of my August travels was Kansas City, MO.  Didn't get to visit much between meetings, but the weather was beautiful. 
 
Well that's been my exciting month of August sewing and travels.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Trip Down Memory Lane---Precious Dresses that Momma Made

Just came back from a trip from my mom's with a box full of treasures, pictures.  Most of the pictures were of me when I was little wearing the dresses that momma made for me and my sister Donna.  Its funny but I can still remembering wearing the dresses or some of them.  I'm sure like most sisters back in the days, your mom's dressed you alike...and my mom was no exception.  But as I was looking through these pictures, I noticed slight difference in the dress that she made for us...different lace, different buttons.....same but different

I'm the cotton top in the middle and the middle child.  I collars have different lack and the buttons are different. This picture was taken before we move to Japan, where my dad was stationed in the Air Force. 
 
 
This picture too was also taken before me moved to Japan.  We were at my grandparents farm in Fairview, OK.  I remember this dress was yellow, and golden rod in color. 

Those were the days and I'm am so thankful I had a momma that could sew, and taught me.  Awe memories!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Red, White, Blue and Ready for July 4th

It all began with a little red, white, and blue infinity scarf, and a pair of flats that I purchased through out this year that I decided, I need to make a dress just for the 4th.  I decided I just wanted a blank canvas of denim to go with my accessories.  I know I'm making a dress around accessories, but there is a method to my madness and its is practicality.  With denim you can basically wear it by its self or dress it up, and a pretty easy fit to match with any type of accessory.  As I started going though my patterns, I also wanted to make a loose fitting dress...so I chose OPP Simplicity Lisette 1878.   I previously made a muslin, which ended up being a keeper in itself!

So here is my denim version...

 Grin on my face is the antics of my Granddog Jack....he keeps us in stitches.

 With all the humidity in the air, this looks a bit rumply.    This is a light weght denim that I purchased from my stash....cost of time of purchase zero...but when I did purchase it was $3.50 a yard.  Scarf and shoes both under $5.00...score....yes I love a bargin.  After a good pressing...ready to go.
 Selfie of flats.  Sorry to be excited about a pair of shoes, but when I can find a size 5 1/2 makes my day.   A hard size for me to find. 

My blank canvas....one thing I really like about this pattern is the neckline and the different versions.  Oh and in the back ground my granddog Jack carrying on a barking conversation with his buddy that lives next door.

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