Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fleece Hats

It's been a while since I posted due to being away from home, being sick and binge watching Craftsy classes.  For October, Craftsy had a deal for $10.00 you got an all-access pass to watch as many classes as you wanted. 

Here are the classes that I liked best:

Sewing on the Edge - Lynda Maynard
Great neckline info for knits & wovens

The week-end Duffel - Betz White
Step-by-step instructions. The info would also work for smaller bags & totes.

Design your own handbag - Brett Bara
Not for beginners, but a lot of good techniques for intermediate bag makers.

Foundation paper piecing - Carol Doak
Great for beginners & intermediate quilters.

Easy zippered bags - Joan Hawley
Great for beginners.

Since I like sewing bags, it's not surprising that  3 of favorites are for bag making.

Another class I watched is titled "Sewing With Fleece: Essential Techniques" with Pattie Otto.   I really like the printable patterns for an easy hat and mittens that come in 4 sizes.  I had been thinking about making some fleece hats as Christmas gifts so was happy to run across this class.

Here are the hats I've made so far:

And this is what the pattern looks like:

They're really quick and easy to make and turn out nice.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sewing With My GD

This is my 7 year old granddaughter learning to sew

The Doll Apron we made.

On the doll

 The proud seamstress 

I don't have daughters to teach to sew, so it's nice sewing with my granddaughters.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jogger Pants

I decided to make a pair of jogger pants - aka sweatpants.

When I searched my inventory for a pattern to use, I came across this one.  I actually
bought it with plans to make the top,  but I never did.

I'm always looking for that pants pattern   - one that's both flattering and comfortable.  And I think I've found it.

I used a sweatshirt type knit that I've had for several years.  For the waistband and cuffs, I used the wrong side of the fabric - which is solid gray. The fabric is very soft, so the pants are so comfortable. Since the pattern is designed for wovens, and I used a knit, they are a little looser fitting.

I'm so glad I gave this pattern a try.  The ONLY change I made was to remove some from the top of the pants as they came up too high. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.

I decided to make a 2nd pair using a woven - some kind of a poly. For this pair, I narrowed the legs from the knee down. Of course, they aren't as comfortable as the knit pair, but they're good.  I hope with minor modifications this will become my TNT pants pattern.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Simplicity 7541

This is a sleeveless dress pattern designed for woven fabrics.  It's a simple pattern
that has a great fit.  The neckline is neither too low cut nor too wide for me -
which is unusual.  And even though there's no darts, it has a nice shape. 
Its my go-to pattern for any simple woven top or dress.

I used it as my starting point for this top:

With these white pants, the outfit has a 60's vibe.

I love this cotton black and white print fabric, but didn't have enough of it to make anything.
So, I used solid black cotton and added a wide band to the bottom and a pleated center panel.
I also used the black to make bias binding for the neckline and armholes.

 I lightened this up trying to show the pleats in the front.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Easy & Cool Summer Top

Since I love wearing cotton woven tops during the summer, I was intrigued when I saw Butterick 6215. 
When Butterick's were on sale at Joann Fabrics, I picked it up.


The most important way to insure a successful project is to pick the right fabric and this time I did.  
I sewed it from a soft, light-weight cotton print that's perfect for this top.

What do I like about this pattern?
It's quick and easy to make - no buttonholes.
It's cool and comfortable to wear
And the fit is good - a V-neck that's not loo low cut.

The only change I made was to the length of the back.  I didn't like the extreme hi-low hemline. 
So, I shortened it a couple inches.

 I wasn't sure about it, but now that I've worn it, I really do like it.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Black & White Dots Top

I've finished another top.

I used Vogue 9057 and made view B.   With a few changes I got the loose tunic type top that I wanted.  First, I lengthened it by 2 inches.  Then I added fullness through the waist and hips by moving the center of the pattern away from the fold of the fabric.  And, obviously, I shortened the sleeves.  I really like how it turned out.

 Vogue 9057

The black and white dot fabric is a light weight ITY that's perfect for summer tops. It's very soft and was easy to work with.  I don't remember where I got it, but I bought 4 yards.  This top only took 1 yard, so I still have a lot of it left.

The black fabric that I used for the sleeves is a thin poly knit from Joann's. I also used it for the neckband. This is the method I used for the neck: cut a strip 2 inches wide and fold it in half; attach it to the neck and then serge the seam; then fold the seam down and top stitch.

I like the contrast of the black sleeves and neckband with the print fabric.  I also like the rounded shape of the hem.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Sheer Top

Sometimes the simplest things turn out to be the best.  Like this top:

The fabric is a sheer black and silver that I got at Joann's.  I paid $5.25 a yard and only used 1 yard.  I made narrow bias binding from a light-weight silvery/gray fabric I had in my stash, and used it to finish the neck, sleeves and hem.


I wear it with a black cami underneath.  It's nice and cool on these hot summer days.

I didn't have a pattern for what I wanted, so I altered Vogue 8880. I removed the waistline seam and the neckline darts.

I like how it turned out.  It's comfortable and fun and I get compliments whenever I wear it.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sleeveless Knit Top & Mesh Jacket

Butterick 5925 was the starting point for this top. I've used this pattern a couple times before and really like it.  I make a size medium and the fit is good with only minor alterations. 
 This time, I left off the pockets and made it sleeveless.

This was one of those projects that just happened as I went along.  When I started, I didn't have a clear idea of what this top would be. The print fabric was left over from a maxi skirt project, and I used it to cut the front and then added the black band across the bottom.  I initially thought I would use the black fabric for the back, but didn't have enough of it, so I used it as the side pieces.  I also bound the neckline and armholes with strips of the black knit.

t can be cool in the office, so I wanted a little something to  wear over sleeveless tops.

I had 1-1/2 yards of this mesh-like fabric that I bought the fabric at Joann Fabrics.

I started with an oop pattern for a simple jacket and then made a few changes to get the shape I wanted.

I wore the set to work and it was very comfortable.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Silky Summer Tops

I love wearing silky tops for summer and recently made 2 using McCall's 7093.

For the first version, I made the length of view " D" with the pockets from view "B" and made short sleeves.  I used 3 different fabrics: a blue floral and solid blue that I had in my stash and I picked up the white "silky" from Joann Fabrics.  I don't really like the white fabric,  but it was the only thing I could find at the time.

I bound the neckline with bias strips cut from the blue fabric.

I made a straight size 16 with no alterations.  It's a little big through the shoulders and bust - and maybe a little too long.

For the 2nd top,  for the front section I used a silky print that I've had in my stash for years and black for the back and sleeves.  This version is a little shorter than the first and uses the curved back hem of view "c".  I wasn't sure I'd like the longer back hem, but I really do.  I made this one a size smaller from the waist up, and the fit is good.

I'm sure I'll get a lot of wear out of both of these tops this summer.