Monday, April 14, 2014

Butterick 5356 - Top

My first spring/summer project.  A pretty woven top.  I really enjoy sewing with cotton woven fabric!

I used Butterick 5356 pattern for this top.  I usually use a size 14 pattern for tops.  I made the M (12-14) and the fit is good, so it runs a little big.  I really like this pattern.  The neckline is not too wide or too low, and there's just enough gathers.  The neckline is finished with a self-fabric bias strip.  I like this method and use it often.  The sleeve edge is suppose to just be hemmed up, but I added a band so that I would have the contrast of the green fabric on the lace.    This pattern works best if a light weight, drapey fabric is used.

I used a thin cotton-blend fabric that was given to me and the lace was a small piece leftover from another project.  I added the lace to the upper front only.   I've used the pattern before.  All I paid for was the thread, so basically this top was free.

I made this long enough to wear with leggings.  I cut it at the tunic length, but hemmed it more than the pattern called for, so it's between the 2 pattern lengths.

Here's a close-up of the front:  I love the cream colored lace on the green fabric.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

March sewing - 2 quilt tops

The only sewing I did in March was to make 2 quilt tops.  Both of these are queen size and were quick and easy to make.

This one looks so much better in real life - It's so bright and cheerful.  The corner blocks are black with small white polka dots.

I had a stack of fabric samples that were mostly large floral prints.  I didn't want to cut these into small pieces since the pretty flower designs would be lost.  So I cut them into 9-1/2" squares.  I used 2-1/2" squares for the corner.   I still have to decide on a border.  I'll probably use the same black/white polka dot fabric as the corner blocks.

I had a lot of small scraps left over from recent quilt making, so decided to make a scrappy 9-patch.

I love scrap quilts, love 9-patches, and love a lot of white in a quilt.   So, I'm very happy with this simple little quilt.  I still need to add a border.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

February Sewing: Plaid Poncho and Fleece Vest

Due to some health issues, I've not been sewing much and posting even less. So I'm playing catch up here. These are the 2 items I made in February.

First is a plaid poncho.  I used a piece of plaid flannel that I got at WalMart.  It was $3.00 yd and I used 2 yards.  I didn't use a pattern for this.  I cut 3 rectangles and sewed them together at the shoulders.  I planned to add black fringe to the hem, and I may still do that later.

Next is a black and white fleece vest.  I had the fleece left over from pj pants I made for my DGD.  I didn't have enough of the print fleece, so I used solid black for the back.  For the lining, I used a white silky that I had in my stash.   I think it needs some type of closure.  But it got warm before I got around to wearing it, so I'll worry about that next winter.

I started with this pattern, but changed the shape of the front hemline. 

I used the collar from this pattern:

Friday, January 31, 2014

Corduroy Pants

My last item for January is a pair of corduroy pants.  This is my 2nd pair of wearable pants for the year.

I used the same BWOF pattern as before.  It's from the May, 2007, issue.  This time I tried adding a little to the front crotch point, thinking it would help with wrinkles/folds just under the seat.  But, it didn't, so it's back to the drawing board.

For this pair, I added a fly front zipper, wide contour waistband and front scoop pockets.

 Here you can see the yellow and brown flannel I used on the inside.  Aren't the monkeys cute??

So even though I don't have the fit down yet, I'm still pretty happy with my pants.

For February, I want to work on cleaning up the sewing room and finishing up some UFO's.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Knit Tops

I've made 2 new knit tops.

 For the first top I used McCall's 6203 - which is now OOP. 

I tried to get a good close up picture of the fabric, but it's very hard to get it to look right.  It's a deep purplish blue with black stripes.

It's been a long time since I've had a top with dolman sleeves.  I wasn't sure about the style, but I really like it.  It's just loose enough to be comfortable, without a lot of extra fabric.

I made a size M, but added some extra wide from the hip area down to the hemline.  I also made a swayback adjustment.  This helped, but I think I should have made a larger adjustment as there still a bit of wrinkles back there.

The fabric I used is a knit that I bought at Zinck's Fabric Outlet. The store is located in the Millersburg/Berlin, OH area, in Amish country.  This is a true, no-frills outlet store that's located in a warehouse type building.   I like that sort of place, so shopping there was a lot of fun for me.  The fabric looks like a typical poly knit, but the inside is so soft and is nice to wear.   It was $3.00 yard, and there was only 3 yards of it - naturally I bought it all.

I changed the neckline.  I cut the neckline like view "B" and then added a simple cowl neck collar to it.  I cut a rectangle of fabric 20" long and wide enough to fit the neckline.  I folded it half and serged it to the neckline.  I like out it turned out.

I still had some fabric leftover, but not enough for another top.   I really like the fabric & wanted to come up with some way to use it.   I love the look of knit tops that use contrasting fabrics, so thought I'd give that a try. 

I had this pattern in my stash and decided to use it.   This is Butterick 5925 - a Katherine Tilton pattern.  I made view "B: 


I had enough of the blue stripe to cut the front and the sleeves.  I used some solid black from my stash for the back.  And bought some gray tweed slubby knit at Joann's and used it for the pockets and as a binding on the neckline.  

I used a size medium, and made no changes to the pattern.  The neckline is a bit wide on me, so if I make it again, I will narrow it just a little.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Another Shirt Refashion

I took a plain red knit top and 1 yard of print fabric and came up with this:

First I cut the  off the shirt just below the bust and added a skirt-like panel.  This panel flares out at the bottom and is a little longer on the sides.  I also added fabric lengthen the sleeves.  And lastly added a small cowl neck.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pressing Board and Carrier

I go to a monthly craft/sewing/quilting meeting and needed a press board to take with me.  I found this great tutorial on-line: Missouri Star Quilting  I used an 18" x 24" piece of plywood; wrapped an old towel around it; and then made a cover for it.  It works great & I use it a lot.

Then I saw this at Joanns  folding cutting/pressing mat

I really liked it, but I didn't want to pay that much for it.   It's kind of small and I already had a press board and a mat. But it did give me the idea to make a bag to carry my board and mat plus my ruler.

I just made a flat bag a little bigger than my board.  I used a piece of a fabric I found in my stash.  It's a tablecloth that I had bought on clearance at Kohl's for $7.00.   It's very sturdy and was leftover from when I made shopping bags.  It was exactly the right size to made it double thickness.  I made straps from some red 1-1/2" wide nylon webbing that was in my stash and just happen to match the fabric.

It's does a great job of carrying everything.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

1st Project for 2014 - Pants

I decided to make a pair of pants as my first project of the year.   I'm working on pants again mainly because I have so few that fit me.  I always have better luck with BWOF pants patterns, so that's what I started with.  I used #112 from the May 2007 issue.   I really like this pattern.  The shape of the hip line and legs are just right for me.  Here's the line drawing:

Alterations I made:  added a 1-1/2" wedge to lengthen the back crotch seam; removed a little from the width of the back crotch seam; lowered the front waistline 5/8"; and removed 2" from back waist.  

I also left out the zipper and added an elastic waistband.  I made the waist just big enough to pull over my hips, so the waistband is flat when the pants are worn.

The fabric I used is a black with blue pinstripe that I  got at Joann Fabrics November 2011 and paid $2.50 yard as it was on clearance.   It's a woven "suiting" blend with a little stretch that I'm sure has some poly in it, but it is very nice.  It sews up great and doesn't wrinkle badly.  It drapes so nicely and feels great.  I wish I had more like it, in a different color.

Here's the front:

They are really comfortable to wear.

Side view:

There's still some wrinkles in the back of the pants, but overall I'm pretty happy with how these turned out.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Last Project for 2013 - Handbag

I finally made myself a new bag.  I started with simplicity 3828 (view D).  This is an old pattern and is now OOP.  I used the pattern as my starting point to get the size and shape that I like. 

My finished bag is 2 inches shorter than the pattern. I installed a zipper at the top instead of a magnetic snap. 

I used home decor fabric from Joann's.  I used fusible fleece as the interfacing and machine quilted the black side.  I used a solid blue for the lining.  The handles are made from the black fabric with nylon webbing inside. I like using the webbing better than interfacing as it's not so bulky, but very strong, and adds just the right amount of stiffness.

I like pockets on my purses - so I added 3 of them.  There's a small inside pocket; a large outside pocket on one side and a small one on the other side.  All of the pockets have zipper closures.  I used key charms as zipper pulls.

Here's a close up to show the pulls.

I like the fabric, it's the right size & has the pockets I need - I think I got it right.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Jacob's Ladder Quilt

I made this quilt for my husband's birthday.  Blue is my husband's favorite color, so I used several blues and some blacks.  Even though blue's not my favorite color, I love how it turned out.

I had it quilted with black thread.   And used a black with white dots fabric for the binding.