A blog devoted primarily to garment sewing - with little splashes of quilting, crafts, and misc. sewing thrown in for variety.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall/Winter Sewing Plans

Some tentative sewing plans

                 Top                                                                                      McCall's 7093 

White shirt                                                                                     Butterick 6325

 Long cardigan                                                                                 McCall's 7476

Patchwork jacket or vest                                                  Cowl-neck short sleeve sweater top

Knit jacket                                                                             Butterick 6330

Butterick 6388 as a shorter top

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Knit Maxi Dress - Butterick 6330

I made this dress a couple months, but just now getting it posted.

I also want to make the jacket later in the fall.

I made a size large, which is bigger than I need.  But the fabric is thin and very stretchy, and I didn't want it to cling too much.  I'm happy with the fit.

Fit alterations I made: added 1 inch to the front bodice length and removed 1 inch from back bodice length, and removed 1 inch from shoulder width.  These are standard alterations for me.

 I bought the fabric from Fabric.com in 2007 and paid $5.00 yard.  It's one of those fabrics that I liked so much that I was hesitant to cut it.  I'm glad to finally use and love the dress.

I really like it with a black cardigan.

And the back

I also used the pattern to make a black knit dress.  I made it calf length, added short sleeves and lowered the neckline by 1-1/2 inches. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Monthly recap & plans

Monthly Recap

This month I sewed 5 garments and used 10 yards of fabric.  Overall, I'm pleased since these are all things I'll wear and there were no wadders. 

Lace Jacket
Pattern: Butterick 3532
Fabric: Gray cotton broadcloth and cream colored lace (2-1/2 yds)

Knit Tankattern: Simplicity 4192 Fabric: Yellow textured knit (1 yd) 


Knit Top
Pattern: McCall's 7286
Fabric: Turquoise print, turquoise solid, tan solid (2 yds)

Black knit midi tee-shirt dress
Pattern: Butterick 6330
Fabric: Black knit (2 yds)

Kimono Jacket
Pattern: Simplicity 8172
Fabric: Rayon challis, 2 prints (2-1/2 yds)

August Plans
I'm finished with summer sewing, but not ready to sew for fall/winter, so I'm kind of in limbo.
I'll start on my skirt draft in preparation for making pants for cool weather.
And work on Riley's quilt and hopefully finish it this month.
Also, look though the UFO basket and see if there's anything I want to work on.
And maybe work on some quilts.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Kimono Jacket

Simplicity 8172

I really like the back flounce on this jacket.

I used 2 different rayon challis prints I had in my stash.  They both came from Joann Fabrics.  I love the soft, flowing movement of the fabric.  And it's so cool on hot summer days.

I made a size large, with no alterations.  It's a little big on me.  If I make it again, I'll probably go down to a medium.

I added a small snap at the front seam line to hold it closed.

But I wear it open most of the time.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

July sewing plans and June recap

July sewing plans
cream color topper
black maxi dress - Butterick 6330
wrap pants - Simplicity 4192 - rollover from a few months ago
wrap skirt - McCall's 5430 - rollover from a few months ago

draft a skirt muslin

pad out my dressform

June recap 
I finished everything on my list except for drafting the skirt muslin.
Put Riley's quilt together & let her start tacking it
Finish organizing fabric
Knit maxi dress - B6330
Black top - made 2

Draft skirt muslin - DID NOT

I also made 2 harnesses for Paisley - this has been on my list for several months.
And made McCall's 7242 dress from my May list; but unfortunately I don't like it.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Harness for Paisley

Doesn't she look pretty in her new blue harness?

I prefer a harness instead of a collar for my dog, as the collar chokes her and she sometimes pulls it over her head.  But finding a harness that fits well and is easy to put on seems impossible.    So I went looking on-line and found some information for making one.

Here's my pattern.  You cut 2 for the inside and 2 for the outside.  Then sew together along the short side.

Here's what it looks like.   I used 2 rows of velcro for the fastening and added a d-ring to snap on the leash.

The fit is great on this one except for a little tightness where it goes around the inside of her legs.  For the next one, I'll make that area narrower. 

I used a sturdy quilting cotton and polyester quilt batting, and did some random machine quilting.   This worked great and makes the harness comfortable; it's not too thick and it's machine washable.   I made self-fabric bias strips to cover the edges.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  And Paisley definitely likes it better than the one I bought.  Well, mostly because it's quicker to put on!  And now that I've got the fitting worked out, the next one should go together much faster.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Back Yoke Knit Top

After recently making McCall's 7284  in a woven fabric,  I decided I'd like a knit top with a back yoke.    So for this top, I used the back of the McCall's pattern and the  front of Vogue 9057.


The fabrics I used:  The print is an ITY I bought on-line several years ago - I think from FabricMart; the black is a thin rayon blend from Joann Fabrics; and the purple lace came from Walmart.  I also used the black underneath the lace.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sewing Room Makeover

My sewing room had gotten so cluttered and out of control.  I've finally done a much needed clean up and reorganization.   It's not one of those pretty sewing rooms - it's a working room.

View from the door:

The main change I made was to take out a large desk that was in the corner and add two wire shelf units.   I had been storing fabric stacked on a countertop and in plastic totes underneath it.  And my machines were on the desk.  I moved the machines to the countertop and the fabric to the shelf units.   This is a much better arrangement.   Before, I didn't have access to my coverstitch or my mechanical machine without shuffling things around.    Now I have my machines set up and always ready to use.  Hopefully, I'll start using the coverstitch machine.
Moving out the desk meant giving up the drawers.  But, even though it was a nice desk, it just took up too much floor space.    Since the counter top just sits on a frame, I added some plastic drawer units underneath.   Since I don't have much natural light, I added an undercounter light and also a desk lamp.

For fabric storage, I bought 2 wire shelf units.  To protect the fabric from sunlight and dust,  I hung cloth shower curtains.  I could have made a curtain (I certainly have enough fabric), but it was just so much quicker and easier to use these.  They were very inexpensive and pretty.

I uncluttered and recovered my pressing/cutting table.

I made a small quilt design board.

I used a round belt hanger to hold my embroidery and quilt hoops and hung it on the end of the shelf unit.

I put hooks on the end of my cutting table to hang cutting mats

It's a small room, so I have to make every inch count.

I went through everything and got rid of things I don't use - some were passed to others and some went in the trash.  First, I went through supplies and notions: buttons, zippers, snaps, interfacing, craft supplies, etc.  Naturally, the biggest job was the fabric.  I gave away a lot of fabric.  And I threw away scraps and UFO's that were never going to get finished.  It feels good to let go of unnecessary things.

I still have things I want to do, such as: cover some boxes, drill holes in the counter for the cords to fit through, organize the contents of the drawers, etc.  And now that I can get to my dress form, I want to repad it.  Overall, I'm happy with the makeover and enjoy spending time in there.

One of my favorite things in my sewing room is this clock; it was a birthday gift from my Mom several years ago.