Monday, May 30, 2016

June plans & May recap

Nightgown - B6838
Put Riley's quilt together & let her tack it
Draft skirt muslin
Finish organizing fabric
Knit maxi dress - B6330
Black top

May recap
another harness for Paisley - NO
wrap pants - Simplicity 4192 - NO
2 summer nightgowns - 1 finished & plans for the next
dress - McCall's 7242 - NO
wrap skirt - McCall's 5430 - NO
cushions for porch - YES (made 4)
work on Riley's quilt - YES, sewn together & ready to tack

McCall's 7284 Top

This is a great pattern.

I love the neckline - it's a nice faced V.   It's not too low and it lays nice and flat.

I also love that the gathered bodice has just the right amount of fullness - it doesn't look like a maternity top.  I love the band across the bottom. 

It wasn't quite as long as I thought it would be.  So instead of hemming it, I added a narrow strip to the bottom.

The armholes are small and high and when I inserted the sleeves, they were too tight.  So,   I made it sleeveless.  I put self-fabric bias binding on the armholes.

I changed the way the front yoke attaches to the lower bodice as I don't like trying to do inset corners.

I love sewing cotton woven tops.  And they are perfect to wear in hot, humid summer heat.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


I decided my porch needed a facelift, so I've cleaned and freshened it up.

I re-stained the porch swing, rocking chair, Adirondack chair and footstool, the sewing table, and the floor.

My rocking chair had a sad, flat, faded cushion that definitely needed to be replaced.  Here's the new and improved version:   I love my comfy new cushions!


 My sewing table was drab, so I re-stained the legs and covered the top with contact paper.

New throw cushion

And I got a new rug.   It really brightens up the porch!

Dining area:


Now, to enjoy sitting on it.