My next project will be Butterick 5011, view A. The only difference between the two of them is one is a tank top style (B) and the other is a halter neck (A). The fabric I’m using is a red and white vintage gingham that either came out of my Mom’s fabric stash from when I was a small child, or out of my grandmother’s fabric stash, which was from the 60’s and previous. I’ve actually got quite a bit of vintage fabrics in my stash, and am looking forward to giving them a life besides just sitting in my drawers. Anyway, the pattern pieces are cut and tomorrow I will pre-wash the fabric just to be sure. There are zero frayed edges on this stuff so I don’t think its been washed yet even though its probably older than I am. I also received the stackable drawer units I ordered from Amazon thinking (wrongly) that my patterns would fit inside them. I was going to refuse the package at first and just send them back once I realized (too late) that they wouldn’t work for what I wanted them for. Then I realized they were pretty much perfect forRead the rest…

As you know, I started sewing this dress a few days ago, and was expecting smooth sailing all the way through. I made a few minor changes, adding pockets, (which i had to cut twice… 😐 ) and everything was going fine. Then as I was putting the zipper in, I saw somehow my side edges where the zipper goes were not lining up properly. I figured out where the problem was, and when I started unpicking the stitches to take the top band off of the dress so I could fix things, my fabric decided to rip instead. I ended up cutting the top band off, losing about 1/2″ from the top of the bodice.The I found out I didn’t have enough of the same fabric left over to re-cut the band pieces again, so I ended up using some black and white gingham instead. The two fabrics looked better together than I would have thought they would. So, smooth sailing again right? I found the problem, I re-cut and I fixed it, right? Wrong. Everything seemed to be going fine. I tried the dress on and it fit. I sew the straps on. The I try the dressRead the rest…

I decided my next project was going to be the dress from Simplicity 3797. I opened up the bottom drawer of my fabric storage and pulled out the first thing I saw that there might be enough of. That first fabric pick was 3 yards of a deep red floral print cotton I bought about 6 years ago along with a similar blue print and a medium grey/charcoal grey print, the latter two of which I made some peasant type shirts out of that basically required cutting two gigantic vaguely shirt shaped pieces and added lots of elastic to give it the right shape via gathering. I checked the sizing and fabric needs for the dress on the envelope and confirmed I needed 2 3/4 yards. I hadn’t pre-washed this fabric yet, and needed to do laundry so I threw all of our black clothes (which is 90% of the laundry) in with the fabric. I left out the few lighter colors because I didn’t want everything to be pink.I sat down to start cutting out the pattern pieces while I waited. Fabric washed and dried, I laid it out on the carpet (I don’t have room on my tablesRead the rest…

I’ve had it on my sewing bucket list to work with knits. I’ve got yards and yards of knit fabrics, and several patterns that are made for knits. But I’ve been terrified to try sewing them without a serger, and buying a serger isn’t something that’s likely to happen any time soon. I had asked around from different bloggers who have sewn quite a few knit projects, watch YouTube videos, read tutorials and tips. Then two days ago I said to hell with it and just jumped in. I chose McCall’s 6400 for my first knit pattern because its simple. The pattern for view B has two pieces- front, and back. I figured the less pieces there are, the less chances there will be for me to really muck things up. Cutting was easy enough though I did have to make an effort to not allow the fabric to stretch while I was cutting it, and sewing was simple too. I used a straight stitch and stretched the fabric as I sewed it. The only thing that I’m not completely happy with was the hemming. The fabric was a little slick and some of my hemming is a bit wonky,Read the rest…

I did both of these views of McCall’s 5248 last week, starting with the shorts, then moving on to the nightgown, and back to the shorts again. I don’t really have photos of the shorts (I look ridiculous in shorts and my dress dummy doesn’t have a lower body option so to speak), but here’s the nightgown. It turned out cute, but I don’t wear these, so it went up in my Etsy shop. Its a size Large/X-Large, and the fabric is flannel. Very soft and warm for winter. The print on the lower half is skulls made out of flowers. Click on the thumbnails for larger views of each image.   The only challenge I had with the nightgown was finding a way to add the lace trim and hide the raw edge completely. I did French seams on the rest of it,  so no raw edges visible anywhere. It turned out really well, and I got to use up some of the lace my friend Tracy gave to me as well. Now if I can just find a buyer for the nightgown I’ll be happy!Read the rest…

I got my box in the mail today with the last of the beads I ordered, so not only can I finish up my bracelet I had to order beads for, I can work on other projects as well. I got some real pretty beads in the box, and some that I’m not sure I’m crazy about but sure they will find a place they belong sooner or later. I love the super bargains where you get a mixed lot of a type of bead (in this case it was mother of pearl) and its just a random grab bag of product. Sometimes I wish you could put in $20 and get a box full of stuff randomly selected, say a minimum of 10 items. That would be a lot of fun. I turned in my final project I posted here yesterday and the teacher loved it. He said it was a crack-up and liked the comic book-styled fonts choices I made with the narrative. Now we’ve only got the final test to do on Thursday and the class is over. I am confident that I am getting a B in the class. After the first few assignments I wasRead the rest…

I have an absolutely gorgeous bracelet I made years ago, but didn’t quite finish. Unfortunately, between then and now, I sold off a large part of my bead stash, and got rid of some of the colors that I needed for it. I have two of the 4 colors of seed beads I was using for it, and I believe I still have more of the pink and yellow fire-polish beads (I think they are Czech fire-polish anyway) that I used as accents, but the other two colors I used on it are anyone’s guess. I’m currently on my bead supplier’s website trying to decide what color the ones I need to finish this up are, but not having much luck narrowing it down to a final choice. One I have it narrowed down to three options, the other, I’m not even sure if the ones I am looking at are the right type of bead. I think it’s a color-lined bead, but I can’t tell if its a rainbow finish or not, and what if its a ceylon? I just can’t tell. I know, there are right in fornt of me, but one single bead of that color byRead the rest…

I was out at my Mom’s house Friday night and found some old jewelry I had made some time back. One of them caught my eye as the perfect thing to wear to the wedding I am going to tonight. It is a chunky necklace made out of fat wooden beads, and a strip of old t-shirt material. If you ever do any crafting, you probably already have everything you need on hand to do this. The construction is super simple. Take an old t-shirt in whatever color you want your necklace or choker to be, and cut a strip that is about 6 to 8  inches longer then the length you want it to be, and wide enough to wrap around your beads twice. You don’t want to skimp on the width because otherwise your beads might fall out. If your beads have a circumference of 2 inches, you’ll want the fabric strip to be 4 inches wide. Starting in the middle, lay one bead down and roll the width of the fabric around it. Take a piece of narrow ribbon and tie it in a knot next to the bead. Do this on each side of it. IRead the rest…

Not this week because I just bought a new dress for a wedding I am attending Saturday, but next week I plan to stop by Joann’s and pick up some fabric for this fantastic skirt project. I stumbled across it the other week, and the more I look at it, the more I want to go back and recreate it. I won’t be using the rainbow color scheme, but am thinking starting black on the top, and working my way through the grey spectrum to end in a white layer on the bottom tier, and am thinking about edging it with a scalloped lace to finish it off. The hard part will be finding enough different shades of grey to work my way through the spectrum, but the good thing will be I will only need a half a yard or so of each color. Hopefully I can find a good diversity of patterns to keep it interesting to the eye. Not sure about the waistband yet, and what color I am going to do it- white would be a logical choice to balance the white bottom, but at the same time, I think it would also be a greatRead the rest…

I’ve sewn Simplicity 3797 twice now, once as pictured in a skull-themed print fleece, and once with a complete lining in a cherry themed fabric so it was actually a warm jacket. While I had to create a new pattern piece in order to sew the version with a full lining, it was still really simple and easy to do. The lining is red satin and the lapels are red and white striped costume satin.   I think it took me about 90 minutes to construct the one pictured at left from start to finish as its a very basic design and there’s nothing complicated about it. The lined one took about twice as long as there are twice as many pieces and seams to sew. Both of these were done in a size 22, and while the unlined one turned out perfect, the lined one has a few minor issues I need to address- namely I think I forgot to lockstitch one of the seams in the lining and its coming open near the shoulders on one side. I also would like to take it in a size or two if I am going to deconstruct it to repairRead the rest…