Kittyloaf Designs

The Unique Crafty Creations of Deb Wilson

McCall’s 5248 Nightgown View C & Shorts View D

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!

Beads and Banks

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 was doing pretty decent on the assignments, an my quiz scores have a B average. Of course I won’t know for sure for a few weeks but I’m not worried any more. Not like I was at the beginning of the semester.

Back to beads, I did a rope necklace out of the 6/o Czech seed beads I got with the mixed earth-tone colors. I divided it up into three sections with some turquoise beads, and now I’m working on stitching poppy jasper chips to it o one of the three sections. It definitely makes a different in the design, and I may add further embellishment to it after the chips are all stitched into place. I’ll be posting pictures of it when I get it finished.

I may take a break though and work on the fringe for the Day of the Dead amulet purse for a while instead though, now that I have my fringe beads and can get back to work on it.

Playing the Matching Game

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 by itself is a mighty small sample to try to match from.

When my boyfriend comes in, I’m going to ask him what he thinks of the color. “Blue” is not taking me far enough in this, but I really want to finish this bracelet up so I can wear it with pride and not always feel like hiding the incomplete end under my wrist.

Chunky T-Shirt Choker or Necklace

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. I left my tails long and dangling, but you could cut them off and secure the knots with a dab of hot glue.

Work your way along the length of the strip, adding beads and ribbon until you have as many as you’d like.

To wear it, just tie the ends of the fabric behind your neck.

You could dress it up using other fabric types too. Smaller beads inside and a dressier fabric might create an entirely different style and feel.

Upcoming Sewing Project

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 great time to add a color into it- maybe a black and red polka dotted fabric, or black and purple. Hard decisions abound!

I’ll be sure to take many photos of the progress once I get started and post them. Its been a while since I’ve had a fun sewing project to work on. Now if only I had a sewing machine here at the house.

Simplicity 3797 – Jacket View E

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.


us-234x300I 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 repair it as I’ve lost quite a bit of weight since I made it.

Bead Me This!

I am finishing up the flat spiral stitch bracelet that was supposed to go with my necklace and earrings back in October. I should be finished with it before I go to bed tonight, and will be posting pictures of it soon. Of course right now I am wishing I had ordered enough of the Swarovski crystals to do a double-row of the stitch, so I may wait on adding a clasp and order more crystals to do so later. I know it will be gorgeous either way but it will really have some extra oomph if I do decide to double it up.

This is a piece I was really excited to make and then once I got started, I kept putting it on hold even though the design is much easier to make than I had expected. If you’re not familiar with the flat spiral stitch, you can check out this great video that explain show it is done. Beadaholique is an excellent source of both information and components- I have bought beads and findings from them many times over the years. They’re prices are not the lowest but I’ve never been disappointed with what I have received from them.