Today’s project was a new, bigger, more fun purse. Weeks ago I had decided to make myself a new purse. I wanted a bigger purse, and I also wanted to add some zipper pockets to the inside. I had modified my purse pattern I have made several of already for myself to be larger, and but hadn’t worked it out yet so wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I had estimated the fabric usage to be about 50% more than what it takes for my original design, but it actually ended up taking almost double that. I barely had enough fabric to cut everything from using the two one-yard cuts I had chosen for this design. My exterior fabric, pictured at left, was chosen after I had already picked my lining fabric- a cut of fabric that my friend Jami gave me two years ago. I had to hand draw some of my pattern pieces as our printer wouldn’t print half of the pieces, and gave me duplicates of others. The actual construction went really smoothly, except for the part where I forgot to put the interfacing in. I actually had to partially disassemble it afterwards to put itRead the rest…

Simplicity’s New Look 6816 View B was one of the quickest patterns I’ve sewn recently, even with me making some changes to the construction methods. The top is literally made out of  pieces- front, two backs, arm bands, and neck band. I think McCall’s 6400 was the only one I’ve put together faster, and that’s because it literally has 2 pieces.   The fit of this top is kind of blousey, with full sleeves brought in a bit by armbands, and while I do wish it were a few inches longer overall I am very happy with it. My fabric choice was a good one, and the fit is super comfortable. I can definitely see myself making this top again in a different fabric. The instructions called for the neckband to be attached folded in half and stitched down, and then pressed outward, which would result in a raw edge on the inside. I opted instead to make more work for myself and attach the neck band like it was an edge binding, and did the same with the arm bands. Of course that made me have to practice my stitch in the ditch, which went fairly well, but notRead the rest…

I did a lot of sewing the last few days, but unfortunately, I can’t share the most exciting parts of it with you yet and that’s driving me crazy. I stitched up my prom dress for Joann’s party in November with only a few weeks to spare, plus I whipped up a really quick capelet using my leftover dress fabric, plus some other stuff in my stash to line it. I will show you the capelet though, as it doesn’t give away anything about my dress except color and fabric. I based the capelet off of McCall’s 5006, view G or H, but I only went as far as cutting out the fronts and back piece using the pattern and ignored the rest. I had a few small pieces of black velvet ribbon in my stash which I used for the ties, and I used some gold satin that I have no memory of buying from my stash to line it. Its one of those fabrics I want to use up to get rid of it, but can’t think of many applications where I’d actually want to wear it. I also made a small gold clutch, and am going toRead the rest…

Way back in September of last year, I whipped up this circle skirt. Right away I loved it, and I wore it quite a bit. It was fun, flirty, and if I spun around really fast, it flared straight out and made me feel like a little girl. I adored it. But as time went on, I lost weight, about 25 pounds. And as I lost weight, the skirt got looser and looser. Eventually I could literally slip it off without unzipping it, which leads to the worry that it might casually fall off of my body at some randomly decided moment. This was a problem, as I loved this skirt and wanted to keep wearing it. Tonight I ripped out the waistband and added a few pleats to take up the slack. I actually ended up taking 6 inches out of the waist of it, and putting it back together. I feel like I did a somewhat sloppy job of it because I had previously used a French seam for the waistband attachment, but didn’t do that when I put it back on tonight, because each time I attach it with a French seam, I run the risk ofRead the rest…

Today is my birthday, (Yay! Happy birthday!) and while I don’t have any new sewing to share with you, I do have some adorable fabrics! Saturday evening, Mattie surprised me with dinner with friends, and there was some gifting. My friend Tracy gave me some lovely beads, and Jami gave me these cute fabrics! The skulls and paw prints are fleece, the polka dots are flannel, and the puppies are cotton. She had doggie coats in mind for these, but the more I look at the puppies one, the more I want to make a new purse for myself. Its just plain cute, and I’ve been carrying around my pink purse for a couple years now I think, and I’ve been thinking of changing it up again. And of course, if I use a matching fabric inside, maybe a chocolate brown broadcloth, I could still make doggie coats with the other 1/2 yard. LOL So many things to think about! I’m going to sit on it for a few days I think and then decide.Read the rest…

Yesterday after finishing the halter top, I decided I wanted to tackle a full circle skirt. I had about 3 yards of red fabric with white polka dots, and Butterick’s 4790 has a circle skirt as part of the dress. I cut just the skirt pieces, making them a few inches shorter as I didn’t have quite enough fabric to make them the same length as they are on the dress, and stitched the halves together. After that I cut a waistband, making it a few inches longer then needed, and started stitching it into place. I ended up ripping out quite a few stitches trying to decide how I wanted to finish off the waistband before deciding to make a button tab to overlap the top above the zipper. Still the whole thing only took me about 2 hours from start to finish and I’m so pleased with it! I absolutely love it and never want to take it off! I also want to twirl and make it spin out like a little girl… lol. 😛 I did forget to add pockets though, which makes me a little sad, but I can always add them later. Its not hardRead the rest…