I donated some stuff to the thrift store yesterday, giving them some previous cut sewing patterns I had in my shop, as well as some large fabric scraps and remnants I had that I wanted to destash and weren’t selling. I figured I’d take a look around while I was there, and I picked up 11 sheets of craft felt (all different colors) for $0.10 a sheet. I’m not sure what I will use it for but sure it will come in somewhere. I wasn’t quite ready to go home yet so I went to the thrift store in the outlet mall and I struck hilarious, wonderful gold. The first thing I found was an old 1960’s copy of Simplicity Sewing Book, which aside from yellowed and a few loose pages, is in amazingly good condition. Its full of helpful hints for basic garment construction, and tips and instructions for various sewing and finishing techniques. The book retailed originally for $0.75! I also found 6 old issues from 1986 – 1987 of Knitting Elegance Magazine, and that’s what this post is really about. To say the sweater designs are dated is an understatement, and most of them feature big boxy shapes, wide, paddedRead the rest…

  Another Pinterest find, this babydoll negligee is too cute with all the ruffles and light, fluffy layers. You can find the directions to make this here, and her instructions are very easy to follow. This uses 8 pieces total, and 5 of them are just strips of fabric to make the ruffles. Chiffon is inexpensive and most of us have some soft ribbon around to use or the ties, so this is would make a gorgeous low-cost alternative to store-bought (and pricey!) lingerie. I’d call that a win!Read the rest…

Back in June, I sewed up the blouse in this pattern, and though my fabric choice was pretty and it looked nice, it didn’t work out. The fabric shredded through the seams with the slightest pressure, and even with seam binding added onto it, it just didn’t work out. I loved the pattern though and knew I was going to make it again in a different fabric. Wednesday I sat down in my craft room and cut the pieces out of a cotton fabric I bought for something else originally but decided would work great for this blouse. I cut it slightly large then the pattern called for where the seams would be to give myself a little extra room to do French seams. The first time I made this I found out this blouse has very little ease, so cutting a little bigger was a must for this. I also added about 2 inches to the length of the blouse. This goes together really quickly and soon I had a super cute top in an adorable button print. I will swap out the zipper in the side most likely later on for a lighter weight one, but aside formRead the rest…

First off, let me say I love this blouse! However, that said, I learned a few things form it about choosing the wrong fabric. This is a really cute blouse with a rounded collar and a giant bow in the front. I think this blouse would be equally cute (and someone suggested almost Asian) if finished without the collar and bow. I fully intent to make two other versions of this blouse, one with neither collar or bow, and one without the bow.   I chose a polyester charmeuse for this blouse, mainly on account of it being pretty, but that turned out to be a bad call. The fabric was so set on unraveling that after I finished it and put it on, the seams just started shredding apart. Eek! I ended up taking some bias tape and binding the seams which seems to have solved the problem.   I hadn’t finished the armholes when I took this pic of the back, but the only changes I made were adding a hook and eye to close the back neck rather than a button and loop as called for. I love how this blouse turned out, but there is veryRead the rest…

Yesterday was day 4 of my sewing frenzy, and after I loved View A of Simplicity 3673 so much, I knew I had to make View C. The bodice is the same as View A, but the skirt is fuller instead of tight and narrow. I had a large piece of black cotton broadcloth so figured I’d dive right in.   Unfortunately after I cut the skirt pieces and one set of the bodice pieces, I realized I did not have enough black in my stash to cut the lining pieces too. I poked around in my stash for a minute and came up with some white broadcloth that I decided to cut to use for the bodice. I thought everything was going smoothly with my sewing except first I sewed the back seam of the skirt all the way up instead of leaving it open partway for the zipper, and then as I was picking that seam out, I wasn’t paying attention and picked out one of my darts instead and had to put it back in. I also wasn’t quite as careful when cutting as I should have been and as a result, the top edges in theRead the rest…

Yesterday I told you I was starting work on Simplicity 3673, view A. I had planned to cut the pieces yesterday and do the sewing today. Instead I did the cutting, realize the temperature had dropped enough that it really was nice in my craft room, and decided to keep going. I know Simplicity patterns are supposed to be easy, but this one was so ridiculously easy I spent the whole time wondering when something glaringly wrong was going to happen. Thankfully, it never did, and the whole thing went perfectly smoothly except for the part where I forgot to stitch the side seams on the bodice until it was about to be stitched onto the skirt. That was minor though and really didn’t affect the assembly process at all. I was able to cut and completely construct the dress in a few hours, even getting the zipper in properly on the first try. Trust me, that’s major for me. I am horrible at zippers no matter how many I put in. When I tried the dress on, I realized I probably should have gone up about half a size in the bodice. The skirt portion is fine- its aRead the rest…

This is my next project. I am doing view A, which is the one on the far right. I’m using a deep wine colored cotton for it, as I discovered I had 5 freaking yards of it and I wanted to see this one done in something simple but still bold. I don’t know if I will do the faux belt that goes with this or not. If I do, I might make a different one, though I do really like the idea of the bow on the front of the dress. I am really set right now on having some new clothes for this summer, and as many versatile pieces as I can manage. What I really need are tops, as I think I have about 5 shirts that are not t-shirts or sweaters. I do have some buttons downs, but I don’t have any cause to wear dress shirts really so they just stay hung up. Anyway, I’m hoping to get the cutting done on Simplicity 3673 finished today and can start sewing on it tomorrow. I’m also really looking forward to my order from Fabric.com to get here. I picked up a fabric I want to useRead the rest…