I lost all self control the other day and I made an order for some new fabrics. Initially I was only buying fabric for my prom dress (Have I mentioned that yet? I can’t remember.) and for Mattie’s dress shirt for prom. But then I saw some other fabulous fabrics and I had to have them. I tried really hard to not buy them, but yeah… You know how it is, right? Anyway, I have two shirts I absolutely adore and would love to have a few other versions of them. One however is a really summery shirt, and Summer is coming to an end, so I decided to skip out of making another version or two of it for now. The other shirt I love though is more suited for other weather, depending of fabrics used. My first version (link in previous sentence) was made with a very light weight shirting material and is perfect for Summer. Its so light I worry about it being ripped to shreds when the dog jumps on me, but amazingly that hasn’t happened. Maybe the fabric is tougher than I think it is. Anyway, I want to make two other versions of thisRead the rest…

Friday I spent some time in my craft room all but finishing Simplicity 2365. I stitched everything together, had to rip out two seams at one point because I stitched the sleeves and sleeve bands together which one backward, and sewed on buttons. I stitched buttonholes, which I will admit are a bit sloppy, and finished hems. I top-stitched around the facings, and got everything finished except for making the waist tie and threading it through. I continued with the French seams everywhere except on the sleeves, as I always find sleeves to be a pain in the ass and sewing it all twice really didn’t appeal to me. The open edge of the facings was also left raw, but its not something that will be noticeable while being worn unless you unbutton me and start opening the shirt- something I highly doubt will be happening! 😉   Today I sewed the last bit of this shirt which was to stitch the drawstring, turn it, and thread it through the casing. The stitching took about 30 seconds. I left the drawstring un-stitched in the middle so it would be hidden once it was threaded through, and the turning took aboutRead the rest…

I did some sewing on Simplicity 2365 today (finally!) and stitched the front, sides, and back together. I also put in the casing on the inside, which I think I managed to do correctly. I’ve so far followed the directions to a T, but who knows how long that will actually last. I never seem to stick to the directions for anything for long. The casing is some old light blue bias tape I happened to have on hand, and I’m betting its actually something from the stash of stuff I raided from my mom ages ago, so I was glad to use most of it. Tomorrow I will be hemming the bottom, and adding the front facings and collar to it, plus probably whatever follows that step directly. The fabric (since I couldn’t remember for the life of me what it was the last time I talked about this) is a cream and pale blue plaid shirting cotton. Its going to be a great light-weight shirt for the coming summer, and I can’t wait to wear it. I’m a little worried about it though because I hate having raw edges showing anywhere, so I used French seams to containRead the rest…

  I’m a little sad today because my ironing board did not come in the mail today. An ironing board did come, but not the one I ordered, nor was it one I can actually use. The board I received is one of those specialized ironing boards for dress shirt sleeves. Tomorrow I’ll be mailing it back to Amazon, and I am undecided if I want to wait for a replacement or not as the item I was supposed to get is out of stock for a few weeks. They did upgrade the shipping to one day, but I’m not sure I want to wait that long for it. :pouty: Years ago, I attempted to sew Butterick 4087, which is a super cute apron pattern. I did the view with the shoulder ruffles, and it should have been pretty awesome. Instead what I had was an apron that I did a horrendous job of sewing, and that the straps would not stay up no matter what I did with them. The only solution I could find that would work was to tie it like a halter, but the straps are way too long for that and its bulky. Today whileRead the rest…

This is my next project. I’m doing view C, which is the long length with the short sleeves. My fabric is a lightweight blue shirting material, though I’m suddenly drawing a blank as to the pattern even though I was just looking at it… lol. I think its a small plaid design. Anyway, I am hoping to get it at the least cut tomorrow and maybe start the sewing. 🙂 I also spent some time shifting money around and trying to make money appear from nowhere because as I may have mentioned before, my dress form which has served me faithfully for years is suddenly too fat. All my newly made clothes will not fit on her. Some things can be squeezed on but they can’t be zipped or fastened. Enter this. Dritz Sew You Dress Form, Small. The one I really wanted has an offset leg so you can do pants and whatnot, but honestly, I’ve never made pants besides loose-fitting PJ pants and I didn’t want to wait any longer on this, and considering I don’t make pants (yet?) I really couldn’t justify spending about $100 more. I’m hoping the naysayers are wrong in the reviews- the reviewsRead the rest…