I went by one of my favorite thrift stores yesterday morning because I wanted to check out something I thought I saw the day before. What was I after? This. An almost 8 pound bag of buttons! For anyone unfamiliar, typically buttons are purchased on a card with somewhere between 2 and 8 buttons to a card depending on size. A card can cost anywhere from $2 to $6 retail. There are literally thousands of buttons in this bag. I paid $28.33 after tax for it. If there are 2,000 buttons in the bag, I paid $0.014 per button. That’s a steal! I’ve been working on sorting them the last day or so and wow it is slow going! On the left are the colored ones, plus the black shanked buttons and the ones made out of shell. In the middle are all browns and metal ones. And on the right are black ones, and the whitish ones. Most of them are divided further by size, unless I only have enough of that color family to fill one spot. I’m nowhere near done sorting them, but I’m going to keep going until I fill up all three containers and thenRead the rest…

Mattie and I were invited to an 80’s themed party later on this month, which gave me something new to work on in my sewing room. I thumbed through my pattern stash, looked at dozens of options online, and after not finding anything I really liked that was available within a size or two of what I needed, I decided to go with Kwik Sew 1262 View A from my stash. This is  pretty basic pullover blouse with a tie detail at the neck, and its construction is pretty simple. Of course I decided to go all out 80’s and buy gold lamé too sew it in, which I started to regret as soon as I started cutting the fabric. I really like the slightly puffed sleeves and the tie neck detail, and I can honesly se this making a very wearable top in a more durable fabric. The gold lamé though- I’ll probably wear it once or twice and at some point it will vanish from my wardrobe in a fit of frustration. I did about half of the sewing on it this evening, constructing the main part of the blouse, and tomorrow I will hopefully get to theRead the rest…

I recently bought a small stack of 1980’s Kwik Sew patterns of of eBay. I don’t usually go for the 80’s, but there were a few that were super cute and the price was right. I didn’t have any immediate plans for them, but figured something would pop up in my fabric stash that would go with one of them. The last few days I’ve been picking out pieces of fabric, either stuff I honestly can’t fathom why I ever bought it, or large remnants from past projects to list of eBay. While I was sorting through it all, I came across a piece of fabric that had so far proven too small to use for anything. I fell in love with it and ordered the very last 1.5 yards a few years ago, but I didn’t want to make a tank top, and so far that was my only real option aside from a top I had just made a few days previously and I didn’t think that fabric was right for it.. Then I realized Kwik Sew 1425 only uses a little over a yard of fabric. I decided to sew view B, but without using contrasting fabricRead the rest…

I just picked up 3 yards of a gorgeous cranberry red corduroy fabric on eBay and am waiting for it to arrive now. What am I going to do with it? I threatened Mattie that I’d make pants out of it, but I think I have a better idea now. This jumper dress (with the narrow skirt) would be great to do with that fabric! The bright color will be toned down a bit (I hope) but the simple lines of the dress, and paired with a long sleeved t-shirt, it will be great for winter. I will probably line the entire thing, though I’m not sure what with what fabric yet. Maybe something really out there to make it a little more secretly fun. No one ever sees the lining fabrics, but it could still be nice to use something really flashy in contrast to the solid outer color. I’m actually thinking maybe a gold color? I also grabbed some gorgeous floral print fabric- an out of print Moda from the 80’s. I’m planning on making another, slightly shorter version of McCall’s 5330 to channel my inner 80’s girl. I think it could be really cute. What else amRead the rest…

I’ve done this pattern (M5165) before in the past in all three sizes, and its super quick and easy. Pretty much the worst that can happen with this pattern is you could stitch too close to the edge of the fabric and have a hole when you turn it. It really is almost completely mistake proof. I sat down and made two new small ones tonight, which I added to my Kittyloaf Designs shop, and plan on making another one tomorrow in the medium size. The one on the right is using a vintage fabric I got from my grandmother’s stash from when she used to sew her own clothes years ago, and the underside is just cotton broadcloth. I ended up using one of my stuffies for a model as I don’t have access to a dog of that size here at home, and it actually worked out pretty well. It doesn’t run around or try to take off the coat! I’m planning on doing some beadwork tomorrow afternoon and running some errands outside of the house, but want to make the other one of these, and maybe start on my bathrobe (M5348) I’ve been stalling on. I’m alsoRead the rest…

If you haven’t read the previous post, go back here to catch up. There’s a nice close-up of the fabric in that post too. 8) I headed out to my craft room after doing the grocery shopping today and got to work on this hoping to finish it today. I followed the directions almost exactly, except where the upper part meets the lower, I used a French seam to hide the raw edges. Everything seemed to be going along nicely, until I tried it on. The back gaped something awful. There was at least 3 1/2 inches of extra fabric back there, even though I had been super careful in cutting everything and had taken my measurements just a days before. I didn’t want to completely deconstruct the top (those French seams take time to pick out) so instead I ripped out the seam connecting the top to the bottom in an area in the center back about 6 inches wide. I already knew how much needed to come out of the back, and had pinned up the excess and was still able to pull it on and off easily, so I went ahead and cut the excess off fromRead the rest…

I started washing all my cotton fabrics in my bins today, which while the first load was half actual laundry, the next two were fabric only. After it was washed and dried, I measured each piece, refolding it, and then pinning a note onto it so I know how much is there at a glance later. Part of my problem with the fabric I do have is not knowing how much is actually there. If its all clearly labeled, I have no excuses for not being able to put a piece to good use, and I’ll hopefully be doing less buying of cuts I don’t really need. I got it done today but it was tough as its hot back there in my craft room and there was a lot of fabric to fold and measure. The plus side is some of the pieces were still sealed in plastic and clearly marked as to how much fabric was there, so I saved the labels and just pinned them back on the cuts afterwards. Of course they all need a good ironing, but I’ll worry about that as it comes up. While I was folding and measuring all that fabric, IRead the rest…

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…