Saturday, December 29, 2012

Last projects of 2012

With only a few days left I am sewing a couple of projects......this McCall's 5050 top which I am making into a dress........

Project #2 is this girls sparkly tunic top from Hannah Montana Simplicity 3514 pattern.  

My daughter picked out this pattern a few years ago when I first started sewing clothes & I thought I better sew it before its too late!  I have been having  issues with the freaking sleeves so hopefully I will get it done for her to wear on New Year's Eve.

I would like to thank all my blog friends & followers for your comments & emails this past year as I really appreciate your support!  It has been kinda of slow sewing this past year for me with major house renovations, my illness, Confirmation, another daughter graduating & yet another entering high school.....meanwhile I am going back to college to attain yet another degree so hopefully I will have more time in 2013 to sew more projects.  Life is great right now!

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year & & happiness.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cape Dress

I had 2 meters of this knit sweater fabric & thought to make a cape dress of my own design.

Very easy to make....measure for neckline & sew the 2 sides up at around 18 inches.  I used my serger for the hem.

I made the neck so it would be a little off the shoulder & added grosgrain ribbon for a tie around the waist with a front bow.   This is my comfy at home dress but I have worn it with black tights & wedges for date night which I will post on my Photo Diary Blog when I get some pics!

Sew you later!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

1 pattern...3 dresses

I have been going through my fabric collection & trying to use some of it up before I buy more.  I have had this pink plaid fabric for a couple of years now & have made 4 dresses with it already!  I still have enough leftover for a maxi skirt.

I used this easy McCall's pattern 6199.  I altered the pattern for the pink plaid dress by taking in the sides about 2 inches so there was no need for a belt.

The long sleeve version with black lace added to neckline & sleeves.

My bold print flower dress from the summer.  If you want a real easy dress to make this is the pattern!

Sew you later!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Exposed Minnie Dress

My "Minnie"dress was finished on time!

 I used New Look 6934 pattern but with an exposed zipper.

 I am most happy with the hot pink lining....some hand stitching but worth it.

 The front.....for some reason the skirt pattern does not have a time I will make one myself.

 For the exposed zipper I used Gertie's  you tube tutorial.  Very easy to learn & follow along!  She is awesome too.

 love how the inside looks

Sew you later!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Spooky sewing

Made some more circle skirts this weekend for me & the this reflective cotton skull fabric.  I added lace trim for the hem.

for these glow in the dark pj shorts, I used the pattern from the sewing book Sweet Nothings.

I hope to finish my "Minnie" dress in time for Halloween!

 Sew you later!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pink Circle Skirt

I have been sewing some easy projects lately & this circle skirt is one of them.

 I used my own simple pattern with a little help from mini-me.

I added the blue gingham bias tape on the outside hem to go with my blue lace up rainboots!

Sew you later!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

glamorous side clutch


 I saw a similar clutch at a designer store while I was visiting Seattle a few weeks ago.  I did not like the high end price so I thought of a way to make my own.

 I had this hide of turquoise leather from a project last year & cut on the grain.  I have a Caboodle full of beads & chose these ones.

I used my Skull clutch that I made last year as a template & made it basically the same way except I made this one with a flap.

 I cut the leather a little thick so I could thread on the beads & tied knots to the ends.

I did break 2 leather other 1960's Singer sewing machine had just called it quits so I used my newer one.

Love my new true blue clutch!

Sew you later!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Epic Fail

I found myself this past weekend with a whole day of sewing....I was so excited to get started on a fall wardrobe.  I chose this McCall's 5702 dress jumper that had a 9 piece pattern but seemed OK for me to tackle.  But maddeningly after 6 hours of sewing when I tried on the jumper it fell right off me.  The sleeves and bodice were not the correct size even though I cut out to my measurements.  Those sleeves were a pain to fit in as the wool was thick so there was no way to take out all those seams without the wool coming apart.  I chose this pattern for the pockets so after I threw the jumper across my sewing room floor, I calmed down (glass of wine) & cut off the top & made into a skirt.

 I used this soft thick wool that I had leftover from my crazy cape making nights a couple of years ago.

For the turtleneck I used this off white Ponte de Roma knit & the oh so easy Burda pattern
that I have made a couple times.

Here I am happier the next day going to work...not quite the jumper I planned for our rainy cold days but I like this skirt with the big pockets.  Do you try & save some of your epic fail sewing projects?  If so....send me a link I would love to see how you turned your projects around!

Sew you later!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Modern Mother Daughter

I had a day off today & was relaxing around the house in my maxi skirt that I made last year.  I used  2 meters of fabric & a 3 inch wide black elastic band & side easy!


  My youngest really likes the fabric & asked me to make her a dress.  I did not have enough leftover of this thick cotton but I thought of a pattern I had just bought on sale.

This McCalls 6607 tunic top.

This has to be the easiest pattern ever with only 3 pieces!

We both love the cut of this tunic & I am usually not a "tunic" person.  I serged the hem & the inside of the cowl with a pink/white thread as I was too lazy to change the thread in my serger.

We have been having a beautiful fall weather lately that its hard to believe it was our Thanksgiving long sunny & warm to walk off some of that turkey & stuffing!

Sew you later!

Friday, September 28, 2012

easy Vogue

 I have been sewing this summer just was not up to posting but now that summer is over I finally found the time to post this easy Vogue 8380 project.


 I used this cotton batiste that I already had but it it was not enough so I had to cut the fabric a little different than the pattern.

I learned a few new sewing techniques from this project such as understitching the armhole made a neat stitch & finish.

This will be a around the house dress or nightgown though because even with my careful measuring the bodice was a little small.   I will be making this dress again for next summer because I really like the style!

Sew you later!