Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My last garment contribution...

I don't think I will be doing a mad dash job of sewing anything tonight :) so this is my last garment for the year.  I used Butterick 5917 and used a total of 2.5 yards for the dress and 2 yards for the muslin.

Happy New Year Everyone, and it's been great sewing along with you.

Next year I will be running the Make a Garment a Month Challenge, if you want to join that.  You can find out more here.

Monday, December 30, 2013

December Project Completed [ Simplicity 5104]

Simplicity 5104
A-line skirt

Red/Black Baby Soft Corduroy
2 1/2 yds from stash

December  has been a really busy month,  I didn't
think I would get a garment made and posted..
But , I did!!!! Yea!!

This skirt was already cut out, and I have made it
several times .. So the fitting was already done.
Made for a quick/easy sew.. Tiny waist band
in front and elastic in the back. Side zipper.
It is such a lovely soft corduroy fabric.. Will
be really nice /warm  during our winter.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Better Late Than Never Right?


.....as the saying goes. I made the vest in November. The skirt does not count. It was made sometimes last year...I think. But I am trying to squeeze some things in before the original deadline. So being off from work these couple of holiday days would be a good time to play catch up. So, better late than never.

1 and 1/4 yards for the vest and 1/4 yard for the stocking.
(December made)
     You can read more here for the vest and here for the stocking.  

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Simplicity 3961

Well, I cannot believe I actually have an item to post on this blog considering I fell off the radar for a few months LOL

The above skirt was made from approximately 2 yards of fabric I have had in my stash for at least 2 years.   I used piping to break up the front and back skirt panels since the fabric is so busy.   I inserted a lapped zipper and used snaps at the waistband in lieu of buttons.

The skirt is a little big on me since I have lost some weight and did not take that into consideration.  It can still be worn though so that is all that matters to me.

Decades of Style-Fringe front dress

Sorry, don't have a picture yet, but will post a  review on Pattern Review.  I sewed Decades of Style-Fringe Front dress.  Hoped to wear it to a cocktail party, but couldn't get it done. Used four yards total, 3 on the dress itself, and one on a muslin of the top to check for fit.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

All mixed up

This is clearly the wrong holiday.  However, I did manage to finish a quilt kit that has been languishing for over 2 years.  I guess it would be about 4 yds or so?
Happy Holidays everyone!

Merry Christmas and the 2014 Make a Garment a Month Challenge...

Hello Style the Stash sewists,

The year is almost over and we have sewn lots of stash - so far a minimum of  760 yards. There are a lot of unquantified  garments, so the total must be over 800 yards.  What a fantastic effort from all of you.

I've noticed that every challenge has a natural trajectory, and I think this challenge is no exception.  Over time, people need to do other things, and the challenge slowly dwindles.  This one is as well, and that is as it should be.

So I think this blog should close at the end of the year.  For those of you still interested in sewing along with others, I have started a new challenge -the Make a Garment a Month Challenge - you will find it here.  Some of you are already taking part in this challenge, but if you are not, and would like to join, just send me an email - my address is stylishsarah251@gmail.com.

I'll write the final post for this blog on the 31st of December.

I would like to thank you all for taking part in this stash busting sew-a-long and making it such a success.  I'd also like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Sewing Year.

Sarah Liz

Thursday, December 19, 2013

V 1247 Finally finished

At long last - Rachel Comey for Vogue Patterns (1247) is finished.  I used up 2 yards of lawn for the top and 1.5 yards of calico for the skirt.  I also made a muslin for the top, and that would have taken 1.5 yards of stash as well.  So in total, 5 yards in this little outfit.

If you want more views of this outfit click here.

Sarah Liz :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Sewcialite: Sewcial Etiquette Lesson #10

Let me first say that I've done a terrible job with this challenge...

I keep buying more and more fabric and ignoring the stash I already had!

I tried my hand at making something with this fabric I bought months ago, but as a sewing newbie it was so hard for me to work with! I actually gave up on finishing the dress *hangs head in shame*

I'll try this pattern again because I really like it, though!

More pics are here on my blog.

Until next time, loves!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Wrap Dress- Spot on Fabric

Pattern Description: Butterick 5674 Close fitting, lined dress has front overlay, shoulder and waist pleats, and back invisible zipper.

Fabric used: 2 1/8 yards 60" wide

Pattern Sizing: 6-20
Line Art
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but I got confused for some reason with the bodice. I know this was easy, but not for me on that day.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It is a beautiful pattern and I like that the skirt is closed and one doesn't have to worry about trying to keep the overlay closed. During the eighties, I made one that I'd consider a wrap dress with two curved front panels and keeping it closed was a serious issue.
Fabric Used: ITY Knit for the dress and performance knit from JoAnn's for the lining. The dress ended up being very heavy. I did find a couple of online fabric stores that I'll be able to order tricot.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 1 1/4'' was added to the length and 1'' was added to the back to waist length and panel.

Would you sew it again? I plan to just to see why the lined bodice required so much of my brain power.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Conclusion: In my notes, I did write a few strategies for my assistance during the next process. Let's see if I'll understand them. Sew the lining to bodice and stitch across the shoulder. Tack left bodice top to the top of the lining and the right bodice to the waist.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Spot on Fabric

Fabric Used: 13/4 yards 60"
Pattern Description: Butterick 5190 is a sleeveless dress, top, jacket, and pant pattern.
Pattern Sizing: 8-24
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were finished sewing it? Yes, but with sleeves.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love this pattern because it doesn't require a lot of fabric and it is a very simple pattern. There is nothing that I dislike about it.
Fabric Used: ITY knit
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I goofed on the alterations and didn't alter the bodice. Sleeves from another Butterick pattern.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Conclusion: This time I goofed! I forgot to decrease the bodice to a size 14 which made the dress too large. We discussed wearing a jacket with it until we can make the alterations.
Strolling through the patterns, I spotted this Vogue 8825 with the model wearing a duplication of ITY fabric which I had purchased.
There is different wrap dress planned from the same fabric for another special person.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Major Save

This is my November garment a month.  We will pretend that I didn't have to do anything to it on December 1st.  Read my blog entry for more on that.
2.5 yards of wool + 2.5 yds of lining on this one.

That's all for now!

Muslins use Stash Too...

Hi everyone,

Everyone gets busy at this time of year - with various festivities being celebrated or due to be celebrated.

And, many of you are making winter garments, which always take longer than summer ones.

So it is no wonder our stash total is slowly dropping. So I thought I would start December off with a small contribution :)

 I have just made a muslin which is not going to be made into a dress just yet.

You can see the problem - an overbaggy, saggy back.  If you are interested in the fitting problems I am having with this dress, please read about them  here.

The total stash used was 2 yards.

Sarah Liz

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A bit of holiday sewing....

My stocking advent calendar is complete.

This used up about 2 yards of quilting cotton.  See more of the details on my blog.

Faux leather skirt

I just completed sewing V8750, my third version of this skirt.  I used a faux leather purchased 11 months ago from Sawyer Brooks.  I purchased it with the intent of making a peplum top.  Obviously becoming a skirt was more of its destiny.

This was a great faux leather fabric to sew; sewing this type fabric requires patience and being sure of each sewing step you will take.  If you have to remove stitches you will have holes left and some pressing with steam and press cloth will help but those needle holes do not totally disappear.

I ran into some mishaps with installing the zipper and fortunately I had enough fabric to cut all three back pattern pieces again.  This skirt is also my November Garment of the Month.

I took photos of the skirt on the hanger and not on me as I was not "made up" for photography.  I will post photos of me wearing at another time on my blog. The first photo is the front of the skirt; the second is the back and the third is a close up of the topstitching.

You can go here to read more postings about the skirt progression if you like.  I used 1 1/2 yards of fabric.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Emily's Poodle Skirt

Emily's [granddaughter] Poodle Skirt

Check out  my blog for more details.
 I used 3 1/2 yds of stash for this project.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My November Garment

This has not been a good month for sewing  but I have managed to make a simple skirt - so I can contribute to the stash total this month after all :)

This piece of fabric has sat in my stash for a long time.  It was a box pleat skirt originally, then became a piece of stash of about 1.5 yards.

I'm glad it is out of the stash.  If you want to find out more about this skirt:

Sarah Liz

Baby Shower Sewing

Last Sunday I went to my first ever baby shower, my DD's friend is having twins in the New Year. This has not been a straightforward journey for her and I am delighted that she is having a little girl and a little boy, very exciting.

Well, here is the young Mum-to-Be in the maternity dress I made for her, when she was at the height of 'all day sickness' and feeling terrible ...
... and now you can see why the fabric choice was perfect for her! She loves this dress and I am so pleased to have been able to make such an individual dress for her.

I'd never made baby shower gifts before so I kept it simple:
I had bought some clothes and hooded baby towels so I made drawstring bags to put them in - I thought they'd come in handy for storing nappies or as laundry bags for the babies.
And a couple of matching tag blankets. I've seen these about (they hadn't been invented when my children were born) and I made sure to use ribbons of different colours and textures. Everything is very securely sewn, just to be on the safe side, and I used flannel on the back to give another texture.
I know they're simple but S was really pleased with them.

The fabrics were from my precious stash bought in Japan last year, both of theses were from Yuzawaya. I only had a metre of each - all I have left is scraps :)

So that's 2 metres for me so far in November Sarah Liz :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

3 new blouses, 1 dress/tunic and yards of stash reduced

Hi group~I have been diligently working through some stash, and found the perfect patterns to use.  S 3530 is a Pattern Runway pattern for a dress or tunic, and has loads of variations possible for sleeves, yoke, trims and length.  It's OOP but I think it is totally worth picking up.  It is not a great pattern for someone just starting out-there are pleats, a circular yoke, odd shaped sleeves and a confusing set of instructions.  Recommended for intermediate and beyond or a beginner with grit.

The next pattern is a quick sew and makes up into a feminine blouse.  I actually made three blouses from V 8906, and will definitely make more.  This is one of those patterns which will get ironed onto interfacing in order to save it for the future.  It has 2 sets of darts front and back, magyar sleeves and a soft V neck formed when the blouse is buttoned.

So, here are some photos of my "makes", and a link to my blog post for those interested.  I will be
writing and posting complete reviews over at PR in the next day or so.  V 8906 below
Simplicity 3530 on my dressform:  

Stash used: V 8906 5 yards total
                  S 3530 3 yards total 

             Grand total 8 yards!!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lots and Lots of Sewing!

I had a great weekend of sewing and made several new garments. One I'm uncertain about but it used yardage so...

I used a total 7.5 yards. All but the above mentioned project is on the Blog.

Maria Denmark Kimono tee (1 yard)

McCall's 6844 (version 3 - 2 yards)

Simplicity 2054 (2 yards)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Stash Buster for 2014 and Comments Pop Up/Replies

Hi everyone.

A few of you would like to keep going with our group next year.  I am quite happy to do this, but I think it would be great to also use the New Year to tweak the project, or make some positive alterations to keep things fresh so our motivation remaikns.

I'm also running the Make a Garment a Month Challenge, and I think there is scope to create a sewing community with multiple participants and interests.  

I have my thinking cap on, and will be looking at options that make this viable without overloading me!!   I think what works is the fact that there is very much a human aspect to our small group, and I would like to keep this feeling.

What do you all think ?

I have also changed the comment set up.  Heather was having difficulty commenting on this blog and other blogger blogs.  I have heard other people who also have trouble.  Heather is experienced with computers, so I asked her what could I do to help solve the problem.   It seems that either cookies can be allowed (but this opens up the user to other vulnerabilities) or the comments on blogger can be altered from embedded to pop up.  I have changed the setting on this blog to pop up.   

This means the reply section is not there - but just use the comment box as a sort of running thread.

I hope this helps.  And thanks Heather, for your input.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Sarah Liz

Monday, November 11, 2013

project # I've lost count

I am still sewing here in Oregon.  Winter is coming, and the nights are very cold at 4500ft.  We have had glorious fall days and crisp nights.  The horses are feeling pretty frisky-yesterday I walked out to the far pasture to get Nick, and he was all sweaty.  He and Chiger were playing and with Nick's heavy coat, he got too hot.  I am sewing heavier fabrics so I can be like Nick.

This is Vogue 8906 in a red corduroy.  The color is a true red, very vibrant and deep.  I did not alter for petite and kept the length long in order to balance the weight of the fabric and the length of the 3/4 length sleeves.

I sewed it one size down from the suggestion as I wanted a fitted, 40's silhouette.  There are 2 darts in front and 2 in back.  Each dart is released into a vent above and below.  The darts are edgestitched on either side.
The back is difficult to fit because of the magyar (batwing) sleeves and the vents.  I sewed each dart a bit higher and also took in about 1/2 inch on the upper back center seam.  The back will never lie smoothly as the design allows for the upper vents to be "open" when you use your arms.
Finishing included hem lace in orange (just for fun) and some pink vintage buttons.  I'll wear this blouse with jeans, and with black, grey or printed slacks.