Saturday, August 31, 2013

More Deuglification and a Tutorial

I have been continuing to upgrade some items in my house.  There was this....

OK, this wasn't my purchase.  We rented a fully furnished apartment 5 years ago, and we've let this lovely sit in our entryway for all that time.  I finally had enough and bought 3/4 yard of some Amy Butler cotton/linen mix and recovered it.....

I also started to sew hubby a pair of shorts. There is a new pattern company in Canada that is doing some nice men's stuff.  They are called Thread Theory.  These are the Jedediah Shorts (there's also a pant option).  I followed the directions for the front pockets, but added a double welt pocket to the back.  They are meant to roll up, so making the binding for the leg seams took a good long while.  Hope to finish these over the weekend!

 My first ever double welt pockets.
And, I finally got motivated to do that tutorial.  Here it is!!  This is only my second tutorial, so please let me know if something isn't crystal clear!

Summer Tank, Dress and Jersey Cowl Top

Hello ladies....
Here are my three projects that I made just before my holidays. The summer tank and dress based on Burdastyle free pattern - summer tank top 05/2013 size 34/36 and the cowl top based on Jersey Cowl Top 03/2013 size 34 with adjustment on the waist.
Fabric used:
- summer tank top : 1.5 yards of printed rayon
- summer dress      : 2 yards of very soft printed cotton
- cowl top              : 1.25 yards of jersey in strong pink color.
More details of these projects in my blog,

Happy sewing and have a great weekend!

Friday, August 30, 2013

A dress & some surprises - my August total

Hi Everyone

I'm afraid my August total is pretty measly compared to July.  I've been frantically busy at work so haven't managed to take my weekly non-working days.  Despite that I've ticked off some important sewing milestones, at least they are for me!

"Autumn in Tokyo" dress - my contribution to The
Sew Weekly Reunion challenge, to make something in the Pantone Fall 2013 colours

Firstly, Butterick B5450 (blogged about in detail here) - not only does this mean I managed to take part in The Sew Weekly Reunion, it was also my Sewlution to make a fitted dress and conquer my bust.  Two accomplishments in one!

I'm really pleased with how it turned out - this feels like a significant sewing 'ta dah' moment for me!  I really took my time to try to figure out how to make the bust fit comfortably, but still have shape and no gaping at the back of the neck.  I don't seem to be very quick at this but it's starting to make sense.  Having put the hard work in I'm already planning a second version.

And proof of the amount of stash I used - 2.2 metres
The cost is in Japanese yen - about £2.90 from a Tokyo flea market

Secondly, I have a list of gifts I have been planning to make - I've had the stash fabrics picked out and set aside for sometime and I completed 2 of them this week.  I can't share at the moment as they look like this ...

... as the recipients don't have them yet.  I used stash but I've read the pattern and it says 1.5 yards for each, so that's another 3 yards.

I think that makes my total for August just over 5 yards.  It's a shame it's not as much as the fabric that's come into this house over the last 4 weeks!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A fail, a muslin and progress

I made the Megan Nielsen Briar sweater and tshirt this week.  It took 1 yd of stash.  Unfortunately, I look like a porn star in this length shirt, so I have already gifted this one and plan another.

Then, I took a tee from the old tshirt pile and gave the Baby Ringer Onesie pattern a try.  I foresee an assembly line operation soon to make a slew of these.  The only fabric I used on this other than an old tshirt was about 2 inches of ribbing.   This is a free pattern and comes in sizes 3, 6 and 9 months.

In other news.... my dirndl is progressing.

I used about 1 yard of white batist for this undershirt, and about 1 yard of fabric on the apron.  This was all in Burda 6038. The muslin for the dress is now adjusted, so I should be able to whip up the rest this weekend.

Posting Kathy's August Stashbuster

Hi everyone,

Kathy has sent me an email detailin her August stashbuster project:

Hi Everyone,
My August project is finished except for the hem which is just pinned up. I wanted to get it photographed before the big move this week. The pattern is a McCalls but I can't tell you the number as my sewing gear is all packed and my memory cells have gone on strike.

I hope to make another dress for summer when my new sewing room is up and running.

An easy dress for fall-#15 stashbuster

Here is V 8871

using jersey I have had for about 2 years (when were dots trendy?).

 This is a wonderful pattern-if you love dresses, and knits=>this is a win win for you :-)  I am definitely going to make more of this twirly, cute dress.  I think a more substantial knit will work better for me, but this is okay.  It looks cute with a belt also.

Fabric used 2 3/8 yards

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

another 7.7 yards used this month...

I've been busy this month making casual clothes that have been on the summer list for years - I just never quite got around to making them. So this month I decided to ignore a few other things I probably should have been doing, and finally made them.  Two pairs of pants (7/7 length) and a skirt.  I was going to make a little cotton throw on wearable muslin jacket, but it turned out to be a learning muslin instead.  This is why:

Although I took in the shoulders and part of the back, it is still far too baggy and large.  If you are interested in what alterations are needed, go to:

The skirt and pants were a success though - and those of you who know me, know I have spent a lot of time this year working out how to fit pants.

Black 7/8 pants

Navy 7/8 pants

Straight Skirt
If you want to know what pattern I used for the pants, visit my blog:
That's a total of 7.7 yards of cotton drill out of my stash...

Sarah Liz

Using up those quilt experimentation blocks

I made three pillows from some blocks I had laying around, plus a tote bag.

Total guess here on yardage.  Maybe 3/4 yard on the blocks and lining for the bag and 2 yards of background fabric for all of it?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Clearing the Decks

My sewing time has been sucked up trying to finish a pair of baby quilts for twin girls due soon.

I wouldn't normally show quilts on this blog, but it was a total stash buster.  The quilt on the right started a couple years ago with the strip of triangles that I got as a door prize.  It was my first really improv quilt and became my practice piece as I was learning to free motion quilt on my home machine.

This spring, I was at the same quilt shop as the triangles came from, but attended the shop hop with non-quilting friends so came home with enough 2.5" block door prizes to make a quilt top.  The binding fabric for these quilts qualifies as ULTIMATE STASH as it was stash fabric that became curtains for my girl's room, which then returned to the stash during a re-decorate about 6-8 years ago.  The reason the quilt on the left is smaller is that I decided to use up some weird poly batting I found in the garage.  It wasn't until I was in the process of quilting that I recalled it was a high loft batting I bought to try a machine trapunto technique.

Stash used:  7 yards cotton fabric, 4 yards batting.

I had promised my daughter we would spend this weekend sewing back to school clothes.

She stayed up all night gaming.

So instead, I made a pair of these shopping bags to deliver the baby quilts.

Stash used:  1.5 yards

As always..more details at my blog.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

August sewing

I've entered the Sewing for Children contest on PR. I made the Peekaboo Patterns Annabelle jacket in purple (size 6 mos), turquoise (size 4T) and hot pink (size 12 mos). They will all be gifted to the cute little girls of some good friends.

I also whipped up another M6519 when I got a little bored part way into jacket #3

All reviewed on my blog

6.5 yards of fabric used.

I am hoping to crank out a pair of pants this month before gearing up for the PR mini wardrobe contest sewing.

Advance 8190 fist steps

After Studio Faro has solved the puzzle of this vintage pattern Advance 8190 I decided to give it a try.
vintage pattern Advance 8190
I have dug out this light pink jersey and after making sure there is enough fabric to make a wearable test model I fist started to make a pattern.
Pink wearable muslin - Advance 8190
Check my blog for more here and shortly here.
I used in total  1,50 m jersey -  1,09 yard.
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Follow up on UFO's

After almost one month break it is time to pick up all UFO's I left behind. I am so far behide you all here... I admire all creations placed on this blog by you and I hope I will catch up soon.
I am not so sure where to start ... on the list of UFO's so far:
the Marfy dress 3096 – the muslin is ready. The next step is to cut it from a fashion fabric. I will make a look B – the majority of the comments was as well for this colour combination.Vogue dress 8648 – the muslin is ready and now it is just a mutter of cutting it from a fabric.Vogue dress 8648 – all pieces are cut and prepare for sewing.Man's jacket Burda 8135 – the muslin is cut and I have made first fitting. It is long running project. I don't think I would be able to finish it this month.vintage Advance 8190 wrap top – not yet started officially but since Studio Faro has made the test model I have to do this top.
Vintage Advance 8190 wrap top

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August Stashbushing - it's a fail for me!

Hello there!  I think this is probably my first post for August, because I've been a massive failure at stashbusting this month.

There are a couple of reasons for this. 

I have been sewing, but I've spent quite a bit of time making a wedding dress for someone else.  When I have been sewing for myself, it's been from - shock, horror - NEW fabric.

I've made 2 dresses this month - both versions of the Anna dress from By Hand London, which is a wonderful pattern by the way.  The fabric for both of these was new to my stash, one piece bought at the end of July to cheer myself up after a dentist visit, and the other bought a couple of weeks ago specifically for the dress it became.

Even worse, I added three more pieces of fabric to my stash this month, and I have another on the way.

These are the fabrics that are new:

Top left: the Ikat print viscose that became my second Anna.
Top right: Grey cable patterned jersey.
Bottom left: Bright red viscose jersey.
Bottom right: Floral print viscose.

If it makes things any better all the fabrics were purchased with projects in mind.  They will all be dresses of some description.  I'm also waiting for 3 metres of navy wool/cashmere/poly blend to make a coat.

Now they have become part of my stash, I will hopefully be "busting" at least a couple of them quite soon, and you'll see the results here.

Non-garment sewing

Got two quick projects done this week.
1. A new lamp shade to replace a torn paper one.  This is doubled, so used the better part of 2 yards that I got at the discount fabric shop last weekend.
2. And some new pattern weights using this tutorial.  This project really only took a fat quarter of fabric to get done.  I used some batting in stash to line them.  They are stuffed with coins and lentils to weight them down.

That's all for now, but plenty more projects on the horizon!

Red Rayon

Hi everyone! I'm Zoe and I'm new here. I blog over at Etsy Addict and I have been sewing for 2 years.

I've had this red rayon in my stash for awhile now and bought it on sale, 2.5 metres for $10!

I started with this pattern and used a severely altered View E. The skirt is a half circle skirt. I used 1cm facings and topstitched to finish the neckline. An invisible zipper is in the centre back seam.

A close up view. Also, the hem isn't actually wonky, it is just the weird angle my knee is that dipped the hem!

Kwik Sew-NOT! Project #14

Here is my patio dress I have fiddled with until the stitching is worn.  I used KS 3872 and you can read my review of the pattern here on PatternReview.  Even after two alterations for width of the yoke, I still need to adjust the fit or the straps slide right off. :-)

The dress called for 2 1/2 yards of fabric.

In other news, it is still smokey from forest fires here in southern Oregon and we are all suffering a bit from the effects.  Some people in the Grants Pass area have moved to the coast with their RVs to avoid the smoke, and others are looking for places to board their performance horses.  I have been riding VERY lightly, and my old Anglo Arab is a handful right now because I am limiting exercise.  Nick, the Curly, is still his regular self=laid back and lazy and willful.

Hope everyone is enjoying sewing and crafting.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

It's been a while

Long time, no posting.

I had trouble w/ my sewing machine, which finally got resolved at the end of July.  Cause of problem:  An incorrect bobbin case was in the machine...Go figure, but it is fixed, and I am happy with it now.

There has been sewing, but have been lazy about taking pictures, etc. 

Finally, I got the gumption up to snap a shot of a pillow I have made for my mom's birthday in September.

It has yellow and brown ribbon roses all over it.  I made a simple envelope style pillow case and used a ready-made pillow form.  My mom loves pillows, so this will be perfect for her birthday. 

I used about 1/4 yard of fabric for this.

Take care!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

M I A ... of sorts.

Despite what the lack of posts or comments would suggest, I've actually been getting stuck into a lot of sewing.

I entered the 2 month Stash Challenge at Patternreview sewed just over 54metres of stash. You can catch up here if you're interested. This gave me a chance to get some home dec out of the way, some much needed pet gear sewn and a headstart with a travel wardrobe.

My totals: June  18.9m
                 July   35.25m

This past two weeks, Patternreview had a Menswear Challenge which gave me the chance to sew a couple of shirts for DH.

They are both from the same KwikSew pattern 3422. I had 2 pieces of chambray in the stash - one pale blue, the other a darker blue.   The light blue is topstitched in white, while the darker blue is topstitched in navy. Both shirts have flat-felled seams throughout.  The fabric was only 90cm wide, so the shirts needed 3m each, so another 6m gone from the stash. Woo!hoo!