Thursday, October 31, 2013

Polka dot Cami dress and Around the World Skirt (item numbers 98 and 97)

I managed to whip these 2 quickly, and just in time for October's Style the Stash!

1) Cami dress:
I made this dress from some lovely white on black polka dot cotton fabric which I found in my stash along with some other black on white polka dot fabric (which I made into a skirt). I instantly decided it would make an ideal Cami dress, but without sleeves.

Unlike my first Cami dress, this is unlined.  To add some extra interest (and because I've become polka dot mad) I used polka buttons. I also made a peter pan style collar, by drafting curved edges on the collar pattern provided in the original pattern.

I plan to wear this mainly in the summer, with a simple black cardigan during the cooler months.  I adore this dress pattern, and plan to make some more in the near future, but I think I'm done with the polka dots - when you start dreaming about spots, I generally take that as a sign!

Amount of fabric used: 2.5m

2) Around the world skirt:

This is a secret sewing project I had in mind for months and months.  I first saw a skirt on a blog called Extra Petite and fell head over heels.  It took a while for me to source the fabric, but I found it and then I got ambitious.  I self drafted a pencil skirt pattern from scratch, and (get this!!!) I included a kick pleat.  It is fully lined and I even matched the seams at the back (well almost).  The only issue is, because I was a bit mean, I only purchased 1 meter of this fabric, and I really should have purchased at least 1.5m to 2m in order to properly match the seams.  The pattern repeat was larger than I thought it would be, but I don't think it looks too bad.

This is my first self drafted pattern, my first ever kick pleat and my first attempt to match the seams using a patterned fabric.  

Now this is a seriously 'loud' print for me, so I'm teaming it up with tailored jackets and simple tops to tone it down. The fabric is a heavy cotton/linen mix, so great for Autumn and Winter wear.

I have some of the lining fabric left, and I'm thinking of making a Sorbetto top with a patch pocket made from the scraps left over from the skirt. But I will see how it goes.

Amount of fabric used: 1m plus 1m lining

More information about how I made these garments will be posted shortly on my blog.

Thanks for reading, happy sewing :)

The stash attack skirt (aka 2 down, 98 to go!)


Hope you are all well.

I have been sewing like a mad person of late, and sorting out my fabric stash, rediscovering long forgotten sewing projects.

Last Sunday, whilst organising my stash, I discovered I had 2 types of black polka dot (with white spots) fabric - one with big spots, the other with smaller spots.  I've decided that I'm going through a polka dot phase.

That night I had a dream about making a polka dot skirt - (yes, I'm now dreaming about sewing - definitely a polka dot phase - ahem!), so the following evening I did a quick internet search, and found a great tutorial on Tilly and the buttons.  I made this skirt from start to finish in about 3 hours (I went to bed late that night).

The fabric is a lovely thick, crisp 100% cotton. The buttons are self covered and added to the back to the skirt, with pockets using the pattern from the Cami dress pattern by Pauline Alice I completed a few weeks ago. I'm going to team the skirt with a sleeveless white cotton shirt with black piping and a simple black cardigan (not shown).

I completed the hem the next day, as it was suggested I should allow the skirt to hang for a few hours before completing.  So now I have a great polka dot skirt, using only materials from my sewing room.  See dreams do come true! On that note I'm going to bed and looking forward to a good night's sleep - I want a Chanel handbag.

Amount of fabric used: 2 metres

Happy sewing :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mauve Staight Skirt

Pattern Description:  McCall's 5523  straight skirt, mid-knee length, has side zipper and faced waistline; view A has shaped lower back flounce
Stash Used: 1 1/4 yards 60"

Pattern Sizing: 4-18
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
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it has several styles in the one pattern.
Fabric Used: Mauve polyester poplin
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Added 1 1/2 inches to waist, 3 inches to hips, and 1 1/2 inches to length.
Would you sew it again? Yes Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Conclusion: The skirt is short so measure the hemline and make adjustments before cutting.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Another bit of stash gone...

Well, the month is drawing to a close, so I thought I better get this skirt finished and post it.  I used up a yard of 120 cm wide stretch cotton twill.

Details here:

I have cut lots of stash out though, so next month I will post those garments...all styled and sewn into a capsule collection.

Happy sewing...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Going Backward -- Sewing with someone else's stash

I finally got something done!

This used 2.75 yards of my friend Kate's stash for a fellow knitter expecting in a couple of weeks.  I am really happy with my results.
Read more about it at my blog.  The short version is that I used this tutorial together with this tutorial  which adds the cool outer pockets.  I had the sheep fabric in stash, and thought that it was a nice touch for a knitter's gift.
It is really a good size, so I will be making myself one soon!

Super Sewing Mojo

I have the bug. The Sewing Bug!

I took Friday off work and had myself a little "sew-cation". For my efforts, I have new pants (Simplicity 2700) and a top (Butterick 5965) . I also recently made another Maria Denmark Kimono Tee.

Used 4 yards of fabric from the stash. The floral top is one of the very first pieces of fabric I purchased when I started sewing!

Wearing the pants above, before they were hemmed :)

As usual, more info on the blog!

I made a purse

I've actually been sewing but I am not good at taking pictures of my garments. One of these days, I catch up on all of the garments that I  have made. I am guessing that I have used at least 60 or more yards of stash fabric since this challenge started. I did finally take pictures of my most recent project.

Stitcher's Guild had a bag sewalong last weekend. I decided to make a bag for a work trip next week. I used Sewing Workshop L2 bag for my pattern. I've had this pattern in the stash for a while. This is a big bag. I used a double sided zebra print that came from the stash. The lining was a purple polyester that has been in the stash for a while. Everyting that I used for this project came from the stash. I probably used 2 yards of fabric. I made some changes to the pattern including adding two extra inches in width. The pattern is well drafted and the directions are easy to follow.

Friday, October 25, 2013

New Pants, times two

I got busy this week and stitched up two pairs of pants.
First, in a dull green twill:
Second, in a purple denim:
The green twill was probably the oldest fabric in my stash. I'm glad to finally be using it. I bought it in 2006 during a vacation in Chicago. I love to purchase fabric as souvenirs. Fabric is my favorite item to shop for!

Yardage used: 1.25 yds and 1 yd

Read more on my blog here.

SaralizSewStyle October Challenge Complete!

Pattern Description:  Cardigan - Simplicity 2474 Easy with front band
Dress - Butterick 5190 Sleeveless semi-fitted, pull over the head dress.
Fabric Used: Jacket - 1 7/8 yards of 60"   Dress - 1 1/2 yards of 60"

Misook Black+Blue Jacket/Cardigan


While snooping on the internet, I spotted this color block jacket which will be my inspiration. The fabric will be a teal polyester with brown polyester poplin trim. The patterns of choice are Simplicity 2474 with a sleeveless dress from Simplicity 5190.
Pattern Sizing:
Jacket: 10-28w
Dress: 8-24
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
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like both patterns.
Fabric Used: Lightweight teal double knit/brown polyester poplin
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Cardigan- Bands were added to the sleeves. Dress- Four inches were added to the length of the dress.
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Conclusion: I'm very pleased with the final outcome of this outfit.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pathetic, but My Only Stash Down for October

The flurry of activity ended last Friday, but all I managed to do over the weekend was collapse on my couch and sleep.  So, there have been no completed garments all month!  I have one weekend left in October, and it contains three days thanks to an Austrian national holiday, so I hope that changes soon.  For now, I'll be content to gift some leftover African prints to a friend.  She has little girls, so she can make something out of the smaller fabric pieces, or she was thinking of an African patchwork-type skirt.  Either way, they're out of my stash.

These were scraps left over from this skirt, this shirt and this skirt.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Hi everyone, I've got a dress to share with you all! It's Simplicity 1602 in a hummingbird fabric that cost $3 a metre from the clearance table.

It's really lovely to wear, I lined with in a cotton lawn in a colour called "bone". I didn't have many fitting issues but I would have liked the skirt to be more floaty.

You can read more about it on my blog.
I'm hoping to use up some more stash before the end of the month :)

I used 2.5 metres of stash.

Peplum Top/Skirt

Pattern: Simplicity 1699 Peplum top with collar. 
                Slim Skirt: Butterick 1997 Black crepe back satin with kick pleat and front/back darts
Fabric used: Royal - 1/14 yds
                     Black - 1 yd

Pattern Sizing: 8-24

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? Very easy

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Like everything about the top.

Fabric Used: royal blue cotton poplin that has a feeling on nylon

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added one inch to the back to waist length. That being said, looking at the back, maybe I shouldn't have added that additional inch, but the front needed it.

Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Conclusion: This really is a beautiful pattern and I can't wait to make all of the items.

*Note: I don't know if it was an error on my part, but I had to recut the facings because they were too short. I added about two inches to the back and trimmed where necessary.

Getting my Sew-jo Back

I haven't done much sewing over the last few weeks as my sew-jo had deserted me, but I'm pleased to say it appears to have returned (or be returning at any rate.)

At the end of last week I made myself a simple jersey top from some cable patterned heavy jersey I bought a while ago.  The cable pattern is actually knitted into the fabric, so it does look like real knitting, albeit on very small needles!

Here it is:

I just used my self drafted jersey top pattern, and just under one metre of fabric.  I've got 2 metres left for a dress. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cami dress completed - 1 down, only 99 other sewing projects to go!

I FINISHED!!!!! the Cami dress that is - what do you think?

I blogged about the sew-along here.

Now for the other projects, including a little french jacket challenge, pyjama set, and a secret sewing project.

Oh and another skirt, a few more dresses, the cushion covers for my mum, footstool cover, ...

as I said, 1 down ...

Fabric used: 3.5m
Pattern: Cami Dress by Pauline Alice patterns

Indygo Junction Tunic

Indygo Junction Tunic Pattern
1- Pattern - from my stash.. I actually bought it
 a year ago, and had never made it..   Such an easy
sew..  Proud this challenge encouraged me to use it.
2-Fabric- 3 yds  from stash
4- Buckle - from my stash [sorry , I didn't get a photo
of the back, Photo didn't take].. It has cute ties in
the back with a buckle. I used a pink buckle.. Cute!!!

Stash busting   Challenge--- 3 yds  from my stash.

Some Finished Items (edited to add 1 more!)

I had a month of hiatus due to an illness - I'm okay now!! But the entire month of September, I didn't sew, I didn't buy fabric and I didn't buy patterns. It was like...such an anomaly!

I totally consider myself a beginner sewer, still, but I'd like to start sewing more with a plan...and then sewing those "oooh! Look! I must have that NOW" items as they come. I still find myself with "nothing to wear" and without things that work together. So I decided I would sew a couple of small wardrobe capsules and then fill in the holes. One based on black/greys and one on browns/tans/creams. I certainly have the fabric to make it happen :)

Sewed this month (6 1/4 yards total):

Butterick 5926, a knit blazer done in grey ponte.

The pockets make me happy!

It's slightly too big in the shoulder. I'll do a narrow shoulder adjustment on jacket #2. Otherwise, everything else about it is perfect.

My first *completely* error-free sleeve setting! I didn't have to rip them out at all!!

Then there's McCall's 6796 done in a very thin (like I have to wear a cami under it) jersey knit, black with silver stripes. Again, the sizing on this was very well done. I want to make this collar with sleeves, and the short sleeves with the open collar.

Then another version of Simplicity 2700. I am extremely happy with the fit of these pants. I am making an angry face because I accidentally ripped a giant hole in the leg with my seam ripper. I am repairing it and wearing these. I love these pants. You'll probably see a few more in the next couple of months!!

McCall's 6614 in cheapie fleece from Hancock. Hey, my daughter is pretty fickle! :) But she asked me to make her an "animal print sweatshirt" and she likes wild/crazy/colorful things so she got her wish!

The pattern went together really easily and only took a couple of hours AND she wore it to school today!

Next up will be two different versions of Butterick 5678 and a white version of the Maria Denmark Kimono top.

Next month's plans will be the "brown capsule".

All items blogged about at

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Knit Skirt from the Stash...

I fell in love with the idea of this skirt when  Sheila of Sheila-CTK posted this picture in early September.
The picture started me thinking about a yard of fabric that I had left over from this dress that I made back in August
 I decided to use 
McCall's 6654 knit pencil skirt pattern that I tried last fall with good success. I underlined the pattern pieces (there were only two) by hand basting tricot down the center and the side seams to give the fabric a little more body.  It took me two nights to hand stitch the pressed open side seams because I didn't want them flapping around and bunching up after washing.
I wanted to emphasize the fabrics pretty turquoise stripe and was able to do so with this twin set in the exact color.  I couldn't decide on the skirt length, but went ahead and put it at mid calf because you know I plan on wearing it with boots.  I figure if this lengths not right - I can always cut if off shorter.
I may or may not wear this belted (or I might try a thinner belt) -  I just wanted to see how it looked. I owe my inspiration for the skirt to Sheila.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Shift Dress

As a lot of you already know, I have recently completed a shift dress:

I also made quite a number of muslins prior to making this dress :

 All of which came from stash.  Fabric used for the dress was 2.1 yards and for the muslins was 4.5 yards.  6.6 yards altogether to add to our stash total.

If you want more details about the shift dress (New Look 6095), please visit this post in my blog:

Sarah Liz :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Allow Me to Introduce Myself...

Hello there!

I'm Candyce a.k.a. The Sewcialite, and I'm super excited to be joining in on the fun (although I'm fashionably late!)

One of my first dresses, that I ended up cutting shorter than I planned. Oops..

I decided to start teaching myself how to sew over the summer, and I'm documenting my journey as a modern-day sewist in the making on my blog The Sewcialite. I'm sharing the good, bad (lots of BAD), and ugly as I learn this amazing craft.

My biggest goal for joining the 2013 Style The Stash Sew-A-Long is to challenge myself as a sewing newbie. The best way for me to learn is through practice, practice, and more practice. So pushing myself to use the fabric I've bought will be a great way for me to hone my skills.

I wish my stash was as beautiful and extensive as all of yours. But it kind of works out since I'm not only joining this sew-a-long near the end of the year, but I'm also in the final stages of planning my wedding....November 1st is the big day!

I've got a total of about 19 yards here. Fortunately, I'm obsessed with sewing, so I should be finished with this by the end of the year. I constantly keep adding to my fabric family, with no intention of stopping (yep, I'm an addict!)

I'm looking forward to learning from you all! I've already been admiring your work, and you all will provide great inspiration for me :-)

Feel free to follow me along my journey (and please forgive all of the bad sewing techniques haha)

Thursday, October 10, 2013


I just wanted everyone to know I didn't fall off the face of the Earth!!  I have exciting stuff to show you on the stash enhancement front.  I was in London and visited the Liberty shop.  For now, however, my brother is visiting from the US and I've been touring him around Europe and enjoying every moment.  I hope to get back to stash busting soon!

Baby Blue Pique

1 yard of cuteness. Made for Ann. McCall's 4554. Her new top for school in the morning. It only took about 2 hours from cut to photo...if you cut out the time I spent doing other much needed things.
You can read more and see more photos over at the blog if you'd like to.

Until later, Sewists.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hannah Montana (When she was innocent)

I made this in July but never had the opportunity to actually make a post about it. But here it is in the middle of a chilly evening yet Ann had no problem modeling on front porch.

You can read more if you care to visit us.

2 yards made this:

Until next time, Sewists!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Vintage Vogue Jacket

My first finished project in October - the Vogue Vintage jacket. I still need to make closing. I was so in hand sewing that in the end I have forgotten to make a bounded button-hole before catch stitching everything. 
The jacket has underlining from cotton batiste and is lined with polyester satin (I think – I have found  this fabric in my stash – just enough for lining). 
Vintage Vogue Jacket , couture, pink lining, polyester boucle, cotton underlining
Great fabric stash busting project -2 m of fashion fabric, 2 m cotton batiste, 1,2o m lining.
(I will put conversion to yards later on)
You may read the steps on my blog.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Wearable Muslin For Burdastyle Shirt Blouse

Hello everyone!
I am planning to make a long sleeve blouse for fall/winter, but I want to try the pattern first by making a wearable muslin.
Pattern : Burdastyle Shirt Blouse 03/2013 size 36
Stash used : 1.20 yards of printed chiffon
Please head over the blog post for more details, Wearable Muslin and Lovely Sunday Afternoon

Have a great week to you all!