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.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Another baby gift

My Baby Who? onesie.
This used part of 1/2 yard of jersey, and I plan to stitch up some washcloths and/or burp cloths from the rest of the 1/2 yard.
Same pattern as last time, the Baby Ringer Onesie

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I sewed.... a bra

The bra experiment is over.
 And, it wasn't really that hard.  I didn't have a wide closure in stash, which makes the back not as pretty as I would like, but overall, this was a great way to use up scraps.  I only used the uncut parts of the yard used for my leggings.  The pattern is ohhlulu's Jasmine bra, which I made with the stretch velvet and a really lightweight and soft black jersey as lining.  I see more of these in my future!  The only thing I need to do now is get some wider closures.  I actually used two of them side by side for this one, but it isn't a great solution.

The Sewcialite--Sewcial Seen: 10.28.13

Here's my first contribution to the 2013 Style The Stash Sew-A-Long!

I made this dress, but ended up wearing it as a top. The fabric for the skirt somehow made its way into my stash (how on earth does that happen?!?) 

More pics can be found on my blog, The Sewcialite!

*2 1/4 yards were used for this project.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I sewed something!

Well, the excitement of October is now over.  I managed to finally sew buttonholes and hems on my silk Archer shirt.
This used up almost every little bit of the 2 meters of fabric I bought in Milan.  I know it isn't perfect, but can you tell?  I found some steely gray buttons that I thought worked well with this print.  Then, I whipped up another pair of Virginia leggings, this time out of some textured stretch velvet that I bought in London.  This time I removed that extra fabric from the crotch.  I think I have mastered the legging pattern!

Look at how crooked they cut this fabric!  Well, I have a small piece left, so I think this is a good contender for my first sewn bra.  
2 yds silk for the shirt
1 yd stretch velvet for the leggings.

Monday, November 4, 2013


Or the Multiflexibility Skirt

1 1/4 yard of stash used.

Sorry for being vague. Dealing with a head ache that I hope doesn't turn into a migraine. More at the blog.
I'm going lay down sewists. Until later, Scheryka

wadder wadder wadder

Say that three times fast!  I have had my share this year, and yesterday added another to my total.

Let's just say that Butterick does not usually fail me, but there is always the exception to the rule. I looked like a 59 year old wearing her 7th grade sewing project.

SarahLiz, please add 2 yards to our total for November.  Pattern is in the trash.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

More and More Sewing

My mojo is high and I already have a few projects under my belt this month! As I said in this blog post, while I've managed to sew 3 things in 2 days(!), they're all patterns I've sewn before and all knits. So that made life much easier.

I need to muslin a (simple) jacket and plan to make a pair of pants and a vest. :)

M6844 cardigan in winter white ponte with matching Sew Active Perfect Tank

 Vogue 8679 (oop) knit top in printed ITY knit

3.5 yards used

Little Roar

New Look 6035 ::: 1 Yard of Stash (Sewn somewhere in Oct. Posted in November)

     I am not MIA. I have been sewing but not as much as I'd like to. Still trying to get settled in a lot of areas of life but hey, what better way to coup than to sew through them, huh? So, I moved. Then moved back. Never knowing why I was being thrown to places and being put out of my comfort zone and shifted to another chapter. If you'd like to read a snippet: You can read about it here.

     To break the ice I made this top that has been waiting in the wings for a while but was never cut and sewn.

If you want to read a little bit (because I didn't do a total post about it) it's here at the blog spot.
Until later,
Peace, Love, Sew

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November already...What about Next Year as well?

Hi everyone,

We are entering November, which means we only have another two months of this sew-a-long left.

A couple of you have said it will be nice to keep going - it seems we all enjoy being part of a small group working towards mutual sewing goals.

I just thought I would ask you what your thoughts were?  We could keep going, or start a different sort of group and adjust our plans to suit everyones needs. I've also started a challenge on my home blog, and again, find that people do want to be involved with a community.

If we want a group meeting place somewhere, I will look into that.

Do let me know what you would all think....

Sarah Liz

car coat and memories of mom

I participated in PatternReview's Lined Jacket contest this year and for my efforts I now have a great little car coat for fall.  My mom wore something simlar, though in a plaid I think, and I have wonderful memories of her looking chic while driving her convertible.  I would love to have had more time with her-she died when I was 8 years old.  Throughout my life, I have learned that I can temporarily bring her back with objects and photographs.  This sewing project is a nod to her.

Butterick 5533
Thank you Mom, for your efforts to give me everything possible in your short time as my mother.
Sarah Liz, please add 4.5 yards to our total for October-2 1/4 for coat shell, and 2 1/4 for lining.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Butterick 5917

Happy Halloween!  I finally got to wear the Butterick dress #5917 today.  This is fabric acquired from Fabric Mart, a wool rayon in navy blue, late 2012.  I lined the dress with lining fabric from stash as well.
Here are a few photos of the dress in progress:  This gives you a nice idea of how the ruffles look.

This one you can see in progress with skirt attached to bodice.
And finally the finished dress

I lined the full dress though pattern only calls for bodice to be lined.  I used 3 yards of fabric and lining combined.

October Scrap Busting

Hi Everyone Happy Halloween! Just 2 small sewing projects from me in October - I've been busy with yarny things and cross-stitch gifts so I'm not slacking!
I needed a couple of sleeveless tops for work so sorted through my stash for some small pieces of fabric that I could squeeze Sorbettos out of. I bought this Japanese cotton at a craft fair last September, £6 for just shy of 3/4 of a yard. Plus some bias tape I had in my stash. I love these buttons, I picked them up in a charity shop for 10p. I'm pleased with this top, it's such good quality fine cotton, for just £6.10p - bargain.
This fabric was £4 from a vintage fair. I didn't have any matching bias (or anything suitable to make it from). I had even less of this so couldn't even make the facings out of the same fabric - I used scraps of cotton from my leftovers box. This is definitely a tana lawn, lovely to wear. I really like all the different colours in the pattern - easy to accessorise and incorporate into different outfits. I love the Sorbetto pattern but have tweaked it over time - I managed to make both of these longer which is really handy for tucking in or wearing loose - makes it much more versatile. So that's a tiny monthly total of about 1.5 yards Sarah Liz - but I shall get plenty of wear out of both of them! Jacq x

Sewing Workshop Tosca dress (oicture added)

Hey, sorry no photos yet, left my camera somewhere else today, but did complete the Tosca dress  this month, and used 3.25 years doing it. Love the dress, love using up the stash!  Hope we can keep this going next year, it's really helping my commitment to use stash fabric....

will be back with a photo later, in between trick-or-treaters...

ok, here you go.  Doesn't show details well, sorry.  I really like the soft hem and interesting pockets, and will probably do it again in a fine wool I have. Drapes nicely.