Monday, October 20, 2008

Wonderful Weekend sewing and other stuff

My weekend could not have been better, this will go down as a great birthday week. Friday night my DD and I went to see The Secret Life of Bees, I read the book long ago and couldn't wait to see the movie and it didn't disappoint. I think it was cast very well and we both really enjoyed it, although my DD didn't read the book, even after I went to the library to get it for her she did like the movie.

On Sunday I always make a HUGE breakfast, my Sunday breakfasts are legendary. My DD got me a waffle iron for my birthday and we loved the waffles she said it was just like "The Waffle House". I think they were better than the waffle house but no one would accuse me of being modest. My DS had to work so he missed breakfast but I made him a waffle when he got home, now he wants to learn how to make them, he cooks much better than my DD.

Nope, I didn't forget the little pat of butter in the middle of the grits lol.

Then I had the rest of the day to sew and I was in the zone, I finished this pair of khaki pants to go with the ruffle blouse and vest. I am very pleased with the way they came out, I used McCalls 5710 I cut a size 14 and they fit very well. I will post a picture wearing the entire outfit at a later date. I didn't have any problems with this pattern which further put me in the zone so I thought I may as well finish this pair of black pants that have been cut out for about 6 months. I was on a roll so I stopped at Hancock Fabrics to get some material to make the shirt that would put an end to my zoning.

Here is a close up of the zipper, the pattern called for a zipper and hook and eye closure.

I made this vest as well, it's done using Lion Brand Jiffy Mohair Look yarn that I got on sale at JoAnn's for .50, I went a little crazy that day. I didn't use a pattern I just went for it and I'm very please with the way it came out. I used double ended crochet hooks for the neck and bottom trim, it gives a really nice clean edge to the trim. The pants are from a pattern I've had for at least 10 years so I'm sure it's out of print it's McCalls 7076 they are drawstring pants
on the pattern but I just wanted simple elastic waist with side pockets. The blouse is RTW.

The offending blouse is McCall's M5536 which Lesa made look so easy I got a really cute black and white print knit at Hancocks and was sure I would be wearing it today, instead I am sitting here ripping out stitches trying to get it right, oh well it was a good run.


Lesalicious said...

Ok let me try to answer your question the best way I can. Take the 2 front pieces of the shirt and wrap them around each other twisting it so that it tie around twice. Then fold the bottom parts of the twist upper ward so it can sew to the top piece of the twist.

Also note its best to sew in your edges on the front two parts from the top down and around so that when you do the twist you wont see your raw edges of the shirt. Do this before you try the twist. Twist only twice. The left goes over the right then the right goes under the left making sure that when you sew up the two pieces to the top that the right goes back to the right side and the left goes back to the left side.
OMG I hoped this work. I didn't have any problem with the twist after just doing some testing it added up just like I wanted it to.

Good luck hope it all comes along good.:) Can't wait to see how it looks when you is done. Have any more questions you can email me at

Sheila said...

Hi Tanya and Thanks visting my blog and for the lovely compliment on my wrap vest.

Your slacks came out great. I haven't made pants in such a long time that I'm not sure if I remember

Now that there is a down-home Sunday Breakfast, it looks deliciious.

Tanya said...

Lesa I think I have it figured out but I won't be able to sew until Thursday I'll post a pic as soon as it's done I really appreciate your help.