Sunday, February 28, 2010


A decent pair of pants. Butterick 5222, I think I've finally worked out all the kinks.

I did have a problem with the waistband, it was gaping in the back, I added elastic and it fixed the problem. The fabric is gifted corduroy, circa unknown but I love the color, which shows better in the first picture.

My .95/yd fabric is begging to be made, I think it compliments the pants perfectly, don't know if it will happen today.

I've come to the conclusion that Spring/Summer is my favorite time to sew. It seems as though I crank out complete outfits effortlessly, this Winter has been a struggle. I don't think I'm alone here, the massive amount of snow and frigid temps has wreaked havoc on my mojo. Spring is right around the corner and I already have my first Spring project cut out and waiting.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Not Much Going On Here

This is the only sewing I got done this weekend but it was well worth it, yep you guessed it another snuggie for my friend Christine's birthday. She likes to say she's in reverse menopause because she's cold all the time, this should keep her nice and warm.

I did cut out another pair of pants using Butterick 5222, I really hope I can work out all the fitting issues this time. Scored some .95/yd fabric at Hancock to make another cowl neck hopefully next week will be better.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I'm Lovin' It

Even though it's freezing here I still wore my skirt today; paired it with a turtleneck and vest I've had forever, the vest picks up the color of the skirt. I love the deep pockets on this skirt, the pattern's an oldie but a goodie.
I did decide on McCalls 5450 for the blouse pattern and then I read Sheila's comment, all I can say is great minds think alike. I have a blouse similar to this style, I tried on both with the skirt and 5450 was the winner but it's so cold here I may push that project back because I don't think I'll be wearing that flimsy fabric for awhile.

Please ignore my snow boots, I wore brown suede boots but they're no good in wet weather.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Good Neighbors and the Happiest Sound

This is what my street looks like

So you can imagine how happy I was to hear this...

The best neighbor in the world plucked down $750.00 for a snow blower, he also came to my rescue when my son realized I had locked us out of the house, thanks a bunch for all you do Mr. Butch.

LJ is stuck at my house until who knows when in this weather but what better place to be stuck at than Grandma's.

He didn't have a hat, gloves or scarf, Grandma to the rescue, I crocheted him a hat and made a scarf and mittens out of his left over football fleece, he didn't have boots but I couldn't do anything about that so he didn't stay out long in this weather.

As you can see he made the most of his limited play time.

Wherever you are stay safe and warm.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Skirts Done Now What

I finished this corduroy skirt using Butterick 5782 circa 1987. Initially I wanted to make a pair of pants out of this fabric but considering all the fitting issues I've been having and after seeing Kathi's corduroy skirt I decided to copy.

Love this lining fabric, it has oriental characters on it and the name Shulan, this has to be the lightest corduroy fabric I've ever come across so not lining it wasn't an option. I wasn't smart enough to make the lining piece using the pocket front and skirt front so I just eliminated the pleats on the front lining. I gave it a good press but didn't take another picture.

Anybody know what this says?

Now I have to decide which blouse pattern to use.

The contenders:

McCalls Stitch and Save 5450, I like the side detail

McCalls 5522, I've wanted to make this since seeing Rachael's version.

And lastly Butterick 4659 which will probably be the one I make, I've made view B before and really like the way it came out, if I use this one I'll make view D.

In case you forgot this is the blouse fabric.

I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Drop Back and Punt

I think that's what I'm going to have to do with Butterick 5222 and it is SuperBowl Sunday I needed a football analogy lol. I thought I would never make this pattern because it received a terrible blog review but after making Simplicity 2700 I decided that a pant pattern with side pockets would be a better fit considering my fitting issues.

The fit is better no gaping on the side but it still needs some tweaking the front crotch is a little weird but with a little work I think I could have a TNT pants pattern. I made the waistband a little thicker I don't like thin waistbands. I've been taking notes from all the wonderful bloggers who detail their fitting techniques; I just want to say thank you I will definitely incorporate your suggestions with my next pair.

I just had to share, I make killer burgers, my kids have dubbed these "Monster Burgers" they're really good and I can't take all the credit it's something I saw on Food Network, they put the cheese on the inside, I use sharp cheddar on the inside and regular American on top but my seasonings are my own all I'm saying is Worcester sauce and dried minced onions, they probably are literally "killer burgers".

I finally made a real commitment to knitting and purchased the Boye NeedleMaster, I did use my 40% off coupon but this was still a big purchase for me. I also purchased the Boye suede slipper sole and I got totally frustrated with the crochet pattern so I'm going to try the knitted pattern.

I hope everyone has a great Super Bowl Sunday, go Colts, I'm just saying that cause I live in Cincy but I really don't care who wins lol.