Monday, May 31, 2010

Something for Him, Something for Her

It's been almost 6 months since I made my GS a pair of PJs so I whipped these up last night, they are my old standbys Butterick 3042.

I've had this fabric for at least 15 years, it's very light weight perfect for summer PJs.
My DD requested this after trying one on in Wal-Mart that didn't have pockets. I think that was just her excuse to have me make it. I have bolts of this fabric from my Wal-Mart stash, I think it was .97/yd. The pattern is McCalls 6083, view A. Don't look to closely I did a terrible job on matching the plaids but she likes it anyway.

I did cut out another top for myself, it's another version of McCalls 6031, in a pale yellow. I don't think it will make the Memorial Day sewing marathon but I can't complain I got a lot done this weekend.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Chadwick Knock-off

I wanted to make this as soon as I saw it in Chadwick's. I didn't obsess over matching the plaids like I usually do, it's just a simple summer top but they match up where it matters. The pattern is Butterick 5465, view A modified of course.

The fabric was gifted to me by Ms. Peggy last year. This is my first time using the Dritz eyelet kit. It's a little unnerving putting holes in something you just spend an hour making but they came out okay, just remember to use a very small hole, you want it just large enough to get the eyelet through.

The garden is in and planted.

Grilling out today so I can have tomorrow to sew.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ready to Plant

I was determined to have a garden this year. I made a raised garden bed using some old 4X8s. I will have to put up some netting or else it will just be a buffet for the rabbits. Gardening is hard work I really hope I have something to show for it.

I have tomatoes, zucchini, red and yellow bell peppers, green beans and cilantro, I may go get a few more herbs.

If any gardening experts out there have any tips they will be welcome I need all the help I can get.

Wish me luck.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

It Worked

Today it's nice and warm, really warm. Love the dress, it took a lot of tweaking to get the straps right but I think it was worth it.
It occurred to me that I tend to stick to the same color palette. I made this zipper pull to match a maxi dress I made last year and it matches this dress too. I don't think I will wear it like this to work, it's a bit to much bling.

Inside view, love the color of the lining, reminds me of a cool Caribbean ocean.

Didn't get to the jacket but next weekend is a long one and I hope to get a ton of summer sewing done.
Faye here's an idea how about a month of Summer Dresses blog?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Coming Along Nicely

After a week of strep throat and almost constant thunderstorms I hope this dress will help bring on the promised summer like temps.

It's Simplicity 2926, view D, I added the piping from view A. All I have to do is add the skirt lining, zipper and hem it. I purchased a solid coordinating fabric to make a jacket since it's always freezing at work.

But I tried it on with this jacket I made last year and it works so I may or may not make the jacket this weekend. I think I've worn this jacket maybe twice so it would be nice to get some wear out of it.

I've made a lot of progress on the Vogue shell, maybe just maybe I can finish it this weekend. It will look great with a skirt I made last year.

I use to work from home several days a week now I go into the office most days and it has been a huge sewing motivator, I have somewhere to wear my clothes.

Stay tuned to see what develops.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Grandma Days

I'm not sure how many more years my GS will think it's cool to hang out with me so I sprung for Kings Island passes, we always ride the Carousel, usually the last ride before we get our must haves and leave for me that means a funnel cake.
It was cloudy and rainy all day but I couldn't resist a pic in his new sunglasses.

I even managed to finish McCalls 6031, this was supposed to be one of my Spring Month of Tops better late than never.
The fabric is a 1.00/yd stretch knit from Hancocks, love the color and I don't know why I waited so long to make a brown pair of pants, I love them and wear them often.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.
Stay Blessed.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I hope she likes it

Because I sure do, too bad it doesn't fit me.

Luckily I'm pretty sure I have enough of this fabric for a do-over.

This should fulfill my unselfish sewing for the next few months.

Monday, May 10, 2010

No Sewing but a lot of Love

If I knew how to do a strike through it would say no successful sewing, this is McCalls 5522 and I cut a generous size 12 and I can't even begin to get it closed. I think I may finish it for a tiny co-worker. Speaking of co-workers and going slightly off topic, while discussing our Mother's Day weekend, a woman said, she got the best Mother's Day gift ever, everyone said, "Oh really what did you get" and no lie she said with a straight face; "my son gave me a RAT, I named her lulu". Seriously, a live rat and this isn't just a little weird to you. It takes all kinds but nobody better ever give me a rat for Mother's Day or any other day; they're called vermin for a reason.

I received many heartfelt cards and my DD's standard Mother's Day balloon lol.

And this beauty from the world's greatest neighbor's.

After my sewing let down I moved to a different craft, I have swatched this tank top about 90 times, only a slight exaggeration, the 9 row lace pattern kept mocking me and my gauge was horribly off, after some serious Tanya math, I finally got my gauge worked out and completed the lace pattern, yipee! Hopefully I will finish this before Summer is over.

I hope everyone had a wonderful ratless Mother's Day.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I Really Missed My Kids

And my sewing machines. Last weekend was awful, my heart goes out to the family, it was such a tragic senseless lost. I was really happy to be home and you can bet I gave my kids and GS a lot of kisses and made sure to tell them I love them.

I really needed to sew this weekend, I've wanted to make this skirt for quite awhile and finally got around to it, it's my own vintage pattern, meaning I purchased it back in the 80's it's Butterick 5863. I made the jacket and top but never the skirt.

I don't know why I waited but maybe it was until I had this belt, it goes great with the skirt. The fabric is cotton twill from JoAnns.

I have the blouse cut out and waiting, maybe I'll get to it before next weekend.

Now I'm off to see what everyone else has done with their weekend.

Be Blessed.