Sunday, October 9, 2011

Jump Starting my Mojo

Butterick 5251 out of Navy stretch knit from Hancock, the tank top is Vogue 1167, I have enough Vogue patterns that I'm sure I'll be using a lot of them in my upcoming projects. Navy like black doesn't photograph well but this came out really nice and was a quick and easy project just want I needed.

I finally wore Vogue 1250 to church today, you will have to excuse the pictures I'm trying to learn to use my tripod. I can't remember the jacket pattern but it's Vogue.

I'm not crazy about the dress it's a little short for my taste and for church, more suited for a night out.
Hopefully this will motivate my Fall sewing which has been non-existent. I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It Really Is Better To Give

Blogger buddies are the best. I have received such sincere thank you's for the Vogue patterns, this one was sent from Sheila and she made it herself, love it.

No sewing but a little knitting, my sister made my niece a scarf out of this yarn and gave me the rest of it to make some matching mitts, I think they came out great even though I ran out of yarn and had to use a different yarn on the second thumb. I'm so proud of my sister I taught her to knit when I went to California in June and she's doing great.

I also made another Star Crossed Slouchy Beret, a pair of mitts and I'm working on a scarf to go to a wonderful young lady that lives in the Windy City.

I haven't done any real sewing since I got back from California, which is almost 3 weeks, I really, really need to sew, hopefully I will get at least one of these made this weekend.

We have managed to squeeze in a little Halloween fun, Halloween Haunt at Kings Island we get out of there before it gets dark because that's when it gets really scary.

Thanks again to all my wonderful followers I look forward to seeing what you make with your Vogue patterns whatever it is I know it will be fabulous just like you.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Just a little sewing

An oldie but a goodie, this is McCalls 5662, view F. This first time I made this pattern I made view C and noticed too late that the back was low cut, I like this version much better. Didn't have enough fabric to cut the front and back on the fold so there's a front and back seam but I still like it alot. The fabric is from my Wal-Mart stash, I think it was .50/yd.

Since this fabric is so thin I lined the bodice with my favorite--knit tricot.

I used my double needle on the neckline, sleeve and hem.

I also finished another pair of Butterick 5221, these are black linen. Wanted to show my RTW waistband trick, I put elastic in the back which allows for a snug but comfortable fit.

They're basic black and don't photograph well but you get the idea, this is my third pair so I guess it makes it a TNT pattern.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Vogue pattern giveaway I hope to have them in the mail this week.

Happy Sewing.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Let the Flickr Fun Begin

I finally had a chance to upload the pattern pictures, click here for the slideshow. I'm only going to do this until Tuesday, please view the slideshow and select at least two patterns in case someone chooses the same one I will have at least two to choose from and hopefully everyone will get one that they really want. Please email me with the pattern numbers and your mailing address and I will try to get them sent out as soon as possible. My email address is:

Thanks again for all your encouragement and support.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Paying it Forward

I stopped by JoAnn's to get some yarn to finish a hat for my sister, low and behold they had marked the Vogue patterns down to 4 for 1.00, yep you heard right 4 for 1.00. I didn't have time to browse but I went back on Monday and purchased quite a few.

76 to be exact, they were only .25 cents I couldn't talk myself out of any of them but I'm not that selfish, I plan to give away most of them on my blog. The plan is to upload a pic to my flickr album and let my current followers choose until they're gone. I hope to have this done by the weekend so please check back.

There's some of everything in there, I bought every plus size I found because I know those are sometimes hard to find, hopefully there will be something for everyone. This is my way of saying thanks for following my blog and all your encouraging comments.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

This and That

Where's the love, apparently this post made Schey scream, there are a lot of people who aren't happy with this dress but there are just as many who are so I'm going to reserve my opinion until I actually wear it. I remembered this Vogue jacket that I made a couple of years ago, which provides another styling option in cooler weather.

Speaking of Vogue, the JoAnns store that's 5 minutes from my house is closing, all the Vogue patterns were 1.99, I purchased a few last week and went back this morning and got these.

I know the last time I posted that I was incorrect they were 3.99 so here's the receipt.

They are also selling some store fixtures, pattern drawers are going for 20.00 I had to resist purchasing one, my current file cabinet is sufficient and that would only make me buy more patterns.
My friend's daughter made this adorable remote caddy for me, she's 11 and sews with her Grandmother, maybe one day I will get to do the same I've given up on my daughter ever catching the sewing bug. I love the fabric she knows I LOVE watermelon.

Still early in the weekend I hope to get some sewing done. Just kidding about Vogue 1250 everybody's entitled to their own opinion, please don't be offended.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

On the Vogue 1250 Bandwagon

What can I say about this dress that hasn't already been said on PatternReview. It's freaking great and if you haven't made it yet all I can say is, "what are you waiting for". Of course black doesn't photograph well but if you look at the numerous Pattern reviews you can see the details.

I made it to wear with my McCalls wrap that I made last year, I love this wrap and don't get to wear it often, I definitely think it's a winner with this dress. My only complaint, which isn't the pattern's fault is it's a little short for my taste but that was due to fabric constraints, nonetheless I will rock this with some black stockings and nice sparkly black heels. I won't be wearing it for awhile but I promise to take lots of pictures when I do.

I lined the dress with nude knit tricot and it gives the dress just the right amount of stability, I will still wear my spanx because this dress fits like a glove.

I also finished the layout tank for my DD. I started this in June while we were on vacation, I've also been working on the broken rib tank for myself so this really didn't take that long to complete.

I used self-striping cotton Sinfonia yarn, I really like how the pattern developed. I added a 1 1/2 inch ribbing to the botton and made the neckline a little wider but other than that no major changes.

I have a couple of other things cut out and waiting so stay tuned to see what develops.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

How to Bling Out a Zipper Pull

First I have to say that I'm terrible at tutorials but I'm going to try and tell you how I make a custom zipper pull. I know the beaders out there can provide additional tips, I do not bead I just thought it would be really cool to have a little extra something on the back of my maxi dress and this is what I came up with.

The first time I made one I used an O-ring which really didn't work out that well because the bling still needs to function as a zipper pull, now I use a lobster claw and these niffy little end caps w/loop to secure the beads. I know you can get beading tools at the craft store but I purchased these from Home Depot and they work great.

I've only done this using an invisible zipper and as an added plus it distracts from my not so perfect zipper insertion. Remove the zipper pull but leave the little metal loop this will be used to attach the lobster claw.

Secure the wire to the lobster claw using the jewerly and craft end caps/loop (that's what it says on the package), add your beads and secure the last bead with another end cap, that's all there is to it, until I get more tips from blogland I'm sure it could be improved, I think it might work better with some type of flexible cord instead of wire but that will have to wait until the next maxi dress.

I still have to hem the dress I'm debating on doing a lace hem because it will show through the sheer fabric, hopefully I will have pics soon.

Didn't get any sewing done, this was the Macy's Music Fesitval weekend and if you've been reading my blog you know I attend both nights every year, I will do a separate post about that but Friday night was AWESOME, Saturday was good too Maze never disappoints and El Debarge seems to be on the mend.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In My Que

Thanks for all your kind comments on my wadder shorts, as you can see I'm over it and moving on.

This is Simplicity 2362, Andrienne made a beautiful dress from the same fabric last year. I just couldn't decide what to do with this fabric until I saw Simplicity 2362. Since this is a sheer fabric I underlined it with broadcloth and lined it with mystery lining fabric. I was afraid it would make the dress heavy but it flows beautifully.

All that's left to do is insert the zipper and hem it. I'm going to repeat my previous blinged out zipper pull with these pretties.

This is the first one I made, I've learned a few things since then so this one will be better.

Initially I was going to wear this to the Macy's Music Festival but I have another function to attend so I'm going to save it. I don't want to risk wearing it and having it snag.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Good and The Bad

Lets start with the good, McCalls 5977, it's view D without the sleeves. I didn't have enough fabric for the full width of the ruffle but I still like it.

I'm trying to sew from my stash, I can't remember when/where or what type of fabric this is but this is a great summer top. I didn't have enough fabric for the sleeves, I'm sure with the weather we've been having I won't miss them.

Now for the bad, McCalls 5391, I was very happy with the plaid matching on these shorts, I even cheated to get the side front to line up.

Then I tried them on, to quote Sheila, "if it doesn't fit you must acquit". The fit was atrocious and I didn't have anymore fabric to come up with a creative save so these are wadders. I have now altered the pattern with a full seat adjustment, my first. I have some more fabric picked out and will give this pattern another try.

I hope to get a lot of sewing done this weekend but I also need to strip some wallpaper, we'll see how that goes.

Monday, July 11, 2011

No Sewing but some Pics

I finally had a photographer so I made the most of it and took pictures of my recent FOs. Here's Butterick 5493, this is a great summer top.

This is Vogue 7756 I made last summer but didn't care for the high waisted pants (Butterick 5250) that I made to go with it, the navy linen pants are great, the linen fabric is sheer, lined with broadcloth they're perfect for a 100 degree day and that's what did my hair in.

Simplicity 2369, this top isn't good on a day like today, the knit is somewhat heavy but I'm sure I will get a lot of wear out of this top in the Fall.

I'll leave you some weekend pics;

Me and my co-workers at Target World, this was the first time I ever used a gun, the 22 wasn't bad, the 45 was scary but I love our Charlie Angels picture. Another co-worker teaches the concealed carry class and is a huge gun enthusiast, he rents out the shooting range once a year from 10-12 midnight that's how I spent my Friday night.

My GS chillin at Kings Island.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Simplicity 2369, gifted fabric gray stretch knit (thank's again Trudi). Love this top, I was going to cut out the dress but didn't have enough so I made the top instead. View C with the buckle from view B.

My buckle is on the wrong side and I ain't changing it.

I've been meaning to make a pair of black leggins since the Over the Top challenge and I'm just now getting around to it. The pattern is Butterick 5514 circa 1991 so I'm sure it's OOP.

I didn't have enough fabric to make them ankle length so I let the fabric decide how long they would be and I'm really happy with the length, they are mid-calve.

Had to squeeze in some 4th of July fun, this band was pretty good, definitely old school but still fun.

This is the real reason we went to the park, little guy in the wife beater appears to be having his moment in the sun, my GS is of course wearing his Spiderman swim trunks.

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Butterick 5493 and 5221 (again)

Not much to say about this top, quick, easy and the fabric was free, thanks Trudi.

Another pair of Butterick 5221, more gifted fabric from Trudi. I did purchase the navy broadcloth lining, making the grand total for a lined pair of linen pants about $8.00, not bad.

I did a rolled hem on my serger for the ruffle.

Made fabric bindings.

Monday's are just better if you have a new outfit to wear.

Happy Sewing.