Friday, April 29, 2011

Taking a Cue from my Shoe

I purchased these shoes last year and never wore them because I didn't have anything to wear with them. I fixed that last night with another version of Simplicity 3896.

I used broadcloth and some trip from my stash, great quick top and now I can wear my shoes. (note to self, clean off the table and put my hair dryer away :-)

I know I'm not the only that does that, buy the shoes first and then make the outfit.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Free is Better

Both of this weekend's projects were made using gifted fabric. This is McCalls 5670, I'm sure it's out of print. The fabric is from Trudi's stash. I'm not sure what type of fabric this is but it has a lot of drape to it. I loved the pattern and feel of this fabric.

I've wanted to make this pattern for quite awhile, I was going to make a dress with this fabric but changed my mind at the last minute. The jacket is designed to be open at the bottom but I'm going to put some type of closure at the bottom so I can wear it alone.

Right now it's just pinned. I still have to add the sleeve facing and hem it. I lined it because the fabric needed some stability.

For the Bottoms Up Challenge I made Butterick 5222. I've tweaked this pattern to get a better fit.

This fabric was gifted to me by Ms. Peggy who I've never met, Ms. Peggy was a co-workers neighbor and I was the lucky recipient. I'm guessing that this fabric is probably as old as I am but it's a great weight for pants, if I had to guess I would say it's some type of polyester gabardine, my Mother would love these, I kinda like them myself.

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter.

Friday, April 22, 2011

McCalls 5384 Again

I finished the top to go with the skirt. It's view A, the fabric is embroidered which explains the slight shimmer.

I think it looks great with the skirt, I'm glad I went with this pattern.

This is the first time I made this pattern two summers ago. I used a sheer and I loved this version.

It's only Friday hopefully I will get some more sewing done. I'm having a ball with Trudi's stash she had some great fabrics.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Simplicity 2451

More gifted fabric from Trudi. I guess I should be happy she never really caught the sewing bug because I inherited her great stash. This is a navy/white striped stretch denim.

Didn't have a navy zipper. I added about 4 inches to the length because I wanted it to be a little longer than knee length for work.

Only having 1 yd of this fabric presented a Tim Gunn, "make it work" moment. I used some well wore denim for the waistband facing and I rather like the look with the white lining.

I still need to hem it and add the hook and eye closure, this will be my first bottom for the Bottoms Up Challenge. I'm so happy that the Over the Top Challenge morphed into this challenge I was having way to much fun for it to be over.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


My skirt that is, most of the day was spent making this for a co-worker's grand-daughter.

I stole this really cute idea of having the bloomers attached from Coles Creations.

Here it is with a huge flower which are extremely popular if I'm too believe Etsy. I think it would be cute for a picture but totally unpractical for wearing, it's just pinned on.

My first skirt for the BottomsUp Challenge. I only had 1 yd of this gifted fabric and knew I wanted to make a skirt or shorts for summer. I finally found a skirt pattern that would work. I'm making view C, the green one on the envelope.

I purchased this white embroidered fabric to make a blouse to go with the skirt, couldn't decide on a pattern but I'm leaning toward this one. I made it last year in a sheer and love it.

Andrienne made this a couple of years ago and I've wanted to make it ever since seeing hers but I think it may have to wait.

I can't believe that next Sunday is Easter but we don't have any plans so I may get some sewing done.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Easy as 1,2,3

It should say easy as 3,4 and 5 because that's the number of tops I've made for the Over the Top Challenge so far. This is Simplicity 3786, view A. I used more of Trudi's gifted fabric, I used hem tape for the trim. I like it a lot. This is Butterick 5217, view D. I admit it's awfully similair to the first black and white knit top I made but I like it anyway and it used up more of my stash. I told my girlfriends that we were to old to wear leggings but I might have to break my own rule because I think this top would look great with a pair of leggings.

And before you think that I only wear black and white, (which I do a lot) here's a pop of pink and white for summer. This is Simplicity 4076 view B, I just love a flutter sleeve on summer tops.

On all of the tops I cut a size 12, for this one I lengthened it 3 inches because I didn't like the top of the waistband length. I'm sure I will need to raise my arms while wearing this top and I don't like flashing people.

I don't know if this can count as part of the Over the Top Challenge but I have a baby shower to attend and whipped up this little onesie tutu. Apparently tutu's are all the rage on Etsy, selling for $25.00. After making this one I see why you need about a million yards of tulle but after figuring that out it was pretty easy. The little princess bling is an iron on.

Here's a picture of me wearing Simplicity 3790, great top belted or not.
I don't know if I will get any more tops made before the 15th but this has been a great jump start to my Spring sewing. Thanks again Faye for sponsoring this challenge.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Black & White

My second Over The Top Challenge top. Simplicity 3790 view D with the short sleeves from view E. I would have preferred the long sleeves because it's still quite chilly. The fabric was a remnant from a maxi dress I made over the summer, which I wore one time and gave to my DD. I like this simple top much better.

This top went together super fast, I've made almost every view from this pattern and the only one I didn't care for is the view with the inset, the fit was terrible.

Anywho this is probably the only sewing I will get done until the weekend.