Sunday, July 29, 2012

Butterick 4549

I was able to crank out this top to go with my denim skirt. It's Butterick 4549 and the fabric is more of the madras I bought when Wal-Mart got rid of their fabric department. I think I paid .50/yd.

 Matching the plaid was kind of impossible.

 I will leave you with a couple of pictures from last night concert. This is me and my friend Christine.

 Me and Moe, she's the one I made the top for.

We had a blast and I just want to let everyone know that Frankie is fine, Frankly Beverly and Maze put on a great show. And I finally got to wear this dress I made two years ago.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Late to the Party

I'm late to the Rachel Comey skirt party. This was a pattern review favorite last year but I'm just getting around to making it. I only had one yard of this gifted stretch denim and I was determined to make a skirt but couldn't find a pattern that would work.

With some very creative cutting I was able to squeeze out this pattern and I'm so glad I did. I added as much length as my fabric allowed, the inside pocket is cut from some old jeans and my waistband is pieced together but I still love it.

I used a tip from the Sandra Betzina's Fast Fit book and inserted a tummy control panel. It doesn't make it look prettier but it's totally worth it for the way it fits.

I only used the binding for the yoke and pockets, I ran out and was to lazy to go to the store so I just serged the rest of the seams. Didn't have an invisible zipper so I did a lapped zipper.
As everyone else has said on PatternReview this is a great pattern, for me it was great after adding the length otherwise it would be scandalously short and at 51 no one wants to see that. Now I have to make a top to wear with it. This is the Macy's Music Festival weekend so I don't know how much more sewing I will get done. Last night was great and I have high hopes for tonight.

Happy Sewing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thanks, Toy

Toy posted that Target had a sale on flats and what do you know I found some to match my friends top. She's a matchy-matchy kinda girl so I know she will love them.

Another reason to blog.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sewing for Others

A very good friend of mine is having a birthday this week so I thought I would whip her up something special. My friends always give me grief because I won't sew for them so I know she will appreciate this.

The pattern is McCalls 5384, view C. I've made this top 3 times for myself but I've never made this view before, it's definitely her style. The fabric is Hancock's  everyday value fabric and yes I used my 40% off coupon.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Knitting Post

My niece's birthday is Wednesday I don't know if I'm going to make it. I still have to do the armholes and the neckline. And I may need another ball of yarn.

 When I visited last year she fell in love with my sweaters to the point of trying to steal them so I thought I would keep her honest and make her her very own. This is another leaf yoke top. I used Patons silk bamboo yarn which is a very loose weave so I went down one needle size after finishing the yoke. It looks perfect but of course I won't know that until she gets it.

back view
yoke close-up
 I was truly blow away by the Early Fall issue of Vogue Knitting.

I  have to make this.

 But my vision is to make the sweater in black and the ruffles using a sheer hounds-tooth, which I was lucky enough to find yesterday at Hancocks. The ruffles in the pattern are made using a ribbon with holes for knitting. I'm sure I can make a ruffle and attach it to the sweater, that's the plan anyway.

 Love this...

and this.

I even want to make the capelet on cover. Vogue knocked it out the park with this issue. There's enough in it to keep my needles busy well through winter.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

McCalls 6559

There's nothing to say about this pattern that hasn't already been said, it's a great easy pattern, here's mine.

 Fabric from Hancock, which has been done often.

 Love the matching on the side seams.

 Lined with nude knit tricot, fabric bias strips for the armhole and neck facing.

I meant to cut the racer back but as you can see that didn't happen, I will use that as my excuse to make another one.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Time for a new House Dress

 This dress is older than my son, he will be 21 next week so I thought it was time for a new house dress.

I originally made this dress when we lived in Pine Bluff, Ark I thought it was too country to wear to work but Pine Bluff is about as country as you can get so I did wear it to work. I received so many compliments, two co-workers paid me to make one for them. But now I only wear it around the house when it's unbearably hot. I've been wearing it a lot these past two weeks.
I didn't have a serger when I made this, it's fun to see how I did things way back when, obviously matching the plaid wasn't high on the list but even then I did finish all my seams, that's something my Mother was fanatical about, no unfinished seams.

The pattern is so old I'm sure it's considered "vintage", it's McCalls 4297 and yes I still have it.

 I decided to use Butterick 5637 and more of my gifted fabric for my new house dress.

 It's actually pretty enough to go outside. I really like how it came out, although I used the C-D cup pattern piece and I should have used the A-B cup because I had to take in about 1 inch on each side and an inch off the shoulder straps. I didn't have enough fabric to cut four for the bottom two ruffles so they're not really gathered but I still like it.
 I cut bias strips for the armhole facings and used a not so invisible zipper. The fabric is a mystery paper thin gauze, I started to line it but it's just a house dress and if I decide to go out in it I will throw on a slip.

I cut out the house dress while waiting for my fabric for McCalls 6559 to come out the dryer. I had to get on the bandwagon and I've seen the dress made in a similar fabric so I snapped this up yesterday at Hancock. Used my 40% off JoAnn Fabric coupon.  

Don't know if I will get to this today the fast and easy description was a little deceptive for Butterick 5637.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. This weather is great for my sewing mojo, too hot to go outside so I just stay in and sew. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Red, White and Navy Blue

As you can see I finished my third version of Butterick 5046 and I love it just as much as the others.  

On the second sheer version I didn't line the sleeves and felt that they needed to be lined, I only lined the sleeves about half and I really like the effect. It gives the shoulders stability but the sleeve is still fluttery.

Another version of Butterick 5221, I guess I can't call this my TNT pattern because I am always tweaking the fit due to my constant weight fluctuations. These fit great, I had to make another pair of navy because I can't fit the ones I made last year. I apologize for the hanger picture you really can't tell anything from it, I will try to get pics soon.

I got this book from my library and I think I will purchase it. Sandra Betzina is my all time favorite sewing hero. I still have articles that I saved from her weekly newspaper column and I loved her sewing program on HGTV.   BTW, you can have a week long sewing vacation with Sandra for $2540.00 (shared room) too rich for me but I can't wait for PR weekend next year, she's going to be the guest speaker.

I wanted to try this adjustment but I had already cut out my pockets, I will definitely try this on my next pair of pants.
I hope everyone had a great weekend.