Saturday, March 8, 2014

Three for one!

I think I said this before but I am not a blogger!  I find it so very hard to write up a post that I think is interesting. So from now on I will just stick to the basics.

I have three finished project to show.

1.  Butterick 5206.

I started this in January. I finished it in January but it was huge.  In February I took it apart and there it sat until last week.  I used "vegan leather" for the sleeves and contrast and an ITY Jersey. I under lined the bodice and used a triple stretch stitch which is why I procrastinated about taking it apart.

2. McCall's 6553.

 I started this in early February. I wanted to wear it for my birthday but did not finish it in time. I used a wool blend of some sort from Gaffney's here in Philly.

3.This is a self drafted cape following a tutorial by Mimi g.

I am just getting started on my daughter's senior prom dress.

Love and blessing,


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year!... first completed top of 2014!

Just completed M6794.

I used stash satin with pleather (vegan leather, love the PC term) accents.

I was going to add leather sleeves, but I wanted to keep things simple.. My only dislike is that the neckline does not lay as I had envisioned.

I used my new Singer One Plus sewing machine and the top is pictured on my new dress form(CHRISTmas presents from the hubs and kids)

Next I am working on a faux wrap dress with leather sleeves and trim.

Love and Blessings,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

(mini) Maxi Skirt

Following Mimi G's tutorial I created the following:

I never made the linen pants(only a muslin and addressed fitting issues) for my son's gf... had to purchase more fabric. They are back from Asia and had a wonderful time. I will get stated on the the second muslin and hopefully I can post them here by the 1st weekend in December... Where did 2013 go?
Also I have my first prom dress order! We have to set up and initial consultation but I am excited. My daughter is still undecided on the design of her gown. I had ordered some fabric swatches (for her original design) but none of them made her happy..
I have set up my sewing studio in my dining room (with the blessing of the hubby) which will make for an interesting Thanksgiving...
Praying for a safe and merry holiday season for all of you!
Love and Blessings,

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Trying my hand at draping

I just ordered: Draping: The Complete Course Paperback by Karolyn Kiisel.  In two days I saw this reviewed on two different blogs. I will write a review post.

I am working a pair of navy linen pants for my oldest son's girlfriend, to be worn on the flight to Thailand in November.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wearable muslin?

I just completed McCall's 6515, view D.

The pants are too big everywhere except for my waist. I purchase size E5, the smallest is a 14... It is really not as bad as it sounds but the crotch length is too long.

I will most likely wear them one day, but I put the remake in my queue and use the Sandra Betzina "pants fitting techniques" Craftsy course I purchased awhile back.

I think I did a pretty good job with the waistband and zipper insertion, using one of Mimi g's tutorials.

Front view pleats and matched pretty good at the center front seam.

side view, invisible zipper and matching at the seam

hand-stitched waistband

machine finished waistband at the zipper

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Self-drafted jumper...

First please excuse the straps....
Second please excuse the bad cell phone picture...

I made this using Mimi g's jumper tutorial I purchase in June or July.
the only changes I made was that I added a front drape.
I like how it turned out.
The only thing I would change is the adding about three inches to the pants length.

Love and blessings,


Friday, October 4, 2013

Better late than never....

I started working on McCalls 6700  back before my son came home for spring break.

Son home = sewing in the living room.

Needless to say I never got around to finishing this until the Friday before Labor Day. I wore it that night to a birthday dinner/karaoke party. My husband took some pictures but none of them were blog worthy.

 So is the dress on Dora. I added a lining to the bodice and a slip down to the split I added.

Love and Blessings,