Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kwik Sew 3873


 This has been cut out for a whole year. I ran out of fabric for the front bottom panel. Tried to match it and this was the best I could do. If I'd just waited Vogue Fabrics had it at their booth at the sewing expo, bummer.


With Kwik Sew patterns I do usually have fitting issues. The extra large is way too big and the large is too small. This is the large and I would have liked it with a little more ease on the top and on the top panel. All in all I do think it's a striking pattern and if the right fabric comes along...

New Look 6525



 I just purchased this fabric at Treadle Yard Goods and sewed it up the next day, how often does that happen?

Super easy to sew. Don't size up on this one. Next time I use the pattern I will go down a size, to my normal 16 on top and 18 on bottom.


I just made it about two inches longer because it is a winter dress and I hate to wear tights.

Butterick 6480



I used this pattern because it was very similar to one in my Burda Style Magazine. I think I should have gotten out the tracing paper!! See the pulling on the bust-line?  That was my fault, normally I cut a size 16 on the top, but I thought I'd just go ahead and cut the 18 because I always have to make the upper sleeve bigger. When I make sleeveless tops I always have to watch for gaping armholes.


 Maybe I should just stand like this all day...


This is the solution, to look like you are out of the Golden Girls, ha! Back to the pattern, these are the sleeves from Simplicity 1059. I also had liked how the back had the same design details as the front, but, if you have a butt I would recommend just a solid, plain back. The fabric is a beautiful ponte from Vogue Fabrics.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Butterick 6087


Ah, how I long for summer and here is a dress finished and worn in summer. Butterick 6087, easy to sew and wear. I made the skirt longer and fuller.


The applique is added by a combination of fusing and sewing.


The fabric was from the sale table at Hobby Lobby purchased this year, believe it or not!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Style 2667




I saw this pattern online and had to have it. The other versions made from this pattern were cute too.
I used a different skirt because the pattern did not fit. The fabric was from Nancy's Notions and once again, had to have it, even though it was more than I normally spend. This is a favorite and will use again.


Here is a goofy cat helping me with my next project!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mcall's 7381


I've been standing by a lot of cars lately, maybe because our lease is up this winter and I have some wishful thinking.  McCall's 7381 is a great pattern that I may even make again. No changes or alterations to the pattern and it fits good.


Sewing this was a beast, the fabric is so soft and stretchy, but I managed to fit everything together without swearing too much.


Don't let the ties intimidate you...really easy. Interesting how the wind is blowing the skirt, ha!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Vogue 1550


 I'm a summer lover and here in Minneapolis we just had a warm spell and it was fantastic!
My mom and I both went swimming in the lake almost everyday. It was the latest in the season ever. Happy dance!

Here is another dress that needed a special bra, luckily I had one on hand. This is made from a linen table cloth. I looked up Mimi G's tutorial on ice dying and let me tell you, this is the easy way to dye. Hauling that huge bag of ice was the hard part.



 For the center the pattern says to make a bias strip, crazy...just use some braid or a strip of fabric from the stash and just on the straight of grain.


I still have more dresses coming! I have a new computer and saving pictures is now torturous, they seem to go where they want to go and it's so hard to find them, so much for stupid upgrades.