Sunday, December 19, 2010

A little Christmas Sewing

No garment sewing lately, just last week to decided to make some stocking stuffer & gifts to give to a couple co-workers. I found these of someone else' s blog and for the life of me I can't remember who it was. So, if someone else recognizes this and know the blog please let me know so I can give them the proper credit. These were a great last minute project and I was so glad they shared it. I had some Christmas fabric on so it was easy to get started. So these are napkins when folded form a Christmas tree These were quick and easy and fun to make.

First I made a cardboard 1/2 circle template, I made mine about 1 inch larger than the template in the instructions and I'm glad I did... then I folded the fabric in layers and traced the template with white chalk & cut several layers at once. I did mine with print fabric on one side and a solid on the otherThen I serged the edges...some in red, some green and some gold embroidery thread. There are several way to finish the edges but this was the quickestHere's a link to one set of instructions if you would like to add embroidery Christmas Tree Napkins, I also have another PDF of instructions that are a bit simpler (the one I used) without embroidery but I I don't know how to post the PDF. So, if you'd like that set of instructions send me an email. I'm going to make a few more this week and I'll be pretty much set for Christmas.

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

Happy Sewing!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

It's done and I kinda like it...

I'm finally done with this top and I kinda like it now. The only real change I made was to make the borders narrower on the bottom and the sleeve hems. The borders were a bit much before, (see this post). It's pretty amazing but I think it made quite a difference. I actually wore my top out and got lots of compliments.
I wish I'd gotten a picture of me with it on & I'm a bit too lazy to set up the camera right now...sorry. SO, I'm looking though my pattern and fabric stash to see what I'll get into next. I really need to work on some wardrobe separates. I seriously have some basic wardrobe needs and I'll probably sew some Christmas gifts in between. More later...


Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's My Birthday!

Another year and I thank God! He's been good!

WOW! Where does the time go!
Not much sewing lately I'll be back at it soon.

Happy Sewing!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Am I late or what!? I hope everyone is having a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! We all have much to be grateful for today and all year round.
Be safe!

Happy Sewing!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Not sure about this one...

Remember this fabric from my last post? Well here's the top, it's almost done. All I have to do is the hem on the bottom and the sleeves. Problem however, I'm just not sure I like it...but I'm going to finish it and if nothing else I'll wear it around the house on the weekends. I tried to add some interest by also using the border on the sleeves, and around the neckline
It might be the pattern but it just seems lacking...when it's finished I'll take pictures of it on me, maybe it will grow on me, we'll see.

OH, remember this. I hate UFO's so I'll usually stick with something until it's done or I decide that it's just not working out and I decide it's a wadder. That brings me to this top...from back around Spring time. Well I think I forgot to tell you all it totally became a wadder. Yeah, just had to let it go. It never did fit well so I decided it had to go. I guess "You've Got to Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em, Know When to Walk Away, and Know When to Run, as the old country song goes. This was a fold 'em and run. I think I might try it again maybe next spring cause I really like the pattern, next time I'll try a muslin first, novel idea huh.

More later, thinking of some things for Fall.

Happy Sewing!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Finally Done

Well ya'll, the black & white dress is finally done, made from Butterick 5500 that I mentioned in an earlier post. Here it is open with black top & pants underneath. Sorry that this picture is dark around the bottom. It hits me right at knee length. This is it belted as a dress. Not that it took me so long to make it just finding time to sew. I was able to finish it Saturday. I was also able to make this knit top as well since I had it cut out & ready to sew. This one is from Vogue 8580, view D. It was supposed to be a tank top, I wasn't happy with it without sleeves (I don't like sleeveless tops) so I don't even know why I started to make it that way. So I put sleeves on it and made it a plain ol' top. The fabric is a wonderful soft knit, I'm not sure of the content but it feels like a silk jersey. I love the way it turned out. This picture really doesn't do it justice, the color is a lot richer.

Here's another one, almost done, it's also a soft poly knit. This one however is giving me a real workout around the neckline, it's stretching out of shape so it's giving me a fit. SO, we'll see how this one turns out, I'll keep you posted on that one. Yes, I have a black & white theme going. I love black and white, I'm working on building my wardrobe around black, white & red.

Here is one last top that I currently have cut out and ready to sew and I hope to get to it soon. Sew & Sew #5444. I'm using this fabric for this top,'s knit. I guess that my other theme lately. I will be mixing other colors in, I really do love color also but the black, white & red will be my base colors. I need to get some more pants made and start working on jackets too. So, I've got lots to do and so little time but I chuggin' along.

Hope everyone had a great and productive weekend. More later...


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Now maybe I can sew my dress!

Yet again I was side-tracked by doing some non-clothing sewing. I spent this past week making these cushion covers for a bench in the children's room at my church. I really didn't mind doing it, they were fun and much appreciated. So, now I can get back to my black & white dress from my previous post. I've got part of it together and will probably finish it this week.
More later...


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Guess What??

I finally finished a couple pairs of pants that I am pretty happy with. They are not perfect but better by far than previous attempts. As you all might remember I'd been trying to get a good fit on pants and let me tell you they gave me a workout. Here's what I came up with, (sorry not the best pictures)Here's a close-up of the fabric, it's a mid-weight polyester with a medium amount of stretch. The black pair is also a polyester suit weight, no stretch but has a really nice drape. for the life of me I couldn't get a picture of the back my camera just couldn't get a focus on these from the back,
I didn't use one of the big 4 to make these, I used a system called; "Fit Nice Sew Slim System" I've had this system for awhile and tried it once before without much success, but decided to give it another shot. I still had a lot of tweaking to do but I think I'll use this as my TNT for pants. I put a waistband on the front but used elastic across the back and that worked out well for me. I used an invisible zipper on the left side. Over all I'm pretty happy with them, I'll have to try them in a variety of fabrics to really say they deserve to be my pant TNT.

I also decided to work on this dress today, Butterick 5500 out of this fabric I bought during my trip to NY with Alethia back in July. Hopefully I'll get to finish this tomorrow or early next week. I also cut out a few knit tops that I'll post pics of and hope to get busy on them this week also.

More later...

Happy Sewing!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

In The Mean Time...

I have been so busy with family & church engagements lately that I haven't had much time to sew. So, in the mean time I decided to do something for my office at work. I was given the chance to move into a larger office with larger windows. I love the extra space and light.
I've always had this low metal cabinet but with the move I also acquired a large metal file cabinet that I would be facing while at my deskI thought...I've got to do something about this cabinet, it was not a pleasing sight. So, I decided to cover the drawer fronts with upholstery fabric. Mind you I couldn't do anything permanent because they belong to my company. So this is what I did...made a paper template to cut my fabric, turned up 1/2" hem and used "Tacky" glue on magnetic strips to the back's the after
The low cabinet is actually behind me while I'm seated at my desk and with the fabric covered fronts they are much more tolerable.

Hopefully I can get to some sewing this weekend.
More later....


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Back Online Again,

I'd been without internet and home phone service for the past three weeks. The last post I did was from work. I was in the process of waiting to switch over to Fios so, I finally got connected today with Verizon FIOS. I really don't know what's been going on but it was driving me nuts ...however I had to wait it out. It's kinda funny I can do without phone service cause of my cell phone but going without internet service drives me crazy...LOL.

I've done a little sewing, to get my sewing fix, I made up this little top, I bought the fabric from Adrienne @ Real Life; Live & Unscripted a few weeks ago, but of course couldn't post about it. I've also been working on my fitting muslin and almost have a bodice sloper just about right so next is to get a pant fitting done again so I can have a pant sloper. Pants have been the hardest for me but I'll be trying again I need them so badly, I need a little of everything so I'd better get busy. It's a bit last to do Summer sewing now, I've had so much distraction lately I just start my Fall planning and sewing and get an earlier start on my Summer sewing next year. More later...

Happy Sewing!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's Been One Year...

My brother passed away one year ago yesterday. This has been one of the hardest years of my life but by God's wonderful Grace we have been able to move forward. We have awesome memories to cherish but still I miss him so much. My brother John left such a large print on our hearts, everyone who knew him still celebrates the fact that he touched their life. I spent the day yesterday with my sister-in-law and thankfully it was a wonderful day of reflection, joy, laughs, and tears but most of all peace in our hearts. The family has grown closer, our circle of influence had grown wider and our faith has been strengthened. GOD IS GRACIOUS and John will always be remembered. I also thank each of you who has kept my family and me in your prayers throughout this year.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Making Slopers...

I spent some time Saturday making a skirt muslin. Thanks to Alethia taking a full set of measurements for me before I left from my visit with her last week, I finally have accurate measurements some of which are difficult to get on my own. So, I'll be working on a set of slopers. I ordered a fitting pattern, Butterick-B6092While I'm waiting I used a skirt pattern, Butterick-B5466 for the skirt sloper.

I prefer skirts and pants with either facing or a very narrow waist band, so here's my skirt sloper. I'm still deciding which pant pattern I want to use. I've had a real ordeal with pants if you remember from a few posts I'm saving them for last so I don't use up my mojo on pants. I don't want pants with front pleats of side pockets but I want it so the zipper can be back, side or front fly. Fortunately Alethia gave me a few great tips for my pants fitting so maybe this time it will be a better experience. More later...

Happy Sewing!!

Whew, talk about laundry day...

I spent today pre-washing loads of fabric. I unexpectedly had most of the day off because of the bad storm that blew through the Maryland/DC area yesterday, the building where I work was without electricity. I drove in to work to find out the good news...wish I had checked before I left my house. Oh well, not a problem I joyfully drove home...YA! (I felt like doing a happy dance) and got busy washing up most of the fabric I bought in NY last week and several other pieces from my stash that had never been done. Between loads, I also started planning how I was going to make up each piece. Here are all the pieces I pre-washed today, some of the pieces are as much as 6/yds long.

Now just a matter of picking patterns and getting some of this fabric sewed up. Stay tuned, more later...

Happy Sewing!

Monday, July 19, 2010

What a BLAST...Part-2

The big day had finally come...NYC FABRIC SHOPPING and meeting up with two of my favorite blogger friends, Carolyn & Sheila. Alethia and I woke up bright & early Friday just beside ourselves with glee. We were anticipating a grand day and let me tell you the day unfolded beautifully. On this day we started out with coffee from one of Alethia's favorite coffee shops then took an express bus into NYC. We stopped in at M&J Trims, this place was just brimming with some of the most beautiful trims & buttons of every kind imaginable. I was so overwhelmed I totally forgot to take pictures but here's a link M&J Trims I didn't buy a thing but believe me I will know where to go online for the perfect unique BLING for a garment. We stopped in at a couple books stores. One was the international bookstore that Carolyn has mentioned on her blog before. They have tons of fashion related books and magazines. I can't remember the name of it but if you are ever looking for it, it's right across the street from the famous "Bryant Park" (made famous on Project Runway), I'm sure someone could direct you there. We also went to a Japanese book store that carries some of the Japanese sewing books & magazines you may have seen on a few blogs, it's also not far from Bryant Park. We stopped in a couple fabric stores as we made our way to "Metro Textiles".

Finally we got there and immediately enjoyed touching and drooling over fabric as we made decisions about which fabric would leave the store with us. We kept Mr. Kashi quite busy and jubilant measuring up our selections. Then suddenly coming through the door was none other than Carolyn. What a pleasure it was to finally get to meet her in person. She couldn't help but notice the piles of fabric Alethia and I had amassed in the short period of time that we'd been there. Just moments later in came Sheila, the four of us just had a ball in that store. Here we are with Mr. Kashi I had my fabric shipped to my work address. I got it today at work and needless to say I couldn't keep my mind on work, I just wanted to go home. I endured the torture of having the fabric in my office and not able to play with it. At 5:30 I flew to my car and quickly but safely drove home. Ok, enough suspense here's what I got...

This gorgeous piece of fine silk crepe, This was the most expensive piece but I had to have it, Ok don't drool...HA! I hesitated on this one for a moment but was strongly encouraged by Carolyn. I would have been a fool to leave this behind, I'd been looking for the perfect orange fabric for a dress and this is defiantly it,To top it off I'll use this piece as a shawl with the the orange silk
This is a piece of silk also, yes, had to have it...
I'm not sure of the content of this fabric but it's enough for a couple pairs of pants and a skirt, The pen is there because my camera needed something to focus on...
Oh, yes and had to have this too, not sure of the content, I think it's a cotton/poly blend, this will be great as a jacket and I might be able to squeeze a skirt out of it too but I won't wear them together, that would be too much on me. This one will be a tunic or maybe a dress, it's a knit jersey,
I love this one...Ok I love them all but can't you see this as a jacket. It's a cotton sateen with a bit of stretch.Not sure of the content on this one but I love polka dots, this is a light weight kind of crepe or something (hard to describe) but this will make a cute top to wear with a white skirt or pants.Whew, that's the damage I did at Metro Textile Fabrics. I simply had a ball and now I've got to recover and get busy planning my projects.

After leaving Metro, Carolyn took us over to "Daytona Braids & Trimmings, she got us settled in and headed back to work. Then Alethia, Sheila & I stopped at another fabric store (couldn't resist) then we headed off to "Juniors" for lunch and spend the rest of our visit together chatting about sewing, fabric, projects & techniques we've tried. After lunch we parted ways and seemingly skipped off to our destinations. I must say from start to finish my trip to NYC was inspiring, exciting and just the spark I needed. We will have to do that again and next time I'll look up all the NJ/NY sewing friends out there that want to join us, the more the merrier.

I will be working on a muslin shell & sloper I think that will also help me with TNT's. Then I will be planning what to do with my new treasure trove of beautiful fabric. No breath holding please, but stay tuned, LOL.

Happy Sewing!!
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