Friday, April 11, 2014

Valori Wells - Little Wallet

If you are looking for a quick and easy project, this Little Wallet by Valori Wells will fit the bill. This maybe took me 30 minutes to sew and that's including tracing the pattern and cutting everything out.

It's just the cutest little thing.  I use mine for holding gift cards, but it could easily hold credit cards and some cash for an easy wallet option in a small purse.

I made this one for a friend of mine for her birthday.

Here's the inside.  There are 3 separate pockets.  The pattern calls for each pocket piece to be two separate pieces, sewn across the top and then turned.  Instead of doing that, I eliminated the top seam (cutting off 1/4 inch from the pattern piece) and instead, just cut out the pockets with the top edge on the fold.  This not only eliminated the extra sewing, it eliminated the extra bulk that would be caused by the seam at the top.

I hope she likes it!

Until next time,
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Just a quick post today.  Although sewing is my true passion, I do have a few other needlework interests.  One of them being cross stitch.  Santa cross stitch patterns in particular.  I just can't seem to pass them up.  Here is the latest one I've finished.  He's a Scottish Santa - complete with his kilt and sporran.  Isn't he cute!

Under this little kilt I can tell you is a bunch of threads, but no knots!  As for the real kilts, well, you'll just have to find out for yourself what's underneath them!

Until next time,
Happy Sewing!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New Look 6026

I love pajamas.  I could live in them all day long given the chance. If it were socially acceptable and in compliance with our dress code, I would wear them to work!  And who wouldn't want to when you have cute pajamas like these!

This is actually a practice muslin I used for fitting the New Look 6026 blouse pattern. I had a few yards of this cute yoga print and a coordinating purple and thought it would be a great to try out on this pattern and get a new pair of pajamas in the process.  A sewed View A with the cute sleeve ruffle.

New Look 6026

Here's a close up of the curved neckline and the sleeve facings with the sleeve ruffle.

Side view.  I ended up shortening the body of the blouse by 4 inches.  I didn't want the ruffle to hit right at the hip area, so I raised it up a little higher.

Back view.  I was running short on fabric so the yoga girls on the back aren't centered, but oh well, it's pajamas right!  Also, the pattern calls for a small tie in the back which I eliminated.  This would give it a little more shaping in the back but who wants to sleep with a big knot in their back.

Here's the front all by itself.

The bottoms are just an elastic waist pant, but I wanted to share a little technique my grandmother taught me. An easy way to tell the front from the back is to sew a little grosgrain ribbon tab to the back waistband. Now, at a quick glance, when you are tired and ready for bed, you just have to look for the tab!

Until next time!
Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A quilter I am not

I am not a quilter by any stretch of the imagination.  I am a garment sewer.  However, when I come across Christmas panels, I just can't seem to help myself!

This panel came from a friend who was selling all of her mom's sewing supplies and she asked me to help her sort and price everything for a garage sale.  I was more than happy to help.  The garage sale was over two years ago and I've just finished this Advent Calendar.

It has cute little pockets for treats lining the tree and the sides.  The panel was printed by Mankower, UK.  I had never seen this panel here in the US before, but then again, I try to put my blinders on when looking at Christmas prints because I am such a sucker for them.  Not sure which year it was produced but it sure is cute!

I can't wait to fill all of those little pockets for Christmas this year.  This will make a great addition to my Christmas decorations since I didn't have an advent calendar already.

Just a short post today.
Until next time -
Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

April Garment of the Month Challenge selected

For the April MAGAM Challenge - I'll be making New Look #6224.  A very cute dress with different neckline and sleeve options.   The fabric is a rayon that I picked up at the ASG Garage Sale last year.  I remember I only had two fabrics in my hand, this one and a green/white check fabric and a lady was trying to buy this purple print fabric off of me before I had even purchased it!

I think this dress will turn out pretty cute, but I can't decide which sleeve variation to do:

View D - the main version in the photo with the longer sleeves - perfect for the cold office in the summertime - for some reason, our office is always cold in the summer!


View C - the red version with the shorter ruffled sleeves - good for someone with a small bust (like me!)

What do you think?

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Challenge Fabric leads to Cute Cape!

Every year, the Rocklin Neighborhood ASG Group has a fabric challenge.  And it's not your average challenge. Some of us dread this event and others look forward to it with great anticipation. 

Our lovely fabrics are some of the leftovers from our annual garage sale that didn't sell - so you can imagine we get some beauties!  Each piece is in a brown bag and you never know what you are going to get.  Well, two years ago, this lovely piece was selected by an unsuspecting member who hated it.  I, on the other hand, absolutely loved it when it came out of the bag and asked if she would mind trading.  Naturally, she was glad to trade and I was so excited!   

It's a cheap piece of polyester, silky type fabric, but I knew I had some purple wool at home that would match perfectly with it!  Our challenge was to make something, anything, out of our delightful piece of fabric and I had the perfect garment in mind.

I made the 1930's Capelet from the Decades of Style pattern company.  I had been wanting to make this pattern for awhile and knew this would work out great.  I originally bought this purple to go with this material, but changed my mind when the challenge fabric came about.

I made size B, following the lines for a 36" bust.  The pattern only calls for 2 buttons on the front, one at the top and one at the bottom.  Two buttons wasn't enough so I added the two additional ones in the middle.

The top buttonhole is an inseam buttonhole.  As long as you following the pattern markings, this is fairly simple to do.  As for my covered buttons, they were a bit of a challenge.  Since my fabric was so thick, I couldn't get it to work with the covered button kits.  After a few unsuccessful attempts, I noticed that the fabric seemed to be coming apart - as in there were two different layers to the fabric.  So, I tried to carefully pull the layers apart and voila!  The new "half thickness" fabric worked great for the covered buttons.

Here's the side view.  I am not happy with the bulk of the facing around the bottom, but when you see the inside, you will see why the ridge of the facing shows.

Here's the back view.  The capelet falls nicely over the back.

And that crazy lining!  Doesn't it match perfectly!  I added rick rack along the edges as well.  Each one of the rick rack points needed to be sewn down by hand as well, because they kept sticking out funny.  Also, the pattern doesn't call for a lining, but after seeing this fabric, I just couldn't resist adding one.

Side view of the inside.  You can see the capelet portion thru the armhole.  The caplet is left unlined.

Close-up of the armhole facing.
And more of the crazy lining!  I just love it!

Here's why there is a ridge from the facing on the right side.  Again, the pattern doesn't call for a lining, but I wanted to add one and add the rick rack along the edge.  Since I wanted to add the rick rack, this meant I needed to turn the fabric under to just have one side of the rick rack points show.  So in turning the fabric, I now have essentially 3 layers (2 of the facing layers and one for the rick rack) - this 3 layer thickness is what is causing the ridge to show on the right side.

Now maybe if I would have underlined the base fabric, this ridge wouldn't show, but it's too late now - I'll just live with the ridge.

In this final view, you can see how the capelet portion attaches to the front and hangs over the back.  I left the capelet portion unlined and just finished with some bias binding around the edges.

Until next time - Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March Sweatshirt Challenge Project

The topic for our March ASG meeting this month is sweatshirt makeovers.  This ties in perfectly with my recent closet clean-out project too!  In my quest to clear up some space, I came across this oversized fleece top I've had for awhile, but haven't worn so this was going to be the perfect starting point.

As you can see, it started out as a pretty boring sweatshirt. Way too big and lacking style.

Front view
Back view

Next, I starting gathering a bunch of potential candidates to assist in the makeover.  I had felted sweaters, various fabric pieces both knit and woven and a bunch of trims.  After trying various combinations of the items below, I finally settled on the felted sweater in the top left of the picture below.

I was so engrossed in the makeover project, that I forgot to take pictures of the starting sweater so I've used the one below as an example.  

After removing the collar from the sweatshirt, I cut the felted sweater along the red lines indicated below, being sure to keep one of the side seams intact. Then, I started draping and folding the sweatshirt to see what it wanted to become.  

The back was way, way too big, so I pinned in some darts.  One along the center back line and two about two inches apart from that.  I didn't like just the look of just straight darts so I flared out the bottoms of the two outside darts.  Each dart was a fold of 1 inch, therefore taking up a total of 6 inches in the back.

Now I had another 6 inches in the front to take out.  The sweatshirt seemed to naturally fold at an angle, so I decided to go with that.  I pinned on a zipper, and started draping the lower portion of the felted sweater to become the collar.  I pinned on some leftover zippers along the edge of the collar and liked the look of that but it was still missing something.  I found these large plastic buttons in my button stash the pinned them along the edge of the collar too - perfect!

The bottom portion of the sleeves are from the top front and back of the felted sweater.  They seemed to work perfectly for this new purpose.

The pocket is a piece cut from the turtleneck of the felted sweater.

After an afternoon of sewing, cutting and contemplating, here's the finished product!  Pretty snazzy if I do say so myself!  The collar gave me a little bit of hassle but after a 15 minute break to clear the mind, I finally figured out how to get it to work.

The darts in the back stuck out too much when I first sewed them so I decided to fold them flat and sew down the middle of each one.  I really like how they turned out.

Until next time, 
Happy Sewing!