Sunday, March 18, 2018

My Electric Butterfly dress

I've nicknamed this dress "The Electric Butterfly".  Just check out this bright fabric!

This is McCall's 7429 - a knit dress with a twist at the front.  I purchased this lovely piece of knit at the sewing guild's spring event with Linda Lee last year.  There was only 2 yards of it and the pattern calls for 2 3/8 yards so I BARELY squeeked this dress out of the yardage I had.

My goal in laying out the pattern pieces was to have a green "butterfly line" be centered on the bodice front.  I achieved that pretty well, but there wasn't much fabric left for the back pieces.

So my backside has this "Butterfly stripe", going right across my tushy.  Oh well!

 I love the twist in the front.

Here's a side tushy view of that stripe placement.  It would fall across the fullest part of my backside too!

On Friday, I went to a sewing expo and found the perfect earrings for the dress.  These are made from butterfly wings!

The vendor assured me that no butterflies were harmed to make these earrings. They come from a zoo in South America.  When the butterflies die naturally, they are given to a local jewelry designer who then turns them into lovely pieces of jewelry.

As I was snapping my photos, the bee's in the neighboring rosemary bush were starting to take notice of either me, my dress or one of their insect cousins dangling from my ear lobes....

And that quickly ended the photo shoot!

That's it for me today.  I finally found the perfect buttons for my Vogue dress and it will be finished and posted next weekend and I've started The Liverpool Tunic by Amy Butler.  I'm gathering my supplies to finally start my first pair of jeans so stay tuned for those - I have high hopes for them! 

Latest Stashbustin' Stats:

Yardage for this dress = 2 yards
YTD yards sewn = 18.125 yards
Remaining yardage to reach 100 yard goal = 81.875 yards

Happy sewing everyone!


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Matilda is gonna need a sister!!!!

I've finished the "Matilda" by Megan Nielsen and I absolutely love it!  She is gonna need a sister and soon!

I used some batik cotton purchased at a garage sale last year.  As I didn't spend much cash on the fabric, I thought this would be a good test run of the pattern.  I think it is perfect!

I originally cut out a size small thru the bust and shoulders and tapered to a medium at the waistline.  As it turns out, I ended up taking in the sides at the waistline to a size small so I have gone and recut the pattern to be just a size small entirely now.

I am really getting some use out of my green Dansko's too!  Who knew I had so many green garments in my wardrobe. 

The color looks different inside, but here's a close up of the patch pockets with flaps.  The buttons were from the stash and they match perfectly.  I used slightly smaller buttons on the pocket flaps.

Close-up of the patch pockets on the skirt portion.  A bit hard to see with my busy turtle print. 

And here's the back.....

That's it for today.  My next Vogue dress is coming along nicely but due to it's black/white herringbone weave that makes your eyes go crossed, I can only work on it for short time periods.  The "Electric Butterfly" dress is almost finished too.  I just need more hours on the weekends to finish everything!  Here are my latest stats for everyone that is following along on my stashbustin quest...

Latest Stashbustin' Stats:

Yardage for this dress = 4.375 yard
YTD yards sewn = 16.125 yards
Remaining yardage to reach 100 yard goal = 83.875 yards

Happy sewing everyone!


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Boot stuffers!

Just a quick post today.  Here are some boot stuffers I made recently. 

I like to buy sewing magazines while vacationing in other countries to see what's happening in their sewing scene. This idea came from the Sewing World magazine, October 2017 Issue.  I purchased it while we were on holiday in England last year.  Using some scrap fabrics from the stash and some polyfil, you can see that they really work!  Left boot is sad and floppy while the boot on the right is standing tall!

I made three sets so now all of my boots are standing proud in the closet! 

That's it for today!  My Matilda dress is finished - just need to photograph it this weekend.  I found buttons for my new Vogue dress so it should be completed soon.  My Electric butterfly dress is half-done and I need to cut out the Liverpool Blouse this weekend.  Lots of things happening in my sewing room lately!  And here's the latest on the stashbustin' quest....

Latest Stashbustin' Stats:

Yardage for these boot stuffers = 1.5 yards
YTD yards sewn = 11.75 yards
Remaining yardage to reach 100 yard goal = 88.25 yards

Happy sewing everyone!


Sunday, March 4, 2018

My fave top - Version ??

I have made this turtleneck top so many times, I've lost track.  So this is version ?? made from some leftover scraps from Vogue 8962.  I'd been holding onto these scraps since 2014 and it was time to sew them up into something so of course a turtleneck would do the trick quite nicely.

Just a quick post today.  I have lots of almost finished projects to share in the near future.  My stash sorting project is going quite nicely and I think it will be completed next weekend.  My Matilda dress by Megan Nielsen is finished (just needs to be photographed) and I'm trying to find buttons for my latest Vogue dress.

Latest Stashbustin' Stats:

Yardage for this top = 1 yard
YTD yards sewn = 10.25 yards
Remaining yardage to sew to reach 100 yard goal = 89.75 yards

Happy sewing everyone!


Friday, February 23, 2018

Vogue 8918 - Even Better the Second Time Around!

I am super duper happy with my second version of Vogue 8918.  This is made from a thicker knit that doesn't have as much stretch as the last version I made. 

When I first started sewing the bust darts, I held it up and thought "uh-oh, I don't think this is going to work", but I kept on sewing. 

And then when the back darts were sewn and I could finally try it on for fitting purposes, I knew it was going to work. 

I couldn't resist using the bright blue serger thread on the inside too!

With my gray tights, blue shoes (which are in the donate pile at the moment - I took them off right after this photo!), and my orange necklace painted with fingernail polish, it's a winner! 

I also managed to squeeze  in a new curtain for the master bath.  There was only one yard of this available at the store and after the additional percentage off for the end of the bolt, plus my coupon, I figured what the heck!  I had some curtain lining fabric in the stash and if this curtain will give a few more years life to our existing bathroom before I finally get fed-up with it and break out the sledgehammer, then I think it was worth it.  

Pretty simple grommet top curtain that gave me all kinds of grief though.  My header was initially 3 layers thick and the grommets kept popping loose.  I tried to cut out the middle layer underneath the grommets, but that didn't work either.  So eventually, I just cut off the double fold and used some tape to finish the top edge.  In  my mind that is just the wrong way to make a curtain header, but hey, it's in the bathroom so I don't really care.  And no, I didn't need an entire yard to make this, but after messing up the top edge, I'm glad I had the extra fabric.

Sneak Peek:

Here's a sneaky peeky at two projects that are almost finished....

Just check out that back seam - how well it lines up.  I can only work on this dress in small time increments.  If you keep starring at the photo, you will know why....

Stashbustin stats:

Vogue 8918 dress = 1.5 yards
Bathroom curtain and lining = 2 yards
Total YTD = 9.25 yards

Remaining yardage to sew to meet my 100 yard goal = 90.75 yards.  Seems a bit daunting at the moment, but I'll get there!

What's next?:

Next up, after finishing the two other dresses above is, yes, another dress!  This will be called my "Electric Butterfly" dress.  Just check out this fabric!

Until my next post - Happy Sewing Everyone!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Butterick 6377 - Done!

This could be my new fave t-shirt pattern.  With it's asymmetrical hemline, great fit thru the bust and shoulders, and the overall comfy factor, it's a win-win!

You may recall that I started this project with a bunch of leftover scraps from the stash.

After sewing the main body together, it was looking rather plain so I started playing with my printed elastic to try and jazz it up a bit....

It still seemed like it was missing something so it hung on my dressform in it's almost finished state for awhile until I figured out what it needed.

The missing element was a pocket!  Yes indeed - a little pocket to break up that black side and add some more interest to all of those intersecting elastics!

Here's a close-up of the neckline and some of the printed elastic on the shoulder front.

I considered adding a pocket to the back somewhere, but I'm glad a didn't. 

I really like this new top.  After it's first wear to work last week - it still looked good at the end of the day and the knit fabrics retained their shape.  I can see a few more of these in my wardrobe for this year.  Considering this was a scrap project, I think it turned out great!  Now - on with the stashbustin info:

Stashbustin update:

Total yardage for this blouse = 1.75
YTD yardage sewn = 5.75
Remaining yards to reach my 100 yard goal = 94.25

What's next:

Hmmm - I have three things cut out at the moment, another Vogue 1233 dress, another Vogue 8918  dress (in thay crazy blue/gray/orange fabric) and I just cut out a Matilda dress from Megan Nielsen in this cute green/yellow cotton batik with turtles on it:

I am deep into the stash sorting/organizing/documenting project and I will have alot of yardage to sell at this year's sewing garage sale so stay tuned! 

Until next time - Happy sewing everyone!

Friday, January 26, 2018

It's a Sewing Threesome!

Or in other words, my January MAGAM Challenge projects are finished!  As you may recall from my last post, the entrance into the new sewing year was going to be three projects using the same knit fabric.  My plan was to make a dress and two tops. And here they are!  Of course the sun decided to hide behind a cloud when I was taking the dress photos so it looks a bit darker, but I promise, they are all made from the same fabric.

Everything worked out great - after a few alterations.....

Vogue 8918 dress

I cut out a size 12 thru the bust and waist, tapering to a 14 at the hips.  The bust and shoulder area fit ok, but the sleeves, hips and that rounded neckline were giving me grief.

The sleeves looked like they were bat wings or something.  The black I used for the sleeves was VERY stretchy so I'm not sure if it stretched a little out of shape or if Vogue thought my shoulders were really supposed to be that broad.  They stuck out looking like wings right after the slope of my shoulder so I ended up restitching the arm about three times until it looked like something less prone to taking off.   And the sleeve length was just unbelieveable!  I cut off 4 inches in length - and that's before I hemmed the sleeves!  I think the pattern was truly designed for a bat with the very long wingspan!

As for the neckline - I thought the high rounded neckline would look pretty slick, but instead, it was making me gag when I put the dress on.  It was a bit too high for my throats liking so I ended up cutting off about 2.25 inches of it and making a more rounded neckline.  Here's the neckline pinned prior to modification:

Awww - I could now breathe comfortably again!

The hips - well - that was a simple alteration - just took them in about 1/2 and it was good to go.  Maybe I should have just cut out a 12 everywhere instead of taping to a 14 at the hips.

Simplicity 1642 top

I had doubts about the front slit in the top before I cut it out.  Visions of me bending over and seeing my belly button thru the slit kept coming to mind.  But I thought what the heck - if it doesn't work out at least I'll have two other garments made from the same fabric.

I proceeded to sew the garment in hopes that the slit wouldn't be too revealing.  Upon the first try-on sans sleeves, the gaping was starting to sneak in.  So I thought I would first baste on the sleeves and see if that made a difference.  With the sleeves barely hanging on, I tried it on again and found that the gaping was getting a little better and I thought to myself "if I just take in the front and the sleeves about 1/4 around the front armysce, this might solve the problem".  So that's what I did.  I started the extra 1/4 seam allowance at the middle of the overlapped front pieces and tapered to the normal 5/8" seam allowance for a total of about 4.5 inches as shown by the seam gauge below.

Now with my sleeves fitting a little more snug in the front, the gaping was now becoming more of a slit, rather than a vast chasm.  I then thought if I sewed the front sections together for a few inches between the armhole and the bustline, then the gap would have no option but to behave properly and that's exactly what happened!  Yeah!  No more viewing of the belly button!  

The neckline was another story.  I must have stretched it just a little too much when sewing the band on because now it was flipping up funny.  But never fear - that's where the trusty steam iron came in.  I put it on the dress form and steamed that neckline into submission and now it fits great.  Phew!  A garment on the brink of the trashbin had been saved!

My trusty turtleneck pattern

What can I say - I've made this turtleneck so many times that I knew if the other two garments totally bombed, at least I would get a turtleneck out of the deal!  And sure enough - the pattern didn't disappoint.

Stashbustin stats:

Between the three garments, I only had 3.25 yards of the printed knit to use and .75 of the black to use.  So, 3.25 plus .75 equals 4 yards to start off  my 2018 stashbustin' quest!  And now she's off and sewing towards that 100 yard goal again!

What's next?

My Butterick 6377 top is ALMOST finished and I'll be posting it soon.  After that will be the same Vogue dress again as you saw earlier.  Yes - I'm going to give it another try in a different fabric.  This one is sure to make your eyes go crossed - just take a look at this:

I bought that fabulous knit at the local quilting guild's annual sale last year.  I only have 1.5 yards of it, so the sleeves will be 3/4" in length.  I think I'll need some crazy jewelry to go with this too - maybe an orange bracelet?  And, I was thinking of adding an orange zipper to the back - just a short one - maybe from the waistline up?  Or who knows - maybe a full length one!  We'll see what I can find!  

Happy sewing everyone!