Thursday, April 6, 2017

The 2017 Sewing Garage Sale is coming!

Time to mark those calendars again!  The 2017 Sacramento Chapter of the American Sewing Guild's Annual Garage sale is quickly approaching!  And bonus this year - it will be in a new, bigger location!!

April 15, 2017
Orangevale Community Center
6826 Hazel Avenue
Orangevale, CA  95662
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Get there early as the line starts forming at about 8:00 am!  

If you would like to sell some of your own items, please click on this link for more information.

So far, I have 81 items to sell at the garage sale - which includes 53.75 yards of fabric.  So, if I stay below that amount in my yardage buying, I will be still be ahead in my stashbustin' challenge - well - at least that's how I'm justifying it in my head!  

I've already boxed up everything I plan on selling this year before taking pics of the items, but I thought I would show some of the garments I've made this past year from previous garage sale fabric purchases to show you some of the fabulous finds you will come across!

Vogue 9077
The multi-print rayon in this dress was purchased at the garage sale.  

Asymmetrical Skirt
The boiled wool and the lining fabric were both from the garage sale....

Simplicity 1587
Nice rayon print purchased at last year's sale....

Butterick 5925
The faces knit print was from last year's sale and the polka dot was from a previous year's sale.

Vogue 8553
A nice knit print from last year's sale (I think - could have been from the year before).

All in all - lots of good finds!  This year, I will be focusing more on finding knit prints and matching from fabrics that have been in the stash for awhile so I'll be bringing fabric swatches with me to match!  At least that's my plan at the moment - anything can happen on the day of the sale!

Happy Sewing everyone and I hope to see you at the sale!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

McCall's 7405

It has been ages since my last post, but hey, I've been busy!  Though, not too busy to squeeze in a little simple sewing here and there and this dress was a super simple one to make.  Seeking some warmer weather so I could actually wear the new dress, we headed to beautiful San Diego for the weekend.

I bought this fabric last year from Joann's because I just LOVE how the colors blend together.  It has been sitting in the stash waiting for the perfect pattern to come along and low and behold, McCall's came up with the winning pattern. This is McCall's 7405 - a pattern designed for the beginning sewer. I made view D with a little elastic casing at the waist creating a blouson effect (I think that's the right word!).  It has a belt as well.

There is a casing around the front neck and the back neck pieces with a tie at the back neck - so no zippers or buttons in this dress!  There is supposed to be a slit in one of the side seams, but I decided to just sew both side seams to the hem.  Also - I made a size Medium and I think it's just a little bit too big.  An easy alteration to make it a little smaller though - just unpick the casings at the sides, sew up the sides and restitch the casing down.  Should be simple enough to fix.  

Here I am trying to blend in with the locals....

  Ahhhhh - don't you just love the ocean!

That's it for me today - just a quick post.  I'm not sure which took longer to do - the sewing of the dress, or the time it took me to write up the post today!

We're adding this puppy to the stashbustin total too!

Total for this dress = 3.5 yards
YTD Total = 15.625 yards

Happy sewing everyone!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Vogue 9077 - February MAGAM Finished!

Vogue 9077 - my February MAGAM Challenge project is finally completed and I couldn't be happier with it.  Now if the weather would finally warm up a bit, I could actually wear it!   After the weather turned from rain, to hail to snow, I gave up on the chance of any outdoor pics today.  Of course now that I'm uploading everything, the sun is shining!  

This dress went together fairly easily.  The skirt portion is a four panel skirt....

 With in-seam pockets....

The back skirt has 4 panels as well, with a long center pleat on the top bodice portion.....

All those panels in the skirt creates a great twirl factor.....

I added green trim to the accent pieces on the collar, fronts and all down the front of the placket, which I also extended to the bottom of the dress.  The original button placket ends somewhere around crotch level, which seems like an odd spot to end, so I just decided to keep going to the bottom.   Oh, and I just happened to have that purple belt from another dress that matches perfectly!   

You might also notice that my version is sleeveless. I pinned one sleeve on to see what it would look like, and I didn't like it.  The fabric is very, very busy and adding more of it for sleeves just seemed to be too much.

Also, I didn't like where the armcap ended for a sleeveless version so decided to cut it in quite a bit.  The original shoulder seam on the right below is 6" long.  I cut my sleeveless version down to a  3" seam and tapered down to the bottom of the armhole.

I will get lots of wear out of this dress in the warmer months.  It's comfortable to wear and I really like the extra touches of green trim.  It took several fabric store journeys to find the perfect buttons and these are perfect!

Both fabrics for this dress are rayon and came from the stash - so of course they are getting counted in my new running total for this year.  I've hit the double digit mark finally!

2017 Stashbustin Total so far:
5 yards for this dress
12.125 yards YTD

I'm off to a slow sewing start to the year, but I have alot of things already cut out and ready to sew - it's just time that I need (like everyone else!) to get them done.

That's it for now!  Happy sewing everyone!


Sunday, February 19, 2017

February MAGAM Decided - A Very Delayed Post!

Well - here it is, half-way thru February and I realized I haven't posted my February MAGAM project yet.  I have been working on this dress for the last few weeks - in between life's crazy moments - evacuations due to potential flooding, plumbing issues, septic pumping and the numerous alterations people have been bringing to me!  This winter has brought parched California lots of very much needed rain, but I have to say, a few days of sunshine would be very welcome at this point.  So what better project to work on then a summery dress to bring a little brightness and warmth to this cold weather!  Another doozy of a storm is moving in at the moment so I had better get this posted before the power goes out.

Here's the project for the month - Vogue 9077 - View C.

The print was purchased at last year's sewing garage sale and I am actually making the project that I originally intended for this lovely rayon piece.

The main dress is cut from the printed material.  I am using the purple for the front placket, the collar tabs and the accent strips on the fronts.  I'm stitching the green ribbon down the center of the accent pieces and will use pink buttons for the front.  I've extended the front placket all the way to the bottom too.  Oh, and as luck would have it, I have a belt from other dress that matches the purple perfectly!

Wish me luck that I finish this in February!

Happy sewing everyone!


Saturday, February 11, 2017

January MAGAM Challenge finished!

I'm a little late in posting my January MAGAM Challenge, but it's finally finished and I think I'm fairly happy with it.  My first official "wearing of the garment" will determine it's ultimate fate though - do I keep it the current length, or shorten it?

The length question was part of the reason it took me so long to finish it - along with not being able to find hem tape this color.  I added 3 inches to the length of the pattern because - well - I just thought it was a good idea I guess.  This additional length caused the almost finished skirt to hang on my dress form for at least two weeks with one side pinned up to a shorter length and the other side hanging as I had cut it.  Everyday I would look at the skirt and scratch my head because I couldn't decide which length I liked better.  I even resorted to asking the DH's opinion, and he couldn't decide either.   I really liked the way the longer version hung in it's soft, flowing waves - but I didn't like where it hit my calf.  If I cut it shorter, I was afraid it wouldn't hang as nice as it does in the longer version.  So - the compromise is to wear it the longer length for awhile and if I really don't like it that length, I can always shorten it later.  Problem solved!

As I'm still pondering the length question in this picture, I'll explain a little of the construction process.

The skirt consists of 6 pieces - 3 for the upper yoke and 3 for the skirt portion.  I labeled each piece as I cut it out - clearly marking the right side and which piece it was - this was extremely helpful.  As you cut the pieces out, thread tack all of the markings of where the yoke "waves" meet the skirt "waves".  Cutting little slits like I normally due for marking notches won't work for this skirt as the seam allowance for joining the yoke to the skirt is only 3/8 instead of 5/8 so the thread tacks are necessary.

Once you have the yoke pieces and the skirt pieces sewn together, now sew a basting line 3/8" along the yoke and skirt pieces.

Next, you place the yoke portion on top of the skirt portion, right sides up, and hand sew the pieces together along the stitching line.  It won't look very nice at this point - at least mine didn't.  Here it is after the hand sewing has been done:

One thing that seemed to stick out oddly were the pointy portions of the waves.

Side view of the front wave:

And back view of the waves.  Come on now, who really wants these things poking out like that, especially on your backside!  At this point, I almost gave up over the frustration with the poking waves, but I decided to trudge on.

The pattern doesn't call for a lining, but since my fabric is a wool and wool will itch me to death without a lining, I had to make one.  Well - the lining held all of the answers for the poking waves.  After realizing I had cut out the left yoke piece incorrectly (as my waves were pointing the wrong way), I cut out a new piece and sewed everything together.  This time, I just sewed them the normal way (right sides together using a 3/8" seam allowance).  When I held up the lining, low and behold, the poking pieces draped to the back and weren't poking out!  Ta da!  That must be how they are supposed to go!

After trimming the yoke seam allowance and giving the skirt a good pressing, the poking waves were a little less pokey, but still didn't look right.

After yet another round of persuading the fabric with vast amounts of steam, I finally got them to fall correctly (and a little hand tacking on the inside helped too!)

Doesn't it just hang beautifully?!?!!?  Would you shorten it?

And it twirls good too!

One last little tidbit here.  The waistline is finished using grosgrain ribbon.  Instead of just ending the ribbon at the zipper, I like to extend one side of it about 3 inches, fold it back 1.5 inches and stitch it together making a little tab.  Then sew a button hole in the tab and add a button to the other side of the ribbon.  This helps to pull the skirt together at the top and makes it much easier to zip.  And, there is no need to sew on a hook and eye because the ribbon does the same thing as the hook and eye.
January MAGAM is now done!  And as a bonus, all of these fabrics were from the stash so we are counting them in my new stashbustin' amount for 2017.

Total for skirt outer fabric = 2.25 yards
Total for lining = 2.25 yards
Total for skirt = 4.5 yards
Total YTD yardage = 7.125 yards

I'm off to a slow start this year it seems, but I have alot of things in the sewing queue so stay tuned! More garments to come!

Happy sewing everyone!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January 2017 MAGAM Determined

So I've dilly dallied a bit in posting my January MAGAM Challenge.  It's going to be this skirt:

From this book:

Out of these two fabrics:

The fabric on the left is a nice teal colored wool and the fabric on the right is a polyester I'll use for the lining.  The pattern doesn't call for a lining, but since it's wool - I'll need one because me and wool just don't get along in close proximity to each other so a lining is a must.

I've already cut out the pieces and marked them with tailors tacks and pinned on notes to each piece telling me what it is.  I can see this could get very confusing in the construction process without those notes.  Here's the front:

And here are the two back pieces:

I actually purchased this book just for this pattern so I'm hoping it will be a winner.  I'm a huge fan of asymmetrical clothing and usually the stranger the pattern, the more I like it.  This one kinda looks like ocean waves so far.  Now - it's time to get sewing on it!  Wish me luck everyone!

Happy sewing!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Simplicity Retro Style dress

I have always loved the style lines of the 1940's.  I've purchased numerous patterns from the era, but have yet to stitch any of them up - until now - and I'm lovin' this new dress.  This is Simplicity 1587 - a 1940's retro style dress with a shaped yoke at the waistline, slight gathering at the waist and bust with a front v-neck with pleats covered by a tab and button.  There are two sleeve styles in the pattern - a shorter gathered style, or the 3/4 length one that I selected.

The fabric I used was a rayon purchased at the ASG Sewing Garage sale last year.  I had just enough yardage to make this dress - even after adding 3 inches to the skirt length.  I sewed my normal size 12 thru the bust and shoulder area, tapering to a size 14 thru the waist and hip.  I could have just sewn a straight 12 throughout and it would have fit just fine.  It's a tiny bit roomy in the waist and hip, that I don't think it's enough to worry about.

Here's a view of the front v-neck with the tab and button.  The pattern calls for two buttons on the tab, but I liked the look of this single one, that didn't have a matching second partner anyways.

The back neck has a slit with a loop and button.  I opted to use black elastic for the loop instead of making a small tube out of the same fabric.

The back yoke at the hip is pretty much a straight piece.

The front yoke has a nice inverted v-shape to it where the skirt portion joins it with gathers.

I used a longer 22" invisible zipper for the dress too.  The pattern calls for a 16" zipper, but I figured it's hard enough to put on a dress with a side zipper so why not make it a little longer.

Total yardage for this dress came to 2.625 yards thus starting my new stashbustin' total for 2017.

Happy sewing everyone!