Sunday, July 23, 2017

July MAGAM Project - Vogue 8553 Again!

Just a quick post today as I haven't yet said what my July MAGAM project will be.  With a theme of stashbustin - I am all over it!

I will be making Vogue 8553 out of a knit I purchased at our ASG Sewing Garage Sale sometime before 2013 so it's been in the stash for a few years.  I've tried for the last 4 months to find a coordinating piece of the darker purple to make the tie and the front inset and neck pieces yet I've come up empty handed so the whole darn dress will be made out of this fabric instead.

I've made this pattern before and learned that the front slit is about 1" too low for my liking so I'll be raising that slit up.

That's it for me today.  Wish me luck!

Happy sewing everyone!


Saturday, July 22, 2017

June MAGAM Sewalong - a very delayed post

Life has been very, very busy as of late and I am waaayyy behind in keeping the blog up to date.  So - if you please bear with me, I'll be playing catch up over the next few posts.  First off, is the finished garment for the June MAGAM challenge.  It has truly been so long that I can't remember what the theme for June was (sorry Sarah Liz!), but this is the garment that I made.

Do you recognize the fabric?  It was a recent purchase at this year's  ASG Sewing Garage Sale.  It was a steal at 2 yards for $4.00!  Do you recognize the pattern?  It is Simplicity 2369 that I have made once before. Amazingly enough, I actually stuck with the exact dress pattern I originally planned on using for this fabric! I first made this dress back in 2014 in a black and white circle print you can see here.

It looks pretty homely just hanging on the dress form....

I extended the tie lengths this time to make it easier to tie.

I love the fit of the back too - it's nice and smooth.  One day I'll learn how to take a straight photo!

Overall, for a wrap dress (actually it's more of a mock-wrap dress), this is a super comfy dress to wear and the front wrap doesn't gap open at all.  This will be a pattern that I will make over and over again - this is just version 2!

Stashbustin stats:
This dress = I only had 2 yards and I used every bit of it!
YTD yardage = 34.625

Happy sewing everyone!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

May MAGAM Garments Completed - Part One

May has come and gone and I am late in posting my projects.  Seems to be a thing with me lately!

I had 3 garments as part of my May challenge:
- A Tunic from The Tunic Bible book
- The Flint pants by Megan Nielsen
- Urban pants by The Sewing Workshop (will be posted in May MAGAM Part Two - they are complete though!)

First off - the Tunic!

There are so many options for the tunic in the book it is a bit overwhelming at first.  I knew I wanted a placket of some sort in the front so I could use my big Rick Rack as an accent and I thought I might want a sleeve accent or an accent on the bottom somewhere too.  I opted for the regular Tunic blouse, with the Shorty Placket and regular sleeves.

The red and white circle fabric is a rayon that I purchased from a local fabric store last year that was going out of business.  The plain red is a quilting cotton purchased at the Sewing Guild's latest sale this year and the Rick Rack and buttons were from my stash.

There were a few flaws in the main fabric to start with so I needed to work around those when cutting out the pieces.  I opted to cut out everything in a single layer so it was easier to line-up the circles as the rayon fabric was very not behaving well on my cutting board at all.  Cutting out single layer meant creating full size pattern pieces - which was an eye opening experience as the pieces looked enormous to me because I am used to making more fitted garments.  I thought for certain I would be altering this top forever to get a good fit since I didn't do a muslin of the pattern first and decided to just dive right on into the final garment. I held up the pattern pieces to my mannequin and low and behold, they were close - so much for looking enormous - maybe it's just me!

I am not a fan of tunics in general but I have to say this one is growing on me.  The bust darts don't quite hit me in the correct spot (my fault for not doing a muslin first), but if I give it a few years, I'm sure they will line up properly!

For the placket in the front, I knew I didn't want just a plain red thing sewn to the front so I added the Rick Rack.  Of course the rick rack was looking pretty lonely by itself so I headed to the button stash where I found a bunch of red, rounded buttons that were the perfect color and looked similar in size to the small red dots in the fabric.  Then the question arose as to how many to put on the front?

1 button - looked pretty lonely
3 buttons - looked like a nice attempt
5 buttons - we're getting close, but still not there
7 buttons - that's more like it!
9 buttons - Overload, overload!  Too many!  Back off with the embellishments!

I can't say enough about the fit of the back.  I just love it!!!  It hangs beautifully.  The fish-eye darts really make a difference in defining the waistline.  I could have added a side zipper to make the garment more fitted (of course I didn't think about this option at the construction time nor did I read about it in the book as I just glanced quickly at the sewing order!).  As it is right now, I can easily pull it off and on over my head without feeling like I'm a contortionist.

The length of the sleeves was a bit surprising because I normally have to trim off an inch or two on the length. The cut length of the sleeves was where I usually wear my finished length - (again, should have done a muslin first and I would have known this).  After turning up the sleeve hem 1/2",  I added the red band with rick rack to the bottom of the sleeves to make them "appear" a little longer.

I thought about adding a red band to the bottom of the hemline, but I only had 2 inches to spare on the rick rack after adding it to the sleeves, so that was a no-go.

I also added a small bar tack above the slits on the sides.

Next up - The Flint pants by Megan Nielsen  

First off - how cute is the pattern envelope!

I love, love, love these pants!!!  I just can't say enough about them!  A fitted waistline pant with no bulky elastic or zippers is a win, win in my book!

I made the version with the button closure in the front and they are super comfortable.  The fabric is a white linen from the stash of course!  I can see a few more pairs of these in my future = definitely a pair in black and lightweight denim pair would be super cute too!

They have a nice fitted waistband with slanted pockets at the sides.  The pocket on the left (the side with the button closures) is not fully sewn closed which allows you to pull the pants off and on easily.  

I made a size Medium with a few changes:
- Took in 2 inches on the back center seam, tapering the seam down to bubble butt height
- My bubble butt required lengthening the back darts by one inch too
- Took in the sides by 1/4 each side, tapering to the hips

All in all, two successful garments!  I can't say the same for the Sewing Workshop Urban pants though....more to come on that in May MAGAM Part Two!

On with my stashbustin' stats!
Tunic = 2.625 yards
Flint Pants = 2.625 yards
Total YTD = 32.875!

Happy sewing everyone!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

McCall's 7119 - A complete disaster!

Do you ever make something that is so awful that you don't even want to comment on it?  This is one of those garments.  When I saw McCall's 7119 in the pattern book, I thought "That's kinda cute, and I have some linen I think will work with it".  I could not have been more wrong.  I was so wrong in fact, that I won't even show you pictures of me in the dress, it is that terrible.  But here it is on the dress form in all of it's unflattering glory.

For those of you thinking it's not too bad, let me list it's unflattering qualities:
  • My pasty-white skin matches this linen color so perfectly that from a distance, it looks like I'm only wearing a blue belt and some strange v-neck contraption.  
  • The hi-low skirt option isn't working for me at all - and it flys open in the front with just the slightest breeze.
  • The bust area is completely wrong.  It needs another dart or something as it gaps in the front between the armhole and the center front.
  • The linen I used is a little too thick so it doesn't drape well.
  • The back portion of the hem catches in my shoes when I walk.
  • It kinda looks like an apron!
  • It's just YICKY!

Doesn't get any better with the side view!

The back bunches up so much on me, I look like a Shar Pei!

See that flap there on the bottom portion - bad idea!

Are there any redeeming qualities about this dress?  Just a few that I can think of:
  • This dress did use up 3.5 yards out of my stash, thus bringing my YTD total to 27.625 yards.
  • Some "lucky" person will be getting a brand new dress as it's in the donate pile as I write this.  I thought it was better to donate rather than add more garbage to the landfill.  
  • Both the dress and the pattern are now out of my life!!  
Can you tell I didn't like this?

Better luck with the next garment I guess.  Oh well - you win some and you lose some.

Happy sewing everyone!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Butterick 6026

This blouse has been cut out and ready to sew for a few years but other projects were making their way to the top of the pile.  I finally made my way to the bottom of the cut-out pile to sew up this blouse.  This is Butterick 6026.

The fabric is a very lightweight cotton I purchased at the Sewing Garage Sale in 2014.

The pattern has pin tucks radiating from the sides to the center front, from the collar to the front shoulder area and along the sleeve hem.

The silver buttons were from the stash too.

The back has two fitting darts - kinda hard to see in this picture:

Once half sewn, this blouse was hanging out on my dress form for awhile as I couldn't decide if I wanted to make it sleeveless or not. I decided to add the sleeves and wear it that way for awhile.  If I decide I don't like the sleeves, I can always change it to sleeveless later.  The fabric is such a lightweight cotton that even with our hot summer days, it just might still be wearable in July or August - maybe.....

Total yardage for this blouse was 1.625 yards, bringing my YTD total up to 24.125 yards.

A relatively short post today!

Keep those sewing machines humming everyone!


Sunday, May 7, 2017

May MAGAM Project

For May, I will be making a tunic from The Tunic Bible and a pair (or two!) of white pants.

The tunic will be made from the red/white circle print - it's a lightweight rayon.  The plackets on the front, sleeve and hem will be made from the matching red.  The red fabric, which I believe is cotton, was purchased at the latest sewing garage sale.  The red/white circle print was purchased last year from a neighborhood fabric store that was sadly closing.  I noticed when pressing the red/white print that one side of the print has quite a few misprints in the red circles, so I will need to cut out the tunic single layer to avoid the flaws.   Sadly, this will mean alot of fabric wasted in the process.  

Not sure if I will use the large rick rack yet as a trim on the tunic, but we'll see what happens.

As for the pants, I have been wanting to try the Megan Nielson Flint pants and The Sewing Workshop Urban T-shirt pants.  I have enough of the white linen that I could sew up both pairs.  Well see if time permits!

Happy sewing everyone!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Vogue 8974 - My "Crayola Crayon" Challenge

Way back in December of last year, the creative leaders of my local sewing guild group gave each one of us members a challenge.  A box of crayons was passed around and we each had to blindly draw a crayon from the box.  Whatever color your crayon was, your challenge was to make something, anything - using that crayon color.  We were given 4 months to complete it and during the month of April, our item was to be completed and brought to the meeting that month for the big reveal.

Thankfully, the color I drew was Red, Rojo, Rouge - whatever you call it, it's RED!  Yeah!!  I love red.  As soon as I drew the color, I had the exact garment in mind to make.

This red and blue striped linen has been in my stash for a number of years - I'm pretty sure it came from a sewing garage sale from years past.  And, I had some matching blue in the stash too.  So, from these two fabrics, I made the Vintage Vogue pattern #8974.

For the buckle on the belt, I went to my local thrift store and found a buckle I liked and used just the buckle.  The holes in the self made fabric belt are made from metal eyelets, that wouldn't you know it, as soon as I attached them to the belt, they started to crack and the color was coming off.  So, I grabbed my red fingernail polish and gave them a quick color touch-up and who would be the wiser!

The straps on the dress are made from the same blue cotton as the belt.  The big blue buttons are sewn on using matching red thread.  Oh - and check out my pinstripe matching!

The straps criss-cross in the back and the top edge of the back is just above the strapless bra line.

The top of this dress gave me all kinds of fitting issues.  I cut out a size 12 thru the bust and tapered to a 14 at the waist and hips.  I ended up taking in the bustline a total of 3 inches to get it to fit properly. There was just way, way too much fabric for my not well endowed self.

I changed the snaps on the side of the dress to an invisible zipper.  The snaps were more fitting with the 1949 timeframe of the pattern, but who wants to mess with a bunch of snaps when you could have a zipper instead.

The bust darts start at the sides and gradually taper to the bustpoint. This gives the stripes on the sides an interesting angle I think.

There is an unlined jacket with the pattern too.  It will be nice as just a light cover up.  The jacket has 3/4 length sleeves with cuffs.  The front has a facing that is turned to the outside.

All in all this is a fairly successful garment and I should get alot of wear out of it this summer.  It was finally warm enough this weekend to take some pics outside.  

The dress, jacket and belt used up another 3.25 yards from the stash bringing my YTD total to: 22.5 yards.  Not to shabby!

Happy sewing everyone!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Me Made May 2017 - Sign me up!

It's time to sign up for Me-Made-May again!  Details for the party can be found here.

Along with wearing me-mades for the month, my pledge will help nudge me along in my closet purging project.  Here is my pledge:

I, Star of sign-up as a participant of Me-Made-May '17.  I will endeavor to wear at least one me-made per day for the entire month and to purge the closet of one item no longer loved for each day of the month too. 

I'll complete a summary post at the end of the month of the me-mades worn along with a heaping pile of items to get rid of!  Clothes, shoes, jewelry - anything goes!

Just a quick post today!

Happy sewing everyone!


Friday, April 28, 2017

More Jalie Cora's

I am just loving the Jalie Cora's workout pants pattern.  Here are version #2 and #3.

Number two was created from an old pair of workout pants that was constantly falling down due to the elastic not being correct.  So I decided to cut them apart and use them in some Cora's instead. I paired the graphic print with some plain black from my stash. Here are the original pants - pretty crazy print I know.

And here they are as Cora's.  Sorry these pics are a bit crappy but you get the idea - they were taken in my closet at home after work.  And no - I don't normally workout in Birkenstocks.  After sewing each seam with the serger, I then sewed it with the coverstitch machine using Wooly Nylon in the looper to create the decorative stitching on the outside of the pants.  That took a little while to figure out, but the wooly nylon thread in the looper is the key for workout pants. 

Here's the third pair using some fabric from the stash.  These were sewn using the coverstitch machine as well, but I used regular serger thread for the decorative stitching.  Not so much luck this time.  Of course the first time I put them on, I heard a "Pop" on the side and sure enough, the serger thread had broke.  They won't fall apart as the decorative stitching was on top of the regular serger stitching, but they might look a bit thready in the future - especially if alot of squats are in the workout plan that day - yikes!  So - lesson learned here - only use Wooly Nylon if I'm doing this stitch in workout wear.  These pics were in the locker room at work post-workout so I have on my normal shoes and gloves that I wear.  

These two pants add to my stashbustin total as both were using stash fabrics for at least some portion of them.  It takes about a yard for each pair so that adds 2 yards to my total.  This bring my YTD total up to 19.25 yards.

Happy sewing everyone!  Just a quick post today!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April MAGAM Completed - Sewing Workshop Poppy Vest

I hadn't decided on my April MAGAM project until this past weekend.  I was thinking about what I would wear to the sewing guild's Spring Event where we will have Linda Lee from The Sewing Workshop as a guest speaker. The event is this coming Saturday, April 29th, so I didn't have much time to make something, but I wanted it to be a Sewing Workshop pattern.

Then I thought of this gorgeous fabric purchased from the sewing garage sale....

There was only a yard of it and I immediately thought of The Sewing Workshop's Poppy Vest pattern. I have made the pattern before, but it has been a long time ago.  So off I go to my pattern stash to pull out it out.  And of course, I don't have enough fabric.  I am short about 9 inches in length and about 6 inches in width.  

So, off to the fabric stash to find something that matches and as luck would have it, I had a piece of plain black wool that was about the same weight and drape as the fabric above.  I added a 10 inch piece that runs from the left front, thru the left shoulder, down to the bottom right - basically just cutting the fabric in half and adding the strip in.  

So now I had enough length wise, I needed to add a section to the left front to make up the width needed.  I added about an 8 inch piece along the left hand side.

Basically, the fabric now looks like it has a giant "T" running thru it.

Once cut out, it was looking a bit plain so I decided to add some embellishment threads to the black pieces:

Now we are getting somewhere.  The black fuzzy is a piece of yarn.  The green is a ribbon I had in my scrapbooking stash and the others were various threads and yarns I had laying around.  Here's a close-up of the threads:

And voila!  The finished product!

I covered a button using the reverse side of the fabric.

I will pair with with some black leggings and either a t-shirt or a turtleneck (not sure of the weather yet for that day).  I think this turned out pretty cute!

Total yardage needed to complete this vest was 1.625 yards.  So after piecing together what I had, I made it work.  And of course, I'm adding this vest to the stashbustin' total for the year.

So far, I'm up to 17.25 yards YTD.  A bit of a slow start this year, but the important thing is that I'm still moving forward and bustin' that stash!

Happy sewing everyone!