Friday, November 17, 2017

The Sewing Workshop Bristol Dress

Hi everyone!  It's been awhile since my last post so here goes!  

This is The Sewing Workshop's Bristol Dress.  All three of these knit fabrics were from my stash.  The circle print I purchased at Truro Fabrics in Truro, England last year while on vacation.  The plain gray has been in the stash for awhile and the black crinkle fabric came from this year's sewing garage sale.


I made a size Small, but I think I should have made the XSmall version instead.  There is alot of ease in this dress - as you can see in the photo below - that's why I added the belt.  Now - if I were visiting an all-you-can-eat buffet, then this dress would be perfect as it would allow for multiple trips to the buffet and the stomach expansion thereafter.  However, since I don't tend to eat at such establishments, it's a bit roomy for my liking.

It's hard to see in this photo, but there are no side seams on the dress so taking it in proves to be a bit of a challenge.  I might sew some rather large fisheye darts to each side, or, I could just leave it as is and continue to wear it with the belt.  We'll see if I'm in the mood for altering in the future.....

I'm not sure about the back view - it's lookin kinda sketchy back there. 

I wore this dress to work the other day and had a friend snap this pic.  I knew the dress was quite roomy along the bustline, but I didn't realize just how much until I saw this picture.  Just look at all of that room!  Also - it's funny how the gray fabrics match perfectly indoors, yet when venturing outdoors, the solid gray seems to be just a shade different.

I do love the neckline though and the top yoke.  Of course when I had finished the dress, it looked a bit plain to me so I added these buttons along the neckline.  I like how they pair so well with the circle print fabric. 

All in all - an ok dress - just not as fitted as I normally wear.  The pattern comes with a top version as well so I might make that up in the XSmall size and see if it makes a difference.

On with the stashbustin stats!
Yardage for this dress = 2 yards
Total YTD = 75.41

Will I make it to 100 yards sewn this year?  Time will tell!  With only 1.5 months left to the year and 25 yards to go - it's looking pretty slim, but I'll still try!

Happy sewing everyone!

Star

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Look 6139 PJ bottoms

Just a super duper quick post today!  Another pair of PJ bottoms using New Look 6139.  These are from a lightweight cotton print I had in the stash.  I only had one yard of this fabric so it was perfect for these pj's.


I used a trim with little birds on it for the waistline treatment.  As mentioned in my previous post on these bottoms, I really like this waistline feature.

Stashbustin quest info -
Total yardage for these pj bottoms = 1 yard
Total YTD = 73.41 yards!

Happy sewing everyone!
Star


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Vogue 8793 - a Katherine Tilton blouse

Another completed project!  Yeah!  This is Vogue 8793 - a Katherine Tilton blouse.  Not sure I like the look with leggings - jeans would be better.


I added a pocket to the front of the blouse because - well - who doesn't like a pocket!

The fabric is a doubleknit that I purchased at this year's Sewing Garage Sale.  It's polka dot on one side and stripe on the other.

I really like the neckline on this blouse.  It uses a double collar that is edged with a zipper!

Close-up of the zipper tape used as an edging.  

Cutting out this blouse took a bit of thought to make sure I had the dots on the correct side and the stripes on the other side.  I did find the arms to be a bit snug from the elbow to the wrist.  If I make this again, I will widen the sleeves just a bit.

I decided to edge the pocket with the zipper tape too.  Kinda cute!

Sorry this post has random thoughts here and there, but it was a random kinda day!

Here are the stashbustin' stats:

2 yards of sewing garage sale fabric for $5.00

Total YTD = 72.41 yards!

Happy sewing everyone!
Star



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Simplicity 2181 and my Hawaiian Skirt

You may remember this skirt - or not - it has been awhile.  It started out as a long XXL skirt that I bought at a garage sale.    It was part of my 2016 goal of completing all remaining UFO projects.


After taking in one of the panels to make it more my size, and changing the elastic, I still wasn't happy with it.  I tried it on a few times, hemmed and hawed in the mirror, and put it back on the hanger on the UFO wall.  Until one day when I was trying it on I thought, hey, how about making it shorter?  I quickly grabbed some elastic and tied it around my waist and starting pulling up the skirt to more of a knee length version and finally - success!  I even decided to go with a hi/lo hemline and I think it works.  Here is the final product along with Simplicity 2181 - made from a matching teal knit I had in the stash.


But I know, you are thinking "Hey, the skirt was just a plain batik one to start with". Of course the batik looked a little plain for me so I grabbed some coordinating striped fabric I had in the stash and started making some bias tape.  I had seen at some point in time a raw edge bias tape treatment and wanted to give that a try - so instead of folding the tape so it had two folded edges, I folded it in half and left one raw edge - that way when it's washed, the raw edge will fray a little bit causing an interesting effect.  Here's a close-up of the effect: 


Here you can see the bias tape as I was pinning it and experimenting. And, bonus, a little bag of matching yo-yo's that I had recently purchased at a quilt show.  The little yo-yo's matched perfectly and I ended up using all but two of them.  

Here you can see the hi/lo skirt action:

And another look at the bias tape treatment.  I used a triple zig-zag stitch to sew it on and I considered it a "bobbin waster" project, as I emptied about 10 bobbins with minimal thread on them in various colors stitching on the bias trim.

Stashbustin statistics:

Blouse - 1.5 yards
Bias trim - 1 yard

Total YTD = 70.41yards

Another UFO finished - PRICELESS!

Happy sewing everyone~!~
Star

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

McCall's 7468 - a Nicole Miller blouse

Here is my newest blouse - McCall's 7468 - a Nicole Miller top.  I am very behind with the cold shoulder trend this year and I'm not really sure it's my style anyways.  I thought I would snap some pics outside and catch some of the fall color starting to happen.....but I didn't realize until I uploaded the pictures, just how wrong of a background this was.


With all of the colors going on in this blouse - my hair blends in with the Japanese Maple tree and the blouse blends in with the tree in the background....

Here's an example of a disappearing arm.... 

Ok, maybe you can see a little bit better here....

Here we go - some pics on the dress form so I can describe the top.  As I mentioned, this is a Nicole Miller design.  The main fabric, which is a knit of some sort, was purchased at this year's Sewing Garage Sale.  The black fabric for the contrasting pieces is a cotton that was in my stash. 



Here you can see the cold shoulder style better.

The front waistband is flat but the back waistband has two rows of elastic.  The closure on the upper back consists of two yellow buttons with black thread loops.


Here's a close-up of the back waistband.

I did have some major issues cutting out this blouse and trying to match up the prints.  I only had 2 yards of the print to deal with!  I ended up narrowing the sleeves by about 3 inches on each side and hemming it somewhere between View A and View B.  I did not have enough fabric to cut the contrasting pieces out of the same fabric so I opted to use the black instead.  I think it kinda works?!?!?  Maybe??!?

Here are the stashbustin' stats for this blouse:

2 yards of print from sewing garage sale = $6.00
.5 yard of black from stash = free!
Total yardage for this blouse = 2.5 yards

Total YTD =67.91 yards

Happy sewing everyone!

Star



Monday, September 25, 2017

Burda 7342 - My Fave Skirt Pattern for September MAGAM Challenge - Shirty Skirty!

I decided to make my favorite skirt again for the September MAGAM Challenge.  The theme for this month is "Shirty, Skirty" - meaning make either a shirt or a skirt or both!  Sorry, I didn't post  my original plans to start with but here's the finished product!  This is Burda 7342 made from a nice red wool crepe I had in the stash.


I have made this skirt multiple times and still love it!  It has a nice twirl factor that isn't too revealing.....


And those mock pocket flaps in the front add a nice bit of interest.


Here is is on the dress form under less windy conditions.

Side view.

Back view with an invisible zipper.

The lining is a super soft silky feeling print (probably polyester), that also came from the stash.  Don't you just love the cherry print!

And voila - the back with hand stitched lining along the invisible zipper.

For everyone following my stashbustin' quest - here are the latest stats:

Yardage for this skirt:
2.375 yards of red crepe
2.375 yards of lining
Total for this skirt = 4.75 yards
Total YTD = 65.41 yards

Happy sewing everyone!
Star

Monday, September 11, 2017

New Look 6224 - Round Two!

Hi everyone!  It's been awhile since my last post so here we go!

If you follow me on Instragram - you might recognize this fabric.  I purchased it while on vacation last year in England.  Unfortunately, I only bought 1.5 yards of it.  I was undecided whether to make a blouse with a cowl neck front, or make a dress.  I ended up settling on the dress - as you can see below - this is New Look 6224:

I BARELY squeeked out this dress sans sleeves from this fabric.  I could have made the blouse much easier, but after looking at the pattern envelope, I realized that the front panel on the Vogue blouse I had selected needed to be cut on the bias and I just thought having ovals on the print going sideways on the front panel versus the ovals on the rest of the blouse going up and down, would look a bit odd.

Now I know what you are thinking - "Hey, the ovals are going sideways on the skirt portion of the dress and the bias band - so what's the big deal with the blouse pattern?"  Well, I didn't have a blue that matched this print either to make a pair of pants or skirt out of so the dress pattern finally won in the end.  And, if you look really closely, you can tell that my skirt portion is cut more than slightly on the bias - it's a little off, but in order to squeek out the dress - I had to shift the grainlines slightly.  Still works though I think.

Here's the back view.

The front V on the neckline is complimented with some slight gathers to either side of it.

The band along the neckline is cut on the bias too.  I made the band just slightly larger than called for.  It's supposed to be 3/8" wide, but I made it 1/2" wide - not alot bigger I know.  The armholes are cut in 3/4" smaller at the shoulder line, tapering down to the underarm seam.  These are finished with bias tape from the scraps I had leftover.

All in all, I really like this dress.  And yes, it has two shades of pink in this one!  OMG - what am I doing here!  For someone who doesn't care for pink as a color, this may have just put me over the edge!

Here are my stashbustin' stats for those of you following along with my crazy quest:

Yardage for this dress - 1.5 yards (barely!)
YTD Total yardage = 60.66

Whoop! Whoop!

Happy sewing everyone!

Star


Thursday, August 31, 2017

August MAGAM Completed - my Oriental/Russian/Mongolian Coat?

For "Artful August" my Indygo Junction's Trench Topper started out with an oriental flair but has turned into something quite different.  I think it looks more Russian/Mongolian rather than Oriental.  Could it be because I changed the collar to a stand-up collar and that the collar and cuffs are made from fake fur?  Who knows!

The finished product:


Should I be holding a sword in this picture?

I love the mix of prints and patterns in the coat.


Oh and yes - when I actually do wear this coat, I'll be wearing pants or a skirt underneath it.  It was 103 degrees outside this day when I took the photos so I wasn't about to venture outside in a coat trimmed in fur to take some pics!  It was hot enough inside with shorts on and my hair pulled up!


Back view is super cool!


And I'm just throwing this one in for kicks.  Every seam in the coat is topstitched, although it's hard to see in this photo.


So lets review how this whole project started out.

Here's my starting bunch of fabrics.  The main fabric in the middle was my inspiration fabric and I recently purchased all of the fabrics to the left of it to coordinate.  The inspiration fabric was purchased at one of the guild's sewing garage sales a number of years ago.  There wasn't alot of the fabric and I thought it might turn into a purse or totebag one day, but I really like the coordinating fabrics that went with it so it was destined to be this coat!  The fabric stack to the right are ones I pulled from the stash that matched, but the only one I ended up using was the fake fur.  The polka dot on the bottom I used as the lining, and I only trims I used from the starting pile were the two ribbons in the top middle.


After drawing a few pictures and figuring out the fabric placement, I finally settled on #3.  I did end up changing that red sleeve to a blue sleeve and the tab I had planned for the collar just didn't work.


I pinned the pieces to my dress form as I cut them out.  This really helped  make sure I had the right pieces in the right places.

And here it is as it was coming along with the main body sewn together, the bottom panel pinned on, the belt pinned on and I was starting to play with the ribbons and trims.


The buttons, closures and belt details:

For the buttons, I knew I wanted to use the square buttons in the coat as they were my Grandmother's buttons - they may even been bakelite but I'm not sure.  The square buttons looked a bit add next to all of the other circular shapes though so I found these black buttons at the store that would work well behind my square buttons.  The square buttons had a rather large shank on the back and the black ones are curved so the shank fits in it's little dip just perfectly.

I used small round elastic to make loops for the buttons.  

The button on the belt has a snap closure behind it.  I had one black covered snap set in the stash so this worked out perfectly.

The mock belt is trimmed with yellow/red piping and stitched into place around the waistline.  


The lining:

Isn't the lining fun!?!?!?  The pattern doesn't call for a lining, but I added one.  The facings are trimmed with the same yellow/red fabric I used for the piping around the belt.  



Back view:

I happily added my label to this coat.

The ending:

That fake fur (along with other threads) was everywhere when I finished the coat!


I am super happy with how this project turned out.  Now if the weather would ever cool off, I might be able to wear it!  And for everyone following along with my stashbustin quest - here are the latest numbers:

Stashbustin stats:
Total yardage for this coat (outer fabric and lining) = 6 yards
YTD yardage = 59.16

Happy sewing everyone!

Star