Thursday, February 4, 2016

Butterick 4807: Yoga Pants.

When the fabric was born for the pattern, this would be the time.  I purchased only two yards of this fabric from "The Sewing Studio" in Maitland, Florida.  Its a Fabric store that has some of the most beautiful fabrics.  Sometimes they are a little pricey so I usually go once a month and check out the remnant and $5.00 a yard bin.  This particular fabric was $7.50 a yard, so of course I had to grab a couple of yards.  I knew exactly what I had in mind for it when I purchased it. 

Butterick 4807 is one of my go to patterns.  I love the many variations of the Yoga Pant and how you can use them to get several different looks.  I use "View B" for many of my projects as I just love how they fit me.  I have also used them for wovens.  It works really well with a little modification. 

Here are my Yoga Pants:


Another view in my living room:








Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Butterick 5524 and Self-Drafted Leggings: My Leisure Suit.

I love how this outfit turned out.  I love that I can wear it casual and dressy depending on my mood.  I also love how comfortable the fabric is.  It’s a spandex knit from Fabricmart.com.   I’ve had the pattern for the top in my stash for some time now, and I see it is Out of Print as well.  I wanted to make it last year, but opted because the pattern reminds me of winter wear and I don’t need much winter wear here in Florida.   I was inspired by MimiG’s version of this outfit and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to pair it with this fabric.

The Leggings were self drafted.  There are many Youtube videos and Tutorials on the web on making a legging block.   I do not remember who’s tutorial I used because its been such a very long time that I made the pattern.  I use it often.

I styled it with a dressy suede booties and a pair of open toe sandal  booties to show how different shoes can give an out such a different look.
  

Here is my Leisure Suit:




Happy Sewing!





Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Look 6008 - Long Sleeve Turtle Neck Sweater

I've been holding on to this fabric for some time now.  The fabric was purchased at a local fabric store and I only had a yard and a half.  So my first thought was a pencil skirt.  I never got to the skirt, so I put the fabric in my stash and forgot about it.  The pattern is an older pattern, but I use it a lot as a basic turtle Neck pattern.

Here is my version of View "B"











































Here is the pattern I used which is no longer in print:





Happy Sewing!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Burda 6838: Cross Body Long Sleeve Blouse.

I have always had a fear of Burda Patterns, they've always intimidated me.  I've made several Burda garments, but I always had the fear of messing them up.  Just the way their pattern instructions are written seem to stump me. I usually can look at pattern and go straight to construction without looking at the instructions.  Sometimes I just peruse instructions to see if anything is funky, but Burda always seem to go into very unnecessary steps to get to the end product.   So I made a pledge to dive into them and conquer my fear.  I am not the type of person to let anything stump me for long. 





Here is Burda 6838:



Happy Sewing!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Burda Young 7146: Tops


As you know I live in Florida.  I just can't bring myself to make or even buy a coat.  We have such sporadic and short winters, I find they just hang in my closet for years until I give them away.  So for at least the past 6 years I have not owned an overcoat.  I usually just layer, and or wear hoodies and zipper jackets.  I do own a Michael Kors leather jacket that I absolutely love. 

At first glance of this pattern, I thought, well its on sale, but I doubt if I sew anything from it.  Of course I see Burda Young and I think about teenagers.  But after this weekends cold snap where we got down into the low 40's, I decided I needed to revisit and try View "A".  Its perfect for layering, and just cute enough to wear casually with my boots and leggings.  

Here goes:



Pattern Views:




The pattern was super simple and didn't even have to pay much attention to instructions.  Burda and I have a love hate relationship, so I usually just review the instructions then toss them to the side and do my thing.  That's exactly what I did here.  It came together nicely and I can't wait to style if for you guys, so stay tuned. 

Happy Sewing!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Pleated Maxi Skirt for Silent Auction

Our Church is having their annual Prayer Breakfast tomorrow.  Normally I am a Vendor and have a booth set up and sell my infinity scarves and clutches.  But this year I decided that I didn’t want to do that.  I have been sewing my butt off doing client work, and this year I decided to participate in the silent auction instead.  

I wasn’t sure what to make for the silent auction, but I figured it was Church, and the ladies in our church love skirts.  So I had this cotton polka dot fabric that was just sitting there in my stash, and I had not earmarked it for anything in particular so I decided to make a pleated maxi skirt.  I used a contrasting waistband, just for interest.   I didn’t finish the skirt so it could be custom to whoever ends up winning it.  I tacked the hem and pinned it on my mannequin.  It still needs to have the zipper inserted and the waistband secured.  Hopefully someone will like it enough to bid on it. 






Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wool Circle Coat Vest DIY

Hi everyone.  Hope everyone is enjoying life and getting in the Holiday Spirit.  I've been eyeing this particular style Circle Coat Vest.  I've seen them all over Pinterest and Instagram. I've been stash busting and I remembered I had about 6 ards of this really rich wool I was gifted by a friends Mom who stop sewing a few years back.  I love to sew wool, but I don't enjoy wearing it so much.  This wool, is itchy to the touch but has a nice flow and very soft.   I recently purchased some very nice wool blend and I will be using that to make a few more customers. 

Here is my inspiration off of and Pinterest:


The DIY for this Vest is located here: inhonorofdesign

Here is my version which I made a little shorter.  I will definitely make a longer one in the future.



Happy Sewing!
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