Friday, October 31, 2014

Simplicity 1463: Silver Striped Bling Tee!

I am in love with this Tee Shirt. It feels amazing against my skin and it was quick and simple. The pattern was straight forward you don't even need instructions.  I can see having a few more as wardrobe fillers.  A quick Tee to grab and go with jeans or even dress up.    

Silver Striped Bling Tee:


Happy Sewing!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Simplicity 1618: Starlite Starbrite Pants!

Cozy comfortable, that's my motto.  I found this fabric last weekend at my local fabric store, The Sewing Studio.  The store is about 20 minutes from my home, but not a straight shot.  I have to travel through a couple small cities to get to it.  The prices are also hit and miss and can be a little pricey, so I only go when I am in that area or if I am looking for something specific.  So, since I had a few minutes last weekend and I was in the area I ran in to see what they had in their remnant bin and came across this lovely fabric. Its a Challis and it wasn't a remnant which I specifically went in to look at, but the price was okay at $7.00 a yard, so I got a couple yards.  

Simplicity 1618 is my TNT for flowy pants.  The legs are just wide enough and the fit is right wear I wanted it to be.  I almost added pockets but I decided against it at the last moment. 


Happy Sewing!

Abstract Remnant Top! Quick, Easy, and Simple!

I have a hard time throwing away fabric.  Even when I know there is not much else I can get out of the 3/4 of yard that is left from sewing a garment, I still try and hang on for as long as I can. 

This week I decided to do my annual purge and donate, which I try to do as close to the Holiday Season because I know this when people are in need the most.   So I removed everything from my closet that I had not worn or touched in a year, gathered it all in bag and contacted the Disabled Vets to come pick it up.  Both my husband and I are Veterans and he is also an Disable Veteran from Desert Storm.

While cleaning out my closet I found a bag of remnants.  I don't even remember what I made with the original fabric.  In the bag was this particular piece and I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it, so I went to my pattern app and Pinterest to see if I could find something quick and easy. There was  only a little over a yard of fabric, so I knew it would be some time of top. 

Here is what I came up with:


Quick Review (reviewed also on Pattern

Pattern:  New Look 6273 ( View B).
Modifications:  Cut back on the fold adjusting it to take away 5/8, instead of two pieces as pattern piece instructed.  Since I was using a knit I didn't need the opening and button closure.
I used a double needle for hemming.

Happy Sewing!

Vogue 7997 - Modified: Houndstooth Off the Shoulder Sweater Top with Cape!

My version of Vogue 7997 with many modifications.  I decided to make my band more of a cape because of my large bust.  After reading the pattern reviews and staring at the pattern sheets, I knew I didn't feel I would get the coverage I needed.  I am also not a huge fan of off the shoulder for myself, though I find it is so flattering for others.  I am really self conscious about my breast so I try to give them maximum coverage.  

Here is my version of 7997:


I'll post pics in it soon.   

Quick Review:

I added 5 inches to the band and the bodice, and 3 inches to the sleeves.  I wanted the sleeves to cover my palms for those cool nights.  

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Floral Sheer Sleeve Top: Another Theirs/Mine Copy Cat Creation

I am quite please with how my blouse came out, even with the wonky neckline.  I thank you all for your suggestions on how to make a better knit neckline, and will be practicing these methods.  

I decided I didn't want my neckline as wide as the original.  



Quick Overview:

I used McCalls 6886 for the body and sleeves.  Instead of contouring as the pattern piece is constructed I boxed it and took out the contour.  The neckline, cuffs, and waistband was made of Ponte Roma Knit.  In hindsight, I should have used a not so tightly woven knit.  

Happy Sewing!

Monday, October 20, 2014


Yes, you got me this time, but I am coming for you and I will be the victor.  I will conquer you!  Be prepared for defeat.  

I've been working on some of my Pinterest Inspiration projects.  As I find garments that I want to recreate I quickly pin them to my "Things I want to Sew" board on Pinterest.  I have been eyeing this top for months, and finally I found (already had actually) the perfect fabric to recreate this look. 


The Top is found here:  Sugar Love Boutique.

The fabric is a very stretchy Jersey Knit.  Its been in my stash for months but I never paid much attention to it until just recently when I saw this top.  

Ok so now come the issue, THIS NECKLINE.  Here is my version so far and OH my the neckline is is killing me:


Needless to say, I am going to take this apart and redo it.  I can't stand it and it is going to cause me all kinds of angst and heartache.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, October 13, 2014

For the Not So Cool Florida Nights: The Cocoon Cardigan

When I found this sweater knit fabric it was in the remnant bin of a local fabric store.  It was a little over 2 yards and the price was right, so of course I had to have it (I need no reason at all to buy fabric).  Immediately I knew based on the weight that it would be some sort of sweater or outer garment. 

When I first came across this tutorial on Pinterest, I knew I had to make this and immediately my sweater knit fabric popped in my head.  I literally couldn't wait to make it.  The Tutorial is from  Kelli of DIY Cocoon Cardigan.  She did wonderful job explaining how to make this quick and easy cardigan, and I plan to make many more.  Here she is:


Back View:


Side View:


The tutorial was very easy to understand, and everything went together quickly.  I am not exactly happy with the the gathering at the top/back, but I can definitely live with it.  I may pick it apart later if I feel inclined too, but for now I am happy with it. 

Happy Sewing!