Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Me - Made - May'14

Nothing like waiting to the last moment! My first year fun!  I do not have enough homemade clothes to go full blown but I do have enough to wear at least one thing a day.  I look forward to learning more about my style and wardrobe this month.  Sewing my own clothes is quickly teaching me that I really like a completely different style of clothing than what I have been buying/wearing.  So...............

 'I, Vicki, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade garment each day for the duration of May 2014'

Friday, April 25, 2014

Maxi Skirting It Up - New Look 6762

My second maxi skirt pattern this week.  I have noticed that I often host pattern duels in my sewing room.  It is a strange habit.  If I want to make something specific, I find two different patterns for it and make them up together.  I usually end up loving one and never using the other pattern again.  I guess I figure if I only made one and ended up with the dud I would lose out or something.  Anyway, enough of my crazy.  This is New Look 6762.
It is a very simple make......another under an hour skirt.  I used a ITY knit for Colorado Fabrics.  

I didn't match my side seams.......but don't tell anyone!  

This skirt has a simple elastic waistband and it is very comfortable.  As much as I like the fold over waistbands that are all the rage......the simple elastic ones are easier to wear.

My "I finally cut into my fabric" maxi skirt - New Look 6269

I LOVE this fabric so much that it has sat in my stash for over a year because I was too terrified to cut it.   I must have found a dozen perfect patterns for it but just couldn't make the first cut!  LOL.  Finally, New Look 6269 came along.  It was perfect and the construction process was so straight forward that I knew I wouldn't ruin it.  When in doubt, go simple!  YAY.
I like the fold over waistband and since this fabric is so lightweight it feels like air........LOVE.  The pattern is very fast.  It took me less than an hour to cut it out and serge it up. The fabric is a lightweight jersey knit I picked up at Colorado Fabrics.   I used my favorite stay tape for the hem and it was ready to go! 
Now that I have a few maxi skirts ready to go, I need to work on shirt to go with them.  My Old Navy tank tops are getting old.  Any great pattern suggestions?

So, I am happy to finally be wearing my favorite fabric instead of wondering what to do with it!  Happy Day!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

One For You and One For Me, Monthly Stitich - Sewing Double

Double bomber jackets....New Look 0912 YAY!!   A couple of week ago, we were out touring with my mom and it got a bit cold.  The only jacket in the car was my bomber so my son put it on.  After an hour or so, he decided he wanted to keep my jacket.  Thanks, I love it too.  lol.  So he kept asking me to making him one.  I was not sure how the pattern would look on a young boy (He does have a reputation to consider and all) but I decided to give it a try.  He picked out the digital camo and I got to work.

This fabric is very thick...almost like a canvas but it worked.  I found it at Joann's.  I did use a softer black cotton on the backside of the collar because I could not image trying to turn it with double thick canvas. I used a super thick knit ribbing for the bottom band and cuffs.  The fabric combination broke three needles on my serger (we will not discuss the hissy fits that occurred.......just know it wasn't pretty) but the thicker ribbing was needed to stand up against the canvas like fabric.

I used New Look 0912 sewed it up just like my first one. I added an archer collar and went with a knit ribbing to finish the bottom and cuffs instead of the elastic casing.  This is a really easy and quick pattern to put together.

My son loves it.  Thankfully it is suppose to snow twice this week so maybe he can wear it a few times before summer.  I did make the body a bit larger so he has room to grow (he just turned 10 and is 5'1').  I made the sleeves to fit him right now but cut out a replacement set for later use.  If he grows out of it or gets sick of it, I will happily snatch it up.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In Love With Chambray and Simplicity 7912

This fabric had no business sitting in my stash so long.  What was I thinking?  It is the best button up shirt fabric I have ever sewn with!  Easy to work with and very comfortable. My original plan for it was a traditional button up THEN I spotted Simplicity 7912. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE all the patterns I inherited from mom yet?  Anyway, I am a sucker for a raglan sleeve.  The pattern was perfect for me.....tons of top stitching but it went together quickly.

I am still new to the whole blogging concept and I totally blew it on this shirt.  The original shirt collar was upside down batman wing crazy!  It was about 2 1/2 inches bigger than the current collar.  I really wish I had taken I picture during the fitting.  I was rocking the 70's like no other and I am sure my facial expression was priceless!  LOL.  
Anyway, aside from the collar adjustment, the pattern went together as directed and I love it.  The sleeves are just hemmed with a tab and two button closure.  I have not seen this treatment since my youth.  Kinda like it. I did ended up with the tabs on the wrong side.  They should be in the back but it doesn't bother me enough to rip out all the top stitching.  

I will be using this pattern again for sure!   I think it would be fantastic in a sheer.  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Perfect Summer Dress - Vogue 1152

I finally got around to making my second Vogue 1152!    The first time around I used a heavy polyester mix and, although I wear it and like it, it just doesn't hang quite right.  It is a little stiff and what a really want is a soft and flowy summer dress.  So when I found this very soft rayon (almost feels like a crossed between super soft cotton and gauze fabric) at Colorado Fabric, I knew it was meant to be Vogue 1152.

The fabric and pattern sat on my cut table for awhile because this pattern is a bit labor intensive.  Fun to make but labor intensive.  That front casing piece is something else.  This time around I used a lightweight seam-a-seam to hold the cording in place.  It worked like a dream and saved me a headache or two.  

The finished dress is just what I was looking for.  It has a loose fit.....blow in the lots of yummy BBQ feel to it. Perfect for super hot summer days.

While I was sewing this dress, the weather beautiful so I figured I would get to take pictures in my flip flops and own the summer feel!  Sadly, Colorado had a different idea and I was forced to take the pictures in my winter work boots.  Third year in a row that my poor tulips were buried before they even got to bloom. :(((

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ConKerr Cancer - Our Spring Break Project

I spotted an article about ConKerr Cancer pillowcases in last month's issue of SewNews and thought it would be a perfect project for my son's spring break.  I mentioned it to him and he was all for it. So, off we went to Joann's (his least favorite place on Earth).  He had fun picking out all the fabric but was not to happy to have to wait in the horrible cutting table line.  Once we got all the fabric home and cut out as required, I introduced him to the serger.  He was not having it.  He hand sews ornament every Christmas (this year was ninjabread men. Little gingerbread men hooked with ninja gear) and I often have him do one or two simple sewing machine projects a year.  Hey, it is a life skill that everyone should know!  Thankfully he is very agreeable. So anyway, he did not care for the serger so instead he completed all the pillowcases with FRENCH SEAMS.  I LOVE HIM!
This was a very fun project.  We planned on doing one pillowcase a day for a week but sleepovers and play dates got in the way.  So, we managed it in two days spending about an hour a day on the project.  Such a small amount of time needed for such a worthy cause.
I spoke to our local representative and she said they never have enough.   She asked me to spread the word as much as possible.  So I am spreading the word.  Go suffer through the lines at Joann's and get busy!  :)
Here is one family member that did not get busy with us.  This is her usual spot and occupation in my sewing room.  Lazy girl.  lol.