The “ins” and the “outs” of my new Tote bag!

I think I’ve already mentioned that I need to replace my Tote bag.  The vinyl is cracking at the corners and on the straps.  I have decided to strip what zippers and buckles I can from this one to ensure no waste … but the rest of it is too worn.

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My family, friends and co-workers have heard that I like working with repurposed denim and other repurposed fabrics to make my bags.  They all kindly gift me with fabric and notions they find!  For this Tote bag I will be using an almost never worn pair of jeans that a co-worker has given me.  They are large so I have lots of fabric to work with!  (Thank you, Linda R!)   Continue reading

Don’t need buttons for this one …

… and I found the perfect buttons for my last project.  But before I show them to you, let me show you what I made with the remnants of my paisley Topaz knit.  I had some of this lovely fabric – 85% polyester, 10% rayon, 5% spandex – left over, just enough.  I think I have made a few of these McCalls tops before – one of the other ones I made is here. 

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No Buttons!

Fresh off the Day and Night Dress Challenge, Coffee and Cocktails, I’m headed to Lisbon…

… the Lisbon Cardigan by Itch to Stitch, that is.

I cut out my pattern pieces and fabric with the help of Sophie! 

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I love this knit fabric, a “shades of grey” (and black) paisley Topaz knit, 85% polyester, 10% rayon, 5% spandex.  Others seem to like it too!  I have two co-workers who have RTW cardigans in variations of  grey paisley knit – that’s why I knew I had to have one too!

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The Day and Night Dress Challenge, Part 2

I did it!  I completed The Day and Night Dress Challenge organized by Elizabeth Made This!  You can read about her Challenge details here.  I completed my Day dress – my “Coffee” dress last week.  I used New Look 6803 and this 100% rayon.  It was an easy pattern and I would happily make it again.

I finally had a chance to take some photos.  It is too cold outside still so we are stuck with these inside shots.  

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The Day and Night Dress Challenge, Part 1

Where has the week gone!  We had a holiday on Monday (“Family Day”), which I spent watching movies and sewing … then it was back to work and not knowing what day it was – pure chaos!

But I have finished 1/2 of my Day and Night Dress Challenge – the “Day” part – it’s time for “Coffee”!  If you would like to learn more about the Day and Night Dress Challenge, head over to Elizabeth Made this … right here!

It will be interesting for me, making two dresses so close together, to discover which pattern I enjoyed making more and which dress I enjoy wearing more!  (There are always favourites!)

So to refresh you on last week’s post, the “Day” part of my Challenge is made with New Look 6803 in this 100% rayon fabric.

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But I can do this!


I was all set to cut and tape my Itch to Stitch Lisbon Cardigan.  You probably know the one.  Almost everyone has already made one!

I was all set to cut out this beautiful knit print that I purchased last August.  Yes, it’s a few months old, not my oldest fabric though!  This is called a Topaz Print – 85% polyester, 10% rayon, 5% spandex.  I have high hopes for this combination of Lisbon Cardigan pattern and fabric – hopefully this project turns out so well I will never purchase another knit cardigan again – another win for my RTW fast!  

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Then I realized that it is February … and February is popping over at “Elizabeth Made This” because it is time for her Day and Night Dress Challenge, Coffee & Cocktails edition!  #dayandnightdresschallenge on Instagram @elizabethmadethis

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I have to have the perfect Zippered Crossbody bag … (Part 2)

I have really been enjoying this project!  My inspiration was the Sallie Tomato Zippy Crossbody Bag.  I started it last post here and finished it just this week.

There weren’t many details to finish it off.  Let me show you how I did it …

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I have to have the perfect Zippered Crossbody bag … (Part 1)

I used to buy more bags than clothes.  Every time I walked past a bag shop I would stop in.  After “just stopping in” a few days in a row, I’d finally buy what I had been looking at.  Now that I think about it, I pretty much always bought bags with the same “insides” but with a different style outside.  

I haven’t bought a handbag for myself, I think, since I started my RTW fast in January 2015.  I not only broke the clothes shopping habit, I also broke the bag buying habit!

I have been scouting around for a me-made replacement.  I bought this pattern from Sallie Tomato.  Although I haven’t tried the pattern yet, I love the look of it!  It looks almost exactly like what I usually bought.  One zippered pocket each for my bus pass, my keys, my wallet and phone, and one big enough for my iPad.  Oops!  It’s missing the space for my iPad.  

No problem!  I’ll just figure out a way to add another pouch on the backside of this Sallie Tomato bag … um … hopefully!

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A simple, but necessary project! (And my #reSEWlutions!)

Perhaps you have seen these photos on my Instagram account?  It seems I can’t crochet in peace – Simon will steal my ball of yarn away and Sophie will play with the length of yarn.  This calls for a simple, but necessary project!

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Perhaps you have seen this advertisement on Facebook or Instagram?  This is an excellent idea, unfortunately I couldn’t get past the upside down trees on the zipper side of the bag.

So I decided to make my own.  

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I was so pleased to see so many lovely Designer me-made Copies entered this year!  22 sewists posted on their blogs, 35 on their Instagram accounts, and of those 18 posted on both to increase their chances!  I thank you all for planning and sewing and joining in, and thank you to those who followed along and voted!  A special thank you to our PRIZE SPONSORS!  Didn’t we have fun!  🎉🕺💃🎊

Everyone had the chance for two entries if they followed my blog and my Instagram.  The IG “likes’ were easy to see, but the blog votes were hidden from everyone.  I only just looked myself tonight!  If someone won on both my blog and my Instagram, I gave them the win where they had more votes and then was able to add on another winner – one prize per sewist!

Our PRIZE SPONSORS generously donated ten prizes, which were chosen blindly and randomly, from:


Well you have had plenty of time to look over the Designer Originals and Designer me-made Copies so let’s just get right to it!  

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