Finishing that friggin’ UFO … (Part 2)

I apologize for not posting sooner.  I did continue working on my Sister’s shirt/jacket during the last week, the final chapter of my Sister’s Sewing Projects, although I am sure she will eventually think of something else for me to do!  I am using Simplicity 5455, a pattern from 2003.  I started it here using two wonderful fabrics, a solid blue and a white “newsprint floral”, both made of 97% cotton and 3% spandex.  Things were rolling along nicely … until they came to a dead stop!  Why?

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Which personality do you like the best?

Last week I cut out my Hunter Green Chevron knit fabric (85% polyester and 15% rayon) and a white linen-look fabric from my stash (actually a fabric given to me, along with a few others, by a friend) to make my first reversible garment.  I put a lot of thought into cutting out this Chevron fabric as you can read about here – matching it up the best I could.  I used Butterick 5789 a cardigan pattern that I have used before here.  I really like this pattern and all its versions.  This time I wanted to make view B – it has only two pattern pieces and I was short on fabrics.

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At one point, the instructions for this view made me think: What the heck are you talking about?  It was easier for me to do what the diagrams said, than the words… sew the two end tabs together, then spread it open across the back and sew those together.  (the words still don’t make sense to me!)

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Hopeful for a new cardi and avoiding some tension problems …

A while ago I purchased two fabrics – both 85% polyester and 15% rayon knits – a Chevron pattern, one a Hunter Green and one a Red.  Just on a whim.  These fabrics spread out are a bit overwhelming for my taste – but they were too beautiful to resist.  I had to figure out what I was going to make with them.

I thought I would make a cardigan with one, perhaps the darker one, and a skirt … or culottes … or a skirt … or culottes … with the brighter one.

My favourite cardigan pattern is Butterick B5789.  I’ve made my red one successfully before here.  Now just to be brave and try new things, this time, I thought I would try making a cardigan that was reversible.  The green Chevron pattern on one side and a white linen look on the other.  That way if I didn’t feel bold I could wear the Chevron fabric on the inside, just peeking out, and if I was feeling BOLD then I could wear the Chevron fabric on the outside.  I thank my friend, Nadine, for giving me the white linen looking fabric (and quite a few others!).

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Let me talk about new toys…

For as long as I can remember, I have been sewing in my invisible zippers with a Singer Zipper foot that fits on my Janome sewing machine (below right).  It bounces around a bit, but it’s ok.  A few months ago I purchased this “Unique” brand package.  A plastic Zipper Foot with a variety of shanks to fit any machine – supposedly useful for sewing in invisible zippers!  Sorry… I found using my Singer Zipper foot to be more accurate.

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I recently decided that it was time to splurge.  After searching for a Janome Invisible Zipper foot – only to discover there was no such thing – I found a Janome Concealed Zipper foot… and I bought it, despite it’s silly name!

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McCall’s “Learn to Sew for Fun”

Perhaps you remember?  I wanted to make a shrug to match this dress

Then my eyes fell on this cardigan.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the pattern envelope and found out it was a circle with sleeves.  I have seen these patterns on Pinterest (for free).  This is going to be easy!

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I cut out my two pattern pieces from some black ponte knit in my fabric stash.

I had to chase Sophie away the whole time!

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What day is it today?

It is/was Family Day today (in British Columbia)!  A long weekend away from work/school, etc. – most people enjoying the first long weekend since Christmas with traveling to relatives and other fun activities.

It was a beautiful weekend, sunny and 13.5 Celsius (approximately 56 Fahrenheit).  Surprising, since Friday night started off with wind and rain – leading to power outages again in our neck of the woods!  My sister came to visit in the middle of the storm.  Luckily the weather improved for our trip up Island to visit other relatives and it stayed nice all the rest of the weekend for my husband and I to enjoy a walk today on the Galloping Goose Trail.

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I (heart) RED!!

The Monthly Stitch Challenge in February was “Miss Bossy” telling us what solid colour we must sew up.  Miss Bossy’s commands for me were:  yellow (which makes me look like the walking dead!), blue (which I love), or RED (which I really love).  So lucky me, Miss Bossy was surprisingly kind and told me I had to sew up RED in February!

The MAGAM Challenge in February was to “Frankenpattern” something for yourself!  Again, lucky me, I have had the perfect Frankenpattern idea in sitting in my pretty little head for a while now.

I wanted another knit cardigan like my blue one posted here, but I wanted it in RED (using my crepe knit in my stash) and I wanted to use view E and D of my Butterick B5789 pattern, specifically I wanted to use one side front of view E and one side front of view D.

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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Me-Made-May’14 (3rd post)

My 3rd Me-Made-May’14 post and I’m still hanging in there!  How are you doing?

Monday, May 12 –  a knit skirt I made long ago.  Sophie has checked it out and given her approval.

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Tuesday, May 13 – Along with my pea coat,  blogged here, my jean jacket is another favourite of mine!  I wore it for about an hour this morning, then the sun came out in full force and I had to take it off and carry it around.

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Wednesday, May 14 – My skirt.  A lovely fabric, not knit, probably polyester, glad I grabbed it when I saw it!

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I also wore this hand made necklace.  Not a Me-Made, but a purchase from a Christmas Craft Fair.  Apparently the lady crotchets them out of metallic ladder yarn.  Does anyone out there know how to do this?

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Thursday, May 15 – my knit top, perfect for the hot weather we have been having.

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Of course, Friday is Jeans day at work.  Saturday and Sunday are usually even more casual – yoga pants and T’s.  Monday is a holiday here, so even more casual clothes.  There will be lots of time to relax and sew this weekend!

Just a thought – It seems most of my Me-Made’s are for the office.  This all makes me wonder what I would be sewing for myself if I worked from home?  Would I then have a massive collection of T’s, jeans and yoga pants?  Do you live in T’s, jeans and yoga pants too? Or do you sew and wear a variety of things?  What do you sew up the most?