Last post ….

… for 2014!

The other week I showed you my housecoat, which I did up, mostly, without a pattern.  This week I’ve got the PJ’s done.  I’m using an EASY pattern, McCall’s M7060. I could have probably used the same bodice sloper I used for my housecoat, as there isn’t much to the PJ top, but hey! sometimes it is nice to just follow the directions given you.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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It’s not that bad, I’ve seen UFO’s older than this …

… my UnFinished Object is only from April!  I found it and two others when I was cleaning up my pattern and fabric stash!

I’m surprised I never finished this shirt right away as I love this fabric!  Then again, I am glad I didn’t finish it right away as by the time I did get around to sewing it up, I had some black remnants that I could use for the contrasting collar.  My pattern was McCall’s M6606, view C with the hem line of view B.  I’ve never had a shirt with a short hem line in the front and a long one in the back.  A novel idea for me!  My fabric was a 100% polyester called “Chiffon”.

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Whoot! Whoot! Whoot!

It’s time to announce the winners of last week’s giveaway!  I used a List Randomizer on Random.org to pick the winners.  I typed in all your names, pressed “go” and it randomly sorted your names, with the first two names being:

1. UtaC
2. Sewing with Scoobys

I did the same for my two pattern names and came up with this:

1. Simplicity 9224
2. McCalls 4106

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

So that means UtaC won Simplicity 9224.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Sewing with Scoobys won McCalls 4106.

Congratulations!

Ladies please email your mailing address to me at imadeit362436 (at) gmail (dot) com.  And thank you all for playing along with me!

Now for some more exciting news (for me only, I suppose)!!  It’s karma, it’s zen, it’s fate….  PatternReview’s newest contest for November is “The Handbag Contest”. MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE THING TO POSSESS… HANDBAGS!

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No rain, a new hair-do and a new dress!

… this is Happiness!

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It’s Frocktober! A while ago I received my Sewaholic Yaletown pattern in the mail and knew I had to sew it up with my Batic 100% rayon purchased during my shopping trip to Vancouver!  My dress is done now, just in time, and I am very pleased with it.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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Quiet Please! Studying in Session!

I have definitely been busy, not sewing, but studying.  I have been working on my Bodice fitting shell!  When done, I hope to use it as a guide for fitting other patterns or even, some day, designing some patterns for myself!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

A while back, I bought myself the Craftsy courses “Fast-Track Fitting” and “Fast-Track Fitting: In The Details” by Joi Mahon.  I was excited to work on improving my pattern fitting.  I liked these two courses so much I bought Joi Mahon’s book “Create the Perfect Fit“.  Although I like watching videos of “how-to”, when it comes down to doing it, I like having a book or instructions to refer to as I measure, cut and sew.  Flipping pages back and forth just makes me feel like I have something solid in my hands.

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Pondering buttonholes…

I have been pondering buttonholes…  but first let me tell you about one of the best Craftsy courses I have taken, Sew Better, Sew Faster, featuring a pattern from Islander Sewing Systems, Jacket Express #218.  (Not being paid to say this neither, just my opinion!)

I have taken about a dozen Craftsy courses – some free, some not. THIS Craftsy course is one of my favourites – and I only have two favourites so far, guess I’m a tough sell.

I have always wanted to make another jean jacket, this time not a BLUE jean jacket like the one I wore during Me Made May 2014.  My sister and I found this lovely fabric a while ago – an Annette Stretch Pique Print, 97% cotton 3% spandex. I pre washed it and it came out so soft.  So between that and the abstract flower design on the fabric, I love it.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Now I don’t want to go through the whole process step by step, but I thought I might give you some of the do’s and don’ts I discovered.

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Only my second “up cycle”!

I was asked by a friend to fix up a set of curtains for her.  She had 3 panels of store bought drapes with large grommets at the top for a rod to pass through and she wanted them changed to 2 wider panels of drapes, wide enough to cover her window, with some fullness, with a casing and header on top instead, and the length shortened too.  No problem!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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A Tale of Four Tees – Last but not Least!

Tonight I am catching up on my TNT Tee Contest posts and I wish to show you my last Tee, the 4th.  I have my Tee #1 here, and Tee #2 here and here is Tee #3.  You already know that this is my 4th make with my Butterick pattern – B5988.  With this one I made cap sleeves – according to the instructions even!

I found a lovely fabric in my stash.  I don’t have the faintest idea what it was though… I assume it was some kind of polyester.  It sure hangs nicely and was very easy to sew.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I do love how the cap sleeves were put together.  My patterned fabric and my solid black fabric were placed right sides together and sewed together at the bottom hem, then turned right side out, pressed and top stitched.  Then the cap sleeve was sewed into the armhole.  It made a neat finish.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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A Tale of Four Tees – #3

I finished Patternreview’s TNT Tee Contest.  My 4 Tees are done, submitted to Patternreview, now I can finish posting about them here.  I have my Tee #1 here, and my Tee #2 here and here is my Tee #3….  I am still using my Butterick pattern B5988, although this time I have stuck to the instructions (how so unlike me!) for view B.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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