McCall’s M7324: Part II of my Adventures with Border Print Fabric!

This is the last of my lovely denim border print fabric. ¬†ūüė¶ I’ve already made a pair of summer cropped pants with it, details here. ¬†I had just enough left to squeeze a top out of it!


I decided to use this pattern, McCall’s M7324, view A. ¬†I definitely won’t be using the curved hi/lo hem. ¬†I want my border to be even and uninterrupted!

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I cut out my usual size and was shocked at the amount of ease in this one. ¬†Perhaps with a softer, flowing fabric this 8.5″ ease might be nice, but although my denim is lightweight, it doesn’t drape well. ¬†I did a bit of trimming on the cut pieces – there would be more work ahead fitting this top though.

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McCall‚Äôs M7364 – A simple sewing pattern!

I’ve always got an eye out for border print fabric and when I saw this 100% cotton denim – EMBROIDERED – I could not resist! ¬†I bought enough for a pair of casual summer pants and a summer top. ¬†It has been quite hot here lately (but unfortunately smokey from forest fires) so I am craving new summer clothes. ¬†I figure by the time I finish these two garments it will be raining?

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I thought I would try McCall’s M7364, view D without the ties at the bottom – a “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern. ¬†Last time I tried a “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern it was a cardigan and I didn’t like it. ¬†You can take a look at it here.

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Giving it another go …

I started the year with the #2017makenine Challenge – pick nine patterns and get ‘er done during the year! ¬†So far, I am not too sure if I have been successful though. ¬†I started with the dress pattern in the bottom left hand corner. ¬†It was Vogue 9202, but it turned into a top, McCalls 6896¬†– actually rather successfully!

Last weekend I started my second garment of the #2017makenine Challenge. ¬†Pants/trousers in the middle row, left side – Vogue 7881, described as “Claire Shaeffer Custom Couture Collection”. ¬†How’s it going?

Well I took a good look at that pants pattern again¬†and decided that I wanted to forgo the “couture” techniques just for now – I just don’t have the interest or energy! ¬†I just want¬†some pants, quickly, like now. ¬†So I switched to another pants pattern of mine, Vogue V2532. ¬†A simple pattern – fronts, backs, pockets and waistband – described as a “basic design”.

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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 Рmatching 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 Рit has only two pattern pieces and I was short on fabrics.


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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A perfect place for my pockets.

Perhaps you remember my denim skirt?  I spent a couple of days trying to decide whether to sew on the back pockets, or not.  Well, I have found a perfect place for them!

A while ago, I found the FREE¬†pdf pattern from By Hand London, the Polly Top. ¬†I knew it would be perfect for the leftover fabric I end up with occasionally… and I certainly had some left when I finished my denim skirt.

Does anyone else piece together pdf patterns the same as me?  I always seem to piece together one pattern piece at a time and then immediately cut it out.  I guess I feel like I am accomplishing something that way?  Here you can see my first piece taking shape Рlike putting a puzzle together.

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Have you already completed your COPY of your Designer Original? ¬†Or perhaps, like me, you are just¬†in the planning stages¬†– whatever…¬†there are still a few months left before¬†DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2016!

Pull those ideas¬†out of your head! ¬†Ever¬†since DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER last year I’ve¬†seen many dream garments in the stores, magazines, on social media … the Fashion Runway… so many beautiful garments! ¬†And still¬†I say, “Why buy when you can make it yourself – better and for less money?”

I think I finally have my DESIGNER ORIGINAL picked out…

Ellery Neu

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A simple Boho skirt… and Daniel Craig.

A friend has asked if I can make her a Boho/peasant skirt similar to one she owns already. ¬†No problem, happy to assist… it just might cost you a few “mike’s Hard Black Cherry Lemonade” beverages though! ¬†


C.P. (let’s call her that) has done her research and came equipped with instructions she has found on the internet and a large piece of paisley (I love paisley!) and two large pieces of denim fabric. ¬†Both fabrics had a similar¬†feel of a medium weight denim so they would drape together well. ¬†The instructions that C.P. had found on the internet gave you a wonderful little “tier calculator” to predetermine the correct length and width¬†of each tier. ¬†All you had to do was enter in the widest measurement on your lower body (waist, hip, whatever), press calculate and all the math was done for you. ¬† The free pattern and tier calculator¬†is here¬†if you are interested.

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It’s Done! Well almost…

My sister will be happy, another garment has been (almost) finished in what I’m calling my Sister’s Sewing Projects.

This one is a vintage pattern from 1978, Simplicity 8510. It must be a favourite of my sister’s for her to keep it safe all this time. The fabric is a similar beige as in the pattern photo, linen-like, 70% polyester, 30% rayon.

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Finished … is it a Success?

I thought I would show you what I have been up to this past week. ¬†I have finally finished my black cardigan,¬†McCall‚Äôs M7055. ¬†A McCall’s “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern. ¬†When I opened the pattern envelope, I was surprised to find it was nothing but a CIRCLE with sleeves!

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