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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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.


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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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!

McCall’s “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern M7055

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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Jungle January and I made it just in time!

Technically speaking, it is still Jungle January here.  Hop on over to Pretty Grievances to see all the WILD garments that she has rounded up!  In the last few waking hours of the day I would like to show you my second Jungle January garment – something that I am very happy with… even if I got off to a bad start.  Let’s just say that I still haven’t learned the lesson:  Read the instructions first!

I have this pattern, Vogue V9107, which is not meant for knits, but who am I to follow the fabric recommendations!  (Surprisingly enough, this time it worked!)  I decided to make view A, the top.

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Progress? So far – Two out of Four! (and the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challenge button’s up!)

I am making progress!  I have needed new pants in my wardrobe for a while now, but since I signed up for the RTW Challenge last January, I have refused to purchase any.  There has been a lot of sewing this year – thoughtful sewing!

To start the pants-making process, I made my muslin, and then my first pair, my brown pair with the invisible zipper.  Time to move on to my 2nd pair.  I used a black 100% polyester that I was unsure would be suitable for pants, especially this pattern with its zipper and many seams, so I considered this pair might be another muslin – a stretchy knit muslin.

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In a panic for pants (trousers)!

Hello again!  Here I am!  The real thing!

My RTW Fast year is close to ending and I am still filling in the gaps in my handmade wardrobe.  There is still time left to sew up some pants for myself though – I would love to have a pair of black, blue and brown pants suitable for work.

So to recap… You’ve seen my pattern, Vogue V2948.  It has princess seams front and back and a curved waistband.  It is fantastic for alterations…

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What I did on my summer vacation. (Part II)

… just a hint … it involved a LOT of butt gazing!

The first (and last) time I sewed myself a pair of pants (trousers) was when I was in grade 8.  It was a tunic top and hipster/bell bottom pants, sort of like this pattern, made of PINK 100% polyester (the heavy stuff).

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Salvage operations…

After sewing my Motor City Express jacket for possibly the whole of last month, I decided to tackle the small projects lying around next.  Mending, shortening Mr. G.T.’s shirt sleeves from long to elbow length, and salvaging a few garments that I have made but don’t wear.  Like many I have had a few Me Mades that turned out perfectly fine, BUT were not perfectly fine on me. Continue reading

I need help!

I am finding I have serious questions that Mr. G.T. (Green Thumb) just doesn’t care to answer … so I have decided to turn to you.  What do you say?

I have this fabric – actually lots of this fabric.  Specifically, an “Addison Jersey Knit Chevron” in Hunter green and in Red.  85% polyester and 15% rayon.  There is a bit of a gold thread running through them so sometimes they look a bit shiny.  Three meters each – I told you I had a lots.  What can I say, it was a good price!  

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It is a big print.  If you look at this photo, the chevron stripe is about 2″ from tip to tip and about 3″ tall.  My fabrics are light and summery, but the print might be too much?   Continue reading

When is a Sewaholic Hollyburn, not a Sewaholic Hollyburn?

Perhaps, when you almost don’t have enough fabric to finish it!

I’ve been bustin’ through my stash and so far, have made a flowered vintage dress and a red Sewaholic Hollyburn.  Next I thought I would make a black Sewaholic Hollyburn – you can see the link to the pattern company here:  Sewaholic Hollyburn.  I found some black in my fabric stash, a polyester, but not a stretchy knit.  I’m not too sure exactly what it is.  As I was cutting out my fabric, I realized that I didn’t really have enough black fabric for the two wide skirt pieces.  My fabric remanent was too narrow.

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