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!
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
It means it’s JUNGLE JANUARY 5! #junglejanuary5
Seriously, I never wore animal print until I “met” Pretty Grievances on WordPress. I always thought that animal prints were used for those lycra tops and pantsuits that Carol Burnett used to wear on her show! (Do you remember Mrs. Wiggins?)
I was wrong! So wrong! Pretty Grievances, and her JUNGLE JANUARY Challenge, has bought me out of my shell, or should I say skin. If you would like to meet Pretty Grievances too and find out all about JUNGLE JANUARY 5, head on over to her blog here. Continue reading
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.
It’s done! And I’m so pleased! For a while now, I have been eyeballing this outfit from Marina Hoermanseder. I just had to have it! Of course, it’s not my style to wear short shorts to work, so instead I opted for the longer look of wide pants, or culottes. Here’s Marina Hoermanseder’s ORIGINAL…
Just browsing through blogs today, I found a lovely Designer Garment COPIED by Amanda of Sew Deputy, which fit the #DESIGNINDECEMBER theme exactly. I just begged Amanda to let me show it to you. So if you haven’t seen it yet, here it is… Amanda found a Chloe Metallic Jacquard dress and had to have it for her staff Christmas party.
Just Speechless… Tonight for DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER I have the pleasure of introducing the one and only Mads of Life in A “Mads” House. Mads might have come to her design in a roundabout way but she has made a lovely copy of this designer dress by Elie Saab.
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
Last week I came to a grinding halt sewing up my First Vintage Pattern. You can read about it here, if you like. It’s a McCall’s 7238 from 1980.
Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!
I wanted to use a special fabric for this special dress. After all, the last time this pattern was used it was to make my sister’s wedding dress! I found a beautiful flowered print in my fabric stash – a Misty Stretch ITY Slub Jersey Knit, 96% polyester, 4% Lycra. Unfortunately, although the fabric drapes well, it is as light as the finest tee shirt material.
Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!
I ended up having so much difficulty sewing the side seams, I almost gave up. My serger chewed up the fabric and when I switched to my sewing machine, it skipped stitches. This lead to seams that were not great at the start and ended up being a puckered mess at the finish. After all the support and suggestions from my fellow sewing bloggers, I had some great tips to try:
I’m not sure which way to go. Do I make this dress out of this fabric, or not? I’m almost ready to pack up my fabric and wait until something better comes into my life!
I found this remarkably appropriate message on Facebook today.
So here’s the dilemma … Continue reading
Seriously! MY. JEANS. ARE. ALL. DONE!
I haven’t had too much trouble finishing them off and I love the look and fit of the cotton lycra fabric. I pieced them together with these patterns: Vogue V2948 and Vogue V8774, along with watching these Craftsy courses: Angela Wolf’s Sewing Designer Jeans and Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques. If you wish to see my previous steps for assembling my black denim Capris jeans and these blue denim jeans, check them out here, here, here, and here.
While making my jeans, I loved distressing the jeans fabric and applying jeans buttons and rivets. So much so that I am now going to keep an eye out for jet black cotton lycra denim for my third pair of jeans! Continue reading