I learned something …

… even though there really wasn’t much sewing this last week.  There was a lot of reading and exercising, but not much sewing. I did learn something though!

I participated in the “Makers for Fashion Revolution” daily themes organized by @inthefolds on Instagram.  The daily themes made me think seriously about Fashion Revolution Week (April 23 – 29th).  Some of the daily themes were easy to interpret and display on my Instagram @nicedressthanksimadeit, for example:  “I made my clothes”.  Other daily themes took a lot of thought, for example:  “Natural Fibres”.  As soon as I saw that one, I realized that, although I know the names of many fabrics, I do not know how most are made or which ones are really “sustainable”!

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Sewaholic Yaletown – #sewtogetherforsummer Wrap Dress

I’m done!  Just in time for the sunshine too!  This was an easy pattern to make.  I love it!  I’ve made a Sewaholic Yaletown before here.  It was even easier this time as I already had the pieces traced and was very familiar with the pattern.  So when @rocco.sienna, @sewsarahsmith and @sewing_in_spain announced their Instagram #sewtogetherforsummer Wrap Dress Challenge this year I was happy to make another Yaletown Wrap Dress.

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I made sure I cut and matched my stripes/Chevron print carefully – pinning each stripe every few inches.

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Sometimes I get distracted …

I am almost finished my #sewtogetherforsummer Wrap dress, which you might have read about last week.  Due to some careful pattern/stripe matching I am happy with how things are turning out.

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This Sewaholic pattern, the Yaletown, has been a joy to work with.  This is my second Yaltetown, my first one was made with a woven fabric, not a knit.   So second time around, sewing it up has gone pretty smoothly.  The only changes I made to this pattern, just like the first time it was made, was to make the bodice slightly larger as I love the loose, comfortable feel of it.  I also lengthened the bodice just an inch.

I’m not sure how it happened but I did manage to have a closely matching thread in my stash!

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Waiting impatiently …

Perhaps you remember from last week that I asked for some help in choosing my fabric for the #sewtogetherforsummer Wrap Dress Challenge?  Well I have my answer now, thank you Kind Readers! It was a pretty close race!

First choice, although it was close, was … the blue Chevron!  (for lack or a better description)

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Second choice by just 3 votes was … the orange Chevron!

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So I have decided to sew both fabrics up … with few slight changes …

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My denim skirt – pockets on/pockets off!

I’m am going to start off by apologizing… this post just might be photo-heavy, but don’t worry that won’t strop me from talking too much!

I am so happy!  I have finished my denim skirt – finally!  It has been a slow process, but for the most part, enjoyable.  I loved all the different techniques involved and I was pleased that I could turn my favourite pattern, a Sewaholic Hollyburn, into a denim skirt.  If you missed some of the posts, I worked on sewing and topstitching the back pockets and the flat felled seams here;     I sewed the fly front, front pockets, faux flat felled seams and belt loops here;  and I pretty much spent this whole post here agonizing over whether to sew on my back pockets or not!

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My Denim Skirt Dilemma.

Alas, I am still working on my Sewaholic Hollyburn to Denim Skirt makeover.  I have been pinning/unpining and trying on/taking off and puzzling over/avoiding my skirt for the last three days now, trying to decide what to do.  Has there ever been so much indecision in my life!?  (I hope not!  I hope there is only indecision with minor details such as this one!)

I am very happy with my denim skirt, so far!

I have made my denim skirt with what feels like a 100% light weight cotton.  I would like to call it a chambray, unfortunately it was unlabelled, inexpensive and I bought a large amount of it not having any proof as to its content or description.  It is light weight though, therefore it would be nice if it was an A line shape (my favourite) and/or gathered would be nice too (I have gathered the back of this skirt already).

I love the topstitching I have done – front and back pockets, seams, waistband, hemming.  I love the rivets and jeans button.  I would change none of it.  (If you missed any of the steps you can see the previous posts here and here.)

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More on my denim skirt…

Hello all, me again.  I’ve had a couple of “distractions” over the last week therefore I haven’t quite finished my denim skirt, but I thought I would show you what I have accomplished so far – and perhaps this week you might even get a laugh out of it!

I started my denim skirt by cutting out a Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt pattern here and making my back pockets, and doing my topstitching and flat felled seams here.

Now it is time to sew my jeans fly front.  My one side is interfaced, double fold bias tape is sewn on the rough edge and the piece is sewn on to my left side front (if I am looking at the skirt).  The interfacing will never show as this piece is folded over to the inside.

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I’ve decided to make a denim skirt…

from my Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt pattern.  I cut this pattern out last week from some 100% pre-washed cotton I found in my stash.  I still have a good metre or so left so I’ll have to think of another project for it.  Do any of you have a favourite tank top pattern that could use the remainder of my 100% cotton denim?

Since this is the fourth time I have cut out a Sewaholic Hollyburn, I think it is definitely one of my TNT patterns.

My skirt is coming together well.  The thought of topstitching and revits and Jeans buttons makes me SMILE!  

I started this skirt by making my interfaced back pockets.  I just cut a large rectangle shape, as the Hollyburn didn’t have a pattern piece for this.  I precisely measured for my angled corners.  I marked the centre point of the bottom with my Chaco liner and I measured two inches up on each side and made marks there too.

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Finishing one, starting another…

Perhaps you remember this dress, from my Sister’s Sewing Projects, a vintage dress pattern from 1978, Simplicity 8510, which I first blogged about here.  I decided before I start anything new, I must finish the old projects …

This dress still needed its elastic waistband.  I found many ways to do that on line and in my reference books – I decided to make a casing for the elastic.  I cut a strip of the same fabric as the dress, and since it frays easily, I hemmed the edges with a zig zag.

imageI measured down from the arm holes on both sides, 8″ in this case, and I sewed the casing on and ran a length of elastic through.  I have left it open here so we can check the tightness or looseness of the elastic, then I will hand sew it closed.

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I used this little gizmo to thread the elastic through the waist line casing.

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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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