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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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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A Sewaholic Hollyburn… and the Evils of having a Fabric Stash!

It’s Indie Pattern Month at the Monthly Stitch.  As is my tradition, this is the month that I dive into the Indie Patterns that I have collected over the last year.  I have always wanted to try Sewaholic’s Hollyburn skirt but was always looking for the right fabric.  Me Made May showed me that I do not have a solid red skirt and I have so many tops I could wear with one, so I decided to put the two ideas together. Continue reading

I (heart) RED!!

The Monthly Stitch Challenge in February was “Miss Bossy” telling us what solid colour we must sew up.  Miss Bossy’s commands for me were:  yellow (which makes me look like the walking dead!), blue (which I love), or RED (which I really love).  So lucky me, Miss Bossy was surprisingly kind and told me I had to sew up RED in February!

The MAGAM Challenge in February was to “Frankenpattern” something for yourself!  Again, lucky me, I have had the perfect Frankenpattern idea in sitting in my pretty little head for a while now.

I wanted another knit cardigan like my blue one posted here, but I wanted it in RED (using my crepe knit in my stash) and I wanted to use view E and D of my Butterick B5789 pattern, specifically I wanted to use one side front of view E and one side front of view D.

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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.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

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.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

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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A Tale of Four Tees – #2

Today I have for you my #2 Tee for Patternreview’s August TNT Tee Contest.  I have used the very same pattern as my #1 Tee posted here, Butterick B5988, view B.  This time my fabric is a 96% polyester, 4% spandex ITY knit and it feels very comfy!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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Reading Sewing Blogs is Good for my Health!

or “A Tale of Four Tees – #1”

Again we are well into another month and I am well into another challenge.  This month it is PatternReview’s turn.  I have signed up for their TNT (tried and true) Tee Contest. I am to use one pattern and make four Tee shirts out knit fabrics.  I can alter my pattern any way I like but I am to use the same Tee shirt pattern for the base.

I am going to make my Tee #1 sleeveless and I am shifting the front and back bodice pieces 1.5 inches off the centre fold of my fabric at the neckline, so that I can gather the neck and hopefully get a sort of drapey/flowing feel to the Tee.

This is my original Tee shirt pattern, Butterick B5988, view B is my inspiration.

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Still working on my Indie Patterns…

And I am sooo enjoying it!  This time I am using a pattern from Skinny Bitch Curvy  Chick, the Tonic 2 – with a few modifications.

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Tonic 2, photo from SBCC

I have made the sleeves shorter for the summer and have made the hemline shorter in the front and longer in the back (like a mullet?).

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I found a material with a snake skin pattern on it.  When I purchased it I had in mind to use the nice mellow solid blue (wrong) side, but after turning it this way and that I decided to go with the snake skinned side.

This definitely was an easy pattern: front, back and sleeves, then a few long strips for the self made bias tape around the neck, sleeves and hem – not something instructed in the pattern, but something else I decided to try.  It was easy to sew with my sewing machine using a ball point needle and a long narrow zig zag stitch, holding the fabric taut as I sewed.

I used the blue (wrong) side for the bias tape, sewed it all on (blue side to snake skinned side) and then folded it over to the inside and pinned it so I could sew it again with my blind hem foot.   This foot sewed the bias tape down, travelling in the ditch on the right side of the fabric, completely invisible.

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My Tonic 2 turned out great and it is so comfortable to wear!

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All for a grand total of $ 7.50 for the fabric plus thread – the PDF pattern was free!

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NEEXXTT!

Happy sewing!

The Red Top – as easy as pie!

May has been “Sew Stretchy” Month and I am enjoying sewing these knit tops.  This one is Butterick B5645 sewn with a 96% polyester 4% spandex.

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I love patterns that give you a few variations.

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I have a wild red, white, and black paisley print and a solid black for the sleeves.  The pattern is traced out and I am ready to go.

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