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’s M7093 – 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 McCall’s M7093 tops before – one of the other ones I made is¬†here.¬†

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Itch to Stitch Lisbon Cardigan – No Buttons though!

Fresh off the Day and Night Dress Challenge, Coffee and Cocktails, I‚Äôm headed to Lisbon…

… the Lisbon Cardigan by Itch to Stitch, that is.

I cut out my pattern pieces and fabric with the help of Sophie! 

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I love this knit fabric, a “shades of grey” (and black) paisley Topaz knit, 85% polyester, 10% rayon, 5% spandex. ¬†Others seem to like it too! ¬†I have two co-workers who have RTW cardigans in variations of ¬†grey paisley knit – that‚Äôs why I knew I had to have one too!

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What can I say? I still had some denim strips left!

And I’m certainly not one to waste recycled denim! ¬†So let’s make another bag. ¬†This one is not quite big enough to hold my iPad, not like the last one I made. ¬†This one seemed to go together quicker too! ¬†Perhaps it wasn’t as “fancy” or perhaps I’m actually getting used to throwing them together?!?

Again, I started by sewing my strips together, pressing them, ironing on the fusible interfacing, and trimming the two outer bag walls to the right size.

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How to sew a recycled denim handbag.

I was trying to think of an eye-catching, mysterious title for my blog post. ¬†I couldn’t. ¬†I have too been immersed in bag making lately – sewing creatively, instead of blogging creatively! ¬†

The only other handbags I’ve made I posted about here and¬†here. ¬†I made one of them for my sister – she’s seems to be happy with it. ¬†I made her’s by copying something she already had.

This time I wanted to make a handbag for myself out of 100% recycled materials, specifically denim. ¬†I have been collecting a few images on my Pinterest and I’m quite inspired by this recycled denim Chobe Bag with the denim strips sewn together.

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One step closer to the beach …

My sewing days are running out. ¬†Soon my sister and I leave for Mexico. ¬†As usual, I have a dozen ideas but only so much time – so at the top of the list, besides swimsuits,¬†is¬†cover ups. ¬†I bought the fabric for two cover ups – one for my sister and one for me – last weekend. ¬†My sister chose this print – full of black, brown and gold colours. ¬†It’s called Tangiers Linen-look print, 97% polyester and 3% spandex. ¬†It definitely has the quality of linen. ¬†When I pre-washed both¬†fabrics, this one lost at least a 1/4″ off the width with the unravelling and fraying. ¬†I decided that I would have to be very careful finishing off the seams.

Did I make changes¬†to this pattern, McCall’s M7200? ¬†I added a few inches to the length and I made the back only one piece instead of the several they designed into the pattern. ¬†This pattern¬†has a pretty back with all those seams and a bit of a peplum, but I want my cover ups to be a plain style. ¬†I ended up with only four pieces – front, back, collar and sleeve. ¬†(My cover up will be the same, made of the beige fabric.)

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Finishing that friggin’ UFO … (Part 2)

I apologize for not posting sooner. ¬†I did continue working on my Sister’s shirt/jacket during the last week, the final chapter of my¬†Sister’s Sewing Projects, although I am sure she will eventually think of something else for me to do!¬†¬†I am using Simplicity 5455, a¬†pattern from 2003. ¬†I started it here using two wonderful fabrics, a solid blue and a white “newsprint floral”, both made of 97% cotton and 3% spandex. ¬†Things were rolling along nicely … until they came to a dead stop! ¬†Why?

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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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The Big Decisions.

The weather today was so changeable, I sat here this morning trying to decide if I should put the laundry on the clothes line… or take photos for my blog. ¬†What should I do? ¬†

You might remember last post¬†I was fighting to make my dress pattern work with my fabric and my body. ¬†That pattern lost. ¬†This pattern, on the other hand, McCall’s M6840 was a winner. ¬†I made view B but with short sleeves. ¬†Short sleeves since the fabric is so summery – but also after salvaging the fabric out of the almost completed dress, I didn’t have enough pieces left that were large enough to make long sleeves!

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Still “sitting on the fence”!

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.

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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.

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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:
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