Did a run on the weekend…

so no sewing.  Sad for the no sewing – Happy that I can still do 10 k without having a heart attack!

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I did post to The Monthly Stitch for their April Challenge though – Flower Power Two Fabrics, so if you have an interest in expanding your sewing community, or are curious, come on over for a visit!

Have you tried a Monthly Challenge from The Monthly Stitch yet – which one?

Happy Sewing!

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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No rain, a new hair-do and a new dress!

… this is Happiness!

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It’s Frocktober! A while ago I received my Sewaholic Yaletown pattern in the mail and knew I had to sew it up with my Batic 100% rayon purchased during my shopping trip to Vancouver!  My dress is done now, just in time, and I am very pleased with it.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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You’ve got mail!

Whoo hoo!  Checked the mail this morning!  Look what’s arrived!

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

 Sewaholic’s Yaletown dress  (click for details)  

I still love having a paper pattern in my hands, crisp, flat, untouched, uncut – instead of having a printed photo of a pattern that is still stored on my computer!  Does that show my age?  I should show you some day how I store my many paper patterns – it’s quite a remarkable plan!  (If I do say so myself!)

Now, I think I am going to get a good start on my The Monthly Stitch “Frocktober” challenge!  I have checked my fabric stash.  I have found these two fabrics so far for my Yaletown dress…

This one is a beige/brown/red/turquoise 100% rayon “Batik” I bought on the mainland, blogged about here.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

This next one is a light blue/peach/gold (trust me, it is light blue) 100% cotton “Fashion Designer” I bought just this last Saturday when I was “just popping in to buy some seam binding”.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

Sewaholic suggests a “Lightweight woven … cotton voile or lawn, rayon challis, …”.  Both of these fabrics fit the bill and would drape well!

I might be able to find something else yet, I still have a couple of weeks left … but so far, what do you think?  Which is better for this dress, the beige rayon or the light blue cotton?  I like both of them so much, I can’t decide!

What’s your vote?

Frocks in October?  Hmm… well I might sew them up, but I don’t think I will be doing much wearing of them at the bus stop at 6:30 am in the October/November rains – I am such a wimp at 6:30 am!

By the way, I would love to hear from you, especially if you have already sewed up a Sewaholic Yaletown dress!  Let me know!  I would love to come take a peek at your’s!

Happy Sewing!

Indecision?

I found my fabric for my Mono Sewn garment for this month’s Monthly Stitch challenge but I had a little problem choosing a pattern!

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I have a solid black “Ponti de Roma” – 72% polyester, 28% rayon.

I also have a black and white “Barcelona” – 95% polyester, 5% spandex.

They would look great together!

I pulled out my Butterick B5554.  I’ll make view B!

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     Nope!

How about Butterick B4598, view A – a pattern my sister gave me.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

     Nope!

This pattern is more suitable for a linen, with it’s many pleats.

So I literally returned to the drawing board… What DID I want?

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

     That’s better!

But now unfortunately, I might have run out of time, with the July challenge almost over and my dress half done, I have only one week left then I am away on vacation!

What should I do?

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Where should I go and how should I get there?

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One certainty though is that although I might not be able to blog for a couple of weeks,  I will be able to read your’s!  So keep creating and blogging!

And if I do manage to get this dress finished before the end of July and before I leave on my vacation, I will be sure to post!

Happy sewing!

P.S. Only image 2, 3, and 4, are mine… The rest are Google.

The Button that took three days to sew on…

and I don’t even have a good reason why it took so long!  Life just got in the way, I guess.  But this skirt sat for three days waiting for one button.  I suppose this is one reason why we have UFO’s (un finished objects).

I downloaded the PDF pattern from Dixie DIY – the Striped A Line Skirt pattern.  It was pretty easy to put together.  Here are some of the pieces for the skirt.

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I had a light blue denim made of 70% Cotton 28% Polyester 2% Spandex. It’s comfortable, not stiff, and has a bit of stretch.  I bought top stitching thread and a light weight zipper and then decided I wanted the thread lighter weight and the zipper to be a heavier jeans zipper.

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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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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!