Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Wishing everone a blessed Christmas!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Some cooler weather clothing

It seems like alot of people have made this pattern with nice results so I thought I would give it a try myself and I liked it so much a made it a couple of times.

This is a simple and quick project to make when you want a some instance gratification sewing. I had the black matt jersey in my stash for a while, so it was perfect for this pattern.

The top is a Jersey knit  that I picked up at Joann's a couple of weeks ago.
For the cardi I made the size medium and the top in a size small. The cardi was very quick to make since I did not hem it. I like how it draped without being hemed and since it is a knit there was no need to hem it. 

I also got this lace looking knit at Joann's last week. I love that it has that lace look to it even though it's a knit. The top takes very little fabric just a yard. I made the shorter version of the cardi because I only had 2 yards of fabric to work with. I would like to try the longer version so I can do all the various ways of wearing it.

The brown cardi was a matt jersey that I had gotten from it feels alot softer than the fabric I used for the black cardi and it also drapes better.

This stripped top is a cotton blend knit that I had in my stash for a while now. It's great when you get to use up some stash fabric. Honestly, I have a huge stash of fabric that I need to utilize and stop buying fabric to add to the ever growing stash.
This is a great pattern quick with nice results I have worn both sets quick a few time over the past couple of weeks since the weather has been a little cooler in the mornings.
I just finished making a vogue skirt in black sateen so I will post it as soon as I get some pics.
Thanks for stopping by hope you all have a wonderful day.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Crazy Month

Last month was a busy one for my husband and I. My daughter and her two sons have moved in with us and it has been a adjustment for all of us. My sewing area is the dinning room table so having a three year old in the house has made it tough to get much sewing done.It's not a good idea to leave scissors, pins, rotary cutters etc..out on the table for a curious three year old. Since we are hoping that she and the boys will be staying with us for a year or so we have started renovating the basement so she can have a living area with a bedroom and bath room. Hopefully this will give us all a little more space and and breathing room from each other:) It's has been fun having the grand-kids living here with us. My 6 year old grandson wanted me to teach him how to knit. So I got out the largest knitting needles I could find and showed him how to knit a few stitches. After we knit a couple of  rows together he asked if we were almost finished knitting his scarf  LOL. I think knitting may be a little to slow for him. Maybe we will move on to sewing next.

I'm slowly getting back into sewing a few wardrobe basics ( cardi's and knit tops) I have also been enjoying do a little beading. It fulfills my need to be crafty.
A few pics for you below.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Simplicity Skirt And Top.

Pattern Description:

Misses skirts with yoke and length variations.

Pattern Sizing:


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

I used a blue striped fabric the same as one of the drawings.... so yes it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Very easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Love the wide waist band and the pockets.

Fabric Used:

Some kind of cotton blend fabric that I found in the value fabrics at Hancock Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I made a size 12 with no alterations needed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I highly recommend this pattern to others. Yes I would make it again.


Cute skirt that's easy to make with many different style and length variations.

The top is Simplicity 2614. Great little blouse pattern that comes with different cup sizes. I'm planning on making another one maybe with the neck tie next time.

Stress levels are much better this week after I managed to squeeze in a little sewing time. I worked on a vogue skirt and cardi.

Thanks for stopping by Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Stress And Stitches

Sorry it's been a little while since my last post. Due to a family situation I have not been a able to sew a single stitch this past month. Sewing for me is  a stress reliever so as you can imagine I have been a tad stressed :) this past month.

I do have a couple of things to show you that I made up early this summer and never got around to posting them.

This was a quick and easy skirt to make. The only changes that I made to the pattern was to put in a invisible zipper. The fabric has Lycra in it so they are supper comfy to wear.

I felt the need to do something crafty this week so I have been beading some. I'll have to take some pictures of a couple of necklaces I made this past week and post them next time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Got mail

I picked up some Vogue and McCall's patterns at Hancock's $3.99 and $.99 sale today. I really  need to get  started on my fall sewing but it's just so HOT here that it makes fall seem so far away right now.
I  ordered some fabric from came this week. I got some pretty Olivia's holiday cottons that I'm going to  use to make some aprons.Some medium weight cottons in black and white to make up some purses. and some stretch cotton sateen in faded blue (looks like a demin) that I hope to use it for my first Colette pattern The Beignet skirt pattern that I also got from
Over the past month I have also order some books from amazon. I just got the Vintage Hairstyling by Lauren Rennells the other day and have really enjoyed looking at all the retro hairstyles.I highly recommend this book it really breaks it down for you with step by step instructions on how to achieve these great retro looks. I seem to be into all things retro right now I have even been watching a lot of the old movies on net flicks.The style's that I seem to like the most are from the 1950s.
The Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr looks like it will be a great little book to help me with what to  wear for my body type. I have a hard time sometimes knowing what will look good on me so hopefully this will help me out:) I have also make one apron from the The Perfect Apron by Rob Merrett and it turned out cute. I love the aprons in this book I think I would make all but maybe a couple of them.  I bought the book The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin because I have been thinking about selling some of the stuff I make. Great little book with a wealth of information in it.
Well time to get back to cutting out some patterns and watching an old movie on net flicks
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 23, 2010

smplicity 2584

Pattern Description:

Misses Dress, Tunic and Headband Cynthia Rowley Collection

Pattern Sizing:


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?

Great instructions they were very easy to follow

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The neckline is what drew me to this pattern in the first place.

Fabric Used:

Lined blend.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I knew that the top would fit over my head without the zipper so I omitted the back zipper.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I have made this pattern twice now. The first one sleeveless in a size 12 and the second one in a size 10 with the longer sleeves with the ruffle at the end of the sleeve.


Love this pattern.

I have made a few skirts and tops in the past few weeks that I need to post here. Hopefully I can get my hubby to take some pictures this weekend. I have a few more summer things that I want to sew then I think I will move on to making some fall clothes.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend everyone. I think it will be a sewing weekend for me since I don't have the grand kids this weekend.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Vogue Patterns

I get giddy with excitement when the pattern company's put out their new patterns but I have been disappointed lately with alot of their recent lines. Thankfully Vogue has stepped up and saved the day. I'm really impressed with the new patterns for early fall .

V1195 Badgley Mischka
Fitted dress with pullover. I love how this pullover drapes so beautifully. Not sure if it's a look I could pull of but we'll see.

V1189 Rebecca Taylor
Love the self fabric braid trim on this one. It does take quite a bit of fabric tho to make this dress.

V1190 Tracy Reese
Like the ruffles and the cross over back on this one.

V1192 Anne Klein

V1193 DKNY
I may have some fabric in my stash for this one.

Anne Klein New York
I want this one for the jacket.

V1203 Tracy Reese
I like this crowl neck  top and the skirt is cute also.
This is one of the vogue easy options patterns.
Now back to sewing up a couple of skirts that I'm working on.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Vogue 8469

I loved this pattern when I saw it in the vogue catalog. Then I seen the perfect fabric at Hancock fabrics and knew I just had to make this dress. I don't know why but I do love bows. It gives the dress a little bit of a vintage feel and I seem to be loving all things vintage right now. I've been reading some wonderful blogs on vintage sewing and checking out some of the vintage patterns for sale on Etsy.

Pattern Description:Semi-fitted dresses have lined bodice, midriffs, back zipper closures and topstitching details. A: mid-knee length and cap sleeves with elastic casing. B: 6" above ankle length, sleeveless.

Pattern Sizing:

6-20 I used a straight 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes the only difference was the contras fabric I used for the bow.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Very easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the sleeves and the big bow in the front.

Fabric Used:

Poplin from Hancock Fabrics. I love this fabric it's so easy to work with.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I used a invisible zipper and contras fabric for the bow.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I would like to sew this again maybe the sleeveless version. I may leave of the bow for a more casual look next time.


I wore this dress to Church last week and it was comfy and cool on.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wrap it up

McCalls 5430

Pattern Description:

MISSES’ WRAP SKIRTS: Skirts A, B, C have waistband with self-ties and inside buttonholes; skirt A has front pleats creating a cascade; skirt B has optional trim; skirt C has self-faced pockets; length is 2" below mid-knee.

Pattern Sizing:

6-12 I made the size twelve

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes looks just like view c except mine is in a print fabric.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Very easy to follow

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The ease of a wrap skirt.

Fabric Used:

Poplin That I bought at hancock fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I do plan to sew this again maybe in a linen next time.


I made this skirt about a month ago and have found that it has become one of my faves in my closet. I would highly recommend this pattern. Great pattern for beginners . Give it a try yourself!

Thought since I have been sewing alot for myself lately that maybe I should make something for my sweet husband(.poor guy never gets anything made for him) He always needs new shirts and pants for work so today before I left work I picked up a couple of patterns.


Thursday, June 24, 2010


Simplicity 3509

A friend of mine is having a baby girl in July so I thought it would be fun to make some little girl clothes. I had  fun making the little dress, panties and romper. I made the size xs 7-13 lbs.I was a little nervous about it turning out to large after sewing up a McCalls baby dress pattern last year and it came out larger than I expected.  I don't know about you but I have found this to be so with McCalls patterns. I don't think a baby dress needs to have 4ins of ease in the pattern

Right now I'm working on Vogue 8469

Just need to put in the zipper on and hem it. Here's a