Saturday, September 27, 2014

Still Stashbusting... Knit Hoodie - Lekala 5912

Well, Quirky Peach's Summer Stashbust ended on September 22nd, but I'm still busting away.  
I'm slow, but I really want to get to the point where I'm only buying fabric for one or two projects at a time.

So, I'm tackling some of the (too many) pink knits that I have in my stash.  This one is a very nice Italian Rayon doubleknit that I bought some time ago from - the color is "Cloud Pink". 

The pattern I chose is a hoodie from Lekala #5912:

 The cool thing about Lekala patterns (besides their Very Reasonable price) is that they can be customized to individual measurements.  This is the first one I've tried, so I hope it works out.  Here it is on the cutting table:

I've sewn up the body and sleeves and still have the tricky parts to finish.  I didn't follow the Lekala instructions, which didn't make sense to me.  I hope to finish the hood, the front and the hem in such a way that it looks nice.  
I haven't seen this pattern blogged anywhere, so far, but I think I will figure it out.

What's on YOUR sewing table?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Summer Stashbust - 2 Easy Tee Tops

This weekend I'm making 2 very easy tops from a black cotton knit, which has been in my stash forever.  
I like the fabric, but the edges curl like a little bitch, so it's hard to sew with.

I copied a top I like to come up with a very simple tee, all made from ONE pattern piece.  It's super-easy to sew, but looks fine, because the measurements fit my body and it's a forgiving 4-way stretch fabric.  
Even though I haven't hemmed it, I'm already wearing one of them!  
That's a good sign that this will be a keeper...

So...  How am I doing on my stashbust?

Well, there's still a good pile of fabric left, but it's getting smaller and I have more things to wear, so I'm happy!  My big goal is to have NO stash - 
and just buy fabric for the next project, or two.

What's on YOUR sewing table?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cool Summer Outfit

Ying made this great airy top and skirt for those hot summer days.  
The top is made of beautiful Japanese Gauze Fabric from Miss Matatabi's store on Etsy:

So Cute & Comfy!

What's on YOUR sewing table?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Stashbust - Flip Top

This top can be worn with either side on the front, although I think I prefer the full on beautiful design grey/black flower knit fabric in front, which is underlined by a black knit.  

Both of these knits are very thin, and a bitch to sew with - Aargh!

The triangle of fabric down the middle is (ahem!) a "design feature"
so the hem doesn't pull tight across my tummy.  :-)

The Fabric is from Casual Elegance:

Once again, I used my trusty TNT pattern:  the GRAINLINE STUDIO Scout Tee:

I've now completely used up the grey/black flower knit fabric, which I also made a scarf from:

 Stash Busting coming right along!
What's on YOUR sewing table?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Stashbust - Knit Fabric Scarf

I love the print on this knit fabric, but it's very thin and I don't really have enough for a garment.  
(Gaahh!  I hate sewing with thin knits!  Remind me to never buy any more...)  

Well, I cut and sewed a 9" wide tube and it makes a nice, very soft scarf.  
I'll use the rest of the fabric as part of a top, hopefully finishing it this weekend.

So, glad I'm finally busting that stash!

What's on YOUR sewing table?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Stashbust - Nani Iro Double Gauze Cotton Tee

Another grainline Scout Tee - this time using Japanese Fabric Kokka Nani Iro Pierre Pocho double gauze fabric.  It's a wonderfully soft cotton, but keep in mind - it's only 42 inches wide!  I had to mess around with my pattern placement to squeeze out this garment.  I cut and pieced the sleeves together, but I think they look OK.

I bought it on Etsy from the wonderful shop of Miss Matatabi for $15.50 / yard.

Marcy T. is selling it for $24 / yard, which would be out of my personal price range.

What's on YOUR sewing table?

Summer Stashbust - A Little Planning

I wanted to make a stash-busting LIST, mostly so I could cross things off.  Well, now I know what's in that bag.  I live in a small apartment, so it's not a huge stash.  Still, I didn't have a handle on it, or I wouldn't have kept buying pink knits, forgetting that I already had some!

Light Bulb Moment:  
I don't even want to have a stash.  I find I'm most excited about sewing up NEW fabrics that I just bought.  It's a shame (and a waste of money) to have fabrics sitting around that I'm tired of.

Thanks to Quirky Peach for organizing this 3-month (June 21st through Sept 21st) stashbust.  
The relatively short time frame makes it so DO-ABLE!

What's on YOUR sewing table?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Stashbust - Grey Knit Shawl Collar Jacket

Well, I'm still on track with the 'one garment a weekend' goal.  This is last weekend's garment, except I only finished it today.  It's not really flattering - a little matronly, actually.  Still, I think I'll wear it a lot, because it's so soft & cozy!  The fabric is from Gorgeous Fabrics - 100% Cotton Sweatshirt Knit Heathery Light Grey.  It was 80" wide!  All that width was so needed, because I had a hell of a time folding it to cut on grain - it was skewed all over the place...

I used a pattern I created with Cochenille Garment Designer software, which I've had for some time.  After entering my measurements, I'm able to create a pattern that more or less fits ok.  A Princess Seam style might have been more flattering - automatically adding some shaping.  Anyway, here's the pattern on my cutting table:

Are you BUSTING your stash?  Or BUILDING your stash? LOL!
What's on YOUR sewing table? 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Stashbust - Scout Tee Hack

Used from Stash:  Kaufman Double Cloth Cotton Mini Check Indigo fabric from
Really like this fabric, but it's somewhat plain -
and I didn't want my grainline Scout Tee to turn out looking like a top for scrubs.

So, I fancied it up a little, using Vogue V8497 Marcy Tilton's Wearable Art Top as inspiration.
  (Here's hoping the zig zag develops a nice frayed fringe edge next time I wash it.)

What's on YOUR sewing table?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Stash Bust 2014

I'm joining The Quirky Peach's 

June 21st through September 21st - 
(& use up my Fabric Stash)

a weekend 
during this time!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ying's Glamorous Crinkled Coat

My friend Ying sews AND designs her own clothes.  Here's her new, wonderful crinkled coat. 
I love everything about it - the futuristic shape in shiny fabric with a standup collar and fancy button!

Now I'm really inspired to get my sewing butt in gear!  Wish I could start now, but I'm getting ready to move to another apartment, so I'm busy sorting through all my stuff.  (What IS all this stuff I've accumulated?)

Anyway, GOOD JOB, YING!  Thank you for the gorgeous inspiration!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sew Grateful Giveaway Winner! (5 Easy Pieces Pattern)

Well, I cut up all the replies & picked the winner out of the jar...
 So excited to announce that the WINNER is steelyseamstress!
Please email me your snail mail postal mailing address to:

and it will be my pleasure to send you this pattern:
Congrats, steelyseamstress!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Vogue 8546 - Five Easy Pieces (8-10-12-14) Giveaway

So nice to be participating in the Sew Grateful Week 2014 Giveaway!

Here's Vogue 8546 - Five Easy Pieces (8-10-12-14) New/Uncut - Sizes 8 through 14
Line Art

I will number the responding comments, starting with the earliest one and put the numbers in a jar.  
PS  This pattern is only for sizes 8 through 14.

Giveaway entry closes on Saturday - March 1st - at Midnight - California time

Good luck!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Batwing French Kimono Jacket - FEB Garment of the month

Finally!  I sewed something I can wear...  I used my Garment Designer (Cochenille) software & drew up a simple pattern that was made to my actual "tall triangle shape" measurements.  Of course, that meant I had to print it out and tape a million sheets of paper together before I could cut the pattern:

I dug into my stash & pulled out the "Soft as a Blanket Italian Boucle" that I had bought from the Mood Fabrics website at half price when they had one of their One Day Specials.  Originally, I had fantasized about sewing one of the great Chanel-type jackets I've been lusting after on sewing blogs, like Goodbye Valentino's Gorgeous (!!!) "Shanel Jacket" -

However, I know myself - my sewing patience level is low.  To be honest, I don't really love sewing.  (There, I said it.)  I'd much rather be reading, watching movies or running around outside.  Since Ready To Wear doesn't fit me at all - I just want to knock out something I need in my wardrobe and would like to wear.  

Of course, I couldn't resist using that great side fringe on the fabric to give it a hint of french jacket.  
Now I'm thinking that maybe it needs a nice button in the middle - hmmm...  

 Here's the sleeve shape:

And here's the side - Alfred Hitchcock style:

Next, I think I'll try a soft fabric (maybe knit) jacket with set-in sleeves.

What's on YOUR sewing table?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

January Garment(s) of the Month Plan (Back to Basics!)

Well, I killed my December Garment of the Month:

It just did not look good on me and I didn't think I would ever wear it.  I loved the fabric, so I cut it up and used the leftovers to make a TNT Scout Tee.  (I still have to hem the neck, sleeves & bottom edge)

Ahhh!  that's better - this is one of those basics that I reach for every day...

So, what should I make for my January Garment of the Month?  

Well, Let me see...  
 I work in a Very Casual One-Person Office for a Construction Company.   I'm lucky that I can wear the same clothes on my work days that I like to wear on my days off.  

Here's my daily 'uniform' for Winter:
 Long Sleeve Tee Shirt
Ponte Pants or Jeans
Hoodie (layered under jacket)
Neck scarf
(I put layers on and take them off as needed.)

I should have at least eight 5 Long Sleeve Tee Shirts to get me through a laundry cycle.
How many do I have?  Just ONE!  OK...
seven 4 Long Sleeve Tee Shirts coming up!
In flattering colors and nice fabrics

Jen at grainline did a very useful Pattern Tutorial - Long Sleeved Scout Variation:

Thanks to: 
I decided on a color palette of colors that suit me:
Later, I could use some new hoodies & jackets, too.  At least I have plenty of neck scarves!
(I would love to make a grainline Archer shirt.  Bit of a learning curve, though - That's my fantasy for Spring.)

What's on YOUR sewing table?

Happy Holidays!  It's a gorgeous day at the ocean:

Monday, December 16, 2013

StyleARC Harper Jacket

My December Garment of the Month, the Harper Jacket only has 3 pattern pieces.  Simple, right?  But I found the collar seam at the back of the neck confusing.  I don't even know if I sewed it right, but here's what I finally did:

Then, I decided I didn't like leaving the edges raw for this fabric - 
a nice turquoise Organic Cotton Interlock Knit from  

So, I rounded off the 4 corners and just serged all around with black thread:
Ooops!  I still have to hem the sleeves...

How is your December Garment coming along?

Friday, November 29, 2013

December Garment of the Month - KISS*

*KISS = Keep It Simple, Silly

Why struggle with a complicated pattern, only to end up with a Wadder?

Wadder - a technical term in sewing which means “to sew a garment and then discover it is truly horrendous, thereby resulting in the wadding of said garment and disposal into nearest refuse receptacle or relegation of wadder to dark corner or drawer”.

So, here's the Harper Jacket - StyleARC promises it's EASY:

Let's hope for the Best!

Clothing Engineer (the Go To blog for StyleARC patterns) did some beautiful Harpers:

What's on YOUR sewing table?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

November Garment - Failed Muslin (sigh!)

I chose the Teagarden T that I had admired on other talented sewers as my November Garment of the Month. Well, I made a Mess Muslin.  I'm just glad I used fabric I wanted to get rid of - a cotton knit like the type used to make long underwear, but thinner and purple.  I should have made long underwear instead.

Here it is - the muslin I didn't need to finish to know that it was a No Go!  I thought I followed the package sizing recommendations and made the size medium.  I'm not about to tackle this again soon, but if I ever do, I'll go up to the large size, so it would hang in a flattering loose way.

Here's one of the Gussets - what??!!?  LOL!

Ignore the color difference - the camera flashed it out.  I don't know if it was the pattern or me or the fabric - but I could NOT get the gussets to fit.  They were just TOO LARGE.  I had all the markings, but just could not line them up without gathering the gusset (which was not as much fun as it sounds.)

OK - chalking this up to Live and Learn and moving on...  

Hmmm!  what should I make for December?  How about something nice and simple that won't drive me crazy and that I will actually wear! 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Scary Pattern

The Sewing Workshop “Teagarden T” is a scary pattern – eek!  Why did I allow myself to be lured by the beautiful finished versions I saw on the web?  (I’m looking at you Shams, Thunderpaws & Margy!)

Why did I take this pattern out of it’s cozy little nook in the ‘fantasy section’ of my patterns box?  It was so comfortable there right next to the French Jacket pattern and the other patterns I love, but have been afraid to tackle.  Well, silly me, I said I would be sewing it in November for the "Make a Garment a Month Challenge".

Here's some pattern reviews from other brave sewers that have gone before me to tackle this:

OK, better get cracking before the month flies by.  I guess I'll try it on some purple cotton knit (thermal long underwear type fabric) that I bought online and it turned out to be thinner than I’d hoped it would be.  The main pattern piece of the Teagarden T is both the back and the front - it's both the sides, really.  Here it is laid out on my floor…  See what I mean?

Wish me Luck!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November Garment planned

Planning my November garment for Sarah Liz's fun "Make a Garment a Month Challenge" -
This actually is bit of a challenge for me - The Sewing Workshop Collection Teagarden T:

Thank you, Shams, for your Instructions!

October Garment

Just starting a simple blog to document my sewing projects...

I joined Sarah Liz's fun "Make a Garment a Month Challenge" -

This is my completed October garment:

The fabric was a stretch cotton from for StyleARC Barb's Stretch Pant:
 Great stretch woven pull on pant with elastic waist