Wednesday, December 31, 2014

We have moved to Facebook

This will be my last post on the Make a Garment a Month Blog.  You have all been a wonderful community and we've made some great garments - it's always a pleasure to see what everyone has made.

For personal reasons, I can no longer facilitate this blog - it does take quite a lot of time, and I need that now in my off blog life as it is getting busier.

I also find that Facebook is a much more interactive medium, which works well for a community group. already our numbers have expanded and there is a lot more creative energy.

It's a great pity that some of you can't come over - but you all have sound personal reasons as well- so I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you well.

And you can always follow our members on their own personal blogs.

For those of you who want to join us on Facebook, please either friend Sarah Liz (the facilitator) on Facebook :

Or email Sarah Liz :

Happy New Year and good luck with your sewing :)

Sarah Liz


Hi all! Chances of me finishing my December garment in December are, uhm, zero! On the other hand, I may be the first one to complete a 2015 Christmass dress. Always look at the bright side of sewing! I just posted pictures of a new Mabel skirt I did finish recently on my blog. For the next year I have lots and lots of sewing plans: coats, jackets, a wedding guest dress and of course high on my list is finishing my French jacket. So many plans, so little time. That's why I won't move to Facebook with you guys. I blog, and I use Instagram. Keeping more social media platforms up to date will cut into my sewing time, which is scarce enough as it is. I will keep a close eye on your blogs and you're more than welcome to follow mine if you want to check what I'm up to. I will miss the community feel of Make a Garment a Month and I thank Sarah Liz for starting and hosting this blog. Wishing you all a very Happy New Sewing Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

December MAGAM is done - with only a few days to spare!

Just a few days before the Facebook switchover - I've finished my December MAGAM.  Simplicity 1465 is done!

More views and comments on my blog.  Looking forward to seeing everyone on Facebook (once I figure it out!!)

Star's Threads

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Xmas dress

Hello everyone !

Here is the last dress for 2014 !
Perfect for eating a huge Xmas dinner !
A bit too short. I need to see if I can work on the hem to lenghten it a little.
I'm not going to follow you on Facebook so I'll come and see your creations on your blogs !
A big thank you to Sarah Liz for hosting this meeting and always being kind and supportive. You're a gem !
Happy sewing,


Reminder - Moving to Facebook in a few days..

Just a reminder to all of you that we are moving to Facebook in 2015.  For those of you who are in this group and want to continue with Facebook, please either friend me on my personal page  and I can add you to the Make a Garment a Month Group on Facebook.

Alternatively, email me, and then I can send you an invite to join.

This group will be closed, which means only members can see what is posted.  Nothing will show on your timeline.

You will find the Make a Garment a Month  showing up on your Homepage under groups.  If you do not want to see the post showing up on your  please  Unfollow the Make a Garment a Month on your newsfeed, and nothing will show.  Then go directly to the Make a Garment a Month group page.

Happy New Year.

Sarah Liz

December plans

Is it too late to post my December plans? After a muslin marathon I finally decided what pattern to use for my festive dress. It will be a mix of McCall's 6696 and Burda 5/2010#137, with a half circle skirt. I'm using a black jacquard fabric and some lovely silver buttons. Happy holidays!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

December Garment In Progress

I am making a simple basic long sleeve top for December.
Pattern : Moda Diana no 75 - 3P size 34/36
Fabric : 2 yards of knit cotton in purple color
As the minimum size of the pattern is 38/40, I have to grade down the pattern for size 34/36. Even so, I am still thinking that the pattern still too big for me. I will see...

The picture below is my sewing in progress that I shared in My Facebook Page two days ago,

I wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Cartier - Winter Tale

Merry Christmas,and happy new year for every..sewist and family!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sarah Liz's unexpected Xmas Dress...

I didn't think I would manage to make a new dress in time for Xmas - but I did!  Read the full story here.

(the pattern was New Look 6080).

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dawn's Dress for December completed

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Using and slightly adapting Vogue 8939 My Dress for the December Challenge is completed and I shall be wearing it tomorrow! It's fun and festive and I love it.

For more photos and the link to my Sewing Pattern Review, please stop by My Blog

Happy Holidays!
Dawn :)x

Tracy's December make complete

For December I have made an easy make easy to wear using New Look 6977.  The fabric is a a ponteroma from eBay store regency rags fabric store. 

Happy Christmas 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Festive LBD for Christmas

Finished and ready for Christmas! NEWLOOK 6071.

Details on my

Tasha's Festive Garment!

Seasons Greetings!

As I am having a hot Christmas and New Years I thought that I would make a summer dress as my festive garment. More details on my BLOG!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Moving to Facebook - your help needed :)

Hello everyone,

In order to set up a group for us, I will need to "friend" some of you that are already on Facebook.  Perhaps the best way to do this is to "friend" me, and then I will be able to find you on Facebook and "friend" you.

To create a group, you have to add members at the beginning.  I only need a handful, and then I can invite the rest of you by email.

My facebook page is

For those of you new to facebook my page will show you that you do not have to be an avid facebooker - I set my page  up so I could join two groups - RTW fast and the the 2014 Stashbusters group, run by Emily from

I intended  to use it for my own personal daily sewing diary, but like all good intentions that never happened.  Maybe next year (or the year after!). 

Anyway, enough about me - could you please friend me, once again,

Thanks, looking forward to seeing you on the other side of Facebook in 2015.

Sarah Liz

M. Inez - December Garment Complete

I think I missed November. Life...However I did manage to sew up this dress to wear for our Christmas card pics. I also wore it to church this past Sunday at Hubby's request. He really liked it.

Details + pattern review @ Inez's Craft Room

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Two-Toned Swirl Dress - December MAGAM = DONE!

Hello lovely sewing divas:

It seems I have read photos taken when it is overcase are best.  Okaaaay!  I'll keep working at it.  This was taken in the morning and outside.  As I will be wearing this dress next month I hope to get way better photographs of it and full length.

The bodice fabric is a soft off white, almost the color of vanilla soft serve.  The bottom and the fiping (what I call fake piping) has tones of green and off white.

Of course I blogged all about it.

Everyone have a safe, happy end of 2014.

2015 . . .  woooo weeee, here we come!!!!  Looks like we'll be a meetin' on Facebook.



Monday, December 15, 2014

December Project off to a good start!

I've decided to make Simplicity 1465 - View E (with modifications) as my December project.

So far, I'm off to a good start - view my muslin on the blog!

Happy Sewing everyone!

Star's Threads

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Changes for the New Year, Your Comments and My Thoughts.

  photo Buttonlargeprint_zps7c5c306c.jpeg

Hi everyone,

Firstly, thank you all for leaving such thoughtful comments about the MAGAM blog.  It seems that we have a core community of sewers that love to meet up and visit each others blogs to see what we have made.

That is the best part of the blog community and that is what I want to maintain.   Quite a number of you made the comment that other people could help, and I agree, especially with monthly themes.  Monthly themes would be fun if everyone suggested themes - we could slowly work on them over time.  I can think of lots of ideas on how to work this.

As for editors, yes, another editor could operate this blog, or someone else could take it over. While I initially had the idea, I don't consider it particularly "my property"- we have all contributed.

Some of you have commented that you are not Facebookers.  I wasn't either, until this year.  I joined for two reasons - 1. A University Forum that I had to participate in.  And 2.  I was also in Sarah's RTW fast (Goodbye Valentino) - as Accordion 3 pointed out, this worked well.

I was never going to go on Facebook - privacy, thought it was banal and time consuming and so on.  I always operate via a nom-de-plume on social media as I like to keep this life private and not mingled with professional and personal life concerns.  This is easy to do for those of you that are worried that your employer may find out you Facebook sewing adventures :).  And I do not muddle up my Professional page with my Sewing Page on Facebook.

Some of you are not keen on Facebook, one will part ways, and the rest are comfortable with Facebook.  It really did work well for the RTW fast.  It also worked well for the Stashbusters group this year.

It would be a closed group, so it would only be our community plus anyone else that would like to join.  We can still have the monthly themes, and post pictures there, and link to our blogs.

The big advantage is that if we want to have a chat about themes or our work, it is easy to run a thread on Facebook.

As far as my thoughts are concerned, next year I will have commitments to study, work, and things in my personal life that need attention.     And my own blog to maintain.  Some of you have the same problems - it's called Life, I think :) Facebook is an very workable way to keep this going, and apart from the initial set up that I will have to do (and learn as well!)  runs well.

So, in a nutshell, this blog can be handed over to someone else next year, or we can move to Facebook. 

Mind you, I'll have to learn to set up a page (easy to do) and then work out how to get you on it - I think it is just a matter of emailing you - that's how these things seem to work!).

Over to you,

Sarah Liz

Decision Made

I finally decided on my December Garment of the Month.  I will make V9024 using fabric purchased this year from Mood Fabrics and Gorgeous Fabrics.

The black/white wool tweed will be coupled with the lace look double knit fabric. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Finished November Garment : BurdaStyle Jacket 09/2014

Hello everyone,
I am late for posting my November garment. I was busy and then I went out for mini vacation with my family. So, only today I manage to posting this jacket.
Pattern   : BurdaStyle jacket 09/2014 size 36 with alterations
Material : 2 yards of black linen and 2 yards of gingham check fabric (poly-cotton blend) for the lining.
More details and pictures blogged here,

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Changes for the New Year, What would you like to see?

  photo Buttonlargeprint_zps7c5c306c.jpeg

Hello everyone,

This has been a great challenge this year, with so many of you committed to making a garment a month.

This challenge has been running for twelve months now, and much as I would like to keep this blog going, with lots of improvements, I will not be able to next year. as I will need to commit more time to work and study in my off blog life.

I still want us to have a home for this challenge, but one that is a little more low maintenance for me.

I have seen Facebook used for groups with great success, and will set up a group page there if you would like to keep going.  Facebook is great for chatting and communicating   as well.

Would you like to continue on Facebook?

Also, it would be great to work with themes that you want to work with next year, or even sew-a-long monthly themes.  What ideas do you have - because this is your challenge too, and I want it to work for you as much as for me.

Let me know your ideas.

Do post your December garments here, and let me know your thoughts on a Facebook group.

Sarah Liz.

November Nights Top.


I made a couple of things in November, but am using this garment as my official November nights top.  I did not have a top that could be worn to a more evening type affair - a dinner or something that is smartish but still a casual affair.  This top fits the bill.  Kwik Sew 3036.

For information about my modifications please visit  my blog.

Lovenicky's December Chainmail dress done!

This Festive Chain Mail dress came together really quickly! It was so much fun to make and I`m sure will be really fun to wear.

I made a number of design changes for this pattern. You can see more details on my Blog.

See my review on

Monday, December 8, 2014

November garment photo

Clothing this time of year needs to be warm here in upstate NY, so when my sewing guild's theme for our Nov. meeting was "cozy" garments, I decided to finally finish a fleece jacket that I started back in 2010 and I actually met the deadline, the only thing that seems to get me to complete projects.

I also decided to use this jacket as my MAGAM entry since it's the only thing I've sewn for myself lately, trying to focus on Christmas gift sewing instead, but that deadline is so far away that I haven't yet done much work on those projects either.

More info on my new jacket on my blog if you are interested.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

November Garment Completed

I finally finished my November garment - and here it is!  More info available on the blog!

Happy sewing everyone!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

December Challenge Vogue 8980

For the December challenge I have decided to finish up Vogue 8980--I have been having a lot of fitting challenges with this simply skirt and would like to check it off my list. I am making View A.

                                              This is the Ankara print that I am going to use!

Line Art

Friday, December 5, 2014

Lovenicky`s December Plan - Festive Chain Mail Dress - Butterick 5247

I looked through my pattern and fabric stash and decided to use the same pattern I used last month to make a `Festive Chain Mail`dress!

My blog.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December dress


I've chosen a Burda pattern from the magazine dated sept 2013.

It's an easy one. (at least, it should be !)
I dyed an old thick sheet in blue. The orange fabric used to be white but the colour didn't suit me at all. I think it's nicer in this warmer colour. As it is a blend of cotton and silk, it should drape enough to make these huge sleeves.
Let's see the result soon !

Happy sewing,


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December MAGAM - McCalls 5411

Hello lovely sewists!

The MAGAM for December will be a 50s style Swirl dress.  I am just coming off a sewing challenge making this beauty and I can't get enough which is a good thing because it gave me a platform to play with you gals for December.   It has been a whole year since I joined this lovely bunch.  My how time has flown, yes!

I'll be making a two-toned dress.  More information on blog - .

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December "Festive Dress"

Newlook 6071. I had another pattern in mind from Burdastyle- but I can't find it and I've wasted 3 days looking for it. I looked this up on the Pattern Review Website and there is no shortage of reviews, it seems to be highly recommended. Sadly, now out of print. I scanned over the instructions and it was looking a bit convoluted. I'm a bit nervous because I really like this fashion fabric. It's a velvet burnout with a lot of body. I don't think I have it in me to figure out how to make a lining for it so I might just make a separate slip. I like to dress up for Christmas dinner and this will fit the bill for a " festive" - yet classic, little black dress. I will make the dress with 3/4 length sleeves and I might just lengthen the hemline a few more inches too.

Monday, December 1, 2014

November MGAM Done! Workout wear!

Hi everyone! I know I have been a teensy MIA after I cut off part of my thumb but I am slowly getting back to sewing. For November, I challenge myself to sew some workout clothes! It all started when I scored this spandex top at the thrift store. I decided to use it as fabric and make a pair of hot shorts and a sports bra. I used a Jalie pattern. I am really happy with the results as now I have learned to sew with foldover elastic and a twin needle now!
 For more information, check out my blog here.


November make finished

It was the last day of the month yesterday and I just finished my top in the nick of time.

Using Vogue 8792 and following the craftsy course 'the ultimate T shirt'.

For anyone interested there are more details on my blog Tracysewshappy

December Make ~ V8939

Oh how I love December! So I am so excited to make my "Dress for Christmas" for this months theme. It's a quiet stay at home Christmas for us this year so this will be a comfy wear for when I eat too much food!

Inspired by the fabric choice of Tracy H for her November make (Thanks Tracy!) I hunted for similar and found this festive knit of which I am going to make the Dress, View D, from my Old Faithful Sewing Pattern Vogue 8939 which happens to have the most uninspiring pattern envelope ever! I am also going to add a hem flounce to this version.

Happy December Sewing Everyone!
Dawn :)x

Sunday, November 30, 2014

McCall's 6796 November Garment of the Month

I have been on a "staycation" and got quite a few things sewn, including my originally plan garment of the month.  I used fabric that was about a year old and purchased from EmmaOneSock.  Because of the design of the fabric, I used a single layer layout for cutting out the front and back.

I was happy that my pattern layout worked and have side seams align with the pattern design.  I chose to put the floral part of the fabric at the bottom with the intent of having less side seam alignment .
Here is a shot of the side seam when I was in the work in progress phase.
And here is the final garment on a hanger.  I am not photo ready this morning to take final shots of the finished garment.  

Next up????????- something a little more challenging that the recent tops I made which you can read about here.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

MC 5989 November Edition 11.26.2014

This was a very simple garment to make
took me 3 hours total.I love the length. Nothing I enjoy more than extra long pants..My grey and white bootie-socks are amazing.

Not sure If I will keep the pants though or trash them. I accidentally serged through them and created 2 holes.


 I was supposed to make this in an african print but did not want to spare any and I am happy that I did not.

Errors :I managed to serge holes in my pants..Only 2 holes one in the front and one in the lower back :/

Seam Finishings:

For more info check out my blog