Friday, February 28, 2014

Simplicity 1660

Hopefully its February somewhere ! Finished my top and am pretty happy not super happy .
It's comfortable and cool. More details are at sewandsewbytheseasea
Happy Sewing! Now what to sew for March.

Making it under the wire for Feb garment

Well talk about cutting it close to the deadline...better late than never.  For Feb my garment was Simplicity 1943 (view E)
For a my complete take on this jacket, please visit my blog at

February Challenge: McCalls 6460 & Vogue 8151 (again!)

I am happy to say that I have TWO! garments for this month, using what I think is my favorite fabric of all time: this large houndstooth knit from Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak, MI. I purchased this fabric at the Sewing Expo in Novi, MI 2 years ago, I believe, and it was just waiting for the right project(s). Enter: McCall's 6460 and Vogue 8151. The use of leather and it's cousin, faux leather/pleather, has been everywhere this year, and though I'm a little late to the party I wanted to jump on board. 
Come & read all about it on my blog!

Change of plans

Last week I started a month long journey to find out whether I like my serger or I'll officially declare it a waste of space and sell it to the highest bidder. During a market sale I bought lots of (winter) knits for my experiments. My planned garment of the month was short sleeved, therefore I put it further down the queue and started with a long sleeved one and a skirt. This Deer and Doe shirt will now be my garment of the month February. Tonight I will wear it on a trip to Amsterdam, maybe I can get some pictures soon.

Deer and Doe Plantain

More construction details and progress during my ongoing Battle with the Serger can be found on my blog
Will be continued!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Finished February Garment, Pink Blouse

Hello ladies!
I am glad that I finished my February garment on time :)
Pattern : Burdastyle blouse 08/2012-109 size 36. More pictures and details in my blog, Velvet Ribbon - Pink Blouse

Have a lovely Friday to you all!

Black & White & Red All Over

I've finished my February challenge while we are still in February!

I love my busy Black & White dress... I think it's a great canvas for lots of colour in my accessories :)

This Kwik Sew was truly very "kwik"! Check out the full details on my blog.

a Perfectly Pleasant Peasant Top

I have completed a new Peasant Top for my February Make a Garment a Month Plans.  You can read about it here.
Happy Sewing all!

New member/new garments

I just started working on the Garment a Month challenge earlier this month and am pleased to announce that I already finished a top and bottom for Feb. using a self made Sure Fit pants pattern and

Marcy Tilton Vogue 8430 for the jacket. More details are on my blog
Hope I did both this entry and my blog creation correctly since I am new to both things!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

(Ista) March plan - day dress c1800

For March I'm declaring an assault on the clothes I need for a Jane Austen festival. I'm making a 2piece skirt & top using this dress pattern from Past Patterns #031 and some fabric from my stash.
I'll have more on my blog here.

February Challenge Completed

Hello again everyone :)

Here is the update and photos for my finished February project. I managed to complete a few days ago, all in good time, but what seems to take me just as long is getting the photos taken!

This is Vogue 8305 in Winter White based on the February theme for this month.

For more photos, please stop by My Blog

Happy Sewing Everyone :)
Dawn x

Sew Grateful Week - giveaway

Thank you for making me aware of this week, Sew Grateful Week - runs until Sunday, with different tasks each day, all basically giving thanks for the support of the sewing community.
Monday was a giveaway. I didn't find out about the week until after that but decided to join in. I am indeed very grateful to the sewing community - particularly Pattern Review and this community. You have supported me through my beginner's attempts at sewing, without frustration.
I have started a blog. You, my fellow sewers on this challenge encouraged me to go ahead and directed me to Sew Many Ways blogging tips which have been invaluable.
On my blog, I am doing a giveaway. I am offering 2 'prizes' - 2 patterns for the most amusing or frustrating sewing disaster story and 2 patterns for the best tip for a beginner such as myself. Winners chosen by me, rather than by random draw. Just go over to my blog and post your story or tip! I will post anywhere. More details on my blog.
I really am Sew Grateful!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Completed February MAGAM

Dress: Butterick 5949 View C
Jacket: Butterick 5719
Both made in berry ponte knit from fabric Mart with polyester lining. Both pieces are fully lined. You'll love this dress. Five inches was added to the length. You can see more at

Monday, February 24, 2014

Summer Pj's For February's Challenge

Summer Pj's

Patterns used:
Top- Colette violet
Pants- Simplicity 9505 [ pj pattern]
Check my blog for more details.
Note:   This is not what  I chose for my Feb Challenge.. TwoToast Blog.. has been making
pj's and  made me want to make some.ha. I have my pant suit almost finished too. Will try
to get it photographed and posted before end of Feb?
                                                Happy Sewing!

Check out my Giveaway!

Hey! it's "Sew Grateful Giveaway" Week!

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

just post a comment to win

I'll mail it ANYWHERE...
:-) Chris

March theme.

I should think those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are looking forward to the start of Spring and planning your spring sewing.  Of course, those of us down under will have to think about our Autumn sewing.

In roman times, March was the beginning of the year, and March is named after the Roman god Mars - the god of spring, agriculture and growth - and later became the protector of these as the God of War (Romans were big on war).

So as sewers, maybe we should steal a march and declare our own spring sewing war - you know, the one we all have every year, and never quite win - garments planned and not quite sewn.

Looking forward to seeeing what you come up with for March.  

And don't forget, you can sew anything you like - the theme is more about imagination and inspiration, but in my challenges I always leave it up to you to pursue your own sewing goals.

Sew, let's March on :)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

February Update and also some opinions please! :)

Hello Everyone
I hope you are all doing well with your February projects. I have enjoyed making my dress for this months theme! You can see my plans for February HERE and although It's finished all in good time I just need to get some photos taken which I will do soon and update here later this week. 

In the meantime I am making plans for the March Challenge and have chosen this pattern  and fabric

There is an attached tie belt on this dress, which I hope is visible on the photo. This is where any opinions would be much appreciated please! I am undecided to make the belt in the same fabric or in a contrast red? 
What do you all think? 
Any input will be greatly received :)

Thank you everyone and happy sewing :)x

Dawn x

My finished skirt

My finished skirt being modelled by Polly. 

Pop over to my blog for more pics

Jolanda x

Saturday, February 22, 2014

McCalls 6658

I finished my February sew, a sweater from Mccalls 6658.  Overall I ended up with what a wanted, a cozy garment, but there were some things about the pattern that I wasn't 100% happy with.

Posted more on my blog here 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Adele's February plan “The People” Paper Pattern Service 581

I'm running late again but I will make it in time. I need a really quick project -- vintage panties are always fun. There's little more about on my blog regarding my tardiness, and where these panties will take me.

I've started a new blog!

Thank you for your encouragement.
I've started a new blog - hopefully that will link to my blog if I've got it right!
I've a fairly long learning curve ahead of me but hopefully, like my sewing, I'll get better with time!
No pictures of garments yet as I'm trying to sort out a sewing space just now but will hopefully get back to sewing next week. When I make my next garment I will take pictures when it is in progress.

February Garment: McCall's M6754

I love this dress.  It was my first try at a pattern.  It caused a few headaches but it turned out great. 

Check out my blog post.

See you next month!

DJ @ HeHeHe+She

February - fun in red

Who hasn’t seen this pattern made up before?  No one!  I’d wager real money that a good number of you have already made this up or are planning to do so. The ease of sewing, the decent fit, comfort and style merits it’s ranking as one of the most popular patterns of 2013.
I had planned to make this in a drapey knit I got from Fabricmart but so many people had success using a heavier knit, I changed plans.  Kept the red but switched to a Sophia – ponte type knit that I had in my stash.  I was also worried that the lighter weight fabric might cause the peplum to droop instead of drape.
Like most others, I went down a size and did not interface the front band.  The peplum in the back seems a lot longer than most of the others I have seen pictured, giving it a bit of a frock coat effect.  I DID cut the shorter version – even went back and checked after looking at other folks’ pictures. 

I like it.  It’s comfy and bright.  The front bands flip a bit showing the interior seam so that could use some top stitching or tacking down.  It looks a little wrinkly and loose in the front - on picture but pulled a bit tighter it fits quite nicely.  Some people wear it belted but that's not a good look for me. 

 I won’t make this version again.  It’s far too distinctive to have multiples, in my opinion.  I do think I’m going to try the non-peplum, straight hem version in that original drapey knit.

February Plans

February feels like it's zooming by, so I'm trying to keep my sewing plan this month relatively simple. I'm going to be making McCall's 6844, View A, in a gray sweater knit I bought earlier this year. For more info, hop on over to my blog!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

February Garment - Something Warm

For our February garment, the challenge was to sew something white, something beaded, or something warm. White and me are not friends, except in dogs. Even in my young and dewy days, wearing white near my face brought out the yellow tones in my skin in a sadly unflattering way. So I went for the "something warm" part of the challenge.

We've been having unseasonably warm (and dry) weather here on the Central Coast, but I'm always up for another cozy garment. This is a Renfrew, one of my favorite patterns of all time. This one is made from a mystery knit that I got in Nevada City. It's light-weight, but has a brushed texture so it's warmer than you might think, and very soft against the skin.

More pictures over at Sewing In Surf City.

February finished - a Wonder Woman inspired dress

I got my dress made (ignoring some puckered seams on the skirt that need fixing). I had to do alterations to the pattern - which is normal for me.

Finished top in record time!

Silhouette Patterns #210

Two hours sewing got me a cute new top!  I'm happy that I went for such a simple project for February because I had plenty of time to work on my big project, new drapes for the living room.  Now that I'm done with both, I'm thinking of some St Paddy's Day placemats!

Please visit my blog for more about this top!

February Garment - StyleArc Michelle Tunic

Well - I made it this month with time to spare! My February garment is the StyleArc Michelle Tunic done in a poly chiffon using the Lena Merrin Gelatin Method which helps you control that unruly fabric!

Details on my blog On the Road to Sew Wear

February garment completed in super quick time and entered into PR's LWD competition

I’ve completed my February garment in good time!  I’ve entered it into Pattern Review’s Little White Dress competition and reviewed the dress on PR here:
In the competition I had to post a photo of an unadorned dress and photos of it accessorised for day and for night (below).  My husband entered into the spirit of the occasion and kindly took the photographs.


As posted in my monthly plans, I sewed version B of McCall's 6028 (centre panel contrasting)  but without the additional colour, in order to fit in with the LWD competition rules. My fabric was ivory, rather heavy in weight and quite heavily textured, with a lot of polyester (probably) and a touch of stretch. Both sides of the fabric were acceptable as the ‘right’ side and the members of my sewing group were split 50 – 50 as to which I should use. The fabric was lovely to sew with as layers stayed together but on the downside, due to its thickness and stiffness, darts did not crease well and pressing results were poor. I had originally planned to sew the same dress as I had done for my daughter (V8766 also entered into PR’s LWD competition) and started the fitting process with a muslin but when I came to sew the bodice, I didn’t like the appearance of the darts and so changed to this pattern.
M6028 is a Palmer/Pletsch fitting pattern from their classic range, also called ‘The Perfect Sheath’. They advise sizing by high bust measurement. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the 14 so sewed the 16 which I thought would be fine as I was nearly the 16 and have a large frame. P/P give pretty good instructions to lower bust point and to perform a FBA, both of which I had to do. I did ask for help on MAGAM as I wasn’t happy that my redrawing of the seamlines was accurate. My fitting buddy, AKA my husband, didn’t like handling the tissue (P/P advise tissue fitting) so I made a couple of muslins, which allowed me to sort out some of the lines. I also had to lower the waistline by 2 inches and marginally increase front seams to accommodate my bulky anterior thighs. The dress was size 16 at the top but I graduated to an 18 at the waist. I still needed the extra at my high hip but was able to take in lower down. Instead of using self facings, which I thought would have been very bulky and visible due to the thickness of the material, I inserted a full lining.
I was extremely pleased with the fitting of the muslin. The actual dress is a little looser, perhaps because of the touch of stretch but is very comfortable. It fitted well, felt lovely and I was extremely pleased with my invisible zipper which glides effortlessly.  I needed a 24" or longer zipper and the usual ones accessible to me are max 22". I felt a bit stuck but eventually tracked one down in my local John Lewis haberdashery – it was 3 times the price but is beautiful if you can say that about a zip! I didn’t have time to wait for a delivery from an online store as I was right up against it for time. The fabric hasn’t pressed well – or I haven’t pressed it well, not sure which! - and I would like to remake the dress with a different  fabric. This is the first satisfactorily fitting garment of any kind that I have made, that I also like and can wear!
New challenges and techniques:
*FBA in princess seamed garment - I had tried a princess seamed skirt but never a bodice or dress
*Making and inserting full lining to dress
*Making the inside as nice looking as the outside.
While I will make this dress again using a more suitable fabric, I want to leave it for a while as I effectively made it 3 times with the additional muslins. I haven’t decided what to do for March's challenge as yet. I may use the lovely striped linen/viscose that I bought to make a dress for my daughter but ended up not using as I hadn’t anticipated how the full circle skirt would lie – and hadn’t matched properly, but didn't like how the stripes lay anyway. I could make a blouse with this as a blouse is on my list of 'to dos'. I’ve also bought new fabric to remake the princess seamed skirt mentioned earlier as I ran into trouble with it, probably at the pressing stage as the fabric stretched and didn't lie properly. Oh, really not sure yet. I do plan to actually watch some of my Craftsy on-line lessons!
I don’t have a blog. My plans to start one fell through (although I do have a domain name). Do you think anyone would be interested in a blog by me? I see it as more of a learning log than anything else. I would welcome your opinion.
Thanks.  Anne


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snowflake dress, my february garment

Got my first February project done! It's with a fun snowflake knit, which is super warm! Used Vogue 1315 which I should have read the review on the shortness of the skirt. But I made it work!

For more information, check out my blog!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Late Breaking February Plans

As I said in my blog post, better late than never! Here is my goal for February, a quick dress (hopefully)

KwikSew 3658, 3 easy pieces
Will be trying to get this one finished up by the end of the month, since it's still winter here I am sure a warm knit dress will be just the thing.

January - finally photographed!

I gave up waiting for sun and warmer temperatures in order to get an outside shot and just made do with clouds and a big window.  So what happens today?  The sun is out and it's warmer!  But getting my husband to take pictures is like pulling teeth (no offense to any dentists out there) so not much chance of a re-shoot.  Note to self: get a tripod and figure out the camera's timer.

So, here is the dress, Vogue 8919.  It was an incredibly easy garment to put together; four pieces in total.  I did make a quick muslin of the top to make sure it fit but unless you regularly need a lot of adjustments, it's probably not necessary.

The print is from Mood.  The brown ponte is from  Amazing that they were a perfect match.  I highly recommend this pattern.

Finally Complete January Garment

This project got seriously delayed when my sewing machine died in January and had to be replaced. But I finally finished my January project and my first adult garment! The pattern is Kwik Sew 3766. More details on my blog.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

February Plan..

Hello everyone,
For February, I will make a very simple yet elegant blouse based on Burdastyle printed blouse 08/2012 - 109. For the fabric, I will use pink viscose that I bought last month. The thread and buttons are from stash. Also blogged here, Velvet Ribbon, February plan..

Happy sewing!

FEB Garment - Batwing French Kimono Jacket

After a run of wadders  -  Finally!  I sewed something I can wear... 
A little more detail on my blog:  

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February plan - a dress with a superhero theme

For February I need a dress for a superhero themed party - surely superhero covers the purity theme for February?

Using some cotton poplin (forgot to include the red trim fabric) and a pattern from The Tailor's Apprentice - a 1940s style dress named Lilly Rose

My blog post is here:

McCall's 6796 completed

M6796 was my February Garment of the Month.  I chose.  I was able to complete the garment this month and wear it to dinner tonight with DH.  The fabric is from EmmaOneSock and is a sweater knit fabric that was easy to sew.

Here is view of the top hanging-
Here is a closer look of the collar.  I debated whether to sew buttons on the collar or not.  I found these in my stash that I thought went with the fabric well.
And finally a photo of me wearing the top.  I love the fit, though I may reduce the shoulder width a little should I make this again.  I think if I do I will go with the short sleeve for spring.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Make a Garment a month : 2nd for February

Inspiration: Little White Dress contest on Pattern Review, and RTW Fasters. I just got back from Hawaii and a little white dress is just what I need.
Earlier this month I made a wonderful beaded dress using McCalls 6699, more fitted than what I wanted for my LWD, but with a few changes it worked out just fine.
I found a beautiful embroidered cotton material at Joann's on sale.
I did didn't quite follow the laundry instruction. I put it in the dryer, cause I know I'll forget to line dry and throw it in the dryer and that's the kind of dress I want.

The changes I made to the pattern are: I gathered the bodice and skirt instead of using the darts, I also added about 4 inches to the side front of the skirt and 2 inches to both back sides. I also flared out the bottom of the skirt. Added lined the skirt.
One of the things I like best about this pattern is the pockets.
I loved the cut work/eyelet on the bottom of my inspiration dresses, with the embroidery on my material I thought I could cut the edge of my dress around that embroidery. I did a couple tests and found the the stitching was very secure for cutting. However the stitching didn't connect everywhere. So I found some white embroidery thread and did a chain stitch between the flowers.
I also used Fray check all along the embroidery where I cut it out. When it dried you can't see it.
Bottom/hem of skirt
Plain dress
Daytime accessories.

Nighttime accessories.