Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Make Done

Here is the finished garment for July complete with how I made a FBA on my blog.

Reviewed here

July garment, under the wire

Finished the garment on the 30th and wore it on the 31st.  That's what I call Just In Time.

This is a mash up of the Kwik Sew 3593 knit top and a skirt from an OOP that had the width I wanted.  The KW pattern has a tunic length variation but it looked too narrow for the look I wanted.  As I have no drafting skills and I do not speak math, I just glommed on a skirt from another pattern and trusted it would all work out.  I also changed the sleeve, using the non-gathered sleeve head from view A and the length of view B.

Here's a close up of the fabric, which was bought a couple of years ago from Girl Charlee.  The background color is actually a light yellow.  Tough to photograph.

It's cute as heck but a PITA to handle.  It didn't just droop, it grew. Maddening, I tell ya!   It is very thin so a lining was needed to give it any body at all.  I did not line the sleeves which, upon seeing the pictures, could probably stand to be shortened a little.  A belt is essential; it's a sack without it.  If the fabric was more stable, I would have sewn in some elastic at the waistline, but not with this fluid stuff.  I will be making a belt out of some pink, 2 inch elastic.  I was shocked to find a perfect color match.  Next, finding a cute buckle.

It's very comfy and elicited a few nice comments out and about today.  It's a keeper!

Lisa's August plans

Personally, I love to read Sarah Liz's 'thoughts' behind her 'themes' and somehow she went from Roman togas to St. Augustine Confessions this month!  Thank you Sarah Liz!
I will be attempting to duplicate a favorite rtw peasant skirt using NEWLOOK 6108 skirt pattern along with a gauzy fabric from the stash.  There's more behind the scenes info at my blog.
Happy Sewing All!

August Stash Buster

Well, August is here.  August is named after Augustus Caesar, the first Roman Emperor. What, you might well ask, has that got to do with stashing and stashbusting?

The answer is simple.  I didn't think we would want to make Roman togas, so I thought sideways.  August also stands for majestic, noble, venerable, impressive. Again, not much use.  But then while I was thinking August, I thought of Augustine.  The Saint.  The name has to come from the Latin August and its derivatives - and as it is years since I have done any Latin grammar, please forgive me if I don't conjugate a whole list here.

But, St Augustine is known for a very venerable piece of work - "The Confessions of St Augustine".  Now what it is he confessed is beside the point, but it led me to think of what all sewers have put aside.

The Stash.  We often feel guilty.  We sometimes even confess our sins to other sewers who confess their sins to us.

So, I thought this month we could confess our sins and do a little stash-buster garment, and then feel better about ourselves :). 

Have fun,

Sarah Liz :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Finished July Magam Dress

Hello everyone,
I finished my floral shift dress last day and I am glad that I will be wearing this dress on a very special occasion next month :)
For the pattern, I used Burdastyle Vintage Modern Jamie Shift Dress size 34 with modifications and for the fabric, I used 2 yards of floral cotton.
More details and how I worked on the square neckline, blogged here - Floral Shift Dress

P.S. As I didn't plan anything for this month, I decided to put this dress as my finished July garment. I am sorry :-(

Happy sewing and have a wonderful Thursday!

MAGAM August Plans

Simplicity 4014 in Lavender knit & polyester lining

Cool Summer Outfit

Ying made this great airy top and skirt for those hot summer days.  

The top is made from a Japanese Gauze Fabric on Etsy.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy to be Back!

Hello lovely Sewing Ladies(and gentlemen??),

I have missed you!! Due to many personal commitments, blah, blah, blah, I haven't been able to post here in a while. I am looking forward to going back through your entries and visiting all of your blogs to see what you have been up to and to be amazed by all your sewingness!

Meanwhile, I have a July finish! Super excited about this one and can't take it off. It's so comfy.


More about my color block dress can be found here.

See you all soon!

Monday, July 28, 2014

July's make finished!!

Here it is!!

A quick and easy Burda pattern from July's magazine.

The top is simple so I decided to dress it up with an embroidery.

It looks good on but I'm no good at selfies (must practice)

More pics are on my blog

A late little black Moneta

Well I finally finished my black Moneta which was my June garment. A great pattern easy to sew and easy to wear.
Definitely will make this again. More details are on my blog
I'm not going to even try for July. I'll skip July and wait for August.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Original July Project: Hand Sewn Regency Day Dress

Well my sewing sisters.  I promised on my blog to share the good, bad, and ugly.  Sew, to keep my word here is a link to the down and dirty details of my Hand Sewn Regency Day Dress, July MAGAM project.

In the spirit of professional growth all opinions and commentary are welcome.

Thank gawd I can move on to the August project . . . phew!!!!



Msknitsew's Plan for July

Here is the plan for the July project. I will be posting pics of the finished project soon. 
Simplicity 1916-- making view F with modifications, in an ITY knit I found at Hancock Fabrics. 

My blog.

Vogue 1247 Rachel Comey top Done!

Just a little behind *cough, cough* in getting my June garment done, but better late than never?!  This is the Rachel Comey Vogue 1247 top worn over a rtw white tank, along with a self-drafted elastic-waist straight skirt.  Details on both at my blog here.
Since July was a crazy month, I'll just skip that and look forward to August.
Happy Sewing All!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July Project Done!

Yippee!  I've finished ahead of schedule this month!

More views and fitting woes on my blog.

Happy Sewing everyone!

Summer Attire from a Lingerie Pattern

I started my sewing blog in June, and thought that I might as well join the sewing community by doing this challenge. Below is the garment I made throughout July (Apologies for not wearing it, hopefully I will for my next garment). I adjusted the Simplicity 5009 pattern.

Here is a link to the post with more info

Friday, July 25, 2014


I recently decided to make a pair of white capris using my Sure Fit Designs Pants pattern and the wonderful elastic waistband from Louise Cutting's One Seam Pants pattern and was fairly happy with how they came out, but I needed something to wear on top, so thought I would use a piece of patriotic fabric from my stash to make a vest since the challenge for my July Garment Group meeting was to make something patriotic. Here are the results of my efforts:

More info on my blog:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 Wardrobe Challenge: It's Not my Fault..... I tell you!

2014 Wardrobe Challenge: It's Not my Fault..... I tell you!: It's Not my Fault  that the weather has been so nice that I haven't been wanting to sew.  The bright sunshine and the wonderful bree...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Polly Tank Top

I finished my July garment.  This the the free download pattern, Polly Tank Top.  If you haven't already, I recommend you give it a try.  It's a great pattern.

More info at my MY BLOG

Another July MAGAM, ooh laa laa

It would appear that I am on a hand sewing roll, huh, my sewing sisters?  Well, I saw this fabric and simply had to have it.  I knew it would be a skirt and I had every intention on sewing it when I got back home then it hit me.  "Why not make this skirt to wear on the plane home?"  Sew, I had to hand sew my third garment.  Oh, by the way, my initial July MAGAM is done, I simply need to have it photographed.

Check out the nitty gritty of this skirt.

Hand Sewn Sassy Skirt



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lovenicky's July Project Completed - with changes

I finished my July MAGAM pants! I used Butterick 5044 as planned but I changed the fabric. Here is how it looks with the top tucked in (I never tuck in my tops):

I think I will be wearing these pants quite often this summer. You can see more pictures on of this project My Blog. I also did a review for this pattern on

Monday, July 21, 2014

July MAGAM - Sue Kim Bag by Judy

This has to be the quickest and easiest project I have completed in a long time.  I really enjoyed it :).

More details and pics on my blog

Sunday, July 20, 2014

July "Extra" Project

This is what I'll call an emergency project, LOL.  Remember the 1940s Blouse I made for June, I think?  Well, I couldn't stand the first red pencil skirt that I made to go with it.  It was a thrifted table cloth and I got beside myself when cutting it out.  Decided I wanted it more "form fitting" . . . shooot, I sewed that skirt up and could hardly get it over my hips.  To top it all off, there was a stain, or some kind of paint on it that I could not remove.  Oh, I wore it the afternoon that I made it while vowing to make another.

Decided to hand sew one while visiting with my new granny.  I like this one much better.  :-)

As usual, click for pics and details if you will.



P.S.  Stay tuned for the completion of my original July garment:  the hand sewn Regency day dress.  I'm just about done, simply need some finishing touches; i.e., sleeve hem and front closure.

July make success


My July make is my first ever pair of trousers using Butterick pattern B5614.  There are more details and pics on my blog

Happy sewing

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sailor shorts for July

Serendipity : I finished my shorts last week and this afternoon I visited a ship. That was the perfect occasion to take some pictures. Although no sailors seemed to notice my tribute to their uniform, I was very pleased to wear my new shorts, which were very useful to climb the ladders.
The making : firstly, let's talk about the size. I cut a size M according to my measurements, Then, I read Jane's post about the same pattern (look at the buttons she found !) and she said that size M was too big for her. So I decided to start again, cutting size S. And as you can see, this is the right one. So beware if you make them.
Secondly, buttonholes. I've always avoided buttonholes because I'm a coward ! They were so easy to make actually !  Now, I can make this shirt dress I've been wanting for ages !
As for the buttons, I know there is this legend about not putting green and blue together. I don't get it. If someone has an explanation, please share it !
The fabric comes from an old cotton/linen bedsheet dyed in blue. It behaves pretty well : no ironing needed.
I'm very happy with my new shorts !

Happy sewing,


Send in the clowns, new look 6749

I started out with this dress I can only call clown.
I used a New Look pattern 6749 to convert it to a cute little dress. I also changed the color, to tone down the clown.

For more information click here!


Judy's July MAGAM plan - bag by Sue Kim

Not sure that this counts, given that it is a bag, but here is my chosen July make.

The pattern is from a book entitled 'Bags, the Modern Classics' by Sue Kim.  See more on my blog


Friday, July 18, 2014

I'm not sure how I finished before time...

But I did!  I've finally made the type of garment I have wished for.  So, my sew a wish was Vogue Pattern 8982 - a jacket designed by Marcy Tilton.

More details can be found on my blog, click here.

DJ' s July Plan

Hello All!

It's been a while since I've posted.   Here's my July plan.   I'm excited about my journey to understanding and loving patterns.   I can't wait to see the end result.

Check out my recent blog post about my plans.

I'll be back in a few weeks!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

July MAGAM Finished!

Simplicity 3845
 Simplicity 3845 polyester crepe with polyester lining


Lovenicky's July plan

I'll be making a pair of black microfibre cargo pants with stash fabric and a stash pattern.  I think I'll make view B. I'm short so it will be ankle length on me instead of calf length I hope. One can always use another pair of 3 season weather-versatile pants!

My blog.

Penny Pinafore July Dress

I completed the Kitschy Coo Penny Pinafore Dress last week end.  I wore it to work on Tuesday and I was pleased with the wearability test.  I really like how the dress drapes over the body and the pattern style helps give an illusion of shape.  The fabric is from EmmaOneSock.  I may decide to take a deeper seam from waist to bottom of the dress as it felt like during the day the knit fabric got looser.  It may be due to the weight of the knit and I got the feeling that it was stretching more as it hung off the body during the day. It is washable and I may see some shrinkage after washing and will make the decision about deeper side sides or not.

This is a independent pattern and I highly recommend it.  The sizing seems to be spot on.  I plan to make another version of the dress for fall.

Monday, July 14, 2014

My July goal - Erin

Yay, I'm finally back in the swing of things.

Since it's cold and rainy and cold...and did I mention cold?!...I'm going to make a cheery knee length skirt!

Kwik Sew 3372 in this pretty floral cotton. I'm going for view B, but leaving out the piping.

My blog post is here -

Erin :)

Finally, Sarah Liz's plans

I've always wanted to make one of Marcy Tilton's garments - so I decided that this month of sewing your wish was the right time to do this:).

I'm going to make a combination of Version B and D, the long sleeve jackets, out of a piece of fabric that has been in the stash for over 20 years - so it is about time it got used.

July project determined

July's project is going to be a colorful one!

View C of McCalls 6883.  Just a little more info posted on my blog.

Until next time - Happy Sewing!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

July dream

My birthday was on July 4th and my mother bought me a short sewing break of 3 days a couple of hundred miles away from home so I had to stay in hotels between days.

I decided, in discussion with the tutor in advance of the class, to make a jacket. I got on well during the 3 days but the jacket isn't yet finished. I have run into some problems in deciding about fastenings as the tutor suggested that fabric loops, as per pattern,  might be too thick so I used fur loops but I don't like these so am now thinking of giving the fabric loops a go. I'm probably doing a modified version of C, with no pockets or trims.

I should manage to finish in July, perhaps slightly off season for a tweed wool jacket, but I took up sewing with the hope of sewing jackets and trousers, so this fits into MAGAM's July theme.

Sorry, June garment didn't work for me

This top (view A in pink crepe) just didn't work for me - see my blog for further details. I'm okay about it.

I'm busy sewing my July garment which I realise I haven't said anything about, so I'll have to rectify that.

June challenge switcheroo done!

Yes - I'm still a little behind but gaining ground quickly.  And, I switched dresses from the original one I posted - Hope you don't mind!

June Project - Cynthia Rowley 2281 - Done!  More info and views on my blog.

July make

Hi all

This is my July make.  You can find more details on my blog

Happy sewing