Friday, October 31, 2014

September MAGAM Done!

Well I finally finished my September garment, but I have a good reason for being late. In September I cut off the corner of my thumb using a mandolin slicer. I desperately tried to save it and have it not get infected so I would have some sort of a chance. Good news is we have growth and I am able to sew again. I am so excited. Now I finished the dress I had planned on finishing in September.

I used McCall's 6700. I cut a size under. And it fit great! And as an added bonus, while still trying to get my fine motor skills back with my hand this dress is a savior. More information on my blog here.


2 tops for October

 Top number 1

This is a precious fabric for me, since it used to be my Grandmother's curtains. A long time ago (at least 50 years), when curtains were made of natural fabrics. A truly vintage fabric indeed ! I only could save a small part due to faded colours and humidity stains.
To say the truth, I also have the coordinated bedcover, in far better condition, but I'm saving it for my daughter !
I just had enough fabric for this little top and to make bias instead of facings.

Top number 2

I used a leftover from a dress I made a few months ago. The reason why I chose this one is because the pattern has side panels and you can't see it on the 1st top since it's lost in the print.
There are subtle stripes on this one. The front and back panels are cut with vertical stripes, and the side panels with horizontal ones. But it is far from obvious as you can (not) see !
The bias should have been sewn on the wrong side, but I made a mistake and kept it this way eventually !


-The interest of the pattern (Lutterloh from the 60s) is in the side panels and they are not seen. Maybe using 2 different colours/fabrics would give an interesting result.
-I wanted to make a white top this month and got distracted from my aim !
- Apart from that, I'm pretty pleased !

Happy sewing to everyone !


Thursday, October 30, 2014

November's Theme

Our Make a Garment a Month Year is nearly over for this year.  Amazingly - and some great work has been done by all of us.

This month it will be getting cool in the northern hemisphere and warmer in the evenings here.   It's time to make something to suit the long nights in your part of the world, and the nice sunny evenings in our part of the world.

So, make something for your type of November nights - whether nice warm leggings, a fleecy something or other , or something cool and summery down under or if you are in a warmer climate.

Over to you to make whatever takes your fancy.

Just a sneak preview of the December theme - it will be "Little Christmas Dress".  Something to wear on Xmas day.  I thought you might like to start planning this soon as well :)

Have a happy sewing month,

Sarah Liz

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October plan and done!

This project was so much fun that I didn't even have time to post a plan before I was finished!  It's my Halloween apron that I'll wear for passing out candy to the neighborhood kids on Halloween.

I had wanted to make this last year, but only got as far as buying fabrics.  This year I made it!

For more details and photos, please visit my blog at

October Sew and Shine finished

Hello fellow October Sewers!

My interpretation of the October "Sew and Shine" was to use the vibrant colours of Autumn (or Fall if you are the other side of the pond!)

My Pattern is McCalls 6988 of which I made View A

You can read all about it and see more photos on My Blog HERE where you will also find the link to My Sewing Pattern Review

Happy sewing Sewers!

Dawn :)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October plan

Hello everyone !

I need a white top so I chose this Lutterloh pattern from the 60s. I've already made the muslin and changed a few things. I won't add the buttons on the side.
Looking for white fabric in my stash, I met these flowers begging for being used and I couldn't say no. But as I still need the white top,  I'll make 2 of them this month.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Fire Opal for October

I've been really bad at keeping up with you all over the last couple of August and September makes are still sitting on the sewing table in pieces. But my October make has leapt past them and I have finished it! Taking Sarah Liz's "Opal" theme as inspiration, I made myself a fiery red fall dress, Vogue 9022.

All the construction deets and so on can be found over at my blog post if you are interested! (and it's nice to be back!)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Accordion is not shining.

I intended to make a wrap dress for September. I'll work through that experience in a future blog. Right now I'll stop at saying it is awful. A long way from seventh heaven!

For October I wanted to finish the wrap dress and shine by making some shorts. You can see how they worked out on the blog. Lovely fabric but I stuffed up the grainline in one and the sizing in the other. I eventually worked out how to make them wearable.

Here's the problem:
I re-drafted the Style Arc Barb pants pattern into shorts. I didn't account for this fabric being less stretchy. Just too small. I am losing weight - too slowly to fit into these before summer 2015/16.

It took several cups of strong tea to process this mistake. I blogged it, processed the pain, was given some excellent advice and sympathy. I concurred with the most excellent suggestions and thunk up a fix. A fix that included pockets. I do like pockets.

Here's the fix, a spacious panel inserted into the side seam. Much better!

Now I can move in them! The fabric is a really lovely medium weight stretch gaberdine. It was a very large offcut and came from a sewing friend. Sadly this is not the end of my ineptitude. Once I'd hemmed the shorts the pockets became a lot shallower. Plus I'd made the panel a bit to narrow - sensing a theme here? The pocket is large enough for a credit card, a lot smaller than the mobile phone size I'd imagined. More details and photos on the blog.

I will make more of these. They suit me and my life. They will have better pockets and I will check the stretchiness of the fabric - before cutting - and adjust accordingly. 

Bring on November! 

For other stuff I've been doing, come and visit BobbinsBikesandBlades.

Monday, October 20, 2014

October's MAGAM Project

Hello Dear Sewists,

It's nice to finish before time every now and again.

 You may click the link to the right for the down low Repurposed Denim Skirt.



A winter dress to wash away the sewing drought

I haven't been sewing much lately... Life persists in getting in the way. But I did finish a cool-weather dress for myself over the weekend.

I used the new Version 6 of Wild Ginger's PatternMaster Boutique to draft it, and I'm very happy with how it came out. More pictures and details on my blog.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vintage Peplum Dress

Simplicity 1460 was supposed to be my November garment but I managed to finish this dress when I had a day off recently. Although I have already completed my October garment I thought that I would post this as I mentioned that I would be making it as next months MAGAM challenge.

I did have some trouble with this pattern, so I am just relieved that I have something that I can wear at the end of it. More details on my BLOG.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lovenicky's Oct Project finished - Vogue 9574 jacket

I finished my 'ambitious' Fall/Winter jacket. I have made lots of changes to this pattern with the fit and the style. I was inspired by the current RTW trends of motocycle jacket styles, quilted jackets and contrast sleeves jackets. It was a bit of a challenge with all the changes. You can see my sewing journey for this jacket and more photos on my blog.

I have also reviewed this pattern on

Friday, October 17, 2014

A dazzling top...

Well, this top is so sew and shine it is dazzling :).  I think the sun was very bright outside today, so it is rather washing the photo out.  Oh well.  I take them inside and they are too dark, outside and they are too light.  Such is the life of a blogger :)

This is adapted from a dress - Vogue 1390.  More on my blog - click here.

Sarah Liz :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

V8870 October Edition

I finished my October garment -Vogue 8870 for more information on my process please check out my  Blog
I wonder if I can squeeze in another garment this month. I'm thinking Vogue 8980.:)




Sew It Up And Rock It Out
           Lillian C

Monday, October 13, 2014

Here come my Fire Truck Red Blouse.

Here is one of three items I was able to finished in September.  Yes, I know it is October.  But, I only got around in taking some picture of my finished Red Blouse by Colette Jasmine pattern. Super  spike over the details and how beautiful it looks.  Read more about the this sewing project at my blog

Sarah Liz, October plans

It's taken me a while to work out what to make for this month.  I decided on a very pale opal colour - more the colour of the rock it comes from, I suspect, than the actual gem.

I want to use a small piece of hanky linen I have had in my stash for years, and I will cut this dress down to make a top length version.

Happy sewing everyone.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tracy's October plans

For this month's theme of sew and shine I am going for colour and  will be making a dress in stretch knit using  McCalls 5706 dress pattern.

For more details please visit my blog tracysewshappy

Happy sewing

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dawn's October Plans

I have been so looking forward to this months project as I like the theme "Sew and Shine". I am late in posting and starting as I have taken on a challenge by deciding to participate in the V1419 Sewalong and getting this pattern to fit along with trying to source my fabric has so far been rather time consuming!
Anyhow, my fabric hasnt arrived yet so that gives me time to squeeze in my project for the MAGAM challenge. And here it is:

McCalls 6988 is the chosen pattern in View A. I've picked this lovely orange/copper check jersey as it's bright and also very seasonal colours for us here in the northern hemisphere :)
Can't wait to get this started and worn with a fitted polo neck underneath. Yaay for Autumn! Yaay for Sew and Shine! :)

Happy October Sewing All
Dawn :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

September Review

I finished this late due to the zipper issues...Sorry no photos with me in it...

This was suppose to be for me but the fit was wrong so I dont know what I will do with it....

Maybe loss a lot of weight and then try it on again lol

Check it out on my blog Kelyseamslong

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oldie but Goodie

I'm a little behind, but for my October garment, I am going to make another cardi from one of my favorite go to patterns McCalls 6844 in basic black.  Not that exciting I know, but I some how lost my RTW black cardi.

 Like I said I am a little behind on posting my completed projects.  If you are interested seeing my July, and August projects please visit my blog at :
Will be also posting Sept 2014 as well as soon as I can get my trusty photographer to take a picture.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lovenicky's October project - Vogue 9574 Jacket

The weather is getting colder and I'm happy to make a jacket for this Fall/Winter. I will be using a thrifted OOP stash pattern and stash fabrics (grey wool blend)  and remnants (black stretch denim) for this project. As well I'll be incorporating multiple RTW trends (quilting, moto-style, contrast sleeves) for this season into this jacket. Should be fun!

Come follow my sewing journey on My Blog.

October Garment of the Month Completed

I changed my October garment, as I managed to finish my original plan before October and I felt that this dress, Butterick 5454 fitted in better with the theme of Sew and Shine.

I am sure that this wrap dress will provide a much needed pop of colour over the winter months.
More details on my blog here.

And here is a link to the blog post for the dress that didn't make it as my October garment

Happy Sewing!

Monday, October 6, 2014

September Garment of the Month

I have been a little delinquent in posting my monthly garments.  The past two weekends have been a whirlwind of non sewing activity.  Most of September was focused on dresses with one complete except for the hem.

I had to focus my time and energy on completing another dress that I call the "Reunion Dress", as I made it for my 45th class reunion.  Fabric was from EmmaOneSock and the pattern is Vogue 9017.

The fabric shows up dark in the photos.  Here is a shot of the fabric while work in progress that I lightened so you can see the fabric details.
My October garment is going to be a top and I plan to use this fabric; pattern to be determined soon.

October MAGAM Plans

I spotted a mauve opal ring. So in keeping with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and  the MAGAM theme for the month I'll make the long sleeve jacket and skirt from mauve suede which was purchased from Fabric Mart.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

September... Finished on time, Posted late....!

Introducing my finished JimJams for the September theme of making something for the changing seasons...

Stepping right outside my comfort zone of what I usually make and into comfort, cosy pyjamas using BUTTERICK 6837.
These were a necessity make for me as I really needed a new pair! You can read all the details on My Blog HERE and also find the link to my Sewing Pattern Review

Now what to make for the October Challenge.....?! :)

Happy Sewing Everyone 
Dawn :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Project Determined

I've selected my October project and hope that it will live up to the theme. This one is going to be a doozy and will take me hours and hours to finish, but if it turns out looking as good as I have it pictured in my head, it will truly be my "Sew and Shine" project for the month.

More detailed info of my plans are on the blog!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Spring Tops

For spring I need some new tops so I thought I would start with this lovely linen and a Burda tunic 6972. I missed September all together and had a bit of a disaster in August so I'm hoping to have success with this tunic.

I love this linen fabric and I think it works with the theme. More details are on my blog

M. Inez - Late Posting for September

Hi ladies. I've been MIA for a couple of months. Life has been super busy for me for a couple of months. I do see everyone's pics in my Bloglovin feed but haven't had much time for commenting. Hopefully things will settle down a bit very soon. Anyhow, here's a quick sew for September. I wore this a couple of weeks ago out to lunch with my mom & sister.

Inspiration & construction details can be found over at Inez's Craft Room.

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Denim Do It Again - October MAGAM

Welcome to autumn ladies and beautiful October.  For this month's MAGAM challenge I am going to take the above jeans and make them into these: Repurposed Denim Skirt.

I got the idea from Ms. Abdullah via Pinterest.  You may read all about it and see more progress pics on my blog.  I confess I got started a couple of weeks ago because I am having to do a bunch of cutting up . . . go check it out.  I didn't get too far ahead though (wink~wink); I'm STILL cutting pieces.  ;-)



October Sewing plans

       So I decided to make V8870 for the october challenge.Why-because I think it will be fun! It will be much to cold to wear by the time I'm through but I wanted to give myself a shot at it. I originally wanted to make it in an eyelet fabric. The fabric is a Georgette and I plan on making the lining for the bodice white and the lining for the skirt black.

Sew It Up And Rock It Out
Lillian C

(Over)ambitious October plans

When I read the October theme, carefully thought out by Sarah Liz, I smiled. Yes, yes and yes!
The tenth month. Perfect for making a garment that counts as ten, considering the hours of hand stitching that will be involved. Lots of colour? Check! Make a garment that really shines on you? One can only hope for that outcome!

I started working on a French cardigan jacket, using classic couture techniques. The fashion fabric is a loosely woven cotton boucle, the lining is a printed silk mix. I'm following the guidelines from Claire Shaeffer's book The couture cardigan jacket and Susan Khalje's methods as described in Threads articles and by various bloggers. To create a soft tailored jacket the lining will be quilted to the boucle and apart from some silk organza at the shoulders no interfacing will be used. I'll document the 100+ hours process on Foxgloves and Thimbles in a series of posts. 
Maybe it will be my October and November project, we'll see!