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Happy New Year!

Hello and happy new year to all! I know it’s hard to believe it’s 2018, but here we are. So I wanted to give you all a quick glimpse at how I put together my goals and focus list as it relates to my sewing. I posted a picture on Instagram ( and got a lot of response, so here it is more in-depth.

This is a picture of my “brain dump” for my sewing goals and focus for the new year. I wrote down anything that came to mind in regards to what I want to do or challenge myself with this year.

The next thing I did was to highlight based on different categories. In other words, I reviewed what I had written and  started to notice different themes.

Then I put this information into 4 categories and listed some of the topics I’d written.

Having a list of 4 simple items helps me to focus on these items in terms of what I want to accomplish this year. Almost every project will fall into one or more of these categories. This just helps my brain to not get so overwhelmed with all the new things to do as the year progresses. At least, that is the goal. I’ve never done the list quite like this before, so I’m trying something new. It’s a good reminder for me when I’m not sure what to do next.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have gotten into your sewing projects (I haven’t made anything yet).

Until next time (which I hope to be soon)… Happy sewing everyone!

Reversible coat from OOP Butterick 3306

This pattern came out some time around 2001, but as someone who buys patterns on sale, then keeps them for years, I’m glad I finally got around to making this. I wanted a casual jacket to wear and decided that I wanted something in all black. I spotted this quilted coating on the Mood Fabrics website and knew that was what I wanted. The material is finished on the back side but it is recommended to line the garment. So with reviewing the pattern views, and this one (View A) being reversible, I decided that I would use black corduroy for the other side.

Butterick 3306

In my opinion, this is the perfect fabric choice for this jacket. I really like the length as well since it goes to just below the hip which makes it easy for sitting and driving or whatever. The pattern calls for no pockets on the reverse side (which for me is the corduroy), but as you can see, I added them. No point in having a reversible coat with pockets on only one side!

I lined the patch pockets with the red and black check fabric I had left over from my shirt (here).

Here is a picture of the pattern envelope so you’ll know which one I’m talking about. some of you may have this pattern.

All in all a successful project that I;m very happy with. This was also the easiest (and fastest) jacket/coat I’ve ever made.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season! Warm wishes to all…


Black and Red Checks – Simplicity 1538

It’s been quite a few years since the last time I made anything using a plaid fabric (I have several pieces). I bought this material for something else, but decided to use it for a shirt instead. As it turns out, I’m very happy with the results.


I don’t know if it’s easier to match the plaid when it’s small. I think it just may not be quite as noticeable if things are a bit off. Either way, I used the same process as I would for any other. I traced the main pieces so I could lay them out on a single layer of fabric. Then I used the notches to help me see if things were at least close to matching. All in all it worked out well I think.

Simplicity 1538


This Simplicity pattern 1538 is a basic shirt pattern with a nice fit. It calls for contrasting facings which add a nice touch when you use contrasting fabric.


Now, I’ll use that same process and pattern to make up some of the flannel large check fabric I have. I hope my results turn out as good as this did!

Velvet and Ruffles

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I recently made another pair of these “joggers” using Simplicity 8268. I have reviewed this pattern before and it’s one I absolutely love. This pattern is for knit fabric, so for these I used a stretch velvet.

Simplicity 8268

Velvet is very much on-trend these days, so what better way to incorporate that trend into my own sewing than to make something comfy that I can wear every day?

Simplicity 8268

The ruffles part of this post are featured in this MimiG/SewSewDef  “Georgia” turtleneck. This top is so cute and easy to make. I used a cotton interlock I already had in my fabric stash for this.

#1014 Georgia turtleneck


#1014 Georgia turtleneck


This can be made in a couple of hours. I really like the length of the sleeves and the bottom hem. It seems that it’s only in sewing that you can get the length you want in a shirt so you don’t have to worry about being over exposed when you bend over! The Georgia turtleneck is a PDF pattern so you can get instant gratification. I’m thinking this would also be great in stretch velvet…



Wardrobe Staple: Knit Tops

I have been working on different wardrobe pieces recently (mostly will a Fall/Winter theme). I realized I needed to, and wanted to, improve my look and style but without changing who I am or what I like to wear. Since I’m at home during the day, I don’t need fancy clothes or the typical work wardrobe. But, I also realized that my usual outfit of jeans and T-shirts (or shorts and T-shirts during the summer) needed some serious updating. So, I decided to sew myself a few pieces to begin. In this blog post I’ll discuss the  two patterns I used for these tops: 1) Vogue 9205 and 2) Patterns for Pirates Women’s Henley PDF.


I have a substantial fabric stash that includes a lot of knits, so I was happy to give these patterns a try. The Vogue pattern is basically a classic that includes darts at the neckline and topstitching.






One of the things that I really like about this shirt is the length. It can be tucked in (although made to worn out) but it provides good coverage.



As you can see, there are sleeve options with this shirt which is great as I’m trying to prepare some items for Fall weather.

The henley top (it’s a PDF from Patterns for Pirates) I didn’t have but purchased when I saw it. I’ve been looking for a henley-style T-shirt pattern for a while and never found anything that was even close. I came across this pattern (thank you Google) when I threw out some I had for years that were worn so often the edges were all worn out.

Patterns for Pirates Henley - gray



Patterns for Pirates Henley

The gray was made with a light-weight cotton knit while the others are all ponte knits. I added snaps on the gray shirt but kind of wish I hadn’t. I love the snaps, but I forgot how time-consuming it can be to add snaps when you haven’t done them in a long time. It took me almost as long to get then on as it did for me to actually make the shirt. The placement could have been better also, but so it goes. The blue top has buttons!

This pattern is terrific though. It has sleeve and hem variations as well as a hood and banded waist. This is definitely one that I’ll be making more of.

That’s all for now. I would recommend both of these patterns to anyone out there. They are both terrific!


Skinny Jeans Adventure

I am not a person who has ever worn “skinny jeans” so I knew that making a pair would be an adventure. I used the “Ginger Mid-rise” skinny jean pattern from Closet Case Patterns. I absolutely love their Morgan boyfriend jean pattern so that’s why I chose this one.


I’m pretty pleased with the results. I can tell you that this style is not a favorite for me, I did end up with a good pair of jeans and I was glad to try the pattern that so many of you have used before. Like the Morgan jean, this pattern is really easy to follow. Because of the close fit, I did find myself making more adjustments (waist) than with the other pattern.

All in all, I would recommend this pattern to others. I made this pair from a stretch cotton twill. I used this as a wearable muslin since this will also help me to reduce some of my fabric stash! Other that the waist curve adjustment, I really didn’t make any changes to the pattern. They do have some great resources for jean making on the Closet Case website.

That’s all for now. Let me know what you’re working on…



Kimono Love…

If you haven’t noticed, kimonos seem to be everywhere. I have seen more than a few and was really inspired to make my own.




I used Simplicity pattern 1318 To make mine.


Simplicity 1318

I completely understand why people love them. They are easy to wear either around the house or out running errands. This pattern is also easy to make. I used a polyester that’s lightweight and has nice movement. It was also an experiment for me since I rarely use silky or sheer fabrics. It’s something I need to do more of. I could use the practice!


This pattern could be lengthened if you wanted to make something duster length like the photo above (both of those are from Target, by the way). And there are some variations on the pattern itself in terms of length and the front band style. This is definitely a pattern I can see myself making again.

Simplicity 1318


5 Reasons to Love Butterick 3460

The minute I put these on, I knew it was love at first wear. Here are my reasons to make this pattern:

1. It’s a super easy pattern to make. Because it’s so easy, that also means it’s quick. Sometimes you don’t have time for lots of detailed sewing. You just want to get a project done.

2. They are stylish and comfortable. I used a rayon challis for this. You want to use a light to medium weight fabric for this so that they will “flow” in the breeze (think palazzo pants without the fullness).

3. Options. This pattern includes pants, capris, shorts, long skirt and knee-length skirt.

4. They have pockets! If you are like me, that’s a detail you’ll appreciate.

5. The straight styling would flatter almost any figure.

That;s all for now. I’m off to find some material in my stash to make the shorts from this pattern!

*The top is from an old Kwik Sew pattern 2948. Here’s the post if you want to check it out.

A White Hot Tank From Hot Patterns!

I made this “tank” from a cotton eyelet material that’s pretty lightweight. I put tank in quotes because it’s not what you would typically think of as a tank top. This pattern is for woven material so it’s an interesting take on that style of top. There are variations on the bottom of the tank so for this, I chose the flounce.

Now the problem is that because the fabric is thin combined with the way the top is constructed, I did not like the look of having a partial facing showing through the front and back.

So, rather than take it apart and start over, I just extended the facings.

I did this for both front and back which solved the problem. I might add that this wouldn’t be necessary with a heavier (not see-thru) fabric. I also raised the neckline on this (as I usually do).

But this is a comfortable, versatile top that can be worn into early Fall depending on your fabric choice (and location). In the pictures above I’m wearing the top with these jeans I made a few months ago (best jeans ever!).

That’s all for now.