Using Leftover Fabric…

While I had the goal of not buying any fabric for at least a month, I also had some nice, large pieces leftover from previous projects. And by the way, I didn’t buy anything for the month of January. But I had this really nice fabric left from the reversible coat I made in December (you can check it out here ). I decided to use it to make this vest from Butterick 5683.

This is another one of those patterns that I’ve had for a while. But the quilted coating was perfect for it. I also used the corduroy I had leftover that was the reverse side of the coat for the facings of the vest.


There was a time when I never would have even thought to use different materials that weren’t expressly stated on the back of the pattern envelope! But, as I’ve grown in confidence in my sewing, I’ve become very practical too. I can find a way to use up bits and pieces of fabric. And I always save those larger pieces of material since I never know when they might come in handy.


The only thing that I had to change, in part due to the structure of the fabric, is that I had to take in the side seams about 1″. Originally, this was very poufy when it was done and I thought I’d just consider it a miss. But, the pattern (due to the princess seams) was very easy to take in the sides and get the fit I wanted. This is the first time I’ve made this pattern, so I don’t know how it would fit me made in a different material. In other words, I’m not sure if it’s an issue of size even though based on measurements and finished garment size, this should fit.

But whatever the case, I like the vest I made and I think the pattern, with it’s variations, is terrific.


BurdaStyle Twisty Top

One of my new year’s goals is to really make use of the BurdaStyle magazine patterns. I’ve been a subscriber for years and have made a few things but not enough. I decided that if I’m going to continue to receive that magazine, I had better use it.  I really enjoy reading the magazine and I always pick out a few things that I like in almost every issue. But, I haven’t taken the time to actually MAKE them. So, this year, my goal is to make at least one item from an issue for that month from any year. In other words, as February approaches, I’ve chosen something I want to make from a February issue from 2012. That gives me more options and it’s more fun and less limiting. That being said, I have at least accomplished this for January.

BurdaStyle 01/2018 #102

This is 01-2018 #102. It’s shown in the magazine as athleisure wear which it certainly can be. I made mine using athletic/performance fabric I bought at Joann’s. I made no alterations to the pattern. But, this top is designed well enough that made from a different fabric (they suggest silk jersey), you could wear this for a night out on the town. I love versatile patterns!

You could even make this with short sleeves for warmer weather.

The biggest surprise for me was that this was very easy to make. Anyone who’s ever tried one of their patterns knows that the directions can sometimes be a bit confusing. This was straight-forward.

So it’ll be on to the next project for me and hoping to get a February make done!

BurdaStyle 01/2018 #102

A Terrific Basic: T-Shirt Edition

As a member of the 2018 Ready To Wear fast, there are things I know that I will need or want to replace that make my heart beat a little bit faster. It’s never something like making a coat (I did that during my first RTW fast here ) but it’s those things I wear everyday that I want a pattern I can just cut and sew. Those are the basics for me that will get the most use. So, lately I’ve been focusing on T-shirts and one of my favorite patterns is the Itch to Stitch Idyllwild T shirt and dress. There are so many variations with this pattern that it can be used over and over again.

Idyllwild Tshirt





This one in red is a ruched T I made without the ruching. It’s a longer top but the ruching would make it shorter.

The next two are the same T-shirts but in the T-shirt length which a few inches shorter than the red.

Idyllwild T shirt




This is a pattern I definitely recommend if you’re looking for a T-shirt pattern with several different options for neckline, sleeve and length.

Here’s a link to the pattern if you’re interested here

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Making Tops With Angela Wolf

Okay. So not exactly with her, but using her “Delila” pattern. There are 9 versions to make with this ONE pattern! I love that because right off the bat, I feel like I’ve really gotten my money’s worth.  This is a versatile and easy pattern to make.



I made two  of these tops. The top one is made from a cotton blend knit with metal pieces for decoration. the bottom is an ITY knit that has more of a four-way stretch. The extra stretch of the bottom one make it very comfortable. That was the second one that I made and I did it in about 1-1/2 hours.


Both of these tops are the same version (with the cuff added). I really like the length of the top too. I find them easy to wear and move in.

The neck binding is attached in a way I’ve never done before, but it works so well, I’ve started doing other knit tops the same way. The neck binding piece is attached, then folded over the raw seam allowance, then topstitched down. It’s much easier than any other attachment I’ve done and I get better, more professional-looking results.

The only problem I had with sewing the tops happened when making the dark blue (with metal) top.

Apparently, this is what happens when you use a double needle on a fabric with metal pieces and, I suspect, try to sew too fast… No damage to me, the top, or my machine.

Anyway, this is a terrific and versatile pattern that can be used to make something really casual or a bit dressier.







Sasha Pants from Closet Case Patterns

As I work through building up my wardrobe basics this year (and sewing through my fabulous fabric stash), I realized I am in need of some dress pants. I had purchased this pattern when It first came out and have finally gotten around to making them.



This is a PDF pattern that you can either tape together or print large size. There are two variations on the pants, one with front pockets and full length and one without the pockets and more of an ankle length. You can also make them with or without back welt pockets.

The adjustments I made to get these to fit were my usual for pants – a wedge & spread in the center back seam (full butt adjustment) and lengthening the center back seam about 1/4″ at the crotch.

Closet Case Patterns Sasha Trousers

I did not need to make a waistband adjustment (I usually don’t with dress pants). These were made using a ponte knit in a dark charcoal gray (similar to this). The pattern itself is designed for using stretch wovens, but I was determined to use what I already had. The pants have a really nice feel to them and the fabric choice means they are also warm.

This was my first time making back welt pockets. While these weren’t technically correct, they did seem to be even so I left them alone!

Next time,  I want to try in a woven material (maybe stretch linen like this). And they will probably be without the back welts.  Anyway, I would recommend this pattern. I think it give a nice fit and is fairly easy to make. The instructions are well illustrated and easy to understand.

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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!