Fun Skirt with Vogue 8295

I rarely make something from I fabric that’s just for fun – just because I love the fabric. I did this time! I bought this material last year and knew it would be perfect for some kind of skirt.

This is a stretch pima cotton. And I love that the print goes both directions so you can cut either way.

I used V8295 which is a full skirt (almost a circle skirt) made with only 2 pieces (waistband and skirt).

I used an invisible zipper for closure on this. The only thing that’s missing, in my opinion, are pockets. I may figure out a way to add those next time!

I encourage you to make something FUN for yourself for spring or summer (or anytime).

Life is short. Have fun sewing!

Simplicity 1421 Blazer – Done!

I decided to enter the sew along started by “thatblackchic”. I didn’t find out about it until it was about to start and I didn’t have the pattern, so I was playing catch-up from the start. Actually, I was just behind from the start. I had the blouse to finish first (see my previous post). Anyway, I got it all together and got the blazer made in about 3 days. I think that is a record for me.

I had seen this pattern before and liked it. It’s basically a structured/tailored unlined blazer. 

I like the tailored look for blazers anyway, and unlined is crucial here (it’s heading to about 90 degrees F today so it’s HOT!). I don’t want anything that’s going to add extra heat to me. 

So to keep it cool, I chose a blue and white striped seersucker from G Street Fabrics. It washes great and is easy to work with. And because the stripes are thin and small, I didn’t even bother matching and there was no problem with that. I just made sure to keep the pattern pieces straight when cutting.

I used my tailor’s clapper to set the crease in the lapel. As you can see, I went with matching blue binding rather than white. I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern and love the way it looks. I did not add shoulder pads, which is an option for this pattern.

It’s very comfortable and I recommend this pattern to anyone willing to give it a try!

Now, it’s time to clean up the sewing room because it’s a mess after two quick back-to-back projects!

Spring has sprung…or so they say

I finished the Colette Patterns Clover pants #1019 that I’ve been working on. It took 3 muslins of different sizes to get it right. But, once I found the right size, I didn’t have to make any fit alterations. I made Version 1, which is the longer pant. The only “change’ I made is that I did not include the pockets.

I wanted a floral print pant, so I found this fabric at G Street Fabrics. It’s a stretch cotton.

But, since I wasn’t sure how to wear something like this, I tried it on with some different style tops and shoes. I personally like the one above for very casual wear. Here are the other pictures.

The peplum and heels dresses it up a bit. Anyway, I think the pattern is great. I would make this again in a solid (and maybe a different type of floral). This is actually an easy pattern to put together and doesn’t take long to make, by the way.

Quick cape

I lost my sewing “mojo” a while back and I needed to get it back. So, I took a break for a while. But I needed to find a quick project to get myself back into sewing. As luck would have it, G Street Fabrics had a Fashion Fabrics Sewing club meeting a couple of weeks ago. This month’s meeting featured capes and a quick way to make one. Esther, who ran the meeting, made a stunning cape from a designer plaid wool.
I wanted to use her same basic idea, but with a much less expensive fabric. I had some fleece at home that I decided to use to make something similar. I didn’t put buttons on the front of mine and I added a collar, but not the double collar that she has on hers.  Mine is much simpler and more casual, but now I know how to make another with more details if I choose to do so.

Now, I need to focus my sewing on some gifts I have in mind to make (place mats). And I have a cape pattern I want to make. Happy sewing everyone! 

Lessons learned…

I made this apron (B5263) in a couple of days, but what I’ve learned from making it will, I hope, last for some time to come. The first lesson is when you have fabric with a design in a particular direction, double check BEFORE you cut to make sure it’s going the right way.  I was so happy when G Street Fabrics had this fabric in stock and I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Unfortunately, the first front piece I cut was upside down. Since it’s a cupcake design, I couldn’t pretend that no one would notice. Luckily, the store had a little over a yard left, so I bought the rest of the bolt. I have made aprons for other people, but I’ve never made one for myself, and I’m so glad I finally did it.

The next lesson for me is to have FUN! While cupcake-printed aprons may not be the latest fashion statement, this was such a fun thing to make and to wear. It’s practical and utilitarian which means it might as well bring a smile to my face. While I’m not sure if this pattern is still available, I made View C. I like that there are abundant pockets for whatever you want. The tie is long enough to tie in the front or back. And the pattern is very easy to make. If you don’t screw up like I did, it wouldn’t take more than a few hours to complete.

Anyway, check twice, cut once, and have fun. Those are some pretty good lessons to remember.

My next project

I have decided to try Vogue 7975 as my next project. I want to make the view with the 3/4 sleeves, but possibly with the chenille trim around it. I have some pink linen-look fabric I want to use. I’ve had trouble finding the trim I want, so I’m still looking for that. I can’t find chenille trim. I have found some satin ribbon that would look nice, but I had my heart set on the chenille, so we’ll see. I haven’t gotten around to making the muslin yet. I hope to at least start that this weekend.

But I had a great conversation with the salesperson at G Street Fabrics today about interfacing. So told me what she uses for everything(French Fuse)and she does make all her own clothes (mostly tailored). Isn’t it great to get helpful information? Especially after having some bad interfacing experiences…

I’ll keep you posted on the jacket progress.

Burda success

I completed another garment this morning. It’s BurdaStyle 09-2010-#121 turtleneck. It helps that there’s only three pieces to the pattern, so it’s hard to screw up. I made this from some black cotton interlock I bought at G Street Fabrics. It is so soft and washes well. I’ll review the patterns I’ve completed recently over on when I get a chance. But this turtleneck is great. I want more fabric so I can make more of these. It only took a couple of hours (including tracing the pattern).