Monday, 10 November 2014

Share in Style ~ Shoes

My project for this Share in Style is truly a very simple, not elegant in any way, but an outfit that is so very much required
 these days :)

I found this fun, bright, colourful
 "flip flop/ flower" print ~ in  flannel ~ my favourite,
 and thought It would be perfect for pj's.

The pants and sleeves are a heavy fleece.... so comfortable!!
A perfect weight for this cooler weather that we've been getting
and  I know I will appreciate the warmth of this fabric on cold winter days.

Monday, 27 October 2014

"Share in Style" ~ Halloween

Spider web skirt and shawl for the Share~in~Style - Halloween!!

I used New Look 6843 View A for the skirt.
A very easy pattern with great results.
For the waist finish I made a facing instead of a waist band and inserted an invisible zipper.

The shawl is lace ~ with a spider and web design like the skirt fabric.
A fun outfit to put together for the Share~in~Style!
It is Not every day you get to wear a flashing necklace and a mask :)

Have a fun Halloween!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Pj's for a special Boy!

My grandson made a very special request.

He wanted flannel pj's just like Mommy.
(She was given pj's for her birthday, different print)

How could I not make them!

I used Butterick 5586 for the top and McCall's 6194 for the bottoms.
I made size 4. The waist was shortened by by 3" and pant leg shortened by 2 1/2".
I used the McCall's pattern for the bottoms because I had made him pj pants before
so I knew these would fit.


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Share in Style - "Favourite Print"

This "Share in Style" I am Rosy's partner!

Rosy asked me a couple of months ago to be her partner for one
of the up coming "Share in Styles". I said yes of course, but I was a little (ok~ a lot)nervous!!    Being Rosy's partner?...I mean this is Rosy....I've been reading Rosy's blog for quite some time and  she absolutely amazes me!!
Her garments are so stylish and she always uses such pretty fabrics.And of course the beautiful pictures she posts!!!
She does not disappoint in this Share in Style.

Her outfit is, as always, stylish and beautiful!! I absolutely love the colour  and print she chose.

It was a challenge deciding what print was my favourite. Not as easy as it sounds. I love so many prints ~ but truly my  favourite fabrics(prints) are that considered a print?

Well I figure it is...and a boucle in sweater knit!!...that is awesome and so warm and so cosy. Especially this time of year.

I used Vogue 8817, Katherine Tilton pattern.It is such a great pattern and there are so many possibilities.
My favourite....
because this method works ~ every time!!

I made the top with 4 knit fabrics ~

I love combining prints together and I also try to choose
prints that are textured.
 a boucle sweater weight knit,
a floral textured knit,

a black pebbly textured mesh knit (kind of rubber feeling pebbles)
and a plain gray sweater knit ~ which is layered under the black pebble knit.
These fabrics are somewhat heavier than the pattern description suggests however I love the end result.

This top is  so very comfortable!
I also like the high/low hem design. (I did shorten the top by 5")

I look forward to making more tops with this pattern!!

Have a great day!

"Share in Style" - Favourite Print"

I am Participating in the Favourite Print - "Share in Style"!
Post to follow shortly!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Alameda Dress *** Inspiration***

The dresses Pauline choose for inspiration are all gorgeous.
I love the striped one and the pink one.(without the bow for me)

I am actually thinking of making mine a LBD!
but could end up being a floral print.
Still pondering what look I want.

Related Sew-Along post:
Alameda Sew-Along
Fabric Choices

Happy Sewing!!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Alameda Dress - Pauline Alice

I love the style of this dress.

Pauline Alice will be doing a SewAlong. 
I can't wait to see this pattern made up.
I too will make one......

But first I must finish some tights and a Monkey Bar skirt  for a special little girl!
Such a cute skirt and the name is adorable!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

I am still here....just like busy :)

.....But I am still here....busy as always.
Once in awhile I  drop in on some of my favourite  blogs and catch up,
 and now and then I even get  a comment, or two, in.  

I am hoping to have some garments made up
next week and then get back to posting on my blog.
Something I've truly missed! 

I have been enjoying a Crafsty class on Pattern Drafting Basics,The Sloper, by Suzy Furrer.
I purchased her pattern drafting book and so far it looks like it will
be a very useful book.

So many things I want to sew. 
Hope you are all having a great time sewing!!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Some Sewing has been taking place...

I haven't been blogging much but I have been sewing a little.
Nothing too complicated but at least I am sewing!!
Here are pictures of a few garments I've made.

Dress ~ New Look 6210

I Love the back of this dress!
It was an easy dress to make and very quick!
Fabric is a stretch and I lined it with a light knit tricot lining.
It was a very comfortable dress to wear this summer!


This pattern is for an unlined jacket but I lined my jacket.
I had to make some adjustments ~  a sway back adjustment, shoulder width(narrowed),  raised armhole and lengthened it.......
 I used four buttons instead of two and placed my buttons down the front. 

Burda 7066

This was the first time I made this Burda top so the top is a mock up ~ to see how the pattern Fit.
 I like how it looks with no adjustments but for the next one I will lengthen it...
It is a loose fitting top and
this mock up will be A very comfortable top for lounging.
I played around and sewed some print fabric on the bodice, side seams and sleeves!
I used my favorite method, the Sarah Veblen method,  for applying the neck band.

I've also been making curtains, pillowcases ~ for my Grandson, and some alterations but the biggest thing I've been finishing up is a "huge" quilt
for us!
Well the biggest I've ever made.
 I machine quilted it myself, with a long arm machine,  and just finished sewing the binding on.
That will be the next post.

A little brace humour to make me feel better ~ since I do wear braces now :)


Happy Sewing!




Saturday, 9 November 2013

My Sewing Studio ~ Part 11

Life has been busy!  My blog posts always
seem to get pushed to the bottom of my to do tonight I am going to play catch up and continue my Sewing Studio posts.
I have been sewing but will post about that later!

This section is the "Pattern Corner". The cubicle wall unit stores the larger patterns that do not fit in my pattern filing cabinets....such as Angela Wolf, Jalie, Cynthia Guffey, Vogue,
 Gail Patrice, Cecilia Podolak, Pamela's Patterns, Silhouette Patterns, Onion,
Style Arc, Brensan Studio, and Islander Sewing....just to name a few :)
These cubicles are great for storing my patterns and also for
 fabrics that I plan on using in the very near future.
(I do have a step stool to reach the higher bins.)
I love this section...browsing through my patterns and
planning my next project!

I bought one of these pattern cabinets years ago, from my local Fabricville when they changed their cabinets...the other one was given to me......these cabinets are perfect for  Vogue, McCalls, Butterick, Simplicity, New Look, Burda, Kwik Sew, Neue Mode....

This is another section that I simply call "The Work Station"!
More cubicles to store interfacing, elastic, trims, DVD's,
camera eqpt, rulers, tracing paper....but mostly I use
 this section as a work station
~ a comfortable spot, with lots of counter space to do my hand stitching ~
and maybe watch a sewing DVD while I work!

 ~ When I am in my Sewing Studio  ~ Bradley always keeps me company ~

but now I am fortunate to have two little sewing  buddies!

Meet Sammy!

An apricot poodle we inherited from my husbands parents.
He is an older fella, who is set in his ways but has quickly made himself comfortable and is such a joy to have around.
He is settling in perfectly and we are happy to have him!

My newest little Zen garden!

I do have more of my Sewing Studio to share but will leave it at this for tonight...

 Have a great weekend!


Thursday, 5 September 2013

House Cape

Is there such a thing as a House Cape?
Well that is what I am calling what I made today...
a House a house coat ~ but different.
The weather is turning cool and it was cool in the house today ~
and for some reason this made  me think of my daughter walking around the house with a blanket on her shoulders!
During the winter months you will always see her wearing a blanket or throw over her shoulders ~ like a shawl......She has done this for as long as I can remember :)
I was planning  on making myself a cape today but came up with this idea for her and made it instead.
It is made just as you would make a cape but I put a zipper to help keep it
from slipping over her shoulders. Hopefully this works.
I used a ribbed fleece fabric.
I wanted to make this house cape fairly long so my fabric was 62"w x 75" long.
(The fabric I bought was 64" wide after being washed & dried. I didn't measure it before washing it)
Fold fabric, with grainline lengthwise.
I forgot to take pictures while  I was  making it but
here it is finished.

Cut up the center to the fold.
Insert zipper. I used a 22"zipper.
Hem around neckline, sides, front and back hem.
Very easy but I loved making it and I know my daughter will be warm and very comfortable wearing this house cape!
Have a great day!

Monday, 2 September 2013

My Sewing Studio ~ Part 1

This post has been long over due and I am so happy to be finally posting it.
Over the past 30 yrs we have lived in quite  a few houses.
 In each  house my wonderful husband always made sure I had
a sewing space. He gladly did whatever had to be done to make it happen.
 Sometimes our ideas worked and sometimes they needed to be reconsidered....

He moved walls and/or  built walls,
 re-did floors, 
did electrical, (I have an obsession with lighting :)) ,
 had custom cabinets made for me ,
drafting tables,
painted rooms and furniture,
shopped for materials and supplies ~ and really the list goes on and on....
he did it all with not one single complaint.....

 In our present house he put all these skills  to work once again and  made a perfect ~ for me~
 ~ Sewing Studio ~

When I walk in to this space
I am so grateful ~  every single time ~
I can't Thank him enough!

Over the next few posts I will share with you some pictures of my Sewing Studio  and how the space works so well for me.

Pattern area

Have a great day!


Saturday, 31 August 2013

How to Fit a Jacket with Cynthia Guffey

Steps to Exquisitely Comfortable Fit - The Jacket
April 2012 ~ I attended the "Original Sewing & Quilt Expo" in Worcester and took every Cynthia Guffey class available.
She is amazing and I became one of her biggest fans.
She is truly an expert and she has such a full of life type personality.
I bought pretty much every book, pattern  and DVD she had.
She also had some gorgeous raw silk fabric. I bought some but haven't used it yet.
Periodically I will check to see if Cynthia has new patterns or DVD's.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found that she was now doing on line classes
on dailycrafttv. She has three classes.
I posted it on the facebook sewing group, because I just had to share this great find, of  course.
 Carolyn - from Dairy of a Sewing Fanatic and I decided we would each take a class and review it.
I purchased How to Fit a Jacket and Carolyn is reviewing Seven Core Sewing Skills.
I do plan on purchasing the other two.
Cynthia is joined with Marlene Ingraham, the founder of  Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. 
Together they made a great team.
 Cynthia  is working with real people, not a dress form and a pattern that has princess seams.
She addresses fitting issues, wrinkles, that occur on garments, where they originate from and how to solve them.
She shows these issues on the "mock up" and makes the corrections on the paper pattern.
Some of the issues she covers are:
Shoulder width ~  sometimes you think your problems are armhole issues but can actually be a shoulder width issue.
Shoulder Slope ~ when garment is pulling away from neckline /shoulder area. Looks too big ~ so to fix we "nip" it just a little . That is bad ;)
I saw her do this alteration at Expo, but forgot about it. The paper alteration may surprise you.

Center back to Side Seam ~ side seam pulls toward the front- hem drops lower in the back. caused by back hip issues.
Upper Back Curve ~ an alteration that is often overlooked and seldom addressed and will solve many fitting issues.
When Cynthia did my fitting at Expo, this same alteration is what she did on me but for protruding shoulder blades. An alteration I did not realize I needed to do.
Bust line ~ Full bust adjustment
One of her models is a petite model and Cynthia addresses fitting/alteration issues when having to decrease.

The class was a pleasure to watch. Cynthia has a true passion for what she does and it shows.  (At some points It was like being right there in one of her classes at Expo. I was expecting her to share a recipe at any moment. That is what she did everyday. She would Give us one of her favorite recipes and tell us to "write this down"!)
In summary this  class addresses many jacket, (or upper body) fitting issues that we have and she sees the fitting/alteration issues through from mock up to paper. She makes the fitting and corrections seem simple so we can achieve  that custom look we want.
After taking her classes at Expo, I remember feeling that her methods, her way of teaching, her passion and just her overall personality  inspired you!
Still applies.
She gives you all the information.
You just want to do it ~  and  do it  right.
I have seen most of the jackets on display in this video.
They are gorgeous!
The baby blue coloured jacket has her signature "Guffey Seam" .
An inset seam which is in her "Exterior Seams" part 1 DVD.
I am anxious to take Cynthia's other two classes.
 Have a great day!