Sunday 9 December 2012

New Girl ~ Sew Along -~ First Dress Finished

I just wanted to take a minute and put up a picture of my finished dress.
I will write a post tomorrow.
The fabric looks red but it is really Fuschia ~ fabric used for dress
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday 31 October 2012

New Girl ~ Sew Along ~ The muslin

I made the muslin for the   New Girl Sew Along dress,  and overall
 I am happy with the fit. (Rosy your thoughts :)
The fabric I used for the muslin is left over fabric from a curtain project, and it has absolutely "no" give to it.
The fashion fabric I will use has "some" stretch so it will feel much better.
I do find the shoulder seams are too long....
...I think I prefer this look better.
Rosy, should the band be longer? It is at my natural waist. 
(In the muslin my band seam doesn't match aaghh :} but it will in my garment)

 The fabric I'll be using for the dress (well one of the dresses)  is a fuschia
colored Fashion Suiting (63%Poly/ 32%Rayon/ 5%Spandex)
It has a nice weight and feel to it.
 I do have some apple green colored fabric that would be the perfect color for this
Sew Along Dress project.....but it is a knit (poly)  fabric....I bought it from Fabric Mart in 2010. Even though it is a knit, it really needs to be used for this
New Girl dress pattern!

I'm going to be very ambitious and I will make this pattern out of this
fabric too... :)

I want to Thank Rosy for all the great posts she is providing for this Sew Along.
They are informative, very well done and very easy to follow.
Thank You Rosy :)

Happy Sewing!


Angela Wolf Pattern- The Ruched T #2

For this Ruched T ~ I raised the neckline, shortened the body by 3 inches and only ruched the sleeves not the side seams.
Another very comfortable top made with
a  stretch fabric in a  print ~ that I would normally not wear ~ but happy I bought.


Angela Wolf Pattern ~ The Ruched T

(Annabelle, my dress form, is wearing
the bodice (muslin) of my dress
 for the New Girl Sew along)
Happy Halloween!

Monday 29 October 2012

New Girl Sew Along - Pattern

I noticed that my measurements on my paper pattern appeared to not match up with Rosy's measurements as seen  on the the pictures that she posted.
I bought and downloaded my pattern on the BurdaStyle site.
Rosy is using the pattern from the Burda Magazine.
I wonder if the pattern on the site is different from the one in the Burda magazine?
I will have Rosy verify these measurements. Thank you Rosy :)

Size 34- Front / Back shoulder seam measures 8.5cm
Front Neckline measures 14.5 cm
Back neckline measures 14 cm

Size 36 - Font /Back shoulder seams measures 8.9 cm
Front neckline measures 15 cm
Back neckline measures 14 cm
Rosy, with the changes you are making to the pattern, in your picture the
front / back shoulder seam should be  9cm this also for size 34 or 36.
and  then the neckline we just draw from this added seam.   Thank you.
The pictures below is the front pattern piece from Rosy's post.
Both Pictures From Rosy's blog


Tuesday 23 October 2012

New Girl's Costumes ~ Sewingadicta Sew Along

I joined Rosy's (Sewingadicta) Sew Along.
I have been following Rosy's blog for some time now
and she is so talented and I love her style.

I look forward to sewing with her.

And this dress is just so darn cute ...

Saturday 20 October 2012

Pillowcases for our little angels

The pattern I used is the
"La Sausage Pillowcase" from the

I also made  a pillowcase using Dora fabric but gave it to Ella before I took a picture of it.

 These are so fun and so quick to make...there are so many adorable fabric prints available that  the options are endless.

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday 16 October 2012

PFAFF Applique Stitch Option

PFAFF Creative Sensation Feature - Shape Creator
 This will be a great project to applique names on towels, as Christmas gifts.

Saturday 13 October 2012

Angela Wolf ~ The Ruched~T

Angela Wolf Pattern Collection #AW1123 The Ruched-T
Pattern Description: This is a great style of top that will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe and is very EASY to sew! One pattern offers many designs options including:
 ~ 3 different collars offer 4 different looks
~ Sleeve options include short,three quarter,or long sleeve
~ 2 ruching options for the body

Pattern Sizing:
I made the X-Small.
I measured a RTW top that I have which fits well. The top is similar in style and fabric that I was using. I then measured the paper pattern... from these measurements I decided on the X-Small and the end result was a perfect fit....right out of the envelope. That does not happen to me often.

Angela Wolf  Ruched T ~ AW1123

Love the neckline.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I was very  pleased that it  actually did look like the pattern envelope picture.
I ruched both side seams and both sleeves. ( you have design options, a checklist, whether to ruche both sides or just one, sleeve lengths and collar designs)

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are in booklet format. They are very well written and so very easy to follow. The illustrations are also clear.
Angela has Designer Sewing tips through out the steps. There is also a place to write notes for any changes you may have made.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the ruching detail of this top and had seen pictures of Angela wearing it and it looked nice on her. I like that the neckline is not too low.
I also like that the pattern paper is thick and well marked.
Also with my order, I was impressed that Angela had written a note and had sent some twill tape, enough to make my top and a little left over. I thought that was a really nice touch :) It's nice to see what the Designer is using.

Fabric Used:
I used a stretch fabric I purchased from my local Fabricville, but I am not sure the content of the fabric.
Comparing it to other fabric I have, I think it may have rayon/lycra.
Whatever it is, it is a perfect plent for this pattern.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Ruching on sleeve and side seam
I made absolutely "no" alterations or design changes, and it fit beautifully!
It is very comfortable.
(My measurement for the sleeve, including ruching was
17 1/2".
My measurement for the side seam including ruching was
16 1/2")

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew it again. I plan on making all the options of this top and  I highly recommend this pattern.

I am so pleased with this pattern. The fit is wonderful and I think once you've made all the options you could certainly create more design options using this pattern.

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Sewing a Lining into a Sleeveless Dress

What a great tuturial on How To Sew a Lining Into A Sleeveless Dress.

By Colleen G Lea posted  on Sew What's New.

Monday 14 May 2012

Happy Happy Grandma!

Just sharing.......

Picture taken Jan 2012

Thursday 3 May 2012

"My" baby is 20 years old today :)

 Uncle Duncan with Landyn......

"Happy 20th Birthday Duncan" happy boys :)

Wednesday 18 April 2012

Worcester Expo & Cynthia Guffey!

In Mar I went to the Puyallup Expo!
We travelled (flew :) Thousands of km.(5,646.1 km ) to attend this Expo!

The first day was a pretty good day ~ I attended some classes, Sandra Betzina,(Yay) Gail Yellen, Cindy Losekamp,Louise Cutting, Katherine Tilton, Connie Crawford, June Colburn..... and I shopped...
It really was a good day...
......but unfortunately the rest of my 4 days,  I was sick...sick in bed..can't get up kinda sick :(
in the hotel!! Not fun at all!

So my first Expo was not a very memorable one!

Luckily my second Expo ~ the Worcester Expo was amazing!

I had an awesome time.

I took ``all`` of Cynthia Guffey`s classes  and I was not dissappointed.

She is such an amazing lady.

Her energy and passion for sewing clearly comes across as she teaches!.

 The day before the Expo started we attended Cynthia`s all day class on
`Pattern Adjusting-UnBoxing the Boxy Jacket`.
The information in this class went beyond the boxy jacket......
We soon found out that all Cynthia`s classes
are loaded with side notes .. anything from fitting issues ....
style....pattern adjustments...perfecting a sewing technique...hand or machine...

and even a favorite recipe or two!

Cynthia wore garments she made, and they fit her perfectly,  and she had more garments at her booth, that we could look at or try on.
They were all beautifully made.

I bought almost all of her DVD`s, books and patterns :)))))
What I didn`t buy there I`ll order online..

 I enjoyed all her classes and if you have a chance to take some of her classes I highly recommend it.
 She  is truly an inspiration and you will gain such valuable information.

Peggy Sager was also at the Expo.
I did speak to her briefly about  the french darts in her patterns.
She was wearing garments she made and she looked great.
Peggy also had garments at her booth and it was nice to be able to see them.

When I was at the Puyallup Expo, the one day that I was up and about,  I did have a chance to take one of Gail Yellen`s two classes I had registered for.....I was very pleased to have the opportunity to re-take her classes at the Worcester Expo.
 If you have the chance you really should check out Gail`s beautiful jackets.
She is such a  nice lady and her work really is beautiful and fun to make.

Our drive home from the Expo was all talk about what projects we want to do, and trust me there are a lot.
Life in general has been so busy, in a good way,  as it is for most I am sure.
I just don`t know  how to accomplish everything :) on my to do list.

Well a good way to start is One pattern at a time.... First up is a Cynthia pattern!
I`m anxious to try them.

Sunday 15 April 2012

Back from the Worcester Expo!

I just got back from a week away ~ I attended the Worcester Expo...

I had an amazing time!

When I get myself organized I will post all about it.

Have a great week.


Sunday 25 March 2012

Sweet Dreams ~ Pillow Cases

I made these sweet pillow cases.

I chose some bright and fun prints.

Easy peasy and quick!

Kitty cats hiding....

 Fun circus clowns...

Saturday 25 February 2012

My Image & Young Image Magazine

My Image Magazine site

I received my was very quick... which was a nice surprise.

The patterns are very stylish and their fabrics are gorgeous.

I've been working on a quilt these days so I will switch it up and pick a pattern from this magazine to sew.

Young Image site
The styles in the Young Image magazine  are sweet and the fabrics are also beautiful.
I know a little girl that would look adorable in some of these patterns!
Have a great week end!

Monday 6 February 2012

Blind Hem.

How many of you shy away from making a blind hem by machine?

Blind Hem ~ PFAFF

I've been altering some of my RTW dress pants and I wanted to keep the original look of the hem -  a blind hem.

I've used this technique before ~ a long time ago ~  and for some reason was never successful ~  so I would hand sew the blind hem.

Today I decided to try the machine technique again.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this technique by machine is  actually very easy to do, gets done quickly and it looks great.

A successful sewing day!


My Image Magazine

Coming Soon...."My Image Magazine"/Pattern Review!

My Image Website

I hope you are all having fun Sewing!


Wednesday 4 January 2012

Silhouette Sweater Pattern # 195

I made this Silhouette Sweater, pattern # 195,  with a knit I bought from my local  Fabricville.
It is a very light knit but it did sew up nicely.

Silhouette Sweater pattern # 195

Changes I made to pattern:

**  added 2" length to front & back
** added 1" length to the sleeve.

The next sweater I make I will also need to do  a sway back adjustment. 

I wanted to be able to wear this test garment so I made pleats to take in the fullness in the back and I actually like the look of this detail..

Silhouette Sweater pattern # 195, 3 pleats added to take in fullness!

Overall I like how this sweater fits.
It is a quick and simple garment to make.
With minor adjustments to the pattern it will be a great TNT.