Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Knitting for the Grands

It's my personal opinion, but shared by many of my knitting buddies, that knitting for babies/grandchildren has to be one of the most fun aspects of our fiber craft.

Case in point: this darling little shrug and the so-cute toddler vest shown below.

Entrechat by Lisa Chemery

What's not to love about this pattern? Every little girl needs that perfect shrug/sweater for cool summer days or nights, or when in chilly air conditioning. I like the one-button front closure, but my favorite parts of
this shrug include the little panel of lace insertion, and that back peplum! 

I used Paton's North America Bamboo Baby, which has unfortunately been discontinued. This is a lovely yarn to work with, very soft and machine washable, and in this case the *perfect* white.

Keene Toddler Vest by Marilyn Losee

This turned out to be the perfect pattern for a little vest for a little man.

I've been wanting to try out the Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn, which comes in such
rich colors, and is machine washable. The preppy navy and lime green was perfect for this project, and
it was an enjoyable and quick knit.

Do you knit for babies/toddlers? Do you have favorite patterns or yarns
that are your go-to's when knitting for this age group?

Happy knitting :-)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Butterick 5456

I was excited to see that the the July project for the Sew-Along Dinner Date Dresses group on FaceBook was Butterick 5456... this pattern was in my pattern stash just waiting to get noticed!

And so was the fabric.....the white textured knit had been ordered from in 2011, and the blue ITY print purchased around the same time, I think. LOL!

What a fun summer dress. Love the keyhole opening in the back, with those sweet ties.
I chose not to add the band at the bottom hem as the skirt ITY fabric was quite a bit 
lighter than the more beefy white textured knit. Actually, I initially cut this out with the longer
maxi dress length, but I liked it better short.

As always, I altered the bodice with a 1 inch FBA, and added 1 inch to the bodice length.
The pattern calls for a lined bodice, so I used the same bodice fabric as lining, which worked well.....except for the fact that the FBA resulted in a gaping armhole, which I took care of with a small dart coming out of the armsyce. I'll be sure to add this correction to the pattern itself for next time. 
Also, I did not add elastic to the waist as the pattern called for.

Not sure how I feel about the cut on "cap" sleeve.

 I wore this to work today, and it was so cute and comfortable!

              - Patty

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Indygo Junction Bistro Apron

It's Wedding Season, and my wedding shower gift for the happy couple was a pair of  Indygo Junction Bistro Aprons (along with a waffle iron :-),  floral for her, green for him.

Fabric from JoAnn Fabrics, pattern purchased at the 2016 ASG Detroit Chapter's annual meeting last Fall, when Amy Barickman was the guest speaker.

Love my new labels from Dutch Label Shop!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Simplicity 1100 - a Jiffy pattern throw-back

     Are you looking for quick, easy and fun to wear dress/swimsuit cover up for this summer?
                      Look no further....Simplicity 1100 might be the pattern for you!

This pattern is a re-issue from one published in 1971, and shows that good design can stand
                   the test of time. What's not to love? Wrap and tie.....ready to go!

My son and daughter-in-law will spending some time at a ocean side resort in Greece this summer, 
                and I thought she might like a little something to take along. For some reason,
                                   this fabric just shouted resort wear to me :-)

The fabric is a drapey rayon from JoAnn Fabrics, perfect for this pattern, and rolls up to next to nothing
         for packing.  I know, it looks a little long....still needs to be hemmed to my DIL's height.  

                                   Best thing of DIL loved it!


Monday, March 13, 2017

McCall's 7505

My daughter asked me to make McCall's 7505 in a jewel-tone purple
for an upcoming wedding that she would be attending.
        I found a great Poly fabric at my local JoAnns Fabric and Crafts:
 very silky and drapey, perfect for this style.

Of course, those trumpet sleeves are the stars of the show, but
 had to be shortened by 2 inches. I took off 1 inch where
the flare meets the sleeve at the elbow, and one more inch
at the sleeve hem.:


                                             Although this pattern does not offer a lining option, it
                                          was easy enough to line this dress with anti-static lining, also
                                                 from my local JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts store.

                                     My daughter loved wearing this dress to her college friend's
                                                      wedding last weekend in Portland, OR.:

and I think she looks fabulous! 

This is a great style, very on-trend at the moment. I think it would look
great shortened to a tunic/top length for the Spring!


Monday, March 6, 2017

American Style and Spirit exhibit at the Henry Ford Musuem

I spent an enjoyable morning last weekend with my sewing buddy Karen as we took in The American Style and Spirit Exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. A description of the exhibit from the Henry Ford website:

I snapped a few pics of the dresses I found memorable....either in design, choice of fabric or
in the construction details.
The exhibit is not set up chronologically, but rather by events in the women's lives who
most likely wore the outfits.

This amazing silk dress was the kick off, and I'll say it was pretty amazing: I can only imagine some restorative work must have been done on this late 1980's early 1900's dress, but it really could not be seen. 
It appeared to be in pristine condition:

STRIPES! The sleeves were pleated with tiny little pleats, finished with a very narrow
binding. Check out the flirty bow, that ruffle, and the cute little bustle in the back:

Lace never seems to go out of style, but what caught the eye was this gathered silk chiffon at the waist,   
 inset into the seam for detail:  (and of course there was a hat to match!)

This red wool suit is also a timeless design. Look closely at the photo below this one, you'll see
that buttonhole set into the seam. Actually, this construction detail could be found on 
several of  the suits in the collection. Again, the hat!!

Not much to say,  these outfits are just simply stunning. Again, see the pleated sleeve detail on the blush dress, more over sized pleats this time.

During the Depression, the family's shopping was more restrained economically. Sewing some of their own clothes was an answer! This red showstopper was hand sewn on a Singer Featherweight.

Another dress hand sewn by one of the women in the family, a knock off of a designer dress seen in a magazine:

Yes, there were wedding dresses! This rather plain dress had a pretty amazing  gathered train:

                                               This bias cut beauty with the draped cowl neckline
                                                        was worn to the Junior Prom.
                                             If you look closely at the photo in the background you
                                           can see it being worn at the Prom (first girl in from the right):

                                         The dress below was made with a fun fabric, perfect for the
                                     cruise it was worn on! Take a look at the waist detail, so flattering:

Another dress for the cruise ship, this time in 100% linen.
Cruise ship attire sure has changed!:

The seaming detail and those godets at the hem would make
for a fun dress to kick up your heels in! :

                            These days, with much of our clothing being so disposable, it was a treat to
                          see clothing as in investment. Many of these garments were worn by the women
                          in this family over several years, a  testament to the fine fabrics: silk, wool, linen,
                                                        that they were made of.
                         This did come at a cost though, but for this wealthy Midwestern family it
                           appeared that outside of the Depression era money was not an issue.

                            As a home sewist, my take away was to pay more attention to the
                           details on those garments I sew that are more investment-type pieces,
                              which may be more classic in design,  made with the best fabrics.

                           If you are in the Dearborn, MI area, this exhibit runs through April 2, 2017.


Monday, February 27, 2017

The Professional Tote

The February project on my  2017 UFO Challenge at list was  The Professional Tote by Laura Martell at The Creative Thimble:

And I'm happy to say this project is FINISHED!

 Two outer pockets on the front, one zips closed:

                                   One large pocket on the back will easily accommodate a magazine
                                                                            or file folders:

This pattern is several years old, and I've had the supplies for it for a few years. Again, sewing
down my stash is a goal this year, and I've had this fabric percolating for just the right project :-)

Before starting, I did my due diligence and read many reviews and posts by others who have 
made this bag. That sure helped! For that reason, I decided to use
for the outer bag  as well as the handle straps, and  the Pellon 71F fusible
(which is similar to the DecorBond called for
in the pattern) for the inner structure/support. 

Hats off to Ms. Martell: the step-by-step directions are very clear, with many photos
illustrating those steps. 

Here are some interior photos of my bag: there are lots of pockets!
I did use headliner fabric here for the center pocket to cushion my tablet/laptop/Kindle.

Note the key fob attached to this set of pockets:

Another set of pockets, this one has a flap with a Velcro closure:

One of my favorite features with this bag is the travel strap! It is made
to measure to fit over your luggage, and I love it! Also, note the side pockets for
an umbrella and water bottle:

Although this is quite an involved project, it is not difficult. I was able to sew it with 
ease on my Juki sewing machine, but I'm afraid a more light weight machine would 
make it more of a challenge.
My bag is a sturdy, almost luggage-like bag, but one I will use a lot.
I'm very pleased with it, and look forward to making it again.