Monday, April 9, 2018

HotPatterns HP1203: Fast & Fabulous Kimono Blouson T

HotPatterns HP1203:  Fast & Fabulous Kimono Blouson T is another home run from Trudy at HotPatterns!
I made this one using a lovely charmeuse which I think was a remnant from Haberman Fabrics a few years ago. 
This is a fun, easy and clever design. No bust darts, but the slight front gathers at the hip band allow for the fullness needed. This fit perfectly out of the pattern envelope without any alterations....what a treat!
Interfacing was used in the hip band and the sleeve bands from Fashion Sewing Supply.

Yes, I still had to style with a sweater, since it was 25 F degrees here in Michigan this morning! 
Spring.....where are you???

I'll be making this one again, I'm sure!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hotpatterns 1159 - The Fast & Fabulous Jetsetter Poncho

Being a fan of Hotpatterns and designer Trudy's previous releases, I had the 1159 Fast & Fabulous Jetsetter Poncho on my radar. But when I attended one of my local American Sewing Guild meetings a few months back, I got to see the pattern made up by one of the members. It was SO cute, and I ordered the pattern immediately...and finally made one last weekend for a date night to see Black Panther.

The fabric I used came, from all places, the Salvation Army, and it's a true polyester double knit from the 'old days'.....similar to a fabric that many now call ponte. It has a blue/cream pattern, a very indiscreet check on the public or right side and navy on the other.  I wanted a more structured piece, and this fabric worked perfectly!

The pattern shows a more drapey cowl neckline, but that wasn't going to work with this 
fabric. Instead, I folded the cowl in half when I attached it to the body of the poncho, and 
I like the structured cowl look. I chose not to do any top stitching on those lovely vertical style lines, since when I tried it on scrap fabric the topstitiching couldn't even be seen, although I did topstitich where the cowl attaches at the neckline to insure that the seam allowance stayed put.

The armhole facings worked great: I applied the facings to the right side,  turned and stitched them down about 1 1/2 inches from the fold and trimmed the excess away. Perfect!

This was a very fun, fast & fabulous (!) project, and I think I will make another, trying a more
light weight and drapey knit for the next one. 

Thanks again, Trudy Hanson, for another lovely design!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Kwik Sew 3916


Over the last couple of winter seasons, I've seen the large plaid blanket vests/ponchos
as a fashion trend. When I found this fabric at my local JoAnn Fabrics, it jumped into my cart and came home with me.

I wanted a vest instead of a poncho, and Kwik Sew 3916 was the perfect pattern!

What a fun project! I did purchase extra fabric, as I knew that this would be a fabric hog when I needed to match the oversized plaid. For that reason, I did need to shorten the length of the vest by 1 inch, which was fine with me.

Love the cut-on cap sleeve, and pockets!
Although this is a polyester fabric, it is very soft and warm. 
An unusually nice find from JoAnn's.....sometimes we sewists get lucky!

The Historical Society in my town is currently working on a barn raising project, and I 
thought this would make for an interesting photo. Note the first flakes of snow for this season!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Simplicity 2784 (OOP): Raggedy Ann...Happy Halloween!

When my daughter asked if I could make my granddaughter's Raggedy Ann costume for Halloween this year, I didn't hesitate to say YES!  :-)
Although I was unable to find a current pattern, thank goodness for Etsy. The seller shipped Simplicity 2784 (OOP) to me right away, which gave me ample time to sew Jolene's costume. 

OMG.....can you stand it? 
Such a fun project! The wig is made by first making a type of  'skull cap' out of tricot, and then adding the hanks of yarn in a circular pattern. After trying it on, the bangs are cut and 

                                           I did have to add a ribbon to tie below her chin.....
                                 of course, she isn't wild about keeping the wig on her head  :-)

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Look 6213 and HotPatterns 1216: Garden Party Tee

Every now and then my finished sewing project doesn't meet up with the expectations that I may 
have had for it....take New Look 6213 for instance:

I love everything about this pattern: cute tie, length, V-neck.
The pattern noted that there was an allowance for ease of 7 inches. As I usually make an
FBA of 3-4,  I decided not to make the FBA and only add an inch to the side seams.
Not enough.
And there are no bust darts, but notice the gathering at the neckline instead.
I also failed to see the more cut-in shoulder.....not a favorite style for me.

This silky poly from JoAnn Fabrics is so cute though.....right? 'wearable muslin' is wearable, under a sweater tho, due to the wonky fit.
I plan to make this one again, now that I know what adjustments to make, as it was fun 
to sew up with a clever way to approach that neckline. Just watch for stretch there, as
it is all bias!

I had more success with HotPatterns 1216: Garden Party Tee, which is my usual experience
with HotPatterns.  

Since I've made this before, and knew it would fit great, I went right to the serger for construction. 
The polka dot is a cotton knit, and the floral chiffon was purchased at a local  fabric discounter.

                                  I did add a couple of inches at the hem to the chiffon flounce,
                                                        and finished it with a narrow hem.

Thought I've had it in my head to combine polka dots with this floral chiffon, I wasn't
quite sure that I liked it. Did it need a scarf to tie it all together?

                   In the end, I decided against the scarf, I think it was just a little too matchy-matchy LOL!

                  Besides, I really LOVE that chiffon, and want to use what I have left for a kimono top/jacket.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Simplicity 8346 & Butterick 5625: Sewing for the Grands:

                                                          Go Cubs, Go!

                             For the littlest Cubs fans in the family,  I was happy to sew
                                             Simplicity 8346 and  Butterick 5625:
                                (of course, as a long-suffering Detroit Tigers fan, this Grandma
                                      wishes it was Tigers fabric she got to use!)

          This romper from Butterick 5625 for my Grandson is a little too big, but this picture was taken this summer during a hot July family camping trip, and the romper was a nice, cool outfit for him:

      Cousins should wear matching clothes, right? So my Granddaughter is wearing a sundress
                                    and panties from Simplicity 8346:

The bias binding for the neck and armhole is actually a vintage knit bias binding, nice and soft.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Vintage Butterick 3777

This pattern, from the 1980's, is now sold on Etsy as 'vintage'......I can't believe it, since this pattern was in MY pattern stash! And I sewed it up in the 90's for my husband. The grade school that our kids attended at that time was having a luau family night, and I had made matching shirts for my DH and two young sons.

Fast forward to 2017, and now my son needed another tropical shirt, this time to wear to the rehearsal dinner for a destination wedding in the Florida Keys that he and his wife were standing up in.

This pattern was perfect, just needed to be taken in a bit to be less boxy:  a little less 1980's, 
and more fitted for my tall, thin son.
I gave my son a few online fabric suggestions, and he chose this one available on

My son was very pleased with his custom shirt! And that made me happy,
as I don't get the chance to sew for the men in my life very often. :-)