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Simplicity 1366

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I posted a picture of this top on Instagram a week ago, a work in progress.  I completed it and finally wore it to work.  I took some pictures of this top after work deciding to shoot them outside in the front of the house.  I am tired of the hallway, kitchen and bedroom photos.

I used the tripod and timer to take these.  I have to say I was wondering to myself  what are the neighbors thinking seeing me do this.  Oh well, if they are curious enough they will ask.

Here is the hands on hip pose and another hands on hips, not my best smile-it was hot outside


I love the fabric, a Nicole Miller design sold at JoAnn's; I like the top.  It is a little wide in the neck area and would adjust that more so should I make this again.  It is a boxy top with drop shoulder.

I think boxy tops are "okay" and work with slim pants or even a longer skirt; maybe even a more fitted short skirt.  I don't wear them often.

This was to be an entry in the Pattern Review pattern from stash cont…

Ruffles and ruffle foot

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I purchased a ruffle foot for my sewing machine years ago.  In deciding to make the Ruffle Neck Tunic from the Tunic Bible, I decided to try the ruffle foot.  It is (was) a rather intimidating foot.  After reading the sparse instructions that came with the foot, going to Threads Archive DVD that had a great article on using a ruffle foot and last and should have been first going to YouTube for a visual aid, I got the ruffle foot to ruffle my fabric.

I truly love the results.  You can also use this to sew the ruffle to another fabric and per You Tube works like a charm.  May try it in the future; as long as it makes a piece of fabric ruffle, I am good with that.

The fabric I am using is a linen rayon and medium weight.  To make the ruffle fit the neckline you need to measure the neckline length and pretty much double the length for the fabric strip.  The strip is 5 inches wide x  2 times length.  Fold the strip in half length wise and baste edges together and then create a ruffle.

I h…

Ruffle Neck Tunic

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I started working on a tunic for the Tunic Contest on Pattern Review.  
This is the front view.  This is a border print fabric I acquired from Les Fabrique, formerly located in Charlottesville, VA.  Unfortunately they closed their shop.  They had some gorgeous fabrics for sewist and quilters.  This was fabric in their remnant section.  This is a linen rayon blend.  Medium weight.

I cut the ruffle piece using some of the border print.  There was not enough of the border print to use so had to sew the border print to a piece of the main fabric to have enough fabric to ruffle.

I have a ruffle attachment foot for my sewing machine and have tried using it.  Tested it on some fabric pieces to mimic the ruffle piece and I still need to practice getting this to the right ruffle length as well as depth.

I have had this foot forever and never used.  I still may end up attaching knit yarn to the edge, zigzagging over it and then pulling the yarn to get the fabric to gather, which is similar to …

Pamela's Patterns Bias Skirt!

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I finally wore my PP Bias Skirt made during a recent sewing retreat with Pamela Leggett.

I normally do not wear long skirts, I  did not get on the maxi dress/skirt train.  I did go with a midi length though.  I wore this to work on Thursday.  I like the drape of the fabric on the bias.

The skirt past the weariability test, not a lot of wrinkles.  This is a rayon purchased from Fabric Mart that was in a kit to make a wrap dress by McCall's.  It was called Pick Up Sticks and the little sticks remind me of that game I played a lot as a child.



After taking these pictures I realized that my black top tucked into the skirt left a blackish background under the skirt.  I wore a flesh colored slip.

Some of the bias skirts shown by Pamela at the retreat were from some gorgeous fabrics that had great drape and very flattering.  I do want to make a shorter version and plan to do so toward September.

I finished a Simplicity top pattern by Cynthia Rowley.  Hope to wear it soon, here it is on A…

Cold Shoulder Top!!

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Here is my completed top using Butterick 6425,

This is a nice pattern and now with all my fitting adjustments I am ready to make a couple more and a dress!

The fabric is from Fabric Mart.











I like how the top fits.  I made a forward shoulder adjustment, swayback and a FBA adding a dart. The dart is not noticeable due to the print design.  The other adjustment I made was to the sleeve. After I attached the sleeve to the bodice. I tried it on and had a very large droop with the top of the sleeve; I adjusted this by cutting out a wedge in the back and the front of the sleeve.
I wore to work earlier this week and took this pictures before work.  The top met the wearability test!
I have enough of this fabric to make a camisole or tank top.  
My next project is to make a pull over top from a pattern in my stash.  Hope to get it complete to enter into the Pattern Stash contest.  Not sure why I am doing this, as I will only have the on entry; I feel like I should complete this as I seem to al…

New Iron

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I wanted to replace my current iron.  It was an okay iron and I have had it for three years.  I read a great article about irons on Sie Macht.  Then I came across this iron (affiliate link)


I was able to use this iron at the sewing session with Pamela Leggett.  The steam with this iron is great.  The best feature is the override of the auto shut off.  I hate that feature on my current iron.  Just as I am about to get up from the sewing machine or serger to press a seam or hem, the iron has shut off and waking it up is just annoying.

I found it on Nancy's Notions as well as Amazon.  The price was similar but shipping with Amazon Prime just can't be beat!  So my new iron arrived this past Tuesday and I have used it several times this week, most particularly today as I have spent lots of time in my sewing room.  I finished my cold shoulder pattern.  Review post soon!

Here is a close up of my new iron

Draped Cardigan and Bias skirt + Pamela's Patterns

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Here is a glimpse of the Cardigan and Bias Skirt I made last weekend with Pamela Leggett sewing weekend.  This is not the best photos of the two garments.  She taught us a technique about hemming a bias skirt without having to let it hang for 24 hours.  It really worked.

I plan to wear the skirt one day next week.  I think the draped cardigan will be too long with the midi length skirt.  
I purchased several of her patterns at the event.  I like how her patterns are drafted and how you determine your best size.  






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