Friday, March 17, 2017

Toaster Sweater 2 Again

Lately I have been sewing items from the same pattern.  Normally I make an item from a pattern, put the pattern aside and move on to the next pattern.  Not sure why I have changed, I have enough patterns in my stash to sew and still will most likely not sew them all in my lifetime.

With my last garment wadder, I decided to use the golden yellow ponte knit to make another Toaster Sweater View 2 again.  The weather has been bipolar as someone else posted on Instagram lately, they too are from Virginia and I learned that they live in the Hampton Roads area.  With spring turned to winter weather in the past two weeks, my thoughts of sewing something for spring went out with the warm weather.

With my last Toaster Sweater, I found the top needed a few more tweaks.

I made a vertical FBA by cutting straight across from below the bust point area and adding 5/8 inch below.  I will then ease in this extra at the side seams but hopefully that will fix one problem I had.  I also shaved off 5/8 inch from the back starting right below the underarm and through the waist area to right above the hip area, there is a lot of fullness in the back. You can see the issues from this side view below.

I also adjusted the front neckline as I did not like how it lies in that area.  Instead of cutting a medium in that area, I cut at the small cutting line to shorten the length in the front keeping the back at medium.  My thought was that this would work like a forward neck adjustment.  Will see!

I have sewn the shoulders and neck area and now attaching the sleeves with one attached at this point. From there, you sew the side and sleeve seams in one.  My plan is to finish this hopefully by tomorrow.  

More updates to follow.


Saturday, March 11, 2017


Last weekend I attempted to sew a Marcy Tilton pattern that I have had in stash forever!  It is Vogue 9057.   I was going to use two fabrics from Girl Charlee as the colors in the print fabric complimented the mustard color of a ponte knit.

I made a mistake trying to use these two fabrics together as the solid knit was somewhat heavier than the print fabric and not sufficient stretch.  While attaching the neckband and frog stitching (ripping out stitches) I created small holes in the print fabric which at first I thought I could apply fusible stay tape to and I did.  Then I re cut the neckband and attached this one.  I hated the way the neckband looked, it stood away from my neck area and steaming did not change anything.  

Let me say that I was using the instructions for the neckband and not attaching as I normally would-that was the second mistake.  In removing the second neckband, I got to ripping too much and ruined the neckline.  No amount of stay tape or fusible would fix that.

I hope to salvage the print fabric and use it somehow in another top.  I have plenty of the solid color fabric for something else!

With the crazy weather we have had recently I am in limbo with what to sew next.  Hopefully I will decide on something to take advantage of a cold weekend perfect for me to stay inside and in my sewing room.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Sad Week

I try to keep this blog sewing related; this past week was a tough one and I had no desire or energy to think or do anything sewing related.

I am a senior vice president with a nonprofit agency with several individuals reporting directly to me. I have never experienced the death of a direct report before and hope that I don't again.

My administrative assistant came to work for me 5 years ago replacing my previous person who retired. During the past President's day holiday weekend she suffered a heart attack and had to undergo bypass surgery.  I talked with her off and on after this procedure with my last conversation being that she was excited to go home this past Monday.  We talked about her recovery and her desire to come back and work half days until the doctor released her full time.  She promised to call when she returned home.

The call never came and on Tuesday AM, her husband and son came to my office to tell me she did not make it and passed away that morning.  He and I had talked a lot during the week of her surgery and after. So he wanted to tell me in person instead of by phone.  I know that was hard for him and his son but they felt a phone call was too impersonal.  They wanted to express to me how much she loved working at our agency and I assured them that all of us in our suite loved and cared about her. She will be truly missed by a lot of people.  The pain of this loss went both ways.

This loss not only impacted me but the numerous people who work in my business segment.  It was a week of mourning and loss to many of us.  She was in short in statue yet very tall in her capacity to help others with numerous acts of compassion and caring.  We brought in a grief counselor to help us all and on Friday one of my staff put together a memorial service in which to honor her and help us all obtain some closure.

I share this because writing about it has proven to be helpful and allows me to mourn and move on.
I share this also because she was only 59; some of her issues were genetic.  Some were due to not so great eating habits and lack of exercise; which is making me focus on my eating habits that are not too good and my off and on exercise routine.

Take care of yourselves, eat healthy, exercise and enjoy each day.  Life can be too short.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Video test

Bear with me as I attempt to test a video of me serging the metallic/matte fabric.

Metallic and Matte

I finally completed my third version of Vogue 9026.  The fabric used was a double knit with metallic coating on one side and a matte finish on the other.  I bought this from Mood Fabrics a couple of years ago.

I signed up for a Serger and Coverstitch contest on PR.  I truly thought that I would have time to make two items to enter.  At this time, it looks like just this one. 

The fabric though fun and unique, serging it with my serger was rather difficult.  The thickness with the metallic coating as well as that type fabric wears on the needles. I kept the fabric taut while serging holding the fabric in front as well as back of the serger foot.   

Here are some photos of the top completed.  Since the fit has been perfected, it was easy to serge this. You are allowed to use the sewing machine for topstitching, sewing down facings, as well as to baste the item before serging.
Front view-metallic

Back view-matte
The side seam is forward of the actual side as you can see in the picture below.  This also gives you a view of metallic and matte together.

Side view

Monday, February 13, 2017

Toaster Sweater Ver 2

I finally got around to wearing and taking a few photos of the Toaster Sweater View 2 by Sew House Seven.  This is the sew-along offered.  I like the top and I actually like how the fabric I used feels while wearing it.  I have to admit that I have stated that I did not like this fabric.  Now that I am wearing it, I like it a little better.

For those who prefer all natural fabrics, then you will love this.  I think I wasn't liking it because it really wrinkles while wearing.  Some people can wear wrinkles, like linen, and look great.  Me, not so much.

This top is definitely boxy and photos of both versions are spot on.  I have to say the style is growing on me.  However the side view of this is not very flattering.

I think I need to make a FBA.  I really don't like the look of the front from this angle.

Here is the front looking front on.  The collar does bunch up and I see this on other sewists' versions as well..
I intentionally cut off my face as my hair was really flat looking front on and I am off from work today so really rather casual.  This top works for casual looks.

Another front view with hands on hips

Of course, what's a bunch of photos without the back view.  There is a lot of fullness there and I see that when I look sideways in the mirror.  So the next time I will take out a little of that fullness in the center back.

I did a swayback adjustment which helped but as stated above there is fullness.
I also added an inch to the length.  This a short top and I am petite, though long waisted. I am comfortable with where this sits on me.  I would like to try View 1, yet there are so many other tops to make for spring.

I am finishing up my third V9026 top.  I am using a double sided double knit fabric from Mood.  I just need to add the second cuff to one sleeve and I am done.  I am entering that top in the Serger and Coverstitch Contest on Pattern Review.  I think I will then let that pattern rest for awhile.  Actually this is one of the few patterns I own that I have sewn more than once.

More later!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Did I or Didn't I???

Several posts ago I said I was going on a fabric/pattern diet.  The first week in January I bought fabric. Since then I am back on the wagon.

Last week I went to our mall which is about 10 minutes from work to get some lunch.  I walked through Barnes and Nobles after eating thinking I would quickly see what new sewing related magazines were available.  I have been buying Sew Style since second half of last year as they had become available in my area.  So I saw this one.

I could only see a little of  what articles were included because of  three free Butterick patterns as well.  Here are the three patterns.

I do not own any of these patterns. I have enjoyed reading the magazine.  This magazine came home with me.  So I asked myself, did I just buy some patterns or did I buy a magazine that just happened to have three patterns as part of the magazine?  πŸ˜ΌπŸ˜²

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Another view of V9026

I made this top from Vogue 9026 pattern.  It is now OOP.  This is my second top from this pattern, using different view.  I made View C.

Here is my first version
I wear this top fairly frequently.  I find that it works well for casual as well as for work with slacks,
This one was made from leftover fabric from a dress I made.

The fabric for the new one is from two sources, the solid winter white is from Fabric Mart and the textured fabric is from Style Maker Fabrics.  Both are double knit.

This was my part of my OOTD last week worn with wool pants from Talbots.  The top felt warm and comfortable for the cold temperatures. The cowl collar is not very deep nor drapey as it may appear on the pattern envelope.  I did add cuffs for this version as I thought the textured fabric would be a nice accent to the front.  I made the sleeves a little wider with this version as they are somewhat tight with the first version.

I do plan to continue to use this pattern as I like the look of it.  I may try the v-neck, I am not a real fan of v-necks on me.  Will see.

Here is the view of the back, which has a center back seam and this works well for adjusting for swayback if you have that fitting issue as I do.
I completed the Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater and will write a post soon about this pattern.


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