Sewing Update

Today I feel like actually doing something sewing related.  I am using a pattern from my stash that I have not tried before.
I am making the short sleeve dress, not shown above.  This is Butterick 6207.  I purchased a xs-m size because my upper chest/shoulder area needs this size, my bust needs large, so I made a FBA.  I did not want a dart for this dress, so I used this technique from Maria Denmark.  I always get a little nervous when trying a new technique, especially one that creates a lot of changes due to cutting, enlarging and reducing.  The paper pattern ends up looking way different than the original.  Hopefully this will all work out.

The fabric is actually a fairly recent purchase.  It is from Cali Fabrics, purchased this past December.

I just finished cutting out the fabric today and getting ready to thread serger, sewing machine and most likely will use the cover stitch machine for hemming.  More later.

Simplicity Jacket

Well I just completed my first week of retirement!!!  It somewhat felt like a week of vacation.  I will say this, I feel rested and love that my life last week was guided by "what time is it" and I have x time to do  this particular thing or not.

I completed the Simplicity Jacket and wrote a review for Pattern Review.  I was surprised by the lovely comments I received as I was not over the hill in love with the jacket.  I am going to hem the sleeves a little shorter as several suggested as the length I took out was too much.  I actually had to add bias tape to the edge of the sleeve, just so I could turn up a minimal amount.  This will be an easy fix.

Here are pictures of the jacket.

I do love the fabric. The jacket outcome is just not what I expected.  I will wear this.  I have so many other jacket patterns to try that this one will not be made again any time soon or if at all.
This past week was not much in the way of sewing except for completing this jacket.  Hopefully my…

Work In Progress

I have been working on the Simplicity jacket and about to finish it today.  Here are a few shots of the current state of the pattern. 

This has been a fairly easy project to sew.  The fabric ravels when you look at it; I serged finished all edges before sewing.

I had to reduce the shoulder width by shaving off 3/8 inch.  It is not lined.  The facings are attached at shoulders and side seam and stitched all around the jacket front and back.  I also did a forward shoulder adjustment on the back shoulder and 5/8 swayback adjustment.

Updates to follow.


I finally took a photo of me wearing the Halifax Hoodie. I probably should have waited until I had freshened my makeup and hair, to do a proper photo shoot.  As you can see I finally got a fairly nice matching shoe lace to use for this hoodie; I wanted to match the grape color in the print and cuffs but none were included the packe of shoelaces.  I saw more bright colors online that what I received.  I don't recall seeing a place to select a different color pack.

Here are my thoughts about this pattern. 

It is designed for a much taller person than I am.  I shortened the sleeves by 1 1/2 inchesand when adding the cuffs I use 1/2 inch seam allowance instead of 3/8 which seemed to make the sleeves the right length.I shortened the top but think I could shorten more.  It is more tunic length which I like somewhat but may another inch would be better.  It is not a too snug fit, somewhat loose which maybe I could stitch a 1/2 inch seam instead of 3/8.The cowl neck needs extra length for…

Endings and Beginnings-a quick post

Today marks the ending of one lifestyle and a beginning of another.  The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity as I prepare to retire today. 

I have spent over 30 years in non-profit management and loving the work I do/did.  I am now ready to take a break and see what it is like to get up and go walk or to go to Planet Fitness at any time of the day, instead of hustling out the door to drive to work.  I am happy to think that I can do the laundry any day of the week and not just on a weekend.  I like the idea of sewing as much or as little as I want and spending as much time doing it as I like.

I am looking forward to cleaning out the house, taking the next step which is finding a new home in a coastal area.  I am excited about the next journey and where it leads.

I will miss those who I have worked with these past 14 years and most of all I will miss the individuals that we serve who have a disability and/or other disadvantaging conditions.  I love it when I see a person g…

Who Would Have Thought!

I wanted to wear my Halifax Hoodie; still need to add the drawstring.  Shoe laces have been recommended for this. A friend of mine had on a RTW hoodie and the drawstring was definitely a shoe lace. 

My husband is like Turtle on Entourage, a HBO (?) series no longer showing.  Turtle was obsessed with buying tennis shoes (kicks).  So was my husband for a period of time.  Many of the shoes came with colorful laces.  Many of the shoes were purchased at Foot Locker.

During lunch break on Friday, I hop over to the mall which is five minutes from my office and go into FL only to find that they don't sell shoe laces!!!!!?????  They have some great looking shoes with matching or contrasting shoe laces, yet they don't sell any in case you need to replace them or choose to wear another color.

Who Would Have Thought that a store that sells these type shoes would not sell them.  The sales associate suggested I go to Target or Walmart.  What a missed opportunity.  With retail sales changing…

New Fabric and New Project

As I posted previously, I will be retiring soon. I do not really need more fabric but I got a lovely email from Cali Fabrics offering a discount because I have been a frequent buyer of their fabrics. And because it was my birthday I decided to take advantage of the offer. They have some lovely knit fabrics that I have purchased and sewn. However this time I bought a lovely rayon challis fabric.

The other fabric I purchased was a Ralph Lauren green stretch poly woven. I am bound and determined to make a nice fitting pair of pants in 2018. I thought this would be a great fabric for this.
I didn't actually plan to purchase the fabrics to go together but when they arrived it really was a great match.
I decided on my next project. I thought first I would sew a topper but decided not to. Instead I am going to sew a jacket using a Simplicity pattern. The fabric I chose to use is one that I acquired from Fabric Mart in 2016.
Either side could be used. The photo above has been lightened to…

Halifax Hoodie

This is my first make for 2018.  All fabrics are from my "curated collection".

The sleeves and cowl neck is fabric from LA Finch Fabrics.  I used it to make the Pamela's Pretty Peplum top.

The bodice is from fabric I purchased from Girl Charlie Fabrics.  I thought it was from Gorgeous Fabrics and I did buy a similar shade from her, in a beefier double knit.
The cuffs and waistband are from ribbed knit that I acquired from Fabric Mart along with several other colors.

It is rather colorful and if it did not fit well then I was not going to be overly upset if it was a wadder.  The mustard fabric was about three yards.  I have enough left over to make something else.

I still need to add a drawstring to the collar.  I am looking for either purple, gold or teal shoe laces.  I am never in need of shoe laces or rarely so, hoping to find some soon.  Otherwise I will have to use fabric to cover some cording for the drawstring.

The fit with this pattern was not bad at all.  I cut t…


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