Showing posts from January, 2010

Stopped snowing, still sewing

I cannot believe how much snow we got again from this recent storm. They were predicting 6 inches, we got over 12. It was still snowing at midnight, though it had stopped for awhile. It always looks pretty but it is a bear to deal with the next day or two.

Great progress on the dress. Lining is complete as well as most of the dress fabric is complete. I like to make the lining first so I can tweak it to then transfer those changes to the fabric. Not a lot of changes necessary. I took deeper seam in upper chest and from under the bust down to hem on the front princess seams. I also took deeper seams in the back from upper back to waist.

The neckline is rather high, so I plan to scoop that out by about 1/2 inch before attaching the lining. I am not overly happy with the zipper I need to use. I just could not find a zipper that matched the fabric as well as I would like. Since it is an invisible zipper I am not over concerned.

I think this will be completed today. I know some ti…

Snowing and Sewing

Just completed a really difficult week at work. It is snowing and snowing this Saturday AM. So off to my sewing room. Will write more about my sewing adventure for today later. Started the Butterick dress last night so off to do more with it.

10-20-30 Minutes to sew

Our company is undergoing numerous changes. I wish it was just as simple as snapping your fingers and it can be done. Thus my work load this week has been super busy. Yesterday morning while waiting for the iron to heat up to press a top to wear for work, I finished threading the serger and sewing machine so I could start working on the Butterick dress. I am taking every little minute I can to do something sewing related.

I need to do something sewing related during stressful work times as a means of "therapy". I also have caught glimpses of others sewing projects on Flickr notices I receive. That too is a form of sewing therapy also.

Jeez, maybe I need to press another item this AM. Later!

Butterick 5399 ready to sew

I put away the Vogue dress for now. This Butterick pattern has been on my list of dresses to make; somewhat off and on, meaning I have put it aside to make another item. It is now ready to be sewn. I pin fitted the pattern, made my usual FSA and swayback, as well as a small FBA.

I am using a wool fabric that I acquired from about a year or two ago. I purchased lining fabric from Schoolhouse Fabrics in Floyd, VA awhile back as well. The fabric and lining have been cut out. I just need to set up the serger and sewing machine.

I had to do some housecleaning today as well as work on some projects brought home from the office. So not the sewing weekend I would have liked to have. Yesterday we went to Danville to visit MIL. Next weekend I hope to have more time.

Putting aside

After work and grocery shopping this evening, I spent time in sewing room on the Vogue dress. I am putting this aside for awhile-day, two, week. Not sure how long. I am just not liking this dress. I think some of the adjustments I made were "too much". Also the color is "ok" but not "OK". I am just not feeling the love for this dress right now!

The neckline pleats are good but the bust dart is just too low and is pulled down some by the weight of the double knit. The back looks better; but now I think the shoulder length is too long and that is fixable.

When I don't like something I am working on and I keep pushing myself to work on it, I find I start avoiding sewing. I will put aside for now and give myself a new sewing opportunity. I am still going to sew another dress and am considering 4 or 5 patterns. I will be using fabric from the stash that I pulled out for winter sewing.

My Jalie patterns came today, the wrong Kwik Sew pattern was shi…

More patterns

Well I have already made new pattern purchases for 2010. So much for my goal of using what I have in stash. But then you guys know how hard it is to resist those Club BMV sales and PR's 20% off sale! Here's what I purchased Photos courtesy of Jalie patterns website

Photos courtesy of McCall's website.
My Vogue Chanel type jacket pattern is all cut up and marked up. I never could get the front to hang right. So when I saw this jacket pattern I decided to replace the Vogue one. This pattern has B,C,and D cup size pattern pieces so that was a plus as well. By the way, the McCall's pattern website has been revamped and I like it. Plus you can sign up for e-newsletter and get some free pattern downloads. Check it out if you haven't already. P.S. No work on the Vogue dress this week as I had hoped.

So here is what I purchased:

Vogue 8593 Progress

Slowly but surely I am making progress on the Vogue dress. The biggest challenge was making the FBA for a single pattern piece. I pulled out my trusty FFRP book. Though I never found FBA for single all in one front pattern piece example, I did run across an example for completing a FBA for dress.
Their process requires cutting off the bottom half of the dress pattern, make the FBA and then re-tape the bottom to top. I did that as well. Here's a shot of the front pattern piece and the FBA I made.
This shot shows where I evened up the bottom edge of the upper portion of the dress and then reattached the cut off pieces.
I sewed on the dress this AM and this afternoon. I had to make some additional fitting adjustments. I had to let out the waist and tummy area as I found the dress to tight in that area. The back fit well fairly well from waist down, though I thought the back darts at the waist and top of buttocks was snug. By letting the back darts out some at that area and taking a 3/8…

Long holiday weekend

TGIF!!! and a holiday weekend. I will be sewing.

This week I wore two skirts that I made over the past few months. I wore this one Wednesday. I fits better than it looks in this photo. I love the back pleats. I wish I had had time to take a shot of how I looked Wednesday. I purchased a pair of brand new, never worn, suede Ferragamo (sp) shoes from the Discovery Shop, a local thrift store that funds go to help the American Cancer Society. They went with the skirt and knit top I wore perfectly. (This reminds me I need to take some photos of some recent shoe purchases I have made.) Today I wore the brown herringbone skirt shown here. I truly love this skirt pattern.Starting on the Vogue dress tomorrow.

Next dress project

I have not made it to sewing room yet this week. I do know that I am going to make Vogue 8593. I keep reading and seeing other bloggers post on this dress. I have seen it in a solid, in large and small prints, on petites and average to tall women.

I hope to get time tonight to at least pull the pattern out of the envelope and start cutting out the pattern for pin fitting. I will be making solid color dress out of gorgeous double knit from Gorgeous Fabrics.


Butterick 5247 for Immediate Gratification

Recent sewing projects I've completed have been challenging. It is the first time in probably months that I started a dress pattern and completed it in one day. This was a nice project for immediate gratification sewing.
I pin fitted the pattern yesterday morning and began the process of making adjustments to the pattern. I needed a FBA of 1.5 inches; also a swayback and narrow back adjustment. Using my Fit For Real People "bible", I needed this reference to guide me through making a FBA with cut on kimono style sleeves. Using their method I was able to make the adjustments fairly smooth, even though it incorporated cutting off the sleeve and the bottom of the dress and then reattaching and truing up side seams. Some similar cutting and reattaching occurred after taking a narrow back tuck and swayback adjustment. All went back together well.
I cut out the fabric last night. I set up the serger and the coverstitch machine and was ready to sew this AM.
I probably could h…


I spent time in sewing room last night after dinner. I realized I have way too many patterns! Yet I just purchased a few more 'cause they were on sale. I perhaps need to set a goal to not buy any more patterns for 2010.

I decided to go through my dress patterns and find a few that would work with double knit fabric. I acquired a navy blue double knit, I think, in the early part of 2009 from . I just recently purchased double knit from Gorgeous Fabrics. I narrowed my pattern selection down to three potential dresses. Photos courtesy of Butterick and Vogue Pattern websites.

The first Vogue pattern may have the wrong side of the fabric showing-having not read the instructions yet. The Butterick dress pattern would based on reviews and comments by other bloggers. The navy fabric will work for either of those.

The double knit fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics have two distinct right and wrong sides so the second Vogue pattern is the best candidate for that fabric. Both pieces have b…

2010 Sewing Goals

This week has been the week from ______! since returning to work from vacation. My job was changed once again; I truly was somewhat ambushed by my boss as I did not see this coming. I have had to work through the many emotions that this change created for me. Sometimes you just have to let go and let God! Once I did that I started to feel better.

With this job change, I just have not had the energy to go into my sewing room and prepare for my next sewing projects. Fortunately though, I have allowed myself the opportunity to think about what I want to work on next. I had been leaning toward dresses and have decided that will be my focus at least for this month. I also decided to come up with some sewing goals for 2010. I don't want to set a goal of sewing X garments. For me, not achieving this will feel like failure and I just don't want to do that. So my goals are broad yet measurable.

1. Spend less time at computer taking advantage of that time to do more sewing.
2. Re…

2009 Sewing Affirmations Review

I posted my sewing affirmations for 2009 on January 3. So how did I do?

1-Take advantage of sewing opportunities and spend more time at machine than computer. I give myself a B on this one. I still spend too much time at computer when could take advantage of sewing time. This will be an ongoing goal for me.

2-I will make some garments from BWOF since I renewed my subscription. I did make three garments (knit top, faux suede jacket, wool skirt) from BWOF; one I just completed today. I have plans to make more garments as I renewed the subscription again.

3-I will learn and use two new sewing techniques.I learned three-all involve working with or around zippers. One was sewing linings by machine to invisible zippers; the other was inserting a regular zipper with the outcome to look like an invisible zipper; the third was attaching a facing to an invisible zipper. I have used two of the three techniques on a fairly regular basis.

4-I will continue to sew for quality not quantity.I really wor…

Three skirts-30 days.

The BWOF skirt is complete! I left off the belt carriers so I don't restrict myself to wearing one size belt. I used the blind hem stitch on my sewing machine to hem the skirt and topstitched the lining hem; quicker by machine. I am glad this skirt is complete. My plan was to have a month of skirts, thus these three were done in 30 days. The BWOF is the first completed project for 2010. From left to right:Butterick 5249 ( my third skirt from this pattern); New Look 6918 has contour waistband and skirt front overlay. I added a lining; BWOF January 2009 Skirt #112.

And the skirt goes on

Today, I am taking new measurements! I ended up having to take up the skirt even more. So basically all of my fitting adjustments were for naught. For someone who has sewn a long, long time, fitting myself for skirts is rather frustrating. In the past, the issue has always been the skirts were too tight and had to let them out as much as possible; and sometimes that was not enough. I know it is better to take up than let out but!!!! Enough ranting.

I love a challenge and thus is why I choose to try numerous patterns instead of making my same TNT one all the time. Maybe it is the style and the fabric but with the last fitting I thought I had made enough adjustments for the skirt to fit. I had to undo part of the waistband stitching to take up the side seams another 3/8 inch on each side.

It is now ready for hemming. I am debating on whether to use the belt carriers or not. I do plan to wear a belt with this but with the carriers I will definitely limit the belt width. Off to h…

Update on BWOF skirt

I am making progress on the skirt. I truly thought I would be finished with it and ready to start on some dresses.

As I stated in an earlier post I made adjustments to the skirt pattern. I added width to the waistband area and added to the skirt as well. In retrospect and from fitting the skirt I did not need to add to the skirt portion except at the top edge that would attach to waistband. Thus I ended up taking deeper seams in the side front area of the waistband and also taking a smidgen in the side back areas of waistband. This resulted in my cutting off about an inch on each side of the skirt front and back. This is the amount I added from top to bottom. This seems like a lot of wasted work but truly I rather have the too big issue than making something that is just too tight. All in all, this is a learning opportunity.

I now have to go back and make the same adjustments to the lining pieces. Once all of those are completed, I will need to hem both lining and skirt. I rea…

WIP-BWOF January 2009 Skirt 112

I began working on this skirt yesterday and made good progress. I probably could have finished it but wanted to spend some time with DH.
I began working on the skirt this AM. Yesterday I determined that the front and back facing pieces were not going to cover the entire waistband area. I do not understand why those pieces were drafted that way. I checked the pattern pieces in the magazine and I had traced appropriately. This would look unfinished and rather ugly. You can see what I mean:
My solution was to cut out waistband pieces from lining fabric and will attach to skirt lining. This pattern did not call for a lining. I like linings in my skirts most of the time, and particularly for wool. I drafted a lining for the skirt portion when cutting out the pattern. The waistband pieces will be from silk fabric acquired from Fabric Mart last year. (Odd saying that since this is the new year.)
Here is parting shot of the skirt front. More later:


Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

I appreciate everyone who stops and takes time to visit my blog. I so enjoy reading other blogs to see what that blogger is working on, to get inspiration and to learn a new sewing technique or a way to improve on how I sew something.

Let's hope 2010 is a better year for all of us; that the economy improves, people are able to return to work, and that the Republicans and Democrats find away to govern for the people instead of their current method of, if one is for something then the other party is not!!!!


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