Friday, April 18, 2014

New Look 6095

New Look Pattern No. 6095
Size 10
Fabrics from Girl Charlee

I really like my new dress!  I added to the pattern sleeve with a strip of coordinating fabric.  I think I cut it about 2.5 inches wide by the length of the base of the sleeve.  I then folded it wrong sides together, and  sewed it to the sleeve with my serger--easy hem!

I liked how view D had a shortened version of the dress with an added contrast band.  Instead of using a ribbon trim as the pattern would have you do, I cut a strip of coordinating fabric to sew between the dress and the band.  If you make this in a stripe, you will loose them at the bust darts, but then they come together further down.

I like the shaping the back darts give and this was easy to do with the stripes.

I cannot begin to tell you how frustrating it was to try and match these stripes with the installation of the zipper!!  I used an invisible zipper instead too.  They are just so much easier to put in.  Anyway, since I did an invisible zip, I had to finish off the neckline a little differently.  In doing so, I forgot that I hadn't "secured" the top of my zipper after I cut off some of the length.  Up went the zipper and off came the metal slide.  And this was after spending A LOT of time getting it in where the stripes matched up to the best of my ability.  Then I had to rip out that zipper and do it all over again.  Not one of my best moments.  LOL  A big lesson learned.  The stripes match up pretty good.  It isn't perfect, but it is close enough where I am happy with it.

I just love red, white, and blue together!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Zip Up Jacket

Ottobre Spring 1/2014
#35 Zip Up
Size 146

Fabrics:  Sweatshirt Fleece & Stretch Lace Hearts

I had to do one more jacket before I was completely finished with cool weather clothing.  A couple of months ago, one of my daughters saw a zip up jacket when we were out shopping.  It was really pretty with a lace overlay on the front but in gray.  She said, "Momma, can you make me something like this?"  I have to laugh because now my children know me pretty well.  I won't always buy clothing for them unless it is something they really need.  However, they know that since I love to sew, I will pretty much make anything for them if I can.  Do you do that?  Are you more willing to buy fabric to make something than buy it?  It took me a couple of months, but here it is finally and she loves it!

The instructions didn't call for invisible zippers for the pockets, but that is the only thing that made sense to me, so I went with that. 

We had a little fun with the black solid areas and made heart stencils and did a little painting.

I did line the inside of the hood with a black single knit jersey.

You can see the zipper pull at the bottom here.

I did interface the fabric edge before sewing the zipper--that makes things so much easier.  Sewing is such a trial and error kind of thing.  That is why I love it so much.  I never get bored with it because there is always something else to learn and I have been sewing for years!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

One More Time--Maritime & Renfrew

It does seem that 3rd time is a charm!  I think I finally have it with my Maritime shorts AND the Renfrew top--hurray!  

This time I went up one size in the top.  With my shorts, I noticed in my previous blog photos how there was a little bit of extra fabric still with my CB seam.  I took care of it and NOW have the fit I am happy with.  Boy is it nice to just pull out a pattern and sew it up, knowing it will fit.  It is time consuming with altering a pattern, but now I see how well spent that time has been.

I purchased a blue and white stripe denim from for the shorts, as well as the blue jersey knit.

I changed my pack pocket style again, and I also made a template so I could iron my seam allowances around it before sewing it together with the backside of my shorts.

I put a single buttonhole and button on the back to keep the pocket closed.  I just wanted this for design and style and not function.

These two patterns are my favorite summer-time patterns so far.  Now having made myself 3 pairs of shorts, I think I'm ready to change up my sewing to something else for next week!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ottobre Summer Basic Top with Maritime Shorts

Ottobre Woman 2/2013
#2 Summer Basic
Size 36
alteration:  Removed 3 inches from bottom

Grainline Maritime Shorts
Size 2
alteration:  Removed 1/2 inch from CB seam

This is my second pair of shorts; my first was in my last post.  I decided to change the pockets on this version, which I love.  I have a pair of RTW shorts that I purchased from Old Navy many years ago, and I really like the style of pockets on them (no lining needed).  I traced over those pockets, making new pattern pieces for my Maritime.

These shorts are perfect.  I love the fit and where the waistband sits on my waist.  You can change up the pockets and create so many different looks with this pattern.  I topstitched these like you would jeans.  I already am planning 2 more pairs in denim.

The summer basic t-shirt by Ottobre is a very easy and quick pattern to sew up.   This would be a great pattern to start with if you are new to tracing and sewing Ottobre patterns.   In the past I have always used size 36 for my tops and dresses, but this blouse has such a wide neckline (LOVE) that it probably would have fit better if I had gone one size down.  I will definitely be tracing out this pattern again in that size.  After putting on my top, it was way too long, so I took it off and removed another 3 inches.  This was after I had already hemmed it.  Oh well.  I just used my rotary cutter and rehemmed it with my coverstitch machine.  One thing that I like to do that makes hemming a breeze, is to always put some knit interfacing at the hemline.  Last Christmas I bought a bolt of knit interfacing when it was on sale.  Now I just cut inch strips to hem my knit tops.  It really makes it lay nice and neat while hemming.

After posting these pictures, I unpicked my CB topstitching and took the seam in more, removing the little excess fabric at the lower back bottom.  NOW, I have that perfect fit I was going for.  I guess it takes some time, but wow, once you have a pattern just right, it is so worth it.  Now I can really go to town making me all colors of shorts for summer!

My shorts are made from micro brushed twill khaki green, purchased from for $4.49 a yard!  I love picking up fabric on sale. I bought 4 yards so I can make my son another pair of pants and probably a skirt for myself.  Since these shorts only take a yard, that makes them very affordable to sew.  I did have to purchase a zipper and buttons, but that was just a couple dollars more.  The knit fabric was from my stash from a while ago, but I believe it was a yard I had picked up from Girl Charlee on sale too.  It sat in my stash because it was only a yard and it never really matched anything...until this green khaki I bought.  Don't you love when that unexpected fabric color match happens?

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, March 10, 2014

Renfrew Top with Maritime Shorts

I finally got my Sewaholic Renfrew Top pattern!  My favorite feature of this pattern is the neckline; I really do think it is the perfect shape.  I also like the sleeve and bottom hem bands, but probably will just lengthen those areas if I am not color-blocking my shirt.  It does make for an easy sew though.

My shirt is a little snug; the knit I used is not very stretchy.  I should have thought about this and gone up a size.  Oh well.

I actually made up these shorts a little over a week ago.  I have worn them a couple of times and LOVE them.  To get my perfect fit, I did make a muslin first which I almost never do.  I noticed a gap at the back waist, which was easy to fix.  I took about 1/2 inch off the center back.  I also added 1 inch to the length of the shorts.  I know I could probably go down one size in the leg area, but I like the fit how they are--comfy! I made them from a linen blend that I purchased from last summer.

Pockets on the front.

Pockets on the back.

I covered a button in the same fabric. I didn't have a button on hand that would match.  I also made a blind hem so my stitches wouldn't be as obvious.

These shorts are so comfortable I will just wear them around the house instead of changing into my "comfy" clothes once home! LOL

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pleated Skirt with Buttoned Blouse

Ottobre 6/2012
#32 Jenkka Skirt
Size 128

Ottobre 1/2014
#31 Roses and Dots Blouse
Size 134

I'm so happy to be sewing for summer again!  My daughter requested this outfit about a month ago.  She wanted a pleated skirt with a pretty top to match.  Ottobre always seems to have the perfect apparel, no matter what your needs are.  

This blouse is adorable!  I love the little tucks at the top.  It is just so delicate and pretty.  I used's classic seersucker in white.  

The pleated skirt is made from's uniform plaid in Navy/Gray.  It is lined with China Silk polyester lining and also has an invisible zipper on the left side.  

I enjoyed sewing some non-stretchy fabric for a change.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Sunday, March 2, 2014

T-Shirt with Lace Sleeves

About a month ago, one of my girls asked if I could make her a t-shirt with lace sleeves.  She had seen one online at a retail store.  I used Ottobre's Tellervo t-shirt pattern from  the 1/09 issue.  I cut the sleeves and added seam allowances.  I also cut the t-shirt body and added seam allowances as well.

I used French seams for the sleeves since the lace is sheer and I wanted a neat finish.  This meant setting the sleeves in after the shirt was constructed.  I also added a black knit cuff at the wrist to protect the lace better.  The lace has tiny black hearts on it.

I covered her Miche bag with a remnant of the t-shirt fabric.

Ruffle knit was an easy addition to the shirt and a bonus of not having to do a hem!

It is so much fun to deviate from a pattern and make something all your own!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley