Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ottobre Shirt w/ Yoga Pant

Ottobre 3/2013 #16
Cotton Dress--left off bottom band to make it shirt length
Size 134

Crafty Mamas Funky Pants
Size 8


I started making school clothes now!  After making the yoga pants, which is now the go-to-pant for one of my girls, I decided to make a shirt to go with them.  I recently bought several yards of cotton lawn from Denver Fabrics, all which are very reasonably priced.  I believe I paid $3.95 a yard for this fabric.


After looking through my Ottobre magazines, my daughter settled on the Flower Hexagon cotton dress, which is easily adapted to a top by leaving off the rectangular pattern piece.  She also chose to leave off the pockets.  That was fine for me too since it makes for a quicker sew.  This top/dress has a back slit at the neckline, which you tie closed with ribbon.  To keep it soft, I made tie straps with the same fabric.  I used a narrow hem at the sleeves and bottom of the blouse.


Now I have 6 more pairs of yoga pants to make!  I really love this pattern.  You can make these pants so quickly and I use my serger for all seams and then my coverstitch machine for the leg hems.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Burda Blouse & Skirt

Burda Style 04/2014 # 122
Size 38
Blue Swiss Dot Fabric

Burda Style Summer 2014
#121 Size 36
Blue Patchwork Lawn Fabric




I made this shirt once before in a blue check chambray reviewed here.  I wanted to see how it would look in a solid fabric.  The skirt is very quick and easy to make up.  I did not use the front and back facings.  Instead, I lined the skirt with a light weight, white cotton fabric.  I also added a couple inches to the length.



I colored my hair!  I got tired of that chemo gray I had.  Well, that is how it grew in.  It was a combo of gray and blonde, but it started looking more gray than blonde.  It is just a temporary color.  Funny thing is I would always have a little gray in my hair and the temporary color wouldn't cover it all and now it does.


I really like this skirt.  It sits low on the waist and has an invisible zipper in the left side seam.  This is actually my second time using this pattern.  I made another skirt last week out of a pretty pink and brown cotton lawn fabric, but I don't have a top made to match it yet.  I started one, but it was a total flop and went in the trash!  Ugh.  That still happens to me occasionally, but not as often thankfully.


There are 2 darts in the back of the skirt, but you can't see them because of the fabric design!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Girl's High/Low skirt

Simplicity Suede Says #1675
Size 10
View C

What a great little pattern!  This is exactly what my girls and I are seeing in the stores, and of course, why buy when you can make it!

I did not make the waistband casing according to the pattern instructions.  Instead, I sewed my elastic directly to the top of the skirt edge with my serger, then flipped down, and zig zagged with my sewing machine.  There is plenty of length to the skirt to do this.  It is so much quicker that way and provides a nicer RTW look.  I also lined this skirt with single knit black jersey and sewed the skirt fabric with French seams.



It is too far away to see that there are little moons and stars on this fabric.  I have a new sewing machine, a Pfaff Performance 5.0, but I don't have a narrow edge hem foot yet, so I had to do this manually--argh.  Not fun!  I have a hem foot on order, so I will wait to get it before making any more skirts like this.  My daughter has already put in a request for more.


Worn with black jersey knit camisole that I drafted for her and a purchased denim jacket from H&M.
Skirt Fabric purchased from Denver Fabrics--Golden Beige Crepe de Chine $4.95 yard

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meghan Peasant Dress

Here is the Meghan Peasant Dress by Sis Boom

This is a PDF pattern consisting of front and back bodice and multiple-sized sleeve options.  I made  cap sleeves.  There are also directions for cutting the skirt portion of the dress, which is made up of 2 rectangles.  I made my dress in a size small (4-6).


This dress is very quick and easy to sew up!  1/4" elastic is used in the neck, arms, and waist.  The pattern instructions are very easy to follow and well illustrated.



I will definitely be making several of these over the summer.  It is just such a nice, lightweight outfit for summer.




Fabric used:  Rayon Knit

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley