Thursday, March 26, 2015

Welcome Spring!

Pattern: Butterick 5476 OOP Diahann Carroll pattern purchased from Ebay last year.
Misses' /Misses' Petite Jacket & Skirt
Semi fitted, lined, below hip jacket has slightly extended shoulders, shoulder pads, contrast yokes and long sleeves. Semi-fitted, straight, lined skirt, below mid=knee, has elastic back waistband and back with side zipper.

 Sizes: 8 - 24
Fabric: Gold polyester poplin  with gold polyester lining from Vogue online.

Accents: Black piping & 1 piece iron on applique added before adding lining.

Alterations: decreased 1" swayback, added 4" to skirt

I always sew first and finish seams with the serger. I've found that if I serge the sleeves to the lining it gives a different look with added thickness on the upper sleeve.

This is a fun pattern with different variations/creative designs. I did fail to show the inside lining, but you've seen it over and over again.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fabric Haul

I've been sucked in by this turquoise looking Mermaid Blue Cotton/Lycra Pique at the bottom of this tub. It is one of the hottest colors for the Spring.
While watching televisions, I noticed that some of the commercials are swimming in this color. It's being used everywhere in the color of tops, screen background colors, letters, and numbers.
Off I went searching for the fabric. I spotted the color on another site in a different fabric, declined it, and went back to Fabric Mart.

Well, I showed it to my husband as the color for my Easter outfit at the original price. The next morning while doing my daily Fabric Mart check (shocked and  surprised) the price was lowered. I immediately snatched it up with no hesitation. As much as I'd prefer something with a little knit in it, I settled for this pique.

Then I went back and grabbed the two pieces which just might become maxi dresses. I chose the green because of the hints of fashionable turquoise. The other, I just loved the design, the black, white, and fuschia combination.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Grey Blazer with a Lavender Tint

Pattern: Simplicity 4302 jacket with different cup sizing. View E

 Sizes: 18W - 32W




Simplicity Khaliah Ali Collection 4302
Alterations: Lower sleeve cap 1 1/2 inches . Decrease sway back 1 inch.
Fabric: Polyester/Lycra
Lining: Polyester
Finishing: Sew first, then serge
This is my favorite blazer pattern. It's quick and simple

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Little Red for a Special Month!

Pattern Description: Simplicity 7100 suit has semi-fitted jacket and slim skirt. Jacket has asymmetric front buttons with shaped lower edge.

Of course, I wanted to look like a sweet heart the day after Valentine's so I was prepared.



This is a very special OOP pattern that I purchased for about 20 cents. I didn't want to pass up this pattern just because it wasn't my size.

Therefore there were several alterations to the pattern. One was lowering the sleeve cap to remove the gathers. Then it was time to insert three inches of paper to lengthen the jacket. The lining was an addition to the skirt and jacket. Adjustments were made to the bust, waist, and hips of both the jacket and skirt.

Sizes: 6 - 24

Fabric: Red crepe from the same consignment shop totaling $3. Dark maroon polyester lining was used for the jacket and skirt.

Covered buttons was the last choice. I originally purchased some beautiful glittery black with silver trim buttons.

I did see a longer version of the jacket in the Spring collection. I use a lot of polyester poplin for my suits, but this heavier crepe is really nice.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Loose Top vs Curly Top

While hubby was enjoying the car show, I was enjoying the venders. I picked up this piece of taupe sweater knit for $3. It was just enough for Butterick 5714 view C. It's loose fitting with elasticized seams and waist.

 Fabric Used: Taupe Sweater Knit and a metal clasp was used instead of a button.

 The directions were easy to follow. This is a very simple item to make. No alterations were made.

 Sizing: XS - XXL

  I was dressed for our small town's first Jazz Festival. This little sweater was just right for the weather, but the evening chill required a jacket. I've completed view B and C and like both. I do plan to complete items D & E. I highly recommend this pattern because each jacket can be made for casual or dressy wear.

Curly Top - I used Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk on damp hair with two-strand twists.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Swing Jacket

Pattern Description: Misses' Fleece Jacket

                             Sizing: XXS - XL
                              Fabric: Double Sided Fleece
                              Alterations: None
                              This is an easy pattern. I could have made a smaller size.        

                              Hat: Simplicity 4025  All panels are serged together.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

It's a Croc!

Pattern: McCall's 5987 unlined coat with attached "scarf" collar, two-piece sleeves and pockets. I works best with double sided fabric.

 Sizing: 8-22

Fabric: Chocolate Crocodile Embossed Polyester/Lycra Velour from Fabric Mart

Alterations: The scarf was folded together at the end and turned for a finished look. It has serged fronts and bottom.

Hat: Simplicity 4025 completed using serger.

This is an exciting coat. My girlfriend's eyes lit up when I entered the room. She loved it. It is one of my favorites and I don't know why it took so many years for me to make it. Yes, I'm willing to allow another into my life.

Life is much more fun with a sewing machine and a little bit of creativity!