Friday, January 31, 2014

Little White Dress Contest

2014 Little White Dress (Jan 16 - Feb 15)

I just joined Pattern and decided to enter their first contest of the year. I can't win because I'm new to the group, but ya gotta start somewhere.

Theme- Little White Dress. All white dress, no colored trim, photos of dress with no accessories, day accessories and night accessories.

The pattern I'm going to use is McCall's 6699. I've used this pattern before and it was a great fit.

I found this beautiful embroidered cotton.

I'm going to make the skirt fuller, and line it. Keep the pockets.

Here are my inspirations.

I plan on doing something to the hem, kind of like in the pictures.
Can't wait to get started.
Come back soon and see how it looks.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Garment a Month: January finished

Cozy Cozy Cozy

Love this......I'm going to call it a robe. I made this to wear with Pj's, ya know, when vacationing with another couple and you want to put your pj's on in the evening or not ready to get dressed in the morning .......and it's chilly........and don't want to put your bra on.....and you don't want your best buddies husband to stare at your chest, kind of robe. Lol

Love the hood.


A bit of a challenge to this material. Very messy. Fuzz everywhere.

It went together very fast. Used my serger for every part except the zipper. Speaking about the zipper, all that fur gets stuck in the zipper. However, the more I wear it, the earlier the zipper works.

Who says sewing cost more than buying RTW?

Fabric $21.87 Robe at Nordstrom $89.00

Pattern 2.47 My cost. 26.24

Zipper 1.89 Savings. $62.76!!!!!!!!

Total. $26.24

The Grandkids think I feel like my dog.



Thursday, January 9, 2014

Make a Garment a Month: December finished and RTW Fast

This was my grandmas dress form, fits my shoulders much better.


Not sure where December went but I finally started and finished my December challenge. McCalls patten 6084. Description: cardigan, with a cascading shawl. Easy, one hour. Humm. Either I'm the slowest sewer in the world, or some speed demon reviewed this pattern. There is at least two yards of hem alone.

Let me start from the beginning. I cut it out at one house and started sewing at another. (We have two homes because of my husbands work). Two days ago I started sewing, only one problem, no instructions. With only three pattern pieces, you'd think I'd be able to put this together. Nope. So I drove to the local fabric store, found the pattern and took pictures of the instructions with my iPhone.

Of course while I was there I had to shop for MORE fabric.

All remnants. 1 to 2 yards each, and 50% off. But I will save that for another post.

When I got home I dove right in. The shoulder/back/collar was different than anything I had done before. Don't even know how to describe it other than "this isn't my favorite pattern."

I ended up doing a French Seam on the collar because just about any way you wear it the seam shows. Also the hem on the bottom and collar/sides show. Like I said, not my favorite pattern.

Finely done and with all that said, I wore it last night to the Portland Boat Show with skinny jeans and boots and received several compliments. So maybe it was worth the time.

This is officially my first RTW Fast garment for 2014. And since I pledged to have the color of the year in every garment, here is the Radiant Orchid.

Total, this one hour pattern took me about.......I'm embarrassed to say, about 6 hours. Will I do it again? Probably not. Will I wear it, YES! Mission accomplished.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

New challenge. RTW fast

Gotta keep the challenges going. I didn't do to good last month with A Garment a Month, I didn't finish, heck I didn't start. Sew lots to do this month. The RTW fast is a challenge to make ALL your clothes for a year. Rules: What constitutes an RTW fast? Refraining from buying ALL outerwear, dresses, tops, pants, shorts, sweaters, coats, exercise clothes, jeans and bathing suits. Shoes, socks and underwear are permitted. This is the idea of Sarah Gunn of Goodbye Valentino. There are over 200 sewers in the challenge from all over the world.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Make Garment a Month: My Garment for January


This comfy sweatshirt should be lots of fun. I saw this a Nordstrom's for $89.00.

This month I'm making McCall,s pattern 4261. I bought a real furry knit material Hancock Fabrics for $24.99 a yard. (Less 30% off) 1 1/4 yard needed. I tried to take a picture of the fabric but just too ard to see how furry and comfy it is. I like zip up better than pull over. Can't wait to get going on this!