Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January BurdaStyle Make - Sweatshirt

Like I'm not doing enough challenges, I decided to give the monthly Burda challenge a try. I was thinking about this anyway since I've been getting the magazine for a few years now. If you're not familiar, the challenge involves making something from that current month's magazine. If you can't find anything you like in that magazine, then you can choose a previous year's magazine. Dawn talks about it here in her blog. So why not.

This is my first make. I just wanted to do something quick and easy, since I just decided that I wanted to try this and the month is almost over!

I used sweatshirt fleece that I already had on my sewing table waiting for a project.

This only has four pieces, so how hard could it be? With the sweatshirt fleece it's quite warm and cozy. Temps were in the 20s when I took these pictures, so I only took a few.

So next time, I'll try something more difficult (unless I run out of days again).

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

T-shirt and Craftsy Class

I took advantage of one of the Craftsy sales last year and bought a bunch of classes. One of those was "The Ultimate T-Shirt" class given by Marcy and Katherine Tilton. The pattern for the class is Vogue 8793. In the class you're told how to make simple alterations to the pattern and given some options for how to finish the neck seam.

I made the shirt from a reversible cotton knit I bought at Jo-Ann's last year.

I thought the class was great. I got some ideas for finishing and fitting that I probably wouldn't have considered had I not taken the class. 

In all honesty, the pattern itself is not one that I would have chosen had it not come with the class. There is nothing wrong with it, it's just not my style. I'm much more the "traditional" T-shirt person. I think this shirt could use some more alteration at the bottom so that it doesn't flare out (I don't like that. I might have inadvertently stretched the fabric).

Anyway, the shirt is VERY comfortable and I like that I was able to use the pattern of the material in the shirt. But, I do like the idea of creating a T-shirt as art concept that the Tilton's have.

Having said all that, I could see myself using the pattern again. I would just take more time for fitting.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Completed the jacket - B6104

I finally got the jacket I'd been working on done. I feel like it's been forever, but it was really only about two weeks. There are quite a few pieces to the pattern, but once you get going, it really isn't hard to sew together.

I made View D, which is the one with a high collar. The fabric is a wool blend coating I bought from It's raspberry wool with a lining to match.

I have to say I really LOVE this jacket. It's warm (it was in the 30's when I took these pictures). And the fit is great. I didn't change anything about the pattern. That's what I like.

The length of this view was perfect for me. I could see myself making this again using a different view and a different type of fabric. I think this pattern is pretty versatile in that regard.

One more thing, this is a picture of the robe I made at the end of last year. It's red fleece and very warm and cozy.

I used McCall's 4320 for this which has been my go-to pattern for robes and pj pants.

Monday, January 12, 2015

I'm Still Sewing - Slowly...

Happy new year to everyone out there!

I really wanted to have my latest project done by now, but that hasn't happened. I feel like I'm fighting off a cold, so I haven't been totally motivated to sew too much right now.

But, here is what I'm working on.

I'm making View D. I think it will be great once it's done. I actually hope to have it finished by the end of the week. I try to get a little bit done almost every day.

I've got most of the lining done. At this point there's really not that much left to do. So far, this is actually a fairly easy pattern to put together. The jacket is in a raspberry wool with raspberry lining.

Here is something that I did complete this year.

It's McCall's 4320 robe. This is in lavender flannel so it's soft and warm. Just what's needed when it's a cold, rainy/snowy winter. I also made the same robe in red fleece on the last day of 2014.

Okay, so back to do some more sewing so I can get this done. I'm trying not to have any UFOs this year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Finishing out the year...

It's time for me to start thinking about what goals I want to accomplish for 2015. I have done more sewing in 2014 than I think I ever have in one single year! That is due to the RTW (ready-to-wear) fast that I participated in this year. I plan to do the same next year. I have had so much fun sewing things (for myself) and trying new techniques that it's really been a great learning experience for me.

But, I'm still working on the coat. I had originally decided on Vogue 9069.

V9069, Misses' Coat and Belt
Then I realized that the pattern I purchased was too big (I made a muslin). I bought this in a large and it's just too large. So, I decided I would make a different coat. But the problem is I really like this one. So, as I type this blog post, I am drying the fabric and lining I'm going to use for this. I re-sized my muslin (one thing I've learned to do pretty quickly this year), and will, hopefully this week, make or at least start this coat. Then I will have ended the year as it began - with a coat.
This is Vogue 8933 that I made in January.
So I hope to do another post before the end of the year. In any case, I wish you all Happy Holidays! Today (December 16) is my birthday so I will be celebrating with my family and NOT cooking tonight.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Very Easy Vogue pattern 8824

This is my latest completion. It's Vogue 8824 knit dress. It really is very easy. Actually, I'm really not sure if this is supposed to be a knit or woven dress. The material list says jersey, linen and crepe. So, I went with a charcoal gray ponte knit. I made the dress in a medium, so I figured the stretch would be a good thing.

The dress does have a very deep V in the front so something needs to be worn under it (unless you're very brave). So, rather than have to wear another shirt underneath mine, I chose to add a panel in the front to cover most of the V. I don't always want the additional layers of another shirt. But, here I show that it is easily done.

This picture is with a self-drafted quick cape that I made last year (I think). It's about 30 degrees and breezy, so I was freezing.

This dress is simple enough to dress up or wear casually. It can also be made with 3/4 sleeves and longer at the bottom (more of a midi length dress).

Quick and practical...that's my kind of sewing!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Burda Style Dress 10-2014 #105

When I first saw this dress I was really intrigued. I liked it, but I was wondering if I could really have success with the pattern. If any of you have ever made a dress from the Burda Style magazine, you may know what I'm talking about. I wasn't concerned about the tracing (I've gotten the hang of that for the most part). But, the directions for these patterns are minimal, at best. It's just very different from using a pattern from the "big four". But I was determined to get it done!

And I'm so glad I did! The lines of the dress are very simple. And there are only three pieces, so I figured as long as I didn't put the sleeves in some weird place, I'd be okay.


I think this dress could be made from a bold print (obviously) or a more subtle solid. It's up to you. I think that's what makes the best patterns and makes those patterns classics.

The sleeves are about 4" longer than normal according to the pattern, so I actually shortened those when I traced. I actually didn't have enough fabric and I really wanted to use this piece, so I wanted to make sure I could fit everything (I also don't like super-long sleeves). I actually couldn't get the neck/shoulder right because I couldn't understand what the instructions were saying to do. But I knew what it was supposed to look like, so I basically had to work backwards for that section. After that, the dress was really easy. This is the kind of thing I can see myself making again. And maybe I'll get it right next time - LOL!