Tuesday, September 20, 2011


This cool weather is putting me in the mood for the holidays. That first day of cool weather came (even though it was just for a couple of days) and I just had to whip up a cardigan. The first of many is McCalls 6168. ( to the left)  I made it from a fuschia rayon jersey knit from Joann fabric , the $13 stuff. This pattern is super easy and goes together fast. Now , I will warn you that it takes some fabric. I only had two yards and i believe the pattern calls for 2 3/4 yards. It took some squeezing to get this cardigan. I had to  remove some of the drape of the front piece. Even with me doing that, it is still long - maybe i am just short - and gave me the drama that I was looking for.  What can I say besides  this is a great pattern . I may make another one.......

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Turning Bad into Good

 I would love to say this post is about some philanthropic  act, but it is about turning what was almost a wadder into a great addition to my wardrobe. This top is made from Kwik Sew 3891. It looks super cute on the cover but - honey - between me and you (okay maybe the whole world) it turned out to look like a straight sack. Whenever this happens , I am extremely hurt becuase it always happens with my good fabric. So what is a girl to do? I just left it on my bodyform for a couple of days until I finished cursing and had an ice cold Dr. Pepper. When I returned back to this top , I came up with the idea of just makeing it shorter and sewing the sides seams up a little bit more. Pretty happy with the results! I may make it again and just adjust the pattern to the new changes.

The pic to the left is the before. Do you see how lackluster it looks?  NOt even my big sunshades could help me here. Overall this was an easy pattern and takes no time to make. Great for stashbusting. The skirt is from Butterick 5539 and was very wasy to make. I believe it only takes one yard to make along with elastic for the waistband. I made it out of a cotton knit which was a booger to sew .

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hello ladies ! Summer is winding down but I am still trying to get as much summer sewing done as I can! I hate the heat but love the type of dressing that summer brings! The maxi dresses, the tank tops, the shorts, and you-know-it, the sunshades!!!! This top comes from Butterick 5496. I previously made it in the last post out of an ethnic cotton print and ever since I have been itching to make another. This one is made from a fuschia challis from Hancock fabric. I just love it, but it is a booger to keep pressed! This pattern is so easy. The only thing that I did differently was to eliminate the casing. I instead just sewed the elastic to the top stretching as I went along. This makes a great swimsuit coverup, wearing with shorts or skinny jeans, or even with a pencil skirt. I think this pattern will be in heavy rotation!