Sunday, February 26, 2012

I Need a Challenge

After a month and a half of sewing tops and creating samples for projects for my Sewing Group, I need a challenge! What that means is that I want to make something really great for my daughter,Tamara. Part of the challenge is to use fabric,patterns and notions from my stash  as much as possible.

I've already started on a boucle jacket  (S4374)  to which I'll add a couple of skirts.I've made that jacket twice before for myself so I should have some success with DD's jacket.I'm really enjoying this project!

Then I'm planning to make Tamara a new spring coat.I'm leaning towards New Look 6518   .It's the one I used for this jacket which I love. I'm planning on changing the collar a bit but we'll see,

Thought I'd show you what just arrived in the mail a couple of days ago. This,,,,,,,

and I absolutely love it. I've already spent many hours browsing the issues I don't own  I'm compiling a list of favorite articles for future use. I highly recommend this product. It is very user friendly.

Oh and I do have a couple of things to show you which I made from recycled denim skirts, yet another project for my Sewing Group.

This tote, trimmed in faux suede and eyelets will probably go to my GD .I merely cut the hem off the skirt,sewed across the bottom, sewed across the corners to form a flat bottom, covered a piece of cardboard with cotton print and velcroed it to the bottom.I used the cut off hem as the handles , also trimmed with the suede.

This wristlet, I'm using  for the notions I take with me to my sewing class.It was a pocket which I cut out ,added a back, a zipper, and a wrist handle. Pretty cute huh! And it couldn't have been easier to make.

I do hope you've found time to sew lately.
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Just One More Top

Well, I've had this one finished for a couple of weeks but am just getting around to blogging it now.

The pattern is Vogue 8323, View A, the sleeveless one to which I added the sleeves from the other two views.

The fabric is a polyester sweater knit.

The pattern is true to size. I made a size 12 and with my usual FBA, it fit well.

I added 2" to the length and I am satisfied with the change. I made this pattern before (here) and I knew I like a longer length in my tops.

The problem! The neckline is too high! I have to wear it folded down.In order to wear it like that I had to add a piece to the back facing.

 I'd like to make the sleeveless version for summer and will have to modify the neckline.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Moving on to another project, I made a second Wrap like the green one I previously posted about here..

This item was very popular in my Sewing  Group and will be our next group project.I wrote the directions here on Diana's Sewing Blog.

I had to add three little darts on the neckband and the ladies really liked that feature. The sweater knit I used had a great selvage which I cut off and sewed  all around the sides. I love the result.

That's all for now.

I hope you found time to sew this weekend

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Vogue 1261, #2

This is  my own take on Vogue well as my second version.Here is the result


The fabric is a light polyester sweater knit .

The changes I made:

.......I lengthened the top by 3" so I could wear it with my jeggings and I do prefer long tunics for this.

......I lengthened the sleeves a lot and ruched them with clear elastic. ( I sewed three rows of ruching on each sleeve )

.....I added a 1"neckband.I rather think that I shouldn't have added  this. The wider neckline would have been better for the trim I sdded to it.

.....I sewed a 1" frill to the neckband .I used  the   picot edge finish on my serger for the frills.

.....I formed three flowers with the frilled strips on the left shoulder just below the neckband which I sewed on by hand.


That's really all I have to say about this top. I love it. It doesn't photograph well though as it looks kind of ugly in the photos IMO.

I do hope you found time to sew this weekend.
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