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Monday, November 26, 2007

Fabrics for Upcoming Projects!

Ok, here's my to do list:
I'm making McCalls 5060 View D, fabric from Gail K's in Atlanta. My fabric is turned sideways-oops! LOL

McCalls 4930, the pants in brown fabric from Joann's

Butterick 3189 View D skirt with flounce hem in a dark berry or cranberry knit

Butterick 4602 View D skirt in dark brown wool

New Look 6664 for Alana in a dark green corduroy with very small sequined accents! My daughter bought this because SHE was going to make it! HA

McCalls 5335 View B Jacket and View C Skirt in black

Simplicity 3631 View B Jacket, I'm finally going to make this, but I think I'll change my sleeves after reading Carolyn's review (

Butterick 4690 View C Skirt in a faux suede

Vogue 7662 Jacket and Skirt, I've had this pattern for several years and the fabric as well, a red silk. The small picture of the suit in an orange is an exact copy of the pattern. I believe I cut that picture out of a Barrie Pace catalog!

Simplicity 3775 View F Dress with long sleeves.

That's a lot, but one project at a time. I'll probably tackle the easier things first like the skirts and pants, and a few of the projects are already cut out. The fabrics came from my collection except for a few that were just recently purchased! Until next time...

Sunday, November 25, 2007


I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. Ours was a quiet, at home dinner with all the fixings. Now to prepare for Christmas! My youngest daughter will be coming for ten days and we'll be quite busy! Of course, no gift shopping has been done! LOL I plan to be done by the 15th, hehehe!

I've decided not to do the SWAP. All of my fabrics and patterns are selected, but I am lacking some pieces for tops/blouses that'll coordinate with the skirts and slacks etc. Now I guess I could easily go out and purchase more fabrics, but what is chosen already is at 11 pieces. I don't know, I really wanted to do this as a SWAP. I'm still planning to sew the garments since I've pulled everything out! LOL I'll post pictures tomorrow of my fabrics and patterns. I've completely changed my mind about the first wardrobe pattern that was originally going to be used.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

McCalls 5434

This was very easy to put together. The top has wrapped fronts with self-ties and three-quarter sleeves. The skirt has a mock wrap front with elastic casing. The length comes just below my knees. It was very comfortable to wear. I used the knit jersey from Fabric Mart, one of the items in my first purchase from them!
The top & the skirt has top stitching all along the neck & front edges as well as the hems. No facings. The skirt is top-stitched on the front overlay of the wrap. The only notion you need is thread! I will make this again in another knit type fabric.
This time I have a pic wearing the finished garment. My daughter was over and I got her to do the picture taking.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Jersey Fabric

I'm working on the charcoal jersey fabric I bought from Fabric Mart using McCalls 5434. Will post pictures of the finished garment soon!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sewing With A Plan Fabric Choices - A Few

Now that the SWAP idea is in my mind, I have a few fabrics from the stash I'd like to work with. The first picture is a faux suede that I think came from It's been around for awhile. About two years ago, my daughter decided she didn't like it and gave it to me. I will make a jacket from it, but not from the pattern that was posted a few days ago. There are 7-8 colors in this piece.
The other fabrics will go nicely. Of course, I have black for a pair of slacks. I still want to use S4273 and I'll probably make that jacket in a solid. Hopefully all the patterns and fabric choices will be complete by this weekend so I can get started. I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Quick Project

Completed over the weekend, Butterick 4403, View C/D
Color: Dark Brown Crepe
This was an easy to put together project. It wasn't exactly 'next' on my plan to sew list. I wanted something quick and I just bought this fabric about 2 weeks ago, and I've been looking at this pattern over and over.
The skirt is straight with darts on front & back, centered zipper and a back slit. The shirt/jacket has upper and lower panels which are accented with ribbon top-stitched over the seam. The patch pocket on the upper front has a ribbon accent as well. Covered buttons were used to finish off the garment. (These are not very good pictures. I know.)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Paying It Forward!

I read about 'Pay It Forward' on Gold's blog and thought I'd do the same. I think this is a great idea! Now I'm going to write the rules as I remember! For the first three people who comment on this post, I am to send a gift that I've made! And you will receive it within 365 days! LOL I do not have any idea what the gift will be just yet, but it will be handmade. The only thing you have to do is the make the same notice on your blog! It sounds like fun so come on and get on board!
I have no new sewing to report since I did nothing last night. I'm feeling much better and I should have something to share over the weekend. Have a great day!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I have been thinking of doing a SWAP (Sewing With A Plan) using Simplicity 4273. I have plenty of fabric in my stash to go to. The whole concept of all the pieces coordinating is why everytime I read about another SWAP starting up on a sewing board, I always consider it. I'll probably be a sideline participant though. I can set up a similar timeline and be accountable to myself LOL. I'd also do other projects in between.
My mind isn't made up just yet, but I'm leaning towards doing this more and more. I'll keep you posted!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Shirts Complete!

The third shirt was completed last night.

I used Simplicity 4695, View D, but the length is View C. Again, it was easy to sew. The top/tunic has side slits and a collar which is optional which I chose to apply. The sleeves have slits instead of a cuff. This print can be worn year-round. I already have something to go with this, but below, I have a picture of some fabric from my stash that's been sitting around for awhile. It will go perfect with the pink. I like to wear color in the winter because everybody around me usually resorts to black, brown and gray. The cold, winter season stays too long around here to only wear those colors. LOL

These buttons go with everything! I've used them on all of the three shirts. They're shell buttons that I bought at Joann's. My daughter pointed these out to me. They're 5/8" which was perfect for my shirts!

Here's the fabric with the shirt. It really does coordinate well. Not looking so much so in this pic! LOL

I had problems with Blogger earlier, none of the pictures would upload. Very wierd! But all seems well for now.

Until next time...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Two Tops Done!

Happy Monday!
I didn't quite finish all three as planned, but I have two completed tops to share!

The white shirt is Simplicity 8872 View C. The fabric is 100% cotton. This was very easy to put together. It's semi-fitted with 3/4 length sleeves. It has turned-back cuffs, but I can wear them down. I did not have a white shirt in my wardrobe!

This is McCalls 3340 View E. The fabric is a georgette print. Princess seams with front button closure, and a shaped hem. I've made this up in various views several times. I really like this style shirt. It was easy to put together also.

Here's an up close picture of the cuff. The pattern has cuff variations, but I like this one most of all in my previous projects of this pattern.

The third top is halfway complete, hopefully all done by tonight! Next up are new skirts and slacks.

All of the fabrics of my completed tops (and the one to come) are from Joann's clearance section. The one that I like to go to most often is not one of those Super Joann's. It has not yet been converted and I hope it never is! They seem to always have a good selection to choose from. And it's especially nice when they have those fabrics for 50% off! The employees are very nice too! They always ask what your plans are for the fabrics! LOL

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Up Next

I have three patterns already cut and ready to go. They are actually placed on my sewing machine so when I go back downstairs, I might feel guilty if I cut out something else and complete that instead of working on the shirts LOL. But, I'm tempted to do that with the matte jersey shown in the previous post. No pictures to post for this entry, but hopefully will have something to share by Saturday. Until next time...