and I should have more than a few makes for you soon! In the meantime I thought I would share my birthday goodies with you. My birthday was early this month, so I am just a bit late for this post but……. I’ve been
keeping busy lazy. I got quite a few sewing goodies this year thanks to my mother and my amazing husband.
My husband and pretty much anyone who knows (and pays attention) that I sew knows that I have been wanting a dress form for quite some time. I have been going back and forth on cost and brand for as long as I have been wanting one. I always came back to the Dritz My Double Deluxe dressform because of the size range of the hips. This year my husband bought it for me! I don’t have any pics of it yet, but it mostly set up. I’m debating on whether to get the Fabulous Fit Dress Form System to make it more of a body double. I’ve read a few reviews and I’m still undecided. Any thoughts or input?
My mom gifted me with a hundred dollars that I could spend however I wanted. She already knew that I wanted the Anna Dress by By Hand London. I bought that plus just a few others…. Espresso Leggings and the Cabarita knit top by Cake and the Briar sweater and tshirt, and the Tania cullottes by Megan Nielson. I have already played with the espresso leggings with no luck yet. I think I need some stretchier fabric than I have used or I need to build in a bit of ease. I’m really not sure which and I’m not sure I’m over the moon about patterns that only have the inside seam. They do not seem to form to my hips very well. Of the patterns I bought the Briar sweater will be on my plate next I think. In the meantime I have a pair of palazzo pants finished and a fleece hoodie that is currently being cut out.
I received two gift cards, one from Joann Fabrics and the other to Amazon. I’m still unsure what I’ll be getting with them, but it will likely be fabric for the first and a sewing book from Amazon. These are the books I’m looking at: Sewing Lingerie That Fits: Stylish Underwear, Sleepwear, and Loungewear for Everyday Living by Karen Morris, Bare Essentials: Bras: Construction and Pattern Drafting for Lingerie Design (Volume 2) by Mrs. Jennifer Lynne Matthews-Fairbanks, Shirtmaking: Developing Skills For Fine Sewing by David Page Coffin, and maybe even Gertie’s new book when it comes out! I’m sure I’ll decide sometime in the near future which books(s) it will be out of this selection.
And for now it’s Turkey Day! So I’m going to spend the rest of the day eating, sewing, and spending time with family; not necessarily in that order.
It took me a bit to get it moving, but the pattern pyramid is on it’s way to Marie at A Stitching Odyssey. I look forward to seeing your choice and your addition!
It has been a busy few months for me. I’ve had some bad life events and many happier ones. I’m not going to go into the bad, but the good I am more than willing to share! We have a new kitten taking over our hearts and our home. She belongs to my mom and is getting along well with the dog and my cat. the best news of all is that my husband is home! I couldn’t be happier!
We have been spending a lot of quality time together. Therefore sewing has been left on the back burner a bit. I have several projects in the works, but not one has been finished. my most pressing project will be finishing up my Jasmine cosplay by next Friday. we’ll see, I guess! It will be a race against the clock. Expect some pictures sometime the week after if I finish!
I hope your weekend is great!
And the Pattern Pyramid goes to:….
I’ve been enjoying her makes for a while and I have to share a few favorites with you. Her neolithic hawthorn actually makes me want to make this dress right now! In reality I just really want some of that lovely fabric! The degree I had started and as yet unfinished was in anthropology and the fabric reminds me of how much I enjoyed my classes. Her hazedale is such a sweet combination of fabrics and patterns! Go check her out! Right now, but make sure you come back here!
I thought you might like to see where I’m at on the muslin for the pattern I chose. I chose Vogue 7588 which only cost $0.75 at the time it came out! I wish I could buy a pattern for that now! If you’ll remember I had a few changes drawn out, but my first go was for no adjustments at all. And I think it will turn out well with only a few minor adjustments. I have the front (partially) and half of the back completed. So I pinned it to my bra and grabbed a few shots for you.
It’s pulling a bit from being pinned, but over all it looks good from this. I won’t really have a good idea until I get the back and sides done. At the least I foresee taking the sides in some and maybe adjusting the gathers. What do you think?
That neckline will most definitely be changed. I haven’t decided if I want to just lower it or lower it and change it. I’m leaning towards a neckline like that of the new Anna Dress of By Hand London. I’ve recently acquired a few patterns that have a sweetheart bodice, since I would love to have the sweetheart bodice underneath and the upper fabric a sheer over layer.
Butterick 5853 is one I grabbed for the sweetheart shaped bodice. I will likely have to add that center section back in to the other pattern piece to avoid strange lines. I like the ability to color block a dress out of this pattern because of the way the pattern pieces are pieced together. And yes, I know that damn bow is utterly ridiculous. You will never, ever see that on me much less near me. That bow will be omitted and the pattern pieces themselves may be lost forever!
This is one dress I will have to make for myself eventually! Go check out the other pics! This view has a peplum tail that runs down the back. It reminds me of tuxedo jackets in a feminine way! This will more than likely be my base pattern to make the changes to the vintage V7588.
But enough about me! Marie I will be contacting you shortly to get an address to send off these lovely patterns. I can’t wait to see what you pick out of the lot!
Have fun twirling!
It’s here! I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to have received this collection of traveling patterns. I’m even more excited to get to send it on its way to another lucky reader! But before I get ahead of myself, let me explain the history of the pattern pyramid. When Tea and Rainbows hosted her giveaway for the pattern pyramid I hoped, but had not expected, to win it. Winning the giveaway was more than a little surprising to me! I replied to her email with my address and promptly waited impatiently for it to arrive. (Luckily enough my Sew Weekly Pattern Swap arrived before, but more on that later!)
The pattern pyramid started with Karen in 2012, before winging its way to Sew Brunswick (Ooooh! A new blog for me to follow) in Australia. From there it went to Seersucker Sally in Philly before heading across to Tiffany in Seattle. She sent it to Kat in New Zealand, who decided it was time for it to see more sights and sent it to Debi in Scotland! From Scotland it was back to the USA and into the hands of Heather Lou of Closet Case Files and the famous Bombshell Swimsuit and from there onto Lucinda in Boston. And back to Seattle again, to Amy, and then off to Tea and Rainbows who just made a delightful Mathilde blouse. So who will it be off to next?
First, some pictures of the pattern pyramid and it’s content:
That pattern in the middle is lovely as well! It’s a McCall’s 5996 size 14 bust 34 inches.
So many awesome patterns here!
And wait even more!
I guess at some point I have to tell you which pattern I chose? If you were wondering which of the above it was I will have to disappoint you! I had a hard time choosing between three patterns. And those three were:
I loved the cool, casual comfort of the pattern on the left and the versatility of the one on the right. That center pattern just screamed at me that it had to be made and modified into many different dresses! And how could I not listen to such screaming? My choice if you haven’t already guessed it:
And when I say there are so many possibilities for different dresses out of this pattern; here is what I mean:
And finally my addition to the pattern pyramid:
I also added simplicity 1824 for those who might like to make a bag instead of clothes!
And finally the rules!
- To enter you must have an active blog so that you can host your own giveaway and continue the Pattern Pyramid on its journey.
- If you are the winner, you will pick one pattern to keep for yourself, then host your own giveaway, randomly select a winner, and mail the remaining patterns to them. They will in turn continue the process.
- If you are the winner, Karen would love it if you could make a small contribution to The Brooke. This is a charity close to the heart of Catherine, who so generously provided the original patterns and you’ll be helping animals!
If you would love the chance to keep these patterns moving along leave me a comment by 5:00 PM CDT. Edit: 5:00 PM CDT on 22nd of August! I will randomly select one person and off the patterns will go!
Happy commenting and may the odds be ever in your favor!
After continually seeing ponti knits all over the place I decided it was time to play with one. From everything I understood about ponti it is a knit with very minimal stretch and that is very true. I found some and it was a semi glossy black that almost looks like the cheapest polyester you can find. I told myself that stretch made up for it….maybe?
Since it does have very limited stretch I knew I would have to be careful of what pattern I chose. What better than something designed for a woven? I’m in short supply on shorts this year and every year, so it was past time I made some!
I chose Simplicity 0328 (1808 on the website) since they didn’t need a zipper and looked fairly straightforward. Straightforward they are, but they have some major fit issues for me. I chose the size that had an inch and a half of ease for the hips, which turns out to have been too much for me. I had of course forgotten that equaled two inches of ease! I lost half an inch off my hips and I’m still not remembering it! The hips and waist turned out a bit loose because of it. The good thing is that the thighs would have been too tight if I had gone down a size. There are pleats in the front that also pull funny and create pouf right where it isn’t wanted and the hips and waist being too big does not help.
Despite all that, they still manage to look good and even better are comfortable to wear. I may attempt this pattern again, but I would change several things:
Lower the waist
omit the ties (did that this time also since I don’t tuck many things in)
grade to the smaller size in the hip and waist
Not too many changes and they may make a very wearable pair of shorts for me.
What are your experiences with ponti? Any tips or tricks for the next time I use it?
I think I stared at the title for this blog for longer than it will take to write it! So here goes nothing:
Before starting to sew my Bombshell I had cut out and started to sew my Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline. I love all of the indy pattern designers that are popping up and I wanted to be able to partake in the fun of making a few up. Hopefully I’m not too late to the party or if I am I’m only fashionably late.
I looked at the sizes and after making two unfinished muslin I moved on to what I figured would be the final project. I chose to make a size six because my fabric had some stretch and I didn’t want to end up with something that was too loose. With the help of the muslins I knew I had to draw (silly me) and pin the darts correctly and that I may have to scoop out the underarm portion of the armhole.
I have had six yards of a very bright floral stretch cotton waiting on me to do something, anything with it! I bought it through Denver Fabrics in their discount section. Sorry there isn’t any left! I think I paid a total of $20.00 for the six yards, so all in all, a very good deal. Even with the fabric being outside of my normal selection the fact that it had stretch appealed to me. My mom will tell you how often I have selected a floral fabric. Almost never! And yet they are appealing to me more and more. So why with six yards did I make one tiny tank? Because it is the lightest drapiest fabric I had on hand without buying anything new or using a knit. And really I think it is still too stiff for the pattern.
And yes I decided to play with doing a hi-lo hem on it. I used my styling design ruler to determine where I was going to trim and then smoothed out the transition from front to back. If anyone is interested I can document it more the next time I do it. I love the hem other than the fact that it really needs form-fitting pants. The ones in the picture are the only ones I have. It’s July in Texas. JULY! Denim in July does not happen and neither do long pants! That very fact almost makes this shirt unwearable for me. I’m in the process of trying to making some for myself using a Bonfit Pants Patterner I found on craigslist last week. Keep your fingers crossed for me that It will turn out decently.
This is a fun easy pattern that I need to sew up a few more times!
Scooped the underarm out and marked the pattern for next time
Binding ended up being facing (I took too big of a seam to start with and I wasn’t taking it out!)
Other than that I have been tracing patterns and trying to decide what I’m sewing next. More on that in my next post, but for now some more pictures:
I had been eagerly awaiting the release of the Bombshell Swimsuit by Heather Lou over at Closet Case Files and had to buy it as soon as it came available! She hosted a great sewalong that was as helpful, if not more so, than the directions that came with the swimsuit. I was a little slow starting and finishing this project. It took me nearly a week and a half to sew this. I was sewing in small chunks of time and switching between three, yes THREE, different sewing machines. What did I get myself into? But the extra effort and time made the final result look so great!
I feel like a total babe in that shot! This was my test or muslin for the pattern to get an idea of the sizing. I used a 12 for the top and graded out to a 14 for the hips. I think I needed a 10 for the top and grading out to the 14 on the bottom, but I may be able to get away with the 12 on bottom. I’ll remeasure myself in the next few days, since I suspect some of my weight loss has come from my hips. I won’t complain one bit about that either! The fabric was something I have had in my stash for quit some time and it feels like it is a cotton spandex rather than a nylon spandex, so it may not stand up as well as it could to chlorine. It really only has to last another week or two until I make my next bombshell and I can’t wait to get started! This pattern makes me so excited!!!!
Moving on to the construction of said bombshell, since I brought it up earlier. I used three sewing machines and it felt like it was time-consuming, but really it was because I was dragging my feet about switching thread around. I can be a lazy sewer and this was one of those times that slowed me down. So before I go to much further, let me talk about those machines a bit. I started out trying to use my vintage Morse, but he just couldn’t handle the straight stitches on the knit fabric. That made me very sad, but my modern Bernette saved the day! It’s a Bernette 25 which is the top of the line for the Bernettes and was the first machine I purchased. She had no problems with any of the basting stitches or anything else for that matter. It was the first time I have used her for something other than filling a bobbin in months. Poor thing, she was probably feeling just a bit neglected. The next machine I used was my Bernina serger and like normal, with a check of the manual, we were sewing smoothly. The last machine and the one I am the most excited about is my coverstitch machine!!! I love this machine! I could never bring myself to use twin needles on my bernette and really wanted to be able to hem my knits better than I had been. I used it on the final stages of the elastic and on the band below the halter top. It turned out well I think.
I used woolly nylon in the looper of my serger and the coverstitch machine. I’m a convert after using this stuff! The additional stretch is amazing! And after doing some research about if it could be put onto a bobbin I will be able to sew the next Bombshell much faster. I won’t have to switch thread nearly as often! Or at least that is what I am hoping for. Keep your fingers crossed for me will you? The next version is slated for a brown fabric with a turquoise pattern on it. So not my normal pick, but it looks stunning. The final version will be in a white fabric that has yellow and pink flowers on it. I can’t wait to cut into both fabrics!
I imagine I will be making my way to the neighborhood pool much more often now that I have a swimsuit that fits so well. I will be making a few changes to the pattern, but they are fairly minor. The elastic that is below the bust is sewn on with little to no stretch and it really needs some. I need it in the back more than anything. I kept having the back elastic flip out even though I had sewn towards the bottom edge of it, so more stretch! The halter cups really needed to be a size smaller and I will probably end up sewing the straps to the back of the swimsuit. My neck is pretty wonky and I can’t handle too much pressure on it. I have already gotten so many compliments on this swimsuit and I can’t help but grin a bit! Thanks for the compliments and thank you Heather Lou for making this pattern available! I really can’t tell you how much I like it!
I’ll have a few more pictures of the swimsuit up on my Facebook page. Go check them out!
I still need to take pictures of the last skirt I finished, so I thought you might like a peak inside my sewing and crafting room. So come on in! Here’s some pictures and a few bits of information. Feel free to ask away about anything that spikes your curiosity.
I’ll have another post up as soon as I can get some pictures taken. In the meantime I have some projects that I’m working on and I’m super excited about them!