Friday, December 31, 2010
Loose fitting, unlined Jacket. I made this as a swimsuit cover up.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, but surprised the instructions did not include stay stitching the neckline to prevent stretching.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Easy Pattern, nice for knits and wovens.
Fabric Used: Multi-coloured lightweight woven slightly sheer batiste like fabric
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No design changes were made.
Small change made to the construction of the ties. Because the fabric I used frayed quite easily, folding under the edge was difficult. Decided to knot the end instead.
Also stay stitched the neckline and hems to prevent stretching and distortion
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Conclusion: Would Recommend this pattern.
On another note; here's the results of a Christmas Eve project I worked on. A 3D puzzle, how cool is that!
Check your fabric stash, if it includes the following, this pattern may be for you:
FABRICS: † Moderate Stretch Knits Only. Lightweight Double Knit and Lightweight Jersey. Also for Contrast A: Stretch Charmeuse. Lining: Tricot and Stretch Georgette. Unsuitable for obvious diagonals.
I'll be announcing the winner this weekend.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I'm making progress on my beach coverup. Although it's a simple project that could have been sewn up in one afternoon, I'm doing that in bits and pieces too.
Tis the season for giveaways and Retro Mummy has a fantastic fabric giveaway, be sure to check it out. Also, don't forget you still have a few days left to enter my Vogue Pattern Giveaway
Monday, December 27, 2010
On the cutting table this week is Butterick 5224. We're headed to the Dominican Republic in a couple of weeks and thought I'd make this as a nice beach cover up. The pattern is a two hour express pattern, the lone review on patternreview.com can be found here.
Now that New Year's is just around the corner, I'm sure that everyone is thinking about celebrations and resolutions. This year we're starting the new year with the New Year's Resolution run/walk. In 2011 my goals are to become more active physically, spiritually and creatively.
There's still time to enter my Vogue Pattern Giveaway and be sure to vote in my reader poll on the right side of my bog.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
To enter the contest take the poll and leave a comment on this post, I'd love to hear why you'd like to have this pattern or how you would add your personal style to this dress. Maybe you have a fantastic piece of fabric in your stash that is perfect for this dress or perhaps you have creative touch that you'd like to show off using this pattern.
The contest ends on December 31st.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Some things never change, here is some advice regarding pattern sizing from page 10 "Don't, however, think you live and die the same size...Check these measures once each season. Your ready to wear size does not help you here."
And some things do change, from page 26 "MACHINE STITCHING is recommended for all seams. If you have no machine, ask a friend to stitch your dress, or take it to a machine store" I wonder how responsive my local sewing machine dealer would be if I took my sewing project to them for stitching. Any bloggers out there willing to give this a try? ....I double dare you ;-)
Thursday, December 2, 2010
...turning back time with a little vintage
I absolutely adore Evie's vintage creation. Such an elegant dress in a radiant blue. Sew amazing! She even has the perfect finishing touches, love the shoes and the seamed stockings. The weather is cooling off and Lemondrop Vintage is cuddling up with the soon to arrive little lemondrop in a cozy vintage sweater.
One less UFO -
How many of us have a few UnFinishedObjects in our stash. Sewing projects that we started; but never finished. Paul Simon sings about 50 Ways to Leave your Lover. There must be at least 50 ways to recover that UFO...just slip into the stash...make a new plan... Check out Sharon's project from two years ago that she recently finished. Great job on such an unique skirt.
New Looks from Old Patterns
I just adore it when I see new styles adapted from old patterns. The caftan pattern that the writer of The Sew Convert Blog used to create her fabulous tops from reminds me of a caftan pattern that my mom used to make caftans for me, my sister, my aunt and herself. The new look to an old style is a great example of how creative you can get with sewing patterns.
A new seamstress.
I love it when I hear about little ones being inspired to sew. I started sewing early. Harvey's Seat Belt Blog shared a story of an up an coming seamstress. What is Harvey's Seat Belt Blog all about? If you're into handbags...and I do love handbags...you have to check these guys out. In 1997, when installing seat belts in a 1950's Buick, they came up with the idea of making a matching seat belt. Now they make hundreds of seat belt bags. So cool!
Speaking of Handbags, I recently discovered The Miche Bag. A handbag with interchange able shells. I'm wondering if any bloggers out there have tried making custom shells for the Miche Bag.
Well...it's getting late and I have another presentation tomorrow, so...
Type at you later!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I've also got a few small projects to tackle as well. My husband has asked me to shorten the sleeves on a few of his Eddie Bauer shirts. I love the fabric that they use for the Eddie Bauer wrinkle resistant shirts. So I"m thinking the that I may just recycle the excess fabric. Yesterday, I discovered a blog called noodlehead and found a cute gathered clutch pattern.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
http://petitmainsauvage.blogspot.com/. A great inspiration, especially since many of her creations are self drafted. This week she posted a tutorial on how to take a basic t-shirt pattern and convert it to a cowl neck pattern. You can find the tutorial here.
http://remnantremains.blogspot.com/ took advantage of the Leleka free patterns download that I blogged about last month and there are some examples of her creations on her blog. Leleka top and Skirt
At the blog, Patterns, Scissors, Cloth you can find step by step tutorials Here's an example; tricks of the trade. A great step by step tutorials with photos taken throughout the process.
Carolyn took her creativity one step further and shows us six different ways of wearing her self stitched creation. She certainly made me stop and begin to "think out of the box" when she took a top she created a while back and blended it with existing wardrobe pieces to create six signature outfits. Great job Carolyn, I admire your creativity.
Sue at QuiltSewSue has taken two hobbies sewing and working out at the gym. Check out her post where she shows off her great new skort from a Jalie Pattern 2796
Being a pattern junkie myself, I really enjoy the commentaries on http://patternaholic.blogspot.com/. I get flooded with memories of learning to sew whenever she posts patterns from the 70's
To all you sewing boggers out there, keep on sewing and keep on sharing
Monday, October 4, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Once again BMV is featuring some great patterns in their pattern of the week. First one is Butterick 5054, I like view D. I'm not sure if you'd call this a handbag or a backpack, but it sure is cute. The second is McCalls 6076, a basic shirt pattern and the third is V8665. Both the Vogue and the McCalls patterns look like great wardrobe builders. This week I decided to order all three, I'm hoping that the shipping doesn't take too long as I'm eager to try these out. Especially the backpack styled bag.
I also stumbled upon a Russian pattern website called Lekala and this month they are offering free pattern downloads during the month of September, yes that's right free. The only caveat is that they are available in two sizes 42 and 44.
On the sewing front, I've managed to finish off the second pair or lounge pants that I blogged about in August. Photos to come later.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
In August, I wrote a post about creative bloggers. The trend continues, I've come across more great bloggers with wonderful tutorials.
- Feeling the need to be Antropologie ruffly chic, here's a tutorial of a ruffled chiffon scarf.
- How about some new life for an old denim skirt.
- his one is for a laptop bag, but could easily be adjusted for to make a tote bag as well.
- I'm seeing lots of refashioned t-shirts and this one has a nice girly touch.
- And, how many times have you had a wrap top, that just lets "the girls" pop! Well here's a tutorial for inserting a modesty panel.
- How about being proud of your creations and designing your own labels. Kristy at Lower Your Presser Foot has some instructions on how to create your own custom labels.
- Check out this darling shirt makeover,
- And, I never even thought to check out Ikea for fabric, maybe it's just and Australian thing, or perhaps I just haven't been paying attention when shopping at Ikea.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
I still have a lot to learn about the workings of a treadle machine, but I've began to do a bit of research. With the help of the Singer Serial Number webpage I was able to find out that this machine was manufacture in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada in 1948.
I'm so happy to take this lovely machine out of storage and give it a home.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Life is Good Women's Lounge Pants, My version was made with Butterick 5153 and instead of full length I opted for a 3/4 cropped length. The pattern is very quick to sew. My first pair is finished and I'll be making a second pair in pink button print,
Monday, August 2, 2010
Wow! With all these creative ideas I'm so happy I sew.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I am particularly inspired by a number of bloggers who are into vintage sewing. It's amazing to see patterns of the past adapted to today's looks. http://25dollarvintage.blogspot.com/ is one of the bloggers I've stumbled across. I love how she creates retro garments, all for less than $25.00. At the Pins and Needles blog http://scpbanks.blogspot.com/ I oohed and aahed at the great vintage shirt project http://scpbanks.blogspot.com/search/label/Great%20Vintage%20Shirt%20Project. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of talent there is out here in blog land.
Another contributing factor to my lack of sewing has been the fact that I haven't been home much. After getting back from Spain, we had a few days at home and then we headed out to British Columbia for a family reunion. For me it wasn't really a "reunion" as there were a number of cousins that I met for the first time (that is if you don't count meeting via Facebook). We had a great time and even had the opportunity to climb the family mountain...you know you've married a hillbilly when the family has their own mountain. After that we headed out to St John's Newfoundland, and then back to Alberta where we spent some time hiking in Banff.
The coming weeks look equally busy. Mid August I'm walking the Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland and I'm also headed to Toronto for a business trip at the end of July. I hear there's some great fabric stores in the garment district of Toronto. If anyone in blog land has any recommendations, let me know.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Summer hasn't quite arrived in Calgary, but it has in Spain. So, we're off for a few weeks of travels on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. My husband and I are walking 325km of the Way of St James. For those who are interested in our travels you can visit our blog at http://www.alongtheroadtosantiago.blogspot.com/.
I ordered a subscription to Burda Style today, hoping that it will be in my mailbox shortly after I arrive home. Amanda's June picks prompted me to sign up sooner rather than later, check them out at http://www.amandasadventuresinsewing.blogspot.com.
type at you later....Christiana
Monday, May 24, 2010
I recently discovered a site called Anthropologie, many of the fashions here remind me of the romantic styles of the 70's. I especially like the Sky Stories Blouse (blue), it reminds me so much of handkerchief blouses that were so popular then. Sewing classes in Home Ec produced many versions of a similar style. I'm really happy to see that that border prints are back. Now if I could just find something similar in the fabric stores here in Canada. The Lucinda Blouse (white) reminds me of another one of my learn to sew projects, only mine was pink with ecru lace trim. Sew lovely indeed!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I also discovered the pattern review site http://sewing.patternreview.com/ Loads of great information, one can spend days there...