Time to Celebrate! There are 355 followers and it’s time for a few handmade gifts!

Aprox: 8x10 inches

Aprox: 8×10 inches

This blog now has over 350 followers and in appreciation for your support, I’m gifting some items from my store!

I’ll be away on a trip to NYC and Boston, and I won’t be sewing or blogging again until the later half of October. So in the meantime and if you are a follower, leave me a comment below telling me which item you would like from my store. I’ll randomly choose 3 winners! All you have to do is:
1. Look around in my store. (I’d love an envy)
2. Choose your favorite item.
3. Leave a comment, with the name of that item.

When I return from my travels, I’ll randomly choose 3 winners! Good Luck everyone and Happy Sewing!

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I’m Bringing “Sexy Back”

 

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I recently volunteered to test a new sewing pattern, the Sandpoint Top, created by Seattle-based independent designer Helena at Gray All Day.  The Sandpoint Top is a simple top with just two main pieces, plus the finishing bands. It has a round or v-neck in front, and a cowl neck in the back. It can also be worn with the cowl neck in the front!

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Testers sew up a certain view and size, and then send written feedback, and pictures to the designer. Thoroughly testing the design using different skill levels and body shapes, is a valuable component in developing a great pattern. Helena has a lot of potential, and has a wonderful and friendly attitude toward the whole testing process. She even set up a facebook group so that all the testers could meet, discuss, and share the process.

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It was a quick and easy sewing project that I enjoyed sewing up using my serger and my coverstitch machine. This will be a great pattern for beginners as well as for seasoned sewers. I can’t wait to see the final product and her future designs.

And yes, I like the sexy back!

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There’s a car right behind me, so I eliminated it!

I’m planning a random giveaway of few handmade items in appreciation for my bloggy readers when I reach 350 followers (only 5 more to go!) or when I write my 400th post, which ever comes first, so follow me if you don’t all ready! Oh and I have new items in my store. Stop in and envy me!

Happy Sewing!

 

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TBT: Flower Power

Flower Power!

This was one of my challenges for the Sew Weekly, back in 2012. Since I never blogged about it here,  I thought I’d share it with you. During that year I made 52 garments, one for each week of the year! I can’t believe I managed that while I was still working full time. Crazy, huh?

The Facts:

Fabric: Cotton Big Print Floral! What a find!
Pattern: Simplicity 2582
Year: 2008
Notions: self-made piping, invisible zipper
Time to complete: One hour to cut and a few hours to sew
First worn: June 20,2012, while house-sitting for my daughter
Wear again? I have only worn it for pictures, but I should just wear it anytime because I really love it!
Total price: $18.00

 

My first Maxi dress since the 70′s? Yes, friends, I am completely in awe of all of the sewing I have done during my lifetime.  This has been a great adventure and a personal accomplishment to make so many unique and personal outfits.  I’m having “sew” much fun too!

I can’t believe I made a maxi dress, and I’m so pleased with it.

I found this uniquely printed fabric at Beverly’s the other week. They were having a 50% off sale on a whole row of $10.00-$12.00 a yard fabric. It was really hard to choose, but finally I decided on this fabric and another piece for next week’s dress. It wasn’t until I got home and examined the floral fabric that I realized that it was printed on the cross-grain and so that’s the way I cut it. Deciding on a pattern was easy. I couldn’t sacrifice any part of the growing flower steams or flower tops so it had to be a maxi. I carefully cut the front so that the big daisy would not be dead center, and then I cut the bodice so that it would be mostly plain. I do like how the daisy flower ended up going around the armhole on one side. It was not possible to match the pattern on the sides or down the back seam, but I don’t think anyone would shake their finger at that. I added some self-made piping around the bodice to add more detail.

Here is a detail of the back bodice.

I’m planning a random giveaway of few handmade items in appreciation for my bloggy readers when I reach 350 followers (only 5 more to go!) or when I write my 400th post, which ever comes first, so follow me if you don’t all ready! Oh and I have new items in my store. Stop in and envy me!

Happy Sewing!

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A Lovely Shade of Grey!

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I recently tested a pattern for Design by Lindsay the designer of the Senna Dress, Skirt, and Top. Don’t worry, I believe as soon Lindsay gets all of the feedback from her testers, you’ll be able to purchase this sexy, comfy, casual-to-dressy pattern for your very own.

Design by Lindsay The Senna Dress

There are only two main pattern pieces. The back and the front are cut from the same pattern and there are no darts, facings, or set in sleeves. The Senna is made for stretch-knit fabric only. I used a light sweater knit fabric that I had in my stash for my first go around. Happily, I ended up with a very wearable muslin. I just may include it to my suitcase in my upcoming trip to NYC. It is comfortable, yet very stylish. Now, my husband thinks it’s a little tight around the hips, but then he admits he doesn’t really keep up with the latest trends in women’s fashion. I think it is very flattering, even on me, a grandma!

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I serged all of the seams together, and used my new coverstitch machine to finish the neck, sleeves, and hem. This is the kind of dress you can make in the morning and wear by the afternoon. It’s simple and fun. The gathering on the sides is the highlight of the dress or skirt. When the pattern comes out, Lindsay will instruct you on precisely how to achieve a gathered stretchy side seam.

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This was my first time testing a pattern and I enjoyed the process. I shared my experience with Lindsay, gave her a few suggestions, and praised her clever design. This is one dress, skirt, or top that you’ll love sewing up.

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I’m already planning a black jersey knit dress for my daughter, who works for Benefit and is always treating me to the latest in makeup. She has to wear black to work. She’ll look stunning in this dress!

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I’m planning a random giveaway of few handmade items in appreciation for my bloggy readers when I reach 350 followers or when I write my 400th post, which ever comes first, so follow me if you don’t all ready! Oh and I have new items in my store. Stop in and envy me!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

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After the Cake!

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It’s the last day of August, which also marks the last day of the Cake Themed Sewing we have done over at the Monthly Stitch. The New Zealand gals are celebrating one year of monthly sew-alongs, and are headed toward another fantastic year of hosting a site for a growing community of contributors who love to sew.

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I barely made this post, sewing all day, and having pictures taken just as the sun was setting. It was an interesting process from start to finish. I used Style Arc Sewing Patterns Ann-T-Shirt. I checked the size chart and decided to go with the size 12. After I taped the pieces together, I traced it onto the wrong side of my precious 1 yard of Spoonflower print fabric. I was able to fit the back and the front, but not the sleeves. I designed a smaller cap sleeve, that I lined with the same fabric and then I was able to squeeze everything out of the fabric.

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I made one of my most common errors, trusting the sizing chart. I should have made the size 10. The sleeve set way over my shoulder, the armhole gaped open a mile, and it was way too long. But that didn’t stop me, better to be too big than too small. I took in the sleeves, and sewed up the sides, and chopped off the length. It’s still a comfy fit, just right for exercising, which I did right after I took the photos.

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Jumping Jacks!

After all the “Cake” we’ve had it’s time to shape up! Don’t you just love this fabric? Retro girls hula hooping, eating fruit, weighing in!

Style Arc Ann-T-Shirt

Style Arc Ann-T-Shirt

Fabric: 1 yard 100% Jersey Cotton from Spoonflower
Pattern: Style Arc Ann T Top
Year: 2014 – Retro print from Spoonflower
Notions: Thread
Time to complete: about 6 hours
First worn: August 31, 2014 for a walk with neighbors
Wear again? Absolutely!
Total price: $30.00 (a real splurge for me)

 

 

I’m planning a random giveaway of few handmade items in appreciation for my bloggy readers when I reach 350 followers or when I write my 400th post, which ever comes first, so follow me if you don’t all ready! Oh and I have new items in my store. Stop in and envy me!

Happy Sewing!

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Roses for your Birthday!

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Happy Birthday TMS! What a great year it has been too. I appreciate all of your time and effort in creating and managing this wonderful site. You have given us the opportunity to come together and share our common interests.  Thank you so much for all of your hard work in promoting, producing, and hosting such a great community.

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My eyes lit up when I saw that The Curious Kiwi had put together a cake inspiration post and featured one of Lekala’s patterns in the loveliest rose theme.

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Even though I had ordered the cutest cake themed fabric from Spoonflower, I just had to make this look instead! I have about 10 yards of rose fabric in my stash which is white with pink toned roses. All I had to do was dye it Baby Pink, to make it work. I used white rayon/cotton for the bodice and the tie, which I also dyed Baby Pink.

1694_small_image_10313Fabric: Hand dyed Roses on white background 100 % cotton
Pattern: Lekala 4368
Year: It has a retro look, especially with the tie
Notions: invisible zipper, Porcion Baby Pink dye
Time to complete: about 10-12 hours
First worn: August 23, 2014 for photos
Wear again? Absolutely!
Total price: Under $20.00

 

 

I underlined the bodice front and back with the same fabric, and also made the sleeves double, just to give it more body and not be see-through. It has a side zipper so that the tie around the neck is not interrupted. It looks really neat and finished.

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You kind of have to carefully wiggle it on though. I strongly suggest that if you make it, you put your makeup on and do your hair after you have the dress on. I found my makeup on the white bodice after I took it off to put on a different bra.

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It’s really a cute pattern and is very flattering! I’d love to see some of you try this one. At Lekala we are adding pictures of outfits made by our customers! It’s nice to see how something looks on a real person. Don’t you think? I hope you will share some of your Lekala makes. Just send your pics with the pattern number to the Lekala email address on the website.

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I’m planning a random giveaway of few handmade items in appreciation for my bloggy readers when I reach 350 followers or when I write my 400th post, which ever comes first, so follow me if you don’t all ready!

Happy Sewing!

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Steam Punk Refashion and Upcycle!

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It’s time for our annual Kinetic Carnivale here in our little town of Willits. This year I designed a steam punk skirt using Lekala Pattern 5434 and the yoke from Lekala Pattern 5266.

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865_small_image_4286All of the materials and lace were purchased from the thrift.  It probably came to less than $10.00, but took hours to make.  I spent all day making the skirt and then hours finding a top that I could refashion to go with it.

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The reason it took so long is that I decided to try some fabric manipulation. It really turned the plain muslin into something quite unique!  I sewed row after row of 1/2 inch pleats, then sewed horizontally across them, folding the pleats in opposite directions. I only had enough patience to do the front panel. I used the part I cut off from the front dip on the back yoke as kind of a faux bustle.

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I think it ties the back and front together. I used the circular flounces from the pattern, adding more trim to the bottom of each. I went crazy with the lace, I’m sure it must have cost someone a fortune at one time, but I used it like it was endless and free!

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For the top, I used a RTW top that I’ve had for a few years. It has a textured yoke with fabric swirls and lots of metallic do-dads. I chopped it off to meet up with the top of the skirt yoke. I didn’t want anything to cover that cute bustle in the back.

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I also rummage through my purse making supplies and found a small piece of leather that I made into a pouch to wear on my belt. For the belts, I used one black belt and a few purse straps with metal hooks to go around my waist. I have this great pin that a friend gave me that represents sewing! I pinned that to my skirt.

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Other accessories include: a headband with a flower and feathers, pearl beads, red bracelet, and silly sunglasses. I glued buttons around the rims!

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I’m more than ready for tonight’s Kinetic Ball! Should be lots of fun!

I’m planning a random giveaway of few handmade items in appreciation for my bloggy readers when I reach 350 followers or when I write my 400th post, which ever comes first, so follow me if you don’t all ready!

 

 

 

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