Second Senna Dress

IMG_20140924_091615And here it is! Lindsay sent all of her pattern testers a final version of the Senna Dress, Skirt and Top. The testing process went quite well and I ended up with a wearable muslin that I posted earlier.

IMG_9166Lindsay really took into consideration all of the testers’ advise, resulting in an incredible pattern that is currently for sell right here. It is easy to sew and very flattering. I think it would look great on most body shapes.

IMG_20140924_091904I made my second Senna Dress out of black stretch cotton with lycra that I purchased from the Dharma Company. I also have the same fabric in white with plans to do a Shibori dye technique to it.

IMG_20140924_091632One of the improvements to the pattern was to use 1/4 inch elastic, instead of elastic thread, which doesn’t work well on thicker fabrics. This really made a big difference in the elasticity of the shirring technique on the sides. It really holds it’s shape well.

IMG_20140924_091710I cut my second Senna a size larger from the waist down. I thought my first one fit a little too snug. I sewed the whole thing together using my serger and coverstitch machines. It was quick and easy! I highly recommend the Senna and I can’t wait to see what else Lindsay comes up with.

IMG_20140924_091856Over at The Monthly Stitch, it’s a Frocktober Theme, which means sew and post dresses! I love making dresses, so I’ll be joining in on the fun over there.

IMG_20140924_091635When I look closely at the back neck, I can see that I stretched the neck binding a little too much, causing some ripples. Next time, I won’t stretch it so much. We’re always learning something as we sew, right?

 

Happy Sewing!

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Winners Announced!

Thank you for your encouraging comments, and for checking in with me. It’s wonderful to have my creativity acknowledged by so many followers. I love contributing to the sewing community worldwide. I hope that I inspire others to pursue their passions, be it sewing or any other delight that makes their heart soar!

I have randomly, selected 3 commenters, from the two previous posts to receive a  gift of their choice. These items are handmade by me. Thanks again for your support!

Sooo……. here goes!

From these fabulous folks:

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Three winners were selected.

……First!

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and…..

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and finally….

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Congratulations! I’ll send the three of you an email. Please send me you shipping address!

Happy Sewing!

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Handmade Appreciation Gifts!

IMG_7130This blog now has over 350 followers and in appreciation for your support, I’m gifting some items from my store!

I’m back from my trip to New York and Boston, and I’m anxious to start sewing and blogging again! On Friday October 17, I’ll randomly select three commenters from this post and the previous post for a gift from my store. 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.

Happy Sewing!

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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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