Monday, November 21, 2011

Finished UFO

I have finished McCalls 5536, size 14, in a gray knit fabric.  This pattern had been cut out for quite a while and needed completion. I completed version C and E.  I was drawn to the knotted front of the tunic. I am happy with the results and the pattern was easy to sew. I may make it again.

Also completed at this time is New Look pattern 6831, View D. I made the sleeves long with cuffs. I really like the fabric.  It is Joann's speciality fabric, black and white, houndstooth pattern, 100% poly. This blouse came out so nice, it has a real rich look and I love it.  I had to tweak the pattern and I will probably not use it again.  I do have another pattern that is similiar that is Vogue.  I will make that pattern out of some additional fabric I have in my stash.   I realized the other day that I had cut out a lot of items out of gray fabrics.  I obviously was on a gray kick at that time. Great color to pair with red and blue.  I have those colors in my stash as well.

Looking forward to this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, hope to complete some additional wardrobe items.  Thinking about making a couple pair of pants and a of course a dress.
As always, Happy Sewing.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Holidays

The holidays are upon us and I love this time of year.  Unfortunately I will be spending the time at home alone.  Wanted to mosy on done to Atlanta but I have to work the day after Thanksgiving so that won't work. Thinking about running up to Maryland and visiting the youngest daughter the Friday after Thanksgiving once I'm done with work....that may happen as it is closer and I can drive.

I really have my sewing mojo back.  I finished my coat and wore it today and received so many compliments. I am so excited to make another one...This may just be my season of coats.  At any rate I am enjoying sewing for myself.  My oldest daughter reminded me I need to make her somethings and my youngest daughter did so as well.  They are really trying to capitalize on this sudden fever that has come upon me.  I have finished two UFO's as well.  I have made a deal with myself to complete a UFO as well as a more recent item.  That way I am bound to double the size of my wardrobe without to much anxiety. 

I will place the picture of the completed coat sometime soon.  My camera is a little wacky and needs a new battery.  I must add that to my list of things that need to be done.

Well everyone, Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your families.

As always, Happy Sewing!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


I made the mistake of looking for something in my sewing room the other day and discovered so many UFOs. There was a time in my life...(please come back) when anything I cut out I made...Then I went through a time when I cut out a great deal with the hopes of sewing non stop, that happened for a while but somewhere down the line I dropped the ball.  Now I have about ten or twelve cut out items that have not been completed.  Then there are the ones that have been started but not completed.  I located a number of those as well.  The pattern below was started a while ago.  View B is made from a light grey stretch cotton. It needs the buttonholes and buttons and I have so many buttons to choose from that that will be another problem in and of itself.  I endeavor to complete this item on this week.

Then there are some fabrics that I really want to cut out but I am opting to wait until I have completed the items that are very near completion, hems, buttonholes, etc.  I am in such a mood to sew until I just want to sew up everything.  But, I still have other things that are time sensitive that must be included as well.  I suppose this is a good problem to have, its better than not having anything to do at all.

I am sort of enjoying this blog thing.  It is helping me with my sewing and actually prompting me to get things done so that I can devote more time to sewing.  Also the fact that I want some new items in my closet and the things I have looked at in the stores are ridiculously priced.  I feel that I can have just what I want by making it myself and it will fit perfectly.  These are the times that I am so grateful for this wonderful gift God has given me. 
Another goal is to try and post more often. We will see on that one.  My homework is calling my name loud and clear.  So as always, Happy Sewing.  Have a wonderful work week.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My New Coat

Finally getting some sewing done. I am in the process of completing a coat I started on Sunday 10/30/11. Would have completed it if it were not for homework which is taking up so much of my life right now. Not complaining, just explaining. It is made out of a wool, tweed-boucle combination.  My daughter had purchased this fabric years ago thinking she was going to get me to make her something.  She finally gave it to me and I am happy about it seeing as I live in the northeast where it snows for real and she lives in the south where they get flukes of cold weather.  I could not get my scanner to work to scan the pattern, but it is Butterick  5685, View C. 

Hope to post the finished version soon.  I only need to put the lining, buttonholes and hem in.
As always, Happy Sewing.

Vogue 1534 Review

My youngest daughter is currently on a cruise with friends.  She wanted a dress to wear to the Captain's dinner and of course turned to ...