I love sewing--any form of needle and thread makes me happy.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Two Quilt Finishes

I've gotten some sewing done in June before I returned to work.  Now I can't seem to find time to sew, so I'll catch you up on what I've accomplished in June.  First up, are these two quilts.  One a UFO from 2002.

It's called Garden Patch from Quick Quilts Magazine, circa 2001.  

It was my first real attempt at piecing.  I found the quilt top several months ago then found the pattern. It called for a 4-Patch border, but I no longer had the 2-inch squares and didn't want to make a whole lot more. Instead, I applied a a 2½ inch border of solid navy blue and used the same blue for the backing and binding and called it done.  

The second quilt is from a sew-along with Pat Sloan (daily videos on You Tube) Spring of 2020.  


It's a simple snowball block with sashing.  I chose red, white, and blue for this quilt because the reds were really talking to me.  It just needed border and quilting for months..  Now it has a navy border, fireworks binding, and red, white, and blue flag print for the backing.  I quilted Sawtooth Stars in the centers of the red blocks.  It ws finished just in time to hang for 4th of July.

I'm still working on other projects, and will share some soon.  I'm finding it difficult to find time to sew now I'm back to work and so tired from getting used the very busy pace there.  Hope the summer heat is leaving you all with plenty of sewing time.  Thanks to Hubs for holding the quilts for the pictures.  

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Chiffon Collection

 During the summer months it gets pretty hot and humid here in Kentucky.  I have a lot of chiffon in my stash, some from many years ago.  I thought it would be cool dressing to wear some loose-fitting chiffon tops over tank tops.  I always wear them under my scrubs for work, so I have several to work with.  

Butterick 6853

I have one word for this pattern:  Voluminous.   I sewed a Large, when usually I sew an X-Large.  If you're a Large, buy the medium pattern--you'll have plenty of room in it.    I omitted the ties on the end of the cold-shoulder sleeve; they just looked silly sitting on my elbows.  I also trimmed 3 inches off the hem but I'm only 5'3".  There are lots of narrow hems, but it's still a quick sew.  

    Simplicity 8172 

This is a quick, simple little kimono jacket, View A.  I intended it for my one of my daughters because she loves elephants and the print is rows of right-side up and upside down elephants.  I made the XXL, but it's barely fitting me and I find it a little on the short side.  You can't see the trim, but there is 2-inch black fringe on the hem.  (It called for 3 inch fringe, but Joann's only had the 2 inch.)  I accidently ordered a second cut of this fabric, but can't seem to place it now. I'll find it eventually and make her a topper with that.  

This is a View D from the same pattern, in an XL.  I made it from all the same fabric instead of doing a contrast skirt.  I just fell in love with the little white embroidered daisies and leaves but they were a bugger-bear to sew because they're so dense.  My hem is a little off in places, only noticeable to me, because the flowers just would not fold.  This jacket fits well, and I love the flared skirt on it. 

Vogue 9275

This pattern actually calls for knits, but I always saw it as a loose-flowing material, like the chiffon.  Since it called for a knit, I cut an XXL.  Next time, I'll just cut a large.  I also scooped out the neck, a little too much it turns out.  I'm not thrilled with this one, I fell like a yellow fire hydrant in it.  And the "cuffed sleeve" was awkward to sew.  I don't know if I'll play with this pattern again or not.  I love the leggings and would like to try them.  

Well, that's got me caught up on the chiffon sewing.  I have more to share soon.  Happy sewing!

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Simplicity 2896 and Zelda Gets a Makeover

 This dress, Simplicity 2896, was just not meant to be.  I purchased the fabric, a poplin with lycra, I believe,  intending to make a skirt, but discovered that I didn't have enough fabric for a gathered skirt and I didn't want a pencil skirt from it.  Looking thru my pattern catalog, I found this little sundress and thought the fabric would work beautifully.  The dress only needed 2 yards for the size 22. 


It sewed up so nicely: the fabric behaved beautifully, the notches and markings all lined up correctly, the instructions were clear with good illustrations. It was adorable--but not on me.  This dress made me realize just how much weight I've put on recently.  I've lost my waist completely and I'm now an apple shape as opposed to being a fluffy hourglass that I once was.  I look like all belly in this dress and I don't have a jacket yet to wear over it.  

Change needs to occur.  First, food.  Watch what I eat and portion control.  And no more late night ice cream!  Second, I need to start walking again.  I've let myself become too sedentary.    Third, face the fact the body changed and sew for it.  Zelda, my dressmaker double, needs to reflect the current me:  Zelda needs a makeover.

So I took my measurements, put a good bra on her, got out the quilt batting and started padding her up 

Zelda now is a much closer facsimile of me.  Bust is notably larger as is waist and hip.  I also raised her back up to her proper height--she had slipped down several inches and was useless for hemming.  

I may not be happy about the changes, but I have to acknowledge the problem in order to deal with it.  Current sewing no longer features the waist, I've just finished 2 T-shirts I need to review and some chiffon kimonos, that skim the figure.   The only pie I'm eating these days is humble pie as I get used to Zelda's new look. 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

A Top and Shorts: New Look 6604 and Butterick 6028

     Well, I'm sewing right along for my summer wardrobe.  This week, I made a cute little top and some shorts.  I'll start with the shorts since I finished them first.   The pattern is Butterick 6028  which is actually for pants.  I had made these pants once before, and they were a disaster.  So HUGE! I had to chuck them but they've always haunted me because I like the back leg seaming so much.  I needed  some shorts, and had a yard and a half of this twill leftover from another project.  I figured I make these up as shorts as a toile for a later pair of pants.  

Well, they fit great and were an easy sew just like the package says.  I made a size 20 extending the crotch curve 1/2 inch in front and 3/4 inch in back.  Next time I make these, I need to do a 22 back and 20 front for just a tad bit more room.  More on that in another post soon, 

All in all, the pattern went together nicely and according to directions except for the waistband notches.  They don't match up with the corresponding waist notches at all. I joined the two pieces by lining up their side seams and it fit perfectly in place.  

The top is  New Look 6604 which has 3 different tops all  featuring pintrucks.  I sewed view A which has pintucks on the front and on each short sleeve.  

You can't really see the pintucks very well with the striped fabric ( a cotton voile from Fabric Mart) but they're there, adding a nice shape to the bust and a fun little flair to the sleeve. This was such a fast and fun make!  I finished it from cut to hem in less than 6 hours!  Amazing to me, a slower sewist.  

The pintucks were actually very easy to execute as they aren't very narrow.  They just require care in marking the fabric accurately.  

The pattern called for lace at the hem, but I used some aqua pom-pom trim instead.  I think it's a fun little touch.  I really enjoyed sewing this pattern and would like to use it again and do up the sleeveless top.  Well, back to the sewing machine.  Happy sewing all!


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

New Wrap Top for Spring--New Look 6560

It's high time to do some Summer sewing.   Temperature wise, we're still having Spring but it will be Summer by the end of the week with temps in the 90s and the cicadas due out any day to begin their humming.  I had this wonderful, summery yellow floral chiffon just begging to be used.  (I got it from one of Fabric Marts recent sales.) I decided on New Look 6560.  I made view B, a cute little wrap top with a ruffled neckline, flutter sleeves and a tie belt. It's just such a feminine look.

The pattern comes in sizes 8-20; I made a size 20. I also made several changes to the pattern based on several reviews at Pattern Review.  It's short, so I added 1½ inches to the length so it would come to my hip.   I also interfaced the belt to give the chiffon a little more body and be a more effective tie.  The front yoke pieces are doubled, encasing the gathers and lending more support to shoulder area.  I didn't want facings showing thru the chiffon so I used bias binding on the neckline.  I omitted the button closure on the front, I didn't think the chiffon could support it and this way it can adjust to my weight fluctuations.  It's held in place by the tie belt quite well.  I also omitted the back darts as I wanted this to be a looser fitting top.

In the pictures, I'm wearing the top over a yellow cami and with my very wrinkled linen trousers, Simplicity 8138 from last summer.  

I'm finally out of my sling and working on improving range of motion and strength.  It's amazing how much strength and endurance I've lost these last few months.  So, I'm still off work, going to Physical Therapy and sewing like a crazy lady.  I could really get used to this stay at home stuff!  Happy sewing!

Friday, May 7, 2021

I'm Back! With New Look 6632

Goodness!  It been ever so long since  I've last written.  I have been so busy with work overtime, life in general and surgery.  Back in March, I fell and tore my rotator cuff in my right shoulder.  They did a surgical repair on it in April and I've been in a sling ever since. Hopefully, I'll be out of the sling soon.  I finally regained enough range of motion to start sewing again last month and have much to catch you up on.  It's amazing how much sewing one can do when you don't have to go to work!  

I made New Look 6632

This dress has an empire waist, princess seams in front and back, a jewel neck, and pockets in the front seams.  The pattern size ranges from 10-22; I made a size 22.  

I used a textured double knit from Fabric Mart.  The only change I made to the pattern was to apply self-fabric binding at the neckline instead of the bias binding the pattern called for.  This was a super easy sew.  The pattern pieces came together perfectly, the instruction were easy to follow, adnd the fabric behaved beautifully while being sewn.  

I also finished a quilt for Christmas. Unfortunately, I didn't finish it in time for Christmas, but it's ready for Christmas this year.  

"Charming Christmas" was a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.  It uses 1 charm pack (5" squares) and was so easy to put together.  I'm really happy with how it turned out; my Free Motion Quilting is improving with practice.  

Hopefully. I can come out of the sling soon and take some pictures of some of my other makes.  See ya soon and happy sewing!

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Jolly Bar Book Sew Along Quilt

 It's been such an awful long time since I've posted.    I've been busy with my mother-in-law for about 2 weeks in October.  She had surgery and needed help; so I went down.  When I left, she had a full freezer and was doing remarkably well.  Her progress, according to her reports, continues and she feels surgery was a success.  Although I got no sewing done at all during that time, I did get caught up on a cross-stitch project I'm working on. More on that at another time though.  I found my sewing mojo suffering since last I wrote.  Covid has really affected the moods of many sewers out there.  Luckily, I had a deadline for this quilt. 

I've been working on this quilt since June.  It's part of one of  Pat Sloan's Sew Along quilts.  This one was sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and featured The Jolly Bar Book, Vol. 2 available here.

The quilt features blocks from the book, following instructions from the Quilt Along for number of blocks to be sewn and placement.  I really enjoyed this sew along.  The blocks were all so fun.  

I used a plaid in charcoal gray and white.  I couldn't match the plaid confidently for the back, so I pieced a line of blocks using leftover squares from the jolly bar.  By the way, in case you're not familiar  with a jolly bar, it's a Fat Quarter shop exclusive that measures 5 in. x 10 in. and includes 20 cuts.  Obviously you could just use ½ of a layer cake instead.  I found this a fun size to work with.

I really like how nicely the back came out.  Since the quilt is a gift, for my boss--it's her first baby, I included a pre-printed label and added the date as shown.  I got the labels from an Etsy shop but don't have the info any longer.  I really hope she likes the quilt.

I really enjoy the piecing part of quilting.  I find I rather dread the quilting part, because I'm still learning to free motion quilt.  But that's getting better with practice and the acquisition of the Janome 6300P.  It's made for quilting:  an accurate ¼ inch seam foot and a larger harp space than my Brother machine.