A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sure-Fit Designs Perfect Tank Red & Silver Sweater Knit

I worked on my Sure-Fit Designs tank top pattern and finally have a PERFECT fit!  I wanted a tank to wear under my McCall 5668 black boulce jacket and I think this red and silver sweater knit is a great match.

Sure-Fit Designs Perfect Tank Red & Silver Sweater Knit

Sure-Fit Designs Perfect Tank Red & Silver Sweater Knit

Red & Silver Sweater Knit
 I'm thinking I am going to have to wear this outfit to Church this upcoming Sunday.  It's a classic!

Sure-Fit Designs Perfect Tank Red & Silver Sweater Knit
Until next time...................

Bonnie

Monday, December 10, 2018

Sure-Fit Designs Long Slim Black Suede Skirt

Ok, my third skirt was a charm!  No lining this one since the fabric had a satin back.  The fabric was wonderful to sew up and I can't wait to wear it.

Sure-Fit Designs Long Slim Black Suede Skirt

Back View

Back Vent

Blind Hem & Satin Back
I'm so pleased how this skirt turned out.  My sewing mojo needs a little pat on the back!

I'm planning on working on my Sure-Fit Designs tank top pattern next.

Until next time.................

Bonnie

Friday, December 7, 2018

Sure-Fit Designs Long Slim Wool Skirts

I realized on our first cold day here in Florida that ALL my skirts are short!  I needed something a little longer and of warm fabric.  I found in my stash a coating type fabric I believe is wool.

I used my Sure-Fit Designs knee length slim skirt and added length to make the skirt 32" long.  My inspiration was a beautiful skirt I saw in the Chadwick catalog.

Inspiration

Sure-Fit Designs Long Slim Wool Skirt

The flash on the camera makes the skirt look more beige.  I like that I can wear the skirt with either browns or grays.

With McCall 5668 Gray Faux Leather Jacket

Black drape neck top

White turtleneck top

You know I can't just create one skirt..........so I made another one.  Purple & pink striped wool.

Sure-Fit Designs Long Slim Wool Skirt

This skirt reminds me of a Mary Poppins outfit?????

Purple Pink Wool Fabric

Back View

I have plans for one more skirt.

Until next time.....................

Bonnie

Monday, December 3, 2018

McCall 5668 Gray Faux Leather Jacket

Another version of the McCall 5668 jacket.  This version I used a piece of faux leather knit fabric in gray.  The color has a purple tint to it.  It was an easy sew after I figured out what needle in my machine worked best.  I ended up using a leather needle and I had to use my walking foot on some of the assembly.

McCall 5668 Faux Leather Knit Jacket
 I interfaced the front and back pieces with Pellon EK130 Fusi-Knit Interfacing and the sleeves were lined with a 100% nylon lining. 

Topstitching

Back View
 I think I need to make a long skirt to go with this jacket.

McCall 5668 Jacket
I'm off to sew something great!

Until next time....................

Bonnie

Friday, November 30, 2018

Nordic Sweater Vest

I'm mentioned before that I love Serengeti Fashion catalog clothing.  Their clothing designs just seem to talk to me.  Their colors are just beautiful too.  In their Fall catalog there was a Nordic Sweater Vest that I knew I had to make.

Serengeti Nordic Sweater Vest
I looked through my pattern stash and found the Simplicity 9138 jacket looked very similar to this pattern's shawl collar and length.  I just had to make a few minor pattern adjustments and made a quick test muslin.
Simplicity 9138

I used a lined pattern, hoping that since the fabric frayed so much that it would help.  The Boulce fabric I bought recently from Fabric Mart Fabrics, of course!  The fabric is pretty weighty and I think a vest is perfect for the fabric.  I should have ordered a little more than 1-1/2 yards but I made it work.  I lined the vest with a piece of black nylon lining and the vest went together very easy.

S9138 Nordic Sweater Vest

Back View
$8.93 Copycat Vest

I can hardly wait for cooler weather and I think a vest is perfect for Florida's very short and mild winter.

Until next time....................

Bonnie

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Girl M's New Hair Color

Girl M was finally given the go ahead from our hair dresser that she can color her hair.  She went with brown and even though I was worried about it looking too dark she loves it and said this is what she wanted to begin with.

She looks so much older now.  They said that the color will fade a few shades after a couple of washes but since her hair was so white at the ends that it absorbed a lot of the color.

Girl M Before
Girl M After

I am hoping that now that her hair is darker it won't look like it's always dirty from her roots being darker.

A quick TNT dress I made for Girl M. to "brighten" her day.  I've been saving this fabric for myself but with my hair more gray, it wasn't a flattering color any longer on myself and I thought with Girl M. having darker hair I thought it would look great.

The dress wasn't finished when she got home from school and she begged me to finish the dress so she could wear it to Church that evening.  I finished with a few minutes to spare!

TNT Knit Dress

I lengthened the A-line TNT dress 15" and added elastic at the sleeve hem.  The dress is very roomy and I tried it on myself and it fit!  But it looks great with this wide leather stretch belt on Girl M.  I didn't get a chance to snap a photo before Church so I will have to update you later.

Until next time...................

Bonnie


Monday, November 26, 2018

More McCall 7122 Raglan Sleeve Tops

This McCall 7122 raglan sleeve top is getting to be another TNT pattern for me!

I made myself a black red version with two leftover pieces of fabric.  I lengthened my version 2" and added a little to the hips.  I'm really liking this top.

McCall 7122 Raglan Sleeve Top

For Girl M. I had two pieces of fabric that both had the same shade of brown.  It's a little crazy but I think she'll like it.

McCall 7122 Raglan Sleeve Top

McCall 7122 Raglan Sleeve Top


Girl M. is having her hair colored a little darker.  That is what she wanted when the hair dresser messed her hair up.  Since her roots are so dark, she wanted something more one color and darker for Fall.

I think this top will look good with her hair color.

Until next time.................

Bonnie