A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Snakeskin Print Cowl/Drape Neck Top

I do love a TNT pattern!  I also love KNIT fabrics!  I sewed up this cowl/drape neck top in under an hour!  Talk about INSTANT gratification!

I wasn't sure about the color of this snake print fabric but it goes well with my hair color.

Snakeskin print ITY knit cowl/drape neck top

$5.40 top!

I love the fit of this top.  It's classy yet modest.  I wore it to Church this past Wednesday and received many compliments on the top.  Maybe I should consider more items with this coloring.....?

I may have been bitten by the TNT knit bug and I do have a few more small cuts of fabric that I may just make a few more tops!

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


Friday, October 13, 2017

Homecoming 2017

Girl M went to homecoming with Boy AJ again this year.  They are a sweet couple & he's a nice boy.

Girl M got the thrifty gene from her Momma.  While school shopping back at the end of July she found this beautiful dress for $31!!!!  It fit her perfect and I didn't have to alter it at all.  Yet is was modest enough to make her Daddy happy too.

She loves the camera!

Boy AJ

Girl M

She's a natural

So sweet

M favorite photo of the night

Girl M had to wear flat shoes since her and Boy AJ are the same height, the shoes cost more than the dress did!


They grow up too fast!

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


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sure-Fit Designs-Dress Bodice Muslin


I ordered the Sure-Fit Designs Kit.  Shipping was super FAST!  I'm glad because I was excited to get started.  Good thing Girl M was home to help me measure myself.  It only took a few minutes to get going on my blueprint.

Making a blueprint of your body is real wake-up call!  I know I'm curvy, but I'm also lumpy, bumpy, sloped, swayed and bent!

Muslin #1, bodice blueprint.  Don't mind the washers, my top kept wanting to ride up.

The first draft was easy and the muslin fit surprisingly.  Only minor tuning with the fit I think.  I did a sway back adjustment and fixed the width of the bodice at the underarm and the sleeve.

 That sleeve is too tight when I lift my arm.

Third muslin is almost a great fit.  It seems that my bust is too big.  and the sleeve bicep is a little too tight.  After looking at the photos I pinched a dart at the shoulder tapering to nothing at the bust.  It brought the sleeve head up and made the sleeve hang much better.

I plan on changing from a DD dart to a D dart.  Since there is so much fabric at my apex.
The back isn't too big, but I think I need a little more room in my hip area.  I lengthened the bodice so that this version won't ride up as much.  I need to work on the hip area.............

The top is a little better and I think that I'm getting closer.

Muslin #4

Muslin #4 side view

I am really starting to hate waist darts.  I don't think they flatter my figure.  Neither does woven fabric.  I'm trying not to get discouraged.  I'm going to take a break for a few days to clear my mind.  I think I just want to sew something that fits.

5 Dress bodice muslins later I'm taking a break.  Maybe I'm overthinking all of this fitting.  Maybe my shape isn't a dress bodice type body............

I'll keep you posted on any progress.

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


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wardrobe Staple: Beige Dress

I can do some serious daydreaming on Pinterest.  I came across this pin and I just love EVERYTHING about this wardrobe.  So off I was to sew up a beige dress.

Pinterest inspiration

I really need to get a denim jacket and a coral blazer and a striped tote and........I think I'll just go shopping in my closet to see what I have.

I used my usual TNT pattern, Simplicity 7243, in a tan ponte knit fabric.  No changes made to the TNT pattern.  I was able to stitch this up in a few hours.

Wardrobe Staple: Beige Dress

Princess seam & sleeveless

With fall colored cardigan

ITY knit cardigan

With floral print jacket

Navy McCall 7254 cardigan jacket

McCall 6844 white eyelet cardigan 

McCall 6844 black ITY knit cardigan

Green Bob Mackie Sweater

McCall 6844 Coral cardigan

Red & White check long coat

I think that this beige dress will be a wardrobe staple in my closet.  The total of making this dress was $8.00!  What a GREAT deal!

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


Friday, September 29, 2017

McCall 7381 Everything's Coming Up Roses

After Hurricane Irma I was ready to get back to my sewing room.  I want things back to normal.  No more yard work, no more generators, no more hot, sticky nights trying to sleep and most of all no more Weather Channel.  Don't get me wrong, I am very lucky we were all ok and that there was no major damage at home but having a "normal" day is GREAT!

After the storm with no power I cut out fabric for the McCall 7381 dress.  I didn't get back to sew it up until after we got power when I realized that this wasn't the pattern I wanted to use.  OOPS!  But I went ahead and sewed it up since I had on the black version while I was sewing this one...... Karma?

McCall 7381

McCall 7381

The dress when together great, then my sewing machine died!  Something with the bobbin casing kept jumping out of the part that holds it.  What's a girl to do?  I have always owned Brother Sewing Machines and I really didn't want to go to another brand since I had a lot of bobbins and feet that work with my Brother.  I didn't waste anytime and ordered another Brother online.  I don't need anything fancy, no embroidery, I don't need 200+ stitches since I use the same 5 ALL the time, the only thing I really wanted was an extension table so that this one will fit flush down into my sewing table.  Dear Hubby bought my last machine over 10 years ago and it's been a great machine.

McCall 7381

But I did finish the McCall 7381 on Girl M's cheap $49 Brother machine.  It sewed it up beautifully.  I was done in about an hour, even though it took me three hours since I was on the phone with my Mother most of time.

The dress fit great and the fabric was "free" given to me by the lady from our Church.  It's a texture cotton.  Thin, but cool for summer.  I love how the shape of the fabric makes me look like I have a waist!

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


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Butterick 6838 Nightgown

For my Momma's birthday I just had to make her a nightgown.  She's mentioned a few times that the ones she buys don't fit her right.  Either the yoke is too tight or the armholes aren't right.  Since we both wear the same type of nightgown I thought I would just sew her my version and see if she likes it, if she doesn't I'll wear it!

Butterick 6838

Yoke Front

Yoke Back


Butterick 6838 Nightgown

I used a sheet that I had in my sheet stash.  The feel is lovely, soft, yet a little crisp.  It sewed and ironed up beautifully.  I wanted to give her sleeves but I didn't have an inch of fabric left over!  If she likes the fit of this I will make her another one.  I may even make me one of flannel for the winter.  I made the XL without any pattern adjustments.  There is plenty of ease in this pattern.

I also bought her an Ancestry DNA kit for her birthday.  She's mentioned it a few times and I think it would be neat to find out what she's made up of.

Happy Birthday Momma!

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


Monday, September 25, 2017

Plaid Fall Handkerchief Hem Skirt

Fall Sewing:

I have had this plaid fabric as long as I can remember and I have been wanting to make a skirt or jacket with it.  I decided that a handkerchief hem skirt would be a nice change.  Maybe some fringe........

Fall Plaid Handkerchief Hem Skirt
The fabric is so soft and buttery and was very easy to work with.  Since I am not a fan of woven fabrics I just went with it.  I used my half circle skirt pattern and squared the fabric at the hem.  Serged the seams together, added a invisible zipper to one side and fringed the bottom and I was done.

The only problem I have is WHAT to wear with it!  I tried brown for a top and I wasn't impressed.  White didn't do it either.  I'm thinking a black fitted top/blouse with my black boots.

It's tough to match the rust color so I will probable stay away from that.  Maybe an Ivory colored top?

$4.20 Fall Plaid Skirt

When is it going to get cooler here is Florida so I can wear my "NEW" Fall clothes?

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