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Friday, April 20, 2018

Simplicity 7103 Grape Jersey Knit Midi-Dress

Another version of the Simplicity 7103 for me.  I thought a midi-length dress in a jersey knit would be nice.  Short sleeve, mid calf length.

Simplicity 7103

This grape jersey knit had a lot of lycra/spandex in it.  It's a heavy dress but lot's of stretch.

Simplicity 7103 Grape Jersey Dress
This fabric did not photograph well but  it's a deep purple color.  I think the lighting reflects the spandex in the fabric.

I'm off to sew something else............

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


Monday, April 16, 2018

Ponte Knit Half Circle Skirts

I've used my TNT knit half circle skirt pattern before with ITY knits, this time I decided a ponte knit would be good and I shortened the shirt to 25" and used a 5/8" hem.  I bought 1" elastic by the roll last month from WAWAK for skirt making and it's perfect with this type of fabric.

I thought two basic colors black and blue would be a good start for Spring/Summer skirts.  I like that I don't have to wear a skip if I don't want since the fabric has some thickness to it.

Black Ponte Knit Half circle skirt

Navy ponte knit half circle skirt

I'm excited to have two new skirts so now I'm going to go through my closet of skirts and weed out the ones that "just don't fit right".  Mostly woven ones.

I really need to re-draft my denim skirt pattern, I would like a dark denim, a medium colored denim and a white denim.  I have a white one from QVC 10+ years ago, it's pretty stained now but I love the fit!

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


Friday, April 13, 2018

McCall 4617 Knit Tops

I need a few casual tops to wear to the ball field.  My wardrobe is mostly Church attire since that is about the only place I leave the house to go to.  I have used this pattern before but it's now too big so I had to go back to the original pattern and re-draft another version.

I like that the top has cap sleeves and a center back seam.  When re-drafting the pattern I used a size 16 at the neck to the waist then added my usual at the hips.

McCall 4617
McCall 4617 Purple Knit Top

$5.00 Top

 It has been a while since I've sewn up a knit neckband and I made it the same size as the neck.  I don't know what I was thinking not subtracting 20% .  Maybe it will lay ok but I may have to fix it.

McCall 4617 Fuchsia Knit Top

$4.00 Top
I think a skirt or two will be in the works next.

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


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sometimes Sewing Makes Me Cry

Our oldest son is almost done with his one-on-one training with the Police Department and will soon be in his own car and on his own.  He asked me to sew patches on his jacket for him.  Not a problem until I started..........then I started to cry.  Usually I'm honored to sew patches on for "new" hires and for newly promoted.  I'm so proud of them and thankful how they serve our community.  But with your own child you get flooded with memories of how when he was three years old he would dress up like a cop, arrest his Dad and hang his handcuffs off his underwear.  Tears flow thinking how dangerous being a cop has become.  I worry did he get enough training or was there something his Dad could have told him?  He is loving his job and I pray for him daily.

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I was thankful that there were only two patches to sew, I don't think my heart could have taken any more.

I need to sew something "happy"

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


Monday, April 9, 2018

McCall 6886 V4 Blue Lace Dress

Just a quick photo before Church.  She doesn't stand still very long.

I really like how this version of the McCall 6886 dress turned out.  I used a lace with stretch over an ivory ITY knit.  I sewed the two pieces together at the neck edge then treated them as one.  It helped the lining from riding up

Blue Lace McCall 6886

Girl M. received many compliments at Church for her dress.  She likes it and that makes this Momma happy.

I'm off to sew something else.................

Until next time.......


Friday, April 6, 2018

McCall 6886 Knit Dress V1, V2 & V3

Believe it or not I didn't pull out the Simplicity 1612 TNT pattern for Girl M a dress.  I actually used a "new" pattern and it didn't disappoint.

I now know why the McCall 6886 has been the pattern of the year.  It's an easy pattern to sew up, just four seams, two sleeves and hem.  Easy!  I lengthened View A by 3" so that the dress is modest enough to wear to both school and Church.

McCall 6886
Girl M was the lucky girl to get a few McCall 6886 dresses for Spring.  With the pattern being so simple I used a busy print.  The knit fabric has a little waffle texture to it but was wonderful to work with.
V1 Floral Knit

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$10.40 dress

For the second version I used an orange burnout knit with a poly knit lining.  Easy again!

V2 Orange Burnout Knit

$4.20 Dress

The third version is a ponte de roma knit peach chevron print.  You just can't get a pattern any easier than this.

V3 Chevron Ponte de Roma Knit

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There is one more version in the works..........I'll post a photo soon.

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


Monday, April 2, 2018

Islander Sewing Systems #232 Hangin' Out Express v2

I tried my hand at a second Islander Sewing Systems #232 Hangin' Out Express Men's Shirt.  The fabric was purchased from Islander Sewing when I bought the pattern.  Even though I bought the cheapest fabric they had it was a little pricey for my taste.  But it was worth the money.

Girl M's friend AJ loved this version even more.  I made a medium and the fit is much better.

Hangin' Out Express Men's Shirt

AJ modeling

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I'm going to take a break from menswear to make Girl M another dress.  Probably the Simplicity 1612 as usual since it's her favorite.

Until next time........