A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Friday, September 2, 2016

Not Much Sewing-Hurricane Hermine-Fireplace Remodel

Monday I got the cleaning bug and vacuumed every inch of our house, swept, cleaned windows and washed clothes.  Needless to say I've overdone it and I am paying for it this week with a super aching back and hips.

Between my back and hips I haven't sewn a thing all week.  I'm sad........I miss sewing.......but I HURT!

We've been prepping for Hurrican Hermine all week too.  Nothing too much just putting the  lawn chairs away, cleaning the yard a little.  But the rain has been coming in huge amounts.  Since Tuesday we've had over 6" of rain.


South of us about 50-60 miles has received over 20" of rain.  I'm glad it wasn't us!

Dear Hubby has been busy working on our fireplace.  We noticed that after using it this past winter that one of the side panels had a crack.  After further inspection he found that the inner chimney has rusted and insulation is exposed.  I'm so happy he looked into it but sad since we are not going to be able to use it any longer.

But to make things better he cleaned it all out, painted the walls and bottom bricks black and purchased an electric insert.  Now I can have fire ALL year long.  There is a heater for the winter time too!

I am so impressed with how the fireplace looks now, we should have done this years ago!

I hope to get back to sewing soon and get feeling better sooner than that!

Until then...................

Bonnie




Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Butterick 5022 School Shorts

I have been holding onto this post for over a month.

 I admit I like to post good stuff.  This is good but there were hurt feelings while sewing.  I don't sew well when I am mad, hurt, hungry, angry or upset.

After all the drama with fitting the Butterick 6061 shorts for Dear Daughter I went back to her TNT shorts pattern.  The Butterick 5022.  She still has a pair of short from this pattern I made her over 4 years ago.  She still wears them too.


Butterick 5022 Shorts
Look at the difference between the Butterick 6061 and the 5022 pattern pieces.  The B6061 altered pattern is the brown paper and the B5022 is the tissue.  That's aLOT of difference.

Butterick 5022 compared to 6061 Pattern piece
For a muslin these look pretty good.  The crotch fits, the waist fits, the butt fits.  What else can go wrong?


Butterick 5022 Muslin
I added elastic into the back waistband to help with the vast difference between her hip & waist measurements.  She wears a belt most days anyways so I know it will cover the elastic.

Butterick 5022 Back View
Look how straight that side seam is.  That's a great fitting pair of shorts.

Butterick 5022 Side view
Overall, I think the fit is perfect & these shorts are a go!


Butterick 5022 Muslin
The first "real" pair of shorts are a stretch twill.  Three simple pieces.  (I changed up the pocket).  Easy enough.

Butterick 5022 Stretch Twill Khaki

$1.00 Pair of Shorts!
This pattern only takes 1 yard of 56+" wide fabric.  Perfect!

I had her try on the shorts before finishing the waistband to make sure she liked them.  She was happy with the fit.  I added belt loops per her request.


Butterick 5022 Khaki Stretch Twill Shorts

Butterick 5022 Side View

Butterick 5022-Back View
After I finished the belt loops Girl M tried on the shorts and was happy with them.

So my next pair were a Dark Indigo denim.  Same pattern, same everything but...........
She HATED them.  She didn't like the length, she didn't like the rear or the waist height.

So what do you do once you've purchased fabric for 6 pairs of shorts from Fabric.com?  I fixed what she didn't like (AGAIN!), sewed up the rest of the fabric and they are now neatly folded on my sewing table until she comes and ask for them.

I refuse to take the shorts to her.  She's seen them sitting on the cutting table but has yet asked for them or taken them to her room.  The spot on the leg is from my camera lens.

Dark Indigo Denim Shorts $6.98


Butterick 5022-Dark Indigo Denim Shorts

Fly topstitching & Jeans style button
I added pockets to the back.  Topstitched a design on the pockets.  (The photo was prior to adding elastic to the waistband.)

Butterick 5022 Back View
Black stretch denim with vintage roses and back pockets. $4.89

Butterick 5022 Black Denim Floral Shorts

Back View
Black cotton twill $5.98.  Classy and a perfect wardrobe staple. Sorry for the smudge on the camera lens.

Butterick 5022 Black Cotton Twill Shorts


The Khaki Pair $1.00.

Butterick 5022 Khaki Shorts
I sewed up a white denim pair $5.08.

Butterick 5022 White Denim Shorts

Back View

Here they all are.........still sitting on the cutting table.

Butterick 5022 Shorts
I'll let you know how long they sit here, waiting for her to wear them.  So as much as I hate to admit it, NO MORE SEWING FOR HER.  It breaks my heart because this year she is in high school and there are no uniforms.  The dress code is pretty lax and she can wear almost anything.

I guess I've learned my lesson.

Until next time.................. (I'm off to sew something for MYSELF)

Bonnie

Friday, August 26, 2016

Frankenpattern Blue Abstract ITY Knit Crossover Dress with McCall 7160 Skirt

I thought that this Powder Blue/Bubblegum/Brown Multi Abstract ITY Knit fabric was telling me it wanted to be a crossover top, full skirt dress with elastic waist and 3/4 length sleeves.

Yes, Yes, it said all that to me!

Blue Abstract Knit Crossover Dress

Back View

I used my McCall 7160 skirt pattern for a full, flowy skirt.  I frankenpatterned the top from the Butterick 6821 Top.  Instead of gathered shoulders I used my TNT knit top pattern and armhole and sleeve templates.

Crossover front

I was so excited when I received this fabric from Fabricmartfabrics.com I was ready to cut out the dress pattern that evening, except.................. I didn't have the correct color fold over elastic.  It took two whole days to receive it from Ebay.  Sometimes you never know if the color is correct but I was lucky this time, it matched perfect!

Fold Over Elastic


$10.80 Fabric + $3.20 FOE + $1.00 Elastics = $15.00

I received many compliments when I wore it to Church this past Sunday.  The sleeve length was perfect because I didn't need a cardigan during the service.  They like it very cool in there!

Going to Church

Favorite Dress of the Week!

I am in LOVE with this dress!

I'm in the process of cataloging my patterns.  It seems I need to have a better system.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated.  P.S.  I do not have a cell phone.......

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

Bonnie



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

White Ponte Knit Straight Skirt & Button Help

I finally adjusted the knit slim skirt pattern from here with a FBBA (full belly/butt adjustment) from this blog.  I did the adjustment both on the front and the back skirt pattern. The skirt hangs so much better now.


White Ponte Knit Slim Skirt

Back View
The height at center front and center back are raised to allow extra room for my belly/butt.
It's a little exaggerated in this photo but sits perfect on my body.

Full Butt/Belly Adjustment
I had to go did out a top to take a photo.  I might just wear this to Church on Wednesday.

Skirt fixed-Front view
I think I should iron the skirt before wearing it out.

Skirt Fix-Side View
I don't like this view, but it's for educational purposes only!

Skirt fix-Back View
I better get to wearing this skirt before Labor Day!

I also made a slip to wear under the skirt.

 I used my skirt pattern minus the hem and waist seam allowances.  I also omitted the back darts.  It's a perfect slip for more skirts to be made up!

Nude Slip

1 yard used-$3.50 Slip

I bought this tray with a spout on a trip to Harbor Freight.  It's perfect to dump out buttons and search through them and just pour them back into the jar when I'm done.  Most of the time I don't even miss!



Button sorter tray

Easy Pour

Button storage jars & lots of dust!



I bought this tray with a spout on a trip to Harbor Freight.  It's perfect to dump out buttons and search through them and just pour them back into the jar when I'm done.  Most of the time I don't even miss!

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

Bonnie


Monday, August 22, 2016

Simplicity 2539 Jacket

I liked the Simplicity 2539 jacket pattern after seeing the vest version posted on sdbev blog.  She gave high reviews for the vest.

Simplicity 2539
I knew I had to make a muslin because of the kimono style sleeves and the lines of the jacket.  I had to make my usual adjustments.  I am so happy I made the muslin to do a practice run for the pattern sewing.  I was confused, but I worked through it and was pretty impressed with the first outcome.

Simplicity 2539 Muslin
I had to make a sway back adjustment of 2" at center back, tapering to nothing at the side seams.

Simplicity 2539 Muslin Sway Back Adjustment
I didn't add a button but I am so happy that the muslin met at center front!

Center fronts match up!
For my proportion fitting the jacket needs to be 26.5" in length or 30".  I chose the 26.5" for a 2:1 ratio.  I had to shorten the pattern and the pocket pieces 2-1/2"

I love the hidden pockets.  They are so cute!

Pocket
I thought that a suiting type fabric would work nice for this jacket.  I like that the jacket is unlined and I serged all the seams.

The jacket only took 2.5 yards of fabric.  A great price for a jacket $6.75!

$6.75 Jacket
The waffle weave fabric had a small amount of silver thread woven through it.  I liked that the fabric was semi-soft but still had a little hand to it.  It didn't ravel too bad.

Waffle weave suiting fabric
Dear hubby chose the buttons.  I couldn't decide between two and he thought the white ones looked the best.  Classy without being too much.

Simplicity 2539 Jacket

Simplicity 2539 Back View

Kimono Style sleeve

Buttons & buttonholes
Aren't these pocket too cute.  Hidden in the curved seam, just waiting to have something tucked away in them...........

Pocket

Overall I give this jacket pattern a B, maybe even a A- if I could think of another fabric choice this would be good for.  I will keep this in my rotation and I think it would look nice with my white ponte knit sheath dress.


Simplicity 2539 Jacket
I am thinking I need a dress soon...............

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

Bonnie