A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Monday, February 27, 2017

McCall 6076 Shirt

Believe it or not I have been sewing.  In between alterations of a wedding dress, two bridesmaid dresses, 5 pairs of uniform pants and two shirts, I have worked in a shirt or two.

I liked the McCall 6076 shirt pattern.  It has princess seams that go to the shoulder instead of the armholes.  The shirt is easy to sew up but I do hate collars.  I don't wear them well on ready to wear clothing.  The collar always looks like it pulling to the back on me.  I am hoping that making a shirt that fits my curves will eliminate the pull.

McCall 6076 Shirt
I opted to make short sleeves since it's so hot here in Florida and I would like to wear this shirt more than one day of the year!  I used my armhole template and sleeve template (it fits perfect).

Lightweight chambray type denim fabric I had in my stash was a perfect weight for this top.

M6067 Denim Shirt

Back View

Shoulder princess

My second version was from a stretch cotton paisley/floral print fabric.  I love the colors in this one.

M6067 Stretch Cotton Paisley Floral Shirt

Back View

Both tops are waiting for button holes and buttons to be finished.

About 5 years ago I bought a denim skirt from QVC, I LOVE this skirt.  But I can't see paying $35 for another one.  So I think I'm going to copy it and make my own pattern of one.  Wish me luck!

QVC Denim & Co A97747 Denim Skirt

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


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Free is a GOOD Thing!

One of Dear Hubby's Deputy bought a house and the previous owners must have been a sewer.  He asked me if I wanted this sewing table.............

For Free...............

All wood
 The drawers are huge.  My 500+ patterns only took up 5 of them.  I did have to lay them sideways but.........  It works.

6 large drawers for my pattern
 I feel so fancy!
cutting channel for scissors

My machine fits ok in the space.  I'm not sure if it will stay that way.  There is an insert to fill in the spot, but then my machine is a little too high.

Flush machine spot
 I am not sure what this large space behind my machine is for.  I thought maybe for an extension table but there is still a large area with no base.

Without machine
 Maybe some type of basket or something..........?

View from top
With insert

Overall I am thrilled with my new table.  I'm still trying to find a place for my serger and my cheap Brother that I use often for twin needle stitching on knits.  

FREE sewing table!

One of the patterns I bought a Jo-ann's last week was a princess seam, pullover top for woven fabric.  I haven't sewn with woven in forever!  Simplicity 1316.  I'm going to give it a try!

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


Friday, February 3, 2017

Two More Dresses

I thought starting back sewing I needed to go with TNT patterns.  No fussy parts, nothing too complicated.  I made a knee length, sleeveless tank dress from ITY Knit.  It's going to be perfect for summer.

Animal Print Tank Dress

ITY Knit Animal Print Tank Dress
This dress did take 2 yards of ITY knit fabric being 42" long (calf-length). $7.20 for a summer dress!

The second dress was my TNT knit dress pattern with a half circle skirt.  I do love this pattern.  The fabric choice is not my favorite but I thought I would just use it up.  It's pretty LOUD!!!  Maybe a black cardigan would tame it down a little.

ITY Knit half circle skirt Dress
 I used fold over elastic at the neck and made short sleeves.  It should be a great dress for the hot humid summers here.
ITY Knit half circle skirt Dress 

$8.97 dress

I need to finish the hems on both dresses but my cheap Brother sewing machine isn't wanting to sew with the twin needle this week.  I may need a new needle, I'll get it ordered today from Ebay.  I am happy to have a few new dresses to wear and that I have finally gotten back into the sewing room.

I still have our kitchen that needs to be re-painted but now I've paused on all that work for a week or so.  Hopefully I'll get motivated soon.

I have to share Dear Daughter's bedroom.  I think my KonMari style of tidying up the rest of the house has rubbed off on her..........no she has rubbed off on me!  She keeps her room so nice and clean.  I love going in there while she is at school and opening her window for fresh air, it's such eye candy for me.  She does want to repaint again and asked for a Queen bed for her birthday.  How can I say no?

Dear Daughter Room KonMari Clean!

Dresser & shelves


Dresser Drawer

Nail Polishes

Make-up brushes

I caught Dear Daughter cleaning her window frame channel.  She took her screen frame out and got a toothbrush and cleaner and was cleaning away.  Then she gets the vacuum from my sewing room and goes around the baseboards vacuuming any dust and dog hair.  It's usually a weekly routine she does when she moves her room around.  Gotta love her!

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