A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Monday, January 21, 2019

New Addition to The Family

I bought a Brother industrial sewing machine!  I have wanted one for a while and after finding one on Facebook Marketplace I found one for $300.  The gentleman selling it said it was his late Mother's who was a professional seamstress.  He also included 12 presser-feet, a gallon of oil, a box of miscellaneous sewing notions and TWO boxes of patterns!  Now that was a deal!

Brother Industrial Sewing Machine DB2-B781-4

Isn't she a Beauty!

Additional Feet
I didn't take any photos of the patterns but it was so amazing that I loved EVERYONE of them and they were all my size or really close.  There were at few patterns from the 60's but most of them were from the late 90's early 2000's. 

I'm learning my new machine and had to order the upper pre-tension assembly.  I can still play with it and I'm learning how sensitive the foot pedal is.  I am unable to find the exact owner's manual online but I've found two that were pretty close. 

I'm off to play with my "new" toy......................

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


Friday, January 18, 2019

Butterick 5649 Lavender Stretch Denim Skirt

Trying a different pattern with the start of the "New Year".  I thought the Butterick 5649 would be a good start in a denim/twill fabric.

I used 2 yards of lavender stretch bottom weight fabric.  It could be denim?  Since I had 7+ yards of it I had plenty to muslin the Butterick 5649 skirt pattern with. I'm making View "C".  I'm also liking view A & B but I'm worried since I'm hippy that the buttons will pull when I sit.  I'll have to think about these versions.

Butterick 5649
I added to both the waist and hips for my measurements and tried on the skirt before adding the waistband.  The skirt was HUGE!  It could have been from the stretch of the fabric.  After making two additional 1" darts in the back, taking an addition 5/8" from the center back seam, and 5/8" from the side seams the skirt fit is much better.

Side View
 I'm trying to learn to use my tripod for "real" photos in place of my usual dress form photos.

Front View

With a Top

I've made this skirt years ago.  I didn't remember the pockets.  They are nice and deep and lay flat.  The front fly and zipper sewed up nice.  I did shortened the skirt 3" and made a nice 1" hem instead of the 5/8" suggested.

After wearing the skirt I really like the fit.  The skirt didn't ride up or twist during the day.  I loved the pocket depth and I am thinking of making another version.

I found two pieces of jersey knit fabric that coordinated with the lavender.  A simple raglan sleeve shirt, short sleeve, basic.
Simplicity 7122 Top
Sewing is slow since I've been doing a little New Year's organization and clean-up of the sewing room.

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


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2018 Sewing Recap & 2019 My Make 9

I'm not much of a Quilter but I love these:

Every year I love to look at other Bloggers year in review and sewing recaps.  I always say I'm going to do my own but never get to it.  This year I took a few hours to look back and chart items I made.  Most pattern muslin are not posted about unless there is something major that I needed help with.

This is soooo me!

For 2018 I made 116 items not including muslins, slips and slip-shorts.  (I usually left them out since skin was sometimes exposed!)

I made 31 items for Girl M.
  •   1 Coat
  • 24 Dresses
  • 2 skirts
  • 3 tops
  • 1 Vest
I made Boy AJ  7 Dress Shirts

For Myself 78 items:
  • 12 skirts
  • 1 vest
  • 23 tops
  • 3 jackets
  • 38 dresses
  • 1 Cape
More me!

Common sense people!

I'm intrigued by the Make-9 challenge.  I do have things I would like to work on in the upcoming year, not necessarily specific patterns but more toward techniques or items in general.

  1. Woven Tops
  2. Woven Dresses
  3. Enter into a Sewing Challenge
  4. Shirts with Snaps
  5. Covered Buttons
  6. Welt Pockets/Buttonholes
  7. Jeans for Girl M.
  8. Handbag
  9. Waistband with facings (probably on woven skirts)
I don't do Instagram so I don't understand all the # and stuff but this can be my own 2019 sewing challenge to myself.  

I have about 99% of these already!  LOL!

Happy Sewing...........until next time...................


Monday, January 14, 2019

McCall's 5668 Silver & White Metallic Floral Jacquard Jacket

Have you ever had a fabric & pattern that were meant to go together?  This silver & white jacquard fabric was destined to be a New Year's Eve Eve Church service Jacket.

While making the jacket I had the off-white double knit dress on the dress form and it seemed to be a perfect match to wear together!  My original plan was to wear the jacket with a black dress.  Maybe if we have an event to attend.

I used the McCall 5668 jacket pattern that has recently become a TNT favorite pattern that sewed up quickly.  I put new needles in both the serger and the sewing machine to make sure the needles didn't snag the silver metallic part of the fabric.

McCall 5668 Jacket

Fabric close-up

Back View
I made sure while pressing the fabric I used a pressing cloth to not melt the fabric.  My wooden clapper came in handy when pressing the seams flat. 

$17.00 fabric

$1.00 lining

 The pattern changes I made on this version were to make the ties narrower and longer and to lower the armhole 1/2" so that the sleeve cap didn't have too much ease.

$18.00 Jacket
I made this jacket just for New Year's eve eve Church Service.  Well, it was 80 degrees that morning!  The jacket was perfect in Church but from the house to the car it was hot!  Happy New Year in Florida!

Quick photo before Church
Until next time......................


Friday, January 11, 2019

Simplicity 7106 Off-White Textured Double Knit Princess Seam Dress

I wanted an off-white/ivory colored dress to go with a few of my cardigans and jackets for Church.  I loved the texture of this double knit fabric.  2-1/2 yards was enough to allow for elbow length sleeves on this version of my TNT pattern.

I am starting to have to take in 1/2" extra from the shoulder to above the apex in both the front and the back.  Must be loosing some weight in those areas.

S7106 Princess Seam Double Knit Dress

Textured Double Knit

Back View
Even though this needs Spanx under the dress, I love it.

$13.00 Dress
Until next time..............


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Simplicity 7106 Cherry Red Ponte Knit Princess Seam Sheath Dress

During the Christmas holiday I wore my green version of the TNT Simplicity 7106 Princess Seam Sheath Dress to Church and it reminded me of  how much I LOVE the fit and look of this dress.  Not too tight, not too loose, fits in all the right places and goes with so many cardigan & jackets in my closet.  What's not to love?

After purging my closet I noticed I did not own anything red.  Nothing, not a shirt, blouse, cardigan, nothing.  I remedied that by making my favorite Simplicity 7106 dress in a Cherry Red ponte knit.  Not only can I wear the dress for Christmas, but also Valentine's Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc.  I think this dress will be a wardrobe staple too.

Simplicity 7106 Cherry Red Ponte Knit Princess Seam Sheath Dress 

Bob Mackie Sweater Cardigan

Black Pearl Quacker Factory Sweater Cardigan


Black Gray Polka Dot Sweater

Short sleeve sweater

Gray Black Leopard Print Sweater

McCall 5668 Black Boucle Jacket

$5.98 Dress

I sewed this dress before January so I am not counting this towards my fabric stash use.  This was the last item sewed in 2018.  Now my countdown fabric stash can begin!

Simplicity 7106 Cherry Red Ponte Knit Princess Seam Sheath Dress
Sunday Church Service

Thought of the Day

I purchased some beautiful pieces of Silk Dupioni fabric from Fabric Mart Fabrics last month  and thought I would make them into the McCall 5668 Jacket.  The fabric is thinner than I though but I think if I interfaced the pieces it may work.

I've never worked with Silk Dupioni so I will have to do a little research on how to handle it, ei., wash, dry clean, press, and treat.

Do you have any tips or tricks?

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


Monday, January 7, 2019

Missoni Flame Stitch Sweater Vest

Girl M. wanted a long vest.  She liked this Missoni look flame-stitch sweater fabric I had in my stash for a while.

Missoni-look flame-stitch sweater vest

Would you look at those matching flame-stitches at the sides.  Who did that??? This gal! 

Side View

Back View
 I just winged a pattern.  Something simple with a 1/2" turned back seam along the armcyce and along the front and around the neck.  I stitched a 1" bottom hem.  The fabric sewed up beautifully and I used a regular 3.0 straight stitch.

Missoni-look flame-stitch sweater vest

Fabric Close-up

$5.70 Vest
I sewed this sweater vest before January so I am not counting this towards my fabric stash use.  I also have one other item that won't be counted.

I finally had enough of my closet being so packed that my clothes were starting to get wrinkled and I went through my closet.  It's one of the hardest task for me because I make 95% of my clothes.  There were quiet a few items that were way too big, and many that the coloring just didn't look good on me.  Overall I purged almost 1/3 of my clothes & 1/2 of my shoes.



I did keep this denim shirt.  When I first bought the shirt over a year ago it was snug on me.  Now it's almost too big but the biggest problem I had with the shirt was the length.  I ended up removing 5" from the hem length.  The shirt is now PERFECT!  I love the fit from the knit panels on the sides.

Sorry for the wonky shirt on my dress form, I was in a hurry because Dear Hubby had a steak on the table for dinner!

Denim shirt Fix

Back view

Side knit panel

Wardrobe staple
I can't wait to wear this shirt more often.  I think I may want a black and white striped skirt and maybe some type of floral skirt............I'm heading over to Pinterest!

I have an interest in some projects and think I may need a heavy-duty sewing machine.  Now my Brother machine is fine for garment sewing but I think I may need something stronger for sewing vinyl and leather.  I've always wanted and industrial walking foot machine but it's out of my budget.  I'm thinking of buying a  Necchi 3250fa (never used) from Craigslist for $100 but I also saw the new Singer 4432 or Brother ST321HD for about $200. 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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