A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Monday, November 12, 2018

McCall 7470 Faux Suede Shirt Dress

Girl M. has hit the jackpot the past few weeks in "new" clothes.  I wanted to make this McCall 7470 dress for her in a tan faux suede. 

McCall 7470

The pattern is pretty straight forward and nothing special but I used many of the techniques I learned from Islander Sewing Systems to sew this up.  I think that it was easier than McCall's way but it was a slow sew and I tried to take my time and not get frustrated or irritated.

McCall 7470 Faux Suede Shirt Dress

Faux Suede Fabric

Back View
The fabric has a beautiful hand and a slight stretch. A few pieces stretched a little and the notches didn't match up but after adding interfacing most pieces I made it work.  My machine did not like the fabric at all.  I had to switch back and forth between my teflon foot and my walking foot.  I had to keep my needle in the center position since it would eat the fabric with the needle in the left position????

McCall 7470 Faux Suede Shirt Dress

McCall 7470
I've never made a belt before, but it turned out very nice.  Girl M & I went to Hobby Lobby to find buttons and a belt buckle to match and she picked both out.

Back View

I liked the finished dress and hope that she will get a lot of wear out of it both as a dress and as a long duster.  She said everyone kept petting her dress at school.

I think it's time to some myself something..............

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


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sure-Fit Designs Black Slim Skirt

I had just enough fabric left over from Girl M's plaid dress to make her a skirt.  A simple wardrobe basic black, slim skirt.  I used Sure-Fit Designs skirt pattern with an invisible zipper.

Very basic but she received many compliments at Church.  Classy without being trashy???

It's funny how even though we are different in age and size we are common in patterns.  Her waist is significantly smaller than her hips like me so her pattern also has four front and four back waist darts.  She liked this skirt pulled a little higher.

The  skirt pattern was an easy sew and I was finished in an hour.  She was pretty impressed.

It's nothing fancy or exciting but I think she will get a lot of wear out of this simple skirt.

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


Monday, November 5, 2018

Butterick 5029 Marilyn Monroe Halloween

Girl M. wanted to be Marilyn Monroe for Halloween.  I thought that this would be a quick dress and I already had a pattern.  I'm glad I made a muslin for the dress because it needed a lot of help. 

Butterick 5029
I used  a thrifted sheet for the muslin.  The fabric was a little too soft for a good dress and of course I didn't have one piece of white fabric to make this dress.  I'll just have to go shopping!


Muslin-Back View
I bought and ivory faille fabric from Fabric Mart Fabrics for her final dress.  The fabric has a beautiful hand to it and it sewed it beautifully.  I still needed to work on the crossover halter showing a little too much skin.
Butterick 5029 Marilyn Dress
Back View

Halloween 2018

Marilyn & James Dean

Halloween 2018
I'm off to sew something else...................

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


Friday, November 2, 2018

Halloween Mischief Print Matching Outfit

Fabric Mart Fabrics had this Halloween print fabric on sale earlier this month and I fell in love with it!  It's a cotton, quilting type fabric that I made Boy AJ a Islander Sewing Pattern #232 Hangin' Out Express Shirt.  I made him a short sleeve version this time since it's still warm here in Florida for Halloween.

Black/Bright Tiger Orange/White/Multi 100% Cotton Mischief Night Print Quilt-Weight Cotton - Windham Fabrics - 42W

Halloween Print Fabric

Halloween Mischief Print Islander Sewing Hangin Out Shirt #232 

Back View

With the leftover fabric of about 50"x 44" I made Girl M. a dress.  A simple Silhouette Pattern princess seam bodice top and just a rectangle, gathered skirt.  I used  black cotton fabric for the bodice since I didn't have enough of the print fabric.  I topstitched the princess seams with  orange thread to give it a little contrast.  Sleeveless, hidden zipper, lined bodice and it's done.

Halloween Mischief Print Sure-Fit Designs Princess seam dress

With Denim Jacket

Back View

Halloween Mischief Print Sure-Fit Designs Princess seam dress

Girl M liked the denim jacket with her dress.

Wearing to School


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


Monday, October 29, 2018

McCall 7122 Raglan Sleeve Top

Raglan sleeve tops have been on my mind lately.  I watched a few videos on YouTube on how to covert a T-shirt pattern to a raglan sleeve top but.............I just found a pattern I already had in my stash and went from there.

I used the McCall 7122.  This blue cotton knit version was a wearable test muslin for Girl M.  The pattern was a super easy sew and I only had to make a few minor alterations.  I shortened the sleeves 2.5" and made the bottom hem a shirt style with a curve.  

McCall 7122

Side view

Back View
This fabric had minimal stretch but she still liked the fit.

Other side view
I used a jersey knit fabric for the second version.  The fabric is so soft and has about 80% stretch.

She loves this version!
McCall 7122 Floral Raglan Sleeve Top

Back view

Side View
I have another version on the machine for her.............shhhhhh! It's a surprise!

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


Friday, October 26, 2018

Girl M Evergreen Floral Leaf Print ITY Knit A-Line Dress

Just a quick sew of Girl M's TNT A-Line Family Dollar Copy dress.  I added 4" to the length and made 3/4 length sleeves with elastics.  She really likes the dress and has already worn it twice!

Evergreen /pink/ blue floral leaf print ITY Knit

The print does make taking photos a challenge.  The pictures always come out like the print is moving???

Girl M. Splat print A-Line Dress

Back view

Hard to photograph

Elastic sleeve

Neck line

With Belt
I'm off to sew something new..................

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


Monday, October 22, 2018

Miscellaneous Sewing

I have this Ikea stool I use as a side table next to my recliner in the Living Room.  It's the perfect size but I always could use more room.  After thinking about it for about three+ years I've decided to make a cover for the table.

Ikea stool/table

Ikea Stool/Table

I used a black-out curtain I had laying around and made 4 sides, a top and pockets.  The pockets hold a remote, my cell phone, earbuds, and a pen.  I'm sure I'll eventually fill all the pockets.

Front view

Side view

Back view

I made another sleeveless turtleneck ITY Knit top.  I fixed the neck band piece so that it sits closer to my neck.  Nothing exciting, just a wardrobe basic.

Simplicity 7280