A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Monday, April 27, 2020

Simplicity 8841 Linen Crop Pants & McCall 7975 Jersey Knit Twist Top

I tried another pair of Simplicity 8841 pants in Rayon/Linen Blend from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  The fabric sewed up beautifully even though it was a little heavier and frayed a bit but using the serger on the seams helped to keep the fraying to a minimum. $9.00 pants!

Simplicity 8841 Linen Crop Pants

Back view

Simplicity 8841 Linen Crop Pants

Elastic Waist

Comfortable pants

I also sewed up another McCall 7975 knit twist front top.  I really love this pattern.  and the fabric was another Fabric Mart Fabrics purchase.  $8.00 top!  I think I will get a lot of wear out of this one too.

McCall 7975 Jersey Knit Twist Front Top

Double Brushed Jersey Knit Feather Print Top

I hope you and your family are healthy and safe

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


Friday, April 24, 2020

New Look 6640 Black Ponte Knit Asymmetrical Gathered Skirt

Joy Bernhardt from YouTube inspired me to make up this skirt.  I thought a ponte knit fabric would work.  I altered the pattern to include a yoga style waistband and eliminated the waistband facing and zipper. 

New Look 6640

New Look 6640
 I used 2 yards of Raven Black Poly/Rayon/Lycra Ponte knit from FabricMartFabrics.com.  My skirt was a total of $5.98!

New Look 6640 Black Ponte Knit Asymmetrical Gathered Skirt

Asymmetrical Gathered Detail 

Back View
I made this skirt back in the beginning of March and have yet to wear it.  No place to go, but I'm sure it will be a wardrobe staple as soon as the world started moving again!

Stay Healthy & Safe............

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


Monday, April 20, 2020

Butterick 5649 Button Down Stretch Denim Skirt

This Butterick 5649 is my TNT denim skirt.  I always make view C, but thought that View A would be nice too.  I've never worn a button down skirt in my entire adult life.  When you have hips, thighs and belly, button down skirts are NOT your friend.  Things are changing!

Butterick 5649
 I used a pale muted lavender purple cotton/lycra twill strecth denim-bottom weight for this version that I purchased from FabricMartFabrics.com.  This skirt is an easy sew and I made up a Size 20 and only had to take in the waist seam allowances and additional 1/8".  I also lengthened the skirt by 1" for my modesty.

I am loving the pockets.

Butterick 5649 Button Down Denim Skirt

Back Vew

First Ever Button Down Skirt $5.97
I have good news/bad news about this skirt.  I really liked the fit, the length and the pockets of this version.  The bad news: Girl M loved it, took it and I have not seen it since!

I might just have to make myself another version!

Stay healthy & safe................

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


Friday, April 17, 2020

Simplicity 8841 Wide Leg Crop Ponte Knit Pants

I am a routine person.  Routines make me feel grounded and safe.  Since this COVID-19 pandemic, my routine has been so far off that some days I feel like I'm just hanging by a thread.  I try to sew something everyday, do my usual housekeeping and cooking but with people in and out of the house all times of the day, my Blogging has taken then worse hit.  Every time I sit down to Blog someone needs something, food, clean clothes or where something is in the pantry!

We are truly Blessed that all our kids and Dear Hubby are considered "essential" workers and are currently working during all this.  Girl M. has started working at the local Nursing Home and she is loving it.  I've been working on making her new scrubs for work.

Dear Hubby tries to work from home two days a week.  It's not as easy as it sounds.  His phone rings all day long and Tuesday he got mad, got dressed and went into work.  But yesterday he made it home all day without too much fuss.

I'm a little far behind Blogging on my makes but I will try to catch up soon.  I have not forgotten.  A few things I probably won't blog about: The 150+ face-mask I made, surgical scrub caps, headbands with buttons for face-mask and lack of elastic to be found.  I'm sure you've read a million post like these.

I made another pair of the Simplicity 8841 pants but I used a Black Ponte Knit fabric this time.  I sewed up a straight size 18 and could have went down a size since I used a knit fabric.  I shortened the length by 1" and made a 1" leg hem.  They have more of a active-leisure feel. they are so comfy!

Simplicity 8841

I found these photos from February when I first made these pants.  Wow! I took photos with my shirt tucked in!  Ewwww!

Simplicity 8841 Ponte Knit crop pants

My sidekicks wanting to know what's going on!

I love the pockets, they are the perfect size!

Back View

I don't wear pants often so when I do everyone comments on them.  I like to keep them guessing!

 These are photos from this morning:  No shirt tucked in, just me wearing a t-shirt, trying to wake up!

Simplicity 8841

Close up of what?  The pocket?

Granny butt!

Still loving the pockets!

Dressed and nowhere to go!

I'm thinking of making up a gray pair.  Maybe making the leg a little more narrow.  Keeping that great pocket, maybe even adding a cargo lower thigh pocket.

I hope everyone is healthy and staying safe

Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

What a Difference a Year Makes

I ran across this photo from last year.  I am amazed at the difference a year makes.  Dear Hubby has lost over 70lbs and I've lost 125lbs.  I am so proud of him and honestly I can't remember him looking like this photo.  I'm happy that he's lost the weight to better his health.  Unfortunately getting old isn't easy and recently he had severe abdominal pains and took himself to Urgent Care.  At first we thought that it might be his Gall Bladder.  But after a CT scan, a 4 hour x-ray series & a nuclear scan he was informed that he had an abscess on his small intestine.

Many people suggested to him that it was caused by changing his way of eating and loosing a lot of weight.  It's funny how no one says anything while you are eating a hamburger, french fries and a chocolate milk shake,  but take off the bun and drink a glass of water and you're killing yourself!  

Dear Hubby has been diagnosed with  Meckel's diverticulum.  It's an out-pouching or bulge in the lower part of the small intestine. The bulge is congenital (present at birth) and is a leftover of the umbilical cord not completely detaching from the small intestine. Meckel's diverticulum is the most common congenital defect of the gastrointestinal tract. It occurs in about 2% to 3% of the general population.  His Doctor re-assured him that this had NOTHING to do with loosing weight and that he's at a healthy weight and in good overall health.  

We found a great Surgeon who also suggest the removal of his appendix since Dear Hubby had an infection in his intestine more than likely his appendix had been compromised also.

March 2019

March 2020
Dear Hubby had his surgery the beginning of March.  He has recovered and is now back to work.  He said he feels better than he has in a while.  I wonder if you feel bad for so long that is just becomes the "new" normal.  Since he is considered an "essential" employee he is still working and we are thankful that he is.  We are also grateful that both Sons are also still working during this time.

Girl M. turned 18 and is distance learning from home.  She has applied at the local Nursing/Rehab center but she hasn't heard back from them yet.  Her State CNA exam has been postponed.  She's more upset about that than her High School Graduation possibly being postponed.  She said she would be happy if they just mail her diploma.

I've been trying to keep my regular schedule but this past month has been a little crazy.  We are all healthy and I pray we stay that way. 

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