A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Itch to Stitch Celeste Dress v2

 On this second version of the Itch to Stitch Celeste dress I sewed a size 14 with an A bust.  I still think of myself being larger than I am.  There is no way a size 14 will fit much less an A bust but I know that my tape measure doesn't lie and I'll give it a shot.

Itch to Stitch Celeste Dress v2

The hips & waist fit well on this version but the bust to shoulders is still too big.

I ended up removing 1/4" from the apex to the shoulder at the princess seams in the front and back.  But on the good side, the sleeves fit!  I measure a 14" bicep from a 22" in 2018!

Close-up bodice front

Back View

I'm thinking of trying a size 10 with a D Bust on a third version.

Wish Me Luck...............


Monday, September 28, 2020

Itch to Stitch Celeste Dress v1


Itch to Stitch Celeste Dress

Every pattern company fits you differently.  I started this pattern with a Size 16 C cup.  It was HUGE!

Itch to Stitch Celeste Dress v1

Back View

I took in the seam allowances an additional 1".  The fit is getting a little better.

A little better fit

Back-round #2

I removed another 1/2" at the side seams & 1/2" at the princess seams.  I really think I could go down a few sizes. Since the fabric was more of a winter type I lengthened the sleeves to 3/4 length.  But this is not a good fabric for Florida's humid weather!  Yuck!

Wearable Winter Muslin

Close-up Round #3

Back View Round #3

Loving these pockets!

Overall a happy outcome

This fabric was from FabricMartFabrics in a mystery bundle.  There is no fabric content tag but I have a feeling there maybe some wool in it because it's itchy in our humid weather!  Ugggh!  I think this will be a winter dress!

I'm going to do more pattern work because I really like the idea of this dress.

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


Friday, September 25, 2020

Love Notions Pattern La Bella Donna Animal Print Top

Can you have too many TNT patterns or favorites?  I made another version of the La Bella Donna Top and they just keep getting better & better!  I don't have anything with the band on the bottom  and I thought why not try it!  I really like it too.

La Bella Donna Top

I also like that I can sew up this top with 1 yard pieces from my stash.

La Bella Donna Animal Print Top


Hem Band

Sleeve Band

Back View

TNT New Favorite Top

I'm not sure what's next on the sewing table...............

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


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Ellie and Mac Forever Flounce Top x2

 Since I've been on a roll sewing up independent pattern companies pattern I continued on with the Ellie & Mac Forever flounce top pattern.  What's not to love with this pattern?  Knit top-Love! Flounce-Love!  Quick sew-Love Love!

Ellie and Mac Forever Flounce Top

I sewed up an XL to accommodate my hips.  Underarm area turned out too bid but it was an easy fix to take additional seam allowances from the underarm to the waist.  

This may be my "new" most favorite top, it makes me look like I have a tiny waist!

Ellie and Mac Forever Flounce Top

I used a piece of jersey fabric from my stash and besides the center back not matching up I'm going to say this is a wearable muslin.

Back View

Side View

Can you really have too many black tops?  I think a Forever flounce top in a crepe black knit will soon be a wardrobe staple!

Black Crepe Knit

The only changes I made to this version was to shorten the length by 1" and narrow the flounces 3/4".  This top is such an easy & quick  sew.  

Side View

Back View

Thank you all for the Birthday wishes for my Mom, I think she was surprised!  

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

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


Monday, September 21, 2020

Happy Birthday MOM!


I could not find my FAVORITE photo of my sweet Mom so I just added all 69 of them! I really should take more photos of her but I'm so happy to spend time with her that it always slips my mind.

Rare family photo- All of us together

One of my most favorite photos

She makes beautiful babies!

One of my top 10 favorites!

My Mom is Beautiful!

Funny too!

I LOVE this dress she's wearing!

Mom wearing a onsie!

A Beautiful Baby!

So Sweet!

Graduation-Class of '69

Hip in a Halter top!

My Mom & My Brother

Her First Grandchild

2nd Grandchild

Grandchild #3

Mom's Reba looking days!

Mom & her Sweetie

My High School Graduation

My Wedding 1992

Ok!, Looking at all these photos of my Mom is going to make me cry!  I do hope she knows she's LOVED!

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