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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Boy Quilt and Travels and Projects

On Sunday, Hubby (Mike)  and I traveled to Washington, DC, it was for work but we were able to enjoy a Monuments by Moonlight bus tour.  This marks my fourth trip to DC, the first when I was 18.  It was Mike's first trip to DC and the bus tour was a fantastic way for him to see the monuments.
I just got a new phone and I am amazed at the quality and clarity of these pictures.

Here is the Korean

The Lincoln

And Jefferson

Then Vogue 1407 in front of the Capitol

I have started a big house project that involves tape, sandpaper, primer and paint.

Painting the woodwork in our house.  It is a big job but one I can work on a bit most days and hopefully by spring it will be complete.

Before - this room we call the mudroom - the side to the right has cubbies, hooks for coats, places for shoes, etc.  This room and one bathroom are completely done.

We just hung the door back tonight and I had to take an after picture in the dark.  I love how this looks, like a different house.

I do think we are going to hire a painter for a couple of rooms, particularly the ones with carpet.  I have one coming to give me a bid, we will see his bid and my budget!

A bit of sewing for the post, I have had this quilt completed for a couple of months   Finally, I have made one for a baby boy gift.

It was inspired a bit from this one  but the direction of the puppy fabric and the quantity of 1 yard necessitated the change in direction.

Lastly, thanks for the comments on the Fashion Inspiration post.  I am going to continue that one a weekly or bi-weekly basis on Fridays, the title Friday Fashion Inspiration.  I am so clever!  HA!

I am finishing up a big quilting project that will be completed tonight, then back to fashion sewing.  I have such a list I want to do for fall and winter

Monday, September 29, 2014

Math Teacher Bag

I have made this charm pack several times, which I saw somewhere online but knew I could make something similar.

Daughter #2, the secondary math teacher, needed a new bag to tote her books, papers and laptop to school.  When I saw Sweetwater's new line - Elementary I knew that was perfect for a secondary Math teacher.  Just take a look

I will get an official tutorial for this bag but it takes one charm pack and the outside is 5 squares in a row by 7 rows.  I was in a bit of a hurry to get daughter #2 her bag so this picture is blurry

The ties on the side help pull the bag in and give it structure.  I made these 3" wide by 18" long.

The lining and handle takes one yard of fabric,

For the inside, I use 6 squares for the pocket.  You can see it is folded in half on the second row to make the pocket.

This leaves only one block leftover from the 42 square charm pack.  I like when I  that happens!

A complete tutorial will happen sometime in October, I have another charm pack of this fabric and I have dd#4 going for a secondary math degree.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fashion Inspiration

Need some fall fashion sewing inspiration

Take this from JCrew Factory
source JCrew - see link above

I think this would be a good pattern for that top - change the front lines of the pattern or keep it as is. You will have to add sleeves but this is a free pattern from Teach Me Fashion

or this top also from JCrew factory
Source JCrew see link above

this top with or without the band looks like a good match.

How about a trendy sweatshirt, like this one from JCrew
Source JCrew see link above

Use some of your nice fabric extras or other fabric using this McCall's 6992

Looks like tuxedo pants are still around here are a pair from JCrew
source Jcrew see link above

McCall's (6707)had a pattern out for this last year.  Instead of using the full stripe on the side, Use half of the stripe a contrasting fabric and the other half the pant fabric.  Also do the top of the front pocket in the pant fabric to re-creat the JCrew look

Finally how about a bomber jacket, these are still going strong, this one is from Net-a-porter

Patterns are plentiful here a a couple

first, McCartney Jacket from 8 days a week collection

and Rigel Bomber from Papercut Patterns with a v-neck front

Tell me do you like this kind of blog post?  Was it helpful?  If it is I will try to start doing it occasionally.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vogue 1407 - DKNY Dress

Thanks to the BMV pattern sales, I have accumulated quite a nice stash of new patterns.

Girls in the Garden  - Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit

 This Sunday, Hubby and I will be flying out for a 3 day business trip and dress code  is suits for the men and dresses for the women.  I needed a new dress for the occasion and went with Vogue 1407 

I found some great ponte during a sale at Fabric Mart Fabrics.  I thought about another solid besides black but that thought was quickly pushed aside.  With online shopping it is so much easier to just get black, you know it will match the other fabric.
Girls in the Garden Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit

This dress is suppose to be  lined and I ordered some lining but I did not order stretch lining.  Remember I need this dress by Sunday, this Sunday the 28th, no time to order lining.  With the limited time, I just went with an unlined dress and I will wear a slip.  That works for me and works for getting this dress completed.
Girls in the Garden  - Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit

I usually don't muslin knit dresses and work with the fitting as I go.

Some important things and changes with this dress:

  1. I made a FBA on the dress and according to my Palmer and Pletsch book with a FBA it lowers the dart so unless you need a 1-1/2" lower dart do not move your dart.  I could of moved the dart down 1/2" but really it isn't too bad.
  2. You assemble this dress in steps, attaching the right front then the left front.  I serged the right side, then basted the side seam and the back seam. This let me try on the dress and yea - no need for a zipper.
    Girls in the Garden  - Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit
  3. The neck binding I made a smaller by about 2-3", this helps pull the knit to the body.  I should of made the binding wider as when you stretch the binding it thins out the width.  This made it difficult to turn and stitch it down.  I find it easier to make the binding wider, and you can trim the extra.  Always nice to have the extra, right?
  4. The pattern has great Center Front lines to match all the plaid.
  5. Also, the pattern instructions have you fold the binding then stitch in place.  I like to fold my binding over the seam allowance, which I serge.  If you want wider binding just widen you seam allowance setting on your serger.
    Girls in the Garden  - Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit
    A nice look with the cardigan, too
  6. I did unsew the side seams and pull the lower overlap piece in.  It just was away from the body too much  I like the fit of it much better.  

Girls in the Garden  - Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit
Not sure what kind of face I am trying to make here!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mood Fabric's Crepe de Chine Crossover top - McCall's 6991

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6991 Crossover top in Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine

 You see these everywhere, the crossover top for fall and McCall's 6991 is the perfect pattern for this type of top.  The perfect fabric needs to be a fabric that is the same on both sides, with that in mind I went with Mood Fabrics'  Red Silk Crepe de Chine which is so gorgeous in person.  This fabric has just the right drape for this top and added so much to the success for my crossover top.  
Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6991 Crossover top in Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine

    At the McCall's blog, you will find helpful hints for  this pattern.  I used several of these to help construct my crossover top.  The first thing I did was look at the finished measurements on the front pattern piece.  This top runs big, I was very surprised at the finished measurements and went down one size.  I usually always make a size 12 for a McCall's blouse and for this crossover I went down to a size 10.  You could even go down another size if you didn't want such a loose fit or you could mix it up - 2 sizes down for the front pattern piece and one size for the back.

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6991 Crossover top in Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine

    I have some tips while for this top.  First off small safety pins, no not to pin the front.  I used the small safety pins and a small pieces of paper.  One paper had right and the other left.  I placed the safety pin with the "right " on the right side (as in right vs left)  of the top in the seam allowance and did the same with the "left" paper and safety pin.  Just doing this one little thing helped ease the confusion when handling this large fabric piece.  I also put the safety pins and paper on the right side of the fabric.  Even though the fabric will be twisted, you need to have a point of reference to start
Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6991 Crossover top in Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine

  I will wear this top with the sleeves pushed up almost all the time but I did add  1" to the sleeve length.  If you like to wear your top with the sleeves down, these sleeves are a bit wide at the forearm, you may want to slim them down a bit.

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6991 Crossover top in Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine

    Now the back, I wanted it longer in the back but not too long.  I shortened the back by 1-1/2" which I like so much more.  The instructions call for an optional button and buttonhole to keep the front closed.  I opted for a small snap, the fabric is light and I thought the weight of the snap  (which is like no weight) would be perfect for the Crepe de Chine.

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6991 Crossover top in Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine

    You can see in the picture above how the small snap keeps the top from gaping open.  The Crepe De Chine is thin and I used a cream cami underneath the wrap top, I really want to find a red one for under this top.  I just want to keep the color all the same and not have the bit of another color at the neckline. Love would be the best word to describe how I feel about this top, the fabric, the color and the pattern all combine into a top I absolutely love!  I have a feeling it will be worn so much this year and so many different ways.

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6991 Crossover top in Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine

One more thing - I thread traced the fold lines for the facings.  I thought this would be the best method since there is not wrong or right side on the front.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mood Sewing Network

Over at Mood Sewing Network you will find


 Red Silk Crepe de Chine

for a top I love!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Small Fry Skinny Jeans for the Little Guy

The little guy (aka grandson) has a hard time with jeans.  He is in the middle of the charts for weight and  on the lower part for height.  I tried an Ottobre pattern but it was just too big and actually short.  My Ottobre magazines are older, back from the twins younger days, think 10+ years old.  The styles were a bit different, looser and baggier.  I went on the hunt for a jean pattern and purchased
Small Fry Skinny Jeans, the description states "classic skinny fit style with enough ease for comfort"  I thought this would be perfect.

I love how these fit him and how the pockets sit low on the bum.

I used some navy twill from Mood Fabrics and it is perfect for these jeans.  Initially purchased this fabric for me a blazer.  I really didn't like the feel of it for a blazer but it is perfect for jeans.  I will be able to make him many more jeans, as I have plenty of yardage!

I love how these fit him and how the pockets sit low on the bum.

Another  design feature the pattern incorporates is the buttonhole elastic, which helps keep the pants up around the waist

The pattern uses flat fell seams, overlapping the seams with a generous seam allowance.  I   used regular seams, stitching with the regular machine then finishing with the serger.

Small Fry Skinny Jeans has a nice back yoke

One area I did a flat felled seam with some modifications was the hem area, I wanted  the seams to look very finished when the pants were rolled up.  I serged the side and inside seams, to a certain point, then I clipped the seam allowance.  This clip allowed me to create a flat felled seam

I made a size 2T, which I think will take him through several months.  My only alteration  was to shorten the pants by 1".  The pants are still plenty long and I will shorten them another 1" next time.

These are great little jeans, just so cute but please "no more pictures, he is too tired!"