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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Butterick 5610

One thing I like to do is use up the rest of the fabric after I make the original garment.  This statement is especially true when I have such great fabric, as in my Staple dress,

Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

In my patterns, I have Butterick 5610 and went with the lower left version minus the elastic

I was so happy to have an opportunity to make this pattern.  The pleats in the front are so interesting, you sew 5 pleats  and then the next pleat is a large one and makes that very large crossover in the front.

Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

I used a bit of black ponte for the yoke, which if you were using a woven is lined.  I just turned in the neckline edge and hemmed the sleeves instead of using a facing.

Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

The neckline is a bit wide, so check that out when you make this pattern.  I think I am going to add some strap holders on the inside to keep the top in place.

Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

You can see my bra straps a bit in some of the pictures.  I do like this top and it is just right for the fabric.

I told you I would post a picture of a good corn field.   Here it is in all of its green and tall glory.  We do need another rain.

Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

A quick picture of the back to show off the fabric and my top.
Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

I don't have any of the cotton or the ponte left, so this was a perfect choice of pattern.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Staple Dress in NY Designer Lightweight Cotton Fabric

I knew when I purchased this fabulous print  from Mood Fabrics that the fabric needed to be the star of the garment.  I am so sorry but it is sold out. I love this print.

I went with April Rhode's The Staple Dress

here is the description
"Designed to be simple yet flattering. This dress has a lot of ease through the bust and hip, with elastic shirring at the waist to cinch it in. The waistline can be customized and adjusted up and down to accent the wearer’s natural waist. Choose between two hemlines, a classic straight hem or a more dramatic drop hem style, with optional side-seam pockets. Cute alone or belted, with flats, boots or heels, it’s a year-round wardrobe essential."

Now let me state something about this blog post, there are several pictures.  Meredith offered to take my pictures and she did a great job.  I feel good about the look of the photos and the look of me - ha ha.  No tired look like I stated in this blog post and it was a perfect overcast day, which makes even better pictures.

I purchased this pattern during the 
Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 sale

On instagram, I put a picture of the pattern and the fabric and asked straight or hi-lo hem.  This Instagram photo had the most comments ever  (for me) and thank you so much for the help.  The straight hem comments were the winning vote and I went with this.  I did this for two reasons, it was a great suggestion and I was short on fabric.  The fabric shortage was not because I didn't order enough, it was because my fabric came in two pieces.  I really don't know why.  I don't think it was a panel type print, take a look at Oona's maxi dress, that was straight yardage.

Back to my dress, I really like the pockets.

and the shape of the dress, which is easy to wear.

I added 1 inch to the length of the dress, it is still a bit shorter than my usual length but I love how it looks.

I was quite pleased on how the side seam went together.  It isn't a perfect match but really is a nice match.

I can see me wearing this dress now and into the fall with a black cardigan (which I need to purchase).  I even think it would be cute without the belt.  Meredith didn't agree with the no belt look.  Speaking of the belt, I did not add the elastic for the waist.  I felt like without the elastic I could wear the belt at the waist or a slouchy belt at the hips.  Without the elastic, I felt like I had some options.

Some information about the photos settings:

Meredith and I went to a nearby corn field for these pictures.  It was a bit windy today and I walk by this spot everyday, so I knew it was perfect for photos. The height of the surrounding corn is a natural windblock.   The corn in this area is short, the ground is low and it holds water, plus this is the entrance to the field and it just gets lots of traffic.  These two factors make the corn not so good in this 15 foot area, but this is the only area the corn isn't so good.  I will show you pictures tomorrow with fabulous corn field.  We did take some pictures in front of a soybean field also.

Now to close, one part of my dress I am not thrilled with my I can live with.  The placement of the large design on the back, just a bit of a target.

I love my new dress, it is a simple pattern but the design is fabulous.  Speaking of fabulous, this fabric is over-the-top fabulous and I had just a bit left.  Yes, you know me I used it to make another garment. You will seen it soon.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two-Tone Singlet

Last week I received a very nice email from Harrison on behalf of his mother, Heather, together  they are working on a great new sewing site,
Teach Me Fashion
and they asked me to blog about their new site and try out the
Two-Tone Singlet.  I was happy to help, it is such a cute pattern.

On the site it states Heather has over 40 years in the fashion industry and has lectured Fashion Design.

At Teach Me Fashion you will find a free pattern download, the Two-Tone Singlet.  The Singlet includes very nice instructions but the best part is a video.  The video gives in-depth instructions on constructing the Singlet and shows exactly how to sew the right angles, tucks, hems, etc.  It is a marvelous resource for not only sewing the
 Two-Tone Singlet but great general sewing information.

The sugested  fabrics  are  wovens but I didn't have anything in my stash that would look appropriate for this cute pattern.  I did have some black ponte and a knit houndstooth which I felt were perfect for this singlet.  The top really showcases a fun print but solids are perfect, too.

I did a couple of changes, lowering the neckline and I just turned the edges under instead of using bias binding.

Here is the back, I love how Heather carries the same detail from the front to the back.

I hope you head over to download the free pattern and what goodies Heather has for us in the future at
Teach Me Fashion

Monday, July 21, 2014

Plantain T-shirt - Great for Summertime

Or really anytime.  If you haven't downloaded the free
Deer and Doe Plantain t-shirt , stop reading and head over and get this great basic top.  After you download this top, then come back and finish reading!

I purchased two  knits from Girl Charlee and knew they were going to be Plantain t-shirts

The first one is a peacock feather jersey blend and the second one from this coral triangle jersey blend

Now before you see the pictures, I forgot to tuck in my nude color cami for the pics and oops it is showing just a bit in some of the pictures.  So much for getting it picture perfect - ha ha!!

Meredith and I have been doing this Jillian Michaels Yoga DVD  (or watch level one at You Tube)since May  It is  30 minutes of hard work.  At the beginning, I did not think I would be able to do the entire 30 minutes.  Now we are doing level 2 in the entirety and I can tell the difference in my arms and shoulders (legs and abs, too) .

Why am I telling you all this?  Well, my shoulders and arms are more toned and stronger which means on my next Plantains I will be doing a broad back adjustment.  All those push-ups and other strength moves are paying off.  Jillian calls it a "hybrid style" of yoga.  It is about body weight training, repetitions and raising the heart rate to get you lean!  I am quoting her there, I have watched the DVD so many times.  It is a good one, so if you are looking for something different give it a try.

The feather Plantain fits tighter than the triangle Plantain but I love this feather fabric.  I think that is my error, probably in the cutting or construction.  It just sewed up a bit smaller.
see that pesky little cami?

Now to the coral plantain, it fits perfectly and thanks to the  Quirky Peach, I had to copy her and get the same fabric and make the same shirt.   Isn't she just so cute in her shirt?

I have really been working on my posture of late, must be the push-up, so I think at times I exaggerate the shoulders back. You can see that in this picture, with the front hemline coming up too much.  I do feel so much time at the sewing  machine and computer has not helped my posture!

This one fits perfectly and I love my two new shirts.  I do want to find a cami that is more of a polyester.  My cami is all cotton and the cotton of my shirts, results in the two shirts sticking to each other.

Here are the two previous Plantains I have made.  I am ordering at the McCall's pattern sale tonight, so there will be some new patterns coming to the blog.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Renfrew Top - Aqua/Gray Stripe Knit

First off, anyone else hard on their summer clothes?  I am terrible, spill things on them, get home from work and start pulling weeds in the garden.  Oh, guess what something on my shirt and it won't come out.   Plus I just wear certain things so much, they just get "tired" looking.  Which I can relate, some days I just get tired looking!

I like to freshen up my summer tops in July, give myself some new looks for the rest of the season and retire some of the older garments.  They can become permanent garden/work at home tops.

I have several knit fabrics to sew up and the first one I went with Sewaholic's Renfrew Top.  I really like this pattern and have it just about  to the perfect fit.  I do see a wrinkle just above the bust, which I think means I need to do a bit of a full bust adjustment.  Fitting gurus out there is that what it means?

This is a quick sew and on the neckband, I used the bias for the stripe.  Just adds a bit of visual interest to the top.
Girls in the Garden - Sewaholic Renfrew Top using Girl Charlee knit fabric

The fabric is a deep aqua blue heather gray jersey/rayon knit from Girl Charlee
Girls in the Garden - Sewaholic Renfrew Top using Girl Charlee knit fabric

I went back and looked at the other Renfrew tops I have made and thought I would give an overview with links.

A red 3/4 sleeve Renfrew - I love this top and wear it quite a bit.  It feels perfect and the fabric is wonderful.  Plus as you all have been telling me in the comments - red is my color!  Ha ha!

Navy-white stripe short sleeve Renfrew - My all time favorite Renfrew, it fits perfectly and I think the feel and style of the fabric makes it my favorite.

Navy-red Stripe short sleeve Renfrew - the first Renfrew in this blogpost.  I like this one okay, but the fabric has a metallic stripe and I don't really like that.  I really don't wear this one very often.

Pink stripe short sleeve Renfrew -  The second one in this blog post.  I wear this quite a bit, don't love the fabric, it is a bit heavy but I do like the color and fit.

White short sleeve Renfrew - I like this one but I see the wrinkle in this one, should of dealt with the fitting issue earlier.  As I mentioned earlier about being hard on clothes, I stained the white shirt and it would not come out.  My solution, I used some RIT dye and made this one a dark plum color.  It works nicely for fall with the color and I saved a garment.

Abstract 3/4 sleeve Renfrew -  This one is a winner, I wear it so much in the fall/winter and it is always is perfect.  Love the fabric so much.

Floral 3/4 sleeve Renfrew - I didn't keep this one around long.  It was donated.  I liked nothing about this one, the fit, the wide neckline  the colorful overpowering fabric.  It just wasn't me at all.  I kept trying to wear it but I never seemed to leave the house.  I believe on the neckline, I just cut the neckband too long and it didn't draw the neckline into the body.

So there is the recap of Renfrews hits and misses.  As I compiled the list, it really was all about the fabric if I liked the garment or not.  What about you on pattern you tend to make several times....

  • Do you like everyone of the garments?
  • Is it the fabric that is the culprit?
  • Or is some bit construction erro?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stripe Maxi Skirt - McCall's 6966

A quick and easy pattern is always a great thing for the summer, which is what I selected for a maxi skirt.  McCall's 6966 was my pattern of choice and isn't this version cute one  and the stripes just make it cuter?  Or should I say more stylish?

I went with Girl Charlee's chrome gray ash stripe bamboo lycra , which states it is a true medium weight with a 4-way stretch.

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6966 stripe maxi with Girl Charlee fabric

Take note, this pattern takes quite a bit of fabric, almost 3 yards.  But guess who only ordered 2 yards?   Yep, me but I was determined to make it work.  My middle front section, stripes are not the correct direction but I think it works just fine. 

I made a small and straightened the flare at the bottom a bit.  Yes, this was due to the fabric shortage. 

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6966 stripe maxi with Girl Charlee fabric

With just enough fabric to cut out a front and back waistband I felt relieved.  Yes, I did it, the skirt is ready to sew.  One problem, the facings for the waistband.  An Old Navy gray t-shirt from my closet came to the rescue.  I had not worn it all year and now it could be used in a great way.

On this side view, you can see the back, not at all like the instructions tell you to cut it.

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6966 stripe maxi with Girl Charlee fabric

Here is the drawing, View D, is stripe version.  I had to use the back piece from View C and create my own unique pattern.

This is so easy to make, if you have a couple of hours and three yards of knit fabric , create a new maxi skirt.  Something to jazz up your summer wardrobe for the last half of summer. I know I get tired of my summer clothes after the 4th of July and need to add some new garments to the choices.

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6966 stripe maxi with Girl Charlee fabric

The wind is getting the best of me here, but the skirt looks pretty blown back into my legs!  Ha! 

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6966 stripe maxi with Girl Charlee fabric

I like the gray color, this skirt will work well into the first part of fall.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Winner of Giveaway #5 for Upcoming Anniversary - 8 years of Blogging

53 entries for the Girl Charlee Gift Certificate and I really enjoyed reading all your sewing plans, travel plans and 4th of July plans.  A very busy group.  I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th and are really giving your sewing machines a workout.

Now to the winner and 
Random.org selected 

Drumroll please...
I don't work in the summer so I plan to sew every day.

Congratulations, Sherri, I hope you are getting to sew everyday.

Sherri email me and I will get that gift certificate to you.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Red Voile Top - McCall's 6702

I ordered this beautiful red floral cotton voile a couple months ago and unfortunately it is sold out.  Never fear, Mood Fabric's cotton voile selection is filled with amazing prints and colors.  I really love sewing with cotton voile, it presses beautifully and is so easy to sew.  Not to mention, it is lightweight, breathable and cool for summer.

 I went with McCall's 6702 for a sleeveless blouse selecting View A.  One of the reasons I purchased this pattern was for the collar and the placket of this pattern.  While sewing my top, the pattern had great construction and no buttons for a sleek, simple look.   The flared style isn't one I usually wear but for summer I thought it would be a nice style and the voile worked so nicely.  This top does run large and I went down a size, cutting a size 10.  I think the fit is great through the shoulders and back.

    Another reason I went with this pattern, just take a look at the back.  The back was the best feature, a bit of fun for summer built into a top.  One more plus on this back opening, it isn't too low.

I went with McCall's 6702 for a sleeveless blouse and went with View A
 I like the high-low hem for the blouse, which is very gradual on this top.  The pattern calls for bias tape to finish the lower edge of the back and the armholes.  I used the cotton voile to make bias and it worked perfectly. The upper back is a nice finish on this blouse, two pieces for the yoke.  One for the yoke and one for the facing, finishes the top edge of the opening perfectly. I plan on making this sleeveless version again and might taper a bit for a waistline, just not too much or I would loose the ease to get the pullover top on.  One more detail on the placket, it is deep but doesn't gape open at all.  I believe this is the nice contour designed for the placket piece.  The pattern comes straight up from the bottom of the placket, then has a nice gentle curve to shape for front neck edge


I hope your summer is a beautiful one and if it is a bit too hot, sew some voile for a cool summer garment.  

I love everything about this fabric, the hand, color, weight.  Then the pattern, I love wearing this top but not sure I like how it looks on me. One thing I know for sure, it feels great while wearing it.  What about you, do you have clothes you love to wear but don't love how they look on you?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rail Fence Quilt x 2

Hubby and I are back from a 5 day trip to Door County, Wisconsin.  It was a beautiful area and  a fun vacation  but a bit different, the first time in 27 years that a summer vacation was just the two of us.  Tell you the truth, it took me a day to adjust but we had a great time.  I do think one or two girls will go with us next year on vacation, their summer school/work schedules just did not allow it this year.

On the road trip, I finally got around to hand sewing the binding on this rail fence quilt.

 It is a simple rail fence using two jelly rolls from Tula Pink's Fox Field and some Moda Snow solid yardage.  I saw something similar on Pinterest and liked the way the colors were grouped together

I am teaching this class at my friend's quilt shop, in a couple of weeks.  It is just a 3 hour morning class in a workshop form.  I like her method for classes, you leave with the knowledge of the technique.  Then you can finish the quilt top at home.

This quilt took 2 jelly rolls, which in Free Spirit have fewer pieces than compared to a Moda jelly roll.  For instance, most of Moda's have 40 strips of fabric, this Fox Field had 30 strips.

 My quilt top was quilted by my local long-arm quilter.  Some of you have asked, she charges per square inch.  

I had just a few blocks leftover from this lap size quilt, so I made another baby quilt.

  Another girl baby quilt for my baby quilt stash.  I really need to get busy on some baby boy quilts!

 I did get back to my machine last night and made a maxi skirt plus embroidered two gift items.  Pictures soon of the skirt and on Monday,I will have a post up at Mood Sewing Network.  That will be something in red, which was my last red garment after several new red garments.