Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I was able to do a little sewing yesterday evening.  I made final tweaks to bodice and I added the sleeves.  Next step, add the neckband.  I also should have shortened the top as it looks more like a tunic on me that a t-shirt.  I plan to trim off about an inch to inch and 1/2.  The pattern has a deep hem which I am not sure that I like for knit top.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sewing weekend

It feels good to be sewing again!  I spent yesterday making fitting adjustments to McCall's 6964.
I am making View D, with print for front and back, and contrast for sleeves and neckband.

The black fabric is a thin knit that has open areas so that skin will will be seen. I think I purchased this from fabric.com.  I wish I had some more and will visit their site to see if I can track my previous order.
Fingers peeking through

Here is a view of the top with darts sewn.  I have attached at the shoulders and basted the side seams for second fitting.  I had added one inch just in case seam allowance but find I really do not need it for the knit I am using.  This is from EOS.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Next up

I had posted previously that I needed to make some more tops for work and casual.  I then shifted to making a dress for a class reunion.  My latest attempt for a tunic top did not work out as I had planned.  Fabric really was all wrong for this pattern.

I am going to try this Palmer and Pletsch pattern.  Some adjustments are needed, nothing new about that.  I will be using  print and solid color fabrics for this top, the long sleeve version.

I have several top patterns I want to use but want to make just a simple T for now.

My recent travel did not lead to any fabric shopping.  The Hancock store I had planned to visit has moved and I also ended up not having the time to go to the new location.  Maybe next time.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Catching Up

I have not been in the mood to sew after the recent holiday. I am still adjusting to changes at work and I've allowed myself to get into a funk. I took some time this weekend to refocus the messages playing in my head. I am working at being more positive!  Life is all about change and when it impacts you personally it feels different than when you are directing the change. Enough said about my personal feelings.

This blog is about sewing and so let me share with you what I've done this weekend. I worked on the McCall's tunic top and I am not happy with it. Some of it has to do with the fabric and some of it is just am not feeling happy about the look of the top with the drape.

The draped neckline is a nice touch but with this fabric it's very heavy. You can see a close-up of the neck drape below:

The neckline is somewhat low and I raised it an inch and a half prior to cutting it out. Even with this adjustment, it was still too low and the weight of the drape pulls the neckline forward. You can see the top as it stands now.

I  decided I do not want to spend any more time on this top. I have numerous other patterns waiting for attention as well as other fabric. I am going to put this aside and perhaps donate to a local charity.

I decided to complete the black McCall's dress UFO. It needed the sleeves hemmed as well as hemming the dress. This I have completed and now have a new black dress to wear. The knit fabric was a double knit purchase from Mood.

After completing the hemming, I cut around the pattern pieces for another McCall's knit top.I plan to use some recently purchased knit fabric from EOS.

I have a business trip again next week and I hope that I have an opportunity to visit a fabric store while there.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chic Chemise or Fall Top #1

There were lots of changes taking place last week at work.  It was somewhat stressful at work to say the least.  Some layoffs and some structural changes; the structural change impacted my area of work. Sewing was not top of mine last week.

My sewing plans changed from my last post.  Though that fabric will get made next.  Last night I traced an Angela Wolf Ruched T pattern and after pin fitting today, decided I did not want to tackle this pattern at this time as there were going to be a lot of adjustments and just did not have the energy to work on those.

I decided to pull out another pattern, a tunic top, I had made a couple of years ago, McCall's 6203.  It is no longer available; yet tunic tops abound and I decided that this was wearable now.
I decided to make View D (bottom right).  The drape neckline is not really a cowl neck, it is a draped fabric attached at the shoulders only.  I thought it would be different look.

The fabric is from my stash and I think it came from Fabric Mart in a fabric bundle.  I have no photo on file and did not take a photo today.

I have tomorrow off for Columbus Day and plan to sew.  More later!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Fall Essential Sew Along

 I thought I would participate in the 4th Annual Fall Essentials Sew Along.  I am always amazed as to what is going on in the blog world and happened upon this activity from reading a couple of my favorite blogs.

There are several categories to select from what you plan to sew.  I decided on Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather, Chic Chemises for Cool Climates and Fabulous Frocks.

The "Reunion Dress" was my first fabulous frock for the fall sew along.
With the cool weather that came through yesterday and staying around today through Wednesday, it gave my sewing mojo a boost as it was waning with two weekends in a row with other activities taking place limiting sewing time.  So I pulled out this fabric acquired last year and will make something for the Chic Chemises category.
Not sure what pattern I will use, one of my favorites is Sewaholics Renfrew top.  I have made it three times and the pattern is perfected for fit, so should be an easy peasy sew.

If you have an interest in the Fall Essential Sew Along, visit The Creative Perfectionist.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Home for awhile!

I am back from my business trip to Baltimore and it is a shame that I did not have the opportunity to find and visit any fabric stores.  Carpooling does not allow much independent time.  Besides I was in meetings all day and in groups for dining.  I am happy to be home and plan to go into the sewing room soon.

Sipping on my first cup of coffee for the AM, spent time reading reviews at PR.  Lots of inspiration there.  Prior to sewing my Reunion Dress, I wanted to spend some time sewing tops.  I need more as those in my closet now have been around for some time now and I want/need to refresh my collection.

I also plan to tackle making a pair of pants.  All these years of sewing I still shy away from this garment!  I truly can buy well fitting pants for me from certain clothing lines and thus focus my time on other garments that I can make to fit me better than RTW.  This is my personal challenge to myself and I am armed with enough information on fitting that I should be able to make a nice fitting pair.

I also need to make a few more skirts.  Some skirt patterns have made their way to me via the postman.

More sewing and updates to follow!


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