Thursday, February 27, 2014

The winner of Vogue 8543 is....

The winner is:
Love that jacket, would love to win it!

Congratulations Michelle! I can't wait to see this sewn together.
 Email me with your mailing address and I will post it this week.
Thanks for all of you that commented. I will put more on tomorrow.

Monday, February 24, 2014

TMS February Challenge: Pants

The Monthly Stitch February challenge terrified me! Pants! No Not Pants!!!
Pants are something that I wear often and need to learn to sew well but I find extremely intimidating. I knew that I wanted my first pair to be simple, no welt pockets, button flys or any of those other very scary techniques.

When my blood pressure returned to normal and I was much more relaxed, I decided that I would either make the Colette Clovers if time allowed

or a Style Arc Wallis Pant that I had wanted to try as my easy cheater option.

Well as you can see form the photos which I ended up with. Leather Ponte Leggings.

I broke all of my usual rules with this muslin this time. I used fabric from Black Ponte Knit and Perfection Fused Leather from
It sewed easily on my machine with a microtex needle and regular machine foot. I pinned the fabric carefully in the seam allowances. I was uncertain about the top stiching detail on the leather or the ponte

                        I sewed two samples and decided to do the top stitching detail on the ponte.

I wore these all day Sunday and they were warm and kept me dry while running errands in the rain. I plan to sew another pair soon in the rest of the ponte knit, this time no leather.

The tunic length Renfrew with the cowl neck is my second time sewing this pattern. I sewed it exactly as the pattern recommends except added 4" to the length.  The fabric is a thick wool jersey sort of a sweater weight purchased from Nancy's Sewing Basket here in Seattle. It is super comfy, perfect for these cold rainy February days here.

I am still working on the Clovers with one wearable muslin out of a stretch twill from the discount bin at Joann's. The fit needs some fine tuning. I added to the 1" waist length to give me a higher waist pant and extended the back darts up to the new waistline. I cut a size 2 and sewed a size 0 for the side seams, then graded to a size 6 in the length. Here are the ill fitting pants.

Any fit suggestions?I know there are many blog posts on fit issues with these pants. I do love the look of a cigarette pant so I will try again soon this time maybe the size 4? I am also thinking of signing up for Pants Fitting Technique on Craftsy. Anyone else taken this one?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Time for Another Giveaway

Moving back into my Sewing Space

While moving back into my space, and deciding on The Monthly stitch challenge patterns for March Miss Bossy Pants. ( if you haven't voted yet see the poll on the side or in my previous post.), I set aside another pattern to giveaway. I love the details on the skirt and the feminine look to the jacket. As a stay at home mom and temporary dental hygienist, I do not have many chances to dress like this. I have decided to set it free to be sewn and worn by one of you lucky readers.
                                                 Vogue 8543 (size 6-8-10-12)

I found several who have sewn this beauty, my two favorites are seamstress:Poppykettle and Pattern Therapy.
Lately I have been sewing and mending for others, and I decided I was due for some selfish sewing. I broke out my Sewaholic Renfrew pattern and brown Italian wool jersey purchased over a year ago from Gorgeous Fabrics.

 I have read over and over how much people like this pattern and finally I am getting around to sewing one for myself. I only had 1 yard of fabric so it was a little tricky but I managed to make it work.  I didn't make a muslin and trusted that my measurements would fit. I basted it together in the sides to check the fit , because the wool jersey does not have as much stretch as other knits it was a little snug. I unpicked the sides and sewed them with a 1/2 inch seam allowance instead of 5/8". Other than that I did not make nay changes.

I'm not sure what's going on with my hair, but its the best I have to choose from. 
I love a pattern that fits with no alterations.

I plan to sew another in blue wool jersey with the cowl neck and maybe a dress version in charcoal. With our rainy cold February in Seattle I want warm snugly things and I think my wool jersey Renfrew will be better than leaving the house in a snuggie.

Comment below if you would like Vogue 8543. I will select a winner next week Thursday 2/27/14.
Good Luck!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Boss Me Around

This month I’m working on the February pants challenge with my fellow The Monthly Stitch contributors. Today it is time to start on my March Challenge with your help.
The March Challenge: Miss Bossy Patterns, lets my readers vote on what I should make next out of my existing pattern stash that I haven’t made up before.  I have quite a few patterns I haven’t tried yet so the trick was narrowing them down and still trying to make them work with what I really need in my wardrobe.  


Option 1: McCall's 5525, Timeless Trench Coat.

Option 2: Burda 7303 Classic French  Jacket.

The lining would be quilted and either Blue silk Charmeuse or the Grey silk/cotton blend.

Option 3 is Advance 6567, Vintage Silk Pajamas in Midnight Navy Silk Charmeuse.
Inspiration from Audrey Hepburn in Charade.

Option 4:  Bravo Bella Elite Bra. I am in desperate need of basic unmentionables.. I purchased a kit that included a pale green fabric, notions and pattern last year at the Sew and Stitch Expo from Bravo Bella. I intended go home and to sew it up the following week. Most of you know how the rest of the story goes. I have enough fabric to create matching bottoms if the fit goes well.

Go ahead and boss me around, see the sidebar. Voting closes March 1st.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wow! You Picked Me!

When Siri from The Pinhouse Playmate notified me of the nomination of the Liebster Award, I was both flattered and surprised. Someone out there, besides my immediate family actually reads my blog and even likes it. The Liebster award is handed out by fellow bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Basically, it is a fun way to get to know other bloggers and pass on the recognition. It takes a little time to complete the questions and choose you fellow bloggers to nominate but other than that it is relatively easy. I researched it before I started answering my questions and was surprised at the variety of comments. Some feel it is a chain letter sort of thing and they do not want to participate and other jump right in and feel the love.

I decided that since I  never completed a traditional chain letter, you know the kind that comes in the mail hand written with something will happen if you do not send this to others, I would give it a try.  It takes a little time to complete the questions and choose you fellow bloggers to nominate but other than that it is relatively easy.

I was nominated by Siri, who lives in Norway and started sewing in the Spring or 2013.
She has already made some great wardrobe staples with vintage style. I think my favorite is this birdcage blouse. I am in  love with this whimsical fabric. Check out her blog for more.

Here are my official (unofficial) rules to follow.
You must answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you.
You yourself then pick 11 blogs who in turn have under 200 followers.
You must then think of 11 questions for the blogs you have picked and also tell them.
You must link back to the blog that nominated you.
Write 11 facts about yourself
My list of questions from Siri:

1. What do you find most challenging about blogging? Making time to blog on a regular basis and putting myself out there. I am a private person and it feels a little strange at times to photograph myself.

2. If you could choose any super power, what would it be? many good ones to choose from. Time Travel would be really sweet.

3. What is the most important thing in your life? My family.

4.Which object/tool could you not do without on a daily basis? Regular tool would be Dental Floss, I am a dental hygienist after all. Sewing tool would have to be a seam ripper. I use mine on every project.

5.What is your favorite movie of all time? Probably Gone wit the Wind with Breakfast at Tiffany's a close second.

6. What is your dream destination? Paris always.

7.Which wild animal do you find most fascinating? Tigers

8. What is the most romantic thing anyone's ever done for you? I like to think the most romantic thing has happened yet...perhaps today since it is Valentines Days. 

9. Who do you admire the most, and why? That is a hard one. I admire so many women who are raising there family on there own, or making a real difference helping women in other countries earn a decent wage.I do not think I could pick a single one. 

10. If you could make a living doing anything, which profession would you choose? I would love to get paid for all of my jobs that I do for free...Sewing, laundry, cooking, cleaning, counseling etc.

11. Describe yourself in 5 words. Friendly, Kind, Hardworking, Quiet, and a Neat Freak.

The 11 blogs that I would like to nominate are:

1. My Modern Vintage,she sews and knits(always impressive) She is de-stashing and currently hosting a pattern giveaway!
2. 20 Minutes 2 Sew, I love her recent post on nightgown and robe she completed.
3. dear mr rabbit, she has great vintage style for modern gals, see her latest sweet summer dress.
4. Gray All Day, She sews lovely things for her and her daughter in Seattle like me.
5. Is it fitting? One of my fellow Monthly Stitch contributors. Help her choose what pattern to sew next by voting in her blog.
6. The Spindle and the Spoon, I am swooning over the gorgeous 40's coat she is made.
7. Valerie's Own Sewing Blog, She is giving away patterns from her stash monthly. February had an Edith Head designer pattern that I was eyeing.
8. Curls n Skirls,  She is participating in Sew Grateful week.
9. F is for Flamingo, she has done a fantastic job at sewing basics that she can wear everyday. So smart.
10. Urban Recyclist, she sews and knits trying to use recycled items. I love her super cute beret she recently knitted.
11. Missy's Craft Journal, she knits, sews and quilts, check out her amazing Unicorn Quilt.

Feel free to decline the nomination, I know we are all busy ladies and this can be a bit of a chore:)

My 11 questions:
1.  What is your favorite thing that you have sewn or knit?
2. What is sewing tool do you use most?
3. Why do you sew?
4. What Style icon inspires you?
5. What is your favorite fictional character?
6. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
7. What are you most proud of?
8. Cat or dog?
9. Why do you blog?
10. If you could choose any super power what would it be? ( I know this is copying, but I thought it was a fun one)
11. Describe yourself in 3-5 words

and as if this post wasn't long enough...11 facts about me:
-I am a native Floridian transplanted to Seattle 16 years ago.
-I have an amazing vintage purse collection from my Great Grandmother, with one from the 20's.
-I have a very large cat.
-I used to make wine and had a licensed and bonded winery.
-I have been married 20 years!
-I love coconut in anything
-I have a small vegetable garden
-I love to read and explore used book stores.
-I gave went gluten free and dairy free 2 years ago
-I prefer urban vacations, exploring a new city and dining out.
-I am a distant relative of Charles Dickens.

Check out the blogs above and leave a comment, most of them are new like me and have few followers.
Happy Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Vintage Pattern Pledge

I have decided after reading Marie from A Stitching Odssey that I will join her with a Vintage Pattern Pledge.
The requirement is to sew up 5 of my vintage patterns. I have many in my Etsy store and some that I have been holding onto to sew for myself.


               Here is the first one that I will sew. Recently purchased from Etsy. Simplicity 4137
Vintage 50s slip and petticoat sewing pattern. Simplicity 4137. Size 14. 0384

This vintage slip with petticoat is for my daughter to wear with her Think Pink Dress.

With only pledging to sew 6 in 2014 this is a very reasonable goal for myself. I can easily get distracted by new patterns and sew alongs, and this will give me more of a deadline.  

 I have picked out these for myself.
          A cozy coat with camel colored cashmere blend wool purchased on sale and sitting in my stash.
1950s  Boxy short Coat , Butterick 7045 Size 12
Vintage Sewing Suite

1950s Blouse and Full Skirt , Simplicity 3857 Size 12
Vintage Sewing Suite

A Summer Sleeveless Blouse in white cotton with embroidered dots ( in my stash)

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I have a lovely midnight navy silk charmeuse in my stash for these luxurious pjs.
If your interested in joining along check out her Blog and read more.
Need more inspiration? My Etsy Store Vintage Sewing Suite is having a sale 15% off any pattern over $5.00.  Just type in  FEB15. Several other vintage pattern sellers are also offering discounts, here are the details if you are interested February Blitz.
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Summer Skirts Go to....

I love the McCall's 6289 in view A. The McCall's 6327 with the pockets (view D) is fun too! I would like any of them to sew up a skirt in the cloud fabric I found today!
I can't wait to see how your version turns out!

                           Congratulations Annie. Please email me with your mailing information.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

GNBBS: The "Think Pink" Dress

The Think Pink Dress was inspired from the movie Funny Face and the Gerties New Book for Better Sewing dropped waist cocktail dress, a variation of the wiggle dress pattern. I started it back in early December and first posted  here.

I knew I needed to make a muslin for the bodice of the dress and was very happy I did. There were several changes that I made during the first muslin fitting. Working from the top down like I learned in Sew the Perfect Fit class on Craftsy, I started on the shoulders. The front was too long and the bust darts were misplaced. I took in the shoulder seams with a 3/4" seam allowance instead of 5/8" which pulled the bodice up. Now that the bust darts were in the proper location but the neckline was too high. I cut a new neckline, then I moved onto the back. The back was too small and the side seams were pulling forward. Since the back had four darts. I removed the second back darts and kept the main one but took  it out 1/4 " and graded the side seam allowance from 1/2' to 3/4' in the hips where she had too much fabric. We positioned a make shift skirt with a petticoat to decided where to place the skirt on the hips.
                                                Here is the front before we worked the sleeves.
and the back, there is still some pulling so I will take out a little more in the seam allowance.

She wanted the sleeve to be just a simple cap sleeve which eliminated the need for a gusset as the pattern suggests. The skirt was drafted this summer when I completed the  Retro Skirted playsuit. It was easy to cut and sew together with minimal changes. I needed to add a back zipper instead of a side one. Gertie's book explains how to do this very well and it was easy to follow the instructions, cut out and sew the skirt. 
When the skirt was attached to the bodice of the dress we did a fitting and it didn't look right. The skirt needed to come down a little lower, we had over planned for my daughter's short torso. 
Since it was clear that I would not make the deadline for December The Monthly Stitch Challenge like I had intended, I took a break from the dress. With all of the water issues and the mister with a Man Cold, I didn't pick it up again until this week. I unpicked the skirt and moved it down 1/2 inch and did another fitting. This time it was right. I then worked on the hand picked lapper zip and adding seam tape to finish the inside.
I used Hug Snug seam binding to tidy the inside and pinked the side seams.


 Can you tell I was tired of hand stitching, my lapped sipper is not perfect.

The only complaint is that she would like the skirt to be fuller and with the heaviness of the wool crepe she would need a stiffer tulle petticoat to achieve that look. I plan to sew a dropped waist petticoat slip like this one I purchased on Etsy. I plan to do the full slip version since the bodice is only underlined with silk organza .

I am glad this dress is complete and mostly pleased with the results. I know it will be worn often and become a new favorite for my vintage styled daughter. Next up for GNBBS Projects : The High Waisted Circle Skirt Pattern.