Friday, October 31, 2008

Vogue 2614

Pattern Review

Pattern: Vogue 2614

Description: Misses liined jacket with collar variations, shoulder pads and long 2 pieced effect sleeves. I made View B with has a tab and inside button closing.

Sizing: 6 to 22, I made a 12. I bought this pattern 2-3 years ago and bought th 12, 14, 16 size range. I could have made a size 10, it does run a bit big but this is for outerwear and I would rather have the extra room. Now I can layer a sweater under the jacket and I won’t be uncomfortable.

Instructions: They were good, I have to say, I do get tired of hunting all around 7 pages of instructions for your specific view. On a whole the instructions were very good and helpful throughout the construction.

Likes/Dislikes: I liked the look. I wanted a short coat for the fall season and I had a couple of choices in mind. I remembered this pattern and thought the fabric and style would be perfect. I like the length, the collar and the style.

No dislikes other than I wish I could make a lapel better.

Added 1” to the body and the sleeves.

Fabric: A quilted outerwear from Joann’s. The lining was from stash, Stacy of Stacy Sews, sent it to me awhile back. Thanks, Stacy, it was perfect for the jacket. I will have to get a picture, it is so pretty and fun. I made a special trip to Joann’s but their buckles were too wide. I didn’t want to wait to order one, the jacket was so close to being completed and patience I do not have! Then I thought of the shoe repair shop in my small town (also repairs tack). I went in and described what I wanted. He named a type of buckle, then asked the size and then bronze or silver. Out came the perfect buckle and he removed the prong, too. $1.50 for my buckle, I will have to remember that next time.

: A fun jacket, perfect weight and similar to one in a recent BWOF magazine.

View A is very similar to this $1325 jacket
Thanks for the compliments on the jack-o-lanterns. The top one is mine, made from this kit. The kit comes with a plastic drill, chisel type cutter and clear marbles. I just poked holes with the dril, pushed in a marble and chiseled some of the pumpkin out to make it look like argyle. Took 10 minutes top.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


We carved our pumpkins tonight. See our cute kitten in the background?

The twins had a costume party at youth group tonight. One went as Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, dressed for the first day of law school. She even had a stuffed dog in a big bag! Oh, yes a pink scented resume, too. This daughter made a black pencil skirt for this outfit, simple tube with an elastic waist but it was perfect.
The other twin? One eye painted black and a t-shirt with a large "P", can you guess? It was her dad's idea and she won second place in the contest for best costume.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Let's start with the Good

Pattern: Simplicity 4077

Description: Misses’ Blouse with trim, collar and sleeve variations

Sizing: 6 to 22

Instructions: They were pretty good, the collar is confusing. This was stated in almost every review on Pattern Review and they were right. I thought I would make view E with the collar from view F but the ruffle doesn’t allow this possibility. I would read the collar instructions several times before beginning the construction. If I would have done this, my seam ripper would have had some rest! Other than that the instructions are fine.

Likes/Dislikes: I really liked the princess seams and the ruffles at the front facing.

Also, this pattern has a separate piece for the front facing (button placket) and I think a blouse always looks more RTW with this option. Also, this blouse fits very nicely.
I didn’t like was the collar instructions and the fact the long sleeve variation doesn’t have the traditional blouse cuff. I could have substituted from another blouse pattern for this look.

Changes: I added 2” to the length and 1” to the sleeves. This was not enough on the sleeves, so I added the cuff from view D. I am quite pleased on how this turned out.
A bit blurry:

Fabric: Cotton shirting from Joann’s

Conclusion: I don’t know if I will make this blouse again. I will probably use some of the design features from this blouse and use them on a more traditional blouse. I am thrilled with the fit of the blouse. Also, I am thrilled with my buttons on this blouse. If you read my blog much, you know I am sometimes button challenged! I have a terrible time choosing buttons. I put the blouse on my dressform and then pinned my button choices on. This helped in my decision. These buttons came from a Pam

So here is the good and it is sooo good.

Now the bad, not really bad, just had to have something to use for the title. I made my very favorite knit t-shirt pattern, Simplicity 4076, using some cotton/lycra from Needle Nook, a purchase from ASG. I guess the bad will be the blurry pictures.

Now the ugly, BWOF, 8/2008 #118, the tunic dress.

I am not going to do much of a review on this one. It goes together very quickly. If I made it again (doubt that), I would just gather the front piece instead of pleat. I think you would get the same look. I like the neckline but not sure about the rest. I did use the sleeves from Simplicity 4076 for the long sleeves. The fabric is from Joann's

It is much better with a belt. I am thinking one these style sweaters to wear with this wild print. Not this pricey one but something along that style. I will shop New York and Company for more my price range!

Okay, what do you think about my good, bad and ugly?
To finish this long post, a picture form Saturday. The twins and I ran in a 5K, well, I walked! Kaitlyn won the women's division, all ages. She was so proud and I was a pretty proud mom.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Room Makeover - Why I haven't been sewing

I have been wanting to paint our Great Room but couldn't decide on a color. I bought a couple of quarts, used some paint I had and just put small bits of paint around this room. I finally decided on Spicey Walnut by True Value. I love this color but before you see the after, you must start with before. Just a couple of pictures, my before pictures were an afterthought, thus the ladder in the first picture.

Dear hubby was sad not to have the polka dots of color in the room anymore!

Now after, paint really does make so much difference. Oops, forgot to put the cordless drill away. Why did I need it? See the shelf in the above before picture, I took it down.

The dining area of our great room.

I need to find some plates for my hutch. I wish I had a Home Goods store closer. The stain glass on the top of the hutch, it came from my husband's grandparents. They ran a general store for years and this is one of the windows from that store. My in-laws gave all 4 of their children one of the windows a couple of years ago, I just love the look and the history. A very special gift.

The family room area. Hubby built the shelves on this wall, not the lower cabinets, just the open shelving, he did a wonderful job.

Fall decorations on the buffet.

Different view:

My $40 chair looks so much better in this area, the lamp hides the thermostat.

The sofa table was right behind the sofa in the before picture. By taking down the oak shelf, I moved table to the wall. The black frame was an old brass frame from my aunt, spray paint totally changes the look.

I need to paint a small entryway (you can see it in the 2nd before picture) off this room on Saturday. After painting this large room, the entryway will seam like a piece of cake.
I have been busy teaching classes- 2 purse classes, one kids' class tomorrow and I went to my ASG meeting tonight. Sewing at home? A little bit, working on Simplicity 4077 blouse, maybe I can get it done soon, for an easy blouse it is taking forever.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Drawing Again

Okay, drew another name for the Making Your Own Clothes" Book is Lisa.

Email me

Friday, October 17, 2008

New Kwik Sews

I received an email this morning. Kwik Sew has a few new patterns, of which, I liked one, 3659.

Anyone else like any? Off to work on my Simplicity blouse.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Still Waiting to Hear From.....

Auntie Dini. On September 14th your name was announced as the winner of "Make Your Own Clothes" Book. Please email me by Wednesday, October 15th.

If I don't hear from her, I will draw another name on the 16th, so I will keep you posted about this giveaway. Thanks.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Two New Tops

A couple of new tops from the weekend. The first is Hot Patterns Metropolitan Tie Me Down top. I reviewed it in the short sleeve version here and decided to make it in the long sleeve. I added 2" to the length, the pattern itself is pretty short. I also took 1/2" in on each side seam. Next time I will trace a size smaller. I really like the shirring on this shirt, adds dimension to the top.

Next Jalie 2787, reviewed originally here. The fabric is leftover from this Onion top and I felt a need to use the last bit up from my stash. The contrast is from the above Hot Patterns top.

The top doesn't photograph the best but our kitten does. There was a breeze tonight and Tess was trying to catch the sleeves of my top while sitting on the top of the chaise lounge.

This kitten has such personality and we so enjoy her.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Purse and New Look Dress

Okay, here is the dress on. Hubby was sitting on the deck reading the Sunday paper, so the angle is a bit different.

A new purse I made on Friday.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

New Look 6823

Pattern Review

Pattern: New Look 6823

Description: Misses’ Dress with collar and sleeve variations

Sizing: 8 to 18, I made a 12

Instructions: They were very good, you just need to look at the instructions for the collar and the bodice. The rest of the construction process is straightforward.

Likes/Dislikes: I like, like, LIKE this dress. It is so flattering on and it is so quick to sew. My only dislike is I wanted a dress with long sleeves, but I ran short of fabric.

I also like the collar on this top. I am happy the larger dots worked out for the collar on my dress, I had very little fabric left so I am very happy all the placement worked out.

Changes: None at all.

Fabric: An ITT knit from Fashion Fabrics Club. I was inspired by Toy’s fabric purchase and then her dress
Then Mimi made dress from this pattern
I knew this fabric was destined to be this dress.

Conclusion: A great pattern, one of those hidden treasures. It doesn’t take long to sew but the results are fab-u-lous!!! I have a sweater knit in the washer and I am going to make this pattern again. This time in long sleeves and it will be perfect for oldest daughter’s college graduation on December 20th.

Oh, one more thing, I think this would be a great top, too.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Okay, Beth had a wonderful post on Monday. This post was all about decorating and she provided several links. Well, suffice to say I was hooked and explored these decorating blogs for hours. I loved the fall and Halloween decorating, plus all the inspiration from the dollar and Dollar Tree stores. I went to one today and found some items. Fall items are virtually gone from these stores and Christmas is taking over.

I did buy a frame and used this tutorial from Joys of Home to make this:

College dd#2 is home for a mid-term break and she commented on how cute my picture was. This is the same girl who commented on the dress on my dressform (pictures coming tomorrow) and she asked her dad if he needed a soda. When he said yes, she went and got it. I do believe my little freshman is happy to be home. What do you think?

Oh, back to the tutorial, the Joys of Home blog is incredible. I have read and read that one, she has a wonderful sense of decorating style. Don't some people just have this talent?

I also put this together, it needs a bit more. Maybe I can get to another Dollar Tree this weekend. Speaking of Dollar Trees, you can order in bulk from Dollar Tree Direct, I am going to look over the wedding section for dd#1.

I went by Joann's, too, bought some cotton shirting, a sweater knit, lining for a jacket and purse handles. I am shopping at Fashionista Fabric right now, Melody is having a fantastic sale.

Monday, October 06, 2008

One of my Birthday presents

The weekend before my birthday, my in-laws were in town. My mother-in-law asked if I had a name for my purses, as in a label I put on my purses. I said, "Yes, Girls in the Garden, although I only remember to put in the label 10% of the time!". Well, my mother-in-law was being a bit sneaky. She had this made for me, a cigar box with a vintage sewing theme. Isn't it wonderful?

The inside:

Inside lid

Corner of the box:

My label

This has to be one of my most favorite gifts from my mother-in-law.

New Look

No, not the patterns, a new look for my blog. It was way past time to update my blog, so see what you think of it and my new banner and my new profile picture.

I think I will go sew something now.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Weekend

First, thanks for all the birthday wishes, it was a wonderful birthday. The town gave me a parade, just take a look:

No, not really it was homecoming for the high school. My best friend and I joked they were giving me a parade. They could of asked me to be the Grand Marshall, right?

Saturday, the twins played in our conference middle school softball tournament. There was a 3 hour break between their first and second games. My mom, a friend and I headed to a nearby town to check out the antique and artist stores. I took a picture of this chair, it is bent willow with all these sticks poking out of the back. I asked permission to take the picture:

Now read the sign for the chair:

I thought is was too funny, especially considering I am going to be a mother-in-law. I told my son-in-law to-be that I didn't want to find this in their home!!

I made a purse tonight. I purchased 2 charm packs to make some pillows for the family room, this is what I had left over. Thought I would make a purse from the few left.

I have started sewing on a dress tonight, hurray, back to garment sewing.
Lindsay has asked for pictures of your wedding dress. I bought my dress but knew the minute I put it on, it was the one. I posted this picture in August for our 25th anniversary but thought I would share again.

Friday, October 03, 2008

It's My