Friday, November 30, 2012

Butterick 5796

PIcture on a person:

Line drawing:

illustration of view I made:

Description: From the BMV web site: "MISSES' MATERNITY TOP AND PANTS: Pullover top has neckline variations and stitched hems. A and B: opening for twisted draped effect. C and D: collar extends into drape. A, B, C and D: close-fitting. E: loose-fitting, drawstring sides, and purhased tank top. C, D and E: double-layered collar. Close-fitting, boot-legged pants have yokes with raised waist. All have stitched hems.
Sizes: 8 to 24
Instructions:  They were pretty easy to follow, but I did have a bit of difficulty figuring out the twisted drape of view B.  After some trial and error, I figured it out.
Likes/Dislikes:  So many options for different looks.
Changes:  First off, Butterick has you sew the sleeves in the round.  I did them flat and then sewed the side seams and sleeves in one continuous seam.  Also, the side ruching is with elastic in the side seams.  I didn’t really care for this and after sewing several of Megan Nielsen's ruched tshirt, I wanted more of that look.  To achieve this, I took 4” off the back, then gathered the front to match the shortened back.  I probably could have taken 3-4 more inches off the back. 
Fabric:  A thin striped jersey knit from stash.
Conclusion:  Another cute top for Erin, it is a bit long but it will look cute with leggings and jeans.
Hard to photograph without the pillow taped to the dressform.
Butterick 5796

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

McCall’s 6512 with a Sweater

Here is my top as I get ready to leave for work
blouse McCalls 6512

I really like my new top and the fit is wonderful.  I just love when the pattern-fabric combination is just right!

Monday, November 26, 2012

McCall’s 6512–3/4 sleeve

This pattern I first made in August and you can see the blogpost and pictures here.
It quickly became a favorite and I knew I wanted a 3/4 sleeve blouse.  A couple of weekends ago, I was at Paige’s and we went to her nice Joann’s.  I was able to touch and feel fabric, hurray! I found Paige found a couple nice fabrics, perfect for this pattern.
I finished the first one last night
McCalls 6512
I love how this pattern has natural shaping in the waist.  I debated and debated on buttons  The ones we bought were not good at all, then off-white shirt buttons looked horrible.  I found these nice black/gray buttons in my button box and they are perfect.  Plus with the ties, you do not see the buttons all that much.
bow detail
I need to tie the knot a bit tighter. 
One change:  After my last version, I felt the low part of the high-low hem was too low and re-hemmed the blouse.  This time I just took off 1” the back while cutting the garment out.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Vogue 8831

Description: Close-fitting, pullover tops and tunic, have double-layered, draped collar, side front and back seams, stitched hems.  View C: narrow hem, back longer than front (note wrong side will shows).  A,B,C,D cup sizes
Sizes: 6 to 22, with cup sizes.
Instructions:  They are easy to follow with nice illustrations.
Changes:  I added length to the sleeves but did not need that. 
Fabric:  I made it once in a rayon knit but that was the wrong type of fabric, too clingy and thin.  The top reviewed is from a cotton interlock.  The recommended fabrics are 2-way stretch knits: rayon spandex, cotton spandex or wool spandex
Conclusion:  Fun, cute and trendy top, which did not take too long to make.  The only thing is it runs big and this one is too big for me.  The good part Is I have a pregnant daughter and I think this will work great for the 2nd trimester. 
I am going to make this again in a size smaller, I do think it runs a bit big and try to find some great fabric.
Here is the nice seam details, princess seams, collar, raglan sleeves
collar and raglan sleeve
Finished top:
Vogue 8831

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving to all.  This year I have so much to be thankful for:

  • Health is top of the list, my family is healthy and strong
  • my husband, daughters, son-in-laws, parents and extended family
  • new job and opportunities
  • a grandbaby on the way
  • friends, at home and many I friendships I have made through the sewing and blogging community
  • sewing - a hobby I love
  • and the list goes on and on

As I celebrate this Thanksgiving with family, food, fellowship and laughter, I want to remember all my blessings.

Here is a picture of my most precious blessings:
Paige, Kaitlyn, Meredith and Erin in November 1996

I learned how to smock after the twins were born, this jumper pattern was one of my favorites and I made it several times for them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sometimes it Doesn't go as Planned


I have made this once before and it is one of my favorite bow tops.  I thought I would make it up in a cute ITY knit of red, navy, creams.  Well, I thought wrong, the fabric was a bear to sew, the hardest ITY knit I have ever sewn.  Then I put the tie on wrong and finally the back was 2" longer than the front.  I took this as a sign, this top was not meant to be!

I looked through Pattern Review and my blog to find my original top and I don't think I ever reviewed it.

This is a great pattern with lots of extra details with the shirring.  I am going to make it again but be a bit more selective with the fabric.

Next up Vogue 8831

One thing I know for sure, I need to get to sewing.  My input of fabric is way more than my output of garments!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Three Shirts One Fabric

I bought this nice knit as a remnant while at the State Softball Championship.  It is a cotton-lycra blend and sews beautifully.
Shirt #1, I didn’t get a picture before it left the house but used Megan Nielson’s Ruched Maternity shirt

Shirt #2 is for me, I used Simplicity 4076

A pattern I have made countless times in the past but have forgotten about recently.
My inspiration is all the stripe shirts with jackets, cardigans, shirts, etc on Pinterest.
Here is one

Here is my top:
I did not have enough fabric for long sleeves, so I made cuffs.  Thought they would look cute with sweaters and jackets, folded up over the garment.

I plan on wearing this tomorrow with a black cardi, skinny jeans and boots.  We will see how it looks.
Shirt #3
I was able to squeeze out a long sleeve onsie for on-the-way grandson.  It is from Ottobre 3/20004 #2
I had one mistake, but the same end on the snap on the left.  My solution?  Just put in another snap
2 snaps
It was so nice to get in the sewing room.  My schedule is calming down and I seem to have some time now.
Off to create something else, probably finish a baby quilt.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Another Baby t-shirt

Here is another cute little shirt from Ottobre. It was suppose to be more of a onsie with the snaps but I put the snaps on the knit instead of the ribbing part.  The first pull of the snap put a hole right through the thin knit.

ottobre tshirt
I have a couple of boy knits coming from Needle Nook Fabrics but would like to find some like the Ottobre Magazine.  Any suggestions?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Sunspot from The Practical Guide to Patchwork

This quilt has been back from the quilter since June but has been on display at the quilt shop until September.  It took me a month to get to binding it and then another couple of weeks to photograph it.
Here is the original post with the book details and a picture after I completed the top.

Now the totally completed quilt
oh fransson quilt
a close-up of the quilting

I am thrilled how this quilt turned out, I love the colors, pattern and the the quilting is perfect. 

Sewing time has been very limited of late with the new job and I am helping my son-in-law remodel a house. 
I am a great demolition person Smile and good at scheduling the contractors.  This is a fun adventure and I am enjoying it but do miss my sewing time.  Today I am do a bit of painting at the house, then helping Meredith cut out a quilt and then maybe some sewing for me.  I have a little baby boy shirt all cut out.