Monday, November 30, 2015

McCall's 6996

McCall's 6996 from Joann's knit

 I found this knit at Joann's and knew I wanted a cardigan so I ordered McCall's 6996 during one of the McCall's sales.

Monday, November 23, 2015

McCall's 7093 - Silk

McCall's 7093 top in Mood Fabrics' Jason Wu Silk

As I have said before, I like to keep my thread on the serger and sew several things that will work with that colorway.  I had a light brown on the serger from my Morris Blazer

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Winner of Tailoring Book

Thanks everyone for the nice comments on my Grainline Blazer, I really like this one, too.  The plans are to reply to each of your comments but I just didn't want to fill up the comments section before the giveaway.

The winner per
and that is

Fabulous! You are such a wonderful jacket maker. I bought that pattern several months ago but haven't had the chance to use it yet.

Congrats Faye - email me with your mailing address and the book will be heading your way.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 36

In part of the world, winter is coming and I love winter coats.  I must get it from my husband, he has always loved to have several different coats.  This funnel coat is a good one - this from Loft
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Use this new coat from Closet Case Files - The Clare
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Grainline Studio Morris Blazer - Striped Ponte

Grainline Studio Morris Blazer in Striped Ponte

Finally,  I got back to the Morris Blazer and made myself another one.  The first one was a
textured knit in blue/cream combination

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Check Plus Quilt

Check Plus Quilt made with Cotton and Steel fat quarters

Here is another quilt to show on the blog today.   I finished the top in June and it has been back from the quilter for a couple of months.  

Monday, November 09, 2015

Sewing for a Daughter - Lindy Skirt and Marianne Dress

Kaitlyn is a Junior in college (majoring in secondary math education) and starting to spend a couple mornings a week observing in the classroom.  This means her wardrobe is changing from college student to sometime college student and sometime teacher.
This teacher wardrobe needs more professional clothes that still look young and stylish.  She is on a college student and newlywed budget, which enters mom to help with some clothes.
The first one is the Itch to Stitch Lindy Petal Skirt, elastic waist pencil skirt with front overlaps.  I added 1" to the length, Kaitlyn is 5'8" tall and wants her skirts and dresses to hit right above the knee for teacher wear.  This skirt is a free pattern!
Itch to Stitch Lindy Petal skirt from Joann's polka dot knit

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Vogue 1467 - Italian Wool Coating

Vogue 1467 Pea Coat in Mood Fabrics' Italian wool coating

   What makes a great coat?  Well, I think many things but the first is great fabric and Mood Fabrics' Italian Navy Wool Blended Coating is great fabric.  This fabric is luscious yardage that sews beautifully and worked its way into a gorgeous pea coat, Vogue 1467.  I knew when this pattern was released I wanted to make this coat in a deep, dark navy and this Italian Coating was perfect for the project.  The fabric is wool, nylon and cashmere, which is wonderful to the touch but also has loft and warmth.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Vogue 1467 Progress

My Vogue 1467 is complete!  Woo Hoo
I participated in the Vogue 1467 sew along hosted by Meg at McCall's and 
Rachel at House of Pinheiro.  These two blogs provided such wonderful information to help construct this coat and I printed off every post for the sewalong.  Running currently with this sewalong, Erica hosted the Amazing  Sewalong with valuable information on tailoring.  One more sewalong/tutorial that started just a couple of weeks ago and I used so much information.    This sew along is from Gail at Today's Agenda and I found it invaluable.  The posts were concise, well-written, full of photographs, too.  The format made it so helpful to construct this winter jacket with concise tailoring instructions.  Take a look at Gail's blog, you will find it beyond helpful