Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Pajamas

When I look at these cute Christmas pajamas, they just bring a big smile to my face and these words pop into my head "the children were nestled all snug in their bed" (from the Twas the Night Before Christmas).  I decided to start a tradition of making Christmas pajamas for the little people (aka grands)  in my life.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Neptune Tee - Two Ways

Indiesew Neptune tee with triangle cutouts using a plaid knit

I am always on the lookout for new t-shirt pattern and found a fun one over at Indiesew, called the Neptune Tee by Sew Kate Sew.  The description of this top, 
A knit tee with triangle cutouts at the sleeves, back, and front.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Butterick 6244 - Coat

Butterick 6244 wool coat made from Mood Fabrics' wool coating

Okay, first off, I love, love, love this coat and you all are going to have picture overload.  I was so pleased with the coat and I just kept taking photos.  This is the road in front of my house and for the longest time no one drove by.  It was a great spot for photos, so I just kept pushing that remote

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Stylemaker's Sweater Knit - On the Eighth Day of Sewing

Style Maker Fabrics' sweater knit made using Seamwork Oslo cardigan
Have you all been keeping up with Michelle of Style Maker Fabrics  and her 12 days of Sewing?  There are some fantastic gift ideas, not to mention quite do able in these last 17 days until Christmas!
Michelle asked me if I wanted to participate in this event and I jumped at the chance to be part of the fun.   The two of us tossed some ideas back and forth and decided on a quick garment sew.  I went with Style Maker Fabric's plush sweater knit in teal.    Let me tell you this is an incredible fabric, soft, lush and washes beautifully.  
Style Maker Fabrics' sweater knit made using Seamwork Oslo cardigan

Now for a pattern, the  Oslo by Seamwork has been on my to-do list for quite some time.  You might be thinking I don't have time to make this for myself or for a gift.  I want to say yes you can.  I did this in three small sewing sessions.  One night last week, I cut it out.  Saturday morning before heading out of town for the night, I did about 30 minutes of sewing.  This included the shoulder seams,  setting in the sleeves and side seams.  When, I got home on Sunday, I did the cuffs, hem and collar.  Ta-da, done and beautiful.

Style Maker Fabrics' sweater knit made using Seamwork Oslo cardigan

The Colette blog and SeamWork has great sewing with sweater knit tips.  On this sweater knit, I used some knit interfacing (non-stretch direction) at the shoulder seams and used the differential feed on my serger to attach the collar.  If you are using a twin needle to hem, I like to use the knit interfacing, in the non-stretch direction at the hemline.  This helps prevent the tunneling you get at times with a twin needle.

This Oslo cardigan would be great for gift sewing, it is quick and one that does not need much fitting.  Or better yet, sew one for yourself !

Now to keep this Holiday theme related, let me reference some of my favorite Christmas Songs

 and this sweater knit is great for the cold!
Style Maker Fabrics' sweater knit made using Seamwork Oslo cardigan
And of course the classic, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams
Style Maker Fabrics' sweater knit made using Seamwork Oslo cardigan

I have to share this one coincidence, I did the photo with the sign last.  After that, I put my camera, tripod and sign back in the car.  This time of year, my radio is mostly on a Christmas song station, which I love, family not so much!  I will give you one guess as to the song playing on the radio when I turned on my car.  Yep, it was It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year by Andy Williams!  That brought a big smile to my face as I looked at my canvas that was part of the photo shoot.
Today only, Tuesday, December 8, 2015, all sweater knits are 20% off and there is a special price on the pattern notcher, too.
Disclosure - I was given this fabric by Style Maker Fabrics to be part of the 12 Days of Sewing, the opinions of the fabric greatness are all mine.
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Monday, December 07, 2015

Basic White Archer Shirt

Girls in the Garden Basic White Cotton Grainline Archer Shirt
Yes, I made the Archer again - this is lucky number 9, if my count is correct.  I really needed a nice basic white shirt in my wardrobe and I knew the Archer was just the pattern.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Butterick 6208 - A White PIntuck Tunic

Mood Fabrics' White Pinpoint Cotton Shirting Tunic - Butterick 6208

I just love a white blouse and feel like it is a basic item needed for any closet but one was not found in my closet.  Time to take care of that situation and make a white blouse.  I wanted a twist on a wardrobe basic, a blouse with some visual interest.    First, I needed to find the right fabric for my blouse and went with Mood Fabrics' White Pinpoint Cotton Shirting.  The description states a good staple fabric with a bit of crispness.