Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Fashion Inspiration -15

Jackets are the theme today, and I am starting with an easy one
This from StyleBop
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Round Robin Quilt

I have mentioned my quilt club and our projects.  This latest quilt is right up there with one of my very favorites. This one is round robin style and each month the owner of the quilt shop had pattern for the next border/section.
Round robin quilt made in navy and aquas

The first month was the middle block and we were told to purchase about 5 yards of a background fabric.  I selected a gray for my background

Monday, January 26, 2015

Vogue 8840 - Ponte Knit

I mentioned in my first Vogue 8840 post I was going to try it in a ponte knit, well here that one is
Vogue 8840 top using Ponte knit and topstitching

On this version, I used the center front and center back seams to add some interest to the knit

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 14

Anyone in the mood for dresses?  Hope so that is what we are doing today!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vogue 8840 - Stripe knit

I really like to sew knits and sometimes use them when the pattern calls for a woven.  Vogue 8840 is such a pattern but I loved the look of the top.  The fabric recommendations are synthetic suede, charmeuse and men's
suiting.  I went with a lighter weight, lycra/cotton knit.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cowl Neck Top by So Sew Easy

With my recent year-end post, I reflected on my 2014 makes and my goals for 2015.  The most important goal was to sew for my lifestyle.  I pondered on that goal and decided in my own little head to expand on that goal and include filling in the holes in my wardrobe.
Rayon jersey knit Cowl Neck by So Sew Easy purchased from Indiesew

The first hole was knit tops with a dressy look particularly to wear with some drapey cardigans that have been added thanks to some beautiful gifts and sales.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 13

Friday again and time for inspiring sewing projects.  Several of you replied you liked the focus on one type of garment and I did like planning the post that way.  So today is all about tops, quick and easy tops.  Why quick and easy?

  Maybe you need a jump start after the holidays, maybe your wardrobe needs just a little something to add some color/life for the rest of the season, maybe you need something quick to sew in the middle of an extensive tailoring project, or for whatever your maybe might be here is quick and easy tops.....

A tank top for layering or those in the southern hemisphere for the warm temps.  This one from Loft
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ginger Jeans in Denim

Making your own jeans can be intimidating but I went for it using a Mood Fabrics' Theory Denim (sold out but here are many more to pick from - Mood Fabrics' Denim) and the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns, which is named for Mood Sewing Network's own Ginger Makes

Mood Fabrics' stretch denim using Ginger Jeans pattern

  This denim pair is my third pair of pants from this pattern.  The first from a stretch twill from Mood Fabrics and the second from Mood Fabrics' black suede cotton.  Each time I changed a couple things on the pattern and this denim pair I feel is a good fit. One change was for the baggy seat, using this recommended alteration at Thread's Magazine and it really worked, no more baggy seat

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tablet Case

Do you all have patterns and supplies for a project AND these items have been sitting around forever just waiting for you to get to them?  I sure do and one of those projects is a table case for Meredith.  I think the fabric and pattern has been in my sewing room since early summer.

The pattern was iCases from Pattern by Annie

This pattern is not difficult to make and goes together very nicely.  Also, I found it quick to make.  Meredith chose the fabric and I love how they go together.  Meredith is not known for her decisiveness and I do believe the fabric was changed several times!

The one issue I had with this pattern, is selecting the size.  The pattern comes in a small and large case.  I measured Meredith's Samsung tablet and went with the small case (6-1/4" H by 9-3/4" W), which was very close to the tablet.  Once I had the case to a certain point, I tested out the size.  Way too small and I was very disappointed, as you see it was just sewing up beautifully.

My solution?

Friday, January 09, 2015

Friday Fashion Inspiration - 12

It is back and ready for new projects for 2015.  If you are like me the list just keeps growing and growing

I really need to make a new winter coat in a longer length and I have the perfect red wool.

Northern Hemisphere it is winter and very cold most parts so this Friday will be focused on coats.

How about this one from JCrew through
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Wednesday, January 07, 2015


It is a new year and that means new projects and new events, right?  Also, life changes.

I have been a very infrequent blogger the last 3 weeks but I really had good reason.

First off I didn't realize I needed a break but I guess I really did.  I did not touch my laptop much during my weeks off. I did touch my new tablet, gift from hubby, I love that thing and it is so easy and fun to use.  Not to mention, the perfect size.  I love to use it in my sewing room to watch tv through various apps.

I did make it a point during break to do quite a bit of sewing, when I wasn't on the couch napping or watching TV!  Yes, I was a bit of a couch potato, I will admit that.

After a bit of organizing in the sewing room, I had to get my quilting cotton purchases under control.  I completed 2 quilt tops - one was a lap size from
 Bonnie and Camille's April Showers
I used two jelly rolls for this but did omit all the fabric with the umbrellas, they just were not my style and in my opinion looked very 30's fabric.

Next up was a twin size quilt from
Heather Bailey's Up Parasol 
plus some scraps from stash.
Using this pattern, Cheerio, which I had in a quilting magazine.

I will put up pictures after they are back from the quilter and the binding is on.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Top 5 of 2014 - Hits + Misses

Well, we are into 2015 and I am just getting around to a 2014 recap.

I am going to use Gillian's format

Let's start with hits.....