Monday, June 26, 2017

IndieSew Tops and Fabric- Valencia & Scout Tee in Striped Rayon Denim



Indiesew's Valencia Tunic in Rayon Denim Shirting


My theme for June is organization and with this is mind I present my IndieSew Team Blogger projects.  Yes, two tops because I could not stop making garments with this amazing fabric.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lodo Dress - Mood Fabrics' Jersey Knit


Lodo Dress from IndieSew made from Mood Fabrics' Stripe Jersey Knit

Summer is a busy time for me and I still want to sew or should I say I need to sew.  Sewing is a passion and when I cannot get to my sewing room, I get a little grumpy!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Two Knit Shirts - Briar T-Shirt and McCall's 6964



McCall's 6964 from Mood Fabric's jersey knit


After Me Made May, I realized I needed more knit shirts.  In need, I mean desperately need.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Butterick 6378 and McCall's 7543



Butterick 6378 and sleeves from McCall's 7543 using IndieSew gingham


Combining two patterns to make one great look is how my top came to be.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

McCall's 7562

McCall's 7562 used for a top from Mood Fabrics' tencel denim

Beautiful tencel denim from Mood Fabrics and I knew it would be perfect for a dress.  Now are you saying, Lori, this isn't a dress?


I would say, yes, you are right!  I tend to sew with a jump, I just jump into a project and this is the case with this pattern.  I went with McCall's 7562 for a dress, mainly for the great sleeves.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

h Wardrobe Book




About a month ago I received an email from Valeria Speck, asking if I would review her new ebook, h Wardrobe

I took a look at the information on line and found it interesting.


Valeria's book is based on our body, she states "The central piece of your wardrobe
must be your body."   After reading the book, I take that as  know your body and its curves to get the best wardrobe for you.

Let's face it body image is so much and the person in the mirror we see might not be in reality what is our real body shape and type.    I read through h Wardrobe and then got out the tape measure and went to work step-by-step through Valeria's book.  I did print out the e-book, it was easier for me to follow with the measuring.


After all the measuring, you sketch out your body per all the measurements
Valeria's image


All you need is a tape measure in centimeters, which is used in this book.  I found the metric system very easy to work with, especially as Valeria has you divide your numbers a couple of times.  Let's face it dividing 173 cm is much easier than dividing 5' 8"!  In addition to the tape measure, paper, pencil, ruler and a pen.

Let me tell you, stick people are hard for me to draw but with the Valeria's complete and thorough instructions, I have a croquis which looks very much like me.  I have always known I have both long legs and a long torso. Now seeing this on paper, really shows me I have a long torso but much of the length is waist to hips.

After you have your initial sketch, make copies and Valeria has you sketch on these possible garment combinations - think length, etc.  My plan is to take my croquis every time before I make a garment and sketch the line drawing on my croquis.  I think this will be very eye opening and help me visualize if a garment will really look good on me and my body type

For more information, go this post on hWardrobe and take a look at this post with sewing plans and some of Valeria's great sketches.

If interested in purchasing this ebook, head over to hWardrobe  - Designing your Handmade Wardrobe


Disclosure - I was given this ebook by Valeria to review on my blog, the opinions are all mine




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McCall's 7564


McCall's 7564 dress made from Mood Fabrics' stretch terry

 This coming weekend is a busy one for our family, it is a nurse pinning, three graduations and Mother's Day.  Well, celebrations of this nature calls for a new dress for Mom.  I loved this Mood Fabrics' Taupe/Mocha/Black/Red Cotton Stretch Terry and thought it would work great for a dress.  I want to note that even though the fabric says terry in the description, it is a lightweight knit and I don't feel it has that terry "feel".    The knit will be perfect for s graduation and not look wrinkled after all that sitting.



Monday, May 08, 2017

Scout Tee




Scout tee made with a Joann's tencel fabric

Just a quick Scout Tee to help my spring/summer wardrobe

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

McCall's 7573

McCall's 7573 in a plaid fabric from Joann's


I decided to try a big ruffle and I do believe I like it!  This ruffle is a big one but seems proportional in size for the top.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Year of the Sleeve - McCall's 7542



Mood Fabrics' Cotton dotted Voile for McCall's 7542


The sleeve for Spring 2017 seems to be the trend to have and I am jumping right onto that trend with both feet arms (in this case).  I just want so many of these looks and styles, which means I will be busy sewing statement sleeves all summer long.  For this look, I went with Mood Fabrics’ Dotted Cotton Voile (sold out) but there are several Mood Fabrics’ Voiles in stock or you can look at Mood Fabrics’ Dotted Swiss for the texture of my blouse.  On another note, Amy used this same fabric for a blouse she made for Mood Sewing Network.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Simplicity 8341


A Mimi G pattern, Simplicity 8341, made as a top with Style Maker Fabrics' rayon twill.


Can you absolutely love a garment?  Well, if you can this one ranks right up there. It started with the great pattern which actually took much longer than I ever expected.  The end result is a garment that I love so much more than I ever expected!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

McCall's 5985 - My Fabric Designs


McCall's 5895 using My Fabric Designs custom fabric for a beautiful scrub top

Here is my Meredith, in her new scrub top.  She will be graduating in May with her BSN and is need of scrub tops.  Thanks to My Fabric  Designs  and all their great fabric choices, Meredith selected a fabric that is so uniquely her!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Embroidered Ginger Jeans


Closet Case Patterns' Ginger jeans made in a light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics.  Embroidery elements from Urban Threads was added to front



Embroidered jeans are showing up in spring fashion  and I am jumping on that trend.  These jeans have been my project for a week and I am so pleased on how they turned out.  So be warned this post is photo overload!


Sunday, April 09, 2017

Three Quilts from Anna Maria Horner Mod Cosage


Quilt from Anna Maria Horner's Mod Corsage fabric line pattern from Strip Savvy Book


What do you do when you buy too many jelly rolls from one fabric group?  Well, in my case I made three quilts!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Stripe Blackwood Cardigan


Helen's Closet Blackwood Cardigan made from a Style Maker Fabrics' knit jersey.


It didn't take me long to know I wanted another Blackwood Cardigan, this time in a stripe knit

Friday, March 31, 2017

Style Maker Spring Blog Tour

Style Maker Fabrics Spring 2017 tour - rayon challis blouse in McCall's 7542 and Polka Dot Twill  Lone Tree Jacket




Welcome to the last stop of the Style Maker Fabrics  Srping Blog Tour, and I am so happy that Michelle invited me to be a part of this tour again.  This is my third time on her blog tour and I am so honored to be a part of the fun and inspiration.



Monday, March 27, 2017

Blackwood Cardigan in Style Maker's Modal Jersey



Blackwood Cardigan by Helen't Closet in modal jersey from Style Maker Fabrics


It took me a couple of weeks to purchase this pattern but I am so happy I did.  This is a style I love and the big pockets are a plus.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Contemporary Nine Patch




Contemporary Nine Patch quilt pattern made in orange and blues


A new quilt for Erin and it is so her - lots of orange with a touch of blue!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Vogue 1522- Mood Fabrics' Eyelet

Vogue 1522 from Mood Fabrics' cotton eyelet


When ordering fabric at Mood Fabrics, sometimes it takes me a long time to decide, just too many options and decisions.  Then there are other times, the fabric is just perfect and I cannot get it into my cart soon enough.  That is the case with this Mood Fabrics’ Nanette Lepore Cotton Embroidered Eyelet, it was so gorgeous on the computer screen and even more beautiful in person.

Monday, March 13, 2017

McCall's 7445 - Top






McCall's 7445 sweater using a beautiful Style Maker Fabrics adding a bottom band for length


A new fabric arrived at my house and I couldn't quit touching it.  This sweater knit was amazingly soft and I knew I needed to add it quickly to my winter to spring wardrobe.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

McCall's 6964 - Red/Navy Stripe Knit

McCall's 6964 in Mood Fabrics' stripe knit, cut shorter and added a pocket.




Have you had one of those projects that starts in one direction and then ends up a totally different way?

Well, this  knit shirt was just that.  I had this idea from I believe a JCrew catalog, a simple stripe shirt with a pleated ruffle on the bottom, about 1-1/2" wide.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

McCall's 7472 - Plaid Shirt




McCall's 7472 Shirt from Mood Fabrics' Red Tartan Plaid


One more plaid flannel shirt before spring officially comes.  I love this fabric and decided it was time to try a new shirt pattern, too.
  As you know, the Archer Shirt is my usual go-to pattern but I decided something new was due.  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Baby Quilts






Five baby quilts to share and  were finished about a year ago and I haven't shared here on the blog.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

McCall's 7445- Wool Twill


Mood Fabrics' Pinstripe wool twill for wide leg cropped pants from McCall's 7445


    Hollywood glam, 1940's style is how I feel wearing these striped crop pants.  I am not that good with the fashion eras but that kept popping into my head when I was taking pictures for this blog post.  I feel quite glamorous wearing this outfit.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

McCall's 7121 for Kaitlyn

McCall's 7121 side view


A new dress for Kaitlyn, the fabric was really on sale at Joann's and I couldn't pass up.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bellevue in Red








The Bellevue Shirt seems to be a favorite for me of late, so here it is one more time

Monday, February 13, 2017

IndieSew Lonetree Jacket


IndieSew Lonetree Jacket made from IndieSew kit

Can you love a garment the entire time you are making the garment?  Well, that was my experience while working on my Lonetree Jacket

Monday, February 06, 2017

Fire Truck for Little Guy



When a 4 year old little boy, who calls you Nana wants a fire truck bed, you find a way to make that happen.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jasper Sweater

Jasper Sweater made in a lightweight sweatshirt knit

What makes you think about a garment you made and really like to wear?  For me, it is wearing the garment again.  The Jasper Sweater is one that I just didn't wear enough right after I made the first one.

Friday, January 27, 2017

McCall's 7100 - Velvet Bomber for Niece






Blue velvet jacket using McCall's 7100 and fabric from Mood Fabrics


In December, I made my velvet bomber and wore it to a family Christmas.  My 17 year old niece loved it and asked for one.  I said yes, I will make you one and she tried on mine for size

Monday, January 23, 2017

Scout Tee

Grainline Patterns Scout tee made with Mood Fabrics


This project was finished at the end of 2016 but didn't get worn until 2017.  It was a very quick project and one that was perfect to get me back to the sewing room after the holidays.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bellevue Shirt

Bellevue shirt made from Style Maker Fabrics' stripe jersey


Another quick project but a good one, the Bellevue shirt for me.

Monday, January 16, 2017

McCall's 7476


McCall's 7476 in Style Maker Fabrics' sweater knit



After working on three Archer shirts, I decided it was time for some knit projects.  First up
 McCall's 7476 from Style Maker Fabric's Sweater knit

Monday, January 09, 2017

Mood Fabrics' Plaid Flannel Archer Shirts

Mood Fabrics' plaid flannel Archer shirts


For  me a winter wardrobe staple is a plaid flannel shirt and I was in need of a new one.  I went with Mood Fabrics’ Maroon/Gray Tartan Plaid Cotton Flannel and it is such a nice weight for these twenty degree days.  My go-to shirt pattern is the Grainline Archer Shirt, which I have made many times including two on another Mood Sewing Network post.

Archer Shirt for Kailtyn

Archer Shirt made from IndieSew chambray.



Yes, Kaitlyn gets another garment.  This time a Grainline Archer Shirt in a Moss Green Chambray from IndieSew


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Monday, January 02, 2017

Looking Back 2016

I have so enjoyed the recap posts of 2016, so I thought I would join in.  And I will start with my favorite of all the tops, McCall's 7284