Wow – a tale of detergents!


Not my usual post. But I bought Arm and Hammer Sensitive Scent pods on a buy one/get one a few months ago. And I started to notice that my clothing smelled like I had just run a marathon!! It was driving me crazy and into the shower more than once a day. I finally figured out it might be my new detergent.


I’m back to All Free & Clear liquid, not pods, no smell, and I’ll never ever use anything else.


Of course, all my garments went back through the laundry, so compulsive, yes 🙂 Has this ever happened to you?

Ciao! Coco

Burnout jersey and sticky business…

Have you ever noticed how jersey knits want to cling to pants and skirts? right there where it’s least wanted – on the bum.

I’ve overcome this issue in large part by wearing my jersey tunics with ITY knit bottoms. Nice slippery ITY – nothing clings to it, plus it’s just so comfy to wear. Bonus – just throw it in a suitcase. It doesn’t wrinkle.

But I digress. I’ve been meaning to make a ‘slip’ for my tunics for a long time. Such a simple solution.

I used a poly mesh knit from Fabric Mart, acquired 2 years ago – 8 yards of it! because I planned to line a mother-of-the-bride dress with it. It’s really more of a knit lining than a mesh, and I’ve used quite a bit of it for interfacing knit garments.

At the same time I bought 8 yards of poly/cotton burnout jersey in a beautiful abstract (think Art Nouveau) print. In the end, I used something else entirely for my MOB dress.

But I really wanted to use the burnout jersey and finally got my act together for the needed slip. I used Butterick 5954, View A, as the starting point for the slip, largely because it has the basic silhouette of my tunics.

I simply sewed it together on the serger, put it on Emile, and trimmed away at the armscye and neckline until I had nice muscle shirt lines! The fabric is so stretchy that it was easy to fold in the edges to hem them – no binding needed.

Then on to a B5954 tunic in the burnout jersey…

A few notes on sewing the burnout jersey, which has intimidated me – this is the only piece I’ve purchased:
  • It’s definitely sheer, and it’s not straight-forward to sew because of the thick-and-thin texture.
  • After trying several sizes,I used a size 70 universal needle.
  • I used normal pressure on the presser foot, and I worked with my upper thread tension to achieve a stitch that didn’t look loose on the burnout areas.
  • Finishing the hems – I serged the sleeve and skirt edges to stabilize the fabric, then folded the edge twice and finished it with topstitching. No steam-a-seam tape needed.
  • I think it would be a lovely fabric for a scarf – but I don’t think it would work well with a rolled hem on the serger, because of the varying texture. Has anyone tried it?

I wore white pants for these pics so that the lines of the tunic would show up – in real life I’ll probably wear black or gray.

No cling!

The slip works like a charm.

A side note: I worked on this in Ft. Myers last week, and I managed to get there without any gray thread. So I bopped over to Holly Lobby and picked up a spool of their Sew-ology thread. It worked great, I absolutely could not distinguish between it and the Gutermann I generally use.

Whew! What a project. But I enjoy sewing challenges, and I feel good about conquering the burnout fabric. Meanwhile – it’s almost the weekend. I hope yours is nice and full of sewing 🙂

Bye for now – Coco

Just couldn’t pass on this…

Source: Professor Pincushion

Do you get itchy to buy some fabric when you’ve been on a fabric fast? I do! Since Christmas, I’ve been trying to sew from my stash. And I admit I have a lot of fabric.

But it’s not necessarily what I want to sew at any given moment. Refer to graph, please.

Like many sewists, I love my stash. Just like I love all hundred or so spools in my thread drawers, buttons in 30 colors, unopened packs of straight pins, 24 triangle chalks (hey, they were a great deal on Nancy’s Notions), and 10 pairs of scissors. Adding to my stash is much easier than taking from it!

A week or so ago, Craftsy got me with an email about deeply discounted fabric and $1 shipping. Hmmm. I took a look, because I know that some of the sales on Craftsy are amazing. Plus their fabric is high quality, the service is great, and their shipping is fast.

So – the goodies. The prices are totals for the yardage, not cost per yard…

Wowser! Coco

Last MOB dress muslin post – I promise!

I admit I’m having a blast doing muslins. Maybe I’ll just do muslins – all year long! It’s fun and there’s absolutely no pressure. 
Well, OK, there’s this MOB dress thing out there, but conceptually, there’s no pressure 🙂
Having spent hours looking at my first MOB dress muslin, I’ve decided I don’t particularly like v-necklines on myself. As my bustline and neck drop, v-necks appeal to me less and less. I need ‘up’!
This muslin has a round neck! and I like it better.
It also has both bust and vertical front darts. I’ve been thinking for a while that putting darts in my knit tops might also give me some of that ‘up’. 

It’s not so easy to find a darted pattern for knits, so I pulled out a bodice I drafted recently for my Jungle January dress (coming soon). It’s based on McCalls 6884 Fashion Star sundress, which is for woven fabric.

Basic changes for the Jungle January dress: I slit both bodice pieces just above the front side dart and dropped the bottom piece  by 1″. This took care of my FBA and vertical dart adjustments. To compensate, I removed that 1″ from the bottom edge. My other change was to tape some drafting paper inside the front neckline and redraw it. I didn’t sew the back darts or use a zipper, and I straightened the side seams just a tad.

For this knit bodice, I added the same sleeve and skirt elements I used on my first muslin: sleeves from Vogue 1315, skirt from New Look 6936.

At this point in my photo shoot, a mosquito buzzed my ear! Don’t they know they’re not allowed here?
More fabric arrived this week…Post-holiday sales have been my best friend. I’ve paid $5/yd or less for all the fabrics I’ve purchased this month. 
Tribal Stripe Cotton Lawn, Aztec Print Cotton/Linen Blend – Fabric Mart

I’ve already laundered the lawn. Gosh, it is so soft and not a wrinkle anywhere. The nicest lawn fabric I’ve ever had. It feels like very fine rayon challis. I plan to launder the cotton/linen blend twice before I lay it out for cutting.

The cotton/poly sweater knit from laundered beautifully. I was so afraid it would simply unravel! 

Bye for now, hope everyone is safe and near loved ones.


Ramble – Bird Design Fabrics!

Here’s a fun ramble through some of my favorite bird design fabrics! They are so appealing – hope you like them, too!

 Mod designs. I love the crisp, fresh appearance…

Menagerie Sherbert Twill 7 oz Cotton

Urban Zoologie Owls Kona Cotton

Urban Zoologie Peeps Kona Cotton

Tweet Tweet Cotton 

June Song Cotton

From the Korakuen Collection – beautiful, unique, reminiscent of block prints…

Korakuen Collection Kora 04 Blue

Korakuen Collection Kora 04 Red
Alexander Henry – print designer supreme!

Starling Cotton Pima Poplin
Spotted Owl Green Tea
Regent Peacock Gold and Blue Cotton

 Regent Peacock Black and Teal Cotton

My favorite bird design from AHenry…

Brazilia Cotton

Inspired…Ciao! Coco
p.s. these are all from They have the largest selection of AHenry fabrics I’ve ever encountered (216 as I write) and designers that are new to me!

Ramble – Exquisite Quilting Cotton Prints

One of my favorite pastimes is window-shopping fabrics. When I find something that speaks to me in some way, I save the thumbnail pic, name, and source in a ‘Palettes’ folder on my laptop. Fun and very inexpensive!

I particularly love printed quilting cottons – so many beautiful designs and brilliant color schemes. Here are some of my latest ‘finds’, a little Monday morning pictorial.

Alexander Henry Barcelona
Hawthorne Threads
In the Beginning Botanica
AZ Quilts

In the Beginning Botanica
AZ Quilts

Robert Kaufman Poppy Symmetry
Alexander Henry Ramblas Stripe
Hawthorne Threads

Alexander Henry Somerville Study
Pink Chalk

Falling Leaves – Tree Ring Squares

Notting Hill – Pristine Poppy

Happy Harlequin – Mesmerizing Morning Glory

Juggling Summer – Ring Toss

Light Fantastic – Shimmering Swirls

Mark Lipinski Zazzle Cobalt Vine Cogs

Light Fantastic – Stained Glass Garden

Moda Over Rainbow Batiks Horizon Garden
Hancocks of Paducah

Morris Meadows – Kelmscott Rose

New Beginnings Wild Roses

Robert Kaufman Batiks Allegro Abstract Roses
Hancocks of Paducah

Robert Kaufman Batiks Concerto Spiro Bloom
Hancocks of Paducah

Robert Kaufman Batiks Posies Begonia Leaf
Hancocks of Paducah

Robert Kaufman Weatherd Kanji Parchment
 Hancocks of Paducah

Robert Kaufman Passage To India Sari Bloom
Hancocks of Paducah

Robert Kaufman Way Out West Bandana
Hancocks of Paducah

Westminster Brandon Mabley Bones
Hancocks of Paducah

Wild Garden – African Daisy

Ciao! Coco