Greetings! I just realized yesterday that my last post was almost a month ago. I’ve been so busy, in a wonderful and fulfilling way.
I’m so happy in my new church home, and I’ve looked for ways to serve and get involved. In early November, the call for sewists went out – the Christmas pageant costumes were in need of ‘revitalization’ and/or replacement. I went over and, to my surprise, came home with the animals! Talk about a challenge – 3 sheep, 3 cows, and 3 donkeys for the little 3-5 year olds. I haven’t attempted costumes since my own children were that age, long ago. And my only animal was a bunny…
Thank goodness for Pinterest, which opened a world of examples. I chose my models:
And I found two great patterns for the costume basics:
Each costume has a top from S2068 and a hood from S2855, with embellishments. For the bottoms I used True Bias Mini Hudsons. I chose these because the cuffs are easily turned to accommodate our shorter grazers.
These 9 costumes took me much longer to sew than I anticipated, but I’m really pleased with the results, and I’m excited to see the little ones in the pageant. Christmas Eve will have additional meaning to me, and I’m grateful.
Now that I’m getting settled in to my new home, here’s a jacket I made while I was renting an apartment and house hunting. I wore it to church this morning, and I got so many compliments! Rather timely, because my church is looking for someone to repair/remake costumes for the Christmas pageant. Perfect, because I’ve been looking for a way to contribute to my new church home.
Anyway, I do really like this pattern. It has so much potential! And I really enjoy short jackets over pants and skirts.
I settled on the view D with the mandarin collar, and I sewed it in 2 fabrics from JoAnn. The outside is a metallic Asian print, and the inside is a linen/cotton blend. Well, I cannot find either one of them on the JoAnn site 🙂
I did make a few changes, using the pattern pieces. I used the interfacing piece to make my front facing in the main fabric, and I redrafted the front lining for this change.
Just a couple sewing notes:
I sewed the size small (5’8″, 34″ bust).
I also added 2″ to the sleeves, they are a bit short. On sleeves, I aim at 25″ from the shoulder seam, which always gives me enough length to fit/adjust as needed.
My front edges are rounded, using my makeup mirror as a guideline!
With so much supportive feedback, I’ll wear this again. Curious – do you ever hesitate to wear a newly made garment? I sure do 🙂
We’ve been so fortunate here in Orlando (yes, my house closed last week, and I’m officially here). It’s very windy, with some rain, but my temporary pad is an apartment snugged inside an incredible property called The Gardeners Cottage. I’m living in the middle of a rampantly lush botanical garden. Good for the soul.
I ventured out between rain squalls to get a few pics of my new Simplicity 7051 blouse, sewn before I moved (first version and sewing notes here).
This fabric is so cute, it’s STOF Dodo Petrole woven cotton from Fabric.com. It’s 63″ wide! and, given the length of the repeat, I used all of 2 yards to accommodate the print matching and placement. I think of this as my ‘Incredible Dr. Pol’ blouse 🙂
My landlord has five gorgeous kitties.This one is quite old and calm, and he seems to like me. Or maybe he just connected with the cats on the print.
(There’s nothing like a back view to highlight baggy jeans – shameful!)
I have more things to post, but without my sewing gear, I’m knitting, painting, and reading. All the effort, work, and worry that went into showing and selling the house left me more tired than I realized. I’m sleeping like a baby.
Smug mug… I’ve been working on three dresses over the last couple weeks, each one a variation of the Simplicity 8640 Handkerchief Hem dress. No surprise – I changed up the hem to be more exaggerated, and I drafted a V-neck option as well!
I do love to wear them on rainy days (that cozy factor) and in the evening after my shower.
These have been in the sewing loft for over a week, pending photos. I do this all the time and I need to get them into my closet 🙂
This is my second pair of these super comfortable and cute PJs (first version here). Making them – layout, cutting, construction – is a rather big project, but it’s also fun because of all the details.
I sewed a straight size 8, View B, which has the cuffs on sleeves and pant legs.
This wonderfully cool and wrinkle-free fabric is chocolate/off-white cotton/lycra poplin shirting from Fabric Mart’s NY Designer category. I looked at it for days before it went on sale for 60% off – I was really fortunate to get it.
Once again I applied bias edging details instead of piping. This time I used double-fold quilt binding, pressed open and cut to 2″ wide. It’s poly/cotton (no shrinking to speak of), and is a nice weight for an edging. It’s also available in a myriad of colors.
I like the fit of the pants so much that I’m planning a couple pairs to wear with a sleep shirt.
Something else got moved out of the loft this morning as well. This dress was on Emile for 4 weeks as part of the staging when the house was on the market!
Parting shot – my resident doves. I know they had a baby earlier this spring, because the three of them spent hours sitting together on the fence and ground-feeding once the juvenile was out of the nest. I had to take this photo from inside the house because they startle so easily. Beautiful.
My house is so destroyed with pre-move fix-ups that I have nowhere to model this robe.
Plus – OK, I’m distracted, busy, working with my fix-up helper.
In the middle of all this, I decided to make a new robe. My go-to terry robe is really irritating my neck. Can you believe it?! It’s the loops on the terry cloth.
Serendipity. I ordered a couple yards of this pretty double brushed poly spandex from Fabric Mart for a cardigan. And they sent me 3 yards, the end of bolt gift. Wow. All of a sudden, this fabric just had to be a robe.
Simplicity 1946 is the only robe pattern I use now. A couple reasons: It comes in sizes for the entire family, and it does not have an attached front band. The front is faced, which means it’s so easy to sew.
Of course I’m always challenging myself. The pattern is for woven fabrics, but I decided to use a knit.
I used the size Small Adult. Fits great.
I spent about an hour working with stitch lengths, tension, and so on, on both my sewing machine and my serger. I don’t just serge knit seams, I prefer to stitch and then serge to finish the seam allowances. Reason? Straight stitching adds both structure and weight to a knit seam. I like it.
Tip on the hem finishing: you can clip the side seam allowance at the hem turn line, spread it open, and avoid the bulk of turning a serged side seam!
Those pockets: I staystich the sewing lines, press, and baste the pockets in place. For both knits and wovens. I love quilters basting needles! BTW – dbl brushed poly loves to be pressed, light steam, I use my silk setting and a calico pressing cloth.
This is a pic of my favorite presser foot. It’s a quarter-inch foot, and it’s constructed to guide 1/8″ and 1/6″ stitching as well. I’ve tried to find it online, cannot, so I sleep with it under my pillow.
Washi tape is so nice for making a topstitching guide, in this case 1 3/4″.
Happiness – I didn’t run out of thread. I often order matching thread from Fabric Mart, they always select a great color. It’s much easier than running to JoAnn (which is not near me) with a swatch.
I love this robe! I Intend to wear it all the time while I get ready to move. It’s calm 🙂
Parting shot: the loft is ready to be painted. Barren. But the printer is online, and I’m printing the Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuitright now!!