M7634 Small post…


It is incredibly rainy here, NOAA is talking about a tropical disturbance in the making. Hmmm. Grey. I wore this top this morning to an appointment, and my doctor loved it!!

It’s a slightly modified version of M7476. I simply added 4.5″ inches to the length of view B and went with it – regular sleeves, no hood, no center embellishment:

line art hoodie

I love wearing this top – it’s so simple and so easy to wear.

For now, Coco

Goes with coffee…


Now that our cool weather is past, I’m working on warm weather thingies to wear around the house. Retirement inevitably comes with the temptation to go grunge very casual most of the time. Tee shirt, leggings, socks, PJs. But part of my new year/new me is to avoid that!

I’ve just finished two sets, both in ITY knit from Fabric Mart. And for both, I paired a Wiksten tank top with V9217 Kathryn Brenne pants.

1-Wiksten Tank Top-side

Sewing notes:

  • That deeply curved hem on the tank top is very trying and fiddly with ITY knit, so I just cut an even hem from side to side.
  • And I used self-fabric binding on the neckline and armholes to dress them up a bit.
  • The pants are very simple – no pockets and a straight hem. The original pattern is ankle length, so I added 2″ at the hemline to go long and swooshy.


I didn’t attempt to match the print, top to pants, but managed it within each piece. I’m wearing these right now, and I love how the fabric feels.


For the second set, I added a Wiksten top to the V9217 pants I made late last year.


I’m crazy about this print, and if I see it again, I’ll jump on it.



This is fun sewing, totally selfish! And I was right – wearing something pretty is uplifting, it just enhances the day.

Bye for now – Coco

McCalls 6559 Knit Maxi version 2


Oh, let’s do a happy post! I look so morose in my last one – I had just gotten some bad news re. my heart (has been under watch since last fall), and it showed. I almost deleted the post! but writing on my blog is so good for me (you are wonderful friends). So I left it.

I reached out to my precious children, kept sewing, and today, my pics reflect how I feel now. I’m an optimist, and the only thing on my fridge is something my son told me just after I was diagnosed with scleroderma: Happiness is a decision you make.

Another ITY maxi dress using my modified version of McCalls 6559. This is so much fun, and I simply love how these ITY dresses feel.


This print is pretty funky. It goes across the horizontal of the fabric, from small flowers to larger ones! And the vertical repeat is something like 30″. I just went with the flow ๐Ÿ™‚


I managed to avoid flowers on the girls, but admit that I kind of have them elsewhere…

Don’t care!


Just a note on the fabric. When I purchased it, I thought the print was vertical. Which I would love. But it’s not, and placing a pattern across the ‘grain’/stretch of ITY is a recipe for disaster. It would grow vertically and just keep on growing. Now that the dress is done, and I’ve worn it, I’m very happy with this interesting print. It’s perfect for an uncluttered design, something that accentuates it.

I did have to place the front and back down my entire 3 yard piece to keep things copasetic. Which left me half of the yardage in one long piece. So I made a top! using Butterick 6215, the pattern from which I drafted my extended shoulder on the dress.

This top is intended for woven fabrics (as here, three years ago), but I really like the way it works with a knit (I’ve done a couple now, same size as the woven version).

Pants: Pattern Emporium Harem Pants in ITY knit

Happy sewer here…Bye for now, Coco

V9275 and M7634 Trying new patterns


I’ve been having so much fun with the 4.75 yards of jersey I picked up from Fabric Mart’s pre-cut sales!

This outfit is a combo from two patterns. The top, Vogue 9275,


And the pants, McCalls 7634,


Will I wear them together? Probably not, but I put them together here to talk about them.


Breaking it down, I just love this top! It has a really pretty and unassuming cowl neck:

Igram collar

And beautiful details. This is the underarm, where the extended ‘sleeve’ meets with the side seam:

bottom of armhole

The curved hem is lovely.


A few notes:

  • I sewed the size XS! and love the fit. It’s very over-sized.
  • I stabilized the shoulders for about 5″ with knit fusible interfacing.
  • And serged the hem and turned it up 5/8″, instead of doing a narrow hem. Then I used Steam-a-Seam in the hem to facilitate the topstitching.

This will definitely be repeated. It’s a perfect top for PJs, under a cardigan, or over leggings. Just easy to wear and so distinctive.

On to the pants. I bought this pattern from McCalls because I like the hood on the top. But the pants are great – slim and rather fun to wear.


It can be difficult to find elastic waist pants that don’t have a ton of gathers going into the waistband. These really succeed because the band is not elastic in a casing – it’s self-fabric, basically an extension of the pants.


I sewed a straight size 12, no changes. Future adjustments: I think I’ll add about 1.5″ to the rise, front and back. And tighten the waistband so they don’t want to slip down. Actually, I think fabric choice will really impact how they fit at the waist. This jersey is very stretchy, coming and going.

I’m not done yet with these patterns. Fall sewing – I’m going to use the jacket from the Vogue pattern, and the hood from the McCalls pattern, and make a long hooded cardigan in French terry knit. And that’s as close as I’ll get to sewing with a plan ๐Ÿ™‚

Ciao! Coco


New Look 6150 Ruched Top



Here come some grainy pics! This cute top is a very deep eggplant cotton/lycra jersey, it just doesn’t photograph well. So I lightened everything ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, New Look 6150, one of the Best Patterns of 2013 on Pattern Review. It only took me 5 years to find it – it really is a nice pattern:



I love how well this top tucks and stays in place!


It’s the top I was wearing with the high-waited linen pants in my last post:


Sewing notes:

  • I sewed View A, size 12, withย no changes.
  • I marked every single notch and circle from the pattern – and used them all.
  • Just to share, I use a piece of calico as a pressing cloth for knits, and I seldom get pressing lines.

calico pressing cloth

  • A tip – those long front edges are curved and have a narrow hem. It’s tempting, almost natural, to stretch it out as you pin and sew…but don’t! You’ll end up with a distorted and wavy edge. Kind of shake out the fabric so it finds its way, and let it guide you.

IMG_0109 9.35.23 PM

Like so many people before me, I’m hooked on this pattern. I’ve already sewn it in black jersey, and I have a cream jersey to start in the morning.ย I’m sticking with the fun stuff ๐Ÿ™‚


Late breaking news: Preston’s soccer team won their league championship game today, and he scored a goal!!


Ciao! Coco