I can leave my hat on!

Fabric, Calico, Holly Lobby
Blouse, CVS Beachwear

Love my sunhat! I hoped to¬†take pictures in the Florida sunshine with lots of different sunnies…but it’s raining! So I’m on the porch and about to pass out from the 94% humidity ūüôā

However –¬†the fan is on and what a cute hat! Vogue 7600, four different styles in S-M-L. I sewed View B,
which has a rounded 4-section crown and very broad graduated brim. Rather like a fisherman’s hat!
The back covers my neck and upper back when I’m not twisted around. Great feature!
And I like the front¬†brim turned up – unless I really¬†need to dodge the sun. Then the front¬†can be¬†turned down –¬†it’s so nice and wide, very shady.
This is my first ‘real’ hat, so I was¬†careful going in. First I read through the directions very carefully.¬†And found Vogue did not go into overdrive on these. They are really basic, almost not enough to sew the hat if one is a beginner sewist.
Then I decided to do everything in the reverse order from the directions.
I began with the brim, instead of the crown. My thinking was that the brim had to fit – if it fit, I could make the crown fit the brim. Why would I sew the crown first?
I used craft fusible interfacing on the brim lining. Stiff stuff, but it is great for this kind of application. The brim top is interfaced with white broadcloth. Four layers! but the polka dots do not show through and the brim stiffness is perfect.
Tips for the brim and all that topstitching:
  • Staystitch the¬†crown/top edge of the two brim pieces as soon as they are cut. Otherwise they will strreeetch out of shape because they are cut entirely on the bias.
  • Use a walking foot on the topstitching!
  • Baste the top/interfacing layer in four¬†lines along and across the grain line.¬†This will help prevent the fabric from¬†creeping forward as you sew.
  • Topstitch with the lining side under the pressure foot and needle and the top side down on the feed dog. The fused interfacing on the lining helps prevent fabric creep as well.
As it happened,¬†I did have to make a size adjustment – I took an inch out of the center back seam in the brim!¬†I allocated 1/4″ to each of the crown seams, which¬†worked out very well.
The crown is lined in a white linen/rayon, and black grosgrain ribbon is sewn over the brim/crown seam.  I think this is pretty nifty!
I hope you’ll come see all the sew-along entries. And thank you to Carmel for hosting the fun!
One last pic for PR…ooo…ahhh…Coco!

Two maxi dresses – and new fabric!

Home again from my daughter’s house! Wonderful visit, and we got in so much talking (and fitting). I was relieved and a bit proud of myself¬†– her dresses fit! Priss the IKEA SY took care of the little bit of finish¬†sewing with ease. And these are both knits!

McCalls 5893 – what an easy and pretty pattern. The fabrics are cotton jersey knits from Valori Wells Karavan collection. Wonderful weight, and they laundered and sewed like a dream.
I took this all the way to the floor. The elephant band is 12″, and the dress is finished with a 1 1/2″ band of the main fabric. I like the way the ‘solid’ band at the bottom brings the dress together. The armhole and neck bindings are elephants ūüôā

McCalls 6073  Рa stunner! She has black hair and blue eyes Рthis dress is beautiful on her. The fabric is a lightweight cotton jersey from Girl Charlee. No twist or laundering problems! and it sewed nicely as well.  Again, this maxi is to the floor. Really pretty.

Eight gals are going on the cruise – imagine! I’m promised pics to share.

Did I mention new fabric? My girl gifted me with Holly Lobby $ – I got some really pretty pieces for fall sewing.
The cheetah print is a cotton jersey knit! oh la!
The jaguar is calico with a very smooth hand and dense color.
The stripe has a gold lurex thread running through it!
 and feels like something between a broadcloth and a lawn. 
A calico Alexander Henry story print! Love love Alexander Henry.
The detail on the fabric and the vibrancy of the colors are incredible. 
And a beautiful calico Asian print. So balanced, really good looking!  
I hardly know where to start. Oops, there is that Halloween costume waiting!
Ciao! Coco  

Going a-journey

The IKEA SY and I are going on a road trip! Over to Ft. Myers to visit with my girl, her wonderful companion, and my two little grandkitties. She is home for a few days, so we plan to do some fitting and catch up on things.

What a wonderful polka dot tote for my sewing machine. It’s the Reisenthel soft-sided market tote from the Container Store. Gifted by my sweet sister so that I could bring home the amazing ceramic bird she gave me, done by an artist in Charlotte, NC. I am so in love with Mr. Bird.

I’m taking my daughter¬†two maxi dresses and a blouse muslin for fitting! The maxi’s are for her ‘girl friend’ cruise later this month. And the blouse is for suits. The blouse¬†muslin is out of several different prints, won’t be wearable¬†– but this pattern is so funky, as I found out on mine, for sure I need the muslin ūüôā

McCalls 6073
McCalls 5893

And one more muslin, almost forgot! The corset from her Halloween costume…BIG party at their house for Halloween, super decorations, best¬†treats!

Butterick 3906
Back the end of the week – hope you have a nice one! Coco

Leave Your Hat On – September SewAlong!

Ok, I was going to put in an MP3 plug with Joe Crocker or Tom Jones or Etta James singing ‘You can leave your hat on’…I love love the movie ‘The Full Monty’.

But – I will respect that not everyone will appreciate the lyrics!

Moving on – a September Sewalong from LiamSolomonsMommy…hats! I know there will be lots of baby and toddler¬†and children hats.

So I am¬†sewing grownup¬†things ūüôā


Vogue 7600
Perfect! Coco

Reminder to self…do not buy cotton blend jersey

I am in love with my purple passion giraffe print jersey! but it does not love me so much…

It is a cotton blend. I should have paid attention, but I was so captivated by the print –¬† I’m easy, I admit it.

I have laundered, stretched on the floor, steamed on the floor, basted edges, hung, pressed, steamed again, rehung, resteamed….now I’m done.

I have the stripes lined up – but they always were. I made zero progress against the twist in this fabric!

My love is undiminished –¬†I will find a pattern that can use my yardage minus all that I have to give up to the monster twist.

Oh. Coco!