Friday, September 1, 2017

Hello Friends!

I've been more focused on quilting than sewing, but really missing wearing my own creations. August 30th was our 42nd wedding anniversary. It really doesn't seem as if it's been that long. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Overlay Top

This is a scarf that I purchased in Jamaica and turned into a top. I'm excited to be able to wear this over a tank top.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Diamonds Jacquard Cardigan/Top

Pattern: McCall's 7135 cardigan is quick and easy to put together.

 Fabric: White Mini -Diamonds Jacquard Double Knit from Fabric Mart Online
 Pattern: Butterick 5190 top

Monday, September 5, 2016

More Dresses!

Butterick 5058 dress with lengthened sleeves, facings in beige knit. Dress is black scuba knit. Same as this one.
 Butterick 5147 dress for my daughter in African fabric purchased in Ghana by a friend during travels. This is the same as here. The sleeves and hemline were lengthened.
The top is Simplicity 3704 with front neck slit and side slits and lengthened three-quarter length sleeves.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Butterick 5967 Misses'/Women's Flutter Sleeve Tops is loose-fitting, has upper princess seams, shaped, flared sleeves with narrow hem, button-down closure, v-neckline, gathered at waist and shaped lower edge.

Fabric: cotton floral Hawaiian print
                                                     Sizes: XS - 6X


Removed  1" from the center back neck to the hem
Removed  1 1/2 " from each side below the bust line to the hem
Shortened sleeve length 2"

I love the comfort and ease of wearing this top. It is considered an easy pattern. Keep in mind that the pattern has an abundance of fullness below the bustline.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pink Flamingo

Pattern: McCall's 7191 tops in different versions. This is version D as shown here and a different version here.

 Fabric: Flamingo Pink ITY Knit from Fabric Mart
Adjustments: Three-quarter length sleeves, lowered bust darts, doubled the back upper facing and serged, and made the front facing wider since I didn't line this one like I did the front of this one.

I would really like a dress like this and maybe color blocked in the back.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Copy Cat

This Forever More Black Peplum Top can be purchased here. It was sent to me asking if I could make it. Well, I thought about it and went to work.

 I started with Simplicity 6130 view B and C which I made here.

A much smaller person tried this on for pictures.
 Fabric: Cotton/Polyester purchased from Fabric Mart was the only black fabric in my stash. Scuba knit, polyester/spandex, or some stiffer fun fabric would be a better choice for the curved ruffles.

 There was a light blue top listed as a color choice. After closer examination, I could see that the ruffle was attached to the front and back at the sides.
Making the Ruffle
NOTE: Raise the neckline on the front and back pattern pieces before making the ruffle pattern.
While looking at the pattern pieces, I noticed the peplum pattern piece #15 had pleats. I laid the #15 on top of the front pattern piece and traced it around the armhole, shoulder, around the neckline adding the pleats, and ending with another shoulder attachment. Make sure and include enough fabric from the last pleat to extend so the seam will be centered on the shoulder. Then, I proceeded to draw the curve starting on the left at the bottom up to the shoulder. 

Attaching the ruffle
1. Cut 4 of the new ruffle pattern.
2. Sew two ruffles together with right sides facing, trim and press. Make two ruffles. One for front and one for back.
3. Sew front and side front together.
4. Measure and cut a neckband using the sleeve band pattern piece as a guide.
5. Lay front bodice right side up.
6. Lay ruffle on top of front starting at the side, shoulder, and across to center front. Fold back towards right shoulder matching shoulder to shoulder. Make three pleats for front and three pleats for back.
7. Stay stitch ruffle to front of top.
8. Lay back bodice pieces on top of ruffle at shoulder and stitch together.
9. Add peplum and zipper.
10. At this point you can lay the neckband and sleeve bands.

Have Fun!