Thursday, January 24, 2013

Teal Jacket with Alterations


Butterick 5147 jacket made without the collar using a teal knit fabric from Fabric Mart. This jacket was made to complete an outfit. The dress was made of the same fabric.

Grey Jacket with Collar

This is Butterick 5147 made in a greenish grey polyester cotton blend fabric. It is a fitted jacket that was made to wear with a dress that has been completed in the same fabric.

Coat Suit

Butterick 5396 is a beautiful pattern and I love the fit of the dress. The suit is made of white polyester poplin from Vogue Fabrics and both pieces are lined with polyester lining. I did purchase white chiffon for the tie after I made it using the poplin.


My Winter Overcoat

McCall's 4975 in black fleece/knit from Fabric Mart. Lined in white/black polka dot polyester. I love this pattern and would like it in another color.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


 Simplicity 4760 using a tweeded polyester from Joann Fabrics.

Jazz fabric from Joann's. 
These denim shirts are for my son and grandson.

Hat was made using Vogue 8405 for hubby.

Husband's Vest


McCall's 2447 using polyester poplin from Vogue Fabrics with polyester lining.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Square Neck Top and Dress

Trim is from polyester poplin purchased from Vogue Fabrics. The animal print polyester was purchased from Joann Fabrics.
Pattern Description: Pullover top has side slits and neckline variations, sleeveless, and with sleeves.

Pattern Sizing: 20-24

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, with the exception of my decision to make view C which has sleeves and a square neckline into a sleevess tank.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It is an easy pattern.

Fabric Used: Woven polyester for the top from Joann's and brown lightweight polyester from Vogue Fabrics for the trim.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The darts and slits were removed, the back was cut on the fold, and view C was made into a sleeveless top. After sewing the facings together, the right-side facings were attached to the wrong-side of the top, and the facings were finished with top-stitching.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will sew it again and I highly recommend this pattern to others.

Conclusion: With some apprehension, I added the facing to the front and back of this top fearing I would make a mistake and ruin it. The trim was the perfect weight which allowed it to crease perfectly

African Map Print Dress!

On the cutting board is the fabric for a dress from the same pattern as the top above. Alterations include adding additional length to the square neck top for a dress and lenghtening the sleeves. This is for my sister-in-law who is very petite. I really didn't this this fabric was pretty until the dress was completed. As far as the colors, I originally liked the colors, but not the shading. Now I love it.
The flower with covered button is an additional element added to hat pattern McCall's 4002.

Royal Outfit for the Princess!

 A new caftan that I purchased about five years ago was split up the sides and used as fabric.  The neckline was positioned to the front section of the caftan to work for a seven year old. Since the front of the top was cut from the front section, the border had to be removed from the front as the skirt. In order to make a long skirt the back of the caftan was used to make the skirt. Elastic was added to the waist and a split was added to the back. Double fold fabric was used to trim the split.The border made the hem a little heavy due to the embellishment.  It was a perfect fit and when she saw the dress she said, "This is royalty!"

Friday, January 18, 2013

Inspire Me!


Inspiration from  
Butterick 5190 using ITY knit from Fabric Mart. Taking time to design before cutting the fabric made all of the difference in the look of this dress. The dress was designed using the top and adding the additional length.  It is one of my favorites.

Pattern Description: Misses' Jacket, Top, Dress, Skirt and Pants: Loose-fitting, unlined jacket A has dropped shoulders and stitched hems. Semi-fitted, pullover top B or below mid-knee length dress C are sleeveless with stitched hems. B: purchased belt. Skirt D and straight leg pants E have concealed elastic waistline and stitched hems.

Pattern Sizing: 16-24

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No, due to alterations.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it is versitile.

Fabric Used: Polyester/Lycra Flora Medallions, Black, White 60" wide from Fabric Mart.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added 4" to length, and sleeves.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will sew it again, and Yes I do recommend it to others. I made another out of ITY Knit Marble Print blue, aqua, and lime.

Conclusion: This dress was inspired from a dress off the runway of It took a while to put together with adding the borders to the sleeve, hem, and neckline. It has a black X in the back which mirrors the front. I wore it today, which was our first wendy and chilly day. It was a very comfortable dress.

Changes and More Changes!

Simplicity 4025 style D (burgundy) is a very easy pattern. Although the pattern called for fleece, I really liked the back rounded collar. The fabric is a poly blend faille knit that feels like a sweater knit.

Jacket was made to wear with black pants and other separates until Butterick 5190 dress came along.

Yes, it started out as a sleeveless dress. Then, I decided to add sleeves. When I tried it on the shoulders were too wide, so I had to remove the sleeves and repair them. Then, the bright idea hit me to try the jacket over it to see if it would be too much together, and Wa! La! La! I liked it so now I have an outfit and guess what??? I'm thinking of shortening the sleeves so I don't pass out in it. We'll see where that goes.