And Before You Know It…

June is basically here!  I had my eye on a particular craft book challenge that involved beading,  but I didn’t get around to it.   My completed project is not contained in a book, but is still part of the stash which is a component of my challenge.

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Simplicity 2501 (View E)  and fabric used is straight out of the collection.   The pattern pieces were a tight fit given the limited amount of this fabric after adjustments.  What was different about this pattern is that it comes with multiple sizes according to your bust cup.  Let me tell you that didn’t mean diddly squat and I still had to do my usual bust adjustments. Oh, how disappointing!

After bust, back, and hip adjustments, I ended up with something I’m fairly pleased with.  I love the ruffle detail even though the print is a little busy and hides it.  I’m not pushing any fashion boundaries with this top, but it’s a start for my summer wardrobe.  I just need a pant or skirt to pair it with.

On a knitting note, I have a total of 9 squares finished for my afghan.  Some aren’t working out so well so I’ve changed a few of the square patterns originally selected.

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I was a little misled by the colors on my monitor.  My two blues don’t coordinate as well as I thought, however there is no stopping it now!  Onward!

-Nizzy

And Before You Know It…

A Bag in a Bag in a Bag

So instead of wardrobe building, I spent April purely focusing on my Craft Book Challenge craft: The Origami Bag from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches.

You know how you put small objects in a larger bag and they always seem to fall to bottom corners so you end up digging and digging or dumping the entire contents just to find the darn thing?  Yeah, I was in desperate need of something to solve this problem.

When I take my earrings off before my workout I can throw them in one of these bags and easily retrieve them without a hassle.  I can use the larger ones for toiletries, intimates, electronics, etc.  These bags come in 6 different sizes (extra-small, mini, small, medium, large, extra-large) so there is a size for just about everything.

Because I wanted to use up a little more fabric in the stash I even made a second set which I have hopes to offload to someone in need (or want!) of some catch-all bags.

I still have a few more to complete, but I am so ready to get back to more sewing for the wardrobe.

-Nizzy

A Bag in a Bag in a Bag

Butterick 5247

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For some time now I’ve claimed to have sewing as a hobby, but haven’t produced anything in a while. I own TONS of fabric, TONS of patterns, TONS of notions, and no real excuse why I haven’t sewn anything for myself. Well, I think my mojo is back, baby! It all started with this fast and easy little number. I’ve even serged all the seams so it’s just as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside.

Pattern Description:
Misses’ Tunic, Dress and Belt
I made View D.

Pattern Sizing:
Size 8-14
I cut out size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. This is a Fast and Easy Fashion Express 1 hour pattern. I don’t know if I did it in an hour, but it was pretty quick and easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the pattern.

Fabric Used:

Some brown knit with a subtle animal print from Hancock Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
lengthened the Sleeves, FBA, lengthened the hem, increased the width at the hip, but ended up removing most of the width because it was WAY too big.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I would do both.

Conclusion:

Need a quick tunic for work or hanging out with the girls? You could probably whip this up in less than an afternoon.

Closer Look:

Butterick B5247 Close Up
Oh Snap! I'm wearing a dress!

-Nizzy

Butterick 5247

Nizzy’s WIP – Dress with Ruffles

I always seem to gravitate toward the dresses and tops that have ruffles. They are fun, flirty and I just love them! The ruffles on it are exactly why this dress called to me. The magazine shows the dress as ankle length on the model, but sadly I do not have enough fabric to make that long. Let’s hope I still think it’s cute.

**ETA What was I thinking? I don’t have enough to make ANY dress with that fabric! A top/blouse it is, I guess. :-/

Nizzy’s WIP – Dress with Ruffles