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…

Hoodies!

I LOVE Hoodies!  If I could have one in every color I would.  There really isn’t anything that spectacular about them other than I’m always cold so they come in handy.

Source: http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m4261-products-1839.php?page_id=118

A while back I purchased enough sweat suit material to make both the pants and jacket from McCalls 4261.     I made the pants  years ago and the remaining material was recently rediscovered in the stash.  Since I am in “fabric-stash busting mode” this year, it was this fabric’s turn to get used up.

Unfortunately, after resizing the pieces I found that I did not have enough material to make long sleeves.   I solved that problem by cutting them shorter and adjusting the cuffs to fit my bicep.  I also couldn’t find a matching zipper so I used a neutral.  Problems galore, right?

The pattern instructions wanted me to leave the pocket edges and the shoulder piece edges raw and I didn’t want that look so I just top-stitched all the seams on the inside.  Everything else worked out well.  I just wished I cut down some of the seam at the cuff so it’s not so bulky on the inside.

As a bonus, I made the yoga bag.  I haven’t been to yoga in quite some time, but I’d love to take some classes again.  Now, I won’t have hand carry my mat anymore!

-Nizzy

Hoodies!

Thursday’s Three Things

  • I went to a local fabric store to check out the spring fabrics and then found myself in the pattern section.  They had tons of vintage and out of print patterns, but I was more impressed by finding the very first pattern I ever purchased back in ’91-’92.   My grandmother had an old (maybe recent at the time?) sewing machine, one of those heavy ones in its own handled case, and I was suddenly hit with the idea of teaching myself how to sew and read a pattern.   I never did finish that skirt because the machine had issues eating up the thread.

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  • I love this little book .  It seems every time I pick it up it’s speaking directly to my thoughts in that moment.

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  • Soon as it gets warmer I’ve talked myself (okay, STILL talking myself) into doing this running program.  I hate running!  Everything is all jiggly and hurting at once!  I’m not doing any marathons nor am I aiming for a specific distance.  It’s purely for cardio and endurance in the event that I do need to run.  It will certainly be a challenge.

-Nizzy

Thursday’s Three Things

Sewing with a Plan: Pattern Selection

For some time I’ve been kind of disappointed with my wardrobe.  I feel like most of the things I own fall into one or more of the categories: too old, doesn’t fit, don’t like it anymore, too blah.  I want some change, but sometimes shopping is a nightmare and I also can’t seem make clothes fast enough for my satisfaction.  So instead of incessantly whining about it, I’m going to take my time to purchase what I need, sew the rest, and just make it all work over time starting with one of my crafty goals.

At the start of the year I came up with a reasonably short list of few crafty things I definitely wanted to finally attempt in 2013.  One such goal is to participate in a SWAP.   Not the kind of swap where you get a few people together to trade yarn, clothes, patterns, or other things, but SWAP as in Sewing With a Plan.  If you don’t know about it already, here is a link to the  Original SWAP Article.  Basically, it originally began as a contest where you create a starter wardrobe of 11 different coordinating pieces using fabrics of two colors and one print.  I’m going to make it a little easier for myself and pick a pattern that has a bit of everything already in the package.

Choice 1: Vogue 8866

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Vogue 8866
Image source: www.voguepatterns.mccall.com

It’s all about that jacket peplum!  I love it, but I can totally see it giving me a headache.  The rest of the pieces are pretty basic and look easy to sew together.

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Choice 2: Vogue 2975

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With this one there will be a little bit of fussing with the pleats, but at least I will only have to do it once to account for the top and the dress.  I’ve never made a suit jacket before so either way it will be a new experience.

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Image Source: Pattern Review Website

I can’t decide which one I want to start with!   Suits aren’t required for work, but that makes me no nevermind.  Ideally for option 1 I would like to have everything sewn by the fall so that I can go into the season with something new, but I have to fit it in with the other sewing projects I  have already planned/on the wish list. With option 2 I could enjoy some of the pieces throughout the spring and summer as I sew.  Decisions, decisions!

-Nizzy

Sewing with a Plan: Pattern Selection

Lazy Woman’s Guide to Color Blocking

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My understanding of the definition of color blocking is there are chunks (or blocks) of color sewn or pieced together in one garment.  It appears that the color blocking trend has taken on new meaning.  When doing a search, I find a look that could be best described as “color clashing” rather than blocking, where each garment is a different, bright color.  While I like that look, that’s not where I was going with this project.

I don’t usually do trends or a particular style however, New Look 6087 looked like it would have been a great subtle (i.e. lazy) intro to the color blocking trend.

The pattern envelope detail of the top is actually two separate shirts worn together, an idea that didn’t fully dawn on me until I was actually cutting it out.   Since I was too lazy to do a simple redesign, too motivated to actually sew something, and not wanting to give up altogether, I just ran with it as it was.   I needed the sewing practice and I didn’t want to toss out all of that wonderful fabric: Interlock.  There seriously is no substitute for nice, drapey jersey.

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The side ruching helps minimize the distorted, puckered hem that always seems to occur when sewing this fabric.  All seams were neatly finished with a zig zag stitch which works better than a straight, machine hem.  I think I’ll at least go back and attach the two shirts at the right under arm edge so that the two shirts can stay even in the front.  It’s done and I’m moving on with a little less Interlock fabric in the stash.  YAY!

-Nizzy

Lazy Woman’s Guide to Color Blocking

Nizzy’s Wish List: M3278

M3278 Cover Essentials

 

I have a brown couch that I love and I’m not ready to get rid of just yet.  It has some blemishes, but I figured I could give it a new life with a new cover.   As far as color is concerned, I was thinking about a really deep almost brownish purple (Saw in a Behr advertisment.  Trying to find a pic.) or another chocolate brown.   Or should I go with a bold color?   I HAVE always wanted a red couch…Hmmmmm.  What do you think?

Nizzy’s Wish List: M3278