Saturday, March 30, 2013

Peplum Top and Skirt

Joann's was having another fantastic pattern sale so I picked this one up. For anyone keeping count I now have 82 patterns in my secret stash! I would love to replicate this beautiful grey and white ensemble.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Quirky Shift Dress

I haven't been sewing as much as I would like to lately but I have created some wardrobe inspiration images. I have gone through my pinterest files and found clothing I would like to make and patterns that I think would work.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

LIsette Dress 1878

This Weekend I finished my first Lisette Dress from Simplicity 1878.

I love the overall look of this dress.
I also used some lovely Lisette fabric I found at my local fabric store. 
I added some pockets, which I may or may not remove since I feel they add bulk to
the hip area which I do not need/want. 
I think I will make it again without pockets and taking extra care to line up the fabric on the front seam.
I think it will be a nice addition to my summer wardrobe.

I wonder if I can make it in a matte jersey and eliminate the zipper? Oh the possibilities!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Another Maxi Dress

I had so much fun sewing my last two maxi dresses so I decided to try another one. This time I made Simplicity 1804 with some fun clearance fabric.

I intended to include the twist element on the front but when I added it I wasn't too keen on it so I took it off. I love the results and I plan on making it again with longer sleeves and short skirt.

The front V is a little low for work so I wear a tank top underneath. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Maxi Dress Love

When I saw this Fashion Star pattern I knew I had to make it. 
This was also my chance to try some of the new knit techniques I had found on the internet.

McCall's 6700

I made this dress with some grey double knit I purchased from It was easy to sew and came together rather quickly. I used a double needle for the first time on this project and it made all the difference in the world. I wear this dress with a cardigan and boots to work in the winter. I plan to wear it with sandals this summer.



I loved this dress so much that when I found some luscious jersey knit on clearance at the fabric store I had to make it again. I made some changes this time. I deleted the ties since I almost always wear a cardigan and the strings are awkward with a cardigan. I also lowered the waist a bit and brought the V up a little bit for extra modesty. This is one of my favorite dresses to wear!

I might make this one again, although 3 maxi dresses in the
exact same pattern might be too much. 
I might make it a short skirt or add sleeves to change it up a bit.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

First Date Dress

My gorgeous daughter has was more confidence and personality than I ever had. She is a spitfire! She loves all things geek and when I took her on an excursion to the fabric store her geeky side got the best of her. She found this awesome Star Wars Fabric and had to have it! I can't say I blame her....this fabric is super cool.

Now, what to do with this awesome fabric? 
Mary decided it would be perfect for a dress and selected the McCall's 6027 pattern. 
She liked the look of the white dress the best.

So I set to work and came up with this:

She calls it her First Date Dress
She says she can tell if there will be a second dated based on the guys reaction to this dress.
Love this girl!

I will have to get pictures of her actually wearing the dress to post 
and of course the reactions she receives from her dates.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Teletubby Fail!

I wanted to try my hand at sewing knits so when I found this pattern I knew I had to make it.

Vogue 8771
I found what I thought was some lovely black and purple knit fabric and got down to business. Everything seemed to be going well enough.

Once I finished and tried it on I was less than happy with the results. I looked like a Teletubby! I do not think the pattern is at fault for this. It was an easy, straight forward pattern and was a quick project. The blame lies solely with my fabric choices and the high/low hem. The good news is that I learned several lessons from making this shirt and I think I may actually attempt it again in a different fabric/color and with a straight hem. If I get brave I will post a picture of me wearing said Teletubby costume shirt.