Wednesday, 1 October 2014

It is Now a Suit!

Stash-busting 2014:  The Matching Skirt

Fabric:   1.10 metres of houndstooth
              1.10 metres of silk organza

Elastic:  1 metre

Do you remember when I made this jacket? Yes, the jacket that I made for Mama R and thought about stealing out of her closet.

Well, I had some left-over fabric. There was enough to make a dress but we thought about making a skirt instead.  

Mama R loves it. The skirt has an elastic waistband and side pockets.

Simplicity 2372 was used to make the skirt and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. If that pattern number sounds familiar it is because it is the same pattern that Mama R turns to for her go-to dress requests. The pattern has pattern pieces for a jacket, top, skirt, dress and pants.   

The skirt has been underlined with silk organza. No lining because Mama R is a slip-wearing lady. The hem is finished with seam binding and hand stitched. And can you believe that I'm not done yet? Mama R now says she needs a new top to wear with her new suit. Can you guess what pattern I'll be using for her top?  

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September in Review


September happens to be National Sewing Month and this year's theme is about unleashing your creative side. It didn't happen this month as my sewing mojo left the building and my sewing projects were less than creative. 

The pants were a need. The dress was for Mama R using a pattern that I have whipped up many times. The vest, I'm sort of on the fence about (love the pockets though). The sewing kits and knickers were factory-style sewing. No sewing that I felt creative or inspired by and I wonder if it has anything to do with all that beige?  

I may not have felt that I have unleashed my creative side, but I do hope the sewing kits and sewing club will inspire some kids to do just that.   

RTW Fast

This is a tough time of year when it comes to the RTW fast. It was tough not looking at the latest crop of cashmere sweaters by Lords & Taylor. This time of year, I wish I could knit. But then when I come to think about it, another hobby is the last thing I need. I'm going to try to sew my own turtle-neck sweater though--something I would never have thought of doing if it weren't for the RTW fast. And have you seen the new Jenna cardigan sweater pattern by Muse? Cute. Too bad it is a PDF pattern. I don't do PDF (tried it once, not for me). But if it were a packaged pattern, that one would so be mine. But I digress...

Thankfully, footwear is not one of the banned items. I am saving up my pennies for a new pair of winter boots--sorels to combat the cold while shivering outdoor during recess duty (the Farmer's Almanac is predicting another brutal winter). Since the knee surgery last winter my leg and foot has a tendency to swell and I haven't been able to wear my winter boots since. So this item falls under a need. Now, if I can just find these boots in my size, I'll be all set.  

Stash busting

I did a horrible job at stash-busting but a fantastic job at stash-adding! My bad.

Added to Stash
81 meters
4.4 meters
3.5 meters
Sewing Patterns
Spools of Thread
Sewing Needles
Pant Hooks
0.40 meters
7.2 meters
12 meters
Bias Tape
2 meters
Hook and Eye or other Closures
Basting Tape
8.9 meters
6 packages

Happy Sewing!

Monday, 29 September 2014

I may have missed...

I may have missed another American Sewing Expo event (one year I hope to make it). But I had the best morning ever at the Sewing Club.

We started the club in September so that we can work this year's National Sewing Month theme into the first class. Sew for the creativity of it is this year's theme and the kids were shown a sample stocking. 

Did I mention they will be making Christmas stockings? Well, yes. We're making Christmas stockings using McCall's 6674

McCall's 6674
We are encouraging the kids to make their own Christmas stocking as creatively as they want. They will learn how to cross-stitch, along with the chain stitch, blanket stitch and saddle stitch

The sewing kits were a hit. They thought they were cute and asked if they can keep them.

To celebrate National Sewing Month we had custom-made Imperial cookies created by High Tea Bakery. Oh my goodness, they did an amazing job! And they were a hit with the kids. It was a lovely start to Sewing Club.  

I can't wait to see how their stocking turn out.  

Happy Sewing!  

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Pattern Give-away Winner!

Well, this was the easiest pattern give-away I ever hosted. Only one entry, easy peasy.

Congratulations to Sue who won the Butterick 6064 pattern. I love the pockets on this pattern, I just wish I was taller to pull off this look. Mind you, I'm still wearing it.

Sue blogs over at Sue's Sew by Me. This is a new-to-me blog and she has some gorgeous knit fabric that she made a dress and skirt out of--I'm going to read more. Talk to you later...

Happy Sewing!  

Friday, 26 September 2014

In Sewing News Today...

My sewing mojo is back but my knees are swollen and killing me and that is keeping me from the sewing machine.

It was the Terry Fox Run at work and the temperature hit plus thirty celsius (thirty-three with the humidity). And we have a dress code at work which almost killed me as I was walking with the kids in my wool and cashmere pants and a tee-shirt with three-quarter length sleeves. Did I mention that I packed away my summer clothes? Despite that we're not allowed to wear shorts. I didn't wear my knee brace because it was so hot and now I'm paying for it. Where the heck is autumn? 

It is supposed to cool down to normal autumn temperatures by Sunday. I can't wait!

Also can't wait for October first. Marcy Tilton wrote on her blog that she will have three new patterns coming out next week with Vogue Patterns.  Even though I have a lot on my plate right now, new patterns are always a pleasant distraction.

And talking about distractions, this came in the mail today. I'm so excited about this one.

It is the latest Sybil Connolly of Dublin vintage Vogue pattern to be added to my pattern stash. I'm becoming quite the fan of her designs. The scallop edge detail on the dress front and hemline is quite striking. I think I might have to lengthen the hemline though.

Onto other pattern news... I noticed something odd (for a Canadian) about Butterick patterns. Odd in a good way. I don't know when exactly it appeared. But have you noticed that Butterick patterns now have the exact same price for U.S. and Canadian customers listed on their pattern envelopes? This is not the case for most products sold across the border. I have to say that I'm happy to see this change in product pricing. I wonder if Vogue and McCall's will follow?

Now, if they could do something about their ridiculous shipping costs that would be great. I recently order patterns from MBV and was charged $8.00 shipping but the envelope arrived with a $1.60 postage sticker. That was not cool.

What is cool would be a pattern give-away, don't you think? This pattern is up for grabs and I will be drawing for it tomorrow. In case anyone is interested.

Well, that is all in sewing news today. Hope you're enjoying beautiful weather where ever you are.  

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Five More Days!

We've been up late working on the sample for the sewing club. That has been what has been keeping me from my own sewing. My co-worker and fellow sewing club leader finished the cross stitching of her name on the sample and it looks fantastic. I just started the blanket stitch around the stocking during my coffee break this afternoon. 

It has to be finished in five days! I'm running out of time. And that is starting to freak me out because there is still lots to do before our first sewing class on Monday. 

I left the sample at work because I'm fighting the mother-of-all-headaches and I need a break. Hopefully, with four more coffee breaks before the weekend, I will be able to finish the blanket stitch around the sample.  

At home, I longingly looked at the black cotton fabric that is laying on my cutting table and draping over the edge. I couldn't take it anymore. I starting pinning the vintage McCall's 7870 skirt that I want to sew. But this mother-of-all-headaches stopped me from cutting it out. 

I can't believe that I'm thinking of my own sewing with so much to do before the start of the sewing club at work. It looks like the sewing mojo is starting to come back.

Happy Sewing!



Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Filling the Holes in My Winter Wardrobe

Today marks the official start of autumn. I love everything about this time of year, the crisp morning air, gorgeously breathtaking autumn colours, warm afternoon sunshine and a wardrobe change.

Magic Autumn Colors by Artsaus
Mind you I'm wearing this dress since it is supposed to hit plus twenty-seven. Despite the summer like weather I thought it would be fitting to take a look the holes in my wardrobe or otherwise known as The Tim Gunn Challenge:  Autumn / Winter Edition. It looks like there are a few things I need to make. And of course there are several wants.  

The Trench Take-the-Chill-Off Coat(s)

I made the cream coloured jacket this summer but I have yet to attach the button or perhaps a snap. Until then, I've been wearing it without a closure. It is perfect for those cool autumn mornings. But I will have to put it away when the snow appears and things get down-right cold.  

For those cold days ahead, a winter coat is on the table again but this time I will be using this vintage vogue pattern.

I have all the fabric picked out but before I cut out my winter coat fabric I have it cut out in a red sateen that will hopefully turn into a wearable muslin for the spring.  

The Little Black Dress

I don't need to another black dress but there is another black dress on the sewing table for Mama R.  

The Classic White Shirt

This item is also covered with with my french cuffed McCall's 8943.  

Classic Dress Pants

I have this department covered with six pairs of dress pants thanks to Vogue 1325.

A Perfect Pair of Jeans  

A perfect pair of jeans is something that I do not have in my wardrobe and to be completely honest I have no desire to fill this void because I don't see that I would get a lot of wear from jeans. I can't wear denim to work. And I rarely wear it during my personal time unless I'm shovelling snow or doing yard work.    

A Day Dress

I don't need to make another day dress but I do have a blue and black brushed cotton plaid fabric that I have been saving for an autumn / winter style day dress. I'm just waiting for the perfect pattern. Until then, I do believe this department is also covered.

An Occasion Top

This item is covered with the silk Centre of Pattern Design Spiral Top.

A Nice Skirt 

I made up this skirt pattern in a cotton animal print and love the fit. The plan is to make this up in a black cotton that I have in my stash.  

The Right Jacket

I had a Chanel-esque styled jacket on my wish list since the beginning of the year. And since then this pattern appeared on the scene and it has petite sizing.

I would really like to find some time and try to knock off this project before the end of the year.

Sweatsuit Alternative Sweater

I'm not a sweatsuit or yoga pants wearing (in public rather than exercise) gal so I think I don't have to worry about this item either. I wouldn't mind sewing up a turtleneck style sweater though. It can get chilly in these parts over the winter and I'm sure I will get lots of use of it. I have Burda 6990 in mind for this project.  

So that is it, just three items that I need to fill the holes in my winter wardrobe and a couple of wants. Now, if only my sewing mojo would re-appear I could get working on these. 

Happy Sewing!


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