Sunday, 27 May 2018

Joyful Sewing

Seriously, is there anything that could bring more joy than sewing clothes for little wee people? I can't think of anything.

I was pretty thrilled when I came across this uncut, brand spanking new baby pattern that doesn't have the over-the-top eighties vibe of most patterns found in the second hand store shelves. As a matter-of-fact, this is actually a current Kwik Sew pattern, K3982. Once I noticed that it was uncut and everything seemed intact, it was an easy decision. And I had a new project on the list.  

The pants were the first item I wanted to make and I have to say that it's a quick make. The front and back are in one piece as there are no side seams. This makes things a lot easier to piece together. Just sew the crotch seams, then the inner leg seams and finish the hem and waistband. Easy peasy and so darn cute. You can whip a pair of pants up while the little one naps. Seriously. And even have time for a shower.

But I digress...

Next up was the little shirt. A little more time consuming than the pants but an easy make as well. 

I love that the pattern includes all sizes up to 24 months.  The projects was sewn mostly on the serger since the seam allowance that it calls for was 1/4 inch, I thought why even bother with the sewing machine. Only the hem and casing were sewn on the sewing machine. I love that this pattern gives you the length to cut for the waist elastic. I don't usually find this information on kids' patterns and for someone who doesn't have a child handy to measure, this is valuable information to include in a pattern. McCall's are you listening?

The fabrics are light-weight cotton knits that will be perfect for the upcoming hot summer days ahead. And the elastic was a light-weight fold-over lingerie elastic that was the perfect weight and softness.

The Stats:

Fabric:  1 metre

PatternKwik Sew 3982

Elastic:  18 inches

Snaps:  4 small

Additional Tools & Supplies:  Cutting table, tracing paper, pencil, pins, thread clippers, scissors, iron, ironing board, sewing machine, serger, interfacing tape, measuring tape, hand needle, walking foot and threads.  

Happy Sewing!  

Saturday, 26 May 2018


Why, did it take me so long to make this dress? This pattern was a gift from Kisha.  Thank you!  And ever since I laid eye on it, it has been on my want-to-make list. It's a 2015 release. It's been that long!  

Every summer, I would think about sewing it up and then something pushed it's way ahead of the line. I'm just glad that I finally made it because my goodness, it's one comfortable dress and best part besides that double collar is the fact that it has pockets! I love a dress with pockets. I lengthened the hemline by three and three-quarter inches and raised the position of the side pockets an inch. Otherwise, the fit is perfect.  

The main fabric is a cotton with a wee bit of stretch.  The under collar and the under side of the upper collar is a lightweight sateen fabric. 

The Stats:  

Fabric:  2.5 metres (main and contrasting fabrics)

Interfacing:  1.9 metres non-fusible

PatternButterick 6185 (Thank you Kisha!)

Additonal Tools & Supplies:  Cutting table, scissors, pins, iron, ironing board, hand sewing needle, thread, seam ripper, sewing machine, serger, walking foot, and a screwdriver.  

Happy Sewing!  

Monday, 21 May 2018

Top Ten Reasons for Sewing Your Own Panties

Once you find a panties pattern that you like, I don't believe that you'll ever to back to shopping for undies. I have two patterns that have become my go-to panties patterns. Madalynne's Simplicity 8229 and Simplicity 8228 are my favourite panties patterns.  And Gertie's Butterick 6031 is another pattern that I would recommend trying out. But if you don't have a favourite pattern there are a lot of free patterns found online and tutorials for creating your own pattern from a favourite pair.  

1.  You're in control of the fit. In my humble opinion, there is nothing worse than ill-fitting undies. But once you have the sizing just right, you'll never have to worry about wearing ill-fitting undies ever again!     

2.  You get to pick the fabric. There are some fun lace fabrics out there that would make some cute undies if lace is your thing.  And then there are some organic cottons that are quite lovely as well. Or how about giving a new life to an old t-shirt and have some fun with pattern placement.  

3.  It's easy.  Seriously, easy.   

4.  Sewing is relaxing.  

5.  Sewing is fun.  

6.  Making panties for your family will make them happy.  

7.  You're in charge of quality control. I don't know if you've noticed but they don't make things with the higher quality of days gone by.  But when you sew, you're in charge of the quality control.  

8.  And think of all those beautiful and fun elastics that you can choose!  

9.  Prefer the leg elastic on the outside, no problem when you're sewing your own panties.  You have complete creative control.  

10.  It's more economical to make your own undies.  It doesn't take a lot of fabric and it's the perfect way to use up small scraps that you might have laying around after another project.  

Happy Sewing!  

Saturday, 31 March 2018

March in Review...


There has been sewing! I finally finished that shirtdress, sewed the cutest little jeans for a wee little cutie to grow into, a little baby onesie (unblogged but just like these ones except it has a little animal patch on the front), and a navy skirt. It felt great to get back to sewing. I even added pockets to a dress I made Mama R over six months ago. My sewing mojo took a hit for a while and then a tore ligament in my knee certainly slowed me down. I'm happy to report my knee is healing very well and the sewing desire is back and strong.  

It's Easter weekend and it is the time that I usually wrap up a Lenten Sewing project. But this year, I didn't get around to doing any charity sewing projects. I just didn't have the energy to tackle one this year. Maybe later in the year. 

Easter bonnet {source}

I didn't even made an Easter outfit or a festive egg carton Easter bonnet. I'm boring this year. 

RTW & Fabric Fasts

I am happy to report after that slip last month that I haven't added any fabric to the stash. It might be because I was less mobile this month. Instead, I've been admiring what the ladies, who attended Sew Camp this month, added to their stashes. There was a lovely paisley added to a couple of stashes that reminded me that I have a gray and black paisley sateen I've been meaning to use.

I did make it to the fabric store for some thread. The clerk asked if I had a membership and was shocked when I replied that I don't because I spend too much when I have one. The lady next to me laughed but I wasn't joking.

The only thing magical about the local chain fabric store are those membership cards and how they can empty one's wallet.

Coming Up Next!  

Now that the sewing mojo has returned, there are plans. This weekend I'm working on Simplicity 8229.

I have nineteen pairs cut and pieced together just waiting for the elastics to be sewn.

And then I plan to work on this pattern. I purchased and printed it two years ago. I could use some shirts for work and hopefully it will fit without too many alterations.

That's all I have planned for now.  How about you?  Are you done with winter sewing and moving onto spring / summer projects?

Happy Easter and Happy Sewing!

Monday, 26 March 2018

Revisiting Vogue 1567

I made the skirt from Vogue 1567 a couple of months ago and to be completely honest, it's one of my favourite makes this year. So, would it surprise you if I made another version of this distinct style?

Please excuse the photo, it's pinned to my mannequin and instead of showcasing the beautiful pockets, it looks like a bustle in the back.  

Paco Peralta's design is quite unique with that side drape actually hiding the most fantastic and generously-sized pockets. Seriously, I can carry my lunch and a thermos in these pockets and still have room for my wallet and cell phone.

The pattern is easy to put together, in theory. The first came together quickly and easily, without any issues. This one, not so much. There was a lot of seam ripping involved as I was making mistakes left, right and centre.  

The waistline on the skirt pattern is a little smaller than my actual waistline and like the version before I had to add some more ease. But this time my mathematical calculations were way off and I ended up with a enormous amount of ease. Add to that, I didn't follow the pattern instructions too closely this time and ended up sewing the zipper before I stitched in the waistband. Yet my math was right on the waistband. So I didn't actually discover the error of my ways prior to sewing the zipper. Oy, what a mess!  

And the night before, I stitched one pocket right sides together and the other pocket wrong sides together and didn't realize that mistake until after it was serged and laid out on the table. How this skirt came to completion, I have no idea. It must have been sheer determination. Oh no wait! I was motivated to keep seam ripping by the beautiful British wool that I have cut out. It was too precious and in these parts too rare to even imagine giving up. So, the seam ripping continued.  

I cut four inches, yes four inches!, from the centre back seam. Ideally, if I did the mathematical calculations correctly from the start, the ease would have be eventually divided between the front and back pieces. Instead, the ease ended up being located at the centre front.

Not perfect, but at least it was on it's way to being wearable. I then removed the invisible zipper, took a deep breath and continued working on the skirt. And this is how it turned out.  

Fabric:  3 metres 100% wool

Interfacing:  1 metre light-weight fusible

Zipper:  55 cm invisible zipper cut down to the required size

Pattern:  Vogue 1567

Additional Tools & Supplies:  Cutting table, pins, scissors, thread clippers, pinking shears, sewing machine, invisible zipper foot, zipper foot serger, thread, iron, ironing board, clapper, seam ripper, hand needle, tweezers, measuring tape, tailor's chalk, and two-faced basting tape. I should have had some coffee.  

Happy Sewing!


Friday, 23 March 2018

Sweet Memories: OOP McCall's 8548

Once upon a time, circa 1996, McCall's came out with the sweetest Toddlers' pattern. It had pattern pieces for a unlined jacket, dress, pants, cap and hat. 

Seriously, isn't it the cutest? I picked up a copy of this pattern back-in-the-day and even made cute little outfits for my then small niece and nephews. I don't know what happened to the original pattern, lost in the countless moves over the years, I guess. It came back in my life when I stumbled across an uncut copy in a second hand store. You can't imagine my delight at discovering this little treasure. Of course, I had to pick it up...  

And make something from this pattern. I remade the pants. Little toddler jeans with faux leather knee patches! I had some cotton denim in my stash. Not the kind of fabric that they are trying to pass off as denim in the fabric stores now-a-days. There is no tencel here. This is strong 100% cotton denim fabric. You never see this in the retail landscape anymore, unless you find it in a vintage store. This is the kind of denim that can withstand any kind of playground shenanigans that that a toddler can get into.  

This was a quick and easy project. I really like that the front pants pattern piece has the placement lines for the patch. It even has a patch pattern piece included that you can cut out in your fabric along with a decorative mock fly. It's a well drafted pattern and everything fits together quickly and easily. The challenge came in getting the right supplies. Thankfully, I found all the supplies in my stash including the yellow denim thread and a new denim needle for the sewing machine.  

Fabric:  0.90 metres

Pattern:  OOP McCall's 8548

Elastic:  1 package of 1" wide elastic

Additional Tools & Supplies:  Tracing pattern, highlighter marker, felt marker, cutting table, scissors, pins, iron, ironing board, sewing machine, serger, various threads, tweezers, jean-a-ma-jig, pin cushion, thread clippers and a lovely trip down memory lane.  

Happy Sewing!  

Monday, 19 March 2018

Monday's Mending Pile

Today's item is not actually a mending project, it's actually more of an addition. I made this dress for Mama R last year and ever since she has been asking me for pockets. I should know better than to  deliver to her a dress without pockets but that's what I did.  

And she waited.  

I actually did try to sew pockets back when I made it, everything was going well until...

I made a mistake clipping the corners. And then I gave up and moved onto other projects. I made up for that today.  

The first set of pockets that I tried to make were with polyester lining fabric. But these pockets are lined with leftover silk fabric from this project.  They feel sublime and best part is that Mom is happy.  

Happy Sewing!

Joyful Sewing

Seriously, is there anything that could bring more joy than sewing clothes for little wee people? I can't think of anything. I w...