Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Burda Blouse & Skirt

Burda Style 04/2014 # 122
Size 38
Blue Swiss Dot Fabric

Burda Style Summer 2014
#121 Size 36
Blue Patchwork Lawn Fabric

I made this shirt once before in a blue check chambray reviewed here.  I wanted to see how it would look in a solid fabric.  The skirt is very quick and easy to make up.  I did not use the front and back facings.  Instead, I lined the skirt with a light weight, white cotton fabric.  I also added a couple inches to the length.

I colored my hair!  I got tired of that chemo gray I had.  Well, that is how it grew in.  It was a combo of gray and blonde, but it started looking more gray than blonde.  It is just a temporary color.  Funny thing is I would always have a little gray in my hair and the temporary color wouldn't cover it all and now it does.

I really like this skirt.  It sits low on the waist and has an invisible zipper in the left side seam.  This is actually my second time using this pattern.  I made another skirt last week out of a pretty pink and brown cotton lawn fabric, but I don't have a top made to match it yet.  I started one, but it was a total flop and went in the trash!  Ugh.  That still happens to me occasionally, but not as often thankfully.

There are 2 darts in the back of the skirt, but you can't see them because of the fabric design!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Girl's High/Low skirt

Simplicity Suede Says #1675
Size 10
View C

What a great little pattern!  This is exactly what my girls and I are seeing in the stores, and of course, why buy when you can make it!

I did not make the waistband casing according to the pattern instructions.  Instead, I sewed my elastic directly to the top of the skirt edge with my serger, then flipped down, and zig zagged with my sewing machine.  There is plenty of length to the skirt to do this.  It is so much quicker that way and provides a nicer RTW look.  I also lined this skirt with single knit black jersey and sewed the skirt fabric with French seams.

It is too far away to see that there are little moons and stars on this fabric.  I have a new sewing machine, a Pfaff Performance 5.0, but I don't have a narrow edge hem foot yet, so I had to do this manually--argh.  Not fun!  I have a hem foot on order, so I will wait to get it before making any more skirts like this.  My daughter has already put in a request for more.

Worn with black jersey knit camisole that I drafted for her and a purchased denim jacket from H&M.
Skirt Fabric purchased from Denver Fabrics--Golden Beige Crepe de Chine $4.95 yard

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meghan Peasant Dress

Here is the Meghan Peasant Dress by Sis Boom

This is a PDF pattern consisting of front and back bodice and multiple-sized sleeve options.  I made  cap sleeves.  There are also directions for cutting the skirt portion of the dress, which is made up of 2 rectangles.  I made my dress in a size small (4-6).

This dress is very quick and easy to sew up!  1/4" elastic is used in the neck, arms, and waist.  The pattern instructions are very easy to follow and well illustrated.

I will definitely be making several of these over the summer.  It is just such a nice, lightweight outfit for summer.

Fabric used:  Rayon Knit

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Love

Pink Fig 
Summer Love
Swimsuit Cover-up

Here is a really cute outfit by Pink Fig.  I bought this PDF pattern which comes in sizes 2T - 10Y.  The printable pattern pieces are for the shorts only and the other instructions will have you cut measurements for the bodice front/back, waistband, and straps.  The pattern includes a beach bag as well (also cute!).  I haven't made the bag yet, but I think I have enough fabric left over to make it match if I do.

The only sewing notion you need in addition to your fabric is 1/2" elastic.  The bodice requires 2 rows of elastic and the waistband requires 3 rows.  Since I was running low on elastic (I didn't check the instructions prior to sewing), I used one row of l" wide elastic for the waist instead.  If I had had enough elastic, I would have made 3 rows as per the pattern instructions.  It really gives it a nice look and effect, but I still achieved great results.  I had to use a really soft elastic since my daughter is sensitive to how fabrics feel and fit against the skin.  I bought some elastic from Sew Sassy, which I will purchase from again.  I have to look back and see what I bought, but it was so nice, great stretch and recovery, and very soft!  I tried some other elastic I had first, and it was so bulky and just felt rough.  I have never really given much thought to elastic, but if it is thick or rough feeling, you can feel that through the fabric.

The instructions for this are really easy!  Even if you are new to sewing, you could make this I believe.  However, it does say "intermediate" when you look on the website for the pattern.  My daughter loves it and my other daughter wants one as well.  The instructions are well written and well illustrated.  I think this is a great summer outfit whether you use it for a swimsuit cover up or on its own.  

If you look closely, you might be able to see that the bodice fabric is a bunch of little snails!

For my fabric, I used Riley Blake's Snug as a Bug by Melly & Me purchased here, which is an Etsy store; I highly recommend buying from her!  Great prices and customer service--I am so glad I found her store.


Monday, I threw together an outfit for myself!  

I purchased this plaid chiffon from Denver Fabrics and copied a RTW skirt that I bought last summer.  The tank top is from Old Navy and I added a gray jersey knit band to the bottom of it to tie in the colors of the skirt.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Red, White & Blue

Who doesn't love red, white & blue?  These colors look amazing together, always.  

If you are looking for some awesome nautical or RWB knits, Girl Charlee has a great selection.

This outfit was a multiple pattern hack for me.  My daughter has been asking for a high/low tank top for several weeks.  For this outfit, I was able to use patterns from Ottobre Summer 3/2013.

#34 Movimiento tank top--altered hem for a high/low look.

I love the dots with the stripes!

#31 Ola de Calor sundress--traced from the waist down only for the skirt.  I also made a yoga-style waistband.

#33 Chica Ciclista leggings--added a hem band at the bottom to match the shirt fabric.  

For the first time, I sewed my elastic directly to the top of the leggings.  I cannot believe I waited so long to try this.  I made a loop of my elastic, divided it into 4 equal parts, matching these points to the waist of the leggings.  Wow, that was simple!  Then I turned the elastic down and used a zigzag on my sewing machine to secure it all the way around.

I used my coverstitch machine for all top stitching.

My daughter loves her Miche bag!  She likes me to cover it in a coordinating fabric to match her outfit.

I also want to mention that for the pocket on the tank top, I used a strip of woven interfacing on the seam allowances.  This made sewing the pocket to the knit so much easier.  I didn't have to worry about my seam stretching at all and was able to accomplish my top stitching very close to the edge.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, June 16, 2014

Forest Fairy Craft Book Review

Last Saturday, my children and I had a fun afternoon crafting with the "forest fairy" craft book!

Here are fairies that my girls and I made.  My son, who loves to work with felt, also made us a tree (not something in the book....just his own spark of creativity).

This is really a great book to add to your library of fun things to do this summer. As soon as my children could hold a crayon in their fingers, I started encouraging them to be creative!  You name it, we had it--paints, glitters, glues, felt, clay, pretty paper, etc.  I bought a cabinet from Home Depot just to store all of our supplies in.  However, now with them getting older, I find it more challenging to engage them with crafts (and a little more expensive).

This book is beautifully illustrated and well written.  My children are preteen ages and they can easily follow all of the instructions without help from me.  If your children haven't learned to hand sew yet, there is a "sewing lesson" section illustrating simple stitches that they will need to be able to do to make the items in the book.  I too enjoyed making a fairy!

One thing that I was not expecting was many of the fairy designs appeal to boys as well.  In addition to making flower and other girly-type fairies, you can make ninjas, pirates, and leprechauns.

And if that is not enough to get your creative mind flowing, there is a section on making animal pouches out of felt.

We keep all of the supplies in a fabric carry bag so it can be easily pulled out and taken to the living room.  After finishing, everything goes back in the bag for next time.   All of the supplies can be easily found in most craft stores and I found it to be an affordable craft since all you mostly need are thread, felt, wooden beads, buttons, etc.  I think I found online a plastic jar of silk flowers to use for the skirts, but I also had a lot left over from when I use to buy silk flowers to make hair decorations for my girls.  Nothing really expensive to make but with fun and cute results!


I know I could have just left a review on Amazon, but this is so much more fun and with pictures too!  If I find another great book out there, I'll share the information in hopes that it is something you can fill your summer break with too.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, June 13, 2014

Pencil Skirt with Renfrew Top

 I purchased this lovely navy blue hibiscus floral cotton jersey knit from Girl Charlee fabrics for $6.50 for 1 yard, which I still have a good sized remnant left over.   Here is the link to the skirt pattern I found-- Pencil Skirt Tutorial.  What brought me to this link is that I was in search of a skirt idea that wouldn't have too many seams, breaking up the flower print.  This is a fantastic tutorial, even with diagrams!  It is well worth your time to do this if this skirt interests you--it is really comfortable and made to fit your measurements.

 For my lining, I used white micro mesh from Fabric.com for $3.38 for 1 yard, also plenty left over for another sewing project.  I picked up the micro mesh on a whim.  I saw a RTW sleeveless knit top that had layers of a pretty light-weight fabric ruffled at the bottom and I thought maybe this fabric would work for that.  Instead, I used it to line my skirt.  I guess it could have worked without a lining, but I wanted to follow the tutorial completely.  I am so glad I did because this fabric makes an awesome lining!  I confess, when a pattern calls for lining, I am always drawing a blank on what to use and will avoid it if I can.

I like the yoga-style waistband.

Originally my plan was to make Butterick 5495 Top View A to go with this skirt.  I did, but I just don't like the fit on me.  For starters, I had to sew up the slit because it brought the neckline below my bra strap--yikes!  Why didn't I see that coming?  Also, I'm not liking how the sleeveless version looks on me.  It just kind of gaps open and you can see my bra from the underarm area--not a look I am going for ever.  I do believe it is the right size, because it fits me everywhere else.  The fabric I used is a very stretchy knit, stretching 2 ways.  I'll cut it up and make underwear out of it! Anyway, I pulled out my Renfrew top to wear with this skirt.  I guess I didn't really need another navy blue top since I have a couple other t-shirts in that color as well.  I was just trying to go for something different and this was a fail for me.  But oh how I love my new skirt!!

It looks nice on the body form but not on me!  I will keep this pattern to try this winter with long sleeves.  I think that may look better on me and I'll use a different type of fabric.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley