Sunday, June 30, 2013

Matching Skirts

I made another Simplicity 1616 skirt for myself, this time with a beautiful Rayon Challis.  This type of fabric just feels girly to me...the kind that sways beautifully when you walk.  One of my girls pulled out a knit that I had stashed away since last summer.  She asked if I could make her a skirt to match mine since they were a very similar print.  I was able to make two out of a single yard!

Just a simple yoga band at the top.  I took each of their waist measurements and cut 2 fabric rectangles for the skirt part.  I measured from their hipbone to where I wanted the length to be and added 1" for seam allowances.   I stitched up the side seams and ran gathering stitches from seam to seam, matching them to the width of the waistband.  I had both skirts made within an hour.  They love them!

Plenty of colorful flowers to match a t-shirt to.

My Rayon Challis was purchased from
Purchased t-shirt for $4
Purchased sunhat for $4

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Uptown Hobo Purse

I won this pattern from Justine at Sew Country Chick!  Justine's blog is one of the first blogs I started following when I created my own blog.  She inspires me with all of her creations.

I chose a blue vinyl to make this purse, which was NOT one of the fabric recommendations--why do I do that?    More and more I tell myself, after I make something, follow the fabric recommendations...they are there for a reason!  LOL  I actually saw some blue vinyl purses in my neighborhood mall that looked lovely.  Anyway, it really was a struggle to sew vinyl on my machine, and I have a powerful machine.  The problem is, the vinyl doesn't want to slide under the presser foot.  I have a special foot for sewing with laminates, but it wouldn't move with the thickness, requiring me to use my walking foot.  I even tried putting masking tape underneath my foot, but then it wouldn't walk like it should.  BIG sigh.  I worked through it though.

To decorate my purse, I decided to use a quilting stencil I had, using chalk to trace the lines before stitching.

I love the matching blue chevron fabric for the lining.  I have always wanted a blue purse, but never would buy one for myself.  This gave me the perfect opportunity to make one.  I used a snap closure; I had no idea how easy snaps were to install.  

I really like the pattern and the directions were very easy to follow.  I am very happy with the results even though my fabric choice was somewhat challenging!  I'm thinking for winter I want to make one in a fabric to match my wool coat that is on my to-do-list.

Fabrics purchased from

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

McCall's 6547

Here are my girls wearing their ruffle knit dresses with coordinating shrug in a jersey knit.  I actually bought this pattern for View B, which is more of a tank top with ruffle knit skirt attached.  However, once they saw View E, that's all they wanted.  

There is only 1 pattern piece for the dress.  As indicated in the pattern instructions, baste the ruffle knit down before sewing, which I did on all 3 sides.  Otherwise, it might flip around on you.  There is elastic around the neck opening.  I didn't do the narrow hem at the armhole.  I just turned it under once and sewed it down, which I found more than sufficient.  When cutting out, I recommend not following the bottom of your pattern piece, but rather go to the next ruffle below and cut underneath on the lining fabric.  If you cut the fabric right on the pattern line, you might cut off some of the "ruffle" area and you don't want to do that.  

It's a great little dress to have when they need to be a little dressy for an outing. 

Fabric purchased from Girl Charlee.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The London Peasant Top

I really love Lila Tueller patterns.  Her directions are very thorough and quite simple to follow.  I made this blouse in a white printed gauze with a solid light green gauze.  I ordered the fabric before I knew what I wanted to do with it, and I did not have enough white for the lower back.  However, I do like how it turned out even though it wasn't planned that way!

I cut the front tie piece parallel to the selvage since gauze is stretchy.  There wasn't any stretch in that direction.  Since gauze is a little sheer, I did line my bodice top and bottom.

I pieced together a scarf with my white scraps.

We went out to dinner tonight, so I had a different place to take photos...not the forest or my bread board background. ha ha

Fabric purchased from

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, June 7, 2013

Simplicity 1616 Skirt

Skirt View E
Size 10
Fabric:  Printed Gauze from
Sewn with my Janome Serger
Hemmed with my Janome Coverstitch Machine
Thread used:  Polyester in upper loopers/Wooly Nylon in lower loopers
No alterations/followed pattern instructions exactly
 I used my hip measurement, which is 34 1/2", to select my pattern size

I self-drafted a hat/scarf to match my skirt

RTW Gauze blouse from Old Navy

I LOVE this skirt.  I'm already preparing  fabric for my next one.  This skirt is so easy and definitely a beginner level sewing pattern--gathering stitches at skirt top / elastic insertion into waistband / 3 pattern pieces / pattern guide piece so you know exactly how much to "gather" your skirt for a perfect fit to join to waistband.  

Very comfortable to wear!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Jersey knit shorts

Yesterday my daughter came home from school and said, "Momma, I need you to make me a pair of shorts for field day tomorrow."  She liked the light blue jersey knit I had, but it was too thin to be worn on its own.  She said, "can you put a lining underneath it?"  :)   So she picked out a cute polka dot fabric she liked as well.  I used my Crafty Mamas funky pant pattern to make a pair of shorts.  Actually, I just ordered about five 1/2-yard pieces from Girl Charlee to make her a bunch of shorts for the summer, so it gave me an opportunity to prepare the pattern for that.

She loves the yoga waistband.  I don't think there will be another type of shorts or pants that she will want for a while since these are so comfortable for her to wear.

Normally I would make these in a cotton lycra so they would have a better stretch recovery.  The jersey is definitely a little more roomy, but it's all about comfort for this girl!  I really like to have my children pick out their fabrics.  More times than not, they put together fabrics that I would not have thought to do, with great results!  After all, I am sewing for them, and they are the ones that will be wearing it.  She couldn't wait to wear her shorts this morning.  She loves how the polka dots peek thru the do I.

Thanks for stopping by ~Shirley