Saturday, December 23, 2017

My Favorites of 2017

Here are my favorite makes for this year!

Jalie ~ 2
Angela Wolf ~ 2
Pauline Alice ~ 1
Burda Young ~ 1

I noticed I haven't blogged as much this year as I have in previous years, but I believe this is a result of more focused sewing for me.  I've tried to approach my sewing with more realistic goals, combining what I want to make with what I will actually wear.  I love to sew, but I'm trying to resist those patterns that are just "eye candy."  I have so many patterns now, and as I look back through them, so many are not exactly my style.  I want a lot of those dresses, but darn it, they aren't exactly the kind of thing I want to be wearing to the grocery store!  I find myself reaching for those comfy leggings or yoga pants (Jalie your yoga pants are the BEST).

I LOVE this dress.  It's a wear-anywhere-kind-of-dress.  It feels comfortable, it's flirty and fun.

This was my first Pauline Alice pattern and I have made it 3 times and there will continue to be more.  With different bodice, skirt, neck, and sleeve options, you can make this pattern over and over and they will all be different.

I'm so proud of this outfit....these jeans!!  I find myself grabbing this top to wear often as well.  The whole outfit is totally my kind of style.

My daughter wanted a Cheetah print bomber jacket.  Ask and you shall receive, especially when you have a mother who sews!  Jalie never disappoints.

This makes the list too since I have made my son 3 and they are in constant weekly rotation.  My son is 16 and he continues to want me to sew for him--I am blessed.

I'm also very excited and proud to announce that I have been selected to be part of a Jalie Promo team!  I look forward to showcasing new Jalie pattern releases on my blog.

If you have been following me throughout the years, you may also know that I am a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at 45.  January 17, 2018, will be my 5th anniversary of having my cancerous tumors removed, followed by 6 months of chemo, several weeks of radiation, as well as an additional treatment of Herceptin for another 12 months.

Thank you for stopping by and continuing to follow my blog.  There are so many amazing sewing blogs out there and I'm thrilled to be one of the ones you visit!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours,

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Holiday Casual Outfit

Ottobre 2/2017-8
Hide Away Hoodie
Size 38

Alterations:  1/2" Swayback
Shortened 1" above waist
Omitted Rib Knit hem bands
Lengthened sleeves

Holiday Casual, that's what the invite says for a party my husband and I are invited to.  What to do but make something of course!  I purchased this fabric from SSE.  I wasn't sure what fabrics would match the plaid deer, so I purchased the red plaid and solid ivory french terry, not even thinking that I would combine all three.

These pockets are interesting, aren't they?  Honestly, I was a little perplexed at how to properly add the seam allowances to the lower pocket piece, let alone how to assemble them at the inner curved seam.  I had that light-bulb moment about 6 a.m. of the morning I planned to sew it together.  Does that happen to you?  I guess all my pondering went on the back burner and worked itself out through the night and presented itself in the morning.  I wish all things were resolved that way.

The pictures aren't the best, but it was a convenient moment to take some.  The direction of the sun was too bright in the backyard, and then somehow I ended up with poor light in the front. LOL  Oh well.

It's hard to see, but I used the top cover stitch on my machine.  I love being able to do this!  I kept all my thread gray except for the top cover stitch thread where I used red.

I am turning 50 this week!  It's a busy week for me, but I hope to carve out some time for more sewing.  I always like to make myself something special for my birthday.  However, I'm really pleased with my holiday casual outfit, so it could double as my birthday suit too!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Charlie Bomber Jacket For Me

Charlie Bomber Jacket
Size T

Fabrics:  White Quilted Knit & Black Ponte de Roma from SSE Fabrics

I finally got around to making this jacket for myself!  I made one for my daughter here.  She has already worn my jacket too.  When I sew something for myself, it sometimes results in giving my girls more to wear.  But hey, that's what I love about Jalie patterns, they make all of us happy.

I was really surprised with the Ponte fabric from SSE because it had a lot of stretch, which made it perfect for the collar, band, and cuffs.  I did a little browsing on the internet and saw some RTW white jackets trimmed in black and thought it looked pretty sharp, so that was my inspiration.

This time I bought the recommended zipper size unlike the one I used with my daughter's jacket, which was too big and had to be shortened.  Starting out with the correctly sized zipper made constructing the collar so much easier.  I really struggled with that last time since I didn't have large enough zipper stops to install.  If you aren't savvy at shortening this kind of zipper, I recommend buying the right size. LOL

Wearing with my Angel boot cut jeans.


I've also been busy making a few things for Christmas!  I'm really enjoying using my Silhouette Cameo and cutting vinyl for glass.  It's especially fun frosting the glass too!

I made this candy jar for my husband to have on his desk at work.

I decorated this glass block to take to a gift exchange at a wine tasting party.

And this one I made for my mother-in-law.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley