Valentine’s Set

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This is the first item in my sewing plan. I made this set for Valentine’s day.  Just getting around to posting it now. I am very happy with the finished result. I used this pattern that I drafted I 2013. I used a knit fabric this time and I like the fit better, I also added a 1/2″ band to the bottom of the bralette and I find that it fits better with that addition. For some variety I drafted in some lace panels on the bottoms and a center lace panel on the top.  I like this style change. I have fabric for another set and am looking forward to more pattern manipulations for another variation. I also sewed in thin padded cup lining in the bralet, they were the kind marketed for swimsuit cups, I had to trim them down to fit into my pattern.  They are zig zagged to the inner lining.  They provide a degree of shaping and some support. for a good tutorial on how to do this look here.  Although I did not use her pattern the technique I used was very similar.  If you are looking for more lingerie sewing helps check out this pinterest board of mine for lots of great sites and even some free patterns from around the web.

I got this wonderful fabric from Girl Charlee Fabrics, which I recommend, for both the high quality of their knit fabrics and really decent prices, as well as super fast shipping. Woo Hoo, love a good experience like that.  All elastics came from Sew Sassy Fabrics, another great resource for sewing lingerie.  The red stretch lace came from my stash.

The Colleterie has a new online magazine called Seamwork which featured several articles about sewing lingerie this month.  There are also some lingerie sewing articles and resources on the blog, including an article on sewing adjustable bra straps.

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Sewing for the Year

Sewing for the Year
I have set a plan for the years sewing, my hope is to be more organized and complete my projects in a timely manner. Many of these garments have been on my to sew list for a long time.  Some are UFO’s, which I would really like to finish.
February
  1. Lingerie Set- self drafted pattern (already started on these) using this pattern I drafted in August of 2013
  2. Wool Jersey Dress-pattern to be self drafted

March

  1. Boyfriend Jeans- pattern to be self drafted
  2. Silk Shirt- need to find a pattern for this *update, this top from Oliver and S 
  3. Blue Floral Rayon Shirt- a UFO from last September, all that remains is the neckband and hem, vintage pattern

April

  1. Pink Knit Cowl Top- Vogue 1261
  2. Peach Chiffon Dress- New Look 6282

May

  1. Blue Rayon Maxi Dress- Simplicity 3745, lengthened
  2. Striped T-Shirt- Deer and Doe free plantain top, modified
  3. Jean Skirt-using this tutorial

June

  1. Tye Dye Tank Top-pattern  to be self drafted
  2. Tile Print Pencil Skirt- Burda Jenny Skirt

July

  1. Yellow Eyelet Sundress- a UFO from two summers ago, need to figure out the bust fit on this one
  2. Gingham Swimsuit- pattern to be self drafted

August

  1. Polka Dot Rayon Dress- UfO from this contest, pattern self drafted
  2. Summer PJs- pattern TBD, perhaps use this Jane Pattern

September

  1. Orange Rayon Dress- UFO from this contest, self drafted pattern
  2. Plaid Wool Challis Dress- self drafted pattern

October

  1. Plaid Button Down- Grainline Archer
  2. Purple Rayon Top- UFO from last Sept.

November

  1. Navy Lopi Sweater- using this free pattern
  2. Scarf UFO- inspired by this post

Whew that is a lot of sewing and a bit of knitting next winter too.  I think it is manageable though.  Just a few each month, and many are partially done already.  My sewing goals this year are to finish all of my UFOs!..and to draft some new patterns for jeans, a swimsuit, a top and a dress. I am going to be a busy bee this year :)

Sewing for Maternity

Sewing for Matenity
Hooray I am pregnant with my 3rd child.  Hoping to make several of these project ideas. I have already made the striped top using this free pattern, and converted a pair of green khakis into maternity wear. Currently on the sewing table is a emerald green maternity swimsuit. Its a hybrid of two patterns
M5400, Misses' Two- Piece Bathing Suit and Cover-Up
using view c/d for the top
and
M6569, Misses' Tops, Swimsuits, Bikinis and Cover-Up
for the midsection.
The final product hopefully will look very similar to this
Image 1 of ASOS Maternity Exclusive Swimwear Tankini Top In Gingham Print
The rest of the plan is tops, a dress, a kimono cardigan and some pjs.  I have several pairs of jeans and leggings already, so I won’t sew those.  I may also add a black pencil skirt using this tutorial.
Picked up two new patterns yesterday
Simplicity 1468 and Simplicity 1360. Hobby Lobby was having a .99 cents pattern sale! Sweet, I love those.

Little Lamby

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Finished Lamby from

I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew

I love her!  She was so much fun to make. Good instructions and pattern too. She is a Christmas present for one of my nieces.

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Here are some other toys I am working on.  The Waldorf boy doll was my son’s when he was little.  I revamped him as he was looking a bit shabby. I also made a mini Maileg type rabbit.  More on her later.  Suddenly obsessed with making toys. I like high quality nice homemade toys; they are a lot of work but so nice and satisfying.

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This is my ‘elves’ workshop, as I like to affectionately call it.  Do you know about knolling or ABK?  It’s awesome!  Helps me keep my stuff and thoughts in order…. I am so much more efficient when I do it. The rest of that cheeky series is awesome too (10 Bullets  by Tom Sachs), it’s written for his employees, so not everything applies, but much of it is very helpful for craftspeople and creative studios.

 

If you too want to make some handmade toys here is some inspiration for you. This one too.

Up next, this little fox.

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Dress Plan- Contest!

Dress Plan

 

So I am taking a break from the purple blouse to make some dresses for a contest at pattern review. The contest is one pattern many looks.  I plan to make four dresses. I am almost done with the green daisy one.  It’s not exactly like the modcloth dress, its definitely inspired by it though. I am using the vintage pattern shown in the photo above, it is Mcalls 8249, from the 1950’s.

2014 One Pattern, Many Looks Contest

African Violet

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Up next in the sewing room.  A self- drafted tunic top. Using rayon in a deep purple color.   The blouse will be collarless, with a neckband instead, loose fitting and long, with a three quarter sleeve and curved hem.  This  is a transitional piece for summer/fall.
So far the front and back are drafted and cut, had to fiddle with the neckband and front placket a bit.  Next up drafting sleeves.  Still working on how to get a good sleeve, thought I might try this technique.  Looks like it will be a good method for getting the right fit. Also, this video for the actual drafting.