Blue Green Knit Dress


So I finished my dress and got a chance to wear it yesterday. I am pleased with it but may tweak it a little before I consider it done. I had fun sewing this on my new serger. Woah,  I should have bought one years ago, what a huge time saver. It makes sewing knits soo much easier. I only used my regular machine for the hems and the basted gathering stitches.

The pattern is M 9116 which is a reissue  of Butterick 5870. Here’s a shot of the pattern envelope 20160130_145845

I made view A.

Pattern notes

Sewed a size 12 with a FBA.

I lengthen the front and back bodice by 1″, I think I may serge this off as the waistline seems a little low on me.

I used the straight hem skirt from view B, omitting the high low of view A

Sewed the hems using a twin needle and wooly nylon in the bobbin which helps keep them stretchy.


I love it. If I make it again I might raise the neckline, it’s a little low.

Side view


Back view



Turquoise Bethouia




Well I finished the Bethouia top from El Pulls.  I used a turquoise french terry knit from Joanns Fabric.

Pattern notes



No changes made, sewed a straight size 48.


The color

It’s comfy

Don’t Love:

Maybe not the best shape for my body type, it’s big and loose and therefore not very flattering.

The pattern pages, tons of paper. The sleeve is plotted in such a way that it wastes gobs of paper.

Overall a decent pattern, I think it would be better on me in a thinner fabric, like a rayon jersey.

Up next a sweater knit jersey dress. Here’s a sneak peak.2016-01-26 21.37.00

Handmade Winter Wardrobe Sudoko

Handmade Winter Wardrobe Sudoko


So I am trying to work some of my current me-made garments into a fall-winter wardrobe.  I made this suduko to create several mix and match outfits (btw- these are all rtw garments, they are just visual representatives of the items I want to make or have made).  I got this idea from the lovely blog  Free Notion.  I have been reading through her posts on planning a capsule wardrobe.  This suduko is my result.  I have made the Liola Natalie, the self drafted gingham top,  the NL 6030 as well as the NL 6395.  I a currently working on the Bethouia.  Up next, jeans! I’ve got  three pairs in that plan.  The skinny Jaime Jeans, the Birkin Flares and a self drafted boyfriend jean.  Whew, thats a lot of jean sewing! Wish me luck.
The shoes, sweaters and accessories are items I already own, I used what I have to make this work.  I don’t feel up to making my own sweaters just yet,  and handmade shoes, well maybe someday.  I like the concept! I know others have learned to make their own shoes, its something to consider :)

Black Lace Peasant Top



I have managed to finish my holiday top, just after the holidays, lol!

I started it just before Christmas but the hustle and bustle left no time for sewing. Nevertheless,  I am happy to have finished it. I know I will wear this simple breezy top often, so I’m not too upset I missed my holiday deadline.

So the pattern is NL 6395 with some alterations-

  • Lower the front yoke 2.5 inches, and conversely raised the lower bodice 2.5 inches. I wanted a deeper yoke to showcase this great lace
  • I cut a size 14 for the yoke and sleeves but I cut a size 22 for the lower bodice, I wanted lots more gathers! I ended up taking it in about an inch at the waist, curving the side seams a bit
  • I cut a yoke in the back to match the front, and made the lower back fuller, to match the front
  • I cut 5 inches off the sleeves to make 3/4 sleeves
  • I used FOE to finish the neck and yoke opening, cutting off the SA and omitting the facing
  • I sewed two ribbons to tie the blouse in front instead of a button

The fabrics used were a black, one-way stretch lace from Joann’s Fabrics and a cotton/rayon crinkle gauze from Factory Fabrics in Portland. The fabric is pretty sheer so I will need to wear a cami underneath it, unlike y poor dress form you can see her bra.  Don’t worry I won’t be so scandalous, Ha!

I stay stiched the lace to keep it from stretching as the cotton/rayon was a woven. I didn’t have any problems combing a knit and a woven in this top.

Overall I am pleased with my finished garment, I can’t wait to wear it.

Happy New Year!

Natalie Top in Floral Rayon

20160101_140540I just finished this great top. It’s the Natalie top by Liola patterns. I purchased it at The fabric is rayon challis from Fashion Fabrics Club. I sewed a straight size large with no alterations. Fits great and I’ve worn it several times already. This was a really simple make. I am really pleased with it!

I’m really loving Indie sew these days, so many great patterns and inspiration on Instagram and their blog.  I just purchased the Bethouia top from the winter collection and its next on the cutting floor.  I m using a fabric that is very similar to the sample shown.  Its a french terry in pale turquoise from Joann’s fabric.  They seem to be getting better fabric lately! I have found several decent pieces in recent weeks there, so thanks Joanns for getting better garment fabrics!!