Diana Wrap Dress


This is my newest creation a gorgeous wrap dress in cornflower blue jersey. I was a pattern tester for the curvy version of the Diana Wrap Dress from Wardrobe By Me.  I am so pleased with how it came out. I made no changes to the pattern, this is a straight size 16. Pretty great fit, don’t you think! I used a cotton/poly jersey with 4 way stretch. The original pattern came in size 0-16 and the new curvy version comes in 14-24.

Conclusion, this is a great pattern!! I’ve already got several other versions planned. If you would like the pattern, it’s on sale this week at Wardrobe By Me,using this codeRMD2AL27L8JZ, thank you to Christina!


Completed Spring Wardrobe


Dress above is Simplicity 3678.

This post is overdue, but I completed my spring wardrobe.  I made 4 tops, 3 skirts a dress, jeans and a cardigan. The wardrobe is mix and match, so it’s very versatile. 20160331_103020-1

My Breton top with a knit pencil skirt.


Top- Simplicity 8054

Skirt- Simplicity 1072


A denim skirt with lace top.


Top- Gertie’s Portrait Neck Blouse

Skirt – New Look 6030


Self drafted blue dolman with self drafted jeans.20160331_110511-1

A silk tank and floral skirt.


Tank- Cali Faye

Skirt – Itch to Stitch


Cardigan and dress.


Dress-Simplicity 3678

Cardigan- Swoon Patterns

With these 10 pieces I can create something like 34 outfits. I am pleased with how these came out and excited that it is warm enough to wear them now! I entered these pieces in the wardrobe contest on pattern review. I didn’t win but I feel like a winner since I have this lovely new wardrobe! Thanks for stopping by to read about my sewing adventures.

Happy Sewing!



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



By Hand London Anna in Progress and Fall Sewing

While I wait for my fabric to make this dress and for my pattern to make this skirt, I started a By Hand London Anna dress.2015-10-10 17.58.37

First I looked at the sizing and decided to make the size 16 US to accommodate my 42.5″ bust measurement.  Well, it fit great in the front bust and waist, and terrible everywhere else, I had 3″ of neck gapage and needed to take in about 3″ at the center back.  20151010_175603

So I started hunting around the web and found out others had this problem as well.  Enter the awesome and super helpful post Anna Dress FBA how to, on the blog Another Little Crafty Creation.  Well I followed her instructions and I ended up using the size 10 US as my base size and adding a 3.5″ FBA.  It isn’t pretty but its looking much more promising. I plan to make another muslin using my newly drafted pattern tonight.  I will post updates when its done.1444528025569

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.
  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


  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


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


  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


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


  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


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


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


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


  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 🙂

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