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!




Spring Soduko 1

Spring Soduko 1


This is my planing board for #wardrobeinaweek.  This is the brainchild of Becca Duvale from Free Notion.  You can read more about it here.  The idea is to choose several quick and easy pieces that can mix and match and sew them up in just a week.  I doubt I will finish in a week but I plan to work as quickly as I can. It will probably be about two weeks for me. Its a good way to get a little push to complete your sewing projects and to make sure that they go together, giving you maximum options for getting dressed each day.  I have already cut out all the tops and finished sewing two of them. The denim skirt is from my winter wardrobe and will carry over nicely.  I’m off to cut cardigans and sew them up!


For my next project I will be making a pencil skirt in a floral cotton sateen.  I was inspired by this skirt from JCrew.

Also I saw my fabric over at this blog, made into this great skirt (scroll down to April 15th for the post), also an inspiration.

I will be using M5375 now OOP.  I will need to do some major alterations to the pattern though.  I will ommit the front fly and  pockets as well as the back pockets and belt loops.  I will be lengthening the skirt and adding a kick pleat as well as changing it to have a back zip.   I have made this skirt before and I really like the fit of the waistband and hips so its a TNT (tried and true)  this will be the 4th time I have made this skirt, each time I vary the details so they hardly look alike. You can see one version that I made last year here.

Skirt for Mini Wardrobe

I finished my first item for the patternreview mini-wardrobe contest!  I am happy because I am actually on schedule, halfway through two other items.  I might actually finish!

I used New Look  6789 .  This skirt is a linen/cotton blend.  It’s a nice fabric, it was easy to sew.  I used some handfinishing techniques on this one since it is such a simple pattern.  I did a hand picked zipper ( 1st time ) and hand sewed the hem.

I used machine finishing for the seams though.  I ran a bit short on fabric so I had to take a bit of fullness out of the bias cut skirt.  I just folded it out as a dart at center front.  I think I would like it better a bit fuller.  I guess I  will just have to make this one again in another fabric .  I like the fit of the curved waistband/yoke, it fits my waistline shape well.

*update 4/5/2010: Just a few notes about sewing with bias fabric, both for myself for future reference, and for you other sewers out there.

  • when sewing a bias skirt, sew all center detail first, ie. zipper, then sew side seams.  A puckering zipper is a sign that the  side seams are too tight.  The problem is that bias will stretch over the hips and seem to fit, but if it’s the slightest bit too small the zipper will ripple.  also, side zippers alwys ripple in bias, avoid them. ( if someone knows a fix for this, leave me a comment)
  • handsewing  is a great way to control fabric stretch when inserting a zipper, use a pickstitch, which is a back-stitch with a tiny amount of thread on the right side.  also use basting tape to place the zipper, instead of pins, pins distort the zipper and do not allow it to lay flat
  • stretch all bias seams when sewing them, also stretch while ironing, this takes the ripples out
  • use bias tape for hemming curved hem or circle skirts, stretch it slightly so it hugs the curve when it is turned up, or alternately do a double turned machine baby hem.
  • you can press the stretch out of bias rather than letting it hang before hemming, use your iron and stretch the fabric as you iron along the bias. Press the entire piece this way , do this before you sew, this is a timesaver as well as an assistance in good fitting ( after you do this the fabric won’t stretch to make skirt too narrow after it hangs)  I read somewhere ( one of my sewing books) that all the french fashion houses do this and it really works!

I finished a skirt!


This is McCalls 5375 (now OOP), hooray its finished.  This was to be part of the wardrobe mini-swap that’s going on over at Pattern Review, but I didn’t get the other things finished in order to actually enter. Oh well, I am really happy with how it turned out. This is the third time I  have made this pattern and I think its a TNT (tried and true ) for me.

Good things:

  • It fits great!
  • I love the dark brown  top stitching (I used upholstery thread and a top stitching needle) 
  • the cute pockets with button detail

Things I would change next time

  • Forgot to interface the waistband and pocket flaps, would have been good as the are prone to wrinkle
  • Find better source for twill fabric, got this at Joannes and it was listed as wrinkle free, but it does wrinkle a lot!

Wore it to a BBQ last night and got compliments.  Yay for summer.

Parting shot: my garden looks awesome in early morning light, a poppy bloom.