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!

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

African Violet

African Violet
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.

Gingham Inspiration

Gingham Inspiration
Summer Gingham


Suddenly I decided I need a new sun dress. I just love gingham its such a classic print.  I am really glad its currently fashionable again.

  I am currently moving and extremely busy- but today I got bit by the sewing bug.  Most of my sewing stuff is in storage, but a few things are still here in my house.  Including a very nice piece of navy and white gingham seersucker.  It was 4 yards worth and plenty to make a dress.  I used the same skirt pattern as my little white dress   .  For the bodice I used this diagram   (scroll down page) and my custom bodice sloper. (one of the best things I have made, if you don’t have  sloper based on your bodies measurements I highly advise you to make one.  To find out more about how to do it look here)
I cut it out and sewed it all in one day today.  It is almost finished, just needs the bodice lining sewn in and a hem.  Look for a finished garment later this week.

Spring 2014 Mood boards

Spring 2014 Mood board
Spring 2014
Just a collection of fashion images from around the web to help me plan my spring and summer wardrobe and sewing plans.
I like to do this to help keep me on track and to quickly recall outfits and items I loved.  I find that I am easily distracted when shopping or planning and need a way to focus on what I really want to buy and to sew.
How do you plan your wardrobe purchases and sewing plans?

Little White Dress

Whitedress beachcasualwhite dresseveningwhitedressHooray for my finished dress!
Well I am very happy with it. Here’s my review from pattern review.  If you are a member feel free to vote for my entry!  If not, you should join, pattern review is awesome and a great resource for all things sewing related.

Pattern Description: A fabulously easy dress that is a great basic with some nice design details and a beautiful neckline. The easy design allows easy design and fitting adaptations. Try to replace the front and back tuck with a princess seam if you would like a more fitted look and eliminate the pockets for a less sporty and more simplistic and sleek version.

Pattern Sizing: 34-46, I made the 42

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes but I changed the skirt to a circle skirt.

Were the instructions easy to follow? i didn’t really use them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The fit, this bodice fit me perfectly as drafted with no alterations necessary. I liked the neckline and he midriff band.

Fabric Used: White cotton eyelet. Fully lined in white cotton batiste.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Many they are as follows
1. lengthened the midriff band about 3 inches
2. lowered the back neckline to make it more summer friendly
3. changed the skirt given to a circle skirt, self drafted from this tutorial Click Here

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes great pattern so well drafted, and the circle skirt tutorial on the by hand London site is great also!

Conclusion: This is my entry for the Little White Dress Contest. The first photo is my beach styling shot, next I styled my LWD for school and errands, last up is my evening look!
I have made a little deal with myself to sew only free patterns this year to keep sewing costs down and to explore all the awesome free sewing patterns out there. So I decided to enter the LWD contest and put my resolve to the test. I even have a pinterest board with free pattern links on it, free pattern board. So far I am pleased, this pattern was great. I almost always have to alter patterns with the big 4, but did not here. I love the fit and my new dress seems quite versatile. I have already thought of many more ways to wear it!
You see my planning board Click Here on my blog.