Thoughts for 2017

2016 has come to an end, and 2017 has just begun. Looking over a few of the sewing blogs, sewers are sharing their 2016 creations and I couldn’t help but try to reflect on my various sewing projects for the year. I know there have been several but it’s amazing how easy it is to forget. A few of the highlights were part of the McCall’s Sew A Long projects (I’ll need to find photos and post)

1) Shirtdress Sew A Long

2) Bomber Jacket Sew A Long

Although I am no longer “fasting” from ready-to-wear I would like to chart my progress and this blog is the perfect medium.

My last post on this blog was April/May 2015! 2017 will hopefully be a year of discovery. My plan for this year is to work on pattern drafting, fit and couture details.

Happy sewing for 2017 

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My new go to sweatshirt

I just finished another sweatshirt with my new go to pattern. New Look 6314


I made this earlier in the year in a grey and I knew then I would be making it again, but I didn’t realize it would be this soon.

I thought I needed to make an adjustment to the neckline but actually the only thing I needed to do was adjust my stitch width and length.


The fabric is a double sided knit that I picked up at my local JoAnn’s.


For the next one I’ll dress it up a bit with a nice knit wool for next fall.

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Vlisco Wax Print


Vlisco Wax Print

It has arrived! While surfing the web a week ago I came across the Vlisco website and instantly fell in love with their prints. I think it was almost an obsession. The hubby was at the point where he actually “almost”, pleaded with me to purchase a piece so that I could take the both of us out of the constant agony (my verbal thoughts and his having to hear it all).

I settled on this piece with one project in mind, but I may have another more appropriate use for it. I’m going to keep it out in sight for a few days until I make a decision on its final outcome.

One thing I do know is that I am going to have fun with this one.

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Safiyahs Athletic Wear

Well my girl tried out for the Kennedy Games and made the team. She will be running track for her elementary school in a tract meet in April.

We picked her up from practice last week and she was having a ball.

I thought it would be a good idea to get her some sweats to wear to school on practice days, which meant a trip to our local JoAnn’s. She picked out the fabric for the sweats and all I can say is she is only 10 years old. I modified one of the patterns we had in “her” stash.


I couldn’t talk her out of the owls and grandpa says they look like pajamas. I am determined to make them again in a different fabric.

We decided on a black rib knit for the waist and leg trim.


It’s a fun design, kinda goes with her personality.

After a little research I found these on Pinterest pinned by Net-A-Porter and I think something similar to these will work. With a few minor adjustments to the pattern.


So, this means another trip to the fabric store.

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Reworking It!

Well I just completed my first recycled project. Although I thought my mini me was going to be able to help me, she couldn’t suck it in enough to get the  waist fastened.

This project started with a pair of cream capris that had been used to the full and a printed skirt that although I like the print I really didn’t like the fit. I’d been telling myself for years . . . and I do mean years . . . to get rid of them both, it’s a good thing they ended up in the Goodwill bags that made their way into the garage.


I decided to dye the cream a nice grey using Pantone’s 2015 color titanium and Ritdye color matching chart.


I haven’t really been able to get into the maxi trend, but I do like the high low look . . . I loved that look back in high school, and this is one trend that I’m glad to see come back around.


For the hem on both the skirt and lining I decided to work with a few features on my serger and machine. For the skirt I used the roll hem feature on my serger.  I hadn’t used this in years so I had to pull out the instruction booklet.


Rolled hem

And for the lining I used a hemmer foot that has to this point gotten very little use.


This skirt will probably get a workout this spring and summer.


Off to the next project!

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Bitter – Sweet “Mini-Me”

Well my mini-me is complete!

I have been drooling over a dressform for years. There are several very nice ones on the market pricing from $100 to over $1,000. And it seemed as if the more I looked the more I realized there was a pretty good chance that those on the open market wouldn’t quite measure up to my fine physique 🙂 Their measurements were all off and although I know you can make adjustments to the manufactured forms I really can’t afford to shell out that kind of money for something that I wouldn’t be happy with.

I have read several articles  on the “duct tape dressform” and always thought there is no way this could work. . .  duct tape really . . . how could this work. And then there is the thought of getting taped up . . . really! But than again what did I have to loose. If it doesn’t work I can always chalk it up to a learning experience and go out and make the investment on a ready made form.

So first there was the research. There are some very good blog post out there with step by step instructions and pictures. After getting the concept in my head it was then time to go out and purchase the supplies. I spent hours in our local Lowe’s and Home Depot. I think the workers in the store thought I was probably a little insane. I’d pick something up . . . walk around and bring it back (I’m really glad hubby wasn’t with me on this excursion, as his patience would have worn off within 15 minutes). After everything was in place we set out a couple of hours to start the tapping process. All I can say is . . . go to the toilet first 🙂 it is a little difficult once you are taped up.


First layer of tape.


First layer

Second layer of tape


Final layer

Final layer of tape

After the final layer came the really scary part. Phil had to cut me out of the tape! We made it through with only a few minor cuts. I used a piece of black rib knit I had on hand for another project to cover Lene. Here is the final project.


It was a bitter sweet experience. My mini-me turned out to be a pretty accurate replica which was the sweet part. My mini-me also turned out to be a pretty accurate replica which is the bitter part. I’ve always wondered what I look like and now I know (I really have to hit the gym). I am hoping I will be ready to do this again in a couple of months after I get some of these curves readjusted, but I am really not going to hold my breath.

I can already tell that I am going to enjoy working with my mini-me. Lene as I will call her is going to be a big help with all the sewing projects I have lined up.

Here’s to sewing with a bodyform!

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Refashion – Repurpose – Reware

One of my first moves to start off the new year was to go through my closets and drawers and remove anything that did not fit or for some reason was not being worn. I had no idea there was so many items of clothing just sitting there . . .  Now I know why I could never find anything to wear in spite of having clothes everywhere.

There sat two huge bags of clothing in the trunk of my car waiting to be delivered the Goodwill store here in our area . . . But then the idea came to me . . .  Instead of taking everything to be donated why not Refashion – Repurpose – Reware! So out came the bags destined for something different.

There are several very talented refashionistas on Pinterest and I have already trolled their sites for inspiration. I’ve added a new board to my own Pinterest site named “RefashionRepurpose Rewear” to continue to give me inspiration throughout the year. It is my hope that during this coming year these items will be turned into something brilliant as I endeavor to refashion or repurpose those items that were headed to a new home into something I can rewear.

Here’s to a great 2015!

#refashion, #rewear, #repurpose, #upcycle, #recycle, #refashionista, #sewing

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End of 2014!

I can’t believe 2014 is winding down. It seems like it was only yesterday that I was having difficulties writing 2014 instead of 2013.

When I look back over my post for this year they have been rather scarce. And that is most likely do to the fact that my sewing this year has also been scarce and what I would consider subpar.

So, what do I do for 2015? I’m not going to say that I will “fast” when it comes to ready-to-wear (although it is very difficult for me to purchase clothing out of the department stores) I will spend the year trying to hone in on my sewing skills. And a major factor to constructing garments that are actually wearable will be the quality of my fabric purchases and planning ahead.

So it is time for me to buckle up and get ready for an interesting 2015! Happy sewing.

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Safiyah in the blue dress.


I do still sew 🙂 although it has been awhile. Here is Safiyah in a summer dress we made together.

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I’m at it again!

Well I just saw a Facebook post from Moods Fabrics and Goodbye Valentino is hosting a Ready-to-Wear fast January 1 – December 31, 2014 and I’m all in.

It’s really amazing because although I completed my year the end of September I still have not purchased any ready to wear clothing. And I am still enjoying testing out various sewing techniques.

Well 2014 here I come and this year I hope to bump it up a notch or two!

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