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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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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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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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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Me Made Week Take 7

It is 10:37 here on the West Coast so I have an hour and a half to get my post in to complete my week. And today I actually have two photos to post.


Yep . . . that’s me again in front of the mirror to get this photo. This skirt was one on my spring/summer go to’s. It is a simple a-line made out of a stretch denim print from Jo-Anns.


This was a fun weekend project at the request of a friend. She needed an apron for her nephew who likes to cook. It is made from McCalls 6415. The fabric is from my stash. I particularly like the way the African print turned out for the vest and miniature bow tie. I didn’t follow the pattern instructions for the bow tie but googled for a real bow tie pattern and how to tie a bow tie. I also changed the shirt panel by adding a placket (?) and putting buttons on it so that it would look more like a real shirt. Hubby said this was the nicest apron he’d ever seen. I hope my friend’s nephew feels the same way!

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Me Made Week Take 6


Tee-shirt! Can you tell I tried to strike a different pose. Looking back at the other photos it looked as if I stand in the same position every time and have a look on my face as if I am about to blow a gasket, so this time I tried to do something different.

I didn’t think I would be able to make bit the week, but here we are.

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Me Made Week Take 5

One thing good about sewing your own clothing is that you have an opportunity to try new things out (I read that from one of my fellow bloggers and I tend to agree). One thing I tried out this year is mixed prints.


These are two prints from Jo-Anns 2013 spring collection. I thought these two fabrics would work well this spring for a knit tee and skirt.


It has taken some getting use to as it was drilled into me from a very young age that you DO NOT mix prints. Phil says he would like to see the skirt with a white top because he can’t “see” the skirt – ha ha ha he isn’t adjusting to the mixed print thing . . . he is really going to be in trouble once I get the hang of it.


I tried to get a close up of the buttons and button holes. This particular shirt  had a few details that helped me with my sewing skills.

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Me Made Week Take 4


We were expecting high winds today but it turned out to be a beautiful day.

My me made today is black stretch cotton dress that I made a few years ago for a vacation Phil and I took to Jamaica.

The different embroidered color polka dots instantly gave me that Caribbean vibe. This pattern called for lining, but there was no way I was going to put a lining in this dress, so I faced it with bias tape.

It has since accompanied me on several visits to the Caribbean and I think it is still good for a few more 🙂

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