Sunday, February 22, 2015

Butterick 3391 in Blue

Aloha Everyone,

Last weekend I was not able to sew, but for a good reason!  My brother and his fiancé were visiting me here in Maui.  I always enjoy seeing family and playing tourist.  We visited Lahaina and spent the day shopping on Front Street, which ended up being a perfect decision for that particular day, because we had unusual winds and rain.  Other activities included eating at several different restaurants and visiting the beach.  It was refreshing!  This weekend however, it felt good to get back into the sewing cave.

Today I have made my simple TNT bias skirt in a gorgeous blue bali rayon, and made my first version of Butterick 3391, view E, which is a simple t-shirt pattern with cap sleeves and a gathered neck.  I believe this pattern is out of print.
I made the size 10 and even though the t-shirt is wearable, I found out the sleeves are a little tight under the arms.  That will have to be remedied if I make future versions.  I used a beefy cotton spandex in royal blue and I really like the gathered neckline.  The neckline is finished with a self-fabric binding, and I finished the hems by folding them under 1 inch (as the pattern instructs) and stitching with a double needle, due to my lack of motivation to thread my coverstitch machine.
Hmmm….Let's pull an outfit together!
Yes, that will do nicely!

Have a beautiful week everyone!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

New Look 6854 for a New Month

Aloha Sewing Friends,

It's a new month, and I think I have Valentine's Day on my brain.  I have made a colorful pink, red, and white skirt using New Look 6854, View A.  I left off the belt loops and finished the waist with a strip of binding rather than facings.  This skirt also has an invisible zipper in the center back seam.  Once again, the fabric is a mid-weight cotton sarong I purchased at Costco.  I have now used all 3 cotton sarongs for skirts.  They are so comfortable and colorful too!

Invisible zipper with self-fabric binding for waistband

Thanks for stopping by to have a look and for your thoughtful comments.  It is great to be back to sewing.  Now I am off to finish watching the Super Bowl!  Aloha!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Lepidoptera Top with Jalie 2804

Aloha Sewing Friends,

I finally pulled a knit off my shelf that has been calling to me for many months.  I cannot tell you how many times I've planned to make this top in the last year or so.  I kept unfolding the fabric only to refold it and place it back on the shelf...not feeling patient enough to cut and sew a knit I guess.  I am glad the desire for a new top overcame my cutting and sewing inertia this weekend.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that I've been sick for the last week and needed something to brighten the day!  Oh those back to school colds can sure take it out of you.  I've been resting a lot and feel nearly back to my old self.  I should be ready to go by Monday.  Anyway, this fabric was purchased in Oahu with Kyle, remember? It is bright pink with corals, black, navy blue, taupe and white.   If you look carefully you can see butterflies!

I always knew I would be making the Jalie 2804 top with this print.  My pattern was already traced and cut out, because I've made two versions of this top already.  Here is the link.  I did end up needing to take in the sides around the bust, because this fabric is very stretchy.  I believe it is a rayon lycra.  I could have tightened the sleeves a bit at the base as well, since there is a slight gap, but I haven't done it.  I am wearing this version with a black camisole, so that it is work appropriate, but it can be worn without one too.  I used my coverstitch machine for all the topstitching.  
And this is how I will wear it to work.  I didn't make the black skirt.  It is from Ann Taylor Loft.
Have a great week and stay healthy :-)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hoot Hoot and Burda 8677

Aloha Sewing Friends!

So are you wondering about the title, "Hoot Hoot"?  Well, my youngest son bought a glass owl as a souvenir from a trip he took with his dad to Oahu for a soccer tournament.  Before school started back up last week he brought it to me and said that he wanted me to have it so that I could wear it to school.  It touched my heart that he would give up one of his prized possessions from that trip, so I just had to build an outfit around it.  That's what we sewers do, right?
This owl is full of color and is whimsical, with big eyes, just like me, LOL.  Off to the fabric stash I went and found the perfect material!  You may recall that I have actually made a skirt using this fabric in a turquoise color way, here.  Wow, that was a while ago!  Here is the new color way:
There are so many delicious colors to choose from for coordinating options.  I still love this fabric.  It definitely makes me happy to look at it.  It is a cotton lawn.  I used Burda 8677, View A, to construct the skirt.  Once again I lined the entire skirt with 100% cotton, lightweight muslin.  Taking the time to line skirts makes a huge difference in how nice they feel when I wear them.  I kept this skirt soft all the way around and did not add interfacing to the wide waistband.  I made the size 10 and found that the waistband was about an inch too big.  Rather than deconstruct the whole thing, I added 2 darts, evenly spaced, to the waistband and now it feels perfect on.  The fabric is so busy the darts pretty much disappear.  I need to remember to trim the side seams by 1/4" before I make this again.

I didn't match the fabric pattern on the side seam.  I think I can live with that. 

And here it is styled with a cardigan for those "chilly" mornings in the 60's.  I've become such a "cold" weather wimp!

Here is one final picture of the lining where you can see the invisible zipper.  I didn't follow the directions when I made this.  So my side seam is different than if you follow the directions.  The directions tell you how to make it so the lining is free hanging.  Whereas I just stitched mine to the outer fabric before I inserted the zipper.  Yep, cut a corner there, but only you and I will know!
Thank you for your thoughts on the the last post.  I definitely had a wonderful week being back with the students and enjoyed wearing the yellow skirt!

In other news, I happened to buy a BurdaStyle magazine over the Christmas break and saw that the patterns are now including…..Side Seams!  I have been gone awhile.  When did that happen?!  I think I will have to try one pattern out of the Winter 2015 edition sooner rather than later.  There are a couple of knit tops that look fun.  It's good to be back!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bright Sunshiny Day!


Tomorrow is back to school, and it's gonna a be a bright, bright, sunshiny day!  Especially wearing the newest skirt in my closet.  This was made from a combination of two patterns,  New Look 6230 (the front and back of the skirt) and New Look 6944 (the waistband with ties).  The skirt is made from a cotton that drapes nicely and is lined with a poly cotton.  I can't remember which online shop I ordered it from, but it reminds me of starfish.  I forgot to take a picture of the lining, but I just used the front and back skirt panel piece and shortened it by one inch before I hemmed it.  Then I basted it to the outer skirt before attaching my waistband.  The skirt has a nice weight about it with the lining.  Overall it is super comfy and bright and sunny.  I could also see wearing this with a denim jacket over a white tank top.  The top I'm wearing it with is something I purchased long ago.

The close-ups:
Waistband with Ties
(I just stitched the ties to the top of the waistband rather than pulling them through button holes like the pattern instructs.)

Invisible Zipper
I hope you all have a bright, bright, sunshiny day too!  

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Look 6327 A Printed Linen Skirt

Aloha Friends,

My first project of 2015 is now complete.  I actually started this last month and had just a few things to finish on it today like the hem, the waistband, and the invisible zipper.  I had made this pattern up long ago, before I started blogging, so I knew that the size 10 was too big in the waist and hips.  When I sewed this version up, I took up a 3/4 inch seam allowance on every seam, hoping the fit would work out, and thankfully it did!

I made View A, but did not include the top-stitching.  The fabric was from one of my earlier trips to Oregon and came from a store in Beaverton called Mill End.  The pattern pieces for the front and the back of the skirt are exactly the same.  I only had 1 1/2 yards of 60" wide fabric, and the pattern calls for 2 1/4 yards.  I was determined to make it work, so I have one panel that is pieced in the back of the skirt.  See if you notice it when you view a picture of the back of the skirt.  Here is a close-up:
I changed the waistband on the skirt from using a facing, as the pattern directs, to binding the top with a strip of fabric.  This was partly due to a lack of fabric and partly due to the fact that I don't really like facing for waistbands, unless they are permanently sewn down, and you can't really do that with this pattern.  I had a matching non-printed linen to accomplish the waistband finish.  I added two hook and eyes to close the gap at the top of the zipper.
The seams are finished with a serger, and the skirt is not lined.  The pattern does not call for lining, but it would be easy to add if you wanted to.  This is a medium weight linen.  I finished the skirt with a 3/8" narrow hem.
I was inspired to pull this fabric out of the stash to make a skirt when I purchased the knit top at Macy's on clearance one day.  I really like the combination.

Thanks for stopping by and mahalo for your thoughts on the previous skirt!  There was a cold snap last week in Oregon (well below freezing at night), and my sister's yard was covered in a thick frost one morning.  I sympathize with those of you who are enduring the cold!
Not Maui...Frosty Oregon

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Is 2014 really gone?  Oh my, never in my life has time moved so quickly!  I sometimes feel that I want to reach out and grab each minute by the tail to keep it trapped in my firm grasp, but alas, I'm only left with the tail wriggling wildly and the whole body of the minute moving on in a determined flee!  This isn't such a bad thing.  Pondering the past year reminds me how much I've learned, how much I've changed, how much I've grown, and what a gift it is to be blessed with these minutes, hours, days, and years of life.  Through it all, the triumphs and the trials, this life is a blessing.  May 2015 be the year we all embrace the journey like never before!

I've been on winter break from teaching for 2 weeks now.  The first week was spent preparing and celebrating Christmas with my family.  The second week was spent back in Oregon with my extended family.  This final week will be spent preparing for a new semester and reengaging with my sewing passion.  A passion which I've challenged myself to tap into more frequently in the coming year now that I seem to be finding my balance with working full time.

Today I am sharing what has definitely become my favorite skirt pattern of all time.  You've seen it before, Burda 8281.  I've made view A with the length of view B.  This is my 3rd version of this pattern and it is made from a cotton sarong.  Again, it is lined with lightweight 100% cotton muslin, has an invisible zipper, and a hook and eye at the top.  The top was not made by me.  It was found at Old Navy.  I sometimes wear the top on the outside of the skirt, but today I am showing it tucked in so that you can see the whole skirt.  The waistband is made from the part of the sarong that had a different pattern from the rest of the fabric.

Muslin Lining
I think the shape of this skirt is flattering, and I love that it responds so well to quilting cottons.  I am sure the fact that it is cut on the bias helps with that.  This skirt also allows you to walk without restriction, but never causes fear from gusts of wind!   I am sure there will be more versions of this skirt in the future.  However, my latest project is a skirt from New Look 6327.  I hope to show that skirt tomorrow.