Vogue 1528


Vogue 1528





Well, this is the final garment of 2016.

A loose-fitting vest is really all this is, but boy oh boy, do I love it!!  The shaping is tapered in at the bottom for a cocoon effect and there are no side seams. 



Love this big welt pocket.


I finished the back seam with a Hong Kong finish.  Great instructions included for clean-finishing your facings.


Pattern included for hem facing as well. 

This is a simple pattern, choose a lovely fabric (this is a wool suiting from my stash) with nice drape.  The facing fabric here is Bemberg lining, but you can eliminate it altogether if you wish.

A great layering piece, dress is up or down!

Stay warm everyone!

Bayfront Cap


Time for some handmade gifts!  The pattern is called Bayfront Cap by Melinda VerMeer Designs.

Great pattern!  I pulled some Tosh Merino Light from my stash.  I may go down a needle size with the next one.  Are you on Ravelry?  Find me if so, I’m Sewellen there also.

  More soon!

Vogue 9212

Vogue 9212






How fun is this coat?  I grabbed some home dec fabric off the sale table at Joanne and used some lining from my stash.


Here it is turned inside out, you can see that the facing is another full front.


Simple snaps for the closure (I made covered snaps).

This coat really is easy to make with no fancy details;  I really tried to overthink it though, adding shoulder pads which I removed, inserting sleeve heads which I removed.  I did leave a back stay, but that’s the only deviation from the pattern instructions.  There is that corner you have to turn at the collar, but that’s the only tricky bit.  I made a size 12 with a forward shoulder adjustment, a la Palmer Pletsch (my go-to resource is the book “Fit for Real People”).  This seems to help with my shoulder fitting issues.  It’s not perfect yet, but we’re getting there. 


This is an interesting coat, with the sort of cut away front.  It has a bit of a historical vibe like this one.  At least, that’s what I was thinking when I was sewing this up

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18 century coat



I recommend this pattern, it’s not too terribly hard.  I’ll have a picture with it on me at some point.  I love how the jacket is styled on the Vogue website: worn with leggings and boots.  Perfect!


What does one post about after such a long absence???  How about I just jump right into the current project?  After all, it’s really been about that long since I’ve sewn anything so….


Do I even remember how to sew? 

What’s my WordPress password???

I picked up Vogue 9212.  I’ve gotten a decent fitting muslin, and have spent today cutting:



hopefully sooner next time Smile

McCall’s 7099



#McCalls 7099

So I “jumped” on the jumpsuit bandwagon, LOL!  This is a giant leap outside of my comfort zone.  I’m pretty sure that the last time I wore jumpsuits was in Kindergarten, LOL. 


I didn’t get a decent back view shot, the dog kept needing attention. 

Thinking about making a jumpsuit?  Try this pattern!  It’s not difficult…at all.  The inseam pockets are great.  I cut my usual size 12, made no adjustments.  The fabric is some sort of poly jersey from Joann, and it’s hot and it doesn’t breathe.  When I attached the neck band, I started at the center back and sewed down each side while stretching it slightly.  This made the band about 3/4” longer at the bottom front which I later cut off.  It’s keeping closed pretty well, even without the bust snap (I’ve not sewn it in yet).  I’m pondering a different waistband treatment.  Instructions call for a simple elastic casing, but I’m thinking maybe a drawstring of some sort for the next piece.  Try this in a nice silk jersey, or maybe a rayon blend.  If you use a woven, make sure you widen the pants at the bottom so you can pull these over your foot.  They’re quite narrow, as you can see.  Feeling the disco vibe!

Quick to make…


I have a neighbor who just had a baby, thought I’d make up something quickly.  These bibs are a great way to make a quick gift, plus use up your scraps.


I downloaded a free bib pattern from Purl Soho and used some of my Liberty scraps, as well as a piece of terry toweling.


A bit of topstitching, some sewn on Velcro tabs completes things quickly, easy peasy!

StyleArc Tessa Top


Tessa Top


Boy, do I like this shirt!


It’s a simple oversized top with interesting seaming and facings, plus, the asymmetrical front-to-back hem.


In the interest of fabric shortage, I chose a color block scheme, haha!





This is the second StyleArc pattern I’ve made, downloaded PDF from the Etsy website.  I used some linen twill from my stash consisting of blue and black threads woven in the twill pattern.  For the facings, I used the other side of the fabric just for fun!  The black solid on the back is a recycled dress shirt. 


The linen is a very loose weave, and got off-grain quite easily.  The seaming and topstitching are wonky in some places.


I’m trying to show the hi-low hem here.

As others have said, StyleArc instructions are very minimal.  I had to really think hard when getting the facings done the way I wanted.  I used a fusible interfacing called Pro-Tailor Deluxe for the facings in the neck, hem, and sleeve finishes.  I did my own thing, finishing the facings to the right side, using the other side of the linen.  You could finish them to the inside if you wanted.  The pattern calls for side inseam pockets, but I didn’t use them. 

I had to get used to the different seam allowances on the pieces.  Depending on the pattern pieces, there was 1 centimeter allowances on one side, and 1/4” on the other side.   I’m still not a big fan of the 1/4” seam allowances; old habits die hard!  I used French seams, so my seam allowances are more like 1/2”.  This is a size 10, and I really like the fit.  This is meant to be loose and somewhat boxy.  The bottom hem turns in slightly, creating a slight cocoon effect.

This is a great top!  Use it as a backdrop for some fabulous statement jewelry, or try your hand at color blocking.  Either way, it’s fairly easy to put together, and very well drafted.  It’s a great pull-over top, but still bra-strap friendly.  I’ll be making another one of these for sure!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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