Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Look, New Year

It has been awhile. Some sewing has gone on that I never got to, but I was so excited about this shirt I had to come tell you guys immediately. I just finished a button down shirt made from New Look 6266. I was so inspired by all the Archers last year that I really wanted to make a button down shirt. I knew I had a ton of button down patterns I have never even tried though. I have to say I am pretty pleased with this one.  

This shirt has a boxy, loose fit, and that is exactly what I wanted. I tend to wear this style shirt a lot instead of a T-shirt when the weather is hot, but I want to look dressier. I like the curved hem.

The shirt also has side vents which are cute and functional since this shirt is a bit longer.

Yes, I completed a collar stand. It is not perfect, but I am very pleased with it. I watched a few tutorials online, but the directions included in the pattern were excellent. I also like the cute yoke  on the front of this shirt.

There is a yoke in the back as well. This shirt would look cute with lace front and back yokes. 

This shirt was a big win. I used a double gauze I ordered from Mood with a gift card. It is sheer, but great to work with. I ordered quite a bit to use my gift card, and chose quite a few wovens. I have worked with knits more lately because they are so easy to sew and fit. I really enjoyed all the technical aspects of this shirt though and look forward to using the rest of my fabrics. 

As an update if anyone is interested, the quilt show this year was awesome. I bought several fat quarters and a few notions. I have been lining up all the fat quarters and rearranging them. I have no idea what quilt to make. Also, I didn't plan it this way, but when I got home I realized all the fat quarters I got were the same colors even though they were from several booths. Kind of cool!

Christmas was fun. This is my husband checking the phone while I took a picture of him and his sisters. Nice.

 New Years we mostly hunker down because the pup is so terrified of the fireworks. When she is scared she wants to sit on top of Mr. Thinks He Can. 

I m looking forward to 2015, but have no real goals other than to quit planning so much and start sewing. Thanks for reading, and I hope you had a great holiday season as well. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Houston Quilt Show anyone?

Is anyone going to the International Quilt Festival here in Houston at the George R. Brown in a couple weekends? Maybe we could meet up.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rockstar Trifecta

I made a Trifecta Top. All I can say is I love this shirt. I used a Robert Kaufman Laguna stretch knit from, and it is perfectly slouchy and comfortable. I made the 3/4 sleeve version with low scoop and inset.

Check out my inset. Yes, it is faux leather. I think I am such a rock star with my fake leather t-shirt. The faux leather is actually a leather knit from as well I got to use as a trim on a dress I have in my head. I ran it through the washer and dryer and it held up great. I wanted to use a smidge for this inset. I really do think I'm cool.

The shirt has raglan sleeves and is just a bit fitted. My fabric was pretty substantial, so it doesn't have much stretch. I think with a drapey, thin fabric it would look totally different.

I was pretty lazy on the hem and just serged them all and left them. I think it adds to the look of the shirt. Like I said, I feel way too cool to be bothered hemming a shirt.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Catty little dress

More wishful sewing, but I made another Lady Skater. This time I used long sleeves and shortened the bodice a half inch. The print is a little much and the knit is not the best quality. One of those "If I just spend eight more dollars I get free shipping" purchases. I think it made a great Lady Skater though. I figured if I'm going to use a bold print I better own it and wear it all over. I love it and have already worn it to work with quite a few compliments.

Here it is without the belt. It looks fine, the belt just breaks it up a bit. The waist seam is reinforced with clear elastic which I think is genius. Can I tell you, this dress is so comfortable. It is like wearing a T-shirt and no pants. How much better can it get? I love knit dresses, especially long sleeved ones.

The neckband I basted with my machine first, then serged it. I then used my twin needle to finish it off. It looks great.

The sleeves on this version has cuffed sleeves. I love how it looks and this method is so easy. These I just serged on the used my twin needle. Overall this dress from cutting to hemming took under three hours.  

I think my assistant and I have our Halloween costumes too. I could be a leopard and she could be a tiger!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chevron Peplum Cardigan

I bought this thin knit just for McCalls 6844 last year when it was cool, but neglected to sew it up until the summer. Again, I am sewing for hope in the summer heat. Luckily my office is kept at roughly 9 degrees above freezing, so I am getting to wear some of my winter wear. Public Officials: I bet if you turned the AC up in public schools all us teachy types could probably get a raise and enough left over for ipads for all students. Yes, it's that cold. I digress, back to the sew.

This is view C. It has an open front and a high low hem. I like that more than I thought I would.

I especially like the way the chevron print acts on the drapey peplum. It seems to wrap around me.

Here is a better view of the high low hem. I did shorten the bodice to the petite size and it falls just right. I fall into the category of women with no rear to speak of, I feel like this cardigan gives the illusion there is something back there.

Overall I would call this one a win. I would also like to make it in a fleece or sweatshirt material. I got several compliments at work on it. On the other hand all Mr. Thinks He Can will say is that it doesn;t look like my typical style. I agree, but it's fun.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cynthia Rowley sweater dress

See, I have been sewing. However, in Houston it is 100 degrees (F) and 100% humidity, so I have been locked in the air conditioning sewing winter clothes. It's like some sort of sick sewing rain dance that doesn't work and leaves me with a closet full of clothes it is too hot to wear! On to business though - I love this dress. I used Simplicity 2054, view A. The whole dress and cowl came together in just a couple hours.

The cowl is pleated and is pretty cool. I didn't know if I would like it at all, but the way it is drafted is pretty clever. The cowl itself would make some pretty snazzy presents.

LOL, this is Mr. Thinks He's Can. Seconds before this he was whining because lightening was going to strike us, hey storms cool it down around here and you have to take advantage. Then I was all, that scarf looks good on you, let's take a selfie. No more whining about lightening! To his credit there was pretty bad lightening and as soon as we got back in it began to pour. 

The dress can be worn without the cowl. Without the cowl I added a belt to give it a little shape. It really is just kind of a big t-shirt when worn without the cowl. I also made it a bit shorter that I usually do, but I figured in the winter I would wear it with leggings.

Here is the real situation. There is a pool and it is hot as heck. Immediately after this I had to take the dress off because I was going to die from heat stroke. Hopefully I can wear it next month. For the fabric I used this one from Fabric Mart. It is soft an lightweight without being sheer. Also, there is no itch factor at all. I totally recommend it. I would like a cardigan in it, so I may be ordering more.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The elusive Hummingbird

I'm all about the basics right now. I just went back to work after a whirlwind summer. I have been sewing, but let's be honest when I don't work I have no need to put on make up, brush my hair...shower... Yes, I go into feral teacher mode. But my hair is cut, my shoes are back on, overall I am falling into place visually. It is time to catch up on blog posts.

So I have worn this skirt at least once a week since I made it. It is a light weight stretch denim Hummingbird. It is so comfortable and looks like a pencil skirt when paired with a blouse or just a dang cute skirt when paired with a T-shirt.

I found a gold button in my stash that I loved for this skirt. Oh yeah, I make button holes now. I love that new machine! It even sewed the button on for me. LOVE, guys. I did a lapped zipper as that is my preferred zipper.

I can't get enough of these pockets. They are absolutely brilliant. They lay flat and don't add bulk even when they are full of chap-sticks and cell phones.

I great basic. I did add a couple inches to the length as I wanted it to be work appropriate. Also I had to take in the sides a bit due to the stretch in the denim, but this is a TNT pattern for me. I totally recommend it!