So last Sunday I was sitting and thinking and reflecting on some things, and I was thinking that this year I wouldn’t get my husband anything for his birthday…due to funds!

And it dawned on me that I sew so why not make him a nice dress shirt. So I went and grabbed McCalls 2447 that I had cut out over the summer and I cut out some fabric and I figured I would knock this shirt out Sunday night and Monday and it would be done for his birthday Tuesday!

Well as of now, the pattern sits because I don’t have the tools I need. I picked up David Coffins , Shirtmaking- Developing Skills Fine Sewing

I ended up getting the kindle version. Because I wanted the book right away. I also didn’t know you could download a kindle reader on your PC and smart phones.

I think I will also the video to help my grasp some of the concepts better.
Upon reading the first few chapters, I realized that my approach to making this shirt would be different this time, for one David recommends bleached muslin for interfacing, and I had in my failed previous attempts used fusible interfacing, I believe I will try this fusible interfacing by Sewing Supply in the future but for now, I will stick with the muslin to see how it works. He also recommends 100% cotton mercerized machine embroidery thread which none of my local stores carry so I will be ordering. And because of this shirts sits cut up and ready to be sewed once my items come in.

After going through some of my husband dress shirts, and paying attention to the cuffs, I’m noticing quite a few of his cuffs the interfacing does not hold up very well. And these dress shirts are not cheap, but craftsmanship is questionable.

For this next project with this shirt I think I will take my time with it, I really want to learn how to sew a man’s dress shirt and make it look like a million bucks!

Which takes me to my next question, I know when learning to sew its easy to become overwhelm with different techniques and styles. Do you change your techniques based on what other people are doing, or do you continue what you have learned because it works well for you?

I myself am tending to lead towards develop a skill and technique and sticking to it…Is this good or bad?

I think this weekend is my sew anniversary..Its been 1 year since I started sewing. I’m sure of it because my husbands birthday was before mine and I recall saying I wasn’t getting him anything .

 He then furnished my sewing room and purchased my sewing machine. So I came home and jumped on the computer and expedited the shipping of his gift…. 
In June I purchased a serger and it has sat and sat. I was scared of it! So yesterday I forced myself to use. What is the worse that can happen I mess up my fabric… Just more reasons to buy more!
It went well for the first time. I tried to use 
the tape/elastic foot that part didn’t go so well.
But I’m happy I tried  it so this post will be full of photos 


This was me trying to stabilize my shoulder seams, yea I didnt do that right so I will have to research that

Setting in sleeves

I watched a video on  Pattern Review, that I have skipped over the last year about setting in a sleeves, It was a video that I guess came with part of the subscription. After watching this clip I wanted to see more of the video, and I found out the video is called ( 10 Clever Techniques To Help you Sew Like a Pro- Sarah Veblem) who knew it could be so easy, and the material is suppose to be even at the top…. I just thought it was extra material when mine would overlap so I would cut the long piece off 

My pieces match up!!! YAY

Finished Sleeve..Very close to perfect!

Finished Product McCall 6612 View D with Sleeves

Hard to capture the shimmer in the fabric but I love this material! 

Happy February 2!

When McCall 7016 came out I knew I wanted it, I had seen similar Calvin Klein dresses in the store, but I could never find my size.

So I was pretty excited when I started cutting this pattern and skimming the instructions it was pretty simple.

I have had this fabric since last February and I have seen several people make things from it, so I figured I would go ahead and use it.

My initial plans was to make the collar in faux leather and sleeves, but I didn’t think the faux leather was going to lay right, nor did I have any sew in interfacing.

Cutting the pattern went smoothly, I started to pin the pieces together to start sewing, and one of the front pieces PIECE 6, was not right. So I looked at the photo and I’m thinking pattern piece face up, fabric right side down…WHY DOESN’T THIS FIT, it had the arm part facing the neck instead of back piece. So what do I do I turn the pattern piece face down and I cut it again!!

I go back and it still doesn’t fit!!! So I jump on the computer to see if the instructions are just wrong no complaints from anyone, so I decide Im just going to just cut it on the right side of the fabric. Pattern piece face up and it WORKED!!

So after I completed the dress (minus hem) I call my daughter and I’m telling her read these instructions….and I pause…
The 6 has a * by it, so I open up the instructions to see what the star * indicates and as clear as day it says open fabric and cut on the right side.

So now I have two faux leather front bodices scraps!! 

It pays to read read and read!!! 
First time working with Faux leather
What I really liked in this dress was my topstitching. It  may be small achievements to some but I love it

McCall 7016

Its been a while, since I blog….
Life is funny how you have everything planned out and a curve ball gets thrown in here or there so everything changes…
My birthday big plans…I had to toss so maybe next year. BUT it is still my birthday month so the plan is to make a post a day..we shall see!

This month I want to focus on getting over the fear of my serger
and to complete the online serger class.

While I have not been blogging I have done some sewing here an there, mainly volunteering to test PDF file patterns, I’m not going to go back and review the patterns I tested but…any futures ones I will write about…

So moving right along to Vogue 8939, came across this pattern through Erica B.’s – D.I.Y. Style!

This issue I had with this pattern, was sizing…and being a newbie I don’t understand how to grade….so I asked for some assistance from Sew Crafty Chemist on how to make the adjustments…

Size wise, I needed to be a

So I did the best drawing I could and cut the pattern out and sewed it up, it does fit. But it still needs to be hemmed, I will be reading up more on pattern adjustments, and butt adjustments.

My failed attempt of adjusting a pattern

I was trying to color the line 

What I ended up with 

The fabric I used was one of those I love this, I have to make something with it.. So you buy it to rush home and go through all your patterns to find one and then it becomes,
I think its cute…
is it cute???

Vogue 8939

Side note: The neck band was kinda tight I have been playing with it would I keep it tall, or fold it over… I kept thinking is thing going to fit over my head…

                                                               Fabric Knit remnant Hancock