TGIF! and Welcome to the greatest month of the Year! My birthday and sewing anniversary month. I had these big February sewing plans and they have dwindle down to just making sure I have clothes for my trip later this month.

I am currently having some technical difficulties of such. My serger is in the shop for about the 3rd time. Its been there two weeks. Last time I brought it home it was cutting per the samples, I was given, and one of the samples I finished cutting. But when I used it to finish my knits. It would not cut. So I took back to the shop thinking maybe user error. But the guy tried to cut the knit, two layers of liverpool but it would get caught. When I call to check on it this week, he said he ordered a washer, and it should be in today. I will wait until next week to follow up. 

Even though a serger isn’t a necessity I still want it to finish my seams, and this year I wanted to look into using it for more things. I have attachments that have never been used.
Now, my sewing machine is giving me the blues, it just needs to be replaced. However I haven’t been able to decide on a good replacement. 

My current machine is brother simplicity sb3129. I don’t think it’s a bad machine, however this was my first machine and I made a lot of mistakes with it. Which has resulted in the operation declining quicker than one expected. I have damaged foots, plates, jammed the feed dogs etc. 


I have taken it in to be serviced a few times, but the tension is still messed up, my bobbin still jams, my stitches skip etc, my thread breaks in the machine, I think I knocked something loss in the feeder. AGAIN user error. 


Although having a machine with a zillion stitches is over kill for most. there are still some features I want in my new machine. But I need to find a machine this weekend so we shall see. 

I want a machine that has


  • built in thread cutter
  • at least 7 button holes (my current machine has 10) 
  • max sewing speed at least 850 (would love to go up to 1k without going industrial)
  • speed control
  • lettering style (doesn’t have to be an embroidery machine

SO ANY SUGGESTIONS YOU HAVE WOULD BE APPRECIATED?

Now Back to my sewing project New Look 6123 

Probably one of first patterns I purchased when I first started sewing. I cut out the 18. The only real area of concern was the hip measurement. I knew before starting it was possible this project would end up not fitting. I’m a solid 50 in the hips,(goal is back down to 48 one day one day lol) the finished hip measurement was a 45 1/2 I believe. I was using a knit a liverpool, it has stretch but not over stretchy, lol. But I was willing to test it out. 

I attached the bodice to the skirt,  the back is left open for the zipper. I tried it on, you know how one does a hospital gown, lol. And thought this may not fit me. So I basted the back, and stopped a few inches above the kick pleat. Tried it on, and it fits.
However I had severe gaping in the upper back. So I pinched it out 2 inches, tried it on still to big I went back and pinched some more. I think I’m at about 3 1/2 inches tapering to nothing at the mid back. but my machine is tripping so bad, that I just tossed it to the side for later. 

New Look 6123 View B

New Look 6123

 I do love the sleeve

Beside the back neck gaping I think the fit in the back is fine.


I know this pattern is made for other fabric then knit, but I don’t think that has to much to do with the gaping. I just need to figure out away to take my measurements for future projects. 
I know like the basic upper bust, bust, under, waist, hips. but I dont know if I ever wrote down upper back, shoulder to shoulder, neck to waist, shoulder to apex etc.
So yea I shall put this aside to finish once I get a new machine, or maybe finish in March lol

So for now I’m on a sewing pause, I will deep clean this weekend and try to locate a machine.


Well until next time sew on….. and please share machine recommendation


Happy Saturday

So this isn’t my first time making this dress, I have made twice before, the first one wasn’t bad but I hated the neckline, the second one is a mauve/blush color, I really liked that one but also hated the neckline. Two different necklines.

One thing I’m learning as I continue this sewing journey is being okay with things I don’t like. Which means skipping a pattern altogether or modifying. I don’t know how to draft patterns so modifying a pattern is a skill I’m learning to build on. I knew I wanted to make this dress again but didn’t know how to modify the neckline. I thought about dropping the neckline, but the way pattern was made I wasn’t sure if I could it ,correctly-being an amateur at pattern modifications. So I decided on a boat neck. The only thing I did not have a boat neck that I thought would work.

That all changed when I found my new favorite pattern, The Gable Top by Jennifer Lauren, I reviewed it on the blog this month so check for it if you havent seen it yet. The modify was easy once I realized that I had to fill the hole for the original neckline, so I laid paper across the back.
Took my Gable top pattern matched shoulders and cut the new neckline.

I cut 18 top and graded to 20 at the hips

I made two versions.
The cream color, I made 3/4 sleeves I love this style of sleeve, I just a few inches up from the long sleeve option.
I made View b and View C
The fabric from Joann’s Fabric Store.
I think the dress came out okay. Fabric is a little thicker, but sewed together well.

The purple floral is from Fabric Mart Fabrics. I’m going to make a top out of this floral, I bought 5 yards for some reason not sure what I had planned for but I’m going to make a peplum top.

Well that’s it for now until next time Sew on

McCalls 7429

McCalls 7429

McCalls 7429 back I’m convinced my dress form is crooked 

McCalls 7429 Modified Neckline

McCalls 7429

McCalls 7429 details

McCalls 7429 detail drape

Modified McCalls 7429 neckline

January is moving at a steady pace, and then we will have February my month! All mine to myself…. Not sharing lol, all about me! I’m trying to maintain the momentum going into the month. I’m usually super excited for my birthday, all of January. Then February hits and I’m all blah.

For the month of February I want to incorporate my favorite color into my wardrobe. Which I’m thinking may be a little bit more difficult than expected. My favorite color is cream. Yea I know so boring but this is my favorite color. I feel amazing in this color, and love it to see it on other people. I also like ivory, off white etc, but the cream color makes my heart sing.

I have collected a few cream yardage since I’ve started sewing and I plan to use some for the month of February, which is also my Sew- Anniversary, it will be 4 years in February since I was gifted my sewing machine. Now that I’m an empty nester I think this year I will spend a lot more time sewing then years past, so I’m looking forward to learning and growing my skills set.

Now back to February plans

If everything goes as plans I will end month of February with several Crème color items to add to my closet. Right now my list includes
1 pair of leggings
1 pair of pants
2 tops
1 cardigan
3-4 dresses

Pattern options



Leggings

Vogue 9174

Vogue 9284

Dresses

Cardigan and Dress maybe
Well these are some more initial picks but who knows what I will end up with, time will tell.
Until next time Sew on




Happy Sunday 

So I picked up this fabric a few months ago at Joann’s Fabric. I was in love because of the dots. Then I got to the cutting carton and realized the dots were on the wrong side of the fabric and only formed by the stripes on the other side.
But I didn’t care still bought it. I’ve had this McCall’s pattern for a while but doing to it needing a four way stretch fabric, I had to wait. Most my knit fabric are 2 way. This fabric is awesome 4 way stretch.
The pattern goes to well, I made XL. I decided to add a neckband instead of turning under.  I made View B with the slit from D tho. It’s a good simple pattern. 
My intentions was to make this dress with McCalls 7722 View D, but the fabric wasn’t the right one for this fabric, although this fabric has a lot of stretch it is still structured and the sleeve ended up looking real 80’s balloon sleeve, and that’s not what I wanted. 
I will try the sleeve again in a light weight fabric with drape. However the sleeve was so big, I was able to cut out the original McCall’s 7531 and it was good to go.
Well that’s it for today….
Until next time Sew on!

McCall’s 7531 

McCall’s 7531 Neckline

McCall’s 7531 Sleeves

McCall’s 7531 Sleeves

McCall’s 7531 Slit

So I’ve been searching high and low for a boat neck pattern, for a knit, with a fitted bodice. I’ve found tutorials on how to make one on an existing pattern or free hand but not a pattern. Last week on instagram one of the fabric stores, Minerva crafts, posted a photo of one of their bloggers who had made a dress out of this pattern. And I had to have it.

The pattern is 11.00 dollars which isn’t to much, not the cheapest but not the most expensive I have seen for indie patterns. And I really wanted this pattern, and will use it a million times, because this my favorite neck line.
So I feel it was worth the investment. It does come with a copy shop formatted version, but somebody just printed at work…. lol.

It was pretty quick putting together, I did like how the sleeves have different pattern pieces so you can just print with option you want. I printed everything at once. I wanted a center back seam so I did a seam allowance and did not cut the back on the fold. I sorta which I hadn’t cut the center back seam, just due to how the flowers are by the back seam, but it doesn’t look to bad. Center back seams lay better on me, so I prefer them.

I believe its a great pattern, she has a couple more patterns I would like but they are not in the budget right now, so I will look out for a sale or something.

Overall this pattern is a win win for me. No regrets

I cut a size 18, and guess what didn’t have to do a full arm bicep adjustment …. maybe due to the smaller seam allowance but still great fit

(insert small rant here, you can skip over and go to the photos if you like)
I have seen an increase in indie pattern makers lately, like a lot. And while I say if its your passion, go for it. It bothers me a little that a lot of patterns are just repeated patterns with a different name. I could name about 50 different leggings patterns of course they call them other things but still. Its just a legging pattern. And for me I have to go with the big 4, because of the pattern sales, so I rather pay 99 cent, 1.99 for some leggings, over an indie pattern for 7.00 or 10.00 or more. I just feel that if you want to be an independent designer bring something that’s new and refreshing and hard to find.
I saw one indie pattern release a pattern and it appeared that patterns would be inclusive but the range stopped at 18, maybe the sizing will be more along ready to wear, but for me Im top 16-18 bottom anywhere from a 20-24. I’m not buying a pattern that will already be more than I normally pay to alter it to fit. I would prefer to buy a vintage pattern. But these are just my rants. Clearly these indie pattern company have a following so they know what they are doing, but I prefer things that are fresh and new. Even with the big 4, I’v learned to pass on the same pattern repackage different.

Well Until next time Sew On

The Gable Top

The Gable Top /Alter Dress

The Gable Top
Close up of neck line

Center back seam?? I don’t think its toooo bad

Good Morning

So I picked up this fabric from up from So Sew English during the Thanksgiving holiday sale. I like a lot of the small business fabric shops, however the cost of shipping sometimes is so high, I tend to shy away from them. But they had a sale that was pretty good, that help off set some of the shipping cost, so I picked up several things. 
I’m currently on a no NEW FABRIC fast at least to June of 2018! I can do this. I will say trim, notations I won’t consider fabric purchase. That’s the only exception.

So back to this fabric. I was in love with this fabric at first sight. It’s a hacci sweater knit. I could have made it very simple by just making a duster, or cardigan. But I wanted a dress. So I looked for something simple and came across this pattern and figured it would work well.

Other than the fabric being very light weight , I think it came together well. I don’t think I will hem it because I like my dresses to the floor. 

Well that’s all for now… Until next time sew on!

Butterick 6308/B6308



Butterick 6308/B6308



Butterick 6308/B6308

Butterick 6308/B6308

Butterick 6308/B6308

I’ve been wanting to make this dress for awhile, and I had the smaller size but needed to get the larger range.

I cut the Size 20, and graded to 24 for the hips, then ended up taking it in, so the next time I make this I will make the size 20, or maybe the size 18.

I did read all the reviews for this pattern, and still forget to raise the armholes, so the armholes are to low. And I will have to wear something underneath.
I also forgot to add inches to the back so I didn’t get the booty lift in the back lol.
I didn’t add the elastic to the waist, didn’t need it. The fabric I picked for this dress, is very thin, not the best choice at all.

Fabric from Fabric Mart Fabrics, Rayon Lycra
I didn’t like the print once it arrived, just threw it to the side but I think it works well for the dress

Well until next time Sew On!

McCall’s 6713 View D

McCall’s 6713 View D

McCall’s 6713 View D

McCall’s 6713 View D

McCall’s 6713 View D

Happy Wednesday (I made this over a week ago, but technical difficulties)

I’m sure we all have been in a sewing funk/rut, before. I found myself one in one recently not sure why because I do have a coat I “should” be making but no motivation. I did last week cut out all the pattern pieces for the coat. I think I’m at 20 + pieces. (I’ve decided to go slow on the coat project it will be ready for next winter.)

But moving along to this pattern, review. I made McCall’s 7538 Made View B with C skirt. I read several other reviews and make on the pattern, and decided to follow one bloggers alteration, in extending the bodice front piece, to make sure the seam line didn’t cut across my breast weird.
The animal print, I won’t call it leopard because it seems to me to have leopard/cheetah and jaguar print combine.

 But the print is from Joann’s Fabric. I bought it initial a year or so ago to make a pencil skirt
The black is a lycra/knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics. It has a great feel to it, not to heavy not to light. The animal print is more of a scuba knit.

The pattern pieces came together fairly easily, I however still get my left and right mixed up when doing certain things, so I had to redo one of the black pieces. I added some length to the arms, and of course did my usual bicep adjustment.

I cut the 18- neck and shoulders
20 for the body and graded to 22 for the hips, which I ended up taking in some. So I think I would have been okay with the 20 at the hips.
I didn’t hem it yet, due to wanting to finish the inside with my serger, that has to go into the shop. I’m not sure how I feel about this dress it looks nice but the large black midriff piece I feel is sorta to wide but maybe its just me. We will see how I feel once I wear it.

Until next time sew on….



McCalls 7538



McCalls 7538



McCalls 7538

Happy Wednesday
I decided I will try to blog more during my lunch… I normally work through lunch but I’m thinking hey why not take this time to blog

Moving right along
Um, the good thing about social media connecting with people across the world
The bad thing about social media, seeing the same thing over and over again. So I will spare you the repeat of another instagram post about the patterns.

I will say I’m not overly excited about the release, I glanced and that first thought like times in the past, new patterns got to buy those.

Then I saw a few people I follow post, and I felt  a little persuaded to purchase some.  Then I saw, post after post after post, so I thought maybe I will get them. So I went to the website and I really studied the lines, and thought is this something you really want. And the answer is no. Honestly I feel like I have purchased these patterns before, or seen them. I think the fancy sleeves, I get it.
But I don’t need them I think I purchased some fall winter patterns with fancy sleeves from McCall/Simplicity etc.

So I’m good on the patterns. I however, looked at this pants pattern, and even though I think the images suck I wonder if this could be my dupe for this burda pattern I want. Which is one of those pdf patterns. I already know I would have to do adjustments to the burda pattern so I didn’t pull the trigger but looking at this McCall pattern, I wonder will it work.

This is the McCall’s pattern.
Now granted I feel the modeling pictures, and fabric for this pattern is horrific, and I do have a booty so that flatness back there will be round lol…

What do you think? is this McCall a good alternative or not?

or Burda
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