#2018makenine…how did I do?

Oh 2018! You were not kind to me. It was a year of changes and plans falling apart. I had a lot of enthusiasm at the beginning of the year and made great plans. I knew I was biting off potentially more than I could chew with #2018makenine  and #2018sewmystyle . Then I threw in major life changes in June and my sewing time became non existant. I also had too many stressors in my life and my sewjo dried up and is still MIA. My sewing machines feel the stress emanating off of me and act very naughty because of it. I then proceed to have a melt down which usually ends with me balled up on the floor crying. So yeah, not a good time. 

Anyways, here is a refresher of my plans:

Let’s start in the top left shall we. 

Simplicity 1018: Started this and attempted to make it out of my fabric stash. A more accurate description of my attempt would be: I tried to use fabric scraps left over from an old stretch velour project. Needless to say I did not have enough so my skater dress turned into a cropped top. I still wanted it to be a dress and a seam at the waste did not bother me so I tried to find more velour but nothing matched well. I then purchased a dbp plaid fabric for the skirt but I couldn’t convince myself it was right and this project stalled out.

Simplicity 2219: Started this and it is in two pieces. I am not liking the bodice and my fabric selection. I also did not use the correct interfacing. I am debating on scrapping the current bodice and correcting with some black jersey and the correct interfacing.

Simplicity S0917: Completed! But it is a bit large, which is my fault because I used a rayon jersey instead of a woven. Yeah, I didn’t pay close enough attention. So this is a lovely swimsuit coverup. I will make this again in an appropriate fabric, size it down and shorten it.

Butterick B5889: Nope!

Free space: Did not intentionally fill this box.

Simplicity 1619: Nope! I didn’t find any fabric that called to me for this.

Butterick B6169: Nope! 

Butterick B5748: I purchased the pattern again in the next size range to see if starting large would be easier to fit the bodice to my not vintage proportions. But that’s as far as I got. Skirt is still completed and hanging with other UFO’s.

Butterick B6183: Started. So I was working on a wearable muslin on the top but got bogged down in ordering a zipper for it and the sizing. Based on the pattern sizing, I thought the top would be a perfect fit. But it came out huge and the exposed zip install was not great. So I need to take it apart and size it down. I don’t think reinstalling the zipper will help because the rectangle placement mark on the pattern is a bit large. So that is what it is.

Hmmmm….I guess this may be classified as a fail by the looks of it.

So, for 2019 I am going to do things a little different. Two years of #makenine has created a fair number of UFO’s hanging around my sewing room. So instead of having firm pattern plans, 2019 is going to be all about finishing UFO’s in various clothing and project categories. 

When I flesh out this plan, I will post more. Stay tuned for what I accomplished in the #2018sewmystyle challenge.

April Refashion. This little piggy…..


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Hello there! I seem to have fallen of the blogging bandwagon a bit. I have been trying, I swear! I have a list of potential topics and have been taking photos but the actual blogging part has been eluding me. Anyways, I was thinking I was going to try to refashion an article of clothing or item I have around the house once a month. I have been slowly going through my wardrobe and trying to pin point my style, so I figure this will help to keep my wardrobe slightly full and potentially keep items from trash heaps after I donate my cast offs. So I started in April with a fairly simple one to kick off the hopefully soon to be habit. 

Anyone remember toe socks? How about still have a pair? I accumulated a few pairs of these socks even though I hated wearing them. I don’t really care for regular socks. They definitely are removed with my shoes once I am home. I can’t stand my toes being wrapped in sock material, so why did I still have a pair of Easter toe socks in my sock drawer?  Well, they were a gift (all of the toe socks were gifted actually) and I like the design on them. 

While deciding if they were worthy of keeping, I noticed that these socks didn’t have an actual heel knitted in. So they were perfect candidates to become toe-less regular holiday socks. And the easiest way to do that would be to run them under the overlocker/serger! 

The hardest part to this re-fashion is turning the socks inside out. 

Once all the toes were arranged properly,I just serged right inside of the toe line so all the toes came off in a chain. 
Next came finishing the ends. I pulled the serger chain thread back through the stitches using a large needle. Finally, they were turned right side out and on my feet they went! 

No more annoying toe claustrophobia for these socks! 

Simple.Easy. Done. Is it fair to even consider this a re-fashion?

March #sewmystyle : Kalle shirt dress


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After seeing the patterns for this year for the #sewmystyle challenge, the  Kalle shirt dress by Closet Case Files was on my excited to sew list. The pattern has 3 length options, 3 button placket options, and 2 collar choices to really make it your own. You also have the option of purchasing a sleeve add on to make it long sleeved. 

In prepping for this project, I decided that I should really stash bust as I purchased fabric the past two months for the challenge. I also did some stash organizing and my totes of fabric are really getting out of control. Unfortunately the fabric that spoke to me did not meet the yardage requirements as indicated on the instructions, but I decided to see if I could squeak it out of a vintage shirting or a chambray that I mysteriously had the same yardage in each. Having under two yards of fabric was going to eliminate some of the pattern options for me and I immediately nixed the two longer length options and went with the shirt. I also decided to skip the regular shirt collar. 

Once I had the pattern all together, I traced the required pieces and dry fit them to me. I was worried about the tops length and if it would fit my arms. I’m glad I did this as the top would have been so short, like do not lift your arms short, and if you forget you better have a nice bra on for the world to see. I immediately added on 2 inches to the patterns length.  The sleeve/arm cuff situation it has going on would fit my arms as drafted but it does not have the same amount of ease as pictured on the models. I could live with this as I was already pushing if I could use my stash fabric as it was. To help give me some more fabric wiggle room I decided that all the facings and inside yoke would be cut in a similar weight white cotton. The fabric was also going to dictate the placket I would have, so I prepped the placket pieces for my adjusted length to see what would fit. I layed out the pieces of my vintage shirting and was able to get everything to fit along with the hidden placket option. Hurray! This placket was new to me and I wanted to give it a try. So between the shirting fabric and white cotton it all fit. 

Next I read the directions. And re-read the directions. Oh boy, I definitely had question marks over my head on the hidden placket. There is also a sew along for this pattern so I then sought it out. Uh, yeah, clear as mud. Anyways, I was able to get enough out of the directions to know what edges to serge and set to it. 

This isn’t my first shirt make so I had no problem with the yoke, collar, and facings. But the placket eluded me. So on the dress form my mostly completed shirt went for a good part of March as I avoided the placket. There are not very good markings or directions on which way to fold or accordion the placket to make it hidden. There are also no marks to tell you which way is up or which end attaches to shirt front. They also suggest doing your button holes prior to sewing it to the shirt front. Thank goodness I didn’t do that or I would have been screwed. Turns out I folded and pressed the placket the wrong way.  Once I crossed that hurdle, it finished up quick. 

Another annoyance I had with the pattern is that I wish the pdf was layered by size and arranged so that you could print only the pieces you needed. On a few of the pieces I definitely could not tell what line I was tracing  as they were jammed all together.

But all in all, now that it is done I am happy with my shirt. 

With my scraps I also squeezed out a head band to match. My stash is getting out of hand and I hold on to scraps as I feel bad throwing them out. Any suggestions or patterns out there you like that use up scraps?

As an aside, I recently was given enough yardage of a lovely gingham to make a sleeved Kalle shirt dress. I don’t think I would purchase gingham on my own but I found some inspiration photos of gingham shirt dresses that I liked so I am working on making myself another version of the Kalle. I am also adding a drawstring belt to it that I saw on instagram. All these different inspiration sources has me wondering if I should organize my Pinterest and share it. What do you think? Share my Pinterest addiction? 

Sometimes your only as good as your tools.


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When your shopping for your tools and supplies, do you buy the cheapest item? Or the most expensive of comparable items?  Often I test out the cheapest and most of the time it works out. Like in glue sticks for the glue gun, the cheap ones work just as well as the expensive ones. However, tape runners for scrapbooking is an exception. The cheap ones don’t stand the test of time so I go for the middle of the road or more expensive adhesives for those projects. I recently discovered a new exception to the rule and feel like I have been living in the dark ages as I struggled bused through sewing projects. Can you guess what it is? I was surprised too.

An iron. 

Seriously. Why? What technology has really changed in an iron in the last century? Sure, there are some flashy ones out there that have retractable feet and beep at you, but the irons main task is to heat up and maintain a constant set temperature. And there is a mind boggling spread of prices out there. You can get a new iron for under 10 bucks to HUNDREDS of dollars. So undergrad me needed an iron for just laundry purposes once upon a time. Standing in the isle at my local Walmart with irons and toasters, I couldn’t figure out what was so special about the more expensive irons. I left with a six dollar iron and five dollar toaster in hand, immensely pleased to buy these first appliances for myself. 

The iron was similar to this one. Thankfully my model is not for sale anymore. 

Now I had very little ironing experience prior to this purchase, and it did do it’s job for awhile, but as I sewed more I was just struggling with it. It leaked water and didn’t heat up consistently. A press cloth was needed for everything. I started scorching projects even with taking the most care. I even posted my woes previously. And I avoided ironing my sewing. Thankfully, my brother did me a favor and dropped it. Poor thing, it’s buttons went flying off and springs shot out of it. But that was the end of it. I did put it back together but it was a million times worse. 

I considered not even replacing it because I have a steamer, but wasn’t getting crisp seams in my sewing so back to the iron isle I went. And again I was questioning their range of prices. I gave up in store and took to the web and found this iron that I thought had some nice features and a reasonable price. 

Thanks Amazon : Black and Decker IR3010

Since getting this iron I have been ironing everything! It’s like the sewing gods are smiling on me as I work through projects. I thought I hated ironing, but really I hated my iron. This iron maintains a temperature and steams things well. Oh, and applying interfacing to materials is a dream now. And it automatically turns off if I forget about it. (I have once much to my disappointment) My ironing board is permanently out now and I am working at a plan to reorganize my sewing area so I don’t have to take a lot of steps to the ironing board.

This was a lesson in not cheaping out in tools that every sewist agrees you should have. I still don’t think I will spend hundreds on an iron but I think I found the sweet spot for myself in effective working and price of 40 bucks. 

That being said, anyone have a tool they suggest you don’t cheap out on? 

P.S. – The cheap toaster never failed me. The only reason I stopped using it was because I was given a toaster oven and the kicker is the toaster oven does not toast well. Go figure. 


February #sewmystyle : Estelle Ponte Jacket


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For this month in the Sew my style challenge we had the option of sewing the Rumana coat or the Estelle Ponte Jacket. Since I am in the North East and I hate winter and being cold, I have jackets that cover winter temperatures starting in the negatives. The Rumana coat is gorgeous, but I didn’t think I had the need for it so I went with the Estelle Ponte Jacket by Stylearc. I can almost wear it all year round and I have not used ponte yet in my sewing. 

Stylearc’s patterns are not tiled with multiple sizes so you have to select one size based on their measurement chart. In purchasing the pdf version of the pattern they give you the size above and below the size you purchased. Based on my shoulder measurement, I thought the size 10 would be best for me. Once seeing the pattern, I printed the size 8. I probably could have used the size 6.

Not knowing a whole lot about ponte I did a little research on the material. It is available in different weights and I wanted it on the heavier side. I was not impressed with Joann Fabrics selection, everything was rather light weight.  So I purchased the ponte fabric in wine from Fabric Wholesale Direct. I have never purchased from them before and I have mixed feelings about them. There is not a ton of selection and a lot of what they show is sold out. They did ship super fast and I had my order in days. I have a few commissions that I am working on and also ordered what they labeled as charmeuse for a dress. It was pretty disappointing. A better name for it should be a costume satin in an acetate. So you can’t be certain what you are going to get. Also my cut of Ponte was off by 4 inches. If I had not needed to shorten the sleeves, this would have caused the pattern pieces to not fit. I have not checked my other fabric yet for accuracy. But I am happy with the weight of the ponte and believe their description to be accurate for it.

Ok back to the pattern! Like I said, I did have to shorten the sleeves. There are no indicators on where to shorten the patterns pieces. So I decided to shorten the sleeves in the forearm area because I need the most fullness around my bicep. I folded the pattern up across the forearm and the I folded in the sides to create a straight line from the wrist to arm pit. 

I physically tried on the paper pattern piece on my arm to make sure I got it right. I should have shortened the body of the jacket as well but I could not visualize how the collar sat or how the cowl came together in paper form. The points of the cowl hit me below the knee and the back is well below my butt. I could have easily taken off at least two inches. The inches could just come off the bottom but I didn’t want to cut it with scissors and lose my nice clean edge on the bottom and a little oversized is ok with me. I am thinking how wonderful this jacket would be in a movie theater or airplane.

The pattern directions are definitely lacking and I would not advise this pattern line for newbie sewists. The directions were a large diagram with many steps mixed on it. There were some numbered steps below it. In the end, I ditched their directions and decided to put it together as I saw fit. I debated on whether to do the flat felled seam or use the overlocker. In the end I decided to do the flat felled seam for some practice, but I didn’t do them 100% correct to eliminate some bulk. To review quickly what a flat felled seam is, you sew your seam with the wrong side together so your seam allowance is on the right side. You then trim down one seam allowance. You fold the remaining seam allowance in half,tucking in the raw edge, fold it over the trimmed seam allowance, and stitch down. In an effort to reduce some bulk, I kinda flat felled the seam. Yes, I said kinda. First, I kept the seam allowance to the wrong side. 

(excuse my ugly ironing board cover please) I still trimmed one of the seam allowance down 

and folded over the remaining seam allowance over the other. 

I did not fold the raw edge under. (That is the center back seam of the collar) The Ponte should not fray, so why add unnecessary bulk. On the outside you see the original seam and the stitching keeping the seam allowance down. I did this for the back seam,at the shoulders, and around the neck.

I put the sleeves in flat instead of in the round.

 At this point I tried on the jacket to check pocket placement. I ended up moving the pockets up about two inches. After attaching the pocket bag pieces to the front and back I sewed the arms together, down the sides, around the pocket bags and to the bottom of the jacket. In turning everything right side out, I am not sure how I like the pockets in the end.

 I considered top stitching around the pocket openings, but with a good pressing they improved enough that I could ignore them. It also bothers me that the edges are unfinished on this garment. It doesn’t need finished because the material is stable but it seems unfinished in my opinion. Perhaps with a lighter Ponte the front could have a facing or lining finishing the seams. I suppose they could also be bound as well. 

My finished Estelle! 

I did like working with ponte and have added some patterned ponte to my fabric wishlist. I recently saw a skirt pattern that works well with ponte that I am debating over. ( Will I wear skirts more???) I am also considering making this jacket again but short and without pockets. 

Anybody else finish their Estelle differently?

Me made holidays : Christmas 2017


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Yes, I know it is mid-February. But I honestly still have gifts sitting in my dining room for friends or their children. This winter we have been hit with freezing temperatures, bad driving conditons, and two different nasty bugs that have been going around. Most of my friends’ children have suffered from these bugs starting in December and the whole family ended up down for the count and socially quarentined. This just means I have been celebrating the holidays for almost three months and I am perfectly fine with that. The bulk of the gift giving has been completed and I now feel ok sharing my me made holiday gifts. I would say that 90% of my gift giving this time around was all me made which I am super proud of. Here is a run down of some of the sewing things I made.

I used this pattern last year to make some kiddo pj pants and I pulled it out again this year.  The little ones who did not get pjs made for them last year got pjs this year.


I made the sleeveless version for a few tiny humans who live in better climates where they could wear this from fall to spring. They are fleece outer layers with flannel backed satin linings. I was disappointed on the selection of toggles and elastic cord locally for this pattern. In searching online, the colors that would best match my projects were from over seas and man they took a long time to get here. I’m talking MONTHS! Plural!

I also had to order the flannel backed satin online. Joann Fabrics carries about 5 colors in store, but many more online. I have purchased this material in black in store before and was quite happy with its weight and sewing performance. This lilac color was not as thick or had the same flannel content on the back. I questioned it immediately as soon as I unpackaged it and dug out my black scraps to compare. Not only was it different to my scraps, it was different compared to the in-store bolts. I imagine the extra colors sold online are from a different manufacturer or maybe my order came off a bad bolt. I am not willing to reorder it to confirm my suspicion. But I will think twice about using the extra colors in the future. There are not a lot of options with this type of lining material I have found. Does anyone have any other suggestions for something similar?

Unicorn headbands/ear muffs

This project is a great fleece scrap buster and a satisfying project to Netflix binge while hand sewing and stuffing. They were warmly received from my My Little Pony enthusiasts.

Furry Friends bows, ties, and bandanas:

Some four legged friends are included in family photos so they have to match to! I made a few bow ties, neck ties and bandanas for some friends this season. Silly me did not think to take photos of all of them before they went off to snazzy up some already handsome pups for the holidays.

Collared shirts

I used Blank Slate Pattern for the Bookworm Button up to make this. I think I am mastering the collar stand and would like to make the girls version next for the tiny humans. I used kam snaps instead of buttons this time so the kids can dress themselves on hectic mornings with little fussing. If I remember correctly the fabric I used in the photo is a Michael Miller cotton. 

I love the weight of the fabric used for this line and there are many great designs.

McCall M7458

I purchased this flannel sheep material with no set plan in mind, I just loved it so! I’m a sucker for cute animal prints. Turns out it didn’t sit other stash for long!  This shirt  was a really easy sew up and I loved the end result but I just can’t get a hang of kids sizing. Some patterns size by weight, others by body  measurements, and just to give you another option, some use common sizing you can find in stores. I am always worried these garments are never going to fit the kiddos! In the end it did fit! Yay!

I think that is just about everything I was sewing item wise this year. I do have a scrapbooking project that is taking me forever to complete, hopefully I can share that soon. Do you have any go to sewing patterns for gifts? How about other good seasonal gift crafts you would recommend?

January #sewmystyle : The Sunny DressĀ 


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The Sunny Dress pattern by the Friday Pattern company was the first sew for this year. It is a super simple knit dress with a scalloped hem  that I thought could be a nice addition to my wardrobe.

 Knits are not something that I stash to often so I didn’t have a huge selection to choose from without some shopping. Plus I wanted to make sure the fabric lended itself to my color selection for my capsule wardrobe plans. While I contemplated my fabric options a lot of people finished their Sunny Dresses and weighed in on the pattern. Based on other reviews, I expected some fit issues. I also wasn’t sure if the rayon jersey I had left over from a #makenine2017 would work on this pattern. After seeing other Sunnies in it, I decided that I would make a wearable muslin out of it to test the fit. 

I put together the pdf and traced out the medium top version. I also double checked the arm measurements of the pattern against my own. I have some arms on me and while others were sizing the pattern down, I was worried I was going to need to size up. However they proved to be perfect. In getting ready to cut out the fabric, I cut the pieces out flat instead of on the fold as the rayon jersey wants to move around a lot. I also cut a neck band that was 2″ x 2 6″ that worked perfectly with this fabric.

 I read the directions but decided to install the sleeves on the flat instead of on the round. I overlocked the garment together but twin needled the hem. I have a few different sizes in twin needle and I am still working out the optimum combo of fabric, stitch length, and size twin needle to avoid tunneling. For the top I selected the largest twin needle I have as I found the thinner fabrics and smaller twin needles give me some grief to completely ruining my almost finished garment. 

I increased my stitch length to 3 and have only the minorest of tunneling on my finished top.

I have the Baby Lock Grace and it has a twin needle setting, but even with this setting I haven’t been able to get rid of the tunneling 100%. I have looked at tutorials on how to correct this and I have yet to make it perfect. As a side note, this machine can not handle a loose bobin. Bad things happen and the angry thread monster appears to eat your garment. (All my twin needle woes just make me want a coverstitch machine more and more)

Any suggestions how I can improve my hem finish? 

(This is a Nicole Miller rayon jersey I purchased from Joann Fabrics by the way.)

Now on to the dress. Because the pattern comes in nicely in the waist I thought in dress form the medium would be to tight on my hips and show off my problem areas. So I graded out the pattern from the waist to the large. The pattern unfortunately does not have any waist marking lines, points to lengthen or shorten, or triangles to help you line up the pieces correctly. To make sure I was grading out the right spot, I took the pattern and pinned it to myself to mark my waist line and the fullest parts of my hips. This worked out fairly well and I like the finished fit. I made the dress out of double brushed poly I purchased from Knitpop. I cut the same size neck band out for the dress like I did for the top but it didn’t work out so well. I marked the neck band and attached it to the dress while it was on my dressform. I think this distorted the dress neck a little and the neck band needs redone. I think I am also going to shorten it an inch. This fabric did not like the twin needle for hemming so I went back to a single needle using a stretch stitch. I also used some Eloflex thread I have been experimenting with. Have you seen it yet?

The curved hem and this fabric didn’t lend itself to a smooth finished hem. My hem didn’t offend me to the point of removing it and starting over but I have room for improvement.

This is a super comfortable make and fairly easy to make. With a little more details on the pattern I think anyone could make it. Oh, and it annoyed me immensely that the yardage and notion requirements were not included in the pdf instructions. It is only on the website in the photos sections of the shop so I downloaded it for future reference. (See below)

There are some really gorgeous Sunny Dresses being shared recently and I loved seeing the hacks people came up with. One hack I wouldn’t mind trying is making it just a skirt. This hack would be great to use up some knit fabric if I *cough* accidentally over buy as it wouldn’t take more than a yard of fabric. I was also considering color blocking the pattern but couldn’t finalize a plan for it. If you are following adjustable this year, have you seen any great Sunny pattern hacks?


I’m ready for #sewmystyle2018!


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As if the #makenine challenge wasn’t enough personal sewing for me, I  am also participating in #sewmystyle this year! I am really excited in trying out more indie patterns, using new materials and learning different techniques.

I stalked some sewists last year and was really jealous of their makes and simultaneously bummed I missed out on the challenge. Let me tell you how excited I am that the challenge is happening again this year! Some of the patterns from last year are on my sewing wish list and I may swap them in for a few of this year’s selections that I may not participate in. 

Here is the list of makes for this year:

I like that some of the selected patterns have a few views you can make plus pattern hacks are acceptable. I am going to try really hard to sew from my stash, but no promises.

The pattern list selections will be updated as we go, but as of mid-January I am most looking forward to the below selections.

From left to right: January -Sunny Dress, August -Halifax hoodie, March – Kalle shirt dress, September – Fringe dress, December -Axel skirt.

I plan on participating in November with the lingerie pattern, but the selection hasn’t been relased yet. I am on the fence about making the Suki kimono because I am not convinced I need another kimono top in my wardrobe. I will cave if I find a fabric I can’t live without.

The Rumana coat is such a gorgeous pattern, but I will be skipping it because I just don’t need a new coat. It is a firm no on the Marigold jumpsuit because the pants are going to accentuate the heaviest part of my body, my hips. I am also going to pass on the Lander shorts/pants as well as the totes at this point in time.

Two patterns from last year’s list that I am going to swap with some of my no’s are the Sew house 7 Toaster sweater 

and the Cali Faye Collection Valley Blouse. 

I would love to add in a different indie pattern pant to my makes. Does anyone have a pattern they love for heavy hipped/Apple bottom girls?

Since January has already come to an end, I did make the Sunny top and dress. It may be a little late but I will review the pattern and share my completed garments here shortly. 

My #makenine2018 selections!


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I had a excruciatingly hard time deciding on what to do for my make nine selections.I wanted to make realistic selections and fill in holes in my wardrobe. Compounding my indicision,was the fact that I had a few projects that I started last year and did not finish. I pondered if I should use those for this year’s challenge or start fresh. My unfinished projects won’t go with my current color selections for my capsule wardrobe plans (see last post), but giving up on them would be wasteful in materials, time, and money. After much internal strife I have decided the unfinished projects must be finished with the materials I have and any open slots can go towards new makes that fit into my capsule wardrobe. 

So here are my unfinished projects and new selections for 2018!

#makenine2018 selections

Reappearing on my grid is:

 Simplicity’s 1018 : I traced out this pattern for the top right dress. I was hoping to make it fit on some yardage and scraps of a stretch crushed velour fabric I pulled from my stash. Unfortunately I can’t make all the pieces fit in what I have and I stupidly started cutting out of the scraps before verifying I had enough. So I need to come up with a plan of making this work out.

Simplicity’s 2219 : This pattern had also been traced and cut out of fabric I purchased for it. I am making the long sleeveless maxi that is on the bottom of the pattern envelope. I must say the fabric I choose is an odd selection for me. It always caught my eye on Joann’s and then it was on clearance so I went for it. Thus far I have applied interfacing to the necessary pieces and it is on my sewing table waiting for me.

Fabric for 2219

Fabric for 2219

Simplicity’s S0917 : I purchased fabric for this pattern without really consulting the suggestions on the back. So I made a slight error in assuming this pattern was for jersey fabrics for the dress as well. Wrong! The bralet calls for a stretch fabric only! I am still going to make this with the beautiful fabric I purchased but I may need to hack it some to make the jersey fabric work for it. I think I am going to do the straps and neck line in fold over elastic as well as add some strap details to the back. Fingers crossed it works out well for me!

Rayon spandex for S0917 -not what the instructions recommended

Rayon spandex for S0917 -not what the instructions recommended

Butterick’s B5889 : This pattern got dropped off my list last year because I was sick of sewing flimsy fabrics. I already have fabric for the top and it should fit into my color selections for my capsule wardrobe this year. I plan on making the top on the actual model.

Simplicity’s 1619  :  Even though I made the skirt last year from this pattern I want to make the top and the pants included in this pattern as well. Pants are sorely needed in my wardrobe. In particular pants that fit my rump. I have to do massive fit adjustments on pants and this pattern looks forgiving on someone who is still working out the adjustments on properly fitting pants.

Butterick’s B5748 : Ah my old foe, we shall meet again! Perhaps previously you have read about my strife with this pattern. To keep it brief, the bodice does not fit me anywhere! I will be completing massive adjustments to the pattern and finishing this beast I swear!

New to the grid are:

Butterick’s B6169 : This jacket gives me life! I am so excited to try it! I am not certain about the dress as I don’t have an event planned for its use but we shall see.

Buttericks’s B6183 : I want to try another pants pattern and these look comfortable. Again, I am sure I will be adjusting the pattern to correctly fit my seat. The top looks simple, clean and easy and a potentially nice wardrobe addition so I thought I would try it. I even picked up some fabric off the clearance rack for it that falls into my capsule wardrobe color scheme. 

Fabric selection for B6183

Fabric selection for B6183

I had my sister in tow at the time and she was not impressed with my selection. What do you think about adults wearing butterflys? 

Have you made any of these patterns before? Do you have any tips on getting dress bodices or pants fit correct? Share below please! 

What will I be sewing this year? Focusing, organizing, and a capsule wardrobe.


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Happy New Year! With this new year old man winter has brought my neck of the woods bitter cold temperatures, snow, and ice. Needless to say I am hibernating. I haven’t been spending to much time in my craft and sewing space because it’s the coldest part of the house but I have been planning my personal sewing this year all bundled up from my couch. In looking back at last year’s sewing,  I made some observations from my sewing habits from the #makenine2017 challenge. Basically I am a mag pie. Bright and shiny things get my attention ie if you frustrate me you are getting shelved. I work on things without a true plan and pick fabrics that appeal to me but may not have any coordinates already in my wardrobe. 

My style (or lack there of) is also unfocused and all over the place. In becoming an “adult” it seems that work dress code and ready to wear work friendly clothes kills my ability to further explore my personal style.  The thermostat at work being under lock and key has also dictated what I wear. It is never comfortably warm in the winter so I have to layer and rarely take my winter jacket off during the day. I would call my winter style “park bird lady frumpy”. Summer time it is rarely cool in the building, and clothing material matters. Rayon and silk tops are out as they make me warmer. My summer staples have become light weight t-shirts and tank tops with capri pants or light weight cargo pants. Sandals are frowned upon which has rekindled my love of chucks. We will call this look “reliving my undergrad years”.  Thankfully, I did a big overhaul to my work life last year and I am no longer with the companies I worked for. This has created a state of flux in my life and a state of exploration which although stressful, is also exciting. So I am no longer locked into a work uniform.

My current size is also an issue with me. My routine changed with a major work accident that took years to heal from and I started to literally wear my unhappiness with my injury and work on my body. I don’t know how to dress myself anymore aside from selecting everything oversized and I feel like I do have some body image issues that are going on in my head. I have been unsuccessful at rekindling my old routine back into my life and I have been struggling to find a new one that works for me. Which is a first for me. Anyone have any suggestions at creating lifestyle habits start and stick for me?

Due to all off the above, I have decided that I am going to create a capsule wardrobe this year and also do a major closet clean out. I am working my way through Colette’s Wardrobe Architect. She really helps you to start thinking about your wardrobe and what works for you. I am going to participate in #makenine2018 and #sewmystyle2018 sewing challenges to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe. And the first step I took to point me in a direction as the sewing challenges start is pick a color palette.

I took a hard look at my closet and looked for a color trend. Aside from black, there definitely was a trend. Comparing the colors to my natural hair and skin tones I made some eliminations and selected this color scheme for my capsule wardrobe.

Capsule wardrobe color selections

The color that concerns me a little and is pushing me out of the norm for me is the mustard. I don’t gravitate to it naturally, but it could be a nice compliment in some prints. Burgundy and purples are good colors for me as I am fair and have green eyes. I like the muted tones in these swatches and will be a good start for spring and summer sewing.

What do you think of my selections? Any suggestions for me?

Stay tuned for sewing selections, fabric hauls, and closet over hauls.