Sunday, December 16, 2012

Polka Dot Sox

Sox wants to thank Andrea of the blog Four Square Walls for her super helpful pointers for working with chiffon.

Monday, November 26, 2012

McCall's 6612

I had my five year high school reunion this past weekend and I decided I needed a wicked short, wicked tight dress. Now that I'm in fashion school I have to look good, right?

I used McCall's #6612 (view C - the cowl-less one) for the top of the dress and McCall's #6281 for the skirt. I ended up taking in the seams .5" on each side and down the sleeves because the dress just wasn't tight enough and let's be real, I like my clothing tiiiiight.

I used a polyester/lycra ITY jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics. I usually try to make my clothes for under $10, but I love me some houndstooth and I have no self control.

Total Cost: $25.40
  • Fabric: $20.40
  • Shipping: $5

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Megan Nielsen Banksia

I made Megan Nielsen's Banksia top out of black slub jersey from April Johnston's collection that I got in the red tag section at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

I love this top and I can't wait to make more versions! It was very simple to sew.  I will make it longer next time, though.

Total Cost: $4

  • Fabric: $4
  • Elastic: stash (my mom's stash - it looks like it's from 1950)

My brother decided to jump in on this photo shoot.

I used Megan Nielson's tutorial on how to make a jersey Banksia and her tutorial on how to lengthen the sleeves.  I used 1/2" elastic around the cuffs. Both of her tutorials were super helpful and she's such a sweetheart.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Soxy Matching Stripes

Soxy says, "Don't forget to match up stripes at the seam line, not the pattern edge!"

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

McCall's 6124

I made McCall's #6124 to test out of Principles of Apparel Construction.  I made view B with the sleeves from view A.
I got the fabric from the red tag section of Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Total Cost: $9.60

  • Fabric: $9.60 (I bought 3 yards at $3.20/yard and I didn't use it all)
  • Buttons: stash
  • Interfacing: stash

I'm very happy with this shirt. I am pretty proud of the quality of construction, if I do say so myself.  And I think it fits nicely.

I didn't have time to do a real sleeve cuff (I was practically sewing this in the car on the way to turn it in) so I did some sort of makeshift fold-up cuff situation.

Look at those beautiful buttonholes!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Onto Advanced Apparel Construction

Soooooo since I'm a fashion design major, I'm supposed to take Principles of Apparel Construction. Since I am such a talented seamstress, I decided to petition to test out of the class and move on to Advanced Apparel Construction. I had to take a written test and turn in garments with waistbands, zippers, buttons, and collars.


I just wanted to brag all over the internet that I tested out of Principles of Apparel Construction!!!!! Yaaaaaay! No remedial sewing for this girl. I'll be taking Advanced Apparel Construction this spring. I am a golden god. That is all.

And because I couldn't do it without him, here's a picture of Soxy helping me sew the button down shirt that got me out of Sewing 101:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sewaholic Renfrew

I made my first Renfew top! It was a fabulous experience. It fits great and was very simple. I made View C. I don't normally go for cowl necks but since my fabric was a bit mannish, I thought the cowl would add a nice feminine touch. I used an oatmeal/navy striped polyester/rayon "mohair blend" jersey from the Red Tag section at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Total Cost (after coupons, discounts, etc.): $7.40

I had to omit the sleeve cuffs because I serged the whole top together before I realized I would never be able to serge the cuffs to the sleeves. So I used my twin needle to hem them instead.

Look at that stripe matching. I impress myself.

This is my first project in a long line of projects featuring sleeves. It is impossible to find cute clothes with sleeves; I guess they just don't make them. Look out world: Alison is preparing for winter!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Knitted Gray Seed Stitch Tam

I downloaded this pattern for free from Ravelry. I used Vanna's Choice worsted weight yarn in Grey Marble.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Amy's Birthday Bow Clutch

I found this Bow Clutch Tutorial on and it is the cutest thing I have ever seen. It was wicked easy and a great stash-buster. So I made a clutch for my friend Amy's birthday. I used the teal striped fabric from my Teal Striped Dress and the hot pink crepe-back satin from my Ruffle High-Waisted Skirt for the lining.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sox Serging

I get up for one second and Sox steals my seat. It's not like he can use the serger; he doesn't even have thumbs.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

McCall's 5617 (Out of Print)

I was in the mood for a quick and easy project and I had McCall's #5617 in my stash from 2007 or so. Easiest dress everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

I used a home dec fabric and a green lining, both from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Instead of making the strap out of the fabric I used an apparel trim.


Total Cost (after discounts, coupons, etc.): $21.83
  • Fabric: $14.21
  • Lining: $5.24
  • Ribbon: $2.38

McCall's 6403

I sewed McCall's #6403 View D. I saw a sample of the pattern at Jo-Ann Fabrics and thought they were the cutest shorts in the world. I used a black gabardine and a green lining fabric that I had left over from another project for the pocket lining.

Total Cost (after discounts, coupons, etc.): $8.92

  • Fabric: $5.04
  • Zipper: $1
  • Hook and Eye: $2.88
  • Lining: stash
  • Interfacing: stash

The waistband came out really narrow so I made it wider somehow...I don't remember. I also thought the shorts were too baggy around my thighs so I tapered the shorts from the pockets down a total of 2 inches.

This pattern was pretty easy. I'm happy with how my shorts came out. This was my first time sewing a lapped zipper and it came out fine. To be honest, I really just wanted a pair of high-waisted black shorts to wear with this striped top.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Jill's Birthday Purse

I made a purse for my friend Jill using Vogue #8466 View C.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?: Yes. This was my first Vogue pattern so I was nervous but I had no issues.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?: The seam allowance changed throughout the pattern, so I like that the stitching line was printed on the pattern tissue so I could mark my fabric.

Fabric Used: The outside is a cotton quilting batik. The lining is a navy blue Country Classic quilting cotton. The strap is a home decor trim. All were purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: There is supposed to be a facing around the zipper but I omitted it because it made things too complicated. The strap is supposed to be covered with fabric, but I omitted that as well.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?: Yes and yes. I think this would be a great first project for learning how to sew suede or leather.