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.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Knitting Needle Case - 29" Circulars

I made this knitting needle case for my 29" circular knitting needles. I sort of made it up as I went along, but there are a lot of free tutorials available online.

I used a Global Voyager cotton (I think) fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics for the outside and the pockets and red Country Classics quilting cotton for the inside. I interfaced the case to stiffen up the fabric a bit.

The case is 8" tall and 14.5" wide when open.

The case is pretty no-frills. The button is purely decorative.