Wednesday, January 17, 2018

MYSTYLE: McCalls 7255 - Poncho


I don't get to make and or wear much fall clothing living in Central Florida. We've an expectionally colder winter this year.  A few weeks in the 30's and 40's.  So I couldn't wait to add a little fall to my wardrobe.

This was such a quick make, it literally took me a litte over an hour from cut to hem.  I used a light weight sweater knit, it was a remnant from a local fabric store.  I had intended on using it for a sweater vest, but I'm so glad I made this Poncho.  






Happy Sewing!

Simplicity 2893: That Sewing Blab - Sewing You think you can sew contest submission


I participated in That Sewing Blabs “Sew You Think You Can Sew” contest.   I won the first round, see here, blog post:  Peplum belt, but did not win the 2nd round.  The host provided us a mistery item and we had to open it online.  The mistery gift was a shower curtain. Yes, this is a shower curtain.  I immediately knew what I was going to do with  it when I opened the box.  It was a beautiful hombre shower curtain with a linen feel to it. 

Elizabeth Farr   "Elizabeth Made This" was the winner of the contest, and she made an amazing quilted coat. Check it out, she is a very talented seamstress and crafter.  

My submission:




I used a vintage pattern, Simplicity 2893.  It was very very simple.


Happy Sewing!!!

2017 Gone but Never Forgotten - The Losses are Huge

2017 to say the least was a very hard year for me and my family.  My Stepfather (DAD), gained his wings this past December, after long battle with COPD, Massive Heart Attack and several strokes.  My favorite uncle, also gained his wings 6 days before Dad, after a long bought with cancer.  My Mom and her Sister loss their husband's within 6 days of each other.  Though we expected my Dad to go any day while he in Hospice care, but we were not expecting my uncles sudden passing.  

My Mom retired and dedicated her life to caring for DAD to the very end.  It was hard watching her again lose a husband.  My Stepfather (Fred) loss his battle with Cancer in 1999.   He and Mom married when I was eight years old.  He was the best to ever happen to Mom and my two Sisters.  He was so loving and caring and never treated us or spoke of us as Step ever.   We have truly been blessed with two amazing men in our lives who stepped in the gap of our biological Father who did not have a hand in raising us at all.   

My uncle James was more of a big Brother than an uncle.  He was a gentle giant who loved uses as his own.  He would do all the special thinks a big brother would do with three little sisters.  Take us to the park, to the beach and drive in movies. My Auntie is my Mom's only sibling on her Mother's side and is 5 years younger than my Mom.  They have a very close bond and live very close to one another.  I am saddened by their loss, but glad that together they will be able to support, love and heal together.   

This year was a doozer, I put away a lot of things like sewing to be there for my Mom and Aunt, but I wouldn't change a thing.  I am so very glad I was able to be there for them both. 


Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

MYSTYLE: Butterick 5789: Draped Vest


Another quick and easy make.  This took me from cut to finish maybe an hours.  It is just a cute little est that I throw on over a tank and some jeans when I need a quick fix or a Tshirt dress and add a belt.  






Pattern Deets:

2.   I used Plaid Woven  (Pattern calls for a two way knit only)
3.   I graded the pattern 2 inches to compensate for the woven fabric 

Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

MYSTLE: Butterick 5837: Gathered Bottom Maxi Skirt

Sometimes I want really easy sewing projects.  I wanted something I could throw over my head and keep moving.  This pattern fits the bill.   I made this dress using a very stretchy Jersey Knit.  I was the perfect weight and color for this project. 

I could wear a belt for more of a finished look or just be cool and comfy wearing it loosely.  Either way it can be dressed up or down depending on the look your going for.





Pattern Deets:

2.   I used a JerseyKnit 
3.   I self lined top and finished the hems with a coverstitch machine
4.   I add about 2 inches too the side seams of the bottom for fullness with gathers
5.   I would recommend as it is a very quick and easy pattern


Happy Sewing!

MYSTYLE: New Look 6519: Kimono Sleeve Top


I absolutely love the simplicity of this top.  I am really starting to like these simple New Look patterns. They make, making a garment quick and simple with several variations to receive different looks . It was such a quick make I was not even going to post about it.  But I decided to do a quick post because the color popped and the fabric is heavenly.  It's a Techno textured knit.  It is a 4 way stretch that I picked up at Fine Fabrics in Atlanta.    The Fabric is so soft.  

I could literally see a closet full of these tops.  You can dress them up or down, it really is a great wardrobe staple.





Pattern Deets:

2.   I used a Techno Knit with texture
3.   I hemmed the bottom and sleeves using my coverstitch machine
4.   I added 3 inches to the belt tie so that it could wrap around my body, the pattern makes for it to tie only in the front of the top. 
5.   I also didn't use any facing, I just hemmed the cut edges. 


Happy Sewing!

MYSTYLE: Detachable Peplum Belt


I was asked to participate in a competition with "That Sewing Blab", a Face Book sewing community.  There contest is a 3 Round competition where you receive a mystery item and you have to incorporate it into a garment.   The applique in the pictures was the mystery item.

When I received it, I wasn't sure waht to do with it as it was little large.  I didn't want to just place it on a top or jacket, it is very beautiful, these pictures does it no justice.  So I decided to make me a Peplum Belt, I had saved several peplum belts on my Pinterest board previously so I had some inspiration to work with.   





My belt was self drafted and I used the Applique as a closure.  I made a 4 inch waistband and a made two half circles that I pleated in the front and back.  It was a quick make, and I love the way it came out.  Oh and I won the first challange.


Happy Sewing!

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