02 August 2016
01 August 2016
|"Are you kidding me?" Henry says.|
|All finished! Hurray!|
26 July 2016
"Fast and Easy" knit top pattern, Butterick 5954. This is a neoprene-type knit fabric, soft and spongy with a nice drape. I made minor alterations to the pattern, reducing the dramatic flare of the skirt, plus I created a closer fit by sewing an additional 5/8" past the original back seam line. I may have to tighten it up just a little more next time for a more flattering fit.
22 July 2016
19 July 2016
Black/Gray plaid, cut on bias: Butterick 5786
Charcoal/White Stripe: Tessuti "Fave" Top
Black/Gray Animal Print: New Look A6420
03 July 2016
|Christine in the garden in pants that she made|
02 July 2016
23 June 2016
This tunic is all done. Hope the bees don't come after me!
23 November 2015
|Butterick 5526 - View C|
What's done is done (the shirt) and I still have four hours to do EVERYTHING ELSE! At least I have already managed grocery shopping. That's been my frenzied dedication to mastering shirts. I'm going to wear this one as soon as I wash the dog and hop in the shower, after I do everything else of course.
This shirt, Butterick 5526 - View C, is sewn from a fine cotton, pale lavendar pinwale corduroy, with a polka dotty cotton inner collar for accent. As I worked on this shirt, I realized why we have moved toward knits and other more forgiving fabrics, ones don't require special attention or fussing. It's from the same pattern as my last shirt, different fabric and detail. Next, I'll move on to making a shirt for hubby. He's been very forgiving of me spending so much time to finish this shirt. I can see in his eyes a longing for a cozy, warm flannel shirt of his own.
Doubt I'll be posting (or sewing) any time soon this holiday week. Wishing all of us a HAPPY THANKSGIVING, and God bless each of you!!!
18 November 2015
Still sewing shirts...here's #3 in a row, this time Butterick 5526 (View C), with pleated pockets added to front of shirt. Must note that I purchased an online class, Pam Howard's "The Classic Tailored Shirt," from Craftsy.com. This gave me confidence, especially in the areas of collar application, finishing sleeve seams, and topstitch/edge stitch application, things I had struggled with. I'm happy with the result. Probably should have ironed that shirt before posting; the fabric is a cotton oxford cloth and actually presses out very nicely.
07 November 2015
Here's my second shirt, all finished. After this shirt, I have become such a fan of designer Louise Cutting and her pattern line, Cutting Line Designs. Some of her recommended sewing techniques for this shirt, such as how to apply the collar to the collar stand, as well as how to join the sleeve to the body of the shirt at the underarm, were different from the norm, or at least what I am used to. Otherwise, this shirt was surprisingly easy to put together. I love the asymetric fold in the front. A good fit! Onward to shirt #3.
30 October 2015
|Butterick 5786 - View C|
Now on to the next shirt. I want to keep making shirts until I can sew stand up collars with perfectly crisp and precise corners, with my eyes closed of course. That's my goal.
24 October 2015
|BUTTERICK 5786 - View C|