Saturday, April 16, 2016

McCall's 6957 30 minute dress

So I had this fabric purchased form Fine Fabric. I am always looking for something to make that will not take forever (as I get bored quickly). This dress really fit the bill.
There was no facing of the neck line you turn it with a 5/8 seam.
After I altered and cut the pattern (I used view B), it only took about 30 minutes from start to finish.
I wore the dresses with tails back in the 70's. This one style that I simply cannot wear again, and platforms too. I don't have a single pair.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pattern Weights

You know how some times you want to be quick and dirty about making something, and you only have 2 pattern pieces and you don't want to use pins? Well I decided to pick up another pack of pattern weights. I had seen them in the store they were different colors not white like my old ones. Called Wonder Weights.

I had not purchased any because they were 15.99. Since I had a coupon for 50% off. I thought what the heck! I didn't open the pack until I got home. I had no idea they were little bean bags full of what ever. Silly me!!! 
Now here is the solution. You do need these Drtiz ones to keep your fabric from sliding, they are heavy little buggers (or you can use your tape dispenser). If you have been sewing for a long time you have at lease 4 of the old ones. They used to come 6 in a pack. 
Here is the solution: Go to home depot and pick up a few of these nuts.
They are under 1.00 each they are great weights for the pattern pieces.  However, they will not stop your fabric from sliding off the table like the Dritz weights. But if you buy a few like I did you probably wont use pins again. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Trying to get myself in the mood for spring I started searching my fav sights for inspiration for and something simple to make. I stumbled on this Ruana from J.Jill ,for a mere 89.00. Its pure cotton and cute. I love J.Jill her cloths are really for tall women but they are so elegant and made I think for mature women. Then I saw one on Talbot's site it was 89.00 also, but reduced to 59.00. I like the one on Talbots site best, because of the stripes.

These things are super easy to make. I decided to cut my neck line in a u instead of the V neck. The sizing of the ready to ware ruana's were 59"x44". I used their measurements to construct my ruana. I feel like my ruana was not long enough  for my 5"3 frame. So If you decide to make one use your tape measure.
I purchased 2 yards of fabric. Ponte what else? I have about 1/2 yard left, so it only took 1 1/2 yds.
All I can tell you is, come October, my sewing room is going to be like a factory. Every female in my family will get one of theses for Christmas. Even the kids. 
We are going to a concert this weekend this one will really come in handy with the LBD I am wearing. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Butterick 5359 Fur Vest Part 2

So I finally had a chance to cut this vest down. I used view C this time. I needed the contour of the bodice to fit the girls.
 I was pretty impress the way this turned out. I think the first one I underestimated the fit. And I didn't do a muslin fit. And I was in a mood looking like the snow man. You can see the disappointment on my face haha.
Now the only problem is, I don't think its going to be cold enough here to wear it. Winter is almost over in the south. The trees are staring to bud. But at least its finished. Lined and all. Fur Is not so hard to work with. I am glad I used the ziz-zag stitching it was very easy to take apart. 
With the fabric that I cut off I decided to me and my granddaughter a handbag for fall (Her's no so big) fall 2016. So all is not lost.


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