Month: January 2017

January: Project Sew My Style


I announced in my New Years post that I’ve joined in on Project: Sew My Style. You can check out more about the year long sew along at Bluebird Fabrics.  Pretty much what it boils down to is 12 garments, 1 for each month, over the course of 2017.


January’s garment is the Toaster Sweater version 2 from Sew House Seven. The second version has a short funnel neck and split side hem. It’s also meant to be cropped.  I adjusted a few of the features on this sweater. I mixed version 1 and 2. Plus, I added length to the body. I ended up with a crew neck sweater with raglan sleeves.


The fabric I chose came from Girl Charlee (still available if you’re interested). It was my first time buying from them. The fabric is super soft and looks exactly like the pic. I’m sure I’ll buy from them again since I’m over the moon about this purchase. It’s a Hacci Sweater knit. It’s supposedly mid-weight. If it is, I figure light weight is tissue paper thin.


I added 1 1/2″ to the length of the shirt. I didn’t want a cropped sweater. I own a hot pink sweater that is the length this sweater is meant to be. Unfortunately, I just don’t wear it a lot and it’s hot pink! That tells you how much I’m not into the cropped length.  Love me some hot pink…


I have long arms (thanks mom!) so I desperately needed some more sleeve length. I added 4 1/2″. I was using the raglan sleeve pattern piece and it was intended to have a separate piece as a cuff. I didn’t want to create more pieces or break up the print so I opted for the version 2 sleeve finish. I’m a sucker for a raglan sleeve, not that you can really see it with all that print. I ended up drawing my own front and back pieces for the body and a sleeve extender segment to make it all come together.


I like how the bottom corners come together making them neat and tidy. I serged the edges and turned them up 1 1/8″ per the instructions.


The neck band is a rectangle 2 1/2″ wide folded in half. I couldn’t tell you the length. I think I started out at 18″ and kept shortening it until it would stretch a wee bit and lay flat. You’re supposed to topstitch the seams with a twin needle. The fabric is either two light or too open of a weave to hold the stitch right. I only topstitched on the side where the fabric overlapped.


Incredibly happy with the first make for Project: Sew My Style. If you want to check out everyone else, use #sewmystyle in any social media and you’ll find a ton of enthusiastic sewists… sewers…makers! Let’s go with that.

Next month is the Saunio Cardigan from Named. I’m having a bit of a problem finding fabric for this one.

Giant Man-Eating Flowers

Rayon, the soft, super drapey fabric that for some reason I can’t resist. I can find you blindly in the large remnant bin at Jo-Ann’s. “Oh, this fabric feels nice”. Guess what it is? Rayon. Will I buy it? Yup. Even if it has giant man-eating flowers all over it? Yup! I didn’t even like the floral pattern on this fabric but it was enough to squeeze out a shirt and I paid just over a dollar for it. That’s reason enough to buy it. Did I mention it was rayon and I might slightly have a fetish for it? One pattern I’ve been meaning to get back to was Simone by Victory Patterns. I’ve made it twice now. The first time the bust was a bit tight and the second the armholes were a bit stretchy but that was my own fault in my choice of fabric for bias tape.

The more I looked at my bit of fabric, the more I thought I could squeeze out a dress if I added a plain chunk of another fabric at the bottom for length. I rummaged through my odds and ends I have hidden in a basket. I found yellow piping.  There was quite a length of it so I thought I would give it a go and add it to my dress. The pattern gives an option of this adornment so even though it was my first time using piping I had instructions to guide me through.


I find the bib the most difficult part of this pattern. The little tab, the amount of pleats and the pivot point at the bottom are my painful spots. I started with the back pieces first. *insert big goofy grin here* I added the bit of piping on the main back piece. I used my zipper foot to attach it. The stitching was not close enough to the piping so I had to move the needle over a smidge and do it again. That was the only issue. Dude piping is easy! *new sewing technique unlocked*  If you ever compare my version of Simone to the pattern, I do make the center wider. I want to make sure my bra is covered.


I took my time doing the front. Only because last time I sewed the placket in wrong and it’s a pain to fix. Check out my lovely yellow piping!


Actually, the hardest part was sewing in the small pleats that line the bottom of the bib. Rayon is shifty. When I stitched in a few of the pleats they went at a diagonal instead of north and south. I pulled them out and judged based on its neighboring pleats how it should go back in.


When I cut the pieces, I didn’t realize the fabric wasn’t perfectly lined up so the bottom was all kinds of crazy. Trying to even it up on the floor was not easy! I think this is one of those times I wish I had a dress form. I didn’t have a lot of the black fabric left. I used it on my last Simone too. I was able to squeeze out a band of just over 3″. I wanted to use the piping again and I knew I didn’t have enough. I had to make about 8″ worth. I have yellow bias tape just a shade or two off. If I center it on the back, no one should notice. I do not have the proper cording for the guts, so I used four strands of what cording I do have and twisted it while I sewed it into the tape. The join between the two pieces doesn’t look the best up close but from a normal distance it isn’t noticeable. I can’t even find it in the pic above!


You’ll notice the bottom of the dress has a bit of volume. The black fabric is not as light and floaty as the rayon. It’s ok with me because it is symmetrical on the sides. It gives it nice movement when I swish around. On a side note, when I originally tried my dress on, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong and why my arm holes were so big. I forgot to put in the bust darts. I’m a dork.

I feel the dress turned out a little mod. It’s a smidge short but not uncomfortably so. The yellow piping was a nice pop of color.

This dress helps complete one of my #2017makenine. 8 more squares to complete!

Happy New Years! Blog Review.

Hello and I hope that everyone had a happy and safe New Years. Without further ado, let’s get this review started with my goals from 2016.

  • New Thurlows. I have some silvery denim that would be great for this pattern. Hopefully they hold out better.

This one is done. The pants are holding out way better than my first pair of Thurlows. I’m not 100% happy with the fit though. I’ve got a bit of pooling right under the buns. The pattern did get me 2 pairs of shorts though. I’m going to do another muslin before I make another pair. I have some fabric that’s waiting.

  • Jamie Jeans. I bought some stetch “denim” from Fabric.com especially for these. Then the fabric arrived and it’s so not denim. Oh well, it will be good practice for when I get the real stuff. Plus it’s navy blue so I’m thinking Han Solo pants.

Check this one off too. I made the practice pair Han Solo style just like I wanted. I even stitched the Rebel logo on the pockets. I did make a pair of proper denim Jamie Jeans too. More about those in a bit.

  • Button down for Hubby. I want to make him a gawdy holiday shirt to go with my holiday skirt. It’ll be epic!

This one is complete and I did it with the help of some kittens. Hubby picked out his own fabric and has received countless compliments. I’m sure part of it is because of the fabric and part because it fits so well. He loves his shirt and has worn it multiple times this holiday season.

All my goals met! Super happy with myself. Let’s continue with that positivity and check out my top three hits from last year.

Hit #1

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Jack of All Trades

Loooovvveeee this shirt. I wear it almost once a week. It’s a modified B5526. It was my first time doing a partial placket. It’s so easy to throw on with a pair on jeans. I plan on replicating it with pink/purple gradient fabric.

Hit #2

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Jamie Jeans

I made real and proper jeans! The denim has the perfect amount of stretch and weight. I’d like to make another pair in the new year. I also have another jeans pattern that I’d like to try out too.

Hit #3

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Kitten Holiday Shirt

This shirt is so unique and special it had to make my top three. The fabric itself is adorable. The person I made it for (Hubby) is the best guy ever. Combine the two and you have have the best Jamie-Made shirt. Anytime we would go out to eat or attend an event, he was rocking his kitten shirt. Makes a girl proud!

There were a lot of things this year that I just loved so narrowing it down to three was hard.  Let’s move on to the misses of 2016.

Miss #1

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Purple Persuassion Shorts

I made a couple pairs of Thurlow shorts this year.  This one is on the naughty list because of the fabric.  It has stretch in it, but isn’t resilient enough to snap back and keep its shape throughout the day. Love the color but by mid-afternoon, I have to keep yanking up your saggy bottoms.

Miss #2

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Pillowcase Top

This is a shirt made from my beloved Colette Sorbetto pattern.  How could it be considered a miss? Fabric again.  I have no idea what I did to it. It’s happy, shiny sheen is no longer there. It’s faded and looks like it has dried soap on it. I’ve hand washed it, tenderly babied it’s delicateness and it still looks like crap. It’s in my closet in hopes that I’ll figure out something to do with it.

Miss #3

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Cuckoo for Coconuts

I’m happy to say this one isn’t because of the fabric.  It’s a super soft, vibrant rayon.  You can’t be mad at that! It’s simply the neckline. It’s so wide and slides around my shoulders and lets my bra dance it’s own little peep show. I do wear it but there’s a lot of adjustment throughout the day.

Picking my misses was about as hard as picking my hits. My sewing over the past year has been a lot of happy times and not so many “crap, what am I going to do to salvage this train wreck” moments. Hitting all my goals is amazing. The amount of unselfish sewing has been great but don’t expect that to grow. That small amount was plenty!

So what’s coming up in 2017? What’s my goals?

  • Participate in Project Sew My Style being put on by Alex from Bluebird Fabrics. This is a full year sew-along. I’m putting this out there now: Sorry March, but there’s no leggings in my future so I’m skipping that month.
  • Use my fabric stash. I have enough fabric for 13 projects. Each piece of fabric has a pattern mate already chosen. Just need to sew! The only fabric I’m going to buy is for Sew My Style until I get through my stash.
  • Learn at least one new technique. There’s a lot of techniques out there, flat fell seams, Hong Kong seams, etc. Never thought to try one out and I think it would be good to expand my horizons.
  • Make more dresses. This is a simple one but I think a necessity. I have a lot of separates and I like the easiness of pulling one item out of the closet without a need to match. So it is on my list just to feed into my laziness.

That’s it! It’s been a good year for me sewing wise. I got a new friend, her name is Katherine from Babylock, back in July and her and I get along beautifully. She’s been making my sewing a lot easier and I think she really contributed to the happy sewing.  I look forward to the coming year not only for my sewing but all the great things my fellow bloggers turn out!