Author: JamieLMac

TNT Florals

When you love something you just love it right? There’s no rhyme or reason. You two were just meant to be. That’s how I feel about Butterick’s 5526. I’ve made way too many of these. Here’s a few:

This time around, it’s a navy floral from JoAnn Fabrics. I went for another popover because they’re super comfy and a little bit classier than a T-shirt.

I drew out the sleeves on this one a bit longer than I had in the past. Cute little baby sleeves. I sewed mini little hems on them.

The same goes for the bottom hem. Little baby hem to help keep the length. Plus it kept me from making bias tape for the curves.

I also skipped the serger and completed French seams. It’s super easy on a cotton so why not?

I dug in my stash and found a few clear buttons. They’re great because they don’t draw your attention but they do their job!

I made this one in an afternoon. I needed a good palette cleanser after the coat. A shirt is a nice quick make, especially when it’s a dear old friend of a pattern.

I’m just as happy with this one as all of the past ones I’ve made.

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Coat Me

I’m going to come right out and say it, I MADE A COAT!

This has probably been over a year in planning. I couldn’t find the right fabric for the longest time. I knew I wanted a brocade but everyone I looked at never spoke to me. Thankfully I follow FabScrap on Instagram. Every so often they have these flash sales and advertise some thing they have on their site for sale. That’s when I found the most beautiful brocade. It’s floral and is just a sea of beauty.

I already knew what coat pattern I was going to use. During my first round of #sewmystyle, the coat that was included was the Yona Wrap Coat by Named Patterns. It’s shown as a wrap coat but has an option for 3 buttons. I was going for the buttoned version. I was concerned about the straight sides of the coat. I have a butt and it needs roam to breathe.

I did make a muslin of this coat as is. I was completely right! The coat and my butt did not get along. I decided to flare out the bottom to make more of an A-line style coat. I added 3″ to the bottom of the sides of the front and back pieces. It gives it enough room to make me super happy.

Putting the outside together wasn’t too bad until I got to the collar in front facings. I didn’t really understand the direction very well. The thing about Named is that their instructions do not have a lot of pictures or written instructions. They’re not made for beginners. I sat and pinned for a while until I felt confident to sew it in place.

I changed up the pockets. They are supposed to be patch pockets. That was not classy enough for me. I wanted welt pockets. I’ve done double welts before so a single welt pocket was super easy! They look fab!

I was in no hurry to complete my coat. Especially since this was my first one. I went to JoAnn’s to check out their linings. Unfortunately they did not a have fun purple that I was shooting for. I did find the type of fabric I wanted. A 100% Rayon that has a bit of slip to it so I can easily get the coat on and off without it wanting to grab my clothes. I searched online and found what I needed! Stone Mountain Fabric had Bemberg lining which is the same stuff as JoAnn’s but with all the color ways!

I decided I wanted to make bound button holes. Never completed them before and didn’t practice! I went ahead, fearlessly, and hacked at my coat. They didn’t turn out perfect but damn am I still happy with them. I knew I wanted metal buttons and they look classy!

I bagged the lining of the jacket. My first time out for that too. It turned out so pretty! Way easier than it looks so I totally recommend it to anyone thinking about completing a coat. Stitching the hole in the lining was the last task before a final pressing.

LOOK AT IT! It’s so springy and happy. The jacket has 3 buttons but I really only use the top button. It makes it easy for the coat to open when I sit and it makes the front flap open to see the pretty lining.

Yarning for Warmth

My first project of 2019 is a crochet project. I do not do crochet as much as I used to now that I’ve moved to a warmer climate. Unfortunately, I still get chilly because people’s love of a/c is a little too much for me. I wanted something cute and stylish. I’m currently wearing an IKEA blanket at work so anything is better looking than it. It is super comfy though…

I went through Pinterest looking for something to sew. Nothing really spoke to me. Everything looked like it was made for an older woman named Mitzy. I changed tactics and went for crochet. Then I found it!

The Saddlebrook Cape Scarf from Two of Wands was the perfect solution to all my teeth chattering needs. Not only can I wrap it around myself different ways, I can wear it out and about and not look like a sad hobo.

Within a few days of me committing myself to this pattern, Jo-Ann’s had a yarn sale! Woohoo! I love when things work out that way. I bought the same yarn that the pattern used except for the black. I knew that there was hardly any used in the pattern so I bought I different brand of a much smaller length.

I was able to complete this in a week! I did have to block the finished wrap which I’ve never done before. It’s 80″ long and I had not idea how the heck I was going to stretch it out to that length and be able to pin it down. I taped towels to my kitchen table and pinned the wrap to that to dry. I had to fold it in half so it took a bit longer to dry but I’m making it work people!

Look how snuggly it is! I’ve worn this to the office, restaurants and shopping. It’s so comfortable. There is a lot of it so it can be fussy at times but it’s fantastic and soft and everything I could want. Not to bad for my first project of the year.

2018 Blog Review

Okay guys, I’ve been super sucky about keeping up with my blog this year. 14 posts 😦 I’ve been sewing like crazy and have not taken the time to take pics. I have posts started but not finished. I feel that it’s best to just start fresh come January so any blog posts that I started are going to be trashed!

That being said, I should at least catch you up on the few items that didn’t get their time in the spotlight here on my blog.

Bridgetown Dress by Sew House Seven. I scored this fabric for free at the AZ Sewcial back in October. If you ever have a chance to meet up with other sewists, do it! It was the best high I could have asked for!

Front and back shot. I did change up the back. The back is the front piece. I did not want the low back on this one so easy change!


Next up is a vintage pattern. It’s supposed to be a dress but I cropped it into a tank top. I changed up the back on this one too. It should be criss cross straps. Totally didn’t realize it when I was first looking at the pattern.

If you’ve been following me for a while, I really don’t pay as much attention to patterns or how much fabric I have. I start something and just get somewhere in the end. Simplicity 1101 was no different. I copied the front piece for the back piece of this one too! I lined the top bit but the rest is see through. Scandalous! This fabric came from FabScrap. It was part of their “cool yard pack”.

Simplicity 1278 Vintage reprint pattern. I had some leftover fabric and thought it would make for a great work shirt. The stretch would make it comfortable but it would look classy with the pretty pattern. Had to blow out the pic a bit to even try to see any detail. Black is always so hard to photograph! It has a gathered, off-center neckline. It was a very strange detail to sew. I didn’t get it perfect but would like to have another go at it some time.

Tie-dye/Cloud Skirt. Not sure what to call this one but the fabric is a great spandex in a pretty color way of blue, pink and purple. I made large pleats around the waist and a large waistband. It also has pockets. Great to swish around in but secret pajamas too.

Super quick and easy project next. While at the AZ Sewcial the beautiful and talented Lauren from @rosegardenln, showed us how to do a Shibori dye. Amazing! One of the girls gave me a scrap of her fabric, which was a mid-heavy weight canvas. I knew it had to be a bag. I wanted the inside to be bright and I had leftover poly fabric from a shirt project. This baby was free to make. How awesome is that?


Never have I given myself a deadline for a project. I gave myself 2 weeks to get a semi-formal dress together for Hubby’s Xmas party. I purchased a purple rayon challis from Fabric Wholesale Direct. The fabric came sooner than expected so I could knock this out. The pattern is Simplicity 8013 and the only real change I made was to the front bodice. The crossover pieces should be pleated towards the waist. I didn’t need more bulk in that area. I put a long dart from the bust diagonally to the crossing point. Pardon my glaring white legs. I’m a pale baby people!

First cat project! Yes, there are two. I bought this fabulous cat fabric from Michael Levine in LA over the summer. I knew I needed a retro dress and it kind of built itself. The straps and pleated front are from the same purple fabric. I covered buttons to match the kitty fabric and lastly, threw some organza below to give a bit of body. It hangs a little low for a bit of detail.


Second cat project! This one was for Hubby. He’s a lucky dude. I saw this fabric also at Michael Levine. It’s kind of a kitty twilight zone. He loves Twilight Zone btw. Simplicity 8180 is the pattern. It’s the same one I used for his holiday kitty shirt.


Last up, are my super duper, girlie curtains for my sewing room. I bought the curtains from HomeGoods. They were long panels with sparkle, diamonds. I wanted to make them different. I cut them apart in long strips, ruffled them and hemmed it. I put a blackout fabric behind the whole thing because the sunlight coming through them kind of ruined the effect. I also made a big giant bow to pull them back too. Could it be any prettier?

Now let’s do a round up!
Over the course of 2018 I made:

  • 12 Tops
  • 12 Dresses
  • 3 Embroidery Projects
  • 1 Bottom
  • 9 Random items (bags, whatnots)

That doesn’t even include the woodworking projects I did! I made a 3 tier shelf, bathroom vanity and an iphone charging station.

My least productive months were February, May, and November; only completing 1 project those months. Best months were: March, July, and August with 5 items each. Not sure what that’s about but it was interesting when I mapped everything out.

Big plans for this year are:

  • Keep up with my blog 🙂
  • Complete “makenine2019”. I did this back in 2017 and I think it helps to keep me focused throughout the year.

I hope everyone has a great New Year! Lots of love and happy times to everyone!

Star Warrior

What happens when you “accidentally” buy too much fabric for a friends gift? You take the rest of that shit and make yourself an awesome dress of course! I bought this awesome grey and black knit Star Wars fabric from Jo Ann’s. If you didn’t look too closely no one even notices it’s Star Wars. It’s like secret nerd fabric.

I honestly thought I overbought enough for me to make a shirt, not an entire dress. My friend made me a super flattering dress last year so I wanted to model this dress after it. The dress bodice has princess seams and a deep front scoop. I knew I didn’t have enough for the full skirt so I was going to need a solution for that.

To copy the dress pieces from the original dress, I laid my new fabric over the dress. With chalk pen in hand, I found the seams with my fingers and made lines 1/4″ wider to create a seam allowance. I wasn’t too concerned about it being perfect since its knit, it’ll totally be forgiving. I did this process for the entire bodice. The sleeves I made from a random sleeve piece I pulled from another pattern. Again, since it’s knit, it didn’t have to be too exact.

I have a serious love for ringer tees. It’s those shirts that’s have banding on the neckline and sleeve hems that differ from the shirt itself. I wanted to make this just like that. The rib knit I had came from Jo Ann’s too. I cut strips 3″ wide so I could fold them in half and attach.

Moving down to the skirt I sat for the longest time trying to figure out how to get the most out of what I had left. I finally cut 4 trapezoid shapes. To add inseam pockets, I split the two side trapezoids in half. The pocket pattern I love the most is the Darling Ranges Dress from Megan Nielsen. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough fabric for them! I had to cut them so much smaller. My hands fit but that’s about it.

The skirt would have been totally too short if I attached it to the bodice as is. At these moments, I always hear Tim Gunn. “Make it work!” I had leftover rib knit. I cut another 3″ strip for the waist. It helped to break up the print but also gave me 2 1/2″ extra inches of length.

To make a nice, small hem, I serged the bottom. Then fold it over twice and stitch it down.

I’m so happy that I overbought! I wear this dress so often. I always receive compliments on it. It’s so soft and comfortable. I wish I would have made a pattern for the bodice. I imagine I’ll want to make this again.