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2017 Year in Review

The new year is here! With the new year brings a review of my past year of sewing. Usually it’s pretty surprising for me. I forget all the things I’ve made and how much I love things that I’ve only had for a short amount of time.

Sew My Style

This past year I participated in Project: Sew My Style. A monthly sew-a-long of different indie patterns put on by Bluebird Fabrics. You can check out everyone’s lovely makes using the hashtag #sewmystyle. I did fairly well at the beginning of the year and then towards the end I slacked off. All due to personal reasons though. Hubby and I were house hunting and did move! All that exhausting fun took away from my sewing time.  I still want to make the Anna dress from By Hand London, Stella Shirt dress from Named and the Yona Wrap coat also from Named. Here’s a shot of all the months I was able to participate in:

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2017 Make Nine

I also joined in #2017makenine. I was able to complete 7 out of 9. Pretty proud of that. I would have really liked to have gotten my red Thurlows made but I’m still fussing with the fit. I was able to complete: several Sorbettos, new handbag, failed Jamie Jeans (still looking for the perfect grey denim), Burda flares, Simone, pajamas, and a couple B5526.


2017 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.

You can see the results of this above.  I’m happy with the participation that I was able to complete. Several more things I want to make though. I do wear most of the items religiously. The two I really don’t wear too often is the pocket skirt (May) and the valley blouse (July) both from CaliFaye.  The valley blouse is so fussy and the skirt looks so bad on. Maybe that pattern company is not for me.

  • 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.

I successfully adhered to this for about half of the year. I’m surprised I made it that far. I would have liked to have made it the whole year but I think we all know that was not going to happen!

  • 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.

I used flat fell seams! A lot actually. They’re so much easier than I thought and they look so nice on the insides. I really want to do Hong Kong seams but I need to find a project that I’d feel requires it.

  • 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.

This was so the year of dresses. I do think #sewmystyle really helped me out on this one. There were two dresses that were made just for that! I made a total of eight through the year. Two have yet to be blogged. Okay that number sounds pitiful but for me it’s good!

2018 Goals

I’m gonna keep them short and simple this year.

  • Coat/jacket
  • Red Thurlows
  • Home work wear

Everything!

To wrap this up, here’s everything that I’ve made! Have a Happy New Year!

  • Skirt/dress: 7
  • Tops/cardi: 24
  • Bottoms: 6
  • Bags: 4
  • Crochet: 5

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From Old to New

While visiting my parents, my mom decided to dig out an old dress and force it upon me. “Here make something with it!” Ya know, because I make magic from old ugly things.  I did not take a picture of the dress before I started hacking it apart. I even told myself to do so.  I was watching tv and thought I could rip it apart while I sat.  Picture be damned! The dress was a long sheath dress with a slit on each side.  Nothing exciting.

I knew I had enough fabric for a shirt and possibly a skirt or something else. Hmm… I started with the shirt. I wanted to make a peplum top.  I fished out my pattern Simplicity 1425. I made this shirt before and it wasn’t too bad of a sew.  The dress already had the proper neckline and it was sleeveless so I really only needed to worry about the princess seams in the front, darts in the back and the peplum. Talk about a lazy sew.

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Sorry for the deodorant mark! lol I’ve worn it already to work and we haven’t made it to wash day yet. 🙂

I laid out the pattern on the top and realized that the pattern wasn’t going to work because the fabric wasn’t wide enough so I decided to wing it! I put the top on and starting pinning it on myself. I picked where the princess seams should sit and pinned the line on one side. I cut along the pins and left a 1/4 seam allowance. (well I tried. It was definitely not that big) I took that line and mirrored it on the other side by folding the piece in half and marking the cut in chalk.

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I was able to follow the pattern for the length, darts in the back and the peplum.  I did have to cut the peplum short in width because I wanted to conserve as much fabric as I could.

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I made sure when I was sewing it back together, that I unpicked the hemmed edges.  I could have sewed it up without doing so but it would have left funny lumps at the joins.  Taking a few extra minutes to unpick is so worth it! Instead of the pleats on the peplum, I gathered the piece to fit the width of the top.

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I was super worried about how to do the closure in the back.  I had a plan of adding an extra piece down the middle and sew it closed to about the waist and do some snaps to finish out the length. It was going to look like the extra piece was hiding buttons or a zipper but when I tried it on with the extra piece, it was too big.  I was able to sew the back closed and I can still slide it on.  The fabric has a bit of stretch that is just enough to shimmy down into place.  Score!

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As if a cute top wasn’t enough, I have enough to make a pair of shorts.  Yup, shorts.  Like I mentioned before the fabric has a bit of stretch so why not!  I named them Rose Butt before I even started on them.  Because that’s just what you do.

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I used my handy dandy workout capri pattern I’ve used a bunch of times.  They are slip on style and have an elastic waist.  Unfortunately when I made them the legs were a bit too tight.  So tight in fact, my fat started to try to decide above or below the hem.  It was not pleasant.

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Tis a bit blurry but you get the idea.

Instead of just canning the whole idea, I decided to revisit the dress’ start.  It had slits.  I can just add slits to the shorts and bam!  No need for my fat to worry about not being with its other friends.

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Now I will tell you, this will be the one and only time they are worn together.  That’s so not cool.  I want to make a big, swingy top to go with them.  Tight on the bottom but airy on top.  I prefer this rule in my life.  Never two tight items or too lose.  It just doesn’t work for me.  I feel like I’m sharing a lot… too much? Oh well.

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I didn’t want to wait until I decided what the top should look like before sharing the shorts so I did pair it with my Blackout Sorbetto for another look.  Two for one special!  Out with the old and in with the (two) new.

Let’s Get Physical

Who doesn’t love a little Olivia Newton John? “Let’s get physical, physical I wanna get phhyyssical.” What a great song about working out. Not a double entendre or anything. Let’s put on our spandex, leg warms and headbands get through this post!

I’m really trying hard to work through my stash. About a month ago, I organized my stash (still organized btw) and came across a good amount of spandex I had left over. I have made workout capris in the past but I could really use some shorts and the amount of fabric I have is perfect.

I used my workout pants pattern. Mostly recently used in creating my Doctor Who pjs. Which I love and wear all the time. You can find the instructions by Cal Patch. There is some math involved in creating this pattern, but it’s so worth it! Custom made leggings peeps!

I used my serger on all the seams. It helps keep things stretchy. No one wants a butt cheek popping out because you broke all your stitches. Imagine that in yoga class. I have a feeling you would be asked not to return.

I turned up the hem about 1″ on each leg and used a double needle. I stretched the fabric a bit as I sewed so I wouldn’t pop any stitches. If I would have done a smaller hem, it have flipped and rolled up as I wore them. Talk about annoying!

How weird is it that the pattern on both of the legs match on the back? Totally did not mean for that! Then I got super excited so yay for unexpected fun things.

I love that the rise is higher in the back. No plumber butt when doing squats. Are you guys seeing a pattern here? I’m super worried about things showing suddenly; butt cheeks, butt crack…or I’m worried about my largest asset.  Get it? Ass-et.

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You can see the shorts are not too short and not too long. I think the problem with my RTW shorts is that they’re too short. They cut into the middle of my thigh fat and roll up. My shorts sit below the fat so they stay where they belong. Totally don’t take that comment as me body-shaming myself. Nope, it’s just a fact I have squishy thighs guys.

Feeling strong with my snazzy new shorts! I’ve been wearing the crap out of them. So comfy! And who doesn’t love new workout wear? I think it helps motivate. Outta my way, time to go sweat.

Jamie’s Jammies

In the distant past, I mentioned that I was crocheting some lace edging for some pajamas. I had made a Colette Sorbetto sometime ago, even though I tried to be lazy and wear it as a shirt, which it honestly matches with nothing but itself so it was always meant to be jammies. I was going to make super wide legged comfy pants to go along with the shirt but changed my mind. I wanted shorts. I’m a bit indecisive sometimes and my projects kinda evolve.


I came across a pattern for boudoir shorts a while ago. It’s a free pattern (yay free!).  The legs have a crossover split so it’s a really free pattern. Get it? Free money wise and free feeling thighs. Anyhoo, one of the pictures show a pom-pom edging so I figured why not lace?  A thing you might not know about me, because it only randomly pops up here on the blog, is that I’m a crocheting machine. I crochet like a river runs. Knitting, not so much. When I thought of doing the lace I figured I could knock it out in a month. I don’t crochet a lot much anymore so it does make my hands sore and I’m not known to work on 1 thing at a time so this seemed feasible. I mentioned the idea in another post on September 2. I finished the lace in early December. Let’s just say my goal was not met and let’s not calculate how long it actually took me. 


I cut out the pattern for the shorts based on my measurements and then I would be able to calculate how much lace I needed.  The only parts I was able to sew together was the side seam and crotch. Other than that, I needed the lace to complete piecing it together.


Please excuse the black bra throughout the pics. After “trying on” what I had, it was quickly evident that these were very soggy diaper crotch sitters. I took 2″ off the top to bring them up to the proper height and another 1- 1 1/2″ off the side seams because the panel that crossed on the front didn’t sit on the front but instead was creeping ever so closely to my lady bits. Not exactly where you want flaps flying in the wind.


I crocheted my lace, which we all now know took me forever. I had Hubby save a week’s worth of used coffee grounds. It’s not a whole lot in the end because he’s the only one that drinks it and I didn’t want to waste fresh grounds. I boiled some water and threw the grounds wrapped in a coffee filter in the water. Once it looked like all the coffe had seeped out, I threw in the wet lace.  I needed just a hint of color. White was too light but cream/natural thread was too dark.


With that done, I could now finish my shorts. I made pink cotton bias tape and finished the legs. I zigzagged the lace onto the shirt and shorts. I figured it would be the quickest and most secure stitch. I would have liked something decorative but all the little stitches would have jerked the fabric around too much and then the lace wouldn’t look clean around the edge.


I used 1/2″ elastic and left over bias tape to create my little waistband.


As if crocheted lace, a Sorbetto top and boudoir shorts wasn’t enough, I made an eye mask. I wasn’t going to but I had leftovers and I saw the cute holiday pressie that Self Assembly Required was making. Sometimes you can’t help yourself. The pattern is from Tilly and the Buttons. Guess what? This pattern is free too.  This post is made of three free patterns!


I’m feeling fancy and me and moose are ready for bed! This fabric was meant for jammies, Jamie’s jammies.

What up, Shortie?

I have now made my fourth(?) pair of Thurlows. Once I get stuck on something I can’t seem to stop. Jamie Jeans, B5526, Sorbetto and Thurlows. I’m a junkie and they are my drugs. Eventually I would like to get the booty to fit a bit better on the trouser version but that’s not part of this discussion. It’s all about the shorties!

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I had leftover denim fabric from when I made the trouser version of the Thurlows. So sick of me to use the remnants for another pair. I couldn’t think of anything better to use it for and I could really use more shorts living out in the AZ.

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I have made the shortie version before, again with leftovers from another Thurlow pair of trousers but they met an early demise. I do find them super comfy but after a few (who am I kidding, a ton) of wears the excess fabric in the legs is annoying. If they were made with a crisp fabric that could hold a crease, I could see the need for the extra room. Too tight and the crease disappears. With this fabric I can go tight. Not painted on tight but fitted. Fitted sounds much less trampy than tight.

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I used a red and white polka dot fabric on my pocket lining. I only have a smidge and this seemed like the only logical use for it. I didn’t use it on the waistband like I normally do because I really didn’t have enough for all that. I did continue with the red and white theme when picking buttons and my zip. A cute little red button on the inside and a little white zip for the fly.


I couldn’t help not using my alphabet function on my sewing machine. I picked my brightest pink thread to stitch “Thurlow” inside the waist. Even though now I think about it, I should have used red to keep in theme but I love bright pink so I was in the moment. I took out 1″ in the rise and left off the welt pockets again.


I’ve got this down to where I can make them without using the instructions. I did mess up the fly zip though because I was still stuck in Jamie Jeans mode and they are so different.  Whoopsie! It all was sorted in the end.


I’m sure these poor beasts will get a lot of wear with all this heat and plus they’re so adorable! I feel like I need a polka dot shirt to match my pockets. Of course no one would know about the matching but me. So maybe polka dot undies? lol