Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Look 6213 and HotPatterns 1216: Garden Party Tee


Every now and then my finished sewing project doesn't meet up with the expectations that I may 
have had for it....take New Look 6213 for instance:


I love everything about this pattern: cute tie, length, V-neck.
The pattern noted that there was an allowance for ease of 7 inches. As I usually make an
FBA of 3-4,  I decided not to make the FBA and only add an inch to the side seams.
Not enough.
And there are no bust darts, but notice the gathering at the neckline instead.
I also failed to see the more cut-in shoulder.....not a favorite style for me.

This silky poly from JoAnn Fabrics is so cute though.....right?


So....my 'wearable muslin' is wearable, under a sweater tho, due to the wonky fit.
I plan to make this one again, now that I know what adjustments to make, as it was fun 
to sew up with a clever way to approach that neckline. Just watch for stretch there, as
it is all bias!

I had more success with HotPatterns 1216: Garden Party Tee, which is my usual experience
with HotPatterns.  

Since I've made this before, and knew it would fit great, I went right to the serger for construction. 
The polka dot is a cotton knit, and the floral chiffon was purchased at a local  fabric discounter.







                                  I did add a couple of inches at the hem to the chiffon flounce,
                                                        and finished it with a narrow hem.


Thought I've had it in my head to combine polka dots with this floral chiffon, I wasn't
quite sure that I liked it. Did it need a scarf to tie it all together?


                   In the end, I decided against the scarf, I think it was just a little too matchy-matchy LOL!

                  Besides, I really LOVE that chiffon, and want to use what I have left for a kimono top/jacket.
 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Simplicity 8346 & Butterick 5625: Sewing for the Grands:

                                                          Go Cubs, Go!

                             For the littlest Cubs fans in the family,  I was happy to sew
                                             Simplicity 8346 and  Butterick 5625:
                                (of course, as a long-suffering Detroit Tigers fan, this Grandma
                                      wishes it was Tigers fabric she got to use!)
                  






          This romper from Butterick 5625 for my Grandson is a little too big, but this picture was taken this summer during a hot July family camping trip, and the romper was a nice, cool outfit for him:
                  
                                                

      Cousins should wear matching clothes, right? So my Granddaughter is wearing a sundress
                                    and panties from Simplicity 8346:



The bias binding for the neck and armhole is actually a vintage knit bias binding, nice and soft.


           
                                                                              Silly!





                                                                   -Patty
















Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Vintage Butterick 3777

This pattern, from the 1980's, is now sold on Etsy as 'vintage'......I can't believe it, since this pattern was in MY pattern stash! And I sewed it up in the 90's for my husband. The grade school that our kids attended at that time was having a luau family night, and I had made matching shirts for my DH and two young sons.


Fast forward to 2017, and now my son needed another tropical shirt, this time to wear to the rehearsal dinner for a destination wedding in the Florida Keys that he and his wife were standing up in.

This pattern was perfect, just needed to be taken in a bit to be less boxy:  a little less 1980's, 
and more fitted for my tall, thin son.
I gave my son a few online fabric suggestions, and he chose this one available on Fabric.com.





My son was very pleased with his custom shirt! And that made me happy,
as I don't get the chance to sew for the men in my life very often. :-)







Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Simplicity 1100 - a Jiffy pattern throw-back *UPDATED PICS*


                                              **scroll down for updated pics**
                                                   (originally posted 5/2017)

     Are you looking for quick, easy and fun to wear dress/swimsuit cover up for this summer?
                      Look no further....Simplicity 1100 might be the pattern for you!

This pattern is a re-issue from one published in 1971, and shows that good design can stand
                   the test of time. What's not to love? Wrap and tie.....ready to go!


My son and daughter-in-law will spending some time at a ocean side resort in Greece this summer, 
                and I thought she might like a little something to take along. For some reason,
                                   this fabric just shouted resort wear to me :-)

The fabric is a drapey rayon from JoAnn Fabrics, perfect for this pattern, and rolls up to next to nothing
         for packing.  I know, it looks a little long....still needs to be hemmed to my DIL's height.  






                                   Best thing of all.....my DIL loved it!

**UPDATE: Dear DIL loved wearing her swim suit wrap while in Greece, credit to my 
                                      son for some great pictures!












                                               Patty


Monday, September 25, 2017

Thank you, Berroco!

Last week I received this email from Amy Christoffers :

Congratulations Patty!

                                                    You won the Berroco Portfolio Giveaway!!

Woo-Hoo!!  I rarely enter drawings on the Internet, but I love Berroco yarn and patterns, and so I 
thought I'd throw my hat into the ring for this giveaway. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! I hadn't planned
on knitting a sweater for myself this winter, but now that has changed.....can't wait to cast on for my own
Owinja.   
                               Thanks you so much Amy Christoffers and Berroco yarn company :-)




Happy Knitting,

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Knitting for the Grands

It's my personal opinion, but shared by many of my knitting buddies, that knitting for babies/grandchildren has to be one of the most fun aspects of our fiber craft.

Case in point: this darling little shrug and the so-cute toddler vest shown below.

Entrechat by Lisa Chemery

What's not to love about this pattern? Every little girl needs that perfect shrug/sweater for cool summer days or nights, or when in chilly air conditioning. I like the one-button front closure, but my favorite parts of
this shrug include the little panel of lace insertion, and that back peplum! 

I used Paton's North America Bamboo Baby, which has unfortunately been discontinued. This is a lovely yarn to work with, very soft and machine washable, and in this case the *perfect* white.







Keene Toddler Vest by Marilyn Losee

This turned out to be the perfect pattern for a little vest for a little man.

I've been wanting to try out the Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn, which comes in such
rich colors, and is machine washable. The preppy navy and lime green was perfect for this project, and
it was an enjoyable and quick knit.





Do you knit for babies/toddlers? Do you have favorite patterns or yarns
that are your go-to's when knitting for this age group?

Happy knitting :-)


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Butterick 5456

I was excited to see that the the July project for the Sew-Along Dinner Date Dresses group on FaceBook was Butterick 5456... this pattern was in my pattern stash just waiting to get noticed!


And so was the fabric.....the white textured knit had been ordered from Fabric.com in 2011, and the blue ITY print purchased around the same time, I think. LOL!

What a fun summer dress. Love the keyhole opening in the back, with those sweet ties.
I chose not to add the band at the bottom hem as the skirt ITY fabric was quite a bit 
lighter than the more beefy white textured knit. Actually, I initially cut this out with the longer
maxi dress length, but I liked it better short.













As always, I altered the bodice with a 1 inch FBA, and added 1 inch to the bodice length.
The pattern calls for a lined bodice, so I used the same bodice fabric as lining, which worked well.....except for the fact that the FBA resulted in a gaping armhole, which I took care of with a small dart coming out of the armsyce. I'll be sure to add this correction to the pattern itself for next time. 
Also, I did not add elastic to the waist as the pattern called for.



Not sure how I feel about the cut on "cap" sleeve.



 I wore this to work today, and it was so cute and comfortable!

              - Patty