The crochet enthusiasm hasn’t worn off just yet. I finished my second (first dragonfly) dragonfly shawl about 2 weeks ago. I thought I would actually follow directions and make the pretty border according to the pattern but found that I did not have enough yarn.
I improvised with double crochet clusters for the edging on this version.
The handspun soysilk that was used drapes nicely and has a luxurious sheen. I spun the yarn from a 4 oz. roving and even without the border the shawl is a fairly large.
I think I’ve got a winner! I have been wearing the heck out of the blue linen dress I made from Simple Modern Sewing Book 3C pattern. It transitions nicely into fall weather with it’s cropped sleeves. Most importantly this shift style dress is super comfortable. I decided to use a printed woven fabric and added a notch to the neckline to mix it up a little for the second dress.
I made another top from Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom. As with the other tops I’ve made, the “F” top pattern was super easy to sew. I like the the slotted, petal sleeves with ties. It is roomy enough to wear a knit top underneath for warmth as the weather gets cooler. I have another cut out already. This pattern is a keeper.
It’s pretty safe to say that I am on a roll with sewing everyday casual clothes for my wardrobe. I found a blouse on Pintrest from a Japanese sewing book one day and ended up falling in love with the simplicity of the styles. I have found 3 books that I really like so far.
The books are translated into English with easy to follow instructions (for advanced beginner) and have western sizing. Styles are fast to sew and comfortable to wear. Most can be made from start to finish in a couple of hours. Here are some of the styles I’ve made to date. I have been wearing the heck out of them.
Not too long ago re-making my wardrobe seemed pretty far-fetched. At my rate it would take forever. I got to thinking about what I wear on a daily basis. I realized that most of the patterns in my stash were more tailored than what I would typically choose for an easy, fuss free day.
Now this might be a Midwest thing but truth be told, when I’m not working, on an outing, or going to church you will most likely find me in some knit pants with t-shirt or jeans with t-shirt. I know, I know, I need to mix it up right?
I started looking for easy chill clothes and found Simplicity 1620. It is a simple wardrobe that has pull-on pants, a dress, tunic, short 2 piece jacket, long 2 piece jacket and a sash. No zippers, no buttons, no fuss. Fast and Easy sewing.
I bought linen blend fabric in different colors and got to sewing. I made no major alterations since the patterns have a lot of ease. In about 3 days I had made:
2 pairs of pull on pants
a short jacket
a long kacket
Bolero jacket (from Sew Chic Japanese sewing book)
Happy with the result I kept looking for more. Unfortunately I didn’t find too many more simple wardrobes like this one in the Big 4 pattern catalogs. Thank goodness for Pintrest though. I discovered Japanese clothing patterns.
My goodness. There are so many simple, easy to wear designs and they have started to publish them in English! My favorite Japanese designer at the moment is Yoshiko Tsukiori. I have her book Happy Homemade Sew Chic: 20 Simple Everyday Designs. Love it!
There are a few base patterns (graded up to American sizes) that have a bunch of style variations to mix and sew. The instructions are easy to follow with lots of diagrams. So far I have made the Jersey Style Bolero jacket. It only takes 3 pattern pieces to make. Easy, Peasy. I have more patterns cut out ready to sew. I will continue exploring Japanese clothing style for sure.
My sister and brother-in-law recently decided to renew their wedding vows in Las Vegas to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.
I thought, well how cool! We would always joke about how they got married at a courthouse in plain clothes. They didn’t want to break tradition getting all fancied up. Afterall it worked for my parents and grandparents. No divorces to date.
This time my sister surprised me by wearing the pink and navy stretch denim dress I made for her a few months ago to her wedding. The pattern is Simplicity 1417. As far as she is concerned it is a dress fit for a wedding. I have to agree. She looked great!
My niece Jadin turns 10 years old this month. My goodness. I can’t believe my little JadiBop is growing up so fast. We were looking at patterns together a few weeks ago and she talked me into making her a maxi dress with ruffles from McCalls 6736. Seriously, I didn’t require and begging. This pattern is too cute!
I chose a hot pink leopard quilting cotton for the fabric and used some leftover cupcake fabric scraps for the bodice. She is soooo tiny. I bought a size 7 girl’s pattern but ended up needing to take out 4 inches from the bodice.
You don’t realize how grownup your little neice is getting until you ask her to pose for a picture and she insists that her dress would be best photogaphed on the patio couch.
When I agreed to sew a jumpsuit for a friend’s birthday I was excited and a little reluctant at the same time. Afterall, I’d never made anything for anyone outside of family.
We chose to make McCall’s 6083 View E in a black and turquoise pinstripe suiting.
I made a few pattern alterations, made up a muslin, and made some more alterations.
I learned a lot, having made different alterations than my usual. Thank goodness for Sanda Betzina’s “Fast Fit” book. I also realized how personal making clothing for others can be. I was so worried she wouldn’t like it at one point I almost didn’t finish. It was as if the jumpsuit being rejected would mean I was being rejected. Crazy huh?
With some encourgement from my weaving buddy and sister (Thanks Donna and Melanie!), I kept on working. It also helps that Ms. Neisha was the perfect first client. She was very enthusiastic but patient and knows what she likes. Once the elastic and sash were added the jumpsuit came to life. I was loving it. I made a sash in turquoise satin to add some color.
I ended up sewing the black sash and turquoise sash together in the middle and leaving the ends to hang free for a ribbon effect. A great idea from the client. I definately want to try this again. CUTE.
I made a matching tie with Simplicity 1506 View D for Ms, Neisha’s fiance. The tie was cut on the bias and backed with turquoise satin. I added his initials to give it a special touch.
Ms Neisha loved the end result. She looks really classy in her new birthday suit.