‘Tis the season…


…for making cut-offs out of all my kids’ knee-worn pants. Here, a cute trim cut from a stained button-down.




This is a free pattern I stumbled across last week, here. Maxwell has some knit gloves but his fingers were bright pink by the time we strollered from one location to another. So, I grabbed an ill-fitting sweater of Jonah’s and some thin stretch fleece from my Christmas stocking project two years ago.


The directions are pretty easy although the pattern pieces are for adults. Also, I had to stitch the fleece lining to the outer sweater along the seam at the thumb and the tip of the fingers. Otherwise, the inside twists around and becomes a bit difficult to negotiate when my little guy takes them off.

More cute pictures.


Two thumbs up:


Way up!


Good Bye, Yellow Brick Road

That’s the song I hear in my head every time I think of my Silhouette Trench Coat

After a lot of problem solving and ranting and raving and more problem solving, I finally scrapped this project. This is incredibly frustrating for a number of reasons:
1.) Instead of bargain hunting for my fabric, I bought what I thought would look great and paid full price.
2.) I spent hours cutting out over 22 pieces and finishing a lot of topstitching.
3.) I bought this pattern after attending Peggy’s conference where she talked about how easily I could accomplish a good fit using her patterns. The truth is quite the opposite. I feel betrayed.

On a positive side:
1.) I made a perfect collar, a new skill for me that I’ll apply to new patterns.
2.) My biggest worry was the welt pockets and they too turned out well.

But ultimately, despite a few fixes, I can’t raise my arms or reach forward because of the fit in the sleeves and the back. So I’m moving on.

As a quick and easy project to clear my sewing spirit, I made this crafting apron to match my sewing machine cover. This project has been in my queue for 2 years but I’m glad I had it on hand. It was quick and easy and will help me keep track of my pens and scissors and the like when I’m tracing and cutting out new projects.

I really did my own thing with this project but started with some measurements from this craft-apron tutorial.

I also re-traced and re-cut Simplicity 2917 after a botched attempt this summer. I hope to get the fit right on this princess top so it can be a TNT, an easy, flattering top for any great woven print I come across.


Thanks for reading!

Look at my fabulous new purse, y’all!


Awesome, right? Here is the back:


I’m having all kinds of fit issues with the trench coat seen there under the awesome purse. My sewing mojo was zapped. So I decided to jump to another project that required no fit at all.

The pattern is Two Zip Hipster by Dog Under My Desk . As all the reviews report, it is a great download. I *highly* recommend this pattern. Great instructions, lots of pictures. I put my “zipster” together in under a week and I’ve been wearing it ever since. It holds plenty, too. This morning it held my a travel mug in addition to the typical purse items (phone, keys, book, emergency cracker snacks for one boy or the other).


Ready for the crazy bit? With the exception of the slider buckle I bought off Etsy for this project, everything else is from Goodwill. This beautiful purse is totally up-cycled.

Size 2 Anne Taylor dress for the lovely embroidered pieces:


Men’s work pants for the strap and other purse pieces. Single curtain for the lining:


Both zippers were from the huge collection of zippers I bought off shopgoodwill.com:


So, now back to that trench coat . . ..

Refashioning Success

Welcome, Reashion Co-Op Readers! I am so excited to finally be a part of the First Friday Linky Party, something I’ve wanted to do for a while.
Here is a shirt that I thrifted at the beginning of summer. It ran in the xl or xxl size range and was made out of a heavy cotton with moderate stretch. I forget the exact price, but I’m going to guess $3 because anything more at a thrift shop seems extravagant to me.

My original thought was to size it down a little with some careful cutting and new side seams but keep that nice neckline. Once I got it home I realized I would have to mess with the armsyce quite a bit to keep the coverage modest enough for me. I flirted with the idea of a skirt, especially since the fabric was so durable, able to withstand splintered park benches and picnics on the climbing rocks with my boys. But my motivation wained.

So the shirt took up space in my thrifted pile all summer and into fall until a heat wave struck our fair city mid-September. Dying for something cool to put on, I spent an hour clicking through all the Burda downloadable tank top patterns and landed on this little number:

Burda Square Neck Tank

I liked the square neck line, the fat shoulder straps, and the side darts for nice shaping. It was also rated quick and easy so I had the crazy hope that I could finish the top by the time I needed to pick up my son from school and cart him to the park. (ha. ha. very funny.)

The top did come together very easily. The neckline was a little difficult because the patten calls for a more stable fabric (pique, to be exact). So my neckline stretched a bit. Some top-stitching and a hot steamy iron helped fix this. In the future, I might try some interfacing. Of course, I wasn’t done with this piece until the temps dropped again so it will have to wait until 2014 for a park debut. I’m please none-the-less!



Back to Sewing: Changing a Failure into a Success


A great outfit for a great ballet: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, A Gothic Fairy Tale.
I made this dress and shirt a year ago, November 2012. It is a pattern from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing: Wintertime Jumper.

I wore it to my husband’s play on the night his parents attended which also happened to be my birthday. I felt fabulous.
A few weeks later, I attended PatternReview’s anniversary party and another blogger posted my picture. It wasn’t until then that I realized the fit was HORRIBLE!!!

Gugh. I’m almost too embarrassed to post this. But, there it is. After seeing the picture back in 2012, I labeled the dress as needing some major revision. A few weeks ago I pulled it out from deep in my closet and started making some adjustments: several inches off the shoulders and 5/8″ off both side seams of the top. I also changed the Sewaholic Renfrew cowl top to the scoop neck. I used some thread on the left and right of scoop to gather the T shirt neckline below the neckline of the dress. Overall, I really love all my improvements and I can’t wait to wear it again.