Linky Thursday

Make a simple knit top designed by Gertie.

Learn how to create a fun swan collar inspired by Valentino.

Making Halloween costumes this year? Then be sure to enter your creations into Thread’s latest contest.

If you child has been asking to be Baymax (from Big Hero 6) this Halloween then you’ll definitely want to check out this costume tutorial.

Men won’t mind wearing an apron when they cook\grill with this professional half-style design.

Tulle skirts aren’t just popular for little girl wear, they make fabulous costumes for everyone! Learn how to make a full and fluffy version with this Totally Tulle Tutu Tutorial (now try to say that 5 times real fast!).

Start this quick and easy Cocoon Cardigan and have it in time to wear by the afternoon (video 2 of 2).

Tired of the same ‘ole purses? Make a bag that’s in the round!

It’s hard to believe when you look at that these “patchwork” pumpkins that was a no-sew project!

Show your team spirit. Make a tote out of your favorite sporting shirt.

Looking for the most adorable Mommy & Baby costumes? Look no further than this post – filled with several low sew\no sew ideas.

Making a raglan shirt  (my favorite style) doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a new pattern. Learn how you can draft your own with this tutorial.

Quilted Diamond Knit

10-quiltknitWhen I bought my Fraser sewing pattern, I sort of fell in love with the quilted knit that they used for view C.  You can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across (what I think is) the same fabric while shopping at (I snagged two yards, but as of today, there is only 1 yard left. For those that live in Canada, you can find lots of yardage here)!

It arrived yesterday and I intend on using this with a (soon to be revealed) different project first and cross my fingers I have enough left over to squeeze in the Fraser too!

I also had a killer find at Target yesterday – A Darth Vader Sugar Skull tee…. this is not an exact match (but close enough) to the Star Wars sugar skull knit prints I had purchased earlier in the year. It took me 3 stores to find them (in the sizes I needed… and yes, I got more than one), but I totally plan on reconstructing them into something fabulous soon.

E.N.U.F. Recon

What prompted this weekend’s closet purge was digging around for a particular t-shirt that I’ve been holding onto for ages (as a side note, I’m not kidding around about the ages part, if you google the logo, you’ll find people reselling them under the ‘vintage’ section of websites). This particular ‘vintage’ tee is extremely oversized and outdated, bu matches the floral knitfix that I received in September’s bag pretty well so I decided it was finally time for a recon.


For this shirt, I used the Rainier Ragalan pattern again – this time I went up one size from my previous version to accommodate the reduced stretch of the tee shirt material and because I found the my first top a bit snug along the upper bust. It’s a good thing I did this because the limited stretch pretty much makes the fit the exact same as the previous version. The only other change I made was leaving the hem on this one unstitched (I think it keeps with the vintage feel of the shirt and makes a nice roll when you wear it). Overall I love the end result: the floral makes it a bit funky and is definitely on trend for tees\sweatshirts this year (from what I’ve seen there’s a lot of hoodies and tees that add floral elements, especially in the sleeves), plus I finally got to recon the shirt I’ve been hanging onto for years!

Letting Go

There is something about cleaning out your wardrobe that is dreadful: You stand in your closet, half naked, trying on clothing that neither fits or is flattering\in-style for hours only to have to say goodbye to some of your former favorites.

This was my weekend. I’ve been working on the motivation to do this for, well, years and finally had enough of the mess that I decided it was time for “The Great Purge”.  While I have cleaned out a few items here and there, I determined from some of the sizes\styles\items that I went through it’s been almost 8 years since I’ve done a thorough job. Saying goodbye to old favorites, especially ones that you sewed yourself, is always a difficult chore, but I went in with this mindset that made it a bit better:

  • There is no way I am going to be size X again. I’m not kidding myself – those size X’s haven’t fit in 10 years they aren’t going to suddenly fit now (and if for some reason I would become that size again, I deserve to reward myself with something new anyway!)
  • There are always more patterns & fabrics to be sewn. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I have a tendency to hang onto a garment that I’ve sewn longer because it has more “sentimental value”. Chances are I’ll be filling up my closet very soon with new creations anyway.
  • I took a good look at my lifestyle (for the most part, I live a very casual lifestyle with an occasional ‘business casual’ or ‘dressy’ event here and there) and purged a majority of the clothes that don’t fit into those categories.
  • Your clothes\shoes have served you well. Thank them for their service and remember someone will probably love it just as much as what you once did.
  • And of course, “If you haven’t worn it in the past year, get rid of it” rule.

Now for the full disclosure: the only thing that I didn’t purge were my T-shirts. I have a t-shirt problem. I’m like Sheldon Cooper and could wear a kitschy tee almost every day and for almost any occasion. With that said, my closet still looks fabulous (I can even see everything I own and it’s neatly organized). and now I have PLENTY of room for new stuff – in fact, I’m heading into the sewing room today so that I can start filling up those empty hangers.


Bizarre Catwalk Show & Updates

10-peopleI have come to the realization that I am procrastinating on my jacket because I am just not in love with it… I’m going to have to work myself into some motivation this weekend and just finish it. Maybe I’ll find something to love in the process. In the mean time, I am seriously contemplating on making a floral hoodie\shirt. I saw a shop advertise these the other day and I think it might be a good use of the latest floral I received in my KnitFix bag.

In other news, did anyone see the Rick Owens runway show? I can’t imagine walking down the catwalk with another person strapped to you – and how does the model on the right not get kneed in the face with ever step?

Linky Thursday

Looking for a great Cosplay\Halloween costume this year? Learn how you can make this iconic Leeloo multi-pass costume from The Fifth Element (you can see the original garment from the movie here).

Take embroidery on the road with you when you stitch up an adorable traveling stitch kit.

This triple zip pouch looks like a fun way to show off colorful zippers and have a handy storage bag too!

Winter is just around the corner, keep you gams warm with a cozy pair of fleece leggings.

Make something special for your trick-or-treaters by whipping up one of these easy treat bags. Looking for something larger to haul your goodies? Check out these glow-in-the-dark versions instead.

Sleepy lambs and goats make the perfect bedtime buddies.

I’m a sucker for cute bag patterns and I find that hardware can make all the difference. Such is the case of this Fashion Buckle Bag at sew4home.

Get your boys ready for cooler weather with this free long sleeved shirt pattern.

Set your drink on something creepy when you make one of these felt eyeball coasters.

A great transitional piece or a cute jacket to take the chill off while you’re at the office: Kimono Cool.

Skip the skinny pants, wear wide legged trousers instead.

Show how much you love Instagram when you make this app themed purse.

This tunic is promoted as being a beach cover up, but I can totally see this being worn with boots this fall.


Black Diamond Leggings

09-leggingWhat do you make when you have just enough material left over from your last project to make something else? Why leggings, of course! When I originally saw the black diamond row fabric, I knew that I wanted to make a fun pair to wear this fall\winter (in fact, I’m wearing them today with a black tunic tee and booties), but I also new that it needed to become the Fraser once that pattern was released… so I was thrilled that I had enough left over to make a pair!

For this version, I used my favorite pattern Jalie 2920 (just as an FYI I always go up one size when I make this just because my thighs are ‘thicker’ than what the pattern is graded for). The stretch in this particular print is at the bare minimum required so if in doubt when using this print (or similar from Girl Charlee) go up one size – they are definitely more comfortable.  The best part about making your own leggings? The stripes always match!

The Fraser – Striped Version

09-fraser2With the weather still incredibly warm still, I’m finding that I have a harder time finishing projects that are meant for fall. However, I did manage to complete the Sewaholic Fraser top that I mentioned yesterday and I love it (although admittedly, it looks like a winter sweater than a fall top).

This was my first time sewing a Sewaholic pattern and was extremely pleased with how well it came together – the instructions were clear, everything lined up, and I love that the bands (hem, sleeve, and neck) were all marked so you never have to measure out the placement yourself (i.e. dividing the shirt and band into quarters).

Since my measurements were much different than what was listed on the back of the pattern envelope (I went with my bust size), I was concerned about the fit. However, I think that this top works well on me, except the sleeves – they are way too long. In fact, they are so long I could easily remove the cuff and add a hem and it would still fit at an “appropriate length”.

Even though this pattern is labeled as ‘easy to sew’, I would definitely rate this view a bit more advanced because of the insertion of the yoke and sleeve panels (both have ‘V’ shapes). However once you get past those points, its smooth sailing! Plan on seeing a few more of these tops\sweatshirts from me in the future.

The Fraser

09-fraserI’m a sucker for new patterns – so when Sewaholic came out with a new collection late last week, I couldn’t resist buying one that caught my eye: The Fraser Sweatshirt. Since I don’t have any sweat shirting (or cool laser cut leather like in the model photo) on hand, I’ve decided I’m going to test out this pattern in one of my fabrics from the September Knit Fix: the body of the shirt in black and white diamond rows and the accents in a solid black jersey. Even though this is labeled a sweatshirt, the description lists it as being more fitted so I hope this turns out more like a funky (everyday) shirt and doesn’t look too “sloppy” in the end – I’m also hoping I don’t need to make too many modifications for future shirts (I’m really hoping that I can make one like the model) since this is my first time working with a pattern from this company and my measurements aren’t quite in line with their sizing. If all goes well, I may have a finished shirt tomorrow!

Chevron Pockets

09-pocketProgress on my Simplicity jacket is chugging along and I’m not sure that I like what is happening – it’s just so big and boxy (and I even went down one size). I stopped at the part where you add the lining and am pondering if I should take in the seams a bit to make it more fitted or just go with it the way it is. While I ponder what I am going to do, I decided to make Taylor a shirt that she had requested.

You see when we went for her WSU college visit, she saw a black, long sleeved shirt with a fabric, chevron pocket (with the WuShock embroidered on it) that she really wanted…. it also cost $60. We knew that I could make this for substantially less so we never got it. It took me all summer (and fall) to find the right yellow chevron (WSU colors are yellow and black), but I did it! Instead of adding Wu to the front, I embroidered her house’s letters (these had to be dramatically reduced to make it work – normally this is not recommended because in can distort the image, but because it is an applique it works…. although it does make it very difficult to trim the fabric because it is so small). As for the pocket shape\size – I just winged it (initially, it was much larger, but because I used such a contrasting material for the shirt, it looked massive)! If you’re wondering how much this project cost – it was a whopping $12! Talk about sewing saving you money!