Skinnies Mock-Up #2

07-skinniestestThe second muslin for the Jocole Skinnies went much better…. I could actually get this pair easily over my hips! Going up one size helped tremendously as well as using a material that had a bit of stretch to it as well (ignore the clown stripes).

Even though I hadn’t attached the waistband in this photo, the most noticeable issue with this pair is the gaposis in the back – it will need a pretty substantial dart to fix this issue. The legs are also not quite as skinny as I would like, so I think I’ll try taking in 1/4″ on each leg to start with and go from there. The third, and not surprising finding: I am a petite sizing. I went ahead and cut the regular length and wound up tucking in several inches in the photo to get them to the correct length.

Linky Thursday

Keep the sun out of your eyes and look fashionable doing it with this fun, floppy fedora (now try to say that 10 times real fast).

In a little over a month, kids will be heading back to school, get ready for them to start in style with a fun little backpack. Pair it up with a cute little pencil case and you’ve got yourself a great set!

Need something for yourself to carry? How about this fold over messenger? It has the same vibe as today’s Sew4Home Tutorial: The Fold Over Purse.

You may have noticed that Christmas has arrived in stores. Get a jump start on your holiday sewing with an Anthropology inspired deer pillow.

Transform a long sleeve shirt into an adorable retro Halterneck Top.

I know that this is labeled as an ‘organizer basket’, but it looks like a cute little tote to me. This would definitely make a great gift for the crafter in you life.

Have an upcoming vacation? Make sure you can identify your luggage. Make a pretty, personalized luggage tag!

It seems like summer brings lots of scrapes and cuts. Never leave home unprepared when you carry around this portable first-aid kit.

I love pouches, but don’t always remember what I’ve stored on them. These vinyl versions aren’t just cute, you always know what’s inside!

This may be one of the cutest quilt blocks I’ve seen – Undies! Pair it up with this bra template and you’ve got a spicy little quilt!

And The Winner Is…

Did you win a copy of the book, Craft It Now? Be sure to check this post to see if you were the winner! Didn’t win this time? No worries, we’ll have another giveaway soon, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, what’s on your sewing machine? I’m gearing up to make a second pair of Skinny Pants…. although I have to admit, all the Comino Cap Top\Dresses that are popping up makes me want to give this pattern a try (I also want some of that awesome sprinkle jersey fabric, too)!



Skinny Pants

07-skinnies1I was very excited to get started on my Jocole Skinny Pants, but like any pant pattern, you need to make a muslin…. The photo on the the left shows you why…. YIKES those are some tight pants!

I will say there is absolutely no stretch to the material I used for this muslin, but I’m not sure that would help. I believe it’s time to go back to the drawing board on this one and retrace the next size up to see what I get. I also think I’ll try a bit longer length (this is the 18″ ‘clam digger’ size) and go with the capri style.

I’m really hoping that I get the kinks worked out on this pattern – it seems like a pattern that is very comfortable to wear and sews up very quickly!

McCall Pullover

07-mccallI hope everyone had a fantastic, long, holiday weekend! We filled ours with lots of food and fireworks – and surprisingly, rest! It was very relaxing, although somewhat unproductive in the sewing department. I did, however, get started on McCall 6702.

I’ve had plans to sew this particular pattern up since last fall, but never got around to sewing it until now. I was really attracted to the detailing in the back and was really excited to see it come together. I used a beautiful stretch shirting from Gorgeous Fabrics and it’s behaved very well (although it wrinkles like mad).

All I have left to do is attach the collar and finish the sleeves then I can wear this one out! Now I need to get to work on the Jocole Skinny Pants – I think this would make a fabulous ensemble!

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Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of the book, Craft It Now!

Pretty hardware and a great bag shape make up Sew Sweetness’ latest bag pattern, the Brookfield.

Pretty sequin fabric doesn’t just have to be reserved for night time. Elle Apparel shows you how to make a sparkly pencil skirt that’s perfect for day wear, too.

Sewing up a pretty faux wrap tulip skirt couldn’t be any easier.

Let’s face it, so many boy patterns are so ‘generic’. This herringbone short tutorial is anything but!

Remember Mary Poppins’ bag – the one that was so big everything fit inside? The Expanding Nautical bag reminds me of hers (because everything you need fits inside)… and it’s perfect for the beach or pool!

Not only does this maxi dress have a flattering halter style neckline (note: the pattern is for a size M only), but it’s a woven too – perfect for those who don’t like sewing knits!

Love those zipper tape roses, but hate all the hand sewing. Learn how to use your sewing machine to make these pretty accents! Looking for a little something different to use up those zippers? How about this funky zippered bracelet?

I’m a sucker for macaroons. Not only are these pretty to look at, but they’re calorie free.

Is it hot where you’re at yet (we’re experiencing quite the cool summer – it was only 78 yesterday… in July!)? If so, you’ll definitely want to whip up one of these fun summer tanks (size small only).

The Gathered Summer skirt has 3 layers of fabric and an elastic waistband – pretty and comfortable!

You don’t need fancy hardware to make up this bag. In fact, skip the cording and you might have all the materials you need on hand to make this one up!

Craft It Now

07-scarfIt’s been a very exciting few weeks as several projects of mine have finally been revealed in magazines and books. The latest is my Hidden Pocket Scarf that can be found in Craft It Now: 75+ Simple Handmade Projects. This project isn’t just simple to sew (all the projects in the book can be made in 6 steps or less), but it’s perfect stashing your important belongings or keeping your hands warm during the winter months (inserting pocket warmers would keep them extra cozy).

Craft It Now has a little something for everyone – jewelry, sewing, knitting, embroidery and more and everything can be completed in a weekend…. or less! Want to win a copy for yourself? Enter below for your chance and be sure to come back every day to earn an extra entry. This contest will run until July 10 and is open to everyone. Good luck!

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Pressing Matters

07-pressThe easiest way to set apart a professional looking garment from one that looks ‘Becky Home-ecky’ is good pressing techniques. Not only can you get a free e-book on proper pressing, but you’ll get my pattern to make your own tailor’s ham! It’s easy to sew and will make a huge difference in the way your finished clothing items look. Plus, it’s much easier than you think to make!

Note: There appears to be a formatting issue with the instructions and “7″s appear before all the supplies – disregard that number – there’s no way you need 7 1/4 yards of fabric for this project!

A Bit of Embroidery

Apparently, it’ a Monday – so today’s post is a bit late (note to self: start writing posts the day before)… on the plus side, I did remember to post on Monday this week! I’ve been very busy in my sewing room the past few weeks. Unfortunately, I can’t show you just yet what I’ve been working on, but I can give you a bit of a sneak peek:



I am normally an Urban Threads girl, but I really love these stacking dishes from Embroidery Library. I brightened up the colors some so they really seem to ‘pop’ on the fabric (and made sure that I used a water soluble topper so they threads don’t sink into the terry)…. I’m going to have to find more things to use this design on, it’s just too cute!



Jorna Dress

06-jornaI’ll admit it, I don’t make (or wear) enough dresses. This spring I vowed that I would (attempt to) sew more. First up, the Jorna Tank Dress! This pattern appeared in the latest Perfect Pattern Parcel and I loved the fact that it looked easy to sew and comfortable and flattering to wear – plus it had an interesting hemline!

I searched my stash for the perfect knit and had a bit of problem finding one that I liked in the ‘correct’ yardage. I wound up using a beefy, cotton knit that I had picked up from The Fabric Fairy quite a few years ago, but had never used because it’s EXTREMELY thick and has very little\no drape. Consequently, I wound up having to make a few design changes to the pattern – mainly eliminating the facings, trimming the seam allowance down in the neckline\arm areas, and top stitching them in place (instead of using the self facing), as well as shortening the length just a bit. The end result is a very cute dress (don’t mind my scrunched up face in the picture, the sun is in my eyes) that is easy to wear.