Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Vogue 8825:)

   When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,“Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." “But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven.

Matthew 16:13-20




   Hello all:)  This new dress from Vogue is one of the few projects I started while still pregnant. I was wanting to make this pattern for a while now and finally got around to it. I'll probably wear it more in the fall as the long sleeves make it a bit too warm for the summer. One member on Patternreview.com cut her sleeves around elbow length and I quite liked how it looked. I do like the sleeves as-is though, so I'll likely just leave them be.







 






            Overall I like this pattern. The sleeves don't seem quite as dramatic as on the envelope artwork though. My pattern was missing a neck piece. I may have thrown it out by mistake back when I cut out the pieces. I just "winged it" but I'm tempted to buy another pattern if the mood strikes me to make up another! Other reviewers said the wrist cuffs were loose, so I cut the smallest size. I also cut off a little over 3" of the hem since I'm only 5' 2".



























      Next up is a few more tops. I love my recent New Look top so much that I'd like to make some more. Dresses are fun but tops are certainly more practical at the moment!:)

Til next time!:)





Friday, 17 June 2016

New Look Top 6216:)

 "Beloved, do not let this one thing escape your notice: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be dissolved in the fire, and the earth and its works will not be found."
2 Peter 3:8-10











      Hello sewing and non-sewing friends;) I just made this New Look top from a printed burnout knit fabric that I've had in my stash for quite some time. I have a RTW yellow top (also burnout knit) that I love to pair with skinny jeans which inspired me to make one similar with this fabric.

 

      This pattern I've had for awhile as well. Pretty easy to make. I really like the sleeve bands. The neckband piece probably could have been a bit shorter, as it doesn't lie as flat as I would like. I'll adjust it next time, as I can see myself making a few of these tops:) I used steam a seam for the hem. I make add a hem band next time and make the top a tad more fitted. I used the smallest size (8) since other reviewers on patternreview.com mentioned this pattern is sized pretty big.

     My husband and I went out to dinner last night and I wore a jean jacket over it.









      This pattern is one of those instant gratification types. It took me a few days just because I had little time in the evening after my 2 year and 2 month old got to sleep. It's so nice to get in at least in a few minutes of sewing therapy here and there when I can :)

 'Til next time! :)


Monday, 6 June 2016

Two more Ina Maxi Skirts! :)



Jesus said to him (Thomas), “I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

John 14:6







     Two more Ina Maxi Skirts!:) I think I mentioned in my last blog post that I actually started all three at once while I was still pregnant with baby #2. I started a few other projects as well and hopefully will get to finish them soon and blog about them.









   



       Both fabrics are from Fabricville and were in my stash since a couple years at least. Both are knits of course. The black & white is a heavier weight that was intended to be a muslin.

   



       The multi-colour skirt fabric is lighter weight and has a nice drape. I'm looking forward to wearing all three skirts this summer :) I've worn my floral version (my favourite) a bunch of times already and have gotten lots of nice compliments! Love this pattern!





   Thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Spring has sprung, Floral Ina Skirt:)


    "The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the works of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge."

Psalm 19:1-2






     Hello all!:) This is my latest sewing project, patternreview.com's "Ina Maxi Skirt". I purchased this pdf pattern a couple of months ago while I was still pregnant. I cut three different skirts, but this one is my favourite:) This bright floral print caught my eye immediately at my local Fabricville. I picked up enough to make this maxi skirt and a dress of some sort.




   This fabric is a knit, but doesn't have a ton of stretch. I really wanted to use it though, so I made it work;)




    This was my the first pdf pattern I've purchased, and I'm sure it won't be my last. This is an incredibly easy and fast project (as fast as it can be to fit in sewing time with two little kiddies underfoot;) ha! "Fast and Easy" sewing is what I'm all about these days! I started my three skirts while I was still pregnant. I sewed up the smallest size. I haven't lost all my baby weight yet, but I can still wear the skirt, just a little higher up on my waist. Once I get down to my post pregnancy weight, I'll probably have to hem the skirt (I'm only 5'2")



   
     I was hoping to get some outdoor "walking" photos to better show the swishyness of the skirt (I love the gores!) but it was too windy and cold :( I'll get more photos at some point when the weather is warmer:)

More photos!:)









 

     I would like to make more of these skirts, especially now that I'm breast-feeding. As much as I adore dresses, separates are more practical right now. I'd like to make a version with a more fitted skirt around the hips and thighs, flaring out for a more "mermaid" fit. *Love*! I highly recommend this pattern! I do wish it were a little easier to tell the front from the back (I think I'm actually wearing it backwards in these photos!). I may sew a tag or something in the back waistbands from now on.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Cotton Candy Pink Top, New Look 6648:)


"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the Nations." Jeremiah 1:5

-The Lord God to the prophet Jeremiah






    The subject of my latest blog post, is this cotton-candy coloured top, by New Look pattern 6648. I actually made it last year when I was newly pregnant. I couldn't wear it for very long, but now that baby #2 has arrived, I can. This is baby Jonathan, a little over two weeks old now:) My review on PatternReview.com here.






    I will be making this pattern up again soon I think! Maybe view C next. Very easy and a fast make. I added a cowl to view A. I opted to just do a waistband without the gathering since I made this top with limited yardage. Plus the fabric is a bit too heavy for gathering.

    The fabric is some kind of polyester knit. Feels similar to terrycloth on the right side. I received  it free from a relative. I love pink!:)














  I haven't blogged since February but I do have a bunch of projects on the go! I started probably 7 in the past couple of months. A few knit skirts (Ina Skirt from PatternReview.com) and some dresses for the warmer weather. Once I get closer to my pre-baby weight, I'll finish them. I figured it would be good to get a head start since it'll be more challenging to get sewing done with two babies to take care of:)

   I'd like to make a few tops, including another Renfrew (non-maternity this time:) since I'll be nursing for a while.

Til next time!:)

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Baby-friendly Renfrew:)

"You knit me together in my mother's womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139












    Sewaholic recently had a buy one get one free sale on their printed patterns, so I picked up their Renfrew top and Cambie dress. I really wanted the Gabriella skirt but it wasn't available:( I cut the size 6 chest and laid a fitted Burda maternity top pattern over it for the midsection/hip portion (below).

   I cut a few inches off the bottom and added a band, similar to the Renfrew top. I wish I had left it a bit longer though, but this works:)







   I also made two different pairs of leggings with Butterick pattern 5964. The pattern has an elastic waistband which I made as is in a size 8 (should have used a 6 though). I made them a few months ago and I wasn't crazy about them, I think the pattern is meant for later in pregnancy (like 6 months or more). They fit a lot better now.

   For my second pair I altered the pattern to have a more traditional maternity panel, but I much prefer the elastic waistband as they stay up better. Also, they don't leave an impression across the midsection which I'm not crazy about:/ I had to use a longer length of elastic than recommended for comfort. I'd suggest anyone using the pattern to do the same.


 


   This orange-hued sweater knit is from Fabricville. I love the colour and the fabric is so soft & cozy:) I also purchased a light pink sweater knit which I think I'll make into a post-pregnancy Renfrew top to wear next fall:)




    These "jeans look" leggings are made of a rayon/polyester/spandex blend (I think). I love the way they look with this top and high boots! I feel like a stylish momma!:)

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Winter Belle Cape with McCalls 6196









    Hello sewing friends!:) This was my main project last month. I made this "Winter Belle Cape" for my 4 year old niece as a Christmas gift. I knew I wanted to make her one some time ago, so I was pretty excited about it! I had to wing it since I couldn't find an actual "Belle Cape" pattern, but I used McCalls 6196 as a good base. The main fabric was a deep red panne velour and I decided to line it with a novelty satin-type fabric, just to complicate things for myself!;) I purchased a cut of faux fur since the fur trim that was available in spools was all long pile and I wanted the cape to look as much like Belle's as possible. I used the smallest size after reading some reviews for this pattern. I think I cut the fur in strips of 2 or 2.5 inches with the bottom under-cape trim 3" (I think!).

McCalls 6196
Disney's Belle in her winter garb;)




  Here shown is the pattern pieces for the hood and altered "caplet". I used the measurement from my niece's elbow to wrist and subtracted that amount (plus an inch more I think), so the caplet would come slightly above her elbow.




Here is the main sewn hood piece and lining piece. I constructed the hood and pressed up the hem as instructed for the main piece, and tucked the lining piece inside, having trimmed off the hem allowance on the lining piece so it would fit inside the main hood piece better. I trimmed off a bit of the bottom lining as well.


  Above is shown the two main caplet pieces. I sewed the front and back pieces together on both lining and main pattern piece then sewed them right sides together along the bottom and turned right-side out and basted the pieces at the neckline.







Pressed bottom of caplet inside and trimmed seam allowance.











   Here you can see how I attached the hood and caplet. I later added an "under cape" from another pattern in such a way that the raw seam was hidden. I though I had taken photos of that part but I must not have:(




I added some twill tape to the neckline, as it didn't seem particularly stable. Here is the "under cape" and caplet lining with the attached twill tape.
On my dummy:) I didn't get any of the finished cape on the dress form. Thats what I get for finishing it last minute!



 


    For the under-cape I followed part of a tutorial for a "Anna" (from Frozen) cape, but I wish I had made the under cape a bit wider. This is ok, but I think it would have been better to use a full "red riding hood" type cape so it would go over the shoulders better. I made it so the under cape would fall at my niece's ankles.



I was going to hand-sew the trim on, but I quickly realized it would be far too time-consuming so I simply used my sewing machine!:) I applied fray check to both the cut top and bottom edges (this should be done before sewing on the trim. Only after I sewed some trim on the first section did I realize the bottom needed fray check as well.


  
      I both machine sewed and hand-sewed the trim on the hood. Machine sewn along the edge and secured the rest by hand. I left the trim around the caplet hang free for the most part but secured it in a few spots. I machine and hand sewed the trim to the under cape as well. 




How perfect is this wrapping paper? Bonus, I already had it on-hand! Disney princesses in their winter capes! Funny though, that Belle is the only character that actually had a winter cape but she's not featured?? 




   I wish I had gotten a photo of this on the dress form! *Sigh*. Oh well, turned out pretty well I think! Now I can work on sewing for myself;) Til next time!:)