Friday, 24 February 2017

McCalls 7477 (flop) & Easy Carseat Poncho

"I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death, so that I may somehow attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been perfected, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal of God's heavenly calling in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 3:10-14

    Hey y'all:) May I present my latest sewing fail:p You know its bad when I take the photo taken on my dummy & not myself! I was *so* excited about making myself a cape, but this one's just not flattering on me:(

    I find theres too much fabric around the waist & looks too bulky when gathered with the belt. Maybe my fabric is too thick? I don't know. I cut the S but I don't think the XS would have made enough difference. Maybe if I feel ambitious I may try the pattern again after altering the pieces for a more tailored look.


I absolutely fell in love with view C :(

    I just adore the print of this lining fabric! I picked it up at a thrift store & I still have enough for a different jacket!:)

The grey wool I've had in my stash *forever*.

     After my cape flop, I quickly made this "instant gratification" fleece "carseat poncho" for my son. I actually made one with the same blue fabric for an elderly friend last year after she injured her arm. She loved it!:). I borrowed the idea from the lovely Margo of creating in the gap:)

    Margo's has a zipper, but I didn't even need one for this one since the fleece stretches.  ***Important***, I take this poncho off once I get him buckled in, otherwise he will get too hot. Fleece is warmer than you think, even with just one layer.

The poncho is basically a rectangle of fabric, folded in half with a seam down the side, less a few inches to allow a head to poke through:) The long side is double whatever your child's side measurement is (from the side of the neck to knees). I didn't finish the neck opening but turned the seam allowance down and reinforced the area with a few stitches.

And here is the poncho turned right side out:)

   I think I may get some chic fabric and make one for myself!;)

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Video Game-Inspired Plushies:)

Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

        Aren't these plushies adorable??!! Lol! I made all them as Christmas gifts for my sister who loves Mario & The Legend of Zelda. I did play old-school Nintendo when I was younger:) I made this Nintendo dress/costume a few years ago & I had a lot of fun wearing it:)


    These Luma Stars are from Mario Galaxy. Since they came in different colours, I thought it would be nice to make my sister several of them:) I think they're so cute! The pattern is from clearkid on Deviant Art. I'm not on Deviant Art myself, I came across the pattern on Pinterest.

       I got the Triforce Plush and Mario Coin Block from Cloe Knight on her website!:) She has a bunch of adorable plush patterns & she also has a cool "sewalong-type series" where you sign up and she has a new plush to sew every month. These two are from a couple of her "Freebie Friday" posts.

 Classic Mario Coin Block!:) I think my sister especially got a kick out of this one:)

        I quite enjoyed making these plushies! I had also planned on making a free "Lightning McQueen" car plush for my son that I found on Craftsy, but I didn't get around to it before Christmas:/ Its in the works now though!:) That will hopefully be my next project/blog post!

Have a great day everyone!:)

Thursday, 29 December 2016

McCalls 6886, with a twist:)

"Therefore The Lord Himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel (translated: God with us)."

Isaiah 7:14 (written approximately 700 years before Jesus was born).


        Merry Christmas all!:) Man, its been awhile since I've posted anything! I've been busy with a few gifts (which I will blog about soon!). This cowl-neck dress was my second attempt at a dress for the holidays. My first was a red turtle-neck sweater dress (which was a fail, bah). I'm pretty happy with this modified version of McCall's 6886. I picked up the pattern some time ago but I knew I would have to make some kind of sway-back alteration. I used another pattern to help with the curve. I'm not entirely satisfied with it but it'll do! The belt really helps!:) I'll have to make another adjustment next time.


         For the "shifted cowl", I got the instructions from my "Singer Sewing with Knits" book. The cowl is a rectangle of fabric, the neck's width on the opening of whatever dress/top pattern you're using,  and 15" high, plus SA. The cowl piece ends up being a tube with a center-back seam. I folded the cowl wrong sides together, first lining up the CB seam, then "shifting"it a bit. The two white pins (below) are pinned at either side of the CB seam of the cowl. I didn't record how much I shifted the pieces, a few inches I guess. I tried it a few times, and put the cowl piece around my neck to see how I liked it, before basting the sides together. Once I get a chance I'll show some photos of my Singer Book. Describes it better than I can:p

       The fabric is some I got from my mother-in-law!:) Its a green knit that looks like terry-cloth on the right side, and feels like fleece on the inside. Its very stretchy and easy to sew with.  I erred on the side of cutting it on the bigger size (since my last attempt at a Christmas dress was too small). I think I cut a 12. I'd definitely size down next time. I sewed the sleeves in flat so I could take in the dress a bit at the side seams if I needed to. I'll remove the sleeve-cap ease next time as well, seems unnecessary. I may also shorten this dress a few inches, since I'll likely wear it with leggings anyway. I was in a rush, so I didn't really have time to make many adjustments before Christmas.


My little Jonny:)



All the best to everyone in the New Year!:)

*** This is the book I used. I *love* this series of books! I picked up some at thrift stores & others on amazon!:)

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Bomber done & Receiving Blankets!:)

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time."

1 Timothy 2:1-6

     Hey y'all!:) I got around to lining my bomber jacket! I did it as per the McCalls blog instructions, but I won't do it this way again. I found it difficult attaching the lining after the main jacket was done, especially to the facing & at the top and bottom of the zipper. I have a bunch of things in the works, especially with Christmas coming up, so I doubt if I'll get around to my next jacket for a little while. When I do, I think I'll definitely use a different method. I'll also select a higher quality fabric for the lining. I picked up a couple meters of this inexpensive polyester lining that frays like *crazy* & it doesn't seem very durable. Ah, oh well, I hope it holds up for awhile, not looking forward to replacing the lining! For now it makes the insides look much better:)

      Now for the blankets... :)

     As I mentioned in my last blog, I planned to make a couple of these cozy flannel receiving blankets for a new friend's baby. Each blanket is just two 1m pieces. I straightened the fabric & placed the pieces RST and cut off the selvedges and cut them as wide as possible. I rounded the corners as well:)

   Using a 1/2" seam allowance, I sewed all the way around, leaving about 6" for turning.

I guess I didn't quite get all the selvedge off:p

   A microfibre needle was perfect! I used a 60 and it was like sewing butter! So smooth! I used yellow at first, to use up some thread I have a lot of but don't use often. After I turned the blanket out and pressed, I topstitched with white thread.

       The finished blankets!:) I've made *sooo* many of these over the last few years.  Its nice to have a quick project that is easily cut and sewn the same day! My son is almost 8 months old & I still use these kinds of blankets often. They're a great baby shower gift too!

 Have a great day all!:)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Bomber Jacket, almost done!!:)

"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
John 1:14

       Hey y'all!:) I'm pretty pleased with how my jacket is coming along!:) I still need to line it, but I was too excited to wait til it was completed before taking some photos! I'm just going to use a brown polyester I recently added to my stash;) Seems like I have a million things on my plate. In addition to my jeans (which I still am planning to finish!), a new friend is about to have a baby, so I'm making her a couple of flannel receiving blankets. I also have a few plushies I'd like to make as Christmas gifts. So many ideas, so little time!

        Would you believe I bought another cut of fabric similar to this tree print but with a turquoise background? The tree print is a bit more sharp as well. There was a sale @ Fabricville recently and I noticed a few other colours in this print. Turquoise, pink, purple, hunter orange, green too I think. Wow, I could make a jacket in every colour, lol! I exercised self-control and just bought one though, difficult sometimes not to get carried away, ha;) I think my beautiful sister-in-law, Leanne, who sews (and hunts with her dad!), would look great in this kind of jacket! I thought of her right away when I noticed the print in pink! What do you think Leanne?:)


      Pendant shot!:) My wonderful husband got for me from Etsy. Its an old-school Singer sewing machine. It looks a lot like the one my Grannie had, the kind with the foot peddle. 

      Well, that's all for today. Have a great day everyone!:)

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Starting my mccalls Bomber:)

"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 that 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. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."

-Matthew 16:13-18

The shell is coming along!:)
        So, yeah, I've put my jeans aside for the time being! I was just too excited about starting my jacket:)! I had originally planned to just cut out the fabric, but once I cut it out I wanted to get at it right away! Ha. Most of the shell of the jacket is done. I will line it for sure, the inside seams are not pretty, lol. Plus a lining will make it look much more "finished".


       I made some rookie mistakes with the pockets at first and now I'm like, "how did I not know this to begin with??". I did learn through the FB group though, that the pattern illustrations are not shaded correctly, and they posted the updated instructions. I just shaded the illustrations on my instructions (and I still did the pockets wrong at first, lol!). The pockets are sewn in like normal side-seam pockets but with a welt. I made it a lot more complicated than it needed to be! I'm going to share some photos since when I googled for help with them, I couldn't find anything at the time. Maybe it'll help someone else:)

 This is how the pockets are placed at first, over the welt in Step 6.

    This is how the fronts look after being pressed ( Step 6). Its difficult to see the welt, but its still facing the same direction after pressing the pocket.

The pattern illustrations show the fronts from the inside in this step. I thought the instructions after this were pretty good, and was able to figure them out fine from here. I did sew down the right welt (edge stitching in Step 10) in the wrong direction though, but I think this was due to me being in a rush trying to play catch up, not because I couldn't understand the instructions. I hadn't basted the pocket along the bottom at that point in Step 9 (yeah, I forgot to do that, oops). I had a bit of a panic moment until I realized it was easily fixed. Just had to rip out the topstitching and re-stitch it in the opposite direction. *Sigh of relief*.

      Really starting to look like a jacket! I will hopefully get some more done tonight after the kiddies are in dreamland:)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Jeans Progress & Bomber Jacket Plans!:)

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Ephesians 2:8-10

       Hey y'all:) Got some more done on my jeans. The zipper, topstitching over the zipper, some toptstitching on the back pockets They're coming along, just have to resist the urge to do the rest too quickly because I'm itching to start my next project! Ever do that? Start something and want it done yesterday because you have a dozen other things on the brain? I'm certain I'm not the only one, lol!  I have plenty of projects in mind, but especially the McCalls Bomber Jacket! There's a Sewalong on Facebook that I joined. The Sewalong is actually over now but they're keeping the group up for another month or so. That'll give me time to finish my jeans and do my jacket.

Still one more row of topstitching to go. I sewed some basting for pressing lines.


      I think I need some suggestions for the fabric combination. The tree print is for the body of the jacket for sure. I was inspired by another members jacket. The brown fabric is a double knit that my mother-in-law gave me (so great of her to support my sewing habit, lol!:). The beige (khaki?) fabric is a water-resistant woven gifted by my Aunt Kelly's relative who was getting rid of her fabric stash.
I'm thinking of using the brown in place of the ribbing and perhaps the sleeves. I'm considering using the khaki for the sleeves instead of the brown. Any suggestions my fellow sewers?:)

          I will hopefully get some more sewing done this evening. I'd love to finish my jeans this week then start my jacket! Always takes me longer than expected:)