Saturday, 2 July 2016

Canada Day 2016 & new top:)


O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.





Official French and its English translation:



Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
O Canada!
Land of our forefathers,
Thy brow is wreathed with glorious garlands of flowers.
As is thy arm ready to wield the sword,
So also is it ready to carry the cross.
Thy history is an epic
Of the most brilliant exploits.
Thy valour steeped in faith
Will protect our homes and our rights.
Will protect our homes and our rights.





           Hello all:) I hope my fellow Canadians all had a great Canada Day yesterday!:) I spent some quality time with my family and so thankful to live in this great country! The more I see what's going on in the world, the more grateful I am for Canada and the values we uphold. I'm very thankful for our Canadian Armed Forces and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. 

         
     I only recently looked up the lyrics of the original French National Anthem. "..ready to carry the cross".  More importantly, I'm thankful for the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ who shed His blood on the cross for our sins, paying the penalty Himself.

"Jews demand signs and Greeks search for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."  

1 Corinthians 1:22-24

    







          This is another New Look top, 6216. It's fast becoming a staple of mine! I've worn my last version at least a dozen times already and I have two more planned. The pattern is pretty simple. I made the neck band a bit shorter by folding out a 1/2" from the centre of the pattern piece (the neckband of my last top didn't lie quite flat enough, so I knew I needed to make an adjustment for any future tops). I used steam a seam on the hem again just because I was in a hurry to finish it so I could wear it yesterday.

**Tip for marking the hem fast. I sewed a basting stitch along the bottom (so basically sewed the top closed and pressed open the seam, removed the basting, and placed steam a seam along the crease. Proceeded as usual.

      I have enough fabric left over to make a hem band if I decide to add one. I laid one of my better fitting RTW tops over this one as a guide for how much to take in the side to make it a bit more shapely yet still relaxed. The fabric is a cotton knit (I think!) in red, white & beige. The colours seem appropriately patriotic (flag is red & white, land is beige:). Next year I think I'll make a "flag dress". I have some ideas floating around in my head...;)






   


 
       I'd like to extend a happy Independence Day to my American friends, which is coming up on Monday! :) Til next time!

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!:)