Monday, 5 February 2018

Ponchos & More Ponchos:) Plus, my #2018makenine

"It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

Deuteronomy 9:5

"He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit."

Titus 3:5

   Hello sewing friends!:) I just finished the first of my #2018makenine, this vintage Simplicity poncho pattern! It was a thrift store find & contained only one size, Large. A bit big but ponchos are meant to be generously sized anyway, plus, I figured it would be easy to make it a bit smaller if necessary. Also, I am pregnant after all;) I left the size as-is, but ended up hand-sewing the front opening closed a lot more. The print *was* perfectly matched, but must have shifted a bit when I topstitched:/ The neckline is finished with a facing, but I decided to topstitch around the opening anyway. I may go back and re-match the plaid if I don't have to do too much seam-ripping:p The fabric is a Cape Breton tartan print fleece I picked up from Fabricville:) I added two button-holes to the sides for a slim black belt to cinch me a bit at empire length:)

Vintage Poncho Pattern:)

I made a couple of fleece car-seat ponchos for my boys using an easy DIY I found on Youtube. Makes it so much easier to buckle them in their carseats because it just covers them like a blanket- the poncho doesn't go through the straps at all. Its basically just a circle of fleece cut the diameter of your child's "wingspan", with a hole cut in the middle for their head to poke through and a hood sewn on.

    I decided to round the back of the hood and hem it before sewing it to the neckline (personal preference). It was just one layer of fleece at first, but I added another circle of fleece once the weather here got colder (I left the hood as-is).

These adorable ponchos are both practical and cute (especially if you use fleece in fun prints, like Disney's Toy Story & Cars:) Can you tell I've been a bit obsessed with ponchos lately? Lol:)

   #2018makenine is a hashtag going around on Instagram. You just pick nine patterns or types of garments that you'd like to make in 2018:) There are some I'm set on & have fabric to pair with the patterns, but a couple I'm not sure about. #8 is a shirt dress but I may use a different pattern. #7 is a Rain Cape I found on Pinterest, so it'll be a hack job, lol. For #9 I have a few patterns I couldn't quite decide between.

 The burda pattern for is for maternity jeans, the middle is a McCalls pattern for a basic lined jacket, the third is a Vogue dress & jacket (clearly designed after Melania Trump's inauguration outfit). #5 will be a McCalls 6886 dress with an added collar and front zipper (another hack job). I tried the Vintage Simplicity pattern already but it didn't fit very well:/ I'm going to try to get as much done as possible before the baby comes in mid-June:)

    Well, thats all for today! I have other projects on the go besides this (my Coffee Dress for the Day and Night Challenge being one of them). What are you working on now? Please share your plans in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day everybody!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Priscilla Dress Hack, Day&Night Dress Challenge!:)

"Jesus said to him, "I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

-John 14:6

"The the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and You have seen Abraham?" 
"Truly, truly, I tell you," Jesus declared, "before Abraham was born, I AM!"

-John 8:57-58

    Hey my lovely readers!:) I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season! I spent Christmas with my husband's family this year and while we were away I entered a contest on Instagram and won a pattern! Its this knockout bodycon-style "Priscilla Dress" by Rosy @ I've been following Rosy's Youtube Channel for a few months now. Sewing Vlogs in general are my new favourite thing, lol:) I'm almost 20 weeks pregnant now (so about halfway through!) so I knew I wouldn't be able to fit in the pattern as-is, but I was so smitten by it that I planned immediately to make it baby-friendly so I could wear it now:)

Rosy's Priscilla Dress, in her two views:)

       I did some research on making maternity clothing and studied RTW tops I have and ended up starting with the the size Small (though I could have used the XS) adding three inches of length to the midsection of the front dress piece only, and adding width for my tummy. I'll post a few photos below to show give a better idea of how to go about it if you're looking to pattern-hack for maternity:) I must say I *really* wanted to make my dress with a turtle-neck, however, even though the pregnancy-related nausea has passed for the most part, I still can't tolerate anything tight around my neck (major gag-reflex:p). I decided to cut a scoop neck instead. I simply cut a band and faced the neckline.

       As you can see, I just drew a straight line from underneath the armhole to the hip. I have a Burda maternity top pattern that I've used in the past that is similar to this, but I'm not as far along as I was when I used it last, so I ended up taking the dress in a bit. I cut a horizontal line about midway between the lengthen/shorten line and added three inches and gathered the front & sewed the front and back together.

     If you've ever worn a maternity top/dress, with gathering at the midsection, the front and back are often both gathered. If I had used a thinner polyester/spandex knit I may have lengthened both front and back pieces and gathered, but since I was using a thicker sweater-type knit (this is a rayon/polyester knit from Fabricville), I didn't want bunching at my lower back. I wanted it to fit as smoothly as possible.

   Well, I hope that helps someone!:) Next up is sewing a couple of dresses for The Day&NightDressChallenge hosted by Elizabeth at Challenge video here.She's *so* talented! Her makes just blow me away! She also has a fantastic Youtube Channel which I follow. I just love the online sewing community! Sewing is pretty much a solo activity (and I don't personally know a lot of people who garment sew), so its nice to connect with others on blogs, Instagram, Facebook groups, etc.

   Well, thats it for today:) Have a great week everyone!


Saturday, 23 December 2017


”Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah,  and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

Luke 1:39-45

       Hello everyone:) I hope everybody is enjoying the Holiday Season so far! I've been a little MIA lately, lol. I'm about 4 months along right now and have been a bit tired and unmotivated to do much sewing. I really wanted to participate in the #thelittlereddressproject this year though, and it definitely helped perk me up. I feel more excited to sew now overall & I have a maternity friendly coat pattern that I'd like to get at once Christmas & New Years is over.


    For my dress I chose this beautiful stretch crushed red velvet (Fabricville) and used a McCalls pattern I've had in my stash for a few years now. Its unfortunately out of print, but I think burda has a similar one available. I had already cut my pre-pregnancy size 10, so I made a quick muslin to check the fit. I was able to just use a smaller seam allowance on the side seams and front under the twist and I was fine! I had to add a curve to the back, otherwise it looked like a sack, lol.

    I used a new blade on my rotary cutter & my trusty cutting mat. I definitely found it helped reduce slipping to have the fabric right side against the mat and cut in a single layer.

    This is one of the front crossover pieces that I trimmed a bit of the SA off, then overcast the edges and just turned over once to hem (with the help of wash away wonder tape).

The recommended double hem was too slippery so I found this worked better for my particular fabric choice.

     I reduced the back-waist length a bit and forgot to add a bit of length to the skirt. I wish I had made it an inch or so longer:/ I had to make a very small hem. Not sure what the proper way is to hem velvet, but I used a simple machine hem (plus I was in a rush to wear it to church the next day Sunday!). I overcast the edges of the skirt  and used my 1/4" hem foot, just eyeballing it. I think it works:) I did the same for the sleeve hems. I used a straight stitch throughout and stretched my fabric slightly as I sewed. I probably could have used that method on the neckline, but I was winging it as I went, lol. If you're using velvet for the first time, definitely practice on some scraps first.

     The front twist is pretty plunging so I tacked to keep it modest for church:) I may take the stitches out and re-tack it slightly lower though. I received so many nice compliments on it. I realized its not often I sew solids, I usually gravitate towards prints. I'm really liking this deep red & its very "Christmasy":) I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

See you all next year!:) xo

Monday, 18 December 2017

Member Spotlight

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (which means "God with us".
Isaiah 7:14
"You (Mary) will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus."
Luke 1:31

Hello my beautiful friends, I hope you're doing well today!:) I was recently asked to answer some questions for a "Member Spotlight" in a Facebook group I'm in. It was fun to participate & I thought I'd do up a blog post and include some photos with my Q&A.

My sewing group has monthly challenges. This one was made for a recent M6886 Pattern Hack challenge.

  1. What is/are your DIY craft(s) of choice?
Sewing. Mainly garment sewing but I do enjoy making plushies & Barbie doll clothes occasionally. I love Pinterest and do other DIY stuff from time to time. Sewing is my first love though
2. How did you learn, and how long have you been practicing your craft?
My mom taught me the basics of using a needle and thread & how to use a sewing machine. My Grannie (dad's side) sewed with her treadle Singer for as long as she was able to. Her love of sewing left a lasting impression on me. I didn't seriously pursue garment sewing til I was in my 20's but I always knew I wanted to make my own clothes. As a kid I was a big fan of Archie Comics & one character, Betty, made her own stylish clothes. I was amazed by her. I've been making (wearable) garments since 2011

Singer sewing machine like Grannie had:)

Plushies I made for my sister:)

Barbie clothes I made a few years ago for my niece:)

***I tried to find an image of Betty & a sewing machine but nothing came up. There was one story I recall where Betty re-created a bunch of Veronica's Paris Originals, lol. Not sure if this image is from a similar story, but I decided to include it here anyway:) Betty was definitely a talented sewist. It was so cool to think I could make my own unique creations or copy designer looks;).**

Fun maternity dress, modified V1314

Canada Day dress 2013

3. What is the most important thing you have learned about your craft?

Have fun with sewing and enjoy the process.  Learning to sew and improving your skills takes time, practice & patience. That being said, anyone can learn to sew if they have the desire and will put the effort in to learn. My non-sewing friends often comment, "Oh I couldn't sew to save my life". I always say, "If I can learn to sew, anyone can." I didn't do very well in high school sewing (I was an insecure, self-conscious teenager). My mother put me in a sewing class when I was young, but I hated it, lol. Learning as an adult on my own & at my own pace was far more enjoyable.

A few years ago with my little Boris:( 

  4. In what ways have grown since you first started? 

   When I first attempted garment sewing I shed many tears of frustration and was tempted many times to throw my sewing machine out the window (my mother bought me that particular machine though, so I stopped myself;). Once I stumbled across it was a major turing point & my first encounter with the online sewing community. My skills have definitely improved since then and I'm far more likely to stick to a project until its finished (unless I'm certain its going to be a wadder, lol).

My first review on P.R. was my Nintendo Dress, 2012:)

I try not to compare myself to other sewers (especially if they're far more skilled than I) and keep in mind that we all have different sewing goals. You may want to sew certain types of, or more simple garments, someone else may make more advanced bridal wear (or whatever). Be inspired by and appreciate other sewers. Take the time to compliment & encourage. We all have something to offer the sewing community. I am continually challenged to improve by seeing what other sewers make but I won't force myself to make a garment I have zero interest in. Its only recently that I've developed an interest to make a button-up collared shirt. I haven't really made pants either (just leggings). We all only have so much time to sew, so choose wisely. Also, don't feel pressure to sew for others if you don't want to, but be gracious about it. Take it as a compliment when someone asks you to sew something for them. They probably have no idea how long it takes. 

Sewing really helped with the baby-blues. I made this Minoru a few weeks after the birth of my first son in 2014.

've certainly learned to be more choosy & thoughtful when purchasing fabric. I got quite carried away early on, (and I still have my moments ;) especially when fabric was on sale. My taste has definitely improved too, lol. When I gather items to donate, I usually donate fabric too (but only stuff I'm certain I won't use or fabric that makes me stop and wonder "What was I thinking when I bought this?").

Funny story, before I learned to sew I didn't care much about fashion. My brother half-jokingly said once, "We're going to nominate you for "What Not To Wear" Lol! 

One of my favourite dresses. A modified version of V1314.

5. Do you have one tip/techniques you can share with us?

I use up the partial bobbins of odd colours for things like basting (mostly by machine). I often baste main seams to check fit so this is a nice way to save on matching thread if I'm concerned I might run out. 

Thank you for the feature Sew Much Talent! My blog is

Monday, 6 November 2017

Peacock Print Faux Wrap, McCalls Hack #2

"Jesus answered, "I Am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, except through Me."     

-John 14:6

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it." 

"Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them."

Matthew 7:13-16


            Good morning my lovely friends, I hope you all had a great weekend! I'm a bit behind schedule on this post, lol. I wore this dress to church last week and have been meaning to get a post up. Ah well, here it is! As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a few photos to show how I hacked this McCalls 6886 pattern to be a faux wrap.  The skirt was pretty easy but it took a few attempts to get the bodice crossover right (still not perfect, but pretty good I think!). I wore my dress with my me-made Obi belt but I still have enough of this peacock print fabric to make a self-fabric belt if I decide to in the future.

Here on my first attempt, I traced the entire front piece of the scoop front version of McCalls 6886 (adding 1/2" seam allowance at the waist). This was definitely *too low*, lol, so I had to cut a new front crossover. I re-taped the front pattern piece together and drew a new crossover line using my curved ruler (not sure why I have the second dashed line about the seam allowance line on the left side??). The crossover line is drawn so that it would come underneath the bust.

       Sorry the bottom photo is so fuzzy! This was my second attempt at the crossover front. I had to gather the sides so that the crossover would come below my bust (was a little too high). I gathered a small area but I probably should have gathered the whole area between the seam allowances. I lined the skirt in this version since the fabric was a bit too transparent!

     Above is the 3rd attempt at the crossover piece and the skirt, to which I also added 1/2" seam allowance. I also curved the waist slightly (I just laid the skirt of McCalls 7465 over top, and which has a curved waist seam, and traced that waistline). Both versions use the same skirt pattern piece.

     I cut a neck band for both dresses (2" wide and cut 15% less the neck circumference). Next time I think I'll try cutting it 10% less. On my first version I faced the neckline, on this one I left the band up (ended up being too low cut after I graded the upper body down a size and adjusted the crossover at the under-bust. I also tacked the crossover to ensure I stayed modest, lol. Its especially helpful when carrying my toddler, I don't have to worry about readjusting my clothes (and I don't like wearing cami's underneath).

First version blogged here.

   I hope all this info isn't too confusing, lol. I think I prefer how I did my first version better (or maybe something in between). Next time I'll probably just:

1- Cut a neck facing piece 10% less the circumference instead of 15%.

2- Gather the side crossover piece over the whole side above the waist seam allowance (after I face and topstitch the neckline).

Side by side comparison of my two versions:)

    Well thats all for today. I put my Heather Dress aside for the time being. I admit I'm not as enthused about it as I thought I'd be. Its a bit roomy in the waist, so I'll have to take it in some. I sewed a quick baby blanket for a friend yesterday, and will be working on matching Ollie Bomber Jackets for my boys over this week I think! If those turn out alright I think I'll make a couple more for gifts this Christmas! There's nothing more stressful than trying to sew last minute Christmas gifts in December, lol!:p Anybody else planning to sew some Christmas gifts? Have you started yet?:)

Til next time my friends! God bless, xo.