Thursday, January 23, 2014

Joining Project Sewn?

So, how many of you decided to sew along with Project Sewn?  I'm embarrassed to say that this is the first I've ever heard of it and I think it's totally cool!

If you haven't heard about it either, Project Sewn is a month-long online sewing competition with six contestants taken, I believe, from the blogosphere.  It was started by Liz and Elizabeth from Simple Simon and Co. when they joined a kids clothing sewing competition.  From the Project Sewn website:
" Almost 2 years ago they competed in the children's sewing competition at Project Run and Play (where they loved every minute of it).  After the season ended they didn't want to say goodbye so when the opportunity arose to purchase Project Run and Play they jumped at the chance and have happily been running the competition ever since.

From the time they acquired Project Run and Play, Elizabeth and liZ wanted to start a companion site focusing on women's garments.  So after time and much consideration they launched Project Sewn."
Every week is a new theme that the sewers/designers have to sew and then display their creation by week's end.  Non-contestants are allowed to join in and post their projects along. Viewers will vote on their favorite project from the six designers and I don't know what the prize is, if any, other than bragging rights (which is really cool in, and of, itself).
So, I think I will join.  Funny, my dance card is filling up very quickly with all the projects I'm lining up for myself.  Project Sewn is February but my Albion sew along begins the last week of January and I'm making the Bombshell dress right now on Craftsy.

So many things to sew, so little time....

Friday, January 17, 2014

February Burda - POCKET MANIA! (photo heavy)

Hi Friends,

I just got the new Burda Style Magazine in the mail yesterday and I'm happy to report that there are patterns in this mag that I will actually sew.  Huzzah!!  Usually, most of the patterns are geared for younger/skinnier women and won't do well on a seasoned figure.  Granted, I can do some of the plus size patterns which are a little more forgiving but I've yet to see anything in the magazines that I've fallen in love with enough to sew. This one is different.  The best part of all is that many of the patterns have POCKETS - an absolute mainstay in my wardrobe.

This magazine is one that I try every now and then for a few months and I mostly like the patterns but as I said, most of them are for younger women and I really don't want to look like I'm trying too hard to remain youthful.  Been there, done that, you know?

So, here are my choices. You'll have to forgive my pictures.  I couldn't find these on the website.


I like this one - a jacquard blazer and skirt but I don't think I can really wear a blazer with pockets like that any longer.  It will add too much bulk to my mid-section but sans the pockets, I think it could work. Perhaps this is the pattern that I should try the new skill of the weft pocket. The skirt is a simple pencil skirt.

This next one I think I can definitely wear.  The boat neck top still looks good on me and the pleated skirt will go a long way.  I plan on adding in-seam pockets.  I think that will be a mainstay in my wardrobe from now on  - nothing without pockets!

This next one is a dress that I absolutely love and would look great on me.  Lower the waist line (because my waist is a mile long) and I think this will make a great spring/summer dress.  Again, in-seam pockets.

I really love the top on this page but I would definitely have to pull out the Spanx for it, heh.  It wouldn't be very forgiving if I didn't.  The skirt is gorgeous, too.  I love the front pleat.  Sadly, I'm not sure that I can finagle pockets in that skirt.

I'm not crazy about the top in this one (do I really need that extra fabric draping in front, looking like fat that dangles from my upper arms??)  but the pants are a definite YES!   I'm always in the market for pants, being my preferred article to wear.  These are just skinny jeans without being too skinny.

I posted this picture because of the pants.  Are we back in the 80s??  These are very reminiscent of that era.  In fact, I believe I had a similar pair when I was all of 125 lbs.  They looked great on me then.  Not so much, now.  But, they have pockets!  hehehe.

Another simple boat neck top.  I love it.


I really like this dress but I don't think they modeled it very well.  Just look at the line drawing of the dress.  It's scrumptious!  Complete with pockets!

A skirt with pockets.  Nirvana approaches!

Love the simple top.  Love the skirt with pockets and those little buttons on the side...

A long sleeve version of the top and the jeans/pants with pockets all around.  I love the gray color.  Heavenly!

Yes, yes, I'm sewing the Albion but that will be for my husband.  I think this one may be for me.  Simple and elegant.

Well, that's it on February Burda Style for me.  It will probably take me the rest of the year to make it all. Seems I have my sewing year all filled up what with Gertie's Bombshell dress, the Albion sew along and the Project Sewn.  But, more on that later.
Have fun sewing!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Ultimate Bombshell

Do you ever start a sewing project that is just uninspiring and blah?  That is exactly what I experienced when making my table runner.  It was a quilting kit that was really quite dramatic and I loved the colors and fabrics.  I had been so excited to start it but it really just bored the holy hell out of me.  So, yesterday while I was taking a break from making this dull table runner, I turned on a movie I had recorded from TCM called The Revolt of Mamie Stover with Jane Russell.

 I've always been a fan of Jane Russell and this was one movie I hadn't seen.  I was very surprised to see Anges Moorehead in it and I've enjoyed her movies as well.  The best part of this move?  The costumes!! 

A few screenshots - I couldn't find much online except black and white photos.  Some of the colors were just gorgeous so I just took pictures from my TV.

Moorehead wears a lot of whites in this movie but her gowns are stunning!  Costumes were designed by Travilla.

Just look at the neckline on this one...

Russell in all her curvy glory.

This dress below was my favorite and inspired me to make my next project vintage.

A simple pink blouse for Ms. Moorehead. I'm diggin' the bleached blond look on her.

A copper gown..

...and the back of said copper gown.


 Well, don'cha know I shoved the table runner in the closet to be finished at a later date and I printed out my Burda pattern for Gertie's  Bombshell dress on Craftsy.  Then, I figured that while I was at it, and since I would need it for the Bombshell dress, I stuffed my dress form to better suit my shape.

As I stood back, I couldn't help but think do I really look like this??  heheheheheh

Yes, it's a little lumpy but so am I at this stage in the game (although not *that* lumpy in the bust) and the measurements are finally more accurate than before.  I used an old bra and stuffed it with left over fabric scraps, thus the lumpy appearance.  I only had enough batting for the waist/hip area and used an old Spanx to hold it in place.  I covered the whole thing with an old t-shirt because the old bra and the waist Spanx looked a little odd and since I still have a young'un at home, I thought it best to cover the old girl up.

So, Gertie's bombshell dress it is.  But, I need to get it started and finished before the 25th when I start the Albion sew along.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Walden Cooper - Finished!

The Cooper bag from Colette Patterns is finished and I'm absolutely in love with it!.  This was a fantastic and very easy bag to make.  The instructions were clear and the sew along on Coletterie helped with any questions I might have had.  I've made bags in the past but they usually ended up stuffed in some box that went to goodwill.  I never ended up using them.  This one, I think,  will be different.

The pattern has three options - messenger bag, satchel, or backpack.  I made the backpack. I used tan and navy duck  - although for the life of me, I don't know why it looks like denim in the pictures.  I'd never worked with either before and it wasn't too bad.  It was a little thick in places but I used a denim needle and didn't have any problems.  It sewed up like a dream.  Here are a few more pictures...

The pocket in the front of the bag....

I decided to use this fabric for the inside.  It made far more sense than the other, frilly, fabric.

Here are a few details....

I am so pleased with the way this turned out and I'm excited to use it.  This pattern gives instructions for a very well-made bag.

So tell me, have you made the Cooper or other bag? What were your thoughts on it?  Were you able to use it? Or did it turn out to be a wadder bag?

Next up, a table runner....

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fabric Sale - New Esty shop

In the process of cleaning up my sewing room, I've come across some fabrics that I want to sell.  As much as I love these fabrics, I just don't see that I will be using them for anything.  How many times have we all done that?  Bought fabric that we know someday we will use and then never use it?  I have more than a few so I've decided to sell them. Henceforth, I opened an etsy shop to see if there are any takers.

Please, head on over and see if there's anything you'd like.  Thanks!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Post Holidays

I hope everyone had a peaceful holiday season. I have no recap of 2013, no top 5 list nor resolutions for the new year except to get a job closer to home!  Let's just say that I had a fun and busy vacation.

 I have to say though, that I'm happy to be back into regular days once again.  Most people are back to work and vacations winding down and I can get back to life. It was very, very nice not to have to work during the holidays.  It was the first time in my life that I didn't have to work and I kept very busy with last minute details.  I don't know how I would have done it all had I been working. But, now I have the time again to get back to my life without any holidays, shopping and all the rest that goes along with it.  I need to get back on a schedule and that includes adding some sewing time.  Strangely enough - or not so strange - I had no time to sew.  Story of my life, right?

So, let's get 2014 started, shall we?  I'm off to the sewing room....

Monday, December 23, 2013



I pulled out the Cooper pattern today and put my supplies together, sure that I would have to order something to complete the project.  Looking in my sewing drawers, I had hoped to find them looking something like this:

But, they really looked like this: great big mess!  As I searched through the drawers, I realized just how much I had spent on supplies over the years - years I was working full-time and hoping for the day when I could actually complete a project.  Well, it's almost as if I'm a squirrel gathering acorns for a very long winter:

I couldn't believe how much stuff I've accumulated over the years!  I don't envision having to go to the fabric store for notions anytime in the near future.  Other than the heavy fabric for the Cooper bag, I didn't need to buy anything else.  I already had it in my stash, most of it unopened.

I'm loving life right now.

I do have a question for you, though.  I can't decide on which lining fabric to use.  This bag won't be getting wet (and if it does, no big deal) so I was just going to use a light cotton fabric I already had in my stash.  Here are my choices:

Which one do you think?  The bag will be tan and navy (that's navy, not black).  I'm preferring the top one but I love the fabric and hate to cut into it.  But, fabric is meant to be cut and used, right?  The bottom one is very nice but a little too girly and if my husband uses the bag, the top fabric will be far more man-friendly.