Friday, March 13, 2020

Flutter Sleeves!

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This simple top became a bit of a challenge!



I'm really not a pastel kind of girl, but I fell in love with this beautiful 
double brushed poly knit print 
at the International Houston Quilt Festival in October 2019 when I spotted it at the SoSewEnglish booth.  

There was only one bundle left, so I tucked it under my arm as I continued to shop.  I didn't even know how much yardage it was!

LOL! 

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! Right?

There was just enough for a simple top, which was perfect because that print needed to speak for itself!

I'd heard about this wonderful knit, but that was my 1st time seeing and touching it!
It is SEW soft!

  It's like wearing secret pajamas! 
It will also make wonderful luxurious feeling pajamas!




I used my TNT (Tried and True) pattern - Butterick 5954.  It's out of print now, but I found it here.  


You can see from some of my markings that I've hacked and used it multiple ways!
It's really time to preserve this pattern by fusing some inexpensive woven interfacing to the back of it! 




This time my hack was the sleeves.  I decided I wanted flutter sleeves for this floaty fabric!  

Did I say it it SEW soft!!!

My Kai Scissors worked magically on this fabric!




After ensuring that I had the dark blue flower placed the same way on each of the flutters, I discovered this cut in my fabric!!  

NOOOO! 

I have no idea how or when it happened!
Not only was I shocked, I was upset! I'd spent so much time making sure the flowers were placed nearly perfectly on the top as well as the sleeves!

I took a really deep breath and walked away! 

A word of advice: Don't sew when your'e frustrated, upset or tired!



After 2 days of thinking about it, I decided to mend the hole by hand.  

Because the back of the fabric is a bit "spongy" - I decided that hand stitching
was the way to go! 

 After stitching it, I steamed it and used my clapper on it.  It's not perfect, but it will be hidden in the flutter when I wear it!  So I'm kinda happy with the repair.








I did most of the construction on my Juki MO 1000 Serger.

I stabilized the neckline, sleeve hem and body hem with a strip 
of fusible tricot interfacing that I cut myself.  

Don't skip this step!

I was out of it, but you can also use fusible Dritz Stay Tape.

After adhering the strips of interfacing, I  serged the edges - then top stitched a 1/2" hem.




I used Dritz Clear Elastic on the shoulder seam (which I prefer for knits).

  Another step you don't want to skip!

 You don't want to do all the work of creating a beautiful garment only to have your shoulders losing shape and sagging!






I'm quite happy with this top...I might even forget about that cut in the flutter!  LOL!





Happy Endless Sewing!



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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last 2019 Post - Oh the Red Dress!

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This is my last post of the year!  
Red is a great color to end the year on, right!!!

Who remembers my red floral print duster? 
Yes! 
The one I refashioned by adding the red linen blend bands? 
Yep, that one!



Well, it just so happens that I had just enough of the band fabric left over to make a red dress! I love red dresses! Ok, Ok...I love red! 😍



I used view B of McCall's 7189 - which has now become one of my TNTs.  I really love wearing princess seam cuts, but this one has a slight curved hem. And it looks wonderful with the duster and on it's on! I'm in love!



My alterations were my usual...I enlarged the waist by about 1 inch and made the sleeves my favorite elbow length!  

I love the fit and "slightly" flare silhouette of this pattern as well as the slightly curved hem.  Because of the curve, I did a narrow top-stitched hem.
My oldest daughter took the photos and thought my red shoes would look better, but I didn't agree and wore black pumps.  Not sure I will wear red shoes with it...don't want too much red all at once!










I also love the fit and "kinda" flare silhouette of this pattern.





I'm glad I had enough of the linen blend that I purchased from Vogue Fabrics left...less wrinkles, right? 
😏  
I will definitely make it again...maybe in a ponte or a wool blend!


I'm looking forward to wearing it this spring. It's going to look and feel great with the duster.

Or maybe with my black and white jacket - click here to see that blog post!  





























Or maybe with my black and white jacket - click here to see that post!
  
Red is a neutral, right? 😍






I wish you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!  

I sincerely thank each of you for all of your support this year!  

I'm looking forward to continuing to connect with you in 2020!

Happy Endless Sewing!



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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Denim Jacket Refashion

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Hmmm! 
Somehow I missed posting this jacket before now!
But here we go!



 I had this idea in my head to refashion a denim jacket for over a year. But believe it or not, I couldn't find the perfect denim jacket...because I wanted it to be from a resale store.


Well, I finally found one at Salvation Army for $6.99! And it already had stones on the collar! Oh, the bling! I almost did a happy dance in the store.

  Sorry, no "before" pics, but you can see the stones on the collar!






I altered it just a bit, because it was a bit too big and the princess seams were not hitting correctly across my bust.  

My alterations were a bit tricky and only done on the front of the jacket...not the side seams as that would have pulled the front seams even farther from my bust.


 I then embroidered the back with a sewing themed design from embroiderylibrary.com.





Then I remembered that I had some "fusible" strips of bling that I'd purchased at the Houston International Quilt Festival in 2018.

I added it above and below the design.







 For these photos, I styled it with my well worn, well loved self-drafted cold shoulder hi/low top made with fabric from Vogue Fabrics!








I was a happy camper! 
So much so that I took it with me to wear at the Quilt Festival this year!






 Then the mishap!

At some point I noticed that the bling was coming off!

Yikes!

 What to do?









Well, of course there are sewing machines all over the Festival. 
And because we were under the AllBrands booth where the Brother Machines were being demoed and sold, I ran over to a machine and carefully stitched the strips down. 

My goal was to stitch them without breaking a needle!
Whew!

Yep, Reen from Embroidery Garden snapped this pic of me sewing away! 
Lol! 



Those strips won't be coming off ever again!




I love this jacket, which started with just a bit of bling, but has now been completely transformed. ❤



It's cold here now, but I can't wait until spring to wear it again! 





Have you refashioned or upcycled a denim jacket or pants?



Happy Endless Sewing!



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Flutter Sleeves!

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