Tuesday, March 5, 2019

My 1st PDF Pattern

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Well!  It's taken a while, but I finally did it!  I've completed and published my 1st PDF Pattern! 

Many thanks to those who pushed, helped, tested and supported me!




It is a "Soft Top" Fold Over Bag/Clutch!
It includes a zippered top, custom interior pockets and no exposed seams!
The finished size is a roomy 13 inches wide x 9 inches high closed - 13.5 inches high open!

I'm sew happy to be able to offer this pattern to everyone!  
Don't sew much?  You CAN make this bag!

Make one or several to coordinate, or even match your garments!

I am offering a 10% discount that ends Wednesday, March 6 at midnight!
So don't miss out!  
Discount code: Celebrate

If the code is not used, the discount will not apply!
No refunds or adjustments will be made!

Don't miss out on the sale...it ends tonight at midnight!


Happy Endless Sewing!


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Day and Night Dress Challenge

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Elizabeth Farr from Elizabeth Made This is conducting a Day/Night Dress Challenge

Although this is the 3rd year for this challenge, this is my 1st time participating!


I know, I know...fewer challenges this year, she said!
But...I couldn't resist!
This was a mostly no-sew challenge for me!

The challenge was to pull a dress from our closet that we've not worn or hadn't worn in ages and create 2 pieces to wear with it...or create/add accessories! 
Sew I did! I altered my dress and added accessories!

I made this self-drafted black knit dress in 2007 for an event I was going to with my daughter.
  I made it full length and made a red shawl to wear with it.
Then I gained weight, but I still loved the dress and the knit fabric - so I kept it!

For the challenge I thought of this dress and pulled it out hoping that it fit now!  It did! But it was much too long and I didn't want to wear it as a maxi.  Covering my entire body with black is not a good look for me.  I need and love color!
Sew...I cut it shorter and left it a about 3 inches longer in the back.

 That was my only sewing for this challenge!


For my Day Look, I added my McCalls 6802 cardigan from my Online Sewing Class and my "go" boots.  I call them my "go" boots because they serve me well in the crazy Illinois winters. 

But for those of you who know me...you know I couldn't stop there!  

For my 2nd Day Look, I added my favorite infinity scarf and switched my boots for booties!
 I'm not sure which one I love more...the dress or the cardigan!  But I do obviously love gold! 😍













On to My Night Look!  
Same dress, but this time with the oh so popular McCall's 6844 peplum jacket (which I believe is now out of print).

I also switched up my jewelry and added my booties!



All of the jewelry I'm wearing in all of the looks is from my friend and sew sister Chandrika Hayes at Divinely 5 Styles - click here to see her unique pieces. 😎

For my 2nd Night Look, I simply switched to black pumps!


This was a fun challenge!  
The real challenge was bringing all the pieces together for the photos!  LOL!

Did you participate in this challenge? 
If so, I hope to see your creations on Instagram or in Elizabeth's Blog!



Happy Endless Sewing!


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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sew Let's Sew!

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Sew! Let's Sew!

I am SEW excited to announce that my 3rd, Yes 3rd 
Online Sewing Course is up and running on the website!


My classes are offered as either stand-alone courses or 6 month memberships courses!  You can register for classes at any time and will have lifetime access to any course you purchase.  
For those who purchase the 6 month membership course, you will also have access to a private group where you can post pictures and ask questions!
Click here for pricing and registration!


In this course I teach how to make a knit cardigan!  Cardigans are perfect all year round!
Below are some of the topics presented in this course!
  • How to preserve fabric
  • When, where and why to use interfacing
  • How to make the pockets
  • Top stitching
  • How to choose the correct stitch lengths
  • Serger tips
  • Top-stitch finishes
  • When and why to press
  • Final finishes of your knit cardigan

Check out my promotional video!  
And while you're there, check out the rest of my YouTube Channel!



You will be using a combination of your sewing machine and serger (if you have one).





Pattern layout is a tedious, but necessary and fun part off the process!



Let's get those pieces together!


Use your sewing machine and serger in tandem to create beautiful, professional looking garments!


 Celebrate your success!




Happy Endless Sewing!


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Long Bomber Jacket - Oh the Gold!

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This was not my last make of 2018 nor my 1st make of 2019, 
but it is my longest make...I think ever!

The good news is that I finished it in time to make my Make Nine 2018 list!



Even though I had many delays while working on it, it was an easy make!



The fabric is a quilted knit with gold thread.
  I purchased it from Joann's at the beginning of 2018, but had no idea what I would make.

Then I found a 2 yard remnant at Vogue Fabrics of this brown knit with...you guessed it - gold thread!
  

Then, boom!  The idea hit me!  
A Long Bomber Jacket!
I used Vogue 9275

So off I went on a zipper hunt which took a couple of weeks!

Some of my Facebook Group Members might remember my post about the zipper selection - even though I didn't tell them what I was making!

As you can see, I went with the darker zipper because I wanted the contrast!
And because the teeth were...you guessed it...GOLD!


  
I was thrilled when I remembered that I had some gold satin in my stash!  I was just enough for the lining! When I say "just enough"...there were only slivers left over after cutting it!  Whew!




















My only hack was to use a zipper a few inches shorter than the pattern suggested.
I need to be able to walk, right? 😄

 Another reason it took longer than usual to finish it was because my primary sewing machine had to be repaired (oh the saga) and I was just not willing to trust my back up machines to complete the top-stitching...knit and satin...oh my!




By the the time my machine was repaired (that's another story for another time) I was involved in other projects...one being filming my Online Sewing Classes!




Once my machine was back home, I used my walking foot to join these 2 opposing fabrics together! That made it sew much easier!

I used the bag method to line it...there's the opening in the sleeve lining that was used to pull everything through!

Yep, I always finish my linings as well.
This one was serged.
                                                        Serged satin is a beautiful thing!


After the top-stitching was done...I had a fully constructed long bomber jacket!
I was SEW happy!

I usually shorten the sleeves of commercial patterns for myself, but with all the stops and starts of this project, I lost track.  I've made a note of it for the next one (yes, I'm going to make it again).

But I am NOT taking this one apart to fix them!  It just took too long to finish!  LOL!


I'm very happy with it!  I think the color is perfect for the chilly weather and it is surprisingly warm! And of course we can wear bits of gold any time of the year, right!  LOL!

Now to start my SWAP (Sewing With A Plan) for 2019!

Check out my sew sister, Anita Morris' Blog about sewing with a plan! In-fact check out her entire SWAP series!  It is quite insightful!

What are your sewing/crafting plans for this year? I'd love to hear about them!


Happy Endless Sewing!


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Monday, December 31, 2018

Final Makes of 2018 - One Top 3 Ways

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 Final 2018 Makes

I've had a ton of fun building up my wardrobe - with and without the challenges I participated in - as well as the garments that gave me pause - like my Pink Challenge Top did! LOL!  
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About These Tops!

All 3 of these tops were made using Simplicity 8529 with a few minor changes.  It is now one of my TNT (tried and true) patterns.  I love the slightly over-sized fit, the dropped shoulder as well as the over-sized push-up sleeves with cuffs.

I tend to only wear t-shirts around the house.  But because I have to go out sometimes, adding these pieces to my wardrobe is perfect!  I'll definitely be making a few more!

This 1st top is a 100% Cotton Ribbed Knit.  I purchased it for a different project, then held onto it for about a year.  When I saw this pattern, I immediately thought about this fabric! Because cotton ribbed knits usually shrink like crazy, I pre-washed it first.  Surprisingly, it did not shrink!  But it turned from off-white to this beautiful buttery yellow!  I love the color!

I made view B using my serger for the construction and my sewing machine for the finishes.

I hacked it by lengthening it, dropping the front neckline, making the finish of the side slits pretty narrow, and making the bottom hem 1 inch wide.  This is so comfy that it definitely qualifies for secret pajamas! 😎




Making this top with Red Stretch Velvet was SEW fun!

I chose view C, but after trying it on after the sleeves were in, I was not happy with that neckline!  It just did not look good on me!

I usually give designs a day or so before I alter them, but this was just not working!  So rather than fretting over it for days, I just started cutting away at the neckline until I got exactly the look I wanted.

This fabric was gifted to me last year, so I'm sew happy that I changed it, rather than relegating it to the back of the closet!



Please know that you can press velvet and stretch velvet.  My iron was set on cotton with steam (always test first).  I used a silk organza press cloth. I pressed - vs. ironing the fabric.  I pressed it lightly with a shot of steam!  In the areas I need crisp seams (like the splits and the hems, I used my clapper.

I used  Knit Stay Tape on the hem and side slits to stabilize them, which also gave them enough body to hang properly.

This clapper is Angela Wolfs new mini clapper!  I love using it for large and small areas!
You can purchase her clappers as well as anything else on her website for 15% off!  Just use the code CARRIE15 at check-out.  Make sure you use CAPS!  Click HERE to purchase!





My other hack was obviously the sleeves.  I cut the sleeves shorter and made the flounce by making a circle template with Medical pattern paper. I measured the circumference of the sleeve and determined how long I wanted the flounce.  Both circles were made with my 10 inch Clover 5 in 1 ruler.  I love this longer length ruler!


I did NOT cut the flounce open, I simply placed the sleeve in it - right sides together and stitched a 5/8 seam allowance with my serger.

To finish the sleeve hem, after serging I turned under a 5/8" hem and top-stitched it with a 3.2 stitch length.

I had sew much fun using stretch velvet that I had to use View B with this Blush Stretch Velvet which was left over from another project!  Scrap busting at it's best!! 😃  This was also constructed on my serger.

Believe it or not - I did not hack this one at all!  I love the sheen on it!

And yes!  I pressed it and used my clapper on it!  Yaaay!

Just like the red stretch velvet, I did not have any unwanted or strange looking impressions on this beautiful fabric!


I also used  Knit Stay Tape on the hem and side slits to stabilize them, which also gave them enough body to hang properly.


All of these tops can be dressed up or down! Jeans, skirts, heals, boots, booties, even over maxi dresses - just make 1 or 2 and go for it!

Now on to 2019 sewing!  What are your sewing/crafting plans for the New Year?

My sincere thanks to all of my followers, clients, subscribers, supporters, family and friends!  I wish each of you the very best in 2019 and beyond!!


Happy Endless Sewing!


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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Make Nine 2018 Challenge - I did it!

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The addiction continues! Another challenge completed!  
No surprise, right! 😄

The great thing about this challenge is that we were able to pre-select which pieces we'd make...and change our minds along the way! So I was able to make garments that I'd actually wear! 
This made it even more fun than some of the other challenges I've participated in! 


I will be scaling back on the number of challenges that I participate in for 2019.  This one will remain on my list. Although most are meant to help improve our sewing and tailoring skills, some are just not practical garments for my body type or lifestyle. 


 The pics are not posted in
any particular sewing or completion order!  
I hope you enjoying reading about them!

                                                                      Butterick 6248

This beautiful print was made late one night.  I'd purchased this ITY knit from Vogue Fabrics in 2017.  I enjoyed the challenge of matching the print.  And that godet in the back is just fun!  
My only hacks were to lengthen the front and to make the sleeves 3/4 length.


Simplicity 8377

This acid wash rayon mix fabric drove me a little bit crazy!  I spotted it in Joann's but was never able to find enough to make the duster I knew it was meant for!  When I finally spotted a bolt with enough fabric for a duster, I bought what was left on the bolt! Although is it not denim, it was sold with the denim fabrics, so I bought it when the denim fabric was on sale!  
I hacked it by altering the sleeves and added black bias binding!  Can't wait till spring or summer when I can wear it again!


McCalls 7542

This was made due to a bit of jealously!  LOL!
I'd made so many pieces for other people with this Kente print fabric that I decided it was time to use it to make something for myself! 
The fabric was purchased from LLD720 African Fabrics


Simplicity 1108

Sew, sew fun to make and wear!  This border print had been in my stash for several years.
I really enjoyed working on the placement of the print! 
The semi-circular band posed somewhat of a problem for my brain, but I just slowed down and carefully followed the instructions and paid attention to how it was attached in the photos.  
Although I wasn't sure how the print placement would work, I was more than thrilled with the final outcome!


McCall's 7622

This dress was made as part of a challenge!  I was inspired by a great sewist and blogger: Linda Fay Lewis.  I added cold  shoulders and changed the sleeves to bell sleeves.  I've since shortened it by a few inches - and I'm even happier with it!
The black and white sheer duster I am wearing with is a self-drafted pattern!  Check here to read my blog post about it!


Vogue 9275

This one took a while to complete! The fabric is a quilted knit with gold thread.  I purchased it from Joann's at the beginning of the year, but had no idea what I would make.  Then I found a 2 yard remnant at Vogue Fabrics. It's a brown knit with...you guessed it - gold thread!  Then, boom!  The idea hit me!  A Long Bomber Jacket - with a gold satin lining from from my stash!  My only hack was to use a shorter zipper than the pattern suggested.  It took longer than usual because my sewing machine had to be repaired and I was just not willing to trust my back up machines to complete the top-stitching...knit and satin...oh my!
Sew, I waited until my machine was repaired, but by then I was involved in other projects...one being my Online Sewing Classes!  There is always time to register for stand alone classes or my membership program!


Butterick 5954

Sew!
Sometimes I sew for trips I'm taking!  Ok...I sew for most trips I take!
  No idea why I that, but I do!
LOL!
I made this black top with stretch crepe to wear at the Houston International Quilt Fest in November where I had the honor and pleasure of working with Reen Wilcoxson of Embroidery Garden.
This fabric is a glorious fabric to work with and wear and it travels well!  It has great drape and great recovery.  I noticed that another sewist added buttons to prevent the front flap from flying open and revealing her "secrets".  So I opted to do the same thing.  I found the cute heart shaped buttons at Joann's.  I'm glad I added the buttons - it made it even more comfy to wear!
I love the hi/low effect! I can see wearing it with a pencil skirt!


Simplicity 8529

This was such a quick make that I've made 3 of them.
 I didn't hack this one, but I've hacked the other two!  
They will show up in a later blog post.
This fabric is a ribbed knit that I purchased last year for a totally different project.  When I decided to make this top, I knew I had to pre-wash the fabric, because 100% cotton ribbed knits usually shrink like crazy.  This one did not shrink, but it turned from off-white to this buttery yellow.
I love the "new" color!


Simplicity 1108

Yes!  I made it again!  This time I used a very sheer sweater knit that I've had in my stash for many years...mainly because I couldn't decide what to do with it!  I finally reminded my self that "it's just fabric"!

It was much too sheer to support the band that the pattern called for and it would not have supported any interfacing.  So I decided to try some fleece binding! It worked beautifully!  
I love how airy it is and that it can be dressed up or down with a dress or jeans or skinny jeans.


Simplicity 8553

The striped ribbed knit fabric was gifted to me...and I loved how it matched the solid ponte from my stash! I hacked the shape of sleeves a bit.  And yes, it has pockets! I have not yet worn it, but it will easily work with a dress, skirt or jeans!


Simplicity 8377

Again!  
I love how versatile this patterns is!  This is another "make to travel" piece.  And my new bias binding addiction is evident! But I sew loved how it turned out in this active-wear knit, that I could not bring myself to wear it on the plane!  It was just too nice to put it through the hassle of the airport or plane.  
Sew!  
It went to the Houston International Quilt Fest in my luggage!
  LOL! 
I'm happily wearing it on the last day fest in the bottom photo! 


 Simplicity 8377

  Last, but definitely not least!  
This is a peach skin fabric from my stash from the long gone Hancock's Fabric!  This print required print matching...I'm very happy with the outcome! And yes...more bias binding...this one was navy!  I chose to hack the sleeves to make them more of a kimono style.
 All those colors on top of the navy base makes this a fun piece to wear!


I've worn it at least 5 times since I made it...including on Grandparents' Day and to a meet up with my friend Sandy!

Are you planning to participate in any sewing/crafting challenges this year?
Let me know by commenting below!



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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Grandma Made It! Hi-Low Skirt!

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Hi/Low Skirt!  Grandma Made It!

My daughter is usually the one sending me pics of garments to make for her, but this time it was her oldest who sent me a photo and said, "Grandma, can you make this for me, please"!


How could I resist!  So many of us Grandparents don't get to see our older Grandchildren as often as we'd like - because their busy lives get in the way!

But I am blessed to have Grandchildren who call me often and invite me to various events! I also feel blessed that they actually want to wear something that I've made!

These pics were taken at her recent senior photo shoot!
Yes, she's a budding model!  


I made her hi-low skirt using an Ankara Kente print that I purchased from LLD720 African Fabrics
It is a self drafted skirt - using half circles as my template.  I added an invisible zipper in the back and in-seam side pockets.  
Pockets!  We all need pockets! 

I just completed a bonus pocket class for those who have purchased the 6 month membership program for my online classes.  
Memberships and stand-alone courses are still available!  
The 3rd class will be posted in January!


She and I mulled over adding horsehair braid to the hem, but in the end we decided against it.  The hem is a narrow hem...oh the circle hemming!  LOL!
Once I saw these photos, I knew we'd made the right decision!

The top is a RTW.





















 This was her Instagram post after she received the skirt!
 Gotta love the expressions of thanks...especially when it's posted for all to see! 💗

            I'm quite pleased with how this turned out!  We did measurements only...no fittings!
                 I finished it and shipped it to her!  She called and said it was a perfect fit!



 You might remember this 2 piece dress I made for her prom!  Yep!  Another Ankara print!  
And yes!  It has pockets, too!



I'm happy with the skirt, but more importantly, I'm very proud of this young lady! 💓


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My 1st PDF Pattern

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