Friday, March 24, 2017

What's in my sewing room?

Wow, it's been a busy few weeks!  I hope everyone has been well and enjoying themselves (remember, those who work hard, get to play hard too!). I've been busy with sewing and specifically challenges lately.  As you saw on my previous blog post, the last challenge was a "Workout Gear" challenge.  That challenge, I hosted and it was a lot of fun!  This month's challenge is "Jeans/Vests".  However, that's not what this post is going to be about...I also worked on a few pieces that were not related to the challenges I'd like to share with you.

First up is a repeat make from Style Arc patterns and it's called the "Issy Top".  The fabric is a Silk Jersey knit purchased from Pennie Fabrics. I love the style of this top and along with this fabric, it's the perfect marriage to make this top awesome!  This isn't the first time I've made this pattern, you can see my first couple of versions here.
I love this pattern and I'm sure this will not be my last time making this top either!!

Next up, is a top I made to go with a pair of cream colored corduroy jeans I just made. However, this top is going to get a lot more wear with other things too because I really like it! (I like it better than the corduroys! LOL!). This is an Indie pattern from the website "Melly Sews".  It's called the "Rivage Raglan" Tee.  This is my first time making this pattern and I have to say it will definitely not be my last!

It's a very easy and quick pattern to make…I made it in a few hours.  There are only three pieces to the pattern and they went together super easy with no issues.  I got a perfect fit with no alterations straight out of the envelope (in this case no envelope, a PDF downloadable pattern, LOL!)

I love the higher neckline and the high-low hemline of this T-shirt (it couldn't have been designed better for me, even if I had done it myself!).
One thing I noticed about the pattern, the designer decided to leave to hem and the sleeve hem unfinished. (The same was done to the inside seam edge of the neckband). Not a problem, I chose to finish all of them on my top and you could do the same.  All in all, it's a great Tee that you can throw together in a couple of hours!

As I mentioned a while back, I am in need of casual tops for my new lifestyle you'll be seeing a lot more casual attire in the future!

What's in your sewing room?  I love hearing from you all and thanks so much for stopping by to see what I'm up too!

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Workout Gear Complete-Updated 3-1-17

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful February! I know I've been quite on the blog...however, that doesn't mean I've not been sewing, LOL!!  Actually, if you had a chance to read my previous post, you already know I've was working on a Workout Gear Challenge for the month of February.  It was so much fun!  I've never made workout clothing for myself and learned so much while researching for the challenge.  I only made one outfit for the challenge because I was working on other things too...but it's defnitely not going to be my last!  As a matter of fact, I will be making my own workout gear from this day forward, I love it so much!  Being able to choose my own style, fabrics and get a great fit...sound pretty good to me!  I selected these two patterns...Butterick 6295 for the pants (love the side pockets!);
...and for the top, I selected the Papercut Neuma Tank (love the styling of this pattern)

Both were very easy to put together.  However, I needed to be a little creative with the straps in coming up with an alternative way to attach them, solely for my preference.  Here are some snapshots of the workout gear I completed during the challenge...


This was truly a fun project and I can't wait to create another!  I'll share it with you all when I do!  

*Update*:  I had enough fabric left over(scrap) from my workout top to create this lovely "Style Arc Cold Shoulder" top.  It's the second time I've used this pattern...the other can be seen here.  Just finished in time for the "Scrapit" challenge deadline!
On another note, I love to travel and there's places I would love to go but not sure if I'll ever make it!  Who knows?!!  What I do have, is a friend who's a lovely artist.  She teaches classes in art; sketching, watercoloring, etc and has great content on her blog, "Painted Thoughts Blog".   She's working with "Blue Walk Tours" on a trip to England for a creative vacation!  If you're an artist, what a great way to find inspiration!!  Heck, even I could find sewing inspiration there too, who wouldn't! LOL!!  

So if you're an artist or know of an artist who may be intrested, select the "Blue Walk Tours" link above for more information on the trip!  Sounds like it's going to be a blast and wish I could go! (Timing for me...I'll be on my way to Alaska!)

Happy Sewing!


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