Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What I’ve Been Working On...

Hello Sewing Friends! I hope you all have been enjoying some good “sewing time”... even though I’ve not been posting on this blog, I do post some of my recent makes on Instagram (it just seems a lot faster). Anyway, I wanted to give all of you an update on what I’ve been working on.

I saw this pattern called “Ogden Cami” by True Bias sewn up by quite a few people in social media...
I decided to try it for myself and fell in love with this quick sew top! With only five pieces, it can be made up in an afternoon!  The first one I made was out of a rayon chalis I had in my stash for some time...I think it was from JoAnn Fabric but not sure. It has turquoise & blue flowers with green leaves on a cream colored background.  I really like it!
I liked this cami pattern so much, I made it again right away time in a scuba knit (pattern suggests lightweight woven fabrics). The scuba fabric I have is somewhat light weight and although it’s a knit, I thought it would be perfect for this style. I got the fabric at JoAnn Fabrics. That was hard to believe, because it’s so pretty I think they must be upping their game in the fabric selection department! The fabric has red & purple flowers with a little black on a white background. I just love the print of this fabric and it worked beautifully with this pattern! Both tops needed no adjustments to the pattern from me, which I absolutely love! Here are photos of the second one I made…
I had enough fabric left over, that I made a simple pencil skirt to go with the top making this a two piece dress…
I do plan on making a few more of these tops because they make great layering pieces and will be good wardrobe builders as well!  If you’ve not made the “Ogden Cami“ by True Bias, I highly recommend it if it’s your style!

Most of you may know that I am a cohost on the livestream sewing show called “That Sewing Blab“.  We recently had our annual “Pin It Sew It“ event which was a lot of fun. 

I always enter the challenge too...just because!  This year, my inspiration was this lovely white denim skirt…
I love the eyelets and laces of this simple skirt and decided to make my own version...

I selected a fabric I had left over from some jeans made previously.  The denim has a little bit of stretch which I thought would be perfect for this skirt. I used an old pattern I had in my stash, McCalls 9356.
The pattern was a perfect start to complete my project...I just changed the front slit to an actual pleat and topstitched around the pleat and anywhere else on the skirt I wanted. I added the eyelets and laced them with black ribbon. I also added a side zipper. The good thing about this skirt...I can change the color and style of the ribbon (or drawstring) to anything I like! 
This was a really fun project and I talked a little more about it on our livestream show “That Sewing Blab”.  For me it was a success and I plan on making another in white denim like the inspiration photo!

There is so much inspiration on the Internet, we can never be short of ideas (just short on time, LOL!) Either way, I’m glad I was able to share a little with you this week and hope you enjoyed my post!

What’s inspired you lately? Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, April 20, 2018

A New White Summer Top

Boy oh boy is life going by too fast or is it just me? It seems like I blink an eye and weeks have gone by!  At least I’m being productive and getting some sewing in too! 

I’ve completed my third entry to the #Make92018 challenge.  It started with this image I saw in a magazine and has been residing on my inspiration board for sometime now...
I am so very happy I was able to finally make it come to life! Let’s start with the white top… I chose Vogue pattern 1440. 
The fabric is a white cotton stretch twill (light weight) that I purchased at Joanne fabrics last year.  The only change I made to the pattern was to add ties in the side seams. However, after completing the top, I realized it was a little to “A-line” and I should have altered that. That’s OK, it’ll do for this top because I so love the design of the back! Also, the collar and the collar stand both are a little too high (tall) and if I ever make this pattern again, I will shorten both.  Overall, it worked out OK for this particular vision...
For the bottoms, I purchased fabric from L.A Finch fabrics (This was my first  purchase from them and I like it!) I used my favorite TNT for a pair of leggings, KWIK Sew 3770   I can whip these leggings together in a couple hours and have hacked the waistband to give it that “yoga style” look I love so much!
Together these pieces turned out exactly the way I wanted them and now I have a new casual outfit! 
Faye of “Faye’s Sewing Adventure“ has a #2018TopsThatPop challenge and I plan on entering this top into that challenge!
Are you planning on joining Faye’s challenge? I hope so! She has a lot of inspiration for tops happening over on her blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Happy Sewing!