Thursday, February 28, 2013

Faux Leather Jacket

Simplicity 5738 is an older pattern with a great classic fit!  Just perfect for some fabric I had sitting in my stash for almost a year!  The Fearless February Challenge at Victoria's Ten Thousand Sewing Hours blog, was the perfect time to pull these two together!


Yep that's Faux Leather I purchased from Joann Fabrics a while ago.  It has a very nice "aged" look!  It's been sitting in my stash for some time because I was so "Fearful" of cutting into it!  Then along came the "Fearless February" challenge and off the shelf jumped the fabric!

I don't know why I was so afraid of this fabric, it is so wonderful to work with!  It even presses nicely too!  Because I was on vacation with my grandchildren, (more on that later), I didn't get to start this challenge project until Sunday nite and was rushing (and praying not to make a mistake!) to complete it before the end of the month!  This is how my jacket looked by the time I went to bed Sunday night...

Not good!  But this is a challenge and that's just what I did, challenged myself in a BIG way!  So every extra minute I had for the next few days was spent on this jacket.  I had some really pretty (but wild) fabric in my stash I thought would be perfect for the lining.  I don't know about you, but I love it when you open a jacket an get a nice surprise pop of color or design.  How about this one for a lining?....

Sorry about the bad phone photos!

Perfect, don't you think?  All in all, this was a great pattern to use for this project.  It went together very quickly, I didn't have to do but two changes.  That was to create the lining (it wasn't included in the pattern) and my second fear, bound buttonholes! (this was my first time making them!) 


I made a size 12 straight from the envelope with no alterations.  As you all read earlier, it took me a few days to complete because I mostly worked on it before and after work whenever I had a moment!  I've had this pattern for some time and don't know if it's still in print (I don't think so).  If you have it in your stash, I give it a "Two Thumbs Up!). It may not be a good choice for a beginner, but it's definitely an easy one for an experienced sewer!  I would like to have a few of these jackets in different colors and fabrics ready to grab on those cooler days in Florida!  


I love this jacket!  Thank you Victoria for the Fearless February challenge!

On another note...
I know I'd been away for a while and was vacationing with my oldest son and our grandkids.  We decided to take them all on their first was a short 5 day to the Bahamas.  We were afraid that our grandson who's the youngest (he's 9) would not want to get on the ship because he's so scary!  That was not the case...actually it was the exact opposite, they didn't want to get off the ship!  This is where he (Taj) stayed most of the time...on the top deck water slide!.....

That's my baby! (Actually his Dad is my real baby!).   Here's our oldest son and our granddaughter with Dad (my hubby) doing what we all basically did on the Taj on the water slide!

Still no swimsuit on this trip either! LOL!

This is the best time for me, because I don't get time with my family as often as I would like because of the distance between us (they're in a different state). However, we made up for that the best we can and I am so looking forward to the next time we get together!

The beautiful woman and "adorable" little lady in pink, are our son's girlfriend and daughter, they joined us on the great cruise!

Thank you for your continued support by reading my posts!  Thanks again Victoria for a great challenge and a wonderful way for me to end the month of February! On to the next project...


Friday, February 15, 2013

Burda 7742

Here is a quick review of another sweater top for this winter's office wear.   It's a nice little dressy tee.  It was made using pattern Burda 7866...

This pattern happens to be a favorite of mine.  I made it before and you can read that review here...

I purchased the fabric from Joann and it's a lightweight knit with a very nice stretch.  It also has a little gold sparkle in it.  Here's a close up of the fabric, hope you can see it...

This is really more like a dressy tee, but so very comfortable!  I would really like to make a couple more like this.  You could wear it with jeans, skirts or slacks.  A great addition to my wardrobe!...

Wow!  Looks like my recent vacation added some extra "unwanted" pounds!

Another nice top for winter or summer!  More to come!  Thanks again for stopping by and;


Monday, February 11, 2013

Some Winter Tops

Hello been a busy start to 2013!  I have been sewing just trying to find time to post them!  Below are two sweaters I completed.  Both were very fast and easy to make..  I used the same process I did to make my "peplum" dress here.  I really like using this no pattern process because it's so quick and easy to do and is relatively inexpensive too...I only need one yard of fabric! (Using a knit at approx 58-60" wide).  

The fabric for these tops were purchased at Joann Fabrics.  They're perfect tops for the office because the fabric is a lightweight acrylic knit.  It's has a nice stretch and drape perfect for this design!   I was shopping for notions when I saw this first fabric and made this beautiful white top...


Because it is so sheer, I will be wearing tank top with it,  I'm a little to mature to be exposing the girls!  This would not be that kind of party!   I had a little extra fabric, so I made this cute scarf to match the sweater, this was a really nice "winter" effect!   But I could also wear a pretty 'chunky" necklace too, as long as it was smooth so it wouldn't snag my sweater.  My sweater turned out so good, I made one in black too!   The fabric is very delicate's one of those that if you're not careful, you will snag it, which would destroy the sweater!  I received many compliments on these creations and I love both versions too! 

Here's a photo of the black one...

(I will be wearing this one with a black tee)

What do you think?  I must say, I love being able to create my own designs and want to do more of it this year.  If there is anything you see on my blog that you want me to do a tutorial on, please let me know and I will post it for you.  Because I am a novice with draping and design creation, I assure you they will all be very easy!  (Project Runaway simplified!). 

...and here's a photo of me wearing one of them.  


Until next time...I have a few other tops coming up, so stay tuned!  Thank you all so much for reading my posts and hanging in there with me!  (I know I have not been consistent with my posting...shame on me!)