Saturday, November 12, 2016

Another Shirt for the Hubby

I am really loving working on shirts and tees for the hubby! (He's loving it too!).  I know it takes time away from my "selfish sewing" but it's so worth it!  Especially when I see him go into the closet and grab items I made for him first!   He has long arms and it's hard for him to find shirts that fit his arm length without being too large in the body.  Since I already have a TNT pattern for him (McCalls 6044) it makes it super easy for me to create different styles for him without him physically with me. That means "surprise" shirts can be made like the one I'm making in this post.

The design for this shirt came from my husband seeing an inspiration shirt in a mall store.  He thought it was the coolest shirt!  Now mind you, my hubby is not one for shopping for himself nor remembering titles, brands or any of the important things necessary to research and find what you need.  He also is one that needs a while to "think about" a purchase and usually misses out because it's no longer available when he finally makes a decision.  Needless to say, that's exactly what happened to him in this situation!  We had gone back to the store where he saw it and of course he could no longer find the shirt (even with the assistance of a store clerk).  Then I searched online for a faux leather black shirt like the one he'd seen with no luck at all.  There were so many out there, but none like the one he described, I felt bad for him because now he seemed to really want the shirt.  I swear the more we could not find it, the more he wanted it! (This is probably his "passive" way of trying to get me to make it, you think?).  We decided it was a loss for him and he agreed the next time he saw something he liked, he would buy it...he could always take it back if he decided he didn't want it for pete's sake!

Of course, you know I pulled out my trusty tools and went to work! (Sewing machine, serger etc., LOL!!). First, I had this beautiful fabric I had purchased from Pennie Fabrics about 2 years ago...sorry I don't remember the fabric content.  However, it feels like an extremely soft medium weight rayon with a slight stretch and beautiful drape (feels like a lightweight lambskin leather!)  This could be used as a contrast fabric because what makes it so unique is the Leather look...

The picture doesn't do it justice! 

I remembered when I first saw it in the fabric store I wanted to make a two-piece dress for myself or some cool "leather look leggings!"  So I decided to be "selfless" and use it for the hubby. (Does he know how lucky he is...YES!!).  Fabric for the remainder of the shirt is a very nice Kaufman Cambridge lawn cotton purchased from 

Ok, enough of the "novel"!...I bet you want to get to the good stuff, right? LMBO!!  I made a few changes to the pattern:

First, I extended the back yoke approximately 3" towards the front to make more of a contrast with the leather look fabric...that worked beautifully!


I added a "placket" opening at the cuff (this pattern does not include it).  Also, the hubby had mentioned black snaps...I found these cool Black flat matte ones on Amazon here).  I love shopping online, you can find just about anything!  I combined a snap and button on the cuff, snaps on remainder of the shirt...



The hubby was a very  "Happy Camper" when I showed it to him after he got home from work Friday night!

This was a fun shirt to make and because it started with his TNT pattern, it made for a quick sew! Do you have a TNT pattern you use for your loved ones?

Thanks so much for stopping by, it's really appreciated!


Monday, November 7, 2016

Fall Colors - Fall Sewing

Hello everyone my sewing Mojo has been in full swing lately! I am REALLY happy about that!  I've been working on challenges and creating really nice pieces! 

Now fall has come around and it's time to switch gears and start making some fall/winter gear.  However, we don't get much winter here in Florida so my wardrobe might not match yours if you're in an area where you get cold and snow…sorry!

With that said, below is a chart of the 2016 fall Pantone colors:

While all of the colors are very nice jewel tones, one that I'm really loving is not in the chart.  The color that I'm referring to could be called many different colors from burgundy, Merlot to dark wine…you get the picture...

I actually had some fabric in my stash that matches this color!  I purchased a beautiful burgundy fabric earlier in the year from Pennie Fabrics. (Sarasota Florida, sorry no online presence) The fabric is a heavy rayon spandex knit.  As soon as I saw the fabric in my stash, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

I pulled out a recent pattern purchased from Style Arc, it's the "Cold Shoulder Top". This is the first time I've used this pattern and it won't be my last, this is a very quick, easy and beautiful pattern!  Makes for a very quick stylish T-shirt too!

I purchased as a download and printed the pattern (link above).  There aren't very many pieces for the pattern, so it was quick to tape together!  For this project, I paired this cold shoulder top with a self drafted pencil skirt featuring my usual and loving, yoga pants style waistband!  It too is a very quick sew when you need a pencil skirt that's oh so comfortable!

These pieces are going to get a ton of wear, the only problem was that I didn't have enough fabric to make a pair of leggings too...this could have been a three piece wardrobe!!  I'll be checking back with Pennie Fabrics soon to see if I can rectify that!  Hopefully he'll have more of it!!

I absolutely love this set and can think of many styling options, one of which will be featured in my next blog post (please stop by and check that one out too!).

What are your favorite colors for this fall season?

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little of your time with me, is truly appreciate it!

Happy Sewing!