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Sew Americana Blog Tour

Hey, Sewists!  Welcome to day two of the Sew Americana Blog Tour.  I am happy to be participating again for the third year in a row.  For 2016, I made this white eyelet version of McCall’s 6742, that remains one of my favorite dresses.  Last year, I made a new version of my self-drafted kimono.  This year, I wanted to go bigger to celebrate the 4th of July.

I decided to make two different pieces.  First up today, I am sharing my version of Simplicity 1280, view D. Unfortunately, this pattern is out of print, however, this pattern has been re-released as New Look 6555.  This is my second time making this view.  I am constantly wearing my other version, which is in a black and white leopard print.  Every time I put it on I think about how I want to make another version.  I figured it was high time I got around to doing that.

I made an XL, and I have more than enough ease in this.  So much ease, I opted to wear a belt for these pics.  I am hoping that it will shrink up just a bit more after washing the finished garment.  Even if it doesn’t, I am sure I will still reach for this shirt often.

For my fabric, I used two yards of this Arrow and Eagle Rayon Challis print from Sly Fox Fabrics. This is my first experience with Sly Fox and I must say I am impressed with their prices and quality. They helped sponsor this year’s blog tour by providing fabric to all participants if we wanted it.  They have even curated a Sew Americana Collection consisting of all their red, white, and blue fabrics in one spot for all their customers.  Thank you, Sly Fox, for hooking us all up!  I will definitely be ordering from them in the future.

All in all, I am pretty pleased with how this top turned out.  I think it looks great with my red skinny jeans and sandals for the 4th, but I think it will be great with some light washed skinnies or any other color of skinny jeans in my wardrobe.

Now, earlier I did say I had made two pieces.  If you follow me on Instagram you know what my second piece is.  Unfortunately, I did not quite finish it in time to post today.  I should have it finished tonight or tomorrow and ready to post about it later this week. Before that though, check out some of the other stops on the tour this week!  There are a lot of great sewists and bloggers sharing some amazing projects!

Monday, June 25:
Wild + Wanderful | Marvelous Auntie M | Handmade Boy
Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire

Tuesday, June 26:
Musings of a Seamstress | Sea of Estrogen | Sew and Tell Project
5 out of 4 Patterns | Little Heart Threads

Wednesday, June 27:
Middle River Studio | Elli & Nels | SewSophieLynn
Pear Berry Lane | The Eli Monster

Thursday, June 28:
Auschick Sews | EYMM | Mama & Leia
Seams Sew Lo | Stitched by Jennie

Friday, June 29:
Stylin’ Stacy | Rebel & Malice | On Wednesdays We Sew
FairyTale BT | That’s-Sew-Kari | Very Blissful

Me Made May Days 18-24

Musings of a SeamstressDay 18 Monday

I wore my self drafted chiffon skirt.  I love this skirt and I need to make another one.  Maybe I will write a tutorial for it.
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Day 19 Tuesday

I wore my white cotton burnout paisley McCall’s 5436 top from forever ago over a turquoise tank top with a red and orange necklace and jeans.  I love the turquoise with the red and orange combination.

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Day 20 Wednesday

I wore my leopard challis Simplicity 1280 with a lilac studded belt and jeans.  This was the first top I made using challis and I don’t know why I waited so long.  I want to make all the things forever with challis!

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Day 21 Thursday

I wore my Simplicity 1317 top with jeans.  I really like this pattern as evidenced by the 3 versions I have made so far.  More will follow for fall.

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Day 22 Friday

I wore two me made pieces today.  The striped vest is Butterick 5759 that I made in March.  The other is the New Look 6875 top I made way back in 2013.  I have made 2 versions of this top and it is a great basic that I really need to make more of.  That way I do not keep buying RTW versions from Target.  I did make some fabric purchases on Friday as well. One of which was for another version of this vest. Only it has sleeves, so I guess it is a cardigan now. The other was for a dress. More on these later this week.

Musings of a SeamstressDay 23 Saturday

Ha! I didn’t realize it until posting these pictures but the t-shirt I am wearing here is the other version of New Look 6875 I made from 2012.  The sweater I am wearing is McCall’s 6844 made last year from Girl Charlee hacci sweater knit.  I have to say I am not pleased with how this sweater has worn.  The pattern is perfect and I will make several more.  The fabric, however, is a whole other story.  I love Girl Charlee, but this fabric piled as soon as I washed it and it only continues to get worse.  The blue piles onto the white and the white onto the blue.  Maybe I just need to get one of those sweater shaver things, but as it is I am hesitant to buy the hacci sweater knit from GC.  Anyone else have this problem or should I give this fabric another shot?

Day 24 Sunday

No picture for Sunday.  I kinda cheated and just wore my pajama pants.  I did make them so I guess maybe I didn’t cheat.

January Round-up

Simplicity 1280

So how was your January?  Mine was kinda crazy.  Not a lot of sewing happened in the beginning of the month due to some completely unexpected and expensive plumbing issues.  The water pipe in our house used to run along and exterior wall in my sewing room and froze.  As a result I had to move all the stuff out of my room so that pipe could be removed after we put a new water line in the correct way.  My sewing room was in chaos for two and half weeks.  That killed my mojo for a bit.  But once I got my room back in order I dove right into Jungle January.

First up I used 2 yards of leopard print challis to make version D of Simplicity 1280.  To be honest I wasn’t sure how I felt about this tunic when I finished it because I was envisioning it about 7″ shorter than it turned out.  Once I put it on with my leggings I knew I loved it!  I love the neckline detail and the shape of the hem.  I probably could have done to make a size smaller though. I am planning on making a couple more versions, view B and C.

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Then, on the last day of the month, I made a second Jungle January garment.  I used Kitschy Coo’s Lady Skater Dress pattern.  I used 4.75yds of leopard print jersey from the stash.  This dress did not turn out how I wanted at all.  Let me start by saying this is a fantastic pattern and the issues I have with the dress are purely because of my fabric choices.  I envisioned this as a maxi dress and lengthened the skirt accordingly.  I chose NOT to put a more stable knit as a lining in the bodice, because I am stubborn.  I knew I should have done it but I didn’t want to take the time to cut it.  I just wanted to sew!  This jersey is so stretchy that once the skirt was sewn on the bodice could not support the weight of the skirt and therefore just stretched out the top.  If you look at where I am pointing in the the picture, that is where the waistline stretched out to and it is well below my natural waist.  It was so low in the back that it was almost at the fullest point of my rear.  So, I set it aside last night with a plan on how to refashion it today.  I still think this pattern is great and I will be making many versions of this dress this year.

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The other thing I did for January was to cut out the wool for Eric’s Albion coat.  The pattern calls for 4 1/8yds of 60″ wide wool, but I got the coat cut out of 3yds of 60″ wide wool.  Score!!  The wool I used I bought from Mood Fabrics late last year.  I am super excited to make this coat for him.  Today I got the lining cut out.  I used 4 1/2 yds of a plaid shirting flannel from the stash that was bought specifically for this project.


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Wondering about those refashions?  Well I am much more pleased with them than I was the dress. I used up the the last 1 1/4yds of this stash fabric for these refasions, which feels great!  When I took the bodice off of the skirt, it was a few inches shorter than I would prefer.  The solution…attach a 3″ band at the waist like the cuffs on the sleeves.  Much better!

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For the skirt I decided I wanted it to have a faux yoga pant waistband.  I made the waistband 7″ tall and added a 14″ tall piece over top that I ruched down at the side seams.  I underlined the waistband in some scraps of gray ponte knit to add more stability.  I think this skirt is going to get a lot of wear this spring and summer.

For February, I have a lot of sewing for others planned.  Now that I have all the pieces for Eric’s coat cut out, I will be making that first.  Then I have some alterations to do and a couple of Wild Kratts costumes.