Cali Fabrics Chambray Week

This week on the Cali Fabrics blog it is Chambray Week! We are celebrating every day with a different blogger posting their chambray makes.  Today is my day to share.  I made two garments with a third that is not yet finished.  First up is McCall’s 7539 view C.


My second make is the Simplicity 8014 shirt dress pattern.  I opted not to put buttons on it and wear it as a jacket instead.  I am so in love with this version.  I feel super chic in this outfit.

Check out the Cali Blog for more about each of these projects.

Also, my photos turned out so much better now that I fixed the settings on my camera!  Now I need to go back and re-photograph my Stella Sweater.


Sew Americana Blog Tour 2017

Happy 4th of July!  I know it is a few days early but we are celebrating here as part of the Sew Americana Blog Tour.  I am so excited to be a part of this tour again this year.  I love celebrating the 4th with friends and family, grilling, and of course fireworks.  With our big move this year, I knew I wanted to make something quick and easy.  Originally I have an oversized red and white gingham print in mind that would make a great loose fitting dress knee length sleeveless dress with a curved hem and epaulets at the shoulders.  Alas, I could not find the fabric I wanted and didn’t have the time or space to draft the dress I envisioned.

I went fabric shopping at Jo-Ann’s and discovered this red, white, navy, and gray striped fabric. Perfect for celebrating the Fourth. It is a delicate lightweight woven with a bit of a boho feel.  I knew immediately that this was going to be my fabric for this years 4th of July project.  My first idea was to use this fabric to make up a new version of my own self-drafted kimono cardigan.

For this version, I added 6″ in length.  After trying it on I decided to shorten it back up 2″. In the end, I used 2.5 yards of the stripe fabric for this garment. To give it even more of a festival-ready vibe, I added 4 yards of white pompom trim along the sleeve edges and hem.  I really think the pompoms finish off the look nicely.

Check out that stripe matching on the sideseams!  It wasn’t too hard to match these stripes since they are so big. It did result in why I used more fabric that I normally would have for this kimono though. Overall, I really like this piece.  I think I am going to enjoy wearing it to watch fireworks.  What are you wearing to celebrate the Fourth?

Oh and here is one last picture from my photoshoot. My dog, Emily, decided to come up and sniff my pinwheel while I was shooting.  There were several pics of her but she can’t sit still long enough to take a completely in focus picture with me. Maybe next time.

Check out some of the other amazing makes from this year!
Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T

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Me Made May ’15 Day 6

Musings of a Seamstress


Today I wore my new B5789 (view A) vest.  I made this back in March to go with a dress I will be wearing in a few days.  It was just still too cold to wear it then.  Today it was 85 degrees and sunny, perfect for this vest.

Musings of a SeamstressI decided not to write a full PR review for this as there are quite a few out there already.  What I will say is that this was one of the easiest things I have sewn.  It is only one pattern piece with two small seams to make the shoulders/neckline.    I love it!

I used 2 yards of a cream/off-white and black striped spandex knit from Fabric Mart.  I actually got this fabric for free as part of the Fabricista Challenge I was apart of last fall.  I really like this vest and think I can make it work as part of my year round wardrobe.

I will leave you with this picture.  Please caption away!

Musings of a Seamstress

Unintentional Sewcation

Last week I took the whole week off from work because I had bronchitis.  Boo!! It was no fun at all.  I hated not being at work.  I contemplated only taking a day off until the doctor called to check on me and said if I didn’t take all the time he recommended it could very possibly turn into pneumonia. Boo!  So, a week it was.  Now, I am not the type of person who can just lay around for a week doing nothing. Even when I am sick.   Instead I picked some super easy sewing projects I could tackle and surprisingly I got quite a lot done.

Simplicity 1317

To start, on Tuesday, I thought I would try out Simplicity 1317, view E. I had not made this pattern before but I was dying to try it. I love the length of the sleeve. I used 3/4 yard of gray metallic chevron, I picked up from Jo-Ann’s a couple of months ago, for the front and back and 1 1/2 yards of gray ponte also from Jo-Ann’s over Black Friday.  I underlined the front and back with the gray ponte to give it more weight.  It was the right call to underline it as I am beyond in love with this top.  The pattern is super easy and quick to sew.  It has 5 pattern pieces!! That’s it!

Then on Wednesday I made Eric a new fleece blanket that I had been promising for a couple of months.  I picked up the fleece for it during the Black Friday sale at Jo-Ann’s.  I used 4 yards of solid royal blue fleece as an underlining for 4 yards of plaid Indianapolis Colts fleece.  He really liked the weight of the no sew blanket and requested it be two layers.  I don’t have any pictures of it, which is pretty common when it comes to things I make for Eric.  But this blanket was meant to replace one of those no sew fleece blankets that he had received as a gift several years ago.  This one, however, is a snuggie at his request!  I used a long since discontinued McCall’s pattern.

Musings of a Seamstress

Then on Thursday I decided that since I still had 2 1/4 yards of the gray metallic chevron left I would make the vintage McCall’s 8991 top I had made in October.  This was originally what I had intended to make with this fabric when I  bought it, so I was pleased that I could get both this top and the Simplicity top out of it.  I used only 1 3/4 yards.  I love this pattern as it is only 2 pattern pieces, with 4 seams.  Normally so super quick!  It took me an hour to cut and sew it as I was feeling pretty awful by Thursday and I was also watching Bomb Girls on Netflix.  On a side note, if you have not seen Bomb Girls, go watch it now and then watch The Bletchley Circle after that!

Simplicity 1317

Since I still had more episodes of Bomb Girls to watch I decided I would make view of Simplicity 1317 since the version I made on Tuesday worked out so well.  This time, for the front, I used 3/4 of a yard of leftover pink and gray stripe from when I made the other version of McCall’s 8991.

Musings of a Seamstress

For the back I used 1 3/4 yards of the same gray ponte from my first version.  This version has long sleeves as well as a band around the hem.  I love this version just as much as the first.  I plan on making a couple of other versions of this pattern with some of the new fabrics I got from Girl Charlee.

Musings of a Seamstress

After I had gotten both tops cut out I realized I had exactly a 1/2 yard of each the gray chevron and pink and gray stripes left.  In the best interest of not putting them back into the stash I decided to make infinity scarves from them.  I think they both work well for scarves.  I think that I am going to put these in my Etsy shop though.  Two tops from each of these fabrics is enough of these prints for me, so I might as well put them in the shop to raise more money for our adoption.  I will have to get some other photos of each one before I can do that though.

All in all, I used 15 1/2 yards of new fabrics in 3 days and ended up with 3 new shirts, 2 scarves and a blanket!  Pretty darn well for being sick if I do say so myself!


Retro McCall’s 8991 Review

It has been awhile.  Work has been so hair on fire busy that I have not had time to do much of anything.  I have been working 50-60 hours a week for the last month and am working almost 70 hours this week.  In all of that craziness I have managed to make quite a few things that I need to blog about.  First up is my second version of this domain sleeve top from McCall’s 8991.

This is not my picture it. It cam from here.

So very clearly 80’s!  Look at that hair! If I saw this outfit in a current pattern book I would keep on flipping.  That is a whole lotta look happening.  But I was gifted this pattern from my friends mom and I am glad I was.

A couple of years ago I fell in love with this top Selma Blair wore in an episode of Anger Management.  I searched high and low for the right pattern and the right fabric.  That was when I was gifted the pattern.  Perfect!!!  Then I found a navy burnout stripe knit from Fabric Mart.  It was meant to be!  I made it back in 2012 and never got around to blogging about it.  Well that version super shrunk after the first wash, because I am too stubborn to take the time to pre wash.  I have been wanting to make another version because I love this style.

Musings of a Seamstress

 Then I found this pink and gray striped knit at Jo-Ann’s for $5 a yard. I picked up 3 yards and only used 1.5 yds for this top.  I made this version about a month ago and have worn it a few times since then.  I love this top and there was no shrinkage after washing it.

Musings of a Seamstress

I made a size 16 that has a 38″ bust.  However, there is so much ease in this pattern that I didn’t have to add any extra to accommodate my 45″ bust.  Just look at the back where my hands are.  There is so much extra fabric just scrunched up there.  I do not think I will be making any of the other views of this pattern, but I will be making more of this view.  It is such an easy style to wear.  On second thought I may make a dress version of this top, but I would have to take out a lot of the ease.

I still have some Halloween costumes and an unexpected garment for the hubs to blog about as soon as possible.  Plus I want to write a couple of posts about the new coat I am making.

February Round-up

So very very late in posting, I know!  I didn’t do much of any sewing last month though.  The sewing that I did do didn’t even happen until the very last day of February.  But I did do some and it did stick with my sewing resolutions!  I made two versions of McCall’s 6844.  Everyone has been making such awesome versions of it since it came out last year that I thought I better jump on the tail end of this train.

McCall's 6844

I am not going to post a review on PR because there 48 other reviews and quite frankly it is such an easy pattern there is nothing really to say about it.

McCall's 6844

I did make two versions though.  For the first one I made view C with the peplum out of 2 yards of crepe knit from the stash.  I got it from Fabric Mart in 2012 so I am glad to have used it!

McCall's 6844

The second version is my favorite though!! It is view B.  I used 2 yards of a navy and white striped Hacci sweater knit that I got from Girl Charlee Fabrics back in December, so it is from the stash as well.  This is what I made for #BlueFebruary. I did a hell of a job matching the stripes.

On a side note, if you have not ordered sweater knits from Girl Charlee, you are missing out!  I love this fabric.  It is light weight and super soft.  I cannot wait to order more from them. Too bad I have given up buying fabric for Lent.

I also used 3 1/4 yards of muslin to make Eric a muslin sport coat.  It was a failed attempt! I am terrible at welt pockets.  So I am setting it aside. I cannot say if I will get back to it.  The thought of the amount of work that will go into the whole thing is a bit on the overwhelming side.  This coming from the girl who will hand sew over 4700 pearls on to my next ren faire costume.

With that muslin I used a total of only 7 1/4 yards of stash fabric.  On the plus side nothing new came into the sewing space, so I count last month as a win.

Up next is my March of the Shieldmaiden costume!