Sunday, January 07, 2007

UFO Number Two Completed - McCalls 4312 Fleece Top

I don't know why I didn't complete this when I first cut it out - once I sat down at my sewing machine the top was sewn together in under an hour.

The pattern is McCall's 4312 - a Sewing with Nancy pattern designed for knits. I believe it is out of print (oop). The copyright date is 2003 and I did not locate it on the McCall's website.

The fleece originally came as a freebie from Fabric Mart Fabrics and I had no idea what to do with it. I rarely sew fleece, and this piece was quite bulky and not really my colors.
However, I am certain I will be very grateful to have this big, warm, and cozy top to put on when the temps dip below zero! Plus, I get to cross off another UFO from my list. Pin It

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Vintage Vogue 2934 (1950 Jacket)

As I try and list all of my sewing accomplishments from 2006, I realized I did much more sewing than I originally thought I had.

One item that I began last November and finished just over a month later was this lined jacket from a reissued 1950 design - Vintage Vogue pattern number 2934. It is actually a simple pattern to sew. With so many other commitments that required my time during the last few months of 2006 this jacket took much longer than it should have.

The pattern is rated "average" and the description reads "lined jacket, slightly below waist, has straight front and flared back, funnel neckline and three-quarter dolman sleeves with deep cuffs. "

The black wool, the canvas hair interfacing, the lilac satin lining and the black frog closures were all from my stash so I was able to try this pattern out before investing in a great fabric for my final version. I didn't want to invest in an expensive fabric only to find that the style was completely unsuitable for me.

The front of the jacket.
The back of the jacket.
The side of the jacket, which shows the flared back.
A peek at the lilac lining - completely hand sewn.
This was a fun project to work on even with all of the hand sewing required.

While the fabric I choose to make my first version from is a bit "blah" compared to the FABULOUS one reviewed on PR emr (click here but sure to come back!) I still like it! Pin It

Thursday, January 04, 2007

New Vogue Pattterns magazine arrived in the mail today

I love getting stuff in the mail - especially magazines - don't you? My husband thinks its goofy but by now he realizes that it is part of my "unwind after work" routine and just lets me flip through the stuff for a few minutes.

I had visited Barnes and Noble on my lunch break today looking for a great new sewing book, or magazine, or something to do with textiles that would inspire me. You see I have this gift card that is just burning a hole in my pocket book but I don't want to waste it on just any book. It has to be the right one. One that I want to bring home and add to my large library of sewing and craft books.

Anyway, they had nothing! Nothing, nothing, nothing. Oh, they had plenty of books in stock, just not any that sparked an interest in me.

That's why I was so excited to see the new Vogue Patterns in the mailbox when I got home from work. The new patterns were not yet on the Vogue pattern website so I haven't linked any of the pattern numbers.

As I flipped through the pages one of the first things I saw was the back of this new Issey Miyake pattern! I'm a huge fan of these patterns and still kick myself for selling many of them on eBay about six years ago. I like the lacing detail on the back. (It's Vogue 2952.)

I'm not so crazy about the front. It seems a bit shapeless, but some of his stuff does. And I'm not sure if the sleeves are supposed to be too long, or if they are just too long on the model. I think the long sleeve length makes it look a bit dowdy.

I love this suit by Oscar de la Renta. Nice clean lines, shorter length, rounded collar, and look at the great back detail! (Vogue 2956)

There are some new Divine Details patterns in this issue - and I sure wish I had someplace to where this white suit! I just might make it and wear it on Easter Sunday just because. You probably can't see the front detail on this photo, but check it out when it gets on the Vogue website. It too has nice details on the back of the jacket. (Vogue 8355)

Another interesting Divine Detail pattern is this black/white checked dress. I like the shape of the dress to begin with, but what it really great is the stripes at the midriff are created with tucks. (Vogue 8353) I also like the black/white striped jacket with the lace inset (Vogue 8368)


This is a Vogue Wardrobe pattern (Vogue 2958) with a sleeveless top, flounced skirt, a dress, wide legged pant and a curved seamed jacket. I like all of the pieces in this pattern although I would narrow the width of the pant leg.



There are a few other interesting designs in the magazine but you'll be able to catch all of them as soon as Vogue updates their website. Pin It

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

And the idea for the bead behind the button originated from...

Yes, I know. You've already SEEN this photograph. Its in my "Happy New Year" post.

I wanted to share it with you again because I now know where I found out about the idea! It was on Carolyn's blog - Diary of a Sewing Fanatic. (Man, I love that blog name. How can you not want to read about her sewing odyssey with that as a title?)

Anyway, she tried to post a comment on my blog, but for some reason was unable to so. Is anyone else having trouble? Well now that's kind of a silly question isn't it since you wouldn't be able to leave me a comment to tell me that you're having trouble leaving comments.

Okay, I digress. Back to the topic.

She sent me a message to let me know that I read about the idea on her blog. (Click here to read the entry on her blog.) However, she was quick to point out that another sewer/artist at Artisan's Square (fxzdoc) suggested the idea to her.

Thank you for reminding me where I saw this idea. I love the bead behind the button and I too will be making this a signature in my sewing future. Pin It

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy Birthday to my daughter Rita


My lovely daughter entered this world thirty-one years ago today. She's pictured here just a few days old. Isn't she a teeny tiny little thing? That's because she wasn't supposed to be born until April. Yes, my precious daughter was born three months premature weighing 2 lbs at birth and dropping to a 1 -1/2 lbs soon afterwards.

The doctors didn't expect her to live but after she survived one week they upped her chances of survival to 50/50. They didn't know they had a little fighter on their hands! She came home very close to her due date and was only released after they taught me how to resuscitate her if she would stop breathing. Oh, and she was attached to a heart monitor for a few months also.

In retrospect, it was a blessing that I was only 17 when she was born. I was too young to understand the realities of her premature birth. I accepted everything that happened as part of a normal process of having a baby and bringing that child home. Shoot, I remember lugging that kid into McDonald's and eating a burger and fries with her sitting on the table attached to her heart monitor! I also remember staying awake all night to monitor her breathing the night a severe storm knocked out our power.

In 1976 many preemies didn't survive and you couldn't locate preemie size clothing. Her first dress was a dress I made for her - using a doll clothes pattern. I still have that dress packed away as it is very special to me. She's 2-1/2 mos old in this photo and the dress is only partially on her because she was having one (of many) blood transfusions.


When she arrived at her job today she had a voice message from my husband and I singing (very poorly I might add) Happy Birthday. Our dog, Sophia, was barking harmony in the background. A great beginning to a great day. Happy 31st Birthday Rita! Pin It

Monday, January 01, 2007

McCalls's 5243 Retro Inspired Jacket

See? I don't only sew UFOs! But I have to admit that I was tempted to put this aside when I couldn't find buttons that I wanted to use. But knowing me I would have been digging it out in December 2007 and listing it as yet another UFO.

Instead, I added buttons that work. I plan on covering buttons and changing them out, but for now I can count this as done!

The collar on this one is great. I love how the tiny pleats cause it to stand up and frame the face. I used a home dec brocade remnant and that is why my version's collar has more body that the one photographed on the pattern cover.
I did a quick FBA to the jacket front using a method from Sandra Betzina's Fast Fit book. Basically it is just slicing the pattern, sliding it down, and taping it back together.

I completed the jacket today and used the buttonhole feature in my new Pfaff 2056. The buttonholes are beautiful and so easy! The only problem is that I sewed the first one on the wrong side of the jacket front. Oops! See, there is a reason you shouldn't sew when you have a head cold.

There's a full review of this jacket pattern on PatternReview. Pin It

Happy New Year!

Happy 2007!

How was your New Year's celebration? I hope you had a better time than I did as I rang in the new year with an unwanted visitor - a nasty ole' head cold. Ah well, look on the bright side - I didn't have to take a day off from work as the office was closed today anyway. And another bonus - we woke up to a beautiful covering of white snow (finally)!


I want to tell each and every one of you that stops by to read my blog that I appreciate that you allow me to share some of my life with you. Having this blog has helped me to be more focused on my sewing and has awakened my creativity. By allowing me to write about my sewing adventures you are helping me to grow.

Reading all of your blogs and comments has been a great encouragement for me. I have tried new new things, found new information, and learned techniques I may never have been exposed to. Isn't it exciting that technology has given us a way to meet each other virtually?

Whether or not you post a comment (and I really enjoy reading your comments!) I thank you for stopping by. I try and respond to your comments and one of my 2007 goals is to do a better job of that.


Although I haven't posted my 2007 sewing goals, I have begun work on them. One of the goals is to complete my UFOs that I shared with you previously.

I can already mark one off of my list! Simplicity4699, which only needed to be hemmed. There is only one button on the jacket and that is at the top by the collar. After hemming the jacket and sewing the button on, I realized that it needed something to help the facing lay flat.

I decided to top stitch the edge of the jacket to see if that would do the trick. I used a rayon thread in variegated blues and a decorative stitch on my new Pfaff 2056 (this machine is so much fun!). The jacket didn't need to fancy top stitching, I just wanted to try a new stitch on my new toy.
Knowing that I probably would not wear the button closed, I added a bead to the backside of the button so that the stitches from hand sewing the button on would not show. I can not remember where I read this tip! I'm certain it was on someone's sewing blog, so if you do know where that tip was located please leave a comment or send me an email so I can give credit for that great idea!


I also decided to add the tab to the back of the jacket. This is secured in place with two buttons. It adds a bit of visual interest to the back of an otherwise very plain jacket.


The jacket is now complete. I have one less UFO to do in 2007 and I have a spring jacket just awaiting the arrival of warm weather.

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