Monday, February 6, 2017

African Shirt For My Hubby

I finally made something for my husband, yay me! I was very scared to try sewing menswear but my husband has been wanting an African shirt for a while. I didn't have a pattern so I used one of his shirts to cut the fabric. This is something I learned from Myra's blog - you simply lay the garment of your choice and cut around it, adding seam allowance of course. I used one of his favorite polo shirts and the process went so well. I actually liked it much better than using a pattern. For the sleeves I used an old shirt that he no longer wears, and I actually cut them out and laid them on the fabric. 

Sorry I didn't take more pics. The fabric is from JoAnn [Ethnic African Kente fabric]. I saw it online and it was only available in one store near me. It was definitely worth the drive because it sewed really easily and ironed very well. It made the whole project go quickly. I'm planning on making another one soon; he actually would like several versions for the summer. Anyway, next week we're celebrating our 10 year anniversary; I can't believe how time flies!

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Simplicity 8254 For My Mother

Happy New Year everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some quality time with family. It's been quite busy for me but I managed to get a little sewing done. My mom was in town for the holidays so I decided to make her a dress with the fabric left over from my african print dress that I made a year ago. These pictures were taken in the evening so the color of the fabric looks a bit pale, but it is actually a beautiful deep blue. The fabric is so easy to work with and it irons so well. I used a vintage pattern - Simplicity 8254.

I really love the pattern and the instructions were quite easy to follow. It was my first time making a dress for someone else, so my biggest challenge was trying to get the right fit. In the end it worked out well and we were able to take some family portraits with her wearing it. I also made a shirt for my husband, which I'll post soon. 

Hope you all have a wonderful week and Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Look A6053 Skirt

I finally made something out of the fabric stash that my co-worker brought me from China. This skirt is view C of New Look 6053. I've made views A and B before. It's a very simple pattern with a zipper on the side. I fully lined the skirt because the fabric is pretty lightweight. The fabric was very easy to sew with, and it irons so beautifully but it does get creased quickly too. Overall I'm very pleased with the way it turned out; unfortunately with the cold weather coming up I won't be able to wear it much until spring. 

The print is so beautiful. I love the length of the skirt as well - it reminds me of the gabriola by Sewaholic. A couple of more views below:

This skirt will be my garment for November MAGAM. The theme this month is 'natural' and I think this fabric fits the theme well with its beautiful flowers.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Simplicity 8053 Shirt

Hello everybody, I hope you all are having a wonderful Fall/Spring depending on which part of the globe you live in. I finally got my sewjo back and completed this shirt that I'd started a while ago. I used View A of Simplicity 8053. It's such a great pattern and can be used with just about any type of fabric. I found the fabric on sale at JoAnn; as much as I love plaids I'm really surprised I hadn't made anything with this type of fabric yet. It's so soft and feels great on the skin, irons very well and is just perfect for fall. I'm already thinking of going back and getting more of it in different colors. 

I completely forgot to match the stripes before cutting the fabric, but I still love how it turned out. There are two pockets on the front - they're not very visible on the above picture though. 

The pattern has the yoke being made with a single layer of fabric, which I thought was really strange so I went ahead and cut two pieces of the yoke and attached them with the wrong sides together. I've decided to participate in the MAGAM challenge, so this shirt will be my garment for October. I think with my current schedule making one garment a month is definitely doable. 

Have a wonderful week everyone, and happy sewing!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fabric Haul From China

One of my co-workers just came back home from China and brought me some really beautiful fabric. I'm so excited - I think this is going to help bring my sewing mojo back. I've been under the weather with seasonal allergies. This year the pollen count seems to be higher than usual. 

I love the feel of the fabrics - I can't wait to figure out what to make. They are really great quality and the prints look  beautiful. 

The one above is silk - it feels soooo great!

I hope you all are having a great week. Happy Sewing!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

McCall's M7186 Dress

I can't believe summer's almost over! Not that I'm complaining because Texas summers are not very nice. It's definitely time for me to start thinking about fall and winter sewing. I decided to make this dress with fall-appropriate fabric. I used view C but skipped the gathering on the shoulders because this fabric seems to work better with clean lines and less detail. 

The back is made from one piece - which makes the dress a really quick sew. I'm usually not a big fan of McCall's instructions but these were easy to follow since there's not much detail to the dress. 

There's a standing collar at the back, which comes as part of the front pattern piece. If you're skipping the sleeves like I did, then you only need two pattern pieces for the dress. Hopefully you can see the fabric better in the zoomed in picture above - I bought it at JoAnn but I don't remember what type of fabric it is. 

My son wanted to be in the pics, too, lol! He's starting kindergarten tomorrow and he's super duper excited. 

Hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

GO TEAM USA!! & S1101 Dress

Let the games begin indeed! I'm gonna be wearing this patriotic dress while watching the Olympic games this month and hoping for Team USA to get as many gold medals as possible. The pattern is another Jiffy (surprise, surprise!), and comes together really quickly. I really love the pattern so I know more versions will be made soon. 

I love the straps at the back! The fabric is from JoAnn - it was on sale during the Fourth of July weekend. It was such a fun dress to make, and it's very comfortable. 

Hoping and praying that all our athletes have a safe stay in Brazil.Go Team USA!!