Black Wrap Skirt

I made this skirt right before the Paris trip.  I used black rayon challis and drafted a pattern myself.  I used about 1 yard of 60″ wide fabric and topstitched with cream thread.

Sorry for the grainy photos, it seems my camera only wants to take decent photos if it is on the tripod.


Finished Garment: KS 3856 for Mom

Mom’s birthday is in a few weeks and like all moms she loves handmade gifts.  Five years ago while shopping to outfit my tiny dorm room, mom bought me a wall tapestry from Target and she loved the print.  I took the tapestry down at the end of my freshman year and added it to my fabric stash without much more thought.  When I was looking through the stash a few days ago I knew what I should do with the tapestry.

Fabric: Cotton tapestry from Target (2006)

Pattern: Kwik Sew 3856

Size: Large

Time to complete: 1.5 hours

Total cost: ~$20 (those kwik sew patterns are expensive but so much sturdier than the big 4)

Finished garment: vogue 1159

It’s finished! My first fall garment, ready to be worn to a friend’s wedding in a few weeks. I used up most of the red jersey in my stash, the rest is only large enough to make undergarments out of so I saved it in my knit scrap bin.

I made this dress in a size 6 and it’s a little loose, if I make it again I’ll probably make between a 6 and a 4. It came together in about 2.5 hours and was really easy to make. The jersey I used is very thin, I think this dress would be better suited for a thicker knit.

Planning my Fall wardrobe – Part 3

The fabrics!!!

I’m still following my use 3 pieces of fabric to buy 1 rule I set in place a while ago because my sewing storage space is now reduced to 2 medium storage bins in the closet, 2 filing boxes for patterns and one small sterilite 3 drawer bin for notions and tools.  My dressform is currently filling a corner of our living room so I need to keep her neat and tidy for when we have people over.

Anywho, back to the fabrics.  I have 3 yards of red jersey and of navy jersey that will come in handy.  I also have 1.5 yards of black Italian wool that I think would make a good pencil skirt to fall into the “office wear” category that I desperately need to fill.  I have some Indonesian batik that my father brought home from a recent trip that needs to get used up, I might use this to make one of the dresses for one of the weddings this fall (one is a beach wedding) .  Once I get through these I’ll go shopping for more but I really need to move through this stash.


I’d really like to get to a point where no fabric stays in my closet for more than one season.  I realize this is extremely optimistic.

Neither of the Vogue patterns were available at the most recent Vogue pattern sale so I got 2 different ones V1159  and V2899.  I’m in the middle of V1159, finished garment post soon.

Planning my Fall Wardrobe – Part 2

Since I’m about to be unemployed I’ll have plenty of time to sew but no money coming in, most of my fall wardrobe needs to come from patterns and fabric I already have.


The BLOUSES –  I looked through my existing pattern collection and found that I have 2 blouse patterns that stand out for my current job but I’m not sure if they’ll be appropriate for whatever I go into in a few weeks.  I think my best bet would be Simplicity 2365 because if it isn’t office appropriate I could still wear it around town.  I can’t find my TNT new look blouse pattern that I’ve made 3 versions of so I’ll have to buy a new pattern for that in the near future.  I also think I could make both of those anthropologie tops from a couple posts ago without a pattern.

The FOOTBALL CLOTHES – Football season is the hardest to shop for.  The first few games of the season are usually early in the day in the sun and its usually over 90 degrees, can I go nude please?  I have a gold dress that is very light and will get me through the first few games, then we have night games at the end of the season when the temperature can be in the 50s and 40s, for those I need some warmer clothes.  I’m thinking a McCall’s 5978 cardigan and a wool skirt (Butterick 5285) would keep me pretty warm as I cheer on my Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets!

The COCKTAIL DRESSES – As previously mentioned I have 2 weddings to attend this fall and one at the end of the summer so one cocktail dress is going to be HIGH priority.  I’d really like to make 2 dresses since this area is very bare in my closet so I picked 2 patterns, one of them I showed y’all in a much earlier post.  Both are Vogue Patterns so I need to wait for a sale to get them but I could go ahead and pick out fabric and notions and have it all ready for when the pattern goes on sale.














Next – Fabric Planning

top, bottom, or both?

Both of these tops are from Anthropologie.  Can you tell I’m digging cream lace tops right now?  These seem like the perfect addition to a summer wardrobe.  The one on the top could be made with a t-shirt pattern and the one on the bottomlooks I think I could manage without a pattern at all, as it is basically a circle with shirring at the waist and bias binding at the neckline.  I’d love to have one of these for the summer, the question is do I make one or both?  If I made both I might do one in a different color, depending on the colors of lace and eyelet available to me.  I might also make some if these in solid fabrics, they both look like nice tops to add to my wardrobe that is severely lacking in non t-shirt tops.

Leaving the Wedding Dress

No photos yet but I will tell you that I’m almost finished with my dress from the last post.  I worked on it for 6 hours straight yesterday.  Not doing any sewing for myself in the past 2 months meant I was ready to sit down and FOCUS!!!!!  I drafted the pattern, cut the pieces, sewed the bodice, added lace inserts, sewed the skirt, attached it, inserted the invisible zip (4 times!) and trimmed the lace for the hem.  HOW IS THAT FOR A PRODUCTIVE SUNDAY?  All I have left is the hem and minor fit adjustments and then it is finished.

I found my camera yesterday, but I can’t find the cord to connect my camera to my computer so I can’t show you the dress progress.  I figure the pictures my photographer takes will look a bajillion times better than any I can take anyway so you can wait for those.  You can also wait to see all the fabricy goodness in the wedding.

Today I sewed for about 30 seconds, to alter the dress I’m wearing on Friday to the rehearsal.  I found the perfect dress for the occasion for $13 but it was only available in a large, so I bought it and took it in real quick.

I’m eagerly awaiting the day when I have no more thank you notes to write and can sew to my hearts content everyday after work and twice on weekends!

The Silence is Broken

Hi All!

I’ve been super busy, working full time, moving twice, and planning all the last minute details for the wedding (t-minus 1 week!) I’ve hardly had a minute to sew, let alone post on this blog.  I’m not even entirely sure where my camera is right now so I don’t have any photos of anything I’ve done recently.

In this last week almost everything is finished so I think with the help of my mother I can make one last dress to wear as my going away dress at the end of the wedding.  After lots of dress shopping I finally fell in love with a dress that I can’t afford.

Problems with this dress:

1.  The color: not white or even ivory, it is called “cloud grey” and is darker in person than in their website photo.

2.  The pricetag: $298.

I think I can copy it by modifying the Lisette Passport dress pattern.

The plan is to get it cut out and pinned together tomorrow then sew as much as I can before handing it over to my mother to finish up while I’m working.  That being said it would be fantastic if I could finish the whole thing tomorrow, it being such a simple design and all.

We’ll see if I can squeeze this one in with all the chaos this week, if not I might have to break into my “emergency dress” fund and buy the BCBG dress.

Back from Paris…

I’m back from Paris and I have one more week off and lots of sewing and wedding things to do!  I’ll post later with some of the clothes that I made just in time to take with me to Paris, and some that I didn’t finish in time I’ll be finishing this week.  I’ll also start working on a bajillion yards of fabric bunting and the guestbook quilt for my wedding.  Today I’m going to try to finish my Chantilly dress, in AMH voile, then go fabric shopping for above mentioned wedding things.

Secret Project…Almost finished!

I finished the quilt top this afternoon, later tonight I’ll put together the quilt sandwich.  I need to go get more thread tomorrow to quilt it.  I’ve been using up all the leftover thread in all of the light colors that I have for the piecing and now I’m out of light colors.

I’ll wait to post photos of the project until after I give it in case of espionage.

This morning I drafted a t-shirt pattern and cut out a skirt, that hopefully I’ll get to sew tomorrow.  I also have my first wedding dress fitting tomorrow *fingers crossed* that it fits!