Sewing room updates

I finally bit the bullet and invested in some storage for my sewing room (all be it Ikea so it could have been a lot worse). Tony valiantly helped me assemble it and we were nursing sore hands for the rest of the day. I am very happy with how it turned out and now I can see all my pretty fabric so no more forgetting what I have. I got the high gloss in a muted grey turquoise color. I think it will look good in the room when I finally get around to painting it.


I organized it by fabric type. From the top left: Denim, Patterns, Patterns, Summery Cottons, Interfacing (bin), Serger Thread and Embroidery Thread (drawers), Scissors/Rotary Cutters and Miscellaneous Notions (drawers), Bra Supplies (bin), Wools, Practice Fabrics, Silky Fabrics, Darker Cottons, Knits, 2 empties for uzzi to sleep in, and finally flannel cotton.  Seeing it all out like this my stash isn’t nearly as big as I thought it was so I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad that the Ikea trip also resulted in 2 more fabric purchases.

The first I am absolutely in love with.  It’s like this watercolor rorschach with some beautiful inky blues, greys and deep green hues. The camera does not do it justice.  The cotton is 60″ wide so the design is quite largeDSC_0944


Tony picked out this black and white graphic print. I’m not head over heals for it but it is so rare that he has an opinion on fabric that I thought I should at least appease him.


He has already picked out the pattern for this fabric.



The last new fabric addition came from ebay not Ikea but I thought I would show you anyway. It’s Irish Linen in a natural oatmeal color with some gridded see through bits. I read that repeated washings will soften it and relax some of the wrinkling linen is notorious for. This is after 2 washes. I might give it another 1 or 2 before I cut into it.


My plans for this are a midi  sleeveless shirtwaist dress a la Vogue 8577 view B. I’m thinking it will be a comfortable dress for outdoor parties…like a BBQ 🙂


Madlynne by Simplicity 8229

After all my successful Harriet bras I was ready to tackle some other underwire patterns. First I printed out the free Maya pattern by AFI Atelier but I got as far as sewing the cups together before I realized that they were about 2″ too big to fit in the cradle. I’m not sure what I did wrong but I binned it and moved on. Next up I chose another madlynne pattern. I read that a vertical seam cup is good for someone with my shape.


Unlike the harriet bra this pattern calls for stretch lace and stretch lining.  Which makes it really comfortable but a little less supportive. Not that I need a lot of support.


I love the shape these give me. If you asked me 2 years ago I never thought I would be confidant in a bra without pushup foam. Turns out all you need is a custom made bra to give you the look you want.


I made an oops and didn’t cut down the bands to fit into my hook and eye so instead I scooped out the back and attached the straps in a U shape and put the adjusters on the front.


McCall’s 6954 Reimagined as a shirt

I don’t know why but I have been on a floral kick lately.  Normally pink isn’t my color but my mom pointed out that this looks quite good with my skin tone so I guess it just has to be the “right” pink.  Having a bit of a tan doesn’t hurt either.   When I saw this lightweight floaty polyester floral at Joann’s I thought it was just screaming to be a tank top. I had previously deemed McCall’s 6954 to the don’t make again pile but I pulled it back out for this project because it had the racerback and floaty fit I was looking for.


I cut off the pattern at 17″ below the neckline to turn it into a top. I cut the front and back on the fold and narrowed in just a tad on the side seams to allow me to get the shirt out of a single yard of fabric.


The neck and armholes are finished with self bias binding folded to the inside and sewed down. Just like the last time I made this pattern I had a heck of a time getting it to lay flat along the curves. Even with extensive stay stitching and stabilizing tape I must have still warped it.  Despite that this was exactly what I wanted and was very comfortable on a recent business trip to San Francisco.


This was a fast project and I can certainly see more of these floaty woven tops in my future.

My Cloth Habit: Watson and Harriet

I can not seem to stop making bras I never knew I would get so addicted.

First up we have a long line Watson bra and a Madlynne by Simplicity 8228 panty. For this I used a bra kit from Tailor Made. I only had scraps left but I was also able to squeze out the panty with some additional black mesh from my stash. These panties are intended to have scalloped lace on the sides so I had to do some alteration and and seam allowances to make it work.  The bra is super comfortable and good for yoga. The panties are a little too full coverage for my taste. Even my high waisted jeans don’t cover the top of these.


Next up was the reason I bought the watson pattern in the first place. My lemon bra! This lemon print cotton jersey from art gallery is quite expensive for me but luckily bras don’t take much fabric and I was able to get it off of Amazon so gift card to the rescue!  I actually made 2 pairs of panties to go with this bra but the other was in the wash.  The other pair is solid yellow with lemon on the sides like the panties above but done in a bikini style.  This is a fun set to wear but it does tend to show through light colored clothing.



Next up was a sexy little nude number. I got about 12″ of this nude lace in a $5 grab bag from Tailor Made and I am pretty chuffed that I managed to get an entire set out of it. The main body of the bra is nude stretch mesh backed with non-stretch lining. As you can see it’s pretty see-through, incredibly breathable and perfectly nude!


It was a struggle to learn how to sew with these light fabrics on my sewing machine but I haven’t had any issues for a while until it sucked the fabric into the faceplate when I was doing the bridge and left the fabric a little mangled.  I ended up fussy cutting a flower out of the lace scraps and appliqueing it on. It looks like it was always meant to be there!



A lovely young UK sewest Hobbling Handmades announced #thesewbackproject on March 30 unfortunately I didn’t find out about it until the last few days of June.

It’s time for a throwback! Recreate or make something inspired by an outfit from when you were younger, share it using the hashtag #thesewbackproject and tag me @hobblinghandmades.

Just my luck she decided to extend the deadline to the end of July and I was in!

I knew immediately what photo I wanted to work with.

BeFunky Collage

I would say I’m more on the “inspired by” track because I wanted to make sure it would be something that I would wear in my day to day. Instead of short sleeves I went sleeveless. I used my TNT Simplicity 1538 pattern and used the tutorial on grainline for altering it to make it sleeveless.   The fabric I used was a very lightweight indian cotton shirting in a creamsicle plaid.

I was lucky and had these pink buttons left over from my flamingo dress that matched perfectly


I goofed and attached the back piece inside out. I don’t think you can notice other then the fact its an inverted pleat.


I did french seams on the side and then sewed them down to look like flat-felled seams. Also can we just take a moment to notice the un-intentional pattern matching across the seam. I love when that happens


Ideally I would have liked to use the Closet Case Morgan jeans pattern for the pants but I just couldn’t justify the pattern cost.  So I pulled out my Ginger Jeans pattern instead.  I used a grey blue denim from Colorado Fabrics that I got back in May and gold topstitching.  Just to be cheeky I used cotton scraps left over from the shirt for the guts of the jeans.


I think these are my favorite me made jeans yet!   I still have a little excess fabric right below the zipper. I need to do some research on how to fix it. I wore them several times and then the zipper popped! I was so bummed. But I had originally used cotton for the fly shield and it was too thin so I was planing to replace it with denim anyway so I replaced the zipper at the same time.  As you can see all is well again.


I appreciate this challenge because it  forced me to make an outfit that I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise but I think both pieces will get a fair amount of use in my rotation.

I will leave you with some out-takes….uzzi can’t resist a photo shoot!


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McCall’s 6754 : Flowery Scuba

One of my favorite youtube  sewers has a penchant for skater dresses in scuba. After seeing a handful of dresses by her I decided I needed one of my own. I used the same pattern as her (McCall 6754) but opted for the sleevless view.


I don’t often see scuba knit at Joann’s but I did happen upon this heavyweight “tulip” print (looks like roses to me)  AND it was 60% off!  I bought 1 3/4 yards to make this dress.  I do think it is a little short  on me. I would like to make the long sleeve raglan view for the fall to wear with tights and if I do then the skirt will also be lengthened.



Not much to say about the construction of this dress. It’s really a straightforward two dart bodice with a circle skirt. No lining, no closures. I like how the scuba gives the skirt some body.  With the leftover scraps I was able to make not 1 but 2 matching bra’s and a panty….because who doesn’t want matching underthings!

The first was a harriet bra by Cloth Habit. It fits me a lot better then the dress form. I used pale pint notions from Arte Crafts and pink mesh lined with powernet for the wings. The bridge, cradle, and lower cups are lined with non-stretch lining to keep everything nice and stable.


Then I made a longline Watson. I didn’t line this one at all so it’s more of a lounging bra then a supportive bra. I used leftover lemon strapping (from a yet un-blogged project). Pink picot and a cream hook and eye.

I used to have to temper my dress sewing doing one project off and one project on. Now I think i’m going to have to do that with bras because pretty soon i’m going to have one for every day of the month!



New Look 6497

I picked up New Look 6497 because I thought the bodice lines looked interesting.


I had fun with the fabric on this dress but I was too anxious about the fact that all my dresses are too tight to fit me lately and I got overzealous and made it way too big.


For the inside of the bodice I did the reverse.


I also used the yellow accent fabric on the back strap detail.


I sort of lukewarm on this dress. I think the straps are just a bit too wide to be flattering and it needs to be taken in but I do like the fabric combination so perhaps I will warm up to it.