Shirt Waist strikes again.

I couldn’t help it, I just had to make another McCalls 6696.

It went together in record time…I think 4 hours. I kept the gathers in the back but just took out an inch or so to diminish the fullness. I used a gold thread trying to get the look of jeans but it doesn’t show up as much as I thought it would.



The insides of this pattern are always so nice.

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I didn’t sew down the pleats in the skirt this time. I thought this way looked more casual.

All over the Map

Stash Buster! I have had this map fabric since last year, never finding the right pattern. I finally settled on Simplicity 1755


I made a few changes. I used the sleeved version but the longer skirt of the sleeveless. This pattern calls for a detached belt but I sewed in a waistband to give me the extra bodice length and cleanup he insides.

My only complaint with this dress is the pleating under the collar. It doesn’t lay very flat. OTOH I am really liking the contrast raglan sleeves


One new technique I learned was rouleau loops.

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Im not sure if I just wasn’t in the right head space or the pattern was written poorly but I had a lot of problems. My unpicker got quite a workout! Despite all that I am quite happy with the finished result.


Changes are happening

I didn’t post anything this week. I’m going through a lot right now and i just couldn’t get the motivation to sew. I resigned from my job which feels like the best and worst thing that has ever happened to me. It was time to move on but it doesn’t stop the fact that it hurts.   My job is a major part of my personal identity and I cant help but feeling like I failed.   I’m sure things will all work out in the end I just cant see it yet.

Needless to say sewing stuff wont fit into my budget for a while.  Pro: time for some serious stash busting! Con: I can sew too fast or ill run out of fabric. Luckily my Mom gave me two gorgeous cuts of Batik fabric to work with for my birthday.


“It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.”

– Bob Proctor

This little bird

Im almost hesitant to show this dress my mom recently lamented how quilting cottons seem to have been over run with whimsical birds.  From my perspective, Joannes is overrun with too much quilting fabric and not enough apparel. I have to search really hard to find prints that I think will work  in the context of clothing. These mega craft stores seem to want to appease everyone but in the process  satisfy none.

I have seen a few renditions of Butterick 5209. I was really interested in how the halter is adapted to make a short sleeve.



At first glance it looks to have the lines indicative of fabric rationing. Don’t let this fool you, this dress is a total fabric hog. I purchased 4 yards of a navy with gold “whimsical birds”  which was not quite enough. I ended up having to chop 2″ off the skirt  just to get everything cut out. I am OK with the length, it makes it look a little more modern but I prefer a bit longer.

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Im not super happy with the fit on this dress. When I was in the store I took the tissue out of the envelope to try and tell what the finished garment measurements were since I wasn’t to sure what size nest to purchase.  I soon gave up and just bought the smaller one. When I got it home I was finally able to find the measurements and they were too small for me. I decided to try and grade it out another size myself. I think I went too big, for the ascetics of it, but its comfortable to wear so its fine.



I don’t know if you can tell or not, but the entire halter is used to make this dress. An additional piece is added to the back  that wraps around to the front to form the sleeves.  The bodice is fully lined and has an invisible side zipper that extends all the way into the armpit. I used the machine to attached the lining this time as I just wasn’t in the mood for hand stitching. I think it was a success.


I haven’t decided if I want to try this pattern again. If I do, i’m thinking a fabric with a little more drape and perhaps doing the original size and forgoing all the grading out.  Also a different skirt, Im just not a fan of the gathered look.