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Monday, 30 December 2013

Burda 03/2013 style 107A

With the last of my chocolate brown Merino wool knit I made a cardigan from Burda magazine issue 03/2013 style 107A. According to reviews this pattern runs very small so I sized up as I didn't want a tight fitting cardigan. This will be a good wardrobe staple and pattern I'm sure I will make again :)

It looks far better in person than in the photos lol. 

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Fabric Shopping!

Like all sewists, I love fabric and shopping for it. Unfortunately, I live in a fabric desert. There is only one independent store and Fabricland chains available nearby.

So when a tailor/custom garment maker was clearing out access fabric at 50 percent off, I jumped at the chance to pick up some beautiful and high quality fabrics. Wool for $10 a meter, yes please. 

The 3 identical print knits on the left will be summer dresses. The dark navy knit above the green fabric will be used right away for a wrap cardigan. The pink floral will be either a skirt or the bottom half of a dress. The 2 wool pieces in front of it will be skirts. Finally the linen floral on the sofa arm will be a shift dress. All of this for only $100 :). 

Friday, 27 December 2013

Newlook 6071

I've been a bad blogger as of late. First there was sewing but no blogging and then there was also no sewing. 

I completed Newlook 6071 way back in November. This was my second go at this pattern so it was a pretty quick make. I used some more of my chocolate brown merino wool (I so wish I had this fabric is multiple colors) and still had enough leftover for another make. 
It looks far better on me than the dress form. In the future I need to get a better camera and a tripod so I can take pictures of the garments on me. Right now all I have is my iPhone. 

More posts to come.......

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! Will be back with some posts soon. 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Jalie Scarf Top

Lots of sewing has been happening but I'm behind on updating the blog. 

Back in the summer, I found on etsy 5 meters of chocolate brown merino wool knit for only $50 with shipping. It's a beautiful fabric, it definetly pays to get high quality fabric. 

First up I decided to try out Jalie's Scarf Top. This pattern has been around quite some time and I now know why it's so popular. Jalie does great patterns and this one in no exception. I love way the scarf is finished and I like the fact the pattern directions are written as you have a serger.  So many knit patterns still assume that you are using your sewing machine. 

I hadn't cover stitched the hems yet in this photo. It s very comfy and will make a good wardrobe basic. I will definetly make more of these tops. 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Sewacholic Renfew

Not much sewing has been happening lately. Last weekend I cut out a cowl version of the Sewacholic Renfew. The fabric is a lovely soft grey wool knit that I brought off etsy a few months ago. I wish I had more of this fabric in different colours. Anyways I sewed it up quickly yesterday morning as its a very fast make. 

It ll make a great wardrobe basic that will go with a lot of outfits and be warm for the winter. 

I washed chocolate brown merino fabric yesterday also. There is 5 meters of this fabric so I will get a new top and dress for sure. Maybe even 2 tops. 

Remember this?

All 35 blocks are complete! Woohoo! Now I have to sew them together and remove all the paper. I'm going to set them aside for a little while as I would rather sew clothes right now. 

Off to trace out a new pattern.  More later......

Friday, 4 October 2013

Burda 128 09/2011 the pattern that killed my sewing mojo!

Well, it's certainly been a long time. As the title states 128 09/2011 killed my sewing mojo. I'm not sure what it is with this blouse, I haven't done many collars and this one looks a bit different. So I'm going to do something I rarely do, I'm going to make it a UFO. Maybe one day I will feel like a challenge and pull out this project. 

I was simply going to move on to the next project on my list and even washed the fabric. Only to realize I wasn't much enthused with that project either. Finally I realized it was because I was still trying to finish up my summer and winter is almost ready to start here in Northern Alberta.  Over the summer I found some good deals on Merino wool knit and ponte knit fabrics in black, red, chocolate brown and mid grey. This weekend I'm going to go through my patterns and pick a new project that will hopefully spark my sewing mojo. I've never sewn with Merino wool and I'm not certain what's the best pattern as both fabrics seem to be a bit thinner than my usual knit. I will have to do some research I guess to what styles will work best. 

In the meantime I've been working on the oldest quilt kit in the cupboard. 

I quickly discovered why I haven't touched this kit until now. Foundation paper piecing.....yuck! It s so slow going, in about 45 to 50 minutes I can complete a grand total of 4 blocks. 

And there are 35 blocks needed, sigh. I've been working here and there on the blocks the past 4 weeks and have only completed 22. Hmmm, this quilt isn't exactly helping my sewing mojo either. 

In the knitting news, I completed the front and back of the baby sweater and am halfway through the first sleeve. I need to get a move on with this project as baby is due at the end of this month. 

Whew..this is a long blog post!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

My sewing mojo is missing as I still haven't gone beyond cutting out my Burda blouse. Hopefully this weekend I can get it sewn up. I've been doing a lot of knitting, finished the waistband of a sweater and started a baby sweater. 

In the meantime I thought I would show you my Sewaholic Minoru that I sewed this spring. I used a waterproof cotton fabric that was a little nerve racking to sew as once you sew it you can't remove stitches without have holes.  I lined it with Kasha lining for a little extra warmth. 

This is the first time I have sewn an outdoor coat and I will be doing it again. Since I'm tall ready to wear never fits well. Sleeves are always either too short or just barely long enough. Lengths of jackets are always shorter than they should be. I would like to sew another version in a wool coating fabric. 

I love the hidden hood on this coat, it s nice to hide it away for a nicer look when not needed

Monday, 2 September 2013

Baby Quilt

I've been a little quite lately as I've been working on a baby quilt. All the fabric except for the binding came from stash! I don't quilt very much anymore but I have quite a bit of fabric either collected for projects or leftover from other projects. I quilted the quilt with a free motion meandering stitch. I'm not that good at free motion quilting as it s not my favorite part of quilting. 

I've got Burda 09/2011 128 traced off and hope to have it cut out and maybe started before the end of the day. 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

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Newlook 6053

After finishing Burda 05-2009-123, I wanted a quick project. So I whipped up Newlook 6053 view D, a basic and very easy skirt pattern. I went down a size as this pattern has 4 1/2" of ease! I don't understand why they add so much ease to these patterns, it would be way too big if I had cut the suggested size.

The fabric I used is a linen or linen look-a-like as I purchased the fabric off the clearance wall of Fabricland last year for $2 or $4 so this is a very cheap skirt :). There is a really nice turquoise thread pattern with red sequins.

Hmmm....picture seems to have over exposed.

Rather crappy pictures I'm afraid. I should try taking them outdoors in the future.

Last night I cut and taped 30 pages of Burda 09-2011-128 that I downloaded off Burda Styles. I still have to trace out the pattern after all that work. Unfortunately, I don't have this issue of the magazines, I'd much rather trace of the pattern sheets than spend all that time taping sheets together.

I'm hoping this pattern will be a go to basic blouse pattern as I could use more blouses. I'm going to make this up in white as I don't have a basic white blouse.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Burda 05-2009-123 Finished!

This afternoon I finally finished Burda 05-2009-123! It fits good, though if I were to make this again I would probably lower the empire line by 1/4" or so.

Chiffon is definitely NOT my favourite fabric to work with. My serger didn't particularly like the fabric either as it tended to shred along the edges as I was serging. I guess I could have done French seams to finish the edges, oh well.

I tacked stitched the ruffle edges together at the V-neck to prevent the neckline from gaping, it's actually really secure.

Overall I'm pretty happy with this dress. I doubt I would make this pattern again unless perhaps I fell in love with a lightweight shear fabric, lol.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Baby Knitting

I'm still working on Burda 05-2009-123....haven't been in the mood lately for much sewing. I've got everything cut out, pleats and darts done. Next is attaching the ruffle. I'm sure once I get going on it, it won't take long to get it done.

In the meantime, I thought I would post some recent baby knitting.

The sweater is knitting with Sirdar snuggly baby yarn from the knitting book "Vintage Baby Knit" by Kristen Rengren. The parents weren't finding out the sex of the baby so I needed a pattern that would work for both.  The booties pattern is "Oh! Baby Baby Booties" by Double Diamond Knits. It's available on Ravelry. It's a very quick knit even for me.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Up Next Burda 05-2009-123

My next project is Burda 05-2009-123 which is going to be made out of a polyester chiffon. In spite of the fact this is an old pattern, I could only find 3 reviews on line. One stated the neckline gaped and another said it was low. I'll have to make it up to see if I need some snaps or a modesty panel at the neckline.

I will be making a few changes to the pattern:

  • It has facings even though it is fully lined so I'm eliminating those. Why have facings that always want to flip out?
  • There will be no ruffle at the hemline as I think having both the neckline and hem ruffled will be a bit much
  • The sleeve hem and skirt hem will be rolled hemmed on my serger. No way am I going to try to get a neat hem out of chiffon

Burda calls for silk batiste, a fabric I've never seen before. I find Burda often uses fabrics I've either never have heard of before (and have to Google) or ones I've never seen in any fabric store. I will be using polyester chiffon which is from stash, I think it will work the same as the recommend fabric.

This project will take me far longer to complete than yesterdays, I'm hoping to have it done by the end of next weekend.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Burda 04-2011-114

My new top from black and silver satin using Burda 04-2011-114 is all done! It fits quite well though I warn anyone making this top that not only is it drafted short, the arm holes are quite tight as well.  If I ever use this pattern again I will scope out the arm holes to make them more roomy.

Yay.....this picture loaded right side up!

First Project

Good morning!

This weekend's sewing project is Burda magazine's April 2011 issue style 114.  I'm making some changes to the pattern however.  The length is being greatly extended as not only is the top rather short as drafted, I have a long torso and have to add 1 1/2" to every bodice.  Also, I made this up in a nasty polyester (seriously, the only thing the fabric had going for it was a pretty colour and pattern) that was a major failure largely due to the neck and arm hole facings that kept flipping out even when tacked down. So I'm going to cut bias strips to use to bind the neck and arm holes.

The fabric I'm using another polyester but this time a nicer one that is a satin black and silver. Hopefully, this one is a success as my last 2 projects ended up in the trash!

Not sure why the pictures loaded sideways. I'm still figuring out how to use blogger.



Thursday, 8 August 2013


This blog was started as a diary of things I make as well to show people the results of all my hobbies. I mainly do garment sewing, some quilting and a little knitting (I'm a very sloooow knitter lol). I will post some follow up posts in the next few days of my current projects, future planned and perhaps a few that I have already completed.