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The Tie Top: Mcalls 7630

April 22, 2018

Still adding pieces to my ever growing capsule wardrobe. This time it’s this super cute front tie top using McCall’s pattern 7630.

It’s line drawing doesn’t excite much, but when you look closer you see a pattern with good bones. Something that’s basic, but generates lots of ideas. Since most of this wardrobe is career/work wear focused, I needed to dress it up.

I used this silky smooth rayon voile from my stash that I either purchased from G Street Fabrics or Mood Fabrics. I dunno which…side-effect from being a stash-aholic. The fabric is semi-sheer, so for the front and back bodice I doubled the layer, i.e. self-lining. For the sleeves and ties, I wanted them sheer, so they are sewn in a single layer. The ties are actually a long panel sewn at the side seam and bodice front. Continue Reading

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Spring Fabric Haul: G Street Fabrics

April 1, 2018

It’s been a minute since I’ve done some serious fabric shopping…which is a good thing. My fabric stash is pretty hefty, as in I have no justifiable reason to add more. But when ever did a sewcialist need a reason to fabric shop. It’s like telling the sun not to rise because it’s going to happen.

But it’s been so long that I thought one of my local fabric stores had closed when in fact it had just moved to another location. Yea, admittedly that’s pretty bad. Continue Reading

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Cropped Pants: BurdaStyle August 2018

March 29, 2018

So now that I settled on the concept of sewing a capsule wardrobe, I just plunged right in. I really need to plan and sketch my pieces to make sure I’m putting together something cohesive, but for now I’m going to keep rolling along.

The second piece I’ve made are these sleek cropped pants with a flared leg from Burdastyle, the 2017 August issue, pattern 113. I confess I am a fangirl when it comes to Burda. They’re more “fashion forward” (that much used Project Runway description) and the drafting is excellent. I am convinced I am secretly their fit model because the proportions are cut to fit my narrow hip short-waisted shape. Sqweee!…which means no major pattern redrafting. Continue Reading

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My sewing room…finally!

February 11, 2018

So about 13 months later…my sewing palace is finally done! Yes, that’s an exceptionally long time for a DIY remodel, but between life, a new job, school, I just plain dragged my heels. To go that long without my space to create was torture because sewing is both hobby and therapy. A much needed creative respite. So I finally got cracking.

The location of my area has not changed. It has always been in the basement adjacent to my husband in-home office. He moved his office space to the recently vacated playroom, still in the basement, we had built for the kids. Now that they’re all grown and gone, we’re reclaiming parts of our house. Continue Reading

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Simple dress, simple style. M7543

August 1, 2017

Front view

Nothing like a simple dress to get back in the swing of things. New job, so I need a new wardrobe. After years working at a small marketing firm with a very casual dress code, I’m now at an academic institute with more formal business attire. So I’m in desperate need of EVERYTHING.  Continue Reading


Dabble and Stitch Review

June 7, 2013

Visited Ohio recently and made it a stop by a local cutie-pie of a creative space. They cover all the basics; sewing, knitting, jewelry. Being the sewist that I am, I made a beeline for the fabrics. Basically all cottons, more quilt weight, but a few fashion fabric worthy too. They have that young mom, dare say i.e. slightly hipster feel, but good of quality.

They staff was delightful and dedicated to sharing information about the classes available. A description from their site…”The studio area is equipped with cutting tables, ironing boards, scissors, tools and space, plus you can rent one of our computerized sewing machines, serger, or embroidery machine. Beginners can sign up for an orientation or a personal lesson. You can pay a la carte or sign up for a monthly membership. Sewers, knitters, and crafters of all stripes are welcome and the water is always hot and ready for a nice cup of tea to go with your crafting.”

The pattern selection featured mainly independent lines such as Sewaholic and Megan Nielsen. I bought a simple dress pattern (Megan Nielsen) that should be good for casual wear, but the price, $20, was hard to stomach, especially with $1.99 sales at JoAnn’s. But it’s always nice to try something new.

Definitely worth stopping by.
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