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Monday, March 23, 2015

Butterick 5678 Button Shirt Complete

Wow, this pattern turned out just like the pictures from Craftsy! I loved every step of the way. I know I will make more button down shirts. My husband even asked if I would make a button down shirt for him. Of course, using a different sewing pattern. Butterick really impressed me with how well this pattern was written. Every step was easy to follow.
I bought this pattern and fabric from a sewing kit from Craftsy. The sewing kit is still available for $26.99 and you can not buy the fabric for that price!
Best Wishes and Tons of Stitches!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Butterick 5678 Button Shirt

I have been in the process of making this button down shirt from the Butterick 5678 sewing pattern. I love that it is a princess cut blouse in a button down shirt style. The sizing is wonderful too, I was able to make my size, which is size 12, with the correct bust size B. 
There are a lot pieces, 17, to put together but if you are patient it will go very quickly. I am working with Robert Kaufman's gingham fabric in the color pond. 
I love my Brother machine. 
This part of the pattern, the collar, was the hardest part to put together. The diagram in the pattern was hard to understand and I couldn't find one online. Hopefully this will help someone. The collar is sandwich between the two collar band pieces and the non-interfacing band is sewn to the neck line of the shirt. Then you fold the band over and and incase the neck line, raw edge. 
Next sleeves, cuffs and finishing this blouse.
Can't wait to finish!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tic Tac Toe Pin Cushion Tutorial

This a an a great way to learn about quilting but not make a quilt. This project is called the Tic Tac Toe Pin Cushion and it is simply two quilt blocks sewn together, to make a pin cushion. I love how large these are and I have been using mine for years!
  

Enjoy!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Craftsy Sewing Kits

I love to sew but I find it hard to get out to the fabric store which is 50 minutes away, one way! So after I received an email from Craftsy about their Craftsy sewing kits on sale, 60% off retail price, I knew this would be a great opportunity to get a few projects and have them sent straight to my front door. By the way, for me this is like receiving Stitch Fix in the mail, except I got to pick it out and keep all of it. Ok, it's nothing like Stitch Fix.
Here are the two projects I picked....
First up, is this knit pencil skirt. I know what your thinking, "This is super easy to make, didn't you make that already?" Yes, I did make it already by refashioning an old dress. But I did not have a pattern and the sewing kit was only $14.99 with fabric and the McCall's 6654 pattern! Plus my refashioned knit skirt that I love, I wore slam out and there's a hole in the fabric. Speaking of fabric they are sending me Ponte Roma in black. Sometimes it is hard to know what the best fabric is to use for a project like this and it is so nice that they are sending me what is best. 
My second choice!!!
It is almost spring and I wear this style of shirt for work all of the time. Usually these shirts cost any where between $30-$50. I found the Butterick 5678 pattern and fabric for only $22.49. Once I get the right fit, I can see myself making a ton of these shirts. It is really a smart design. Instead of side darts, it is a princess cut shirt with pockets over it. Much more flattering, but you do have to get the sizing right. They are send me 3 yards of Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham in this light blue. 
Can't wait to start sewing!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sew Cheap!

Craftsy has kits for sale up to 60% off retail price! The kit has fabric and sew pattern sold together.
Expires March 1, 2015
JoAnn has their patterns on sale. 
Simplicity Patterns are $1 each through Feb.28, 2015.
Butterick Patterns are $1.99 March 6-8,
Simplicity Patterns are $1.99 March 8-14,
McCall's Patterns are $1.99 March 20-22,
and 
Vogue Patterns are $1.99 March 20-22. 
(Some exclusions apply.)
Make sure you sign up for the coupon newsletter it tells you about the best deals and the coupons are 40-50% off none sale items.
March 12-17 You Can Make This will be running another $5 pattern promotion! 

Expires March 5, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Kelly Green, Antler Sweater

I finished my Antler Sweater from Tin Cats knits and I love the way it looks. These are just some buttons I had. They are acting as place holders until my beautiful buttons arrive! I am trying to be patient. The only change I made this time was with the sleeves. I made them more form fitting than on my first purple sweater. It was purely by accident, I knitted 16 down before realizing I was suppose to be increasing. I wrote the arm pattern down and just did the exact same thing on sleeve two.
I also learn how to make the body of your sweater look like one solid piece of fabric. In the purple sweater, I have these nubby knots where I stopped and started the new skeins.  

While I was knitting the green sweater, I realized that if I would start and stop the new skeins on the sides, no one would ever see the tails of the yarn. The finial result is a sweater body that looks like one solid piece of fabric.  
These are the small details that make your final projects look better. 
For my next knitting project, I am thinking about this raglan cropped sweater. It is knitted top- down and I have found a video tutorial from VeryPink.com to help me through it. I am thinking about a red or hot pink color to wear over my White Plum,  polka dot dress below. 
What do you think? Would a pink or red cardigan look better?