Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Me-Made-May 2015: Week 3

Week 3 was a busy week for me: 2 weeks away from my son's wedding! All our kids were home for the Memorial Day Weekend, when the Bachelor/Bachelorette parties were also scheduled for that Saturday.
That explains the fall off of my pledge of 5 Me-Made garments/week. Oh well.

Butterick 6028: Katharine Tilton pants (not yet blogged) seen here in gray last week

Hand-knit (7/2010): Broken Rib Tank

Those pants again! worn clubbing with my sister-in-law Lois to celebrate the Bachelorette
and her "sail before the veil":

Cassie and the Moms

Another busy week ahead, but I should make my 5 garment pledge....we'll see!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Me-Made-May 2015: Week 2

Week 2 of Me-Made-May 2015: I find I do wear the things I make, I'm just not used to taking pictures
of myself this much LOL!   In no particular order:


                   Simplicity 2345 (me and my Mom: Shirley on Mother's Day

      Butterick 6028 (not blogged yet, a test garment to try a Katharine Tilton pants pattern)

           Simplicity 2648 (hands down one of my favorite patterns)

      McCalls 1318 (can you tell by the look on my facr that's is almost time for the end of a work week?!?)

     Simplicity 4076 (not blogged, pattern is discontinued, not a favorite, but easy to wear)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Me-Made-May 2015: Week 1

A quick summary of the first week of my Me-Made-May 2015:

McCall's 6996:

New Look 6323:
McCall's 6966:
McCall's 3678:
Vogue 8880:






Sunday, May 3, 2015

New Look 6323: MMMay 2015 #2

It is a beautiful Spring day here in Michigan....finally! Feels good to crack out the sandals and summer clothes, and the new top I made using New Look 6323, View C:

I thought this tomato-red poly fabric was so cute.....the print looks like little kites!
This is an old-school poly, dare I say vintage, fabric scored at the Salvation Army: 3 yds for $1.99.
And though this pattern calls for a knit, this poly works okay....would work better if it had more drape.

I found the neckline to be a little high for my taste, and will lower it a bit next time:

Hope the weather is treating you well, too!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Me-Made-May 2015

This my first year to participate in the Me-Made-May Challenge, and I'm looking forward to being a part of a very talented  and creative community. 
I plan to post a weekly synopsis of my 5 items...should be fun!

 'I, Patty of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15.  I endeavor to wear a handmade-by-me item 5 days/week for the duration of May 2015'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Simplicity 1318: Kimono

I've been sewing those chiffon kimonos for my daughters that are all the rage right now, and thought: "Why not make one for me?"
Although I don't follow the trends too much when sewing for myself, I consider the kimono to function like a lightweight jacket. I chose to use Simplicity 1318, View B, because I liked the look of the banded fronts and sleeves.
Misses' Kimono Jackets Simplicity Pattern 1318

Deciding to sew a test garment first from my stash, I found this
rayon challis purchased online from Fashion Fabrics Club 3 years ago. I remember adding this fabric to my order back then to reach the minimum to receive free shipping.....we ALL do that, right?!
I also remember opening the box on the day it was delivered, with the "WHAT was I thinking?" feeling......I really thought that it was an ugly duckling. 
Fast forward 3 years, and now this fabric didn't look so bad that I couldn't try it with this 'wearable muslin'. It is soft and flowing, and the print looks a lot like what I see in RTW.

Per pattern instructions, I interfaced the bands, using 
ProTRICOT fusible from Fashion Sewing Supply, and assembled the kimono using my serger, handstitching the bands to the inside for a cleaner finish.

I wore this when I visited my daughters in Chicago a couple of weekends ago, and my daughter Kristen was my photographer for my city shots. 

(Rhonda: do you recognize this mural? Lawrence by the Copernicus Center :-))

I don't know how many of these I can use in my wardrobe, but given some the right fabric I might make it again.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

McCall's 6801: The Pizza Dress

I was contacted by another blogger and friend-of-a-friend to see if I was up for an interesting project; The Pizza Dress!
Rachel is a blogger in Virginia, pens the blog Pie Me To The Moon, and has spent the last year on a pizza "journey", eating and evaluating pies in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area, blogging about the experience and the people that participated. 
The last 52 weeks were wrapped up into one big pizza party which happened to coincide with Rachel's birthday (smart girl!), and she wanted a special dress for the celebration.
Rachel had ordered a knit jersey fabric from Spoonflower, printed like a pepperoni pizza, and had chosen  McCall's 6801  for the dress design.

As I live in Michigan, and Rachel lives in Virgina, there would not be an opportunity for a fitting appointment, and the time constraints did not allow for mailing a fitting muslin back and forth. Luckily, her measurements fell right in line with the pattern measurements. Below is the finished dress on my dress form: no changes or alterations to the pattern.

I used a swimwear lining with approx 1 inch negative ease for this form-fitting knit jersey dress.

Below are some pictures that Rachel shared from her fun evening, and I think the smile on her face indicates that she was happy with her Pizza Dress!
Thanks, Rachel, for a fun project!

You can read all about her pizza journey at Pie Me To The Moon.

Friday, April 10, 2015

T-shirt Quilt for Notre Dame alums

My nephew and his wife are both alumni from Notre Dame, and have been collecting ND T-shirts for several years. They've seen a few of the T-shirt quilts that I've made in the past, and wanted one for themselves. Their requests: 1) use all 26 T-shirts 2) add 4 tartan plaid blocks and 3) add shamrocks in the block corners. I was able to add the same cozy plaid as backing for their quilt.

This was a fun project for a special couple, and I mustered up all my professionalism to look past all that GREEN(!), as I am a die-hard Univ. of Michigan alum whose blood runs Maize & Blue LOL!!
Looks like they love their new custom quilt....perfect for snuggling!