Starting Again!

Well, it’s only been about 4 years since I last posted! (ugh!) But I have been sewing a lot this summer so I wanted to post an update :).

I made my first ever purse! I followed along with my Craftsy class instructor and took it slowly step by step.. and am so very happy with it!

It has FOUR outside pockets and 2 inside pockets :)!!! I added the ribbon detail otherwise tried to follow the directions pretty exactly! The class is Colorful Patchwork Bags and Baskets by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield and I loved it! I still want to make some baskets, and eventually other purses!

I also made a reversible wrap skirt following along with another Craftsy class! This one was Project Upcycle by Betz White :). I still have to make the buttonhole and may try to hem it a little… I will see how it sits when I have the buttonhole to put the ties through. I made one side navy and the other navy polka dot :)!

I also made 2 shirts this summer and I will add those another day!




What I have made this summer :)

So now that I can add pics, I will add what else I have made this summer as I have been learning how to sew!

One of the first things I made was a denim skirt… I had been wanting to buy one but decided I would try to make it myself. I am really happy with it! It is very comfortable!!! I am not usually a skirt or dress wearer, but I have been enjoying my new skirt :). IMG_0597IMG_0598IMG_0601IMG_0604 I used Simplicity 2451, View B, then had to take in a couple of darts in the waist. I love my pockets!!! I had a little trouble with this zipper… did this before I took my Craftsy class.

Next up I made PJ shorts for Katie, Jenny and I (from Simplicity 9871….JoAnn’s had a sale on the Simplicity patterns, can you tell?!)… here are mine and Jenny’s (have to fix Katie’s ribbon).IMG_0668IMG_0666The buttonhole with the ribbon was supposed to be on the outside…somehow the girls’ ended up on the inside; mine is just hand sewn on the front and doesn’t function as a drawstring like theirs does.



I also made a couple of tops, first was Simplicity 2892 IMG_0656IMG_0658I added the little lace at the bottom just as an extra :). I made View D and just did the sleeve linings in the fabric instead of the puffy elastic sleeve (I saw someone else online had done that) and that worked fine. You can’t see it but I used a little flower button for the closure at the top back.

Then Simplicity 1693 View B… I was worried about the flutter sleeves in this one but I really love how this one fits and how comfortable it is! I used a seersucker fabric and it lays nicely.IMG_0659IMG_0663 I also made the back closure a ribbon that ties instead of a button (because I thought it would be cute and that last button loop on the other top keeps coming undone, boo). The neck was a little big on me so that is why I took a pleat (or dart?) in the front and that fixed that!

Last top I made I am not as sure about… IMG_0648IMG_0654 I used Simplicity 7517, and copied how I saw someone else online change the fabric up at the bottom of it, and did a fabric ribbon tie for the back closure. Just not as sure about this one, I did try making a little variety in the front of the neck but may try doing something else with it?

And last but not least I altered a few tops I already owned… the striped top in the top picture I added the little fake tank inset.

Did the same for this one…IMG_0635

And this one also, along with a piece of fabric at the bottom. IMG_0644

And there you have it! Next I think I will work on a brown skirt (with pockets!!!), and then I am really excited to sew the Coco pattern from Tilly and the Buttons! I Love, Love, Love her blog and her sewing tutorials.

Until next time!

“For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.” Psalm 117:2

Simplicity 1803 finished!

OK, Jeff and the girls helped me take pics, so I can add what I have made so far…

IMG_0672First up… Katie’s dress, Simplicity 1803 with bodice C… I shouldn’t have put in any extra room, because I ended up taking it out. I took out LOTS of stitches in this dress! Ugh. Oh well, it was a good learning experience, right?.  I am in process of taking a Craftsy class by Gail Yellen and that was very helpful for the gathers and zipper.  So without further adieu, here is Katie in her new dress…IMG_0613IMG_0618IMG_0620IMG_0621IMG_0629 and Larry the cat :).

In Process…

I am currently working on Simplicity 1803 for my daughter Katie. I cut it a little smaller because a couple of the Simplicity tops I made ran big… but so far I’m afraid I cut it too small. I just finished the bodice yesterday, and added another side panel to make sure it will fit. Don’t want to do all of this work and have it be too small!  Lesson learned… better to make it too big and have to take it in, than to make it too small!  Next steps are the cap sleeves and skirt, then the dreaded zipper! I have put one zipper in a skirt so far, and it gave me fits. Hoping this goes better :).

I will take pictures soon and add them here of what I have done so far!!! 


“But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them ever sing for joy” Psalm 5:11a

Getting Started!

Well, my sweet girls and husband encouraged my idea to start a blog to keep track of my new sewing hobby :).  I had surgery in December and have had extended time off work (way more than I originally thought or planned), and Jeff (hubby) bought me a new sewing machine! I had an old machine and sewed a couple of things about 20 or so years ago!  Re-started sewing a couple of months ago, and have been really Loving It!!! 🙂  The Internet and Sewing bloggers have been a huge help to me with re-learning how to sew! From threading the machine to making a dart to using bias tape (still working on the last 2!).

So I will learn also to blog and keep track of the things I make, and maybe I can encourage someone else along the way!