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Well, I  have been a bit busy this week, but I was still able to get some sewing done.  I was waiting pretty impatiently for all my new Sewing Patterns to arrive in the mail, so I just couldn’t get any more accomplished.

 

 

I have had this pattern for some time, and when I pulled it out I realized I had already cut  fabric out, so that was my motivation!

I did find the neck facing to be a bit tricky, but when it was complete, I was very pleased!

 I will make this again for sure, especially with the longer sleeves

New Look 6677

 

Another pattern I have had for quite some time. I wasn’t sure about the fit, and didn’t want to waste all that fabric. So, I decided to make use of an old top sheet I had. The fabric worked perfectly and I have decided this will make a great cover-up for the beach. I have been wanting some shorter length tops, so this pattern proves to be a winner in my summer wardrobe!

 

Simplicity 2643

Well, as I was on a roll..a NEW pattern came in the mail! 🙂

 

 

I had seen this pattern on PR and realized this was just what I was looking for a few weeks back! A loose fitting skirt with a foldover waist! I loved the look of the bubble skirt, but without the bubble. So I omitted the lining and created a perfect skirt! I think I make the next skirt just a little longer…

Sorry I didn’t model the skirt, but it was late and I was too lazy to change

 

Simplicity 4237

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I had purchased this pattern off  of Ebay quite some time ago. It is an OOP (out of print) pattern. I wanted a dress that didn’t require a shirt underneath, and that would also have a flattering fit. I did adjust the sizes a bit in the hip area 😳 and it fit perfectly!  

Pros: 

  • Lined Bodice – Love the seamless simplicity
  • Neck variations – I think I will try the scoop neck next

Cons: 

  • I felt the bodice was a little too short – I think I will lengthen it by and 1 1/2″ next time
  • Tie Ends – I hate the instructions for turning the straps, I prefer to turn in seams and sew

This is a pattern that I can really dress up or down…mostly down with earthy prints to wear with my Birkenstocks 😉 

 

I am already on my second dress from this pattern and I am very excited! Now if I can just have Mother Nature cooperate with my plans of wearing sleeveless dresses, I will be SET! 

 

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Lands End

 

I knew exactly what I wanted

  • foldover waist
  • soft knit
  • mid-calf length

And what I didn’t

  • expensive prices
  • crazy prints
  • short lengths

I live in Yoga Pants, preferably fold over waist, so I thought this would be a great alternative… a Yoga Skirt 🙂 I thought it would be fairly easy, but I was wrong. To buy a skirt, I would spend at least $35 per skirt, and it still wasn’t exactly what I wanted. And looking for a sewing pattern was another FAIL. I was a bit apprehensive after the day I had been having, but I decided to go for it anyhow. I had one skirt pattern I like and found another pattern with a waistband that I thought I could tweak and fit on the skirt…and for a fraction of the price I would pay retail.. I already had the patterns and had purchased the knit fabric just a few weeks ago for $12… So With McCalls #4464  wide waistband  and Simplicity’s #9628 Skirt pattern..I did a little adjusting with length and width… And I came up with this beauty…. 😉

 

Grey Fold-Over Skirt

 

It is just what I wanted, a bit full in the hip area but not too much… So I went through my fabric and  grabbed  New Look #6086 Shirt pattern and thought I could make a great lounging outfit!

 

New Look 6086

This is the ultimate comfy outfit without looking sloppy. I am so pleased! My day has turned around, it seems like the trick was to write it down and move on!  After my crabby post, my backyard neighbor called and so graciously took Nate-Dog for the whole day, I sewed some great things, played some basketball with Erinn, made burgers on the grill and ate outside with Hubs…and I am even getting a girls-nite with Tina tonight 🙂 And I can’t wait to start sewing again!  I did make another skirt, but  I think I need to call it night so I can get ready!

Tie-dye foldover waist

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Ok,  so as much as I loved the curtains I made from the inside, they just looked way too bright from the outside 😦

I decided to go through my curtain collection. I knew exactly what I wanted..Some privacy when I sew at night, but still light in the daytime, and I also wanted a bit whimsical….

I have to admit, I have never mixed two different curtains on the same window..but this just worked & I love them! 

 

Whimsy curtains

 

 

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It has been two days since my big Sewing Room overhaul..

and I have been a Sewing Machine!! hehehe

 

 

I was so excited, I didn’t what to start with..

so I began catching up on some repairs I needed to get done..

I also had “my little helper” during the day

 

 

I had been promising him some new Pj’s

 

 

I still had so much of the afternoon left, so I decided to spruce up my curtain situation….

 

 

We had a playdate today, so I didn’t get back in the sewing room until around 7pm,

So I got started on arm rest covers for the couches..

 

 

Now, those were a first for me, without a pattern.

I am planning on perfecting them and covering the cushions as well….soon

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Well, it feels like I am always trying a way to organize my sewing room. It could have something to do with the fact that it’s also the laundry & computer room. Which makes it harder, trying to keep an organized space just for me.

 

I have been searching for the perfect shelving system. But I needed it to be affordable and sturdy.

Fabric is surprisingly very heavy and according to my mom, I have so much I could sell it!

 

Well, my day has come!

 After searching high and low, I have found the PERFECT Shelves!

I am a little leery about all of my fabric being exposed, so I may make some kind of dust curtain.

 

                                                                           I am proud to say I put both  together without any help from Hubs!!

Sorting, folding, and color coding all my fabric was pure torture,

 but in the end…..

Totally worth it!

 

I am so excited to get beck to my sewing projects! It has been a few weeks and I have so many ideas brewing,

I now have the perfect atmosphere!

Welcome to My Sewing Room!

 

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hehehee…sometimes I do just crack myself up!

Yesterday I covered my first lampshade. Ok,  may not seem like a big deal, but it is. I am not crafty. I can sew, quilt and crochet, but crafty, I am not. My mom had given me this great lamp, that I sit under every night and work on cross stitch, but it had this stark, blah, white shade that was making me nuts! I researched how to measure, and how to adhere…and Voila!

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