Category Archives: McCalls

For realsies…

I have the bare bones set up for the Trench-Sew-Along.  Check out the blog site.  We are still in our infancy, still working out the kinks.  I still have to upload the header image and start populating the links.  There’s plenty of time to sign up if you’re interested.  Just leave me a comment on either blog and we’ll get you started. 

Here’s what I’m thinking of in terms of schedule:

  • August 14 — September 15:  Pick out pattern, trench coat research, fabric/notions gathering
  • September 16 — October 15:  Work on trench coat, commiserate, learn and don’t give up
  • October 16th or soon thereafter:  Wear trench coat bursting with pride and wonder.

Again, this is a work in progress.  If things take longer, they take longer.  No one’s going to get in trouble for not finishing or at all.  This is supposed to be something we enjoy, something from which we learn.  I want it to be as stress-free as possible.   Most likely, mine won’t be finished by October 15th since you all know by now how s.l.o.w. I sew.  But here’s to hoping!

Right now, I am considering McCalls 5525. 

M5525

BUT, it’s double breasted and I really wanted a raglan sleeve, single-breasted coat.  I am coming up empty handed on my search so far.  If any of you can point me to a pattern like that, please point away.  I am trying to steer clear of Burda patterns right now as I am already direction challenged and their directions, from what I hear, are a nightmare.  I love their designs, but want to improve my sewing chops a whole lot more before I try their patterns.

In other sewing news, I made some progress on my capri pants, but did not yet take any pictures.  I won’t be able to work on them again until Friday, but hopefully I will wear them this weekend.  I LOVE wearing something I’ve made; there is nothing better than that feeling.  I hope it never gets old. 

Happy sewing!

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Pretty Pictures

Like Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, I have been in a fabric buying frenzy.  Here are some pictures of my newest stash entries.

 
This is the gauzy cotton I picked up while doing the fabric store walk with Wendy’s  sewing Meetup group.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember what store.  If I still have the receipt, I’ll take a look at it tonight.  I am going to use it for Rae’s summer top sew along

cotton-brown-dots-with-flocking2

 

These three fabrics from Purl’s online store are to be used for Jack at some point.  Not sure what yet, but they are perfect little boy prints and orange is his favorite color (just like his grandfather — are favorite colors encoded in our genes too?!?!).  The orange cotton will most likely be a lining for whatever I make with the other two.planets3rockets

Jack's fabric's with orange cotton lining

Jack's fabric's with orange cotton lining

 

And I also increased the pattern stash this month when the latest Club BMV $4.99 sale was on.  These won’t be made up anytime soon as I don’t have good enough sewing chops, but I can’t wait for that day to come.

McCalls 5847

McCalls 5847

Vogue 1027

Vogue 1027

Vogue 8182

Vogue 8182

Vogue 8379

Vogue 8379

Vogue 8489

Vogue 8489