» sewmanju 3 days ago
DSC_2078 Butterick 5616: DIY Bleached Denim Jacket

Butterick 5616 bleached denim jacket. Worn with McCalls 7745 polka dot wrap skirt and a white Grainline Archer shirt Hi Everyone, Today’s post relates to a denim jacket that I made a couple of months ago, using Butterick 5616 . A me-made denim jacket has been on my to-sew list for a couple of years now, so I am glad I finally got it ticked off. There are quite a few different jeans jackets patterns around, but I went for this Butterick one largely because it has the front princess seams...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 5 days ago
3671_ff_promo Same Pattern, Different Bodies: Jalie Gigi Bikini

Inspired by the “Curvy Year of Sewing” theme of swimwear, two CSC contributors Jessica ( Always a Crafty Lady ) and Jennifer ( We Bought a Manor ) decided to try the Jalie Gigi Bikini and compare their results. Would we dare to bare it all by wearing a bikini in public?  The Pattern The Jalie Gigi Bikini has several different options in one making this a great mix and match pattern. The top is fully lined and features princess seaming to help achieve a good fit. The bottom is lined in the fro...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 6 days ago
Solid Colored & Sleeveless Katie

I think of projects in threes...s o this is my third Katie Dress.    The difference this time is that I sewed them one right after the other! I am done with this pattern for awhile because I have three amazing dresses/tunics in a sleeveless, short sleeve and sleeved version.  That's not to say another shirt probably won't make it into my wardrobe come fall. I still haven't made the shirting version of this pattern which started this journey...but for right now I am done. Each v...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 7 days ago
The Dark Floral Katie Dress

This was my first version of the Katie Dress made straight from the download. As originally sewn Worn with black capri leggings Supplies ~ The fabric is a cotton/linen print purchased from Fabric Mart last month. It was from a special offering to Premium Members and I bought several of these prints then. They are now online here but the print used in my dress has sold out.  The black linen is from the collection probably from Ebad Fabrics in the garment district purchased years ago...bac...

» trish stitched 8 days ago
#Refashion Friday - Refashioned Nantucket Shorts Take Two! #Refashion Friday – Refashioned Nantucket Short...

A few years ago I did this refashion , and since then, it has become one of my most popular pins on pinterest ! I’ve always vowed I was going to make another pair, because I had another blouse, and every time that little notification popped up that my pin was re-pinned, it became a reminder that I have to make another pair. So this Refashion Friday, I’m sharing my other pair – and tips to make your own using a shorts pattern! The original pair was actually my wearable muslin...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 8 days ago
#CSCMAKES: July Instagram Roundup

Good Morning CSC!   @ kathleenmurch  made New Look 6378 // @ spot_and_dot  made a Named Clothing Esme cardigan       @ silverluna888  made several Sinclair Patterns Sydney cardigans!   @ sewfullife  made an Indygo Junction Warm and Cozy wrap // @ diaryofasewingfanatic  made Simplicity 5075   @ daisysewcrazy  made a Tessuti Sydney jacket // @ altered_in_scotland  made a Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan   @ evalunddk  made a Papercut patterns Kochi Kimono // @ pfont  made a Helen’s...

» sewmanju 10 days ago
DSC_2460 Simplicity 8641 / Sew House Seven Burnside Bibs...

Simplicity 8641/ Sew house seven burnside bibs dress version Hey Everyone, Who even am I? Dressed for work in a pinafore dress  with trainers on , and loving the whole casual look! Simplicity 8641/ Sew house seven burnside bibs dress version This is Simplicity 8641 , made in a polyester crepe from Minerva Crafts . I think I used the Florenza Crepe which is a smooth, light to medium weight crepe with lots of drape. I think you definitely want to avoid anything which is going to add bulk at the...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 10 days ago
A Katie Shirt from Elliott Berman Fabric

This is the second version of the Katie that I'm sharing first because I used this amazing fabric from Elliot Berman. Now I wouldn't call myself a funky or unique dresser but every once in awhile, I'm inspired to move a little away from my clean-line, unfussy styling and add a little funk.  This is definitely bringing the funk! After figuring out the pattern I headed over to Elliott Berman's looking for a piece of fabric to use to make it. I specifically wanted this piece... ...but once ...

» trish stitched 10 days ago
Coming Up Roses Wedding Guest Dress - Trish Stitched Coming Up Roses Wedding Guest Dress

Hello, hello! I usually write blog posts during the day or in the early morning, but this night seems like the perfect time. I’m watching the ONLY craft show I know of, Making It , on NBC. Have you seen it? We are on week 2, so not deep into the show just yet, but it’s cute. I do wish there was a seamstress to represent the sewing community, but the makers on there are all very talented. And I am a huge fan of Parks and Rec, so seeing Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman together again i...

» sew TREEFROG 10 days ago
Finished rug Handwoven: The Marshmallow Rag Rug

Has this project been fun or what? The finished rug I would never have thought that I would be weaving a rag rug, let alone be looking forward to making another.  To be honest, most of the ones that I’d seen were a random smattering of rag strips that didn’t really appeal to me.  But when I saw Karen Isenhower ‘s project in Handwoven March/April 2017 , it made me change my mind.  Her rug was gorgeous! What finally pushed me over the edge on this project was when two of our s...

» Sigrid - sewing projects 11 days ago
P8071792 A knitting project

I’ve been in doubt about writing about my knitting projects as my blog has always been about sewing and only very occasionally I mention other subjects. But well, as it is my blog I’d like to share my knitting projects too and if knitting is not what you like to read about, this post is not for you. I learned knitting as a child, did a lot of knitting in the 80’s and knitted nothing for about 20 years after my children were born. I wanted to knit for them, but when a sweater was already almos...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 12 days ago
A Trio of Katies

The first of the Indie patterns I made is The Katie Dress, and I admit it I went a little crazy making Katie dresses... However, in my defense, I love a great high/low hemline. And if I was gonna tape a pattern together, I'm getting the most uses out of it so I made three versions of this pattern.  A little backstory ~ I was on Instagram watching MimiG's stories and she posted this shirt. I've been wanting a shirt like this for quite some time. Just had no pattern on hand to use to start...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 12 days ago
Sewing-Pattern-Cocoon-Dress-Trine-Lotte-Martens-front New Pattern Round Up for July 2018

Welcome to the July Pattern Round Up! Summer is an especially slow time for sewing pattern releases, but with Fall approaching in the Northern Hemisphere we’re starting to see some cool weather styles mixed in with the warm weather releases. Here are the top 10 new patterns published this month. Schnittchen Patterns Trine I was super excited to see Schnittchen release another pattern in their extended sizing. Trine is a cocoon style dress and this shape has become really popular. It fit...

» Sigrid - sewing projects 13 days ago
P8051786 A muslin in silk

Well, not a true muslin of course, I definitely hoped this would result in a wearable garment and decided to use this silk that’s cheaper than the linen I planned to use for this shirt. Still wanting to do that, but didn’t want to take a risk with that specific fabric. I think this is quite a good fit on me. I did not change the length of the body, nor of the sleeves. I did measue the sleeves, as in most companies they are too short for me. Not necessary here, which means that if you’re short...

» sewmanju 14 days ago
DSC_2166 Simplicity 8554: DIY Unstructured Grey Cupro Tr...

Simplicity 8554 unstructured trench duster coat made in grey cupro Hey All, Simplicity 8554 has been on my to-sew list since the beginning of spring, and I finally got it made up this week. This is a really great smart-casual piece to add to my wardrobe going into autumn, with a laid back, relaxed vibe to it. I made mine in a grey cupro from Rainbow Fabrics . It feels very light to wear and is breathable (being  made from cellulose pulp, similar to viscose/ rayon), although it doesn’t t...

» sew TREEFROG 15 days ago
close-up of collar & placket KwikSew 3026: Paisley woven polo shirt

close-up of collar & placket This paisley print has been sitting in my stash for almost a decade, never quite knowing what it wanted to be.  Too short in length for a long sleeve shirt for which it was intended to be, and never quite suiting the summer shirt patterns that I tried to match it with. Kwik Sew 3026 (original source: KwikSew.com) So here it is, finally made up as a poloshirt using KwikSew 3026 (now OOP) with some minor changes, like adding tabs on the sleeve cuffs.  I had plan...

» trish stitched 17 days ago
Fab Scrap Visiting FabScrap!

Over the weekend, Drew and I took a little adventure to Brooklyn! Drew actually had the “day off” (well he was able to work from his phone instead of the office) and we wanted to plan a day out. I had been meaning to go to FabScrap since I read about them, and it seemed like the perfect day for a visit! I’ve mentioned FabScrap here on the blog before, and I’m excited to share my experience and my fabric haul! If you aren’t familiar with FabScrap, let me fill you ...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 17 days ago
August is Indies Month

I have a couple of Indie Patterns that I've wanted to sew for a minute and I kept putting them off. Since I made a Deer & Doe Myosotis, loved it and wanted to make another one, I've decided that I would make August's theme, " Indie Month ." These are the Indie Patterns I plan on sharing this month: The Katie Dress by MimiG of SewSewDefMagazine The Perth Dress by Carolyn & Cassie Patterns The Kalle Dress by Closet Case Patterns Now did you see that?  There are two pdf patterns on ...

» sewmanju 19 days ago
DSC_2148 Simplicity 8014: DIY Striped Blue Cotton Poplin...

Simplicity 8014 made in blue striped cotton poplin from Fabworks Hey Everyone, Order of blogging has gone to pot and today I am sharing one of my more recent makes (made post holiday): another version of Simplicity 8014 , and the first time I am making view A/B. (I have previously made views C and D; see here and here ). If you are a fan of the shirt dress, and you don’t have this pattern in your stash, ask yourself why? Because you are essentially getting two, completely different shir...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 19 days ago
Pattern Review: Cashmerette Ipswich Swimsuit

Hello CSC! Today I am reviewing the Cashmerette Ipswich Swimsuit . I did also test the swimsuit before release but my opinions are my own. There were some changes made between the version we tested and the final version so for obvious reasons this review it based on the final version. The pattern has two views: view A is a one piece swimsuit and view B is a two-piece swimsuit. The size range is size 12-28 with cup sizes C/D, E/F, and G/H; bust 40 inches to 58 inches. I chose to make view B fo...

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