» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 4 days ago
Cashmerette's Rivermont Top - Second Version

Last year when I made the Rivermont Top I said that I would make it again.  As usual it took me a minute to get back to it...well actually it took me an entire year! *LOL*  I also said that I would make my next version just like the pattern...mmmmmm I lied. This one is basically made like my first version. I love high/low hemlines and really wanted another version like that. The difference in this one is that the high/low peplum is made from a polyester chiffon. Some stats ~ Fabric:...

» sew TREEFROG 5 days ago
A knitwear design experiment

» trish stitched 5 days ago
Refashion Inspiration #RefashionFriday: Refashion Inspiration!

Happy Friday everyone! I have a whole bunch of projects in the works but nothing is finished so I thought I would share a few of the refashions I’ve been falling in love with lately! The refashioning world has been on fire lately, and there is so much inspiration all around!   1. Jeans to Overall Dress Refashion – Sew Much Love, Mary   This amazing refashion is adorable, colorful and so creative! Mary also has a photo tutorial on her blog to help you to make your own ver...

» Sigrid - sewing projects 6 days ago
Tracing and marking a pair of pants from Decemb...

Hmm, could the title be longer? This post is exactly about what the title says. I started making a pair of pants from the Burda december issue and in this post will show you how I use a pattern from the magazine. A short aside: a comment was made yesterday on my post on the missing cutting layouts that Burda will bring them back in the March issue (see here  (text in German), thanks Beate for sharing this information and Burda for listening to their readers!). This is the pair of pants I'...

» sew TREEFROG 6 days ago
Sew the look : Lekala 4420 Blouse

» Sigrid - sewing projects 7 days ago
How to insert an invisible zipper (without pucker)

After the test post (thank you for your input, I'm debating/considering options) let's get back to sewing. A while ago I learned about a great, yet simple technique to avoid the little pucker at the end of an invisible zipper. I insert my zipper this way all the time. Though the trick is at the last step of inserting the zipper, I include all steps I do for inserting a zipper. Disclaimer: as always when I do a tutorial, there are more ways to do it, this is just my take on it. Read mo...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 7 days ago
Black Ponte Jacket with Lace Trim

This jacket is made using McCalls 7481 as the base and it's Chico inspired.   I found the inspiration jacket on Chico's website and it started this sewing journey. Chicos Ponte & Lace Jacket All of the pattern alterations were completed that's why  I started with it.  I have two successful versions of the jacket in my closet another reason to use it. Supply List ~ - 2.5 yards of black ponte fabric from Fabric Mart - 1.5" lace from Joyce Trimmings - 3" lace from M&J...

» Sigrid - sewing projects 8 days ago
Test (for partial readability in feeds)

My posts are irregular at the moment, to say the least. I've quite a backlog of projects that were not mentioned here, either because they're not really interesting material or just because the time lacked to make proper pictures in good light. I read quite a few blogs through Bloglovin but was wondering why I sometimes see a complete post, sometimes only a few lines and have to click on "See original post" to go to the blog. Read more »

» Curvy Sewing Collective 9 days ago
Estelle_Collage Pattern Review: Style Arc Estelle Ponte Jacket

Hey CSC!  It’s Meg of Cookin’ and Craftin’ , and it’s been a while! I’m back in action with a pattern review for y’all, in honor of the Curvy Year of Sewing Kimonos and Cardigans theme. I’ve made two versions of the Style Arc Estelle Ponte Jacket (more here and here ), and I’ve got things to say about it! Here’s my review. Pattern name: Style Arc Estelle Ponte Jacket … I’d argue that it’s more cardigan than jacket, but yo...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 10 days ago
Myosotis in Velvet

This is a total left field make. Especially since it seems like so much of my sewing lately has become "statement sewing" instead of basics. I've reached the point in my sewing where I'm taking creative journeys instead of sewing necessary garments. I can pretty much guarantee that 2019 is going to be all about creative journeys!  Originally I purchased this fabric to make a peasant style maxi skirt. You know the kind with the gathered tiers.  Since the fabric was only 45" wide I bo...

» sewmanju 12 days ago
Pauline Alice Aldaia Dress: DIY Blue Stretch Ve...

Pauline Alice Aldaia dress made in navy stretch velvet Hi Everyone,  Just popping on to say that the UK fabric store, Sewisfaction , recently asked me if I would like to write a  guest post for their blog. I selected some of their beautiful blue stretch velvet and made my third version of the Pauline Alice Aldaia dress (you can see version one here , and version two here ).  Pauline Alice Aldaia dress made in navy stretch velvet For all the full details of this make, including tips on cu...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 12 days ago
November was Good to Me!

Well the end of the year is approaching with only 31 days left.  So I'm reviewing these last 30 days, my buying habits and what I made...cause November was a good sewing month for me. The Fabric Struggle Continues... First, let's deal with my fabric piggyness ~ or my "In and Out" totals. I'd already purchased 14 yards before I added an additional 22.5 yards with my Black Friday purchases. *sigh* There are a whole lot of things I could say about that but why? We know fabric is my weakness...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 14 days ago
Cashmerette Pembroke Tunic in a Wool Knit

I've been looking for a turtleneck pattern that I wouldn't have to do a lot of work on.  The Pembroke pattern while not a true turtleneck, is close enough for me to use to make a couple of layering pieces this fall/winter. This is a simple sew. I used the shoulder seams for size 22, bust and waist size 24 and hip size 26. The bust cup is a C/D. The fabric is from Gaylen's fabric collection. She was going to add it to her pile of giveaway fabric for the Baltimore Destash . I rescued it in...

» sewmanju 15 days ago
Vogue 9201: DIY Dark Floral Tie Neck Shirt Dress

Vogue 9201 tie neck shirt dress Hi Readers,  We are fully into the colder weather and shorter, darker days here in my part of the world. And of course, that means my sewing is reflecting that. This is Vogue 9201 , made in a viscose crepe with a dark, dramatic floral print. This is a shirt dress with some interesting features. Let me show you the line drawings, because it’s quite hard to pick them out in this light/ fabric.  Vogue 9201 line drawings I made view C, but shortened the lengt...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 16 days ago
Pattern Review: SBCC Cabernet Cardigan

I have a cardigan problem. That cardigan problem is that the long, often flowing cardigans that have been all the rage in recent years don’t often look great on my 5’2″ frame, from a proportion standpoint. Even when I’ve bought more retro-style cardigans in RTW (e.g. the Charter School cardigan from ModCloth), they still tend to hit me at the low hip, which isn’t always the look that I’m going for, as I wear a lot of fit-and-flare and A-line dresses and lon...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 17 days ago
McCalls 7817 - A Jacquard Jacket

I'm always looking for toppers that will work with my casual lifestyle.  Now while I'm drawn to very tailored jackets, realistically they don't fit into my work life. So when I saw this McCalls pattern in the fall offerings, I thought it would fit well in my wardrobe... Even though this pattern has several sleeve variations, I'm sticking with the kimono type sleeves because I like simplier silhouettes. Refer to my sentence above about tailored jackets. I really am a classic silhouette lo...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 23 days ago
Pattern Review: Designer Stitch Willow Kimono

Hello CSC! For the Curvy Year of Sewing Kimonos and Cardigans theme, I just knew I wanted to review the Designer Stitch Willow Kimono. The Willow Kimono is available in sizes 1 through 11 or bust measurements 32 inches to 52 inches. It fits large, though, and can likely go larger than 52 inches.  The pattern has 3 lengths: shorter with a hi-lo hem, mid-thigh, lower calf. I made size 11, but could easily have sized down if I didn’t want such an oversized look. My bust is 51.5 inches. I h...

» sew TREEFROG 23 days ago
DIY kayak spray skirt and half deck

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 24 days ago
Do you?

Do you cut out a pile of garments to be sewn and then sew from the pile? It was something I tried back in my early 20s.  I cut out a large pile of garments. Before I got to the bottom of the pile, I was totally turned off and didn't want to sew the garments. It probably didn't help that I did it during the summer when I was working. By fall I had to change living arrangements and my job so the things I cut had lost their appeal.   Fabric & patterns were more precious to me ...

» trish stitched 25 days ago
DIY Convertible Backpack/Tote Bag Upcycle - Trish Stitched DIY Convertible Backpack/Tote Bag Refashion wit...

Who else hasn’t started their holiday sewing?! Show of hands? Please don’t tell me I’m alone… well if you haven’t started either, this new DIY is a great gift for someone who you don’t know what to get! My mom and my sister might both be getting versions this year! I took a floral vest, and a stained suede skirt and turned it into this bag! (thankfully I was able to save the top of the skirt, so I also got a mini skirt out of this refashion!)   Head ov...

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