All kinds of projects

I’ve become something of a home seamstress I guess. This is the second adjustment of uniform for my husband. First, sewing on rank, now replacing a zipper. Maybe I’ve become a sweatshop! Ha 🙂 Apparently they don’t sell zippers anymore at clothing and sales because no one really bought them. His zipper broke at the bottom where they…stamped down some sort of glue down over the cloth edge of the zipper. Here is the new one installed (removed from an old top):



I also added the Citadel flag logo, a Palmetto tree, to the brothers shirt. I used a no-sew adhesive with not so great results. It seemed to dry really fast and I had a hard time spreading it fast enough! I couldn’t think of a better way to get the logo on the shirt besides a double-sided fusible, which my local store didn’t have. I need to mail this out tomorrow! I also thought of using the appliquĂ© function on my Janome but thought it would be too difficult, if feasible at all, in the little grooves on the design. Anyway, here it is on:

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And here is the last (sewing) project of the year. The same shirt as above, but in a (knit?) fleece. I didn’t realize it was so stretchy until last night when I started cutting the pieces. I hope I can handle the challenge of knit. I am armed with jersey needles and a blind understanding of how knits act. LOL!



6232 – Simplicity Mens XL

I am almost done! What a production. I hate hate hate doing collars. This is only my third one, second completed successfully. The first one I did didn’t have a collar stand either. Anyway, here is a shot of pinning the stand down on the inside:


Here is the finished collar:


I get so confused with collars and collar stands. I finally had this down to one last ‘sandwich’ and was going to hand sew it down sort of blind hem style but said screw it. I just top stitched that bugger down and it worked out. The line fell almost in the ditch on the outside where the collar will be folded down anyway! Whew. Now on with the buttons…


We realized halfway through the project it was very Santa Clause looking and now with the buttons it’s official! The colors couldn’t be helped, they are the Citadel colors, but perhaps we could have just done the whole shirt in red. Oh well, it can be a house shirt if he’s uncomfortable about it!

All in all, another job well done (actually I still have to put the sleeve buttons on) and great experience under the belt. Now onto the next shirt. I just finished cutting the fabric and realized it was a knit fleece! Good god what a scare. How did I not notice that when I bought it? I hope all goes well. I have jersey needles but maybe I’ll add some soluble stabilizer on the sewing edges to help me along? Will that even help? I will just have to practice on some scraps first.

*UPDATE* Finished shirt, the model is smaller than the intended recipient 🙂



Doll Clothes and Toddler Play Accessories

Doll Clothes and Toddler Play Accessories

I made a few items for my niece’s American Girl doll. I made a headband, a caplet, and a dress. I used a couple tutorials to help me along with sizing and ideas, here is one. I didn’t save the others and didn’t follow them exactly anyway. Thank you kindly for the help! I am always so thankful for people sharing their experiences (especially for beginners!), not only so I don’t have to pay for instructions and patterns, but I think sewing is something of a life skill. You never know when you might need to make your own clothes (like during the inevitable zombie apocalypse).

I made the dress on mycupoverflows website, but at first it looked like a hospital gown so I added a flower to the waist and it magically became cute! Sometimes just one thing can change the entire look of a garment.

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Then I made daughter #2 a crown since sissy got one a few weeks ago. I just cut a shape on the fold of some craft felt and sewed the elastic on. Voila!



She is not easily amused and would not smile for the camera.

Here is a quick felt flower I hot glued onto a hair band for sissy:



She on the other hand, LOVES the camera.


Onesie to…dress? Tutu?

Onsie to...dress? Tutu?

Well this was interesting. I originally took a white and pink striped shirt, cut the bodice off, and started attached elastic and tulle for a puffed skirt. It did NOT turn out well. I gave up on the skirt and took an old onesie that was too short, cut off the bottom snap section, and added the tulle skirt to the inner shirt (there is a yellow undershirt in there). I didn’t like how the tulle edges were raw and didn’t want to do (or didn’t have enough) bias tape, and I figured a lace border would just get ripped off. I ironed on stitch witchery on the hem and well…you see the result. But it’s done and until I decide to change (fix) it, it’s getting put in her closet for play clothes!


Back on the grind

I am working on a flannel for my husbands brother and it’s been interesting! I did make myself a shirt awhile back but made a few minor errors so I have a leg up on this shirt. First of all, don’t use heavyweight interfacing! My shirt front facing is SO stiff. Second, I know how to do a collar now so hopefully that goes smoothly.

His brothers shirt is starting to have Christmas-y colors to me but they are the colors of his college so I hope he’s cool with it. I am going to add their logo as a detail but haven’t decided how. Fabric paint? Applique? Fuse-on? Small detail over a pocket or like my husband asked, a large one on the back? I don’t like that last idea too much, but we’ll see.

I ended up buying myself some fleece to make a shirt for myself in this pattern because it’s turning out so well. I also finished a pumpkin hat for my Father-in-law (I know, so LATE!!), and now have started back on the knitting grind. I am now making myself a superwash wool ear warmer using Limerick by Universal Yarns. It’s a one ply yarn and it’s strange for me to use. I’ve never knitted with a one ply roving type yarn but it’s working out so far. I will post a photo of that later!


Making the placket was interesting. It was a little tricky turning it out to the right side. Sometimes I don’t understand the pattern directions and rely solely on the pictures.


A pocket! I added some tacking detail to various spots of the shirts and I think it is a great touch! Makes it looks store bought.


Homey coasters


My husband got some night stands that he has become quite protective of. We decided we needed some coasters and I said, ‘Oo ee! A new project!’. I had some fat quarter packs I never used for a dog neckerchief and got right to work. I cut 5×5 squares of the red fabric and cut a circle of the star fabric to fit in the red square. I put some fusible fleece on the back of the red squares for some fluff.

I sewed the star circles onto the red squares (the ones without the fleece on them) as an appliqué. Then I sewed the two red squares together, right sides together. I turned them inside out then top stitched the whole square around.

All in all they are cute and….homey!


Spring Dress

Ok, it’s not for spring but this fabric screams spring to me. It was so cute I had to get it. Isn’t that what we all say regarding a fabric we love? I have been taking my time on this dress; serging (overlock stitching) all my seams, topstitching where I can, and adding a pretty pink bias tape to the neckline. I was going to do a ruffle on the neck but decided against it. It’s just as well because I couldn’t find the pattern piece for it (I am partially using Simplicity 1547).  I ordered a wheel tracer that doesn’t cut so I can preserve future patterns I buy.



Adding the bias tape to the neckline. It was a cinch!


Adding a bit of tulle! I have been wanting to try this.


**UPDATE** here are some almost finished photos!! I am gushing!! It’s looking beautiful so far. I wanted to finish it tonight however I tired and decided to quit once I got the sleeves done.