Friday, January 02, 2015

First SWAP item finished

Here is what I am planning for swap.  In my last post I put that I was making a blue yoga skirt.  I forgot that I had already changed that to a gray striped ruffled skirt as seen in the Sandra Betzina pattern on the left.

 So, in the first pattern, I have the blouse already cut out - view on the left.  Dress in the DKNY pattern - finished (pix below)  Pants, have a muslin pair cut  and skirt will be a gray stripe.

The Silhouette patterns twin set will be a gray and white fine sweater knit - both pieces.  The #95 is shown in a chiffon on the pattern envelope, but I've seen in in a heavier boucle type fabric, which is what I'm doing.  The cowl top will be in the blue and gray sweater knit that I've had waiting to make this pattern for a couple of years now!

The LH Ascona pant I've already made in a gray RPL.  I like the shape of this pattern, but have had a bit of a time getting the fit right.  I really want to try it again, but probably after I finish all the other swap items.  The CJP keyhole top is reversible in the sleeveless version.  I may also use it for a long sleeve tee without the keyhole.  Of course, I'll probably get one or two items made and then change my mind again!  Oh well.  I'm hoping to get some pieces made up so that I can have things that go together.  That's why I'm sticking to a boring Navy, Gray and Cream pallet here.  

Here are some pix about the finished DKNY dress:

I am pretty happy with how this dress came out.  The fit is good, and it is one of the simplest dresses I've made.  The back neckline is finished before the front and back are sewn together.  There is just a strip of fabric that is used for a facing, turned under, and stitched.  The front neckline is left unfinished as it is just turned in to the inside.  You could finish it, but since knits don't ravel, there is really no point.  However, I like how all the other seams are double stitched.

You can see the raw edge on the front facing here on the left.

This is the waist and center back seam.  There are no side seams, except from the waist to the under arm. 

 Even the hem and the sleeves are double top stitched. 

I really like how there are no side seams on the skirt portion.  On a large print like this (or even in a solid color) it gives a nice, clean unbroken line.

I don't know why I've put off making this dress.  It really turned out well and I'm happy with the fabric that I chose.  I don't normally pick large scale prints like this, but this one just called out to me!

Here's the back view:

We had a great time going out to dinner tonight, and although it was a splurge for the beginning of the year, it was well worth it. Now, it will be back to good eating and smaller portions!!

We acted like tourists and had the waitress take our picture!  It was so fun.  Unfortunately, my hair was having a mind of its own!  

Great Start to a New Year

Happy New Year everyone!  Yesterday we had a wonderful day.  We had 15 people over for brunch.  This is becoming an annual event since we've done it 2 years in a row now!  We had great friends, great food, great fellowship.  It was freezing outside, but also sunny and beautiful.  Since we are blessed to have lots of windows and a beautiful view, a fire in the fireplace kept us all toasty and the views were gorgeous!  I should have taken pictures, but I was too busy eating and having fun!  We had a ton of food, including

  • Quiche
  • Garlic Roasted Potatoes
  • Chili Relleno Casserole (my mom's old recipe which uses 1/2 & 1/2.  I tried to find a similar recipe, but most use evap milk)
  • refried beans
  • tortillas
  • Cinnabon cinnamon rolls
  • Palm leaf pastries
  • and of course, juice, tea, coffee, lemon infused water
The best part?  Everyone else did the dishes!  I'm not a paper-plate kind of girl, so we had lots of dishes.  After everyone left, I had some time to do some sewing and worked on Vogue 1250.  This morning I am going to hem the sleeves and bottom hem and I'll be finished.
My poor dress form looks like she's drunk the way she leans over!  

I've decided that I'm going to make an attempt at the SWAP over at Stitcher's Guild this year.  It's so easy to say that now, but so hard to do once school starts again.  I'm really glad I'm retiring this year.  I just can't keep up with the ever-increasing demands, and I really don't want to work until 6 or 7 every night.  As it is, I leave my house at 6:30 am and don't get home until 7:00 at night.  Granted, sometimes I have to stop at the store or run an errand after work, but I really am just done.  I think God has something else planned for me at this stage in my life, and it does not involve the public school system!
Well, speaking of the public school system, I have a big bucket of school work that is on my agenda this morning!  I'm leaving enough break time to finish my dress so I can wear it tonight, but the rest of the day is going to be doing school work.  sigh...
Oh, brother, just thinking about school and I'm already distracted.  Back to my main point, this dress will be the first item completed for my swap. Well, I have a pair of pants completed, but you are allowed a previously made garment.  This is what I have planned:


  1. Gray pants - LH Ascona pattern (already made)
  2. Navy Wool Pants - Sandra Betzina pants making class on craftsy pattern
  3. Navy rayon knit yoga skirt - Peggy Sagers SP
  1. Navy & Gray sweater knit cowl -SP
  2. Ivory crepe drape front blouse - Tom and Linda Platt Vogue 1415
  3. Reversible Navy and mint shell - CJ Patterns keyhole top
  4. Long sleeve Navy rayon knit T - either SP twinset or CJP keyhole
  5. Gray sweater knit Shell - SP twinset
  1. Gray sweater knit cardi - SP twinset
  2. Black, White, and Blue knit dress - DKNY Vogue 1250
  3. Navy with mint fleck woven topper - SP Brook's Top