Monday, May 27, 2013

Kwik Sew 2908

I have discovered that I really like to wear underwear made out of ITY knit.  The blue pair was made out of scraps from a tank top made last summer and the brown polka dots were made from some fabric I haven't made up in a dress yet.  Altogether, I made 8 pair so will have enough now for a long trip.:)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tablet case McCalls 5824

I recently purchased the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet for work travel.  Love it!  Because most of the work I do is Windows based, I had problems with other tablet operating systems.  This gives me the convenience of a tablet with the features of a laptop.  The tablet is not cheap so I want to make sure I protect it so made a case for it reworking a McCalls pattern for a laptop.  The padding for the case is fusible fleece.  It came out brighter than my standard black work travel ensemble which needed a pop of color.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Silhouette Patterns Zoanne's Cape

This jacket is a modified version of Zoanne's Cape.  I rescued it from the scrap pile.  I originally made it too short so added a piece of fabric to the bottom to make the jacket a better length for me.  It is unlined with all the seams serged.  While a little casual, this will be a perfect travel jacket.  I love the bright color.  The fabric is a polyester eyelet from Winmill Fabrics in Boston.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sewing Workshop Liberty Shirt

I loved the pistachio shirt I made while taking the Craftsy class "Sewing with Silks" so made another in a tan silk shantung.  The only change I made was to shorten the sleeves.  Love the buttons which, amazingly enough, came from Dollar Tree.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sewing Workshop Mimosa top

I bought this kit from The Sewing Workshop on eBay.  I like the top pattern and fabric but not sure if I would make it up again in a thin knit.  It didn't seem stable enough so will try again later in a woven fabric.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sewing Workshop Opal Jacket

I seem to be on a roll with Sewing Workshop patterns.  This jacket was made out of some fabric I bought at a thrift store for $1.00.  The reason I bought the fabric was because the knit resembled the knits they use in St. John clothing.  It was really lovely to sew on.

The first photo makes the knit look teal but the second photo is closer to the true color.  Instead of serging the raw edges, I used black fold over elastic.  A first for me and will use this again.

The jacket needs a good press.  I try to press my garments but never to great success.  One of the tips I learned early on was to take my sewn garments to the dry cleaner to have them professionally pressed the first time so that is what I do with all of my sewn garments.  It will look much better when it comes back.:)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sewing Workshop Pearl Jacket

My second jacket sewn during the long business trip was the Pearl Jacket.  This was made out of a textured silk fabric but I don't know the name of the fabric type.  I tried to capture a photo of the fabric in the second photo.  While this jacket may not be dressy enough for business, it will be perfect to wear on travel days and more casual office days.  A very comfortable jacket that almost has the feel of a cardigan.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sewing Workshop Valencia Jacket

Here is the first jacket completed on my long business trip.  The fabric is a watercolor silk shantung purchased at Fabric Mart.  I love how this jacket turned out and will be just the right weight for summer.  I may even pair it with white jeans or Capri's for an upcoming vacation.  This jacket went together very quick and was the perfect travel sewing project as it didn't require very many notions.