Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July MAGAM Determined

It's halfway thru the month of July and I haven't posted my July MAGAM project yet.  As I mentioned in my last post, we are in the middle of a home remodeling project and sewing time is hard to come by these days - actually, my sewing room is hard to get into these days let alone find time to sew - but there is hope - we can now see a glimmer of light at the end of the remodeling tunnel so more sewing will be in my future.  Yeah!

The theme for this month's MAGAM is "Sew something from a book".  I actually think I suggested that theme awhile ago and am glad it has was selected for this month.  I decided on my "book" project when I originally suggested the theme.

It will be out of the book Twinkle Sews by Wenlan Chia. With a name like mine, I just couldn't resist buying this book!

It's the Origami Blouse.  This blouse is the main reason I bought this book (apart from the book title of course!).

Love the sleeve and neckline details.

I'll be using a wonderful Robert Talbott cotton I purchased at the little outlet store in Carmel Valley a few years ago.  It's a blue on blue woven that I'm hoping will look great in this blouse.  I'm not going to use a contrasting color for the bow as shown in the picture below, but instead, just use the same fabric as the rest of the blouse.  I might add a little length to it too.

This project will be a two-fer!  It will be the first pdf pattern I have sewn and the first pattern sewn directly from a book.  Actually, it might be a three-fer because I'll be using stash fabric too!  Yippee!!

That's it for today.
Happy Sewing everyone!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June MAGAM Finished - Just under the wire!

I finally finished my June MAGAM!  We have been super busy this month with our remodeling project and I'm thankful that I had something easy to sew this month.

This is Vogue 8596 - made from a rayon floral from the stash.

I have a feeling this blouse will only be worn a few times.  The sleeves are a little snug and I ended up letting them out 1/2" and they are still snug.  This causes them to ride up a little bit which makes the neckline a little fussy.  So - we'll just have to wait a see.  It's far to hot this week to attempt a trial run with the blouse - with temps at 108 degrees, there is no way I'm wearing anything with sleeves!

Here's the back view.

I added baby yellow ric rac to both the sleeves and and neckline.

 Close up of the sleeves

Here's the neckline.

A short post for today.

Total yardage for the blouse = 2.375
Total YTD stashbustin' fabric sewn = 36.5 yards

Happy sewing everyone!

Friday, June 5, 2015

MAGAM for June determined

It's easy projects for me for the next few months.  We are almost in the middle (more like 1/3 of the way) into a home project and the house is a dusty, disorganized, did I say dusty, disaster. We are tackling most of the project ourselves on the weekends, so my sewing time will be very limited. I'll need quick and easy projects in the meantime to keep the sewing mojo flowing!

So - the June MAGAM project will be a quick and easy one.  I did manage to get it cut out today!

The theme this month is sewing something from the stash - and that is right up my alley!  My project will be Vogue 8596 - View B with the 3/4 length sleeves with the ruffle.

The fabric is a very drapey rayon that I bought at the Mill End Fabric store in Reno, Nevada last year. I might add a contrasting ric rac to the sleeve ruffles, but I'm not sure yet - maybe pink or yellow. Green ric rac might make it look to Christmasy, but we'll see.

Happy sewing everyone!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Me Made May - Week of May 24 - 29, 2015

On vacation this week.  Here are the highlights:

Sunday, May 24 - Simplicity 1808.  "Vegas lights dress" in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Monday, May 25 - Butterick 5856 - Bringing Back the 80's blouse - at Hoover Dam, Nevada side.

Tuesday, May 26th - Mariposa Tee by Sew Liberated (not previously blogged).   Sorry, a bit of a bad selfie, but we were traveling this day so I needed a quick shot.

Wednesday, May 27th - Simplicity 3503.  In San Diego by the Star of India ship.

Thursday, May 28th - New Look 6245.  On board the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego - awesome by the way if you haven't seen it.

Friday, May 29th - McCalls 3017 - my favorite pajama pattern - still on vacation in San Diego.  I look like the headless vacationer here.....

That's it for my Me Made May items.  This challenge was harder than I anticipated, especially while we were on vacation, but it was still fun to do.  I wore alot of items that had been hiding in the back of the closet for awhile so it was nice to bring them out into the open again.  I'm looking forward to doing the challenge again next year with hopefully, a whole new set of ensembles.

Happy sewing everyone!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Butterick 5856 - Bringin' Back the 80's!

This blouse is my rockin' version of Butterick 5856.  This blouse was made completely from leftover pieces from two previous projects.  You might recognize the colorful print on the front and the back fabric from this top.  And again the back fabric from this blouse.

It's an asymmetrical style and I'm not sure I really like it.  It was a good use of the leftover fabric to give the pattern a try, but it's a bit awkward to wear.  The tank style shoulder kept falling off my my arm when wearing it and I took it up 2.5 inches in total to start with.  The drapey shoulder side kept creeping to the back too.  

Here's another view: 

This blouse was very quick to make, but I did need to piece the front fabric piece because I didn't have enough.  You can't see where it was pieced though because there is so much going on with this fabric - Bonus!

 Back view:

This adds to the stashbustin total too - This used a total of 1.875 yards to bring the YTD total to 34.125 yards.  Yippee!

Happy Sewing everyone!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Me Made May - Week of May 18 - 21, 2015

Here are my garments for the week of May 18 - 21, 2015.   Didn't have time to take pics at work this week so they are all at home after work.  Sorry for the wrinkles!

Monday - Skirt is Vogue 8561 - a Marcy Tilton skirt (not previously blogged).  Top is purchased.

Tuesday - Dress - Simplicity 2369.

Wednesday - This was after a long day and I look a bit haggard!  It was too late for a photo outside so the DH quickly snapped one inside. Dress - McCalls 6883.  I'm not sure if I actually like this anymore - it might go into the donate pile.

Thursday - Top is Simplicity 2927.  A little windy outside and it looks like a storm is a brewin', but unfortunately, still no rain.

Happy Sewing everyone!

Friday, May 22, 2015

May Make a Garment a Month - Simplicity 1808 Dress

This dress is made from Simplicity 1808.  The fabric is a knit and it reminds me of the lights in Las Vegas - which will be perfect for an upcoming trip there so I'm nicknaming this my Vegas Lights dress.

I've made the blouse version before and love the fit and comfy factor so I decided to use this fabric from the stash to make the dress version.

 Back view.

This dress will be perfect for walking "The Strip" in Vegas - hopefully I'll look a bit better than I do in this pic though - no make-up on and I don't think I had even combed my hair yet!!

This counts as a stashbustin project - adding another 1.625 yards to the YTD Total of: 32.25 yards sewn.  Yippee!

Happy Sewing everyone!