This is a real vintage slip pattern from the 1940's. I bought it off of eBay and love it. Original price was 25 cents! I paid 100 times more than that! LOL I needed a cami for my wedding suit and figured this was the place to use that pattern. I altered the pattern to fit me and adjusted the length so it would hit at the hip instead of the knee. This is made from delicious 100% silk charmeuse in a scarlet colour and it was cut and sewn May 3rd, 2009.
I love this skirt! What a fun and quick project. I found the directions out on the internets and had a try. My mom gave me these jeans that fit okay but were too short. I had them in the goodwill pile forever. My goodwill is overflowing. Too bad it can't walk itself to the car! I ripped out the seams one evening and sewed the panels in the next evening. I've worn it almost everyday since! You have to try this! Completed June 13th, 2009.
I was trying to get back into the sewing bug but didn't want to take on a large project. Just something to get me in the mood. This was the perfect project! This is a free download off the Simplicity website and you just print out the pattern then piece and tape it together. All told with the taping and cutting and sewing it took me a couple hours. Made with a mid weight cotton/lycra blend that Leanne should recognize! Cut and sewn August 9th, 2009.
Poor little Ella's old collar had holes worn in it so I picked up some sweet quilter's cotton and made her a new one. I used her old collar as the pattern and recycled the interior webbing and the brasses. I cut and sewed this one afternoon in August 2009.
I love this pattern and can't wait to make another from a lovely boiled wool or something like it! Decades of Style reproduced this pattern and it has such interesting features. Like the pin tucks along the front and the shaped darts on the sleeve giving it shape and interest. Amazing!
This is made from a velvet with a silver backing making it a glittery, glamourous creation. Cut and sewn Saturday, September 5th, 2009
Reworked and Reloaded. It finally came together! I had been thinking of making a version of Neo's coat from The Matrix movie as my winter coat. I happened to be at the fabric store one day and saw a costume pattern for a Matrix styled jacket. When I found out the pattern was on sale for $2.49 I knew God was trying to tell me something! This is made from a wool/rayon/poly blend that has fantastic drape and not too heavy. The construction went together fairly easily, it was the finishing that nearly did me in! I ended up constructing my own shoulder pads as the commercially available pads were much too flimsy to give this jacket the structure it needed. I also moved the closure over about 4 inches making it asymetrical. This was a great help to the fit. As it's a man's pattern I was looking like a linebacker! After removing and resetting the shoulder pads and buttons about 5 times I can finally declare it a finished success! The cutting and sewing only took a couple of days but the contemplating and reworking took an additional 3 weeks!
It is sexy, isn't it?! This is HotPatterns Sumatra Bag a free downloadable pattern from fabric.com. As great as this bag turned out the pattern is flawed. There are critical markings missing and the directions are vague, as per usual with this particular company. I started this way back in September and plugged away at it. Threw it across the room a few times from pattern frustration and thought it would never get completed when my sewing machine overloaded trying to sew up the top edge. So it sat there, almost completed on my cutting table for a couple months. I knew I wouldn't be able to sew the edge without an industrial machine. There were too many layers of fabric. Now I know someone with an industrial machine, so I emailed Dear Mandy and asked if I could come over and use her machine for about a half hour. How surprised was I when she asked me if I wanted to take the machine home for good?! So I did. It powered through the layers like butter. The machine is amazing, I am so happy and I can't thank Dear Mandy enough. The handles are bamboo and purchased at the sewing store. The bag was completed somewhere in the 3rd week of December 2009.