Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Vogue 7340/McCall's 6757
Another lovely ensemble!!

Please stop by http://redsthreadz.blogspot.com/ to see what I've been up to lately.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It's done at last - V1247

Finally, I have made up the Rachel Comey Top and Skirt that has been in my pattern pile for ages.  If you want to see more of this outfit, click here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

McCall's 6650/Vogue 2029

Greetings divas~ 
I hope your holiday season is filled with good cheer and memorable times spent with family and friends.
Please visit my blog for a full review of this ensemble http://redsthreadz.blogspot.com/
Happy sewing, divas.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

McCalls 6168 - times 5!

Oh my - I love this pattern.  It takes less than two hours to sew up after cutting out, is easy to wear and works with a lot of garments in my wardrobe.

Here is the pattern:

I have made up view B, both with and without buttons, and here are a few pictures:

I cannot recommend this pattern enough if you are looking for a quick, but classy, casual cardigan/jacket.

You can read my pattern review here, and there are more details on jackets 1 & 2 here, and 3, 4 & 5, here.

Thursday, December 5, 2013


I wanted to make a trendy, glitzy, baseball like glam tee so I went with this pattern:

Vogue 8670 view B but added the long sleeve
The fabrics:  a glitzy silver drenched stretch knit that I found in the bridal section of Hancock's for 50% off and a black matte jersey

Back View

I'm not much of a bling girl, but I felt like adding something sparkly to my closet.  The bottom hem is blind stitched, and I just turned up and machine hemmed the sleeve.  I was very unorthodox with this top in that I omitted the bust darts because I HATE bust darts in knit garments.  I didn't fold them out, but rather stitched the side seam and worked out the difference at the hem.  Told you, very unorthodox, but I really don't think it makes that much difference at all.

Per the pattern directions the neckband is double stitched on, then the seam just pressed down.  Duh!, how's that supposed to keep the seam down in place when wearing???

I think I'll be storing this top in a ziplock bag and in a drawer because sparkly stuff is already all over me,  my sewing room and everywhere else for that matter.  So there it is, my contribution to the world of glitz for the season...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A New Skirt

Here’s my latest project:

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Sorry for the picture quality, had to use my phone to take pix.  For more details see my blog. .

Happy Sewing . . . .

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New Look 6129, skirt

 This skirt is New Look 6129.  Just a little elastic waist run-around skirt.  Full details:


Help with a skirt...

Hi all
I'm looking for a skirt pattern that has a two piece waistband. The front waistband is straight. The back waistband has elastic. The skirt back also has a zipper. Does anyone know of a current pattern with this skirt? I had one years ago and loved it because (of course) it was forgiving at the waistline. Uhhh..yeah...I'm in that season again! Lol!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

A new top completed. . .



I used the leftover pleather from my altered Vogue 1317 to make this top from a vintage patter.

For more information on this please see my blog entry.

Happy Sewing . . .

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A new Tee

I know - I know - a tee isn't that exciting. However I have not been successful in sewing a tee shirt - I have problems with fit and the neckband. So here is my success. StyleArc Pleated Pia top.

A very welcome addition to my wardrobe.

More on my blog One the Road to Sew Wear

Remake of Altered Vogue 1317

I spotted this dress and knew I wanted it (with a couple of alterations to add my own style to it); so I took my modified V1317 pattern to make it:














Link to my blog post on this dress.

Happy Sewing . . . .

Saturday, November 9, 2013

If at first you don’t succeed . . . .

My attempt at Vogue 1314 wasn’t what I  expected, so I had to find a way to recover, I altered the pattern:

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To see the original and what changes I made check here.


Happy Sewing . . . .

The Perfect Shopping Accessories . .

What do you take with you when you go shopping for groceries and other non-clothing items:

Although it's not a garment, they are the perfect shopping accessory and a great way to use up the stash. (The shopping bag at my blog)

Happy Sewing . . . .

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Completed WIP (Work in Progress)

Here is another outfit I finished from a vintage pattern that I have in my stash.

For details select this link to go to my blog.

Happy Sewing . . . .

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Still Sewing . . .

I know I haven't been posting much, but I'm still sewing . . . .

This is my latest completion made from pattern #112 in the BurdaStyle May, 2013 issue.
There's more details on my blog.

Happy Sewing . . . .

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Little White Skirt

Just a simple sewing job - a simple white stretch twill skirt for summer.  More details here:


Sarah Liz

Needed some aztec print in my wardrobe for fall

Couldn't wait to get McCall's 6844 made up

So I searched around to find an aztec print knit.  It's made of a nice pontederoma - one of my favorite fabrics because it's soft and so easy to work with. Here's my rendition of the pattern which I think turned out pretty nice.
Here I've  paired with a black MimiG pencil skirt made last Fall. 

I also wanted to make a pencil skirt from the same fabric that I do not plan on wearing with the jacket, but think both pieces make wonderful additions to my Fall Wardrobe.
Aztec print pencil - another one from the MimiG's tutorial.  How easy does it get!
I'll be able to come up with several different combinations using the two pieces separately - which in my book is a winning situation...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Houndstooth Beauty!

I have been busy working on a fitted skirt, using a pattern I first used here.  I'm not sure what pattern it came from, but it had four darts in the front (two per side) and four in the back (again, two per side).  It is a straightforward pattern, centre back seam with an invisible zip. 

Lots more details and photos over on my blog!

Pretty Pink Top

Today was "Pink Sunday" at church. I made this top (Simplicity 7084) with some fabric I had in my stash. It feels like a light weight crepe. Full pattern review can be found on my blog at http://mycreativeeclecticlife.blogspot.com/

Lesson learned from this top...getting a little better at finishing necklines. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Roksanda Ilincic Inspired Dress

I thought that I would try a designer 'inspiration' dress, and I have been a fan of the color blocking of Roksanda Ilinicic.  I particularly liked this $1600 wool dress:

And thought I would give it a try . . . .


I know that the back is a little wrinkly, but I am rather pleased with this dress.  I think that I may well be making a number of others!!

Lots more details and photos over on my blog

Urgh, I give up.  I have no idea why Blogger keeps adding extra lines in between photos they don't show up on my draft, and it drives me nuts :( 

Edit - thanks L, looks as though I had a few of those pesky < / b r > floating around.  I deleted them, and now everything is in line.  You have no idea how much time this will save me!!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Knit Skirt from the Stash

I fell in love with the idea of this skirt when  Sheila of Sheila-CTK posted this picture in early September.
The picture started me thinking about a yard of fabric that I had left over from this dress that I made back in August
 I decided to use 
McCall's 6654 knit pencil skirt pattern that I tried last fall with good success. I underlined the pattern pieces (there were only two) by hand basting tricot down the center and the side seams to give the fabric a little more body.  It took me two nights to hand stitch the pressed open side seams because I didn't want them flapping around and bunching up after washing.
I wanted to emphasize the fabrics pretty turquoise stripe and was able to do so with this twin set in the exact color.  I couldn't decide on the skirt length, but went ahead and put it at mid calf because you know I plan on wearing it with boots.  I figure if this lengths not right - I can always cut if off shorter.
I may or may not wear this belted (or I might try a thinner belt) -  I just wanted to see how it looked. I owe my inspiration for the skirt to Sheila.

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Hi Ladies,

I've missed you all so much! Though I haven't had time to post or respond to the lovely posts that you guys have continued to display, I have noticed that you've been working hard on your wardrobes and they all look fabulous! I am trying to get back in the grove of things so I'll do my best to be in contact with you all more often.

OAN: Its been over six months since we've started this challenge and I have not had one urge to go shopping!!! I don't know if that was due to the help of the government shutdown (I'm not getting paid, I'm not buying) or not but hey, the important thing is I didn't have an urge. lol.

How about you all? Have you had any urges? Or did some of you go and find some things you absolutely couldn't resist? Hey, I think we are only human right? Can be really hard to resist....especially if you get to travel to Australia and New Zealand.:) Kudos to Two Toast for only purchasing a T-shirt!!! Just picking ladies, you are all doing so great! Keep up the good work!

Anyway, I'm happy to be back and will be showing a few things that I've managed to sqeeeeeeeeze in some time to create (M6317 and V8870). I've already posted the two dresses below on my blog and you can go check it out when you get a chance.

Products of taking pictures on the go!!!!

Happy Sewing,

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Simple shift dress...

Well, another garment completed for my me made wardrobe.  This is the first dress I have made in years...

You can find more details on my blog post:


Sarah Liz

Summer Sewing

Greetings divas!

I know its been a while since my last post but I have been sewing, really I have. I will attribute my absence to a very busy summer which included a wonderful vacation to Niagara Falls and training for my first ½ marathon. With summer being officially behind us I’m getting really excited about some of the fall projects I have planned. But before I get on a tangent about my fall sewing plans let me show you what I’ve worked on since my last post.
Please visit my blog for a review of these projects http://redsthreadz.blogspot.com/
Happy sewing, divas.

Monday, October 14, 2013

October Sewing Projects

I have three skirts in progress, well actually two since I finished this one last Friday.  I just need to hem the other two and put in the zippers.

This is M3830, skirt #2 of my skirt a week challenge (that I am a few weeks behind on).  Here is a close-up of the fabric (purchased about a month ago from Fabric Mart).

It's the black in the middle.  The other two fabrics will eventually become skirts too.  The top is view B from McCalls 6519 and is a slinky knit I purchased from Hancocks.  It was left over from V1250 that I made a couple of weeks ago.  I need to fix the dimple that is in the side dart and hem it.  I plan on putting a rolled hem on it when I get my serger.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


ok so I put the dress on lol , sorry no head shots, we've been digging through sweet potatoes all day & my face is a little red & bad bad hair day lol , the dress is not finished around the neck nor hemed & I doubt it will get to that point, because I don't see myself wearing it, I love the fabric, but the length is not my style, the words "make a muslin" comes to mind ,so there you have it! my little mini moo moo dress!lol!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Confession Time

I have a confession to make . . . . . I have just come back from a fabulous holiday in Australia & New Zealand, and I succumbed to purchasing a T-Shirt . . . . it was just too cute and will remind me of walking barefoot on the beach on Waiheke Island, NZ.

So here is a picture of me on holiday wearing Me Made clothes (and being photo-bombed by Ayers Rock) - does that make it any better?!!!

I am wearing a linen skirt and top from Singer Perfect Plus.  I mixed and matched a number of Me Made clothes with just a few RTW items, and I had a huge amount of combinations to wear :)

Read more on my blog!

PS.  Am I forgiven?

Monday, September 30, 2013


  after 3 trys of getting the darts to do what they were supposed to so it seemed easy from there on out lol!I love the fabric & thought it would cute as a lose fitting pullover dress, which it is lol! after it was all over & done with it's a tad shorter than I care to wear, that's just me, got ugly knees & don't show um lol! the dress on the pattern cover was short, that should of been a clue lol! anyways a friend says to keep it & wear it with leggings hummm wouldn't that just look like tights & a mini dress? lol!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013


I figured with impeding cooler weather that is bound to get here one day in the future, my new Kay Unger dress, being sleeveless would need a jacket.  So I gave her one.  I wanted something simple and cute so I went with this pattern at WalMart for just 97 cents.  I think it makes a cool topper for my wardrobe - kinda like a cardigan alternative.

The jacket is made in black pontederoma knit which was easy to work with.

It's a great pattern, fits well and makes up easily.  I might add another one to my Fall Sewing Lineup (as soon as I can find and choose that special color)...