Friday, August 30, 2013

Sewing...Launching a New Book...More Sewing

Well…the past few months have been exciting! While it appears I haven’t been sewing, I have completed a few garments…. I have also been busy launching a new book as well! I'm reviewing 4 garments in this post!  

Columbia Style Week

Natalea and I were asked to construct some of the garments for this year's event.  It was our first time working with "drafted patterns."  It took a bit of getting used to the idea, but we both managed to complete the garments for which we were responsible!  I learned that I routinely underestimate how long it will take to complete a garment.  I made both jackets (Natalea made the blouses).  My estimates came in at about four hours each.  I will at least 4 hours short in both estimations!  We were constructing right down to the day before.  It was a great experience, but I prefer not to sew under that sort of pressure.  I think I'll pass next time :-)

McCall's 6564 and NewLook 6107

I love this fabric, and the top is great, too!  It runs a little large so you may want to test using a slightly bigger seam allowance.  It came together really well.  It was also my first time using a rolled hem foot.  It may be my new favorite foot! 

The skirt is New Look.... It is also a great pattern.  It may be my new "go-to" for skirts....

Simplicity 1716--Knit Top

I love this top, too!  I really love the red knit.  I'm not sure I'm a fan of the print.  The jury is still out on that one.  The print works well with a navy skirt or jeans.  The skirt is another New Look 6107.  I've had the linen print for a few years and have been looking forward to pairing it with a red or yellow top. 

McCall's 6713 -- Wrap Dress for the Book Launch

I love this pattern!  I've used a wrap dress from McCall's before but this one is great.  I was "stitch-slapped" prior to this black and white ensemble.  The pink dress was too small because it wasn't a 2-way stretch knit.  I completed it to wear to the Launch Event for my new book, "He Makes All Things Beautiful." The dress came together beautifully.  For those of you who typically do FBAs, there shouldn't be a need to for this one.  There is ample room, and you made find you need a camisole for modesty if it plunges too deep. It also has a casing for elastic at the waist.  I wasn't sure I would like that but really works well for the garment.  

The Dream Team of ladies included Natalea (of course, and she made the outfit she's wearing, too)!  They all did an amazing job! Our women's ministry director hosted the event.  The book is available at most online retailers in hardcoversoftcover, and ebook.  It should also make its way to store shelves soon.  If you feel inclined to purchase and read, would you also consider writing a review if it blesses you?  


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Summer basics...

Summer is coming in a few months time downunder.  So I decided to make a few basics for around the house out of cotton drill.
Black 7/8 pants

Navy 7/8 pants

Black skirt
I have blogged about them here:

Sunday, August 25, 2013


I completed three garments in August.  I have pictures of two of them that I'll picture here.  Vogue  8939, a black turtleneck knit dress, and Vogue 1282, a black knit top.  I also made a pair of pants this weekend that I'll picture later.

 Add the elongated blazer from this same pattern and some boots, and I'll be off to professionally dressed work day!

Vogue 1282

Hope everyone is having a great sewing year...


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Another shirt from S.L.

Hi everyone - I've been on a roll making summer shirts - here is a blue version of New Look 6963.

I've put all the variations of this shirt on my recent blog post.  I have also left details about how to find my pattern review for this shirt, and how to find a tutorial on making this shirt .  If you want these details or to see all the shirts I have made this year, go to:

Happy sewing,

Sarah Liz

Friday, August 9, 2013

New Look 6963 Shirt

Hello everyone,

I've just finished making up this little blouse from New Look pattern 6963.  I've also run a tutorial showing how I made this shirt.  You can find it on my blog - just look on the sidebar, find labels, and you will find the tutorial listed.

Sarah Liz :)