5:16 PM

RTW-Knock Off Made-Maxi

Here is another maxi dress that I've created recently. My knitting friend Margaret has been learning to sew with me and has really helped with my mojo. She had a few RTW items that she loved, but can no longer buy as they were discontinued. What's a girl to do, but knock it off? While the dress is actually short, I made this version into a maxi of sorts. It's a great black and white striped fabric picked up on a trip with Margaret to Yardage Town.

Nothing more to say about this one except it's comfy and a great addition to my ever growing stash of maxi dresses. Lord knows, I can't seem to get enough. Working late tonight, but still have plans for a jumper if time permits.....

5:41 PM

FOs - Moneta and Knit Top with Faux Leather Leggings

Clearly I have been sewing up a storm. Unfortunately my ability to blog about it is another story. I finally took out some sweater knit fabric and sewed a top. I am LOVING this outfit! I can't lie. From the faux leather leggings using my TNT McCall's 6173 pattern to the easy, two piece sweater using an old pattern I had in my stash but never tried before (McCall's 6204). I have already made another sweater top in a less gauzy, more casual fabric. All fabric from this post were inexpensive finds (think a couple bucks each) at the National City Swap Meet.

So I also have been in love with making Colette Patterns lately. Here is my first Moneta.  It will probably be one of several. I also made a top using Colette's Myrtle pattern. Pics to come once I wear it to work. I love the neckline (hard to see from the picture) and the in seam pockets. It is comfortable and a great wardrobe addition for my casual workplace.

Anywho - time to run, here's to getting my sewing mojo back *squeal*.

9:55 AM

FO Myrtle by Colette Patterns

I have been sewing more these days, but still have not been blogging. This dress is too cute not to post, however! I snagged Myrtle by Colette Patterns during their recent online sneak peak preview sale. While I really do like the hard copies of their patterns, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one to work on immediately.

This is a fast project that I did in a few hours over two nights. The lined bodice gives the cowl neck a great drape and the elastic waistline is encased in fabric giving a clean finish on the inside. I am going to the National City Swap Meet tomorrow with a friend, so I plan to grab some woven fabric to make another version. I also have the Moneta dress pattern and the Mabel skirt. I have plans to use stretch leather for part of the skirt if I can ever find it in my stash.....

4:33 PM

FO - Linda Stretch Pant from Style Arc

Say it ain't so? I have finally made a pair of pants that I am going to blog about. There was the great leggings adventure of 2013 that never made its debut which is crazy since I made over 20 pairs of leggings counting the 8 I made for my sister. I is a pair of pants sewn yesterday evening that I am actually posting on my blog today. Score one for Susan.

This is my first pattern from Style Arc. I made the Linda Stretch Pant in a size 10, omitting the optional 2" elastic in the waist band. I think I should probably serge the waistband in a tad since I did find myself hiking up the pants a few times during the day. All-in-all this is a great pattern that was quick and easy to make. They are comfy and stylish at the same time.

The fabric is also from Style Arc. It's their stretch bengaline. So far so good, other than a bit of wrinkling in the front after a full day's wear. There are only three pattern pieces and other than topstitching the waistband, this was all completed on my serger. With three more pieces of fabric, there are several more of these pants in my very near future. Stay tuned...(I also type that? lol)

10:57 AM

FO McCall 6398 Tunic and McCall 6173 Leggings

I made this tunic and leggings a few weeks back, but didn't have a chance to post. The leggings don't have the right amount of stretch, so I'm going to make another grey pair, but the pattern is still my go-to for leggings.

I made the tunic with sweater knit fabric.  It's comfy and a quick throw-on outfit. The back at the top could be taken in a bit, mostly due to the top fabric choice, over pattern issues. My family and I don't actually celebrate Halloween, which can be hard on the younger ones. My current tradition is to take the day off and go to the San Diego Aquarium with my little one. This year, I took my Sister's youngest son also. Here is a picture taken by Dawson during our trip.

Next up, a bias cut top and more leggings. I'm back onto working out so I don't want to make a bunch of structured outfits that I can't wear after losing a bit of weight. Leggings and tunics are perfect while I transition back to my desired size.