Monday, May 26, 2014

Poppins Bag Sewalong with Hot Mess (and the Belcarra Sewalong and the Mabel Sewalong too)

Introducing the..........Mommy Poppins Bag Sewalong from hot mess more or less
Mommy Poppins Bag Pattern
The bag is a pdf pattern that can be purchased from for $9 and the instructions are in comic book style...they're worth the $9 bucks alone

Mommy Poppins Bag Pattern - Sample Page -
Pics from

More information and dates for the sewalong will be along shortly from Hot Mess. I am very excited. I need someone to help me along in a project like sewing a bag - and I've always wanted a super cool bag like this one!

Please join us!

Okay, so right now...I am into sewing again. I seem to get some time and get very excited and then work becomes busy and I fall away for awhile. I have two short sew-along coming up. One for the Belcarra top from Sewaholic - I am in the middle of this sewalong - and starting next weekend, I will be doing the Mabel sewalong. Do you want to know what sold me on this skirt? One of Sarai's blog posts has a subtitle "better than sweatpants" and I thought "yes"! This skirt will be perfect for sitting around the house in all summer and short jaunts to the dog-park or the library. (I always dream of a lazy summer and it never pans out...)

Mabel Sewalong


Sunday, May 25, 2014

McCalls 6896 or What Should Have Been a One Night Quick- Make

MISSES'/MISS PETITE TOPS: Close-fitting and flared tops have neckline variations, princess seams and back zipper. (from the McCalls Website)

When I cut this pattern out, I thought it would be a quick project. The sizing ran way too large! I took in inches. I had a lot of trouble with the sizing. I find McCalls sometimes runs large.

I ended up making a few that were really done to save the top. Again, because this ran so big, I had to take in the princess seams about an inch and the side seams about two inches. Because of that the sleeves were way too big, so I gathered them to get them to fit. I was a bit worried about the end result, but I like the gathered sleeves. oh, and I shortened the peplum a bit too. I do like how it turned out though and I will make this top again.

Also, I need a new camera...this one is junk. Sorry for the sepia tones, I have no idea why it is doing that....

Monday, May 19, 2014

Update on My Trenchcoat Vogue 8884

Okay, so I love the fabric but not as a coat....this almost ended up an unfinished project, except that I love the fabric...but on this trench it is too loud. One of my friends suggested I think of this trench almost as a blazer and wear it only with black plants....

I just love the buttons I found for this coat...

Added tabs to the shoulders, so that it would be more trench like...

I'm not sure if you can see the storm-flap

As a trench-blazer (only to worn with black or green skirt or pants) I think I can do...this isn't finished yet..I have to put in the lining and make the buttonholes and belt...but I think this is saveable. Which also means that another is in my future...and that seems to be how I learn in sewing. Making the same pattern a few times....

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I've Been Pre-Ordering Lots of New Sewing Books on Amazon

Links provided are to, which I like because they don't charge your credit card until they ship. Also, I find they usually have the best deals going. (Also, isn't this odd: the blogger spellchecker keeps underlining pre-order as a spelling mistake and suggests "pee order" instead!). Also I am almost finished my spring coat...I'll post on it within a few days. By the weekend at the latest.

Sewtionary from Tasia at Sewaholic. 

Gertie's second book. It looks like another winner. I love the quilted skirt on the cover.

Gertie Sews Vintage Casual: A Modern Guide to Sportswear Styles of the 1940s and 1950s. Published in September.


Burdastyle Modern Sewing - Wardrobe Essentials - published in the fall.


Tilly's first book.

Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking

It looks really promising. Published in October - a happy birthday pre-ordered -gift to me.

The Magic Pattern Book: Sew 6 Patterns into 36 Different Styles! Published in the late summer.

Burdastyle Modern Sewing - Dresses For Every Occasion - published next Jan (2015)



The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits. It is already published of course. I bought the e-book. It isn't available on yet.


The best thing about all these new sewing books is that the publication dates are pretty nicely staggered to one book every month or so...which is nice for budgeting.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Kerry Cargo Pants: Finished Project

And these two innocent looking creatures, usually attempt to malign my sewing projects by sitting on pattern pieces, or running away with them, or simply rolling all over them covering my garments with hair.

Pattern Description: (from Style Arc Website)
Safari style straight leg cargo pant with drawstring and pleated pockets. There is an optional tab for 3/4 leg option.

Pattern Sizing: sizes 6 -30

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for the changes I made.

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were brief yet adequate.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I wanted a pair of cargo pants and I am glad I bought this pattern fot that end. I made some changes but I think the pattern is excellent. I liked the fit and the shape of the pants. This is a really flattering pattern!

Fabric Used:
A very thin Corduroy cotton fabric. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Kerry Cargo pant sewing pattern
This is the pattern ad from Style Arc.

I made a fly and waist band, because I prefer that to a drawstring. I may make these with the drawstring later, but I think the drawstring makes these pants a lot more casual. I wanted to wear them to work, so a waistband just seemed better. I also added an extra pair of pocket flaps (but not real pockets) further down the leg and I added a drawstring closure at the hems.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes and yes. I love these pants and I get compliments on them all the time. I will definitely make these pants again and again.


I love these pants and highly recommend them. The fit is amazing. I love Style Arc for the excellent fit.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Vote in a Fun Design Contest Sponsored by Fabricland/Addition Elle

First, I've been busy in the real world for the past several weeks. I have managed to keep up with some sewing - and some cutting for new projects- and I will post those later this week.

I was at Fabricland this weekend and learned of a dress design contest:


Canadian design students were asked to create a look that could be featured in Addition Elle stores this summer.

Click here for details and to vote. 

I love that voters get to direct fashion. I know we vote with our money too but this is such fun! ANd think of the implications for the future - we could vote for safer dyes or fabrics made here or natural fabrics....


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