Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tee's, Vest, Skirt, Pants, Leggings.

I managed to get some sewing done over the past few weeks.  I bought several new patterns and am trying to get them made to see what is liked, what fits and what to be shelved as a bad idea!

The first item is the Flashback Skinny Tee from Made by Rae size 3T.
It took a few minutes to cut out then maybe 20 minutes to sew up. I am more than pleased with the results. I just hope it fits!

I am loving my new coverstitch machine.  It does such a good job on hems.

Happy with the trial run, I made another Flashback Skinny Tee however this time made a turtle neck style.

Still lovin' the coverstitch.

I bought several Shwin & Shwin patterns when they went on sale.  This one is the BBC Vest size 5.
The pattern was straightforward and although I initially had trouble visualizing how the pieces fit together, it did came together beautifully.

I did agonize over the peplum pattern pieces though.
They appeared to go together much like a mitre where the front pieces meet the back pieces.  However looking at the photos with the pattern it didn't look like a mitre type of corner. I even scoured the internet to see if anyone else's finished BBC vest look like mine but it was too difficult to tell.

So whether or not it's supposed to look this way I like it!

I had a little bit of fabric left over, so made the Lazy Days skirt from Oliver + S which is a free download.  I trimmed the hem with brown grosgrain ribbon.

Next on my list was the Lovely Rita Skinny Jeans from Swhin & Shwin, size 5. The fabric used is stretchy and has a fuchsia thread running through matching the corduroy.
The colour reminds me of the chewing gum called Thrills. As I recall, they tasted like moth balls. But that comment has nothing to do with sewing.
The pattern calls for an interesting little flap on the bottom of the leg but I omitted that detail thinking it might be too busy against the fabric pattern.

I think the outfit will be comfortable to wear but I'm not too sure about the vest. It may be a little tight around the middle.
It's really frustrating not to have the wearer handy to try things on to see what needs to be adjusted.
Sure, a tape measure comes in handy to match up widths and so on but having a real person inside the clothes would work so much better!

I was told that leggings, knit tee's and tunic tops would be perfect wear for Jr. Kindergarten.  So I made the Lucy tunic top from Shwin & Shwin.  It's size 5, reversible with pockets on both sides.
Mom has seen the tunic top and while she likes the Chinese lantern plant fabric, she doesn't like the style. But guess who does...Miss C! She loves it.

Using the legging piece from the Laguna skirt pattern from Farbenmix, I made brown knit leggings.
I'll bet it took me all of 15 minutes to whip them up. Talk about quick and easy!

Well, whether these clothes fit or not and whether they are liked or not I'm having fun sewing and playing with my new coverstitch machine.


  1. Whew, I am tired just looking at these. But I sure do like them...and can just imagine the feeling of accomplishment you had.

  2. Oh my goodness...that peplum on the vest is adorable! So cute!