Tuesday, June 28, 2011

S5497 & B5022 Project: Daughter Needs Shorts!

My daughter wakes up and proceeds to get dressed for the day and realizes she has no shorts to put on. So, what does the daughter of a terrific, most savvy, creative, wonderful, …ok ok, so what does her mother do? She sews to the rescue! I used Simplicity 5497 to make her two of the three pairs and used Butterick 5022 for one pair. I have sewn both patterns before, so that makes these shorts very easy to put together. I won’t blabber along about them because they are quite to the point and she has worn all three already and two pairs she kept changing throughout one day. I think she was trying to see which pair she liked most.

Simplicity Pattern 5497 Child's Top and Shorts      and


Here are the photos:

Simplicity 5497

S5497 FrontS5497 Back

I love the poses. She is working on her passion for fashion.

S5497 Front PlaidS5497 Back Plaid

More crazy poses. lol I love these!

Butterick 5022

B5022 Front DenimB5022 Back Demin

Now she has her side kick with her. lol I love my girls.

Shorts PinkShorts Plaid

Shorts Denim

Three new pairs of shorts and didn’t spend an extra dime for them. Maybe next time Kohl’s. Maybe.

Until Later, Schey and the Girly Gang.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Butterick 5354

Can you believe I started on this top before Easter?! It is now three months later, two and half, that I have finished it. I am just now making time to post it. So, you ask me, “What took you so long?” Well, there is this little thing called dis-encouragement. Yeah, that’s what I call it. You see, this top has pleats around the neck, where if you don’t pay attention, you can easily sew them the wrong way.


And that is exactly what dis-encouraged me to finish. It wasn’t until four weeks later that I decided to finish what I started. Here is the finish result of that neck line.

Neckline upclose

  There is a nick in the fabric where I had to rip the seam. I tried to hide that one but couldn’t. There is also a double pleat where I hid a couple more. It’s supposed to be only one there.

The sleeve can be just a tad bit longer but I am happy with this one for now. I will add an inch and a half to them once I make the top again.Sleeve 1

I had to press the hem down with knit hem tape then sew. The fabric kept moving and sliding and getting my nerves! I eventually got it to look a bit decent. I will have to go back and re-trim closer to the stitch line when I get some TV time.


Here is the front and back views of my new blue top.

B5354 front                 Back

I must say this is very comfortable top and a unique twist on the basic T.

 Feather Pleat T-Shirt

Eddie Bauer for $35.00.


Joan Vass at for $78.00 on sale for $38.00.





I believe mine looks better and it only cost me $3.90 plus thread! Surprised smile 

Good job.

Until later, Schey

Thursday, June 23, 2011

McCall’s 6270

From the previous post:
McCall’s 6270 is for the baby girl. Another stash spree. I finally found a great match for this fabric. I am going to do the modeled version. Too bad I don’t have enough to do the shorts. But that’s ok. As a seamstress, I will sew find something that will look great!
I am done! Again, I started over a week ago but life happened. I finished yesterday right before we went Bible Study. It took a total of somewhere around four hours of sewing time only.
When I first bought the fabric, I was in love with it. No – really – I kissed it! lol I had found the perfect fabric but for what pattern? I wouldn’t know until I went to the Hancock pattern sale and stumbled on this one. what drew me was the tiered ruffles in different but coordinating ruffles. Too cute and perfect for my 2 year old.
I still have to put on the bows. I will not use the pattern piece provided but I will use some ribbon and tie a cute bow. I have literally NO more of this fabric left. And the little I did have, my dearest husband decided he needed something to wipe his hands on! –He’s a mechanic for goodness sake! Arggh! His excuse? “Well it looks like you couldn’t do nothing else with those cuts.” There was lots I could do. Like make yoyos or test the serger.
Anyhow, no needing to cry over scrap fabric. Moving on. I happen to get some pictures of Nii in her new pretty mini dress. (It was supposed to be the top – View C.)
Here are the pictures:
Oh, and I got more than two this time! Yay!
FrontFront: She’s actually smiling. I think she likes it! Winner. 

Back: This it total progress! She turned around with no pressure! Still winning.

Front up close              Back up close
These are the up close front and back. These were no hassle. I just zoomed the focus and shot. She never knew I had taken them. W-I-N-N-I-N-G!
Now here’s the fun:
I got in four pictures until Nii decided that –yet again- she was too done.
  Inside out                   Inside out back
She did not want to take and inside out photo. So, I quit. But, we got six, SIX, 6, photos! Now this is what I call progress. My oldest daughter gave me some daughterly relief. She said, “Ma, it’s because that side is not cute like ruffles.” Winking smile
One more photo I snuck in: the button up close:
Neck upclose
Until later,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

McCall’s 6318

From the previous post:
McCall’s 6318 has to be done by next Sunday. Our colors are Yellow, Black, and White. And I have had this Tiger Lilly print for a long time. I ordered it from one of my Favorite online fabric store,

That was over a week ago. I got stuck. You see, I had this problem where I was trying to fit a 9 inch zipper where I needed to put a 12-14 inch zipper. The dress, so far, is easy along with the directions and illustrations. Don’t let the pieces and the lines fool you. This is how my dress have been sitting lately because of the too-short zipper, school – again, and my niece came down to visit with her daughter (hey, that makes me a great aunt, huh?). I can actually get out of that by saying she is my husbands niece, so technically I am not a great aunt, but I won’t be that way. At least that’s my story, and I am sticking to it. lol Ok, now – this is how I left the dress:
full front stopping point It looks pretty good so far, huh? I think it does. Here is the front a little closer:
close front stopping point
I like those details, but they are a bit hidden by the design. I will make this dress again because I think it will make a cute LBD or LWD.
I will continue to add to this post as I assemble this dress, so visit back soon.
Next: The zipper.
and after finishing this number here, I have added the zipper:
The pattern calls for an invisible zipper but I was trying to use what I had in stash. I had two black 9'' zippers and every other color that did not match. So, I had to make a quick trip to WalMart (because I was already going that way) and grab a zipper. They only sold regular zippers so that’s what I bought. …And I put it in per the invisible zipper directions and this is what I got. I want to get a bit more closer to the teeth but risk the chance of ruining my dress because no matter how close I get; three things always happen:
1. My zipper keep moving from under the foot.
2. The needle would hit the foot – thus bending and then breaking.
3. I keep hitting the teeth with the zipper.
I don’t know why I had such a hard time but I did. So this is what I am settling for. (Note to self: buy special feet.)
The next steps were for the preparation and assembling the shoulder straps. Very easy. The directions says to under stitch as far as possible on a tube that is about, maybe, five inches wide and maybe twelve inches or so long. I didn’t even attempt it! Turned and pressed – It came out nice. I would top stitch it but that would take away the cleanliness of the straps. Here are the front and back views:
Full front with straps              Full back with straps
Next – the lining and finishing. I hope to be done so I can wear this Sunday.
FOUR DAYS LATER: (And not worn to church)
I have started on the lining and have not finished. I had to do a few projects for the girlies. I forgot that kids DO grow! My oldest one had only TWO pairs of shorts that she could fit. So, I was destined to make her a few pairs of shorts. THREE to be exact, in one day. They were pretty easy and fast, though. Neither pattern was new to me. I made them both before. And having sewn pants makes it pretty easy to put together a pair shorts.
This is how far I have gotten since our last visit together:
I believe I mentioned that I ran out of lining fabric and I had improvise. Ok here is how I am left to siggarig my lining. I am only lining the top and the middle bodice is left out. Here is how it looked as I started the lining sections:
Full view wo lining attached               Inside out w straps
The back and the front…well, side fronts will be lined. I am going to blind stitch by hand. Here is the back and side fronts close up with the lining in place, ready to be stitched.
Wo lining attached     Side insideout
Now that it is lined. Here is the back. It is very neat, if I must say myself. Hand-stitching really does yield some great results. One just needs to make sure there is enough time and patience to get it done.
Lining attached by hand

Here is the side front and how they stand right now. I just can’t bring myself to sew them yet. Thus the saying, patience is a virtue.
Need to attach pricess seamHow I held it in place by hand.
DSCF2760How it is now being held in place by millions of pins.
I think I will leave it as so until I am ready to tackle it. It might sit there until Tuesday. While I watch HowthoRNe, I can blind stitch. Yeah, that sounds like a plan but my plans never work. Sad smile Lol. Sew, I will attempt to do this hand work – eventually.
While the hand work for the side fronts are in limbo, I finished off the front bodice, today. Since I had not enough lining fabric I had to modify my assembly and cut some facings. Here is what was done.
DSCF2756I lined the fabric under the part I needed to give a clean finish to and cut that portion.
DSCF2757Here is what I needed to make the lines neat and crisp and to look decently finished.
DSCF2758Facings attached and unfinished.
DSCF2759The facing is looking better by the minute.
I have to go and take a few more photos because I had no more space on the camera. (Exiting left…I mean right)
Until a few more photos, Schey and Aloe.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What’s on the Chopping Block

…for the rest of June?

Well, let’s see. I have plans but my plans NEVER work out. So, I’ll just say, this is what I would like to get done before the end of June.

McCall's 6318

McCall’s 6318 has to be done by next Sunday. Our colors are Yellow, Black, and White. And I have had this Tiger Lilly print for a long time. I ordered it from one of my Favorite online fabric store,



McCall’s 6270 is for the baby girl. Another stash spree. I finally found a great match for this fabric. I am going to do the modeled version. Too bad I don’t have enough to do the shorts. But that’s ok. As a seamstress, I will sew find something that will look great!



I hope to have this one done so that I can wear it to church for the 4th of July weekend. I see myself wearing Red heels and White bag, or White heels and a Red bag. (Not really, but I did think about it.) I also thought I would try a bleaching technique; but that would so not be a good thing for ME! I have a blue top made already for the BBQ. I’m just thinking on if I should make shorts or wear a pair I have already.

After this would be a few items for the kiddos. I have been summoned for a jean shorts and a Lizzy McGuire pattern. The pants has to have “a lot of threads” (embroidery) and ribbon. So, I need time to see how I am going to incorporate such a request.

On to the thinking board,

Until Later,