Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pinterest Inspired:

Simplicity 5259 and Butterick 5354


I have longed for this outfit since I saw it on the NEW social network- I am in love with this site. It’s the new FaceBook in my opinion. I have made both patterns before. I don’t have a photo or review of the skirt because it was before my blogging and Pattern Review days. I think I gave the skirt away. I’ll have to check on that.

Misses Pants and SkirtsView F...the pink one.

The top is found here. This one is in the trash because I already knew I wouldn’t keep it long. It was a ‘muslin’ per se.


The fabric for the top is a polyester jersey knit in cream from Fashion Fabrics and it’s been the stash for a while. The lace is a mystery with equal stretch as the knit and I don’t know where I bought it from.


For the skirt, I used a twill. It is a medium weight in celery green, I’d say. I love the feel of it. It was acquired during a swap with my sister-in-law about four or five years ago. I was going to make a jacket from the rest but thought it would be too much of that same color. I like it but I am not in love with it. I found a final resting place for it with my sister, Evoni. She would find something to make of it.


Both pieces are very easy to put together.

However, I complicated things with the lace on the top and I was going to line the skirt but then I didn’t have enough lining fabric so that got nixed. It still came out good.


I made the skirt in size 16 because that is how big I was when first made it. After fit and cut downs, I think I ended with a size 12. I am a 9/10 in ready to wear. I just had a baby girl, too. So, hopefully, I loose a little more weight. I know will since I am nursing.

Zyan in pot 9-12

I tried to do one of those cute pot shots...LOL

Here’s a better one.

Zyan pose 2

Here is my Pinspiration piece:


Here is my version that I wore to church today:


I used what I had on hand. Nothing purchased. Boots and bag, of course. The color is more like the inspiration not the light turquoise looking color.

Side with Jacket

Side wo Jacket

Excuse the face, it was sunny.



Message for today (Missionary’s Day): John 4:35 “It’s Harvest Time”


Jewelry - Not a good shot.

I know you may be saying, “Hey, that top doesn’t look like that pattern!” No, it doesn’t. I pinned out the tucks on the pattern then cut the fabric in the finished pin out. I only have lace in the front because that’s all I had enough for.


Ok, I admit. This looks nothing like my inspiration. But I like it a lot.


Well, that is all for this SOTD (Sass of the day). Yeah, I make up my own.


Until later. Peace, ya’ll.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ra- Ra- Rasputin (Burda 7381)

My son is SO skinny! It is hard to find pants that fit his 28 waist. And he is tall. I see now that elastic may just become one of his friends until I become confident enough to make a more tailored pair of pants for men. I tried to experiment on my husband but he wasn’t having it. Lol I find it kind of hard to certain garments for men - especially the picky ones in my life.

Burda patterns are said to be good patterns. I have quite a few of them and just had not the time to put any together until now.



Bradley saw this pattern while I was shopping one of Hancock’s famous sales. It was my first time even seeing these patterns on sale. (I have a few I had already bought off Ebay.) I do remember about five years ago I had asked the sales lady if they sold Burda’s here and she told me they had stopped a while back and didn’t know if they would start again. I had been stationed in Germany and fell in love with Burda, but I didn’t know the language that well and decided it really wasn’t worth paying that much for a pattern only to sew it blindly. But, whadaya’ know? Let there be Burda!


The description on the pattern pack says: Burda Young; Shorts; semi-fitted


And it fits US sizes 34 to 46. I cut the smallest -34. I really thought this was going to be huge on him. IT WAS NOT! Granted it’s a tad bit but not a whole lot like I thought it would be. I think it’s also because I did not do the elastic like the pattern calls. I did my own way.


He had originally asked for View B, the pair with the cargo pockets. Then he changed to wanting the pair the huge side patch pockets. Then went to wanting ALL the pockets on one pair! Naw, Buddy.


I used a medium weight khaki twill that I’d bought for $1.99 a yard from Hancock a WHILE ago. Another stash buster item. I still about 4 more yards left. What else can I make? Not sure, but I did run across Simplicity 2648. I may just redo this one again. Here’s the first go around. I love LOVE it. The Anniversary Dress 2010.

I lengthened the legs into pant length and inserted my elastic differently. These were the only two pattern deviations that I’d done.

I love that this pattern is really simple and easy to make. There is no fly opening. You just pulled them on and off.

It’s kind of hard to get my boys to take photos so I am happy to deal with the ones I have.

2012-10-06 CrispersI put a good good crease in these pants.

2012-10-06 Ra Ra RasputinHe looks like Rasputin to me in this shot.

2012-10-06 Island VacationHe said he had swag....

2012-10-06 Thinking ManNow he says he’s the Thinking Man.


Now back to the Rasputin shot. It was derived from the Wii game Just Dance 2.

I love to see my son do that dance. Lol. I think he looks like him in this pose. So, here’s to you Rasputin. I wish I could sneak a video of Bradley doing it. But since he hasn’t let that happen, here’s what you get.

Until the next project. I think I have three more. Fish sticks and potato wedges. Chow.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Might As Well... this to the blog since I made it.

I wasn’t going to post this but my daughter said, “Why not, Ma? You made it.” Oh, what the heck. It’s not much just a top so that she didn’t wear spaghetti straps to school. It is:


The t-shirt, not shown on the front, but it’s on the line drawings on the back.

Line Art

View E

I believe she just wanted her fame in lights, so she gets it:

                   Face 1

Nothing spectacular... the top, not my baby. She IS spectacular! I’d sewn it quick so she can get to school and not be sent to the nurse’s station to call me to bring her another top.

I left the ends surged and unturned. It’s made in a brown slub knit from the stash. I’m stash shopping with most of my future projects because, right now, it’s the most economical means for me.

Here are her “portfolio” photos. Lol She’s a character.

Left side pose     Front CurtsyRight side pose

After school shots. We had no time before school.

That’s all, until next time, ya’ll.

Cold tacos and hot milk - yuk!

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Mermaid Dress? (McCalls 6271)

     I b-back! (In my Mario voice)

      This dress has been in request from my daughter since April and I finally got around to putting it together. Since life has its way of throwing curve balls (because your way is not God’s will), I have been out of commission for a hot minute. But, hey, I’m shattered, but I’m not broken and certainly not dead. So that, in itself, is something to thank God for. How-be-ever, the Mermaid Dress has evolved from being a dress-up costume to becoming McCalls 6271.

                             2012-09-21 McCalls 6271

     Nii saw the pattern in my stash and said it was the Mermaid dress she was talking about. Well, um, ok. And so it came to pass. I grabbed the pattern,

Description: Lola Lou Easy; Children’s/Girls’ Pullover Halter Top and Dress, and Shorts. The top and dress is self lined with an elastic back. There are no buttons and no zipper. (So Evoni, you CAN do this!)

     The sizes are 2 to 8. I made the five and ummm, let us just say Nii is 3 and a 1/2 and she will NOT be wearing it come Spring. She is really tall for her age and her weight is right along with it! But had I made the 5 for a five year old, I’d say it’s true to size.

     I took out the stash boxes upon boxes of fabric and she chose a fabric I was saving for a maxi. Darn. But, hey, she’s one of my munchkins and I’d do anything for her - except help send her to hell. This is the fabric.

Fabric: It’s like a slightly stretch poplin. I don’t know. Woven? Feel good though.


     I sent a picture to my sister and she kindly said to take another shot because that one wasn’t cutting. Well, actually, the first thing she texted back was “curtains?” I refolded the fabric and sent her this shot:

                            2012-09-18fabric shot 2

     Then, how ‘bout Lil Sista had the nerves to tell me it was still ugly?! But listen, she was the one who chose it for me to make my maxi! Uh huh, have me looking like walking custom-made drapery from Grandma’s house! I still like it though I won’t make a maxi, I’ll just do a simple pencil skirt. That’ll be better. At least I’ll look like tailored drapery. Lol is that possible? Tailored drapes? Prob not. But oh, well.

     This is the contrast Chenii chose. Dang, another save I had in the stash! I guess she said she’ll use it since I hadn’t.

2012-09-18 contrast

                                             2012-09-18 contrast 2

It’s a stretch poplin. I still had the sticky on it.

     The instructions were right on point. Nothing to decipher and nothing left out. No head scratching or brow pulling. I am still sane. Don’t let the lines intimidate you. This dress is awesomely easy! The most time consuming part are the gathers where you have to gather the top and bottom portions of the skirt and lining.

     Here a two work in progress pictures.

2012-09-21wip 1several pins to hold up the bubble. She’d better listen and keep still! LOL

2012-09-21wip2close up of the bodice.

     I made no adjustments or design changes. It’s made right out of the bag.

I certainly recommend this for anyone who wants the look of a time consuming project. Like they spent hours on it. But in actuality spent an evening. I would like to make it again, but if I don’t, there are several other patterns in the stash to choose from.

     Here are the final shots. I don’t know why she wanted those socks and no shoes but hey, that’s her fashion.

Side front                                                                                                             Back

Front posing

                                              Front sitting

That is all for now. I have several reviews to post but time is not on my side. They’ll squeeze themselves in some how.

     Until later, Peace and Hair grease. Turtle Wax and Pressing Dax. LOL Bye ya’ll.