Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tina Givens Top

 Went up to my friend Nancy's in Vancouver Washington. We shopped in Portland and found this Japanese gauze. I had never sewed with it before and it went quite well. We both eyed this Tina Given pattern and decided to spend a day sewing together. She had another fabric to make her top and we had a great time sewing together.

 I cut off the shaggy edge of the selvage and placed it in the seam between the bodice and sleeve. Gave a nice detail.
 This was the label that I made for the back at the neck on the outside just below the collar. I included some of the selvage in the label.
This was the first time I have sewn with a Tina Given pattern. I learned that the directions are not for a beginner. The directions are very sketchy.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Marcy's Jacket

 Enjoyed making this jacket. I was gifted this beautiful silk satin fabric from China. I have been saving it for a special project.

 I have seen this pattern done up in other fabrics, so I think you can change the jackets personality very easily.
 I was able to use this trim I picked up in Paris along the inside facing.

I used hong kong seam finishing. This fabric had a beautiful wrong side finish as well. So not lining it showed that off.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Another Jacket

 I have a lot of fun with Marcy's patterns. Most of the time they are a challenge with all of her pieces. I had some cotton knit and then purchased another cotton print knit in Scotland and they matched. I didn't have enough of one, so combining them worked. The pattern was not meant for knits, but it worked well. I didn't use the facings and just served the edges.

I used variegated thread on the serger and a friend gave some buttons from her stash.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I actually made this last winter, but never got it photographed. I had a piece of wool that I had gotten from a  estate sale and it fit perfectly for this vest.
 I had some trim that I had bought in France that I used on the front and the pockets.
 I had some gold braid that I added to the shoulders and back seam.
 I put the pockets  welts in not the same place on each side, so added buttons to the top of one side and the bottom of the other side. Then I hoped the viewers eye would go to the buttons instead of noticing that they were not in the same place on each side. Our mistakes do push us to get out of our boxes.
 I made my own bias for the inside seams and armhole.

The pattern comes in at the bottom and I brought it out about two inches so it wouldn't fit so tight around the legs.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Camp Shirt

 I used this pattern which I have used before.
 I shorten it.
 Has a nice pleat in the back.
 Used a accent fabric for the inside yoke and collar band.
 Added a sleeve tab.
Added a couple of pockets.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Kantha Jacket

 I used Kathryn Brenne's Vogue 9217 pattern again. I really like this jacket. I used the pants as well in some raw silk that I dyed.

 Here is the back.
 The collar and front facing with buttons.
A turned sleeve.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Paris T-Shirt

 This is the Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti which is a free download. I bought this fabric from Marcy Tilton's Fabrics.
The pattern runs small. I had to add 2" on the sides.