McCall’s Tunic


McCall’s 7251

This tunic took six months to make. See, my sewing room is the basement and the basement is very cold in the winter…so yeah, it took six months to make this. How’s that for time management? I marvel at the contestants on Project Runway. On last night’s final episode they had four days to create an eight piece collection! That’s crazy!


This is the pattern and the version on the right is what I made. There are nice details that you can not see with the pattern of the fabric and they definitely disappear on my black shirt.




Here is the tiny pocket and there are big pockets for your hands which you can see in my other photos. The fabric is from the fall Gertie Collection (Gretchen Hirsch) from Joann Fabrics. I made a size 16 and lengthened it a bit. I would have been fine with a 14 because there is a lot of fabric here.


I probably won’t make it again but if I did I would use a solid color and show off the pockets more.


The sleeves can be left down and have a buttoned cuff or you can roll them and keep them in place with a buttoned tab that is sewn on the inside of the sleeve. I’m not in love with this shirt but I am happy to call it finished so I can start something for warmer weather. And it won’t be black! My eyes!


She Sews Blue Things


I noticed recently that everything I have made is blue. I tried to do something different this time around but I ran into so many failures I was feeling like giving up. I ordered fabric three times and got an email a day later saying they were sold out of that fabric. I was intending to make a pullover blouse, just not this one.


I was successful ordering this fabric but after washing and hanging to dry it turned into a wrinkled mess that reminded me of gauze. It was not going to work for the pattern I wanted to make. I love the roses on it so I had to find a pattern that would work and I decided it wanted to be a peasant blouse.


This is the pattern I used. I made the View A sleeves with the View B bodice. I cut a size 16 for my bust but knew it would be too big in the back so I made the back width two inches smaller by folding the center back line of the pattern piece back one inch. I am still working on learning pattern sizing and I expect it will take a while. Maybe a 14 would have been fine.



It is still quite full which made it perfect to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. And since these jeans were purchased when I was twenty pounds heavier the combo became the perfect “pig out” outfit. After I make a few more tops I may have a go at making some jeans that fit. I really should buy some new ones but I haven’t felt ready to commit to this size.

See, lots of room for pie.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

This was not fun to cut out because of the wrinkles. It is a Rayon Crepe which I will skip next time I see that. I couldn’t  press the huge piece of fabric so I cut around each piece with a couple inches on each side, ironed that piece, then pinned and cut on the cutting line. Curious to see what will happen after the next wash. Hope it doesn’t become skin tight.


I like it well enough but I am looking forward to making something else. Maybe it will even be a color other than blue.  This should have been done sooner but when it came time to gather the neckline I kept finding reasons to not get to the sewing machine. I managed to clip a cute little hole in the bias neck binding. Ugh! I left it there. Not a chance I was going to take it off and start over.


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Seamwork Akita

I fell in love with the patterns in the September Seamwork magazine. This is the Akita blouse. I tend to always pick solid colors in clothes because I feel uncomfortable in prints. I loved the colors in this print so I decided to try something different.

The fabric was pretty wide so I folded it differently than is shown in the cutting layout in the hopes of getting a second top out of it.

I fussed too long with getting my fold straight and then realized I could have gotten a few more inches out of it but I didn’t want to do anymore fussing. A smaller person could get another blouse out of it but I don’t think it will be enough for me. If you hadn’t already thought of it and you have wide fabric give it a try.

The sewing instructions have you clip the seam allowances in order to hem the sleeves and create the slits at the side bottom. I was a little worried about doing that so I reinforced the area by sewing a short line of smaller stitches just inside the seam line.

I clipped all the way in once I did that. I’ll sew a shorter line next time I make this because the stitches show on the folded edge of the armhole but with this fabric it is not noticeable.

I cut out a size 12 but cut the neckline along the size 10 lines. I also added a half inch into the neck at the shoulder to avoid having my bra straps hanging out.

I tried it on with a skirt and chain belt to dress it up but I don’t care for my mix with the black skirt.

But it is a great pattern to make with different fabrics for different looks.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. Still uncomfortable with the print though. I hope to make the Moji pants also but I haven’t decided on a fabric yet.



This is my Colette Aster. I decided to do the sew-a-long even though I am not a button up shirt wearing girl. I only have one that is huge and I use it as a light jacket. Otherwise I don’t feel they are flattering on me.  That said, I wanted to make this shirt and so I did.

I had some struggles getting this done and likely would have stuck it at the bottom of the to-do pile if not for the sew-a-long. I made a muslin in a size 12 and it seemed a little large so I made a 10 with an FBA. I did the FBA (full bust adjustment) and also lengthened the front and back bodice. I made a muslin and it turned out really well.  I decided to do version 2 and actually had to redo the FBA for the correct version. I then made the shirt and the bust was huge and very pointy. I picked out the stitches and tried so many different ways to make the darts look less obvious. Nothing was working. I even tried gathering the dart fabric but there was still way too much fabric over the bust. I ended up undoing the side seams, laying the size 10 pattern piece over the bodice and I recut it it without the FBA. I still have some issues with the darts but this worked much better. The FBA is still a mystery to me. With a DDD bust I surely need the FBA but it hasn’t worked for me yet. One day I will figure out what I am doing wrong.

I wanted my shoulder pleats to be perfect. I remembered when I went to school a hundred years ago we were taught to baste all the pleat lines to get them perfect. It takes a little extra time but I felt more confident when it came time to sew the pleats down.


You still need to sew a straight line. ha! I may have had to un-pick one tuck and do it over but in the end I was happy with how they turned out.

I used vintage bias tape for the neckline and decided to hem it the same way. I also used vintage mother of pearl buttons from my stash to finish it off.

I’m glad I made the long sleeved version since fall is approaching rather quickly. It was even cool enough to photograph this and not break a sweat even though it is mid August.


I’m glad I stuck with it because I think it turned out pretty cute!


This is the Seabrook bag from the July Issue of Seamwork Magazine . I have been wanting to make something out of this vintage fabric I have and this bucket bag seemed like the perfect thing. I found some barkcloth drapes at an estate sale a few months back and fell in love with the floral pattern. They weren’t good enough for using as drapes anymore. Parts were dry rotted or stained but lots of it is still perfect for other projects.

I only spent 88 cents for fabric for this project after using the last few dollars on a gift card. The grommets and cord were the most expensive part and that cost around $15. Oh, I bought thread too. The dark denim is the fabric I bought. I used a remnant from another project for the lining. I had to piece it together because I was not using my brain when I cut it. Since I used different fabrics for the outside I forgot that I needed all three pieces cut for the lining. I had enough dark denim to finish it and I kind of like it. It has reversible potential. You would have to use the cording differently though.

There was a section of the drapes that was long enough for the main body of the purse. There were two large floral sections that fit within the pattern piece. Unfortunately the flowers both meet at the back and the front is bare.

I considered adding a pocket or appliqueing a flower in that spot but in the end I decided to leave it as is. If I change my mind I can still add something with hand stitching.

I hadn’t worked with grommets before so that was fun. My shoulder and neck felt a bit beat up after all that pounding. I reread the section in Seamwork about adding grommets but only when I was ready to put them in so I didn’t think to add any interfacing and I wish I had. If I make this again I will mark the spots where the grommets go and put some squares of interfacing in place before I even start sewing the purse.

I made the cord stopper out of the denim fabric.

I’m happy with the way this bag turned out! If you aren’t already a subscriber to Seamwork you should check it out. It is a beautiful magazine and it has some really cute patterns, many of which are on my to do list.


I have to get used to taking pictures of myself if I want to have a sewing blog.

I know if I wait to blog until I am better at taking photos nothing will get shown so I am working with what I have for now. I borrowed a tripod from my father so I will have a better angle than if I put my camera on a chair. I played with it today and it was definitely easier with it. I started in the yard this morning hoping my neighbors were still asleep.

I made the Deer & Doe Plantain t-shirt which is a free downloadable pattern.

I bought this fabric several years ago in the clearance section. I didn’t consider that there may have been a good reason for it to be on clearance. It was going to be a longer top that was sleeveless but I decided to use it for the Plantain. I worried that I would need to line it at first because there is a thin sheer stripe within the blue stripe. I’m glad I didn’t because even though the fabric is thin it feels like a hot flash death trap so I will save this shirt for fall and winter.

The stripe was off grain which added some fun to the cutting out process. Clearance fabric, remember? I cut half of it and then flipped the pattern piece over to cut the other half. I just pushed the stripe into the right place and hoped the top didn’t end up twisting around me.

Forgot to take off my glasses.

I cut out the largest size for this pattern and it fits pretty well. I also added an inch to the length but probably could have done without. I rushed through the sewing a little faster than I should have so I would never show off the insides of this. For some reason I thought it might not fit and so I rushed through to find out so I could move on to something else. I was happy to be wrong about that. It is a cute pattern and I will make it again.

Oh well, you get the idea.

Oh well, you get the idea.