Category Archives: Sewing With A Plan

MacPhee Workshop – AWEsome Jacket

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Hello all,

While poking about at my local Fabricland the other day for some denim, (StyleArc’s Italia Shirtdress is on the roster, but more on that another day) I happened upon this gem…

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It’s a knit on the outside which is brushed to a fleece on the inside.  It looks quite grey in the picture above but it is actually many shades of blue.  With only the thought that a cardigan was going to be the end product, I dug through my boxes and bags of patterns and pulled out The AWEsome Jacket pattern from MacPhee Workshop.

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Savage Coco Patterns – Presto Popover Top

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Hello all and Happy New Year!

I hope that 2016 is off to a great start for everyone.  It is hard to believe that we are mid month already.

My sewing buddies have been flashing many wonderful iterations of the Presto Popover Top, and not wanting to be left out, I bought the pattern…two months ago.  I printed it, cut it out, found some lovely black jersey knit, laid all my pieces out, and that is where it stalled while I flew around in full on Holiday mode.

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McCalls 6436 – A Half Hearted Effort Equals a Mediocre Blouse

Well hello all,

What an unplanned and extended sewing hiatus that was!  I am so glad to be getting back into a sewing groove.

My very small sewing room is in a little carved out niche of our lower level.  It’s lovely and cool in the summer for sewing.  (A bit of a meat locker in the winter, but that is another story).

It is however, adjacent to where my son has built himself quite a man cave with his game consoles, my old computer desk and some even older sofas from my parents.  He is as happy as a clam which is wonderful, but in the summer when school is out, the sounds of the games and the gathering of his buddies had the effect of driving me out.

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McCalls 6696 – Navy Linen Shirt Dress

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Hello all,

It has been a while since I last posted.  My sewing pace slowed down quite a bit as I worked on McCalls 6696.  Here is the picture from the pattern envelope:

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McCalls 2401 – Tried and True

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A few years ago, McCalls put out M2401 which on the surface is a run of the mill sheath pattern.  A front, cut on the fold with darts at the bust and down the abdomen, two darted back pieces, and sleeves…or not.

Where the clever folks at McCalls really did us a good turn was with the number of options and combinations that they put into the one envelope.  Have a look:

McCalls M2401

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Style Arc Ursula Ponte Skirt

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Hello all,

Winner, winner, chicken dinner – the Ursula Ponte Skirt is a great wardrobe staple to have swinging in your closet.

After seeing so many lovely garments made by my sewing peers using Style Arc patterns I thought I’d stick my toe in the water with this skirt.

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The Balancing Act of Sewing With a Plan and Wardrobe Building

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As a member of a few sewing groups and forums, and an active user of Pinterest, I find myself repeatedly drawn to threads and boards which speak about Wardrobe Building.  Until quite recently, I was like many others with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, or I would continually wear the same outfits while others were years old; never seeing the light of day.  I did a big purge with the intent of changing the way I shop and sew as sadly for me, the last donation I made to our local Goodwill included garments that still had the sales tags attached.   Continue reading