Knit Sweater Skirt Copycat

A knit fabric that is hot pink has been on my list of “needs” for a few months.  In my mind I thought it would look awesome with my houndstooth shirt from last week’s post.  While wearing that shirt I went to Joann’s to find maybe a different type of fabric that is hot pink.  They do not have a knit in the desired color.  Moodfabric.com has several hot pink fabrics, but figuring out the weight of the fabric makes me nervous.  Well, I don’t get sweaty palms or anything.  One day I am just going to have to buy it.

In the meantime, I thought I would just leave Joann’s with SOMETHING.  It was busy and I had my loving children so, shopping was kind of a test of patience and will power.  In some sort of fabric desperation I found a sweater fabric.  The wrong side is a fleece.  This keeps it from raveling. Online there are two different blues and a purple.  This fabric actually would make a great sweater dress.  (I would have made one, BUT I only bought three quarters of a yard.)

Also, my sister-n-law sent me a skirt from a certain brand name…(I’m just not sure if it’s ok to say what name brand, but they specialize in knit clothing with all sorts of patterns. 😉  It fits just right and I thought I would give making one a whirl.

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Brand Name skirt folded in half to trace for pattern.

The first step was to make a pattern.  I laid the skirt out to see if it had any pleats and to see if it was the same on front and back.  As best that I can tell it is the same cut for the front and the back with no pleats.  I folded it in half and traced it on tissue paper making sure to add a half inch for seam allowances and the hem.  It has a four inch waist band.  I traced that as well.  Even now I am not sure of the correct shape of this piece.  However, I know that it is two, nine inch pieces that are as wide as the skirt front and back pieces.  the side seams… seem to be at an angle.  Since the band is folded in half to make it four inches tall (with half inch seam allowance) the sides still just do not fully make sense to me.  (There will most likely be another attempt at this pattern with a different fabric.)

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Waistband pattern… kind of…

I laid the pattern pieces on my three quarter of a yard of fabric.  There was not enough fabric… 😦 😦   At this point I SHOULD have cut the waist band from another knit fabric I had leftover from another project.  BUT I did not.  I cut the waist band into two pieces, making a total of four pieces for the waist band: two for the front and two for the back.  I didn’t even have enough fabric for all four pieces.  I had to cut one piece of a totally different knit fabric.  You can see the random piece of dark gray fabric added to the inside of the band.

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Pattern on fold of fabric for skirt front or back. Pin cushion was a handmade gift used as a weight here.

Now, it was time for assembly.  FAIL FAIL FAIL…..  the front and back waist bands were made.  I sewed them together where they would have been one piece if correctly cut.  Then, waist band folded on the seam, I sewed it to the top of the front skirt and then the back of the skirt.   Then I just sewed the side seams.   This was not… I repeat… NOT right.

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Assembly… mmm mmm…. nope…

I should have sewn the side seams of the waist band together BEFORE I sewed it to the skirt front and back.  AND I should have had enough fabric to cut the front and back waist bands in two pieces, not four.  ALSO, this fabric that I bought hastily and out of frustration is not the same as a “knit” fabric.  The description said sweater knit.  That means knit stitches like having been knitted.  Ha!  It was only stretchy in one direction.  Knit fabric (not like knitted stitches) is stretchy in both directions, well ALL directions.  To top it all off, I don’t even think I like the fabric…  hmmmm

If this skirt shows up on here again, hopefully it will be at least fitting around the waist correctly.  It doesn’t even look like a good fit anywhere.  Nope.  I did not even hem it.

You live and learn.  All things considered, it was not a great loss of time or money.  The fabric was about $5.  Hey, learn from my mistake!  :/

Thanks again for your visit!  You are amazing!!!  Have a great rest of the day!

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Knit Shirt McCall’s M7194

In the Summer of 2017, (is it 2018?  Are you sure?) I bought a gray and black houndstooth knit.  (This fabric is currently only available in the Joann’s store.)  A knee length skirt was made of this fabric first.  For some reason while I was making the skirt I wrapped a scrap of it around my arm, LIKE A SLEEVE.  I just had to have a shirt with this fabric, maybe two.

It wasn’t long until there were three more yards in my possession.  You know when you get something in your mind that you’re excited about, you don’t need to write it down.  You are going to figure out a way to get that fabric.  NO, SILLY!  You DO NOT steal it.  You are taking things way too far here.  Okay, let’s rope it back in here.  I heart this fabric.  It’s the feel of it.  I’m not even wild about houndstooth.  Although, classic prints are just… classic.  They are always in.  (Bama fans, simmer down.  Congrats on your Championship win.  While I pulled for Alabama in this game, I am not a huge, Roll Tide, Bama, houndstooth wearing fan.) :/

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Back to the subject at hand, picking the right size and fit was no worry because the fabric is knit.  It stretches!  Pick small, medium, large, or x-large.

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I really enjoyed cutting this fabric.  Look at that cup of coffee!  Does this picture bother some of you.  Hey!  Not one drop got on my fabric.  I cut the whole shirt out and not one drop got on the fabric.  That’s mostly because I moved the cup before I cut the fabric.  No worries!  (I’m so funny!)  It was a good cup of coffee too.

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Flouncy, Flouncy!

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Sleeves!

After the cutting was finished, that night I had the front and back sewn together.  The next day the sleeves and flounce were added.  This shirt makes me happy!  It’s comfy!  It’s fun!

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A serge serge here and a serge serge there…

This was actually a quick and easy sew.  There was little thinking to put it together.  At this time in my life, little thinking is always a plus!  Ok, any time of my life, little thinking is good.  Having a serger was an advantage as well.  The instructions were for a sewing machine, but it was relatively easy to figure out when to use my serger.

Here is a side note about McCall’s M7194.  The pattern called for seam binding.  It’s basically ribbon and is used to stabilize a seam that is going to have a lot of pull.  Ok, so I just made that up, but that is what I’m thinking is correct.  Joann’s did not have any. (That is where I was when I bought the pattern.) However, I remembered that a friend gave me a bag of several different types of binding.  What do you know?  There was a pack of pink seam binding!  Thank you, Friend!!!  The pattern calls for it to be put in the shoulder seam.  I added it, but I do not think I needed it since I used a serger.  If you have any incite on this please let me know in the comments. 🙂 I need all of the incite I can get.  HA!

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Now you really should buy some knit fabric and McCall’s M7194.  I was looking for a different pattern in my box yesterday and saw it.  It wants me to make something else out of it!

This shirt came together so quickly.  It is one of my favorite sewing projects.  This fabric simply feels good to me.  Some time I will be making a raglan sweatshirt using this fabric too.  There was about a yard left.  That’s just enough for a sleeve or a bodice of a shirt.  Yay! 🙂 🙂

Stylistically speaking, this shirt is great casual and a bit dressy.  I put a hot pink scarf here because for some reason hot pink (ok fuchsia) is my favorite.

If you have recently made a knit fabric garment, what did you make?  What has been your favorite knit fabric make?  If you’ve never given it a try, this pattern would be a great start.  Just sayin’…

Thank you ever so much for the visit!  I pray you have a FABULOUSLY beautiful day!

 

Sewing Through 2018

Really, sewing goals are just random thoughts for me.  Formal plans do not exist in my sewing.  Sometimes I see inspiration and sometimes I am sewing what I need.  Here are the current ideas I would love to have accomplished at some point.

Goal one is to find fabric for my first Vintage Simplicity dress.  By the way, the muslin is finished.  There were some minor adjustments to be made.  I would love to find a beautiful floral print on a medium weight fabric.  The plan is to be dressed and pressed in this cute pattern for Easter Sunday.  Oh yeah, we still do Easter dresses here.

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Secondly, the above pattern has a straight skirt that can be used instead of the A line skirt.  You know I want to make that too.  I pulled the skirt around and I could see how the straight skirt would look.  I saw a glimpse of Barbara Billingsley from Leave it to Beaver.  It took me right to the cover of the pattern where those ladies stand so properly.

There are so many patterns in that blue and red box I’ve shown you before.  So third, I would enjoy working my way through a few of those and sharing them with you.

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My latest inspiration is from Nordstrom.  Another goal is to make a copy cat of this amazingly stylish plaid skirt with flounce added to it.  What in the world did I even walk in that store for anyway?  But y’all!!!  It was just a beautiful skirt for $425.  Um, if you can afford it buy it and wear it for me.  Just let me know you did.  Now, I really want to make one.  The cost is in the nice Italian made Wool Plaid.  The price is $60 to $100 a yard.  We have to do a plaid!  Maybe we don’t have to do Italian made wool.  We’ll see.  I don’t know.  The link is here.

Last, as soon as I get the chance, I am bound for the local fabric stores.  Currently, my fabric purchases are limited to Joann’s and Hobby Lobby.  Don’t get me wrong I love them.  They are close by.  They just do not have what I’m looking for sometimes.  Ok, I’ll just say it.  At this point in life I am not good at venturing out.  There have been times when venturing out was no big deal to me.  You know seasons of life get you sometimes.  So I’m going to broaden my horizons!  When I get to do that I’ll let you know what I find.  Hopefully, some really great fabric! 🙂

As mentioned before, my goals are random.  There is no telling what will happen in the way of sewing.

Thanks for the visit!  Happy New Year!!!

 

 

McCall’s 5138 Peplum Style

Last Thursday all but the sleeves, buttons, and the peplum style skirt were finished on my shirt.  I was so close to being finished, but with the sleeves needing to be done it seemed so far away from being finished.  It was so hard to focus on finishing my shirt when a sweet potato casserole, cornbread dressing, and macaroni and cheese seriously needed to be put together.

Here is the thing.  I HAVE TO have yummy traditional food for Thanksgiving and Christmas; but if I’m going to have that yummy food, I have to make it.  Not because I won’t eat other people’s food, but because all of our family live elsewhere.  SO, preparing ahead of time is vital!  Otherwise, I end up being dead and tired when it’s time to eat all that I worked for.  There was a lot that needed to be done while I was working on my shirt.

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However, my husband is awesome (brownie points for that, right?) and watched the children on Saturday afternoon, while I finished my shirt.  Guilt did motivate me to finish as well, since Christmas is to be spent with the family.  Sewing a shirt was low on the priority list, even if it was for Christmas Eve church service.  There are other clothes in my closet you know…  Determination in my being and children watched I went to work as quickly as possible.

The sleeves were first to be conquered.  Oh my word!  Frantically, I threw a sleeve at the bodice of this shirt, and it looked like it.  Out came the seam ripper…. a few times.  It was like I forgot how to put a sleeve in.  There are still gathers in the shoulder of the sleeves.  It is possible that the cotton fabric is especially sensitive.  Maybe if I had had more time they could have been perfect, or at least closer.  All things considered, I did my best and then moved on to the buttons.

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I have never put button holes in a shirt so fast.  If you had a closer look you would be able to see that.  Hey!  Stop zooming in on my photos!  (Just kidding.)  Please forgive my fascination with the larger size button on this shirt.  The pattern called for a larger buttons than the other shirt patterns I have done.  It really worked well for the style of the shirt, even when I added the peplum skirt.

Now it was time to add the peplum part of the shirt.  Y’all I was in such a hurry.  Placed on Darla (my dress form), I was able to get an idea of how the skirt would flow around the waist.  Given more time, I would have tried to add a pleated skirt or gathered.  I just went for the skirt from my Christmasy Christmas apron (previously posted).  I measured the waist on the shirt after I marked the waistline.  Then I measured the inside of the “circle” on the waist of the apron skirt.  It’s basically a circle skirt.  It needed an inch or two more which I added to the back (or when the pattern is placed on the fold, I added the inch at the fold).  This made for less flounce in the back, but it was the quickest simplest fix.  Maybe it worked out best anyway.

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I laid my pattern on a scrap of fabric, marked the changes that needed to be made, and chop chop.  Then I pinned it to the shirt.  It worked!!!  Now my distracted frantics turned into excitement that this might actually work.  I took it back off Darla.  Then, with a few changes including changing the angle in the front, I cut it from the white cotton.

Then there was a little fabric that needed to be trimmed from the “tail” of the shirt, and it was time to put this skirt on for good.  I trimmed a half inch from the marked waistline and pinned the skirt to the bodice on that line.  A serge serge here, and a serge serge there, and we are finished.  I think I heard a bell ring.  Oh, that happens when an angel gets it’s wings.  Bells should ring when you finish a sewing project.  They do ring in my mind…

Here is the finished product with accessories!  It didn’t even take all night.  I was finished around five that afternoon.

More importantly, we had a great time this Christmas.  We were just together!  I feel spoiled rotten when I think of the blessings God has given me and my family.

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Until next time and next year, have a great rest of the week!  Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today!!!  Happy New Year!

 

Long White Collared Shirt McCall’s 5138

♪♪Greeting cards have all been sent.  The Christmas rush is through,..♪♪ My cards have been sent.  If you didn’t get a card, I ran out of stamps, cards, pictures, and time.  The Christmas rush is still full on around here.  Which brings me to my shirt.  I really want to have it finished for Christmas Eve, Sunday morning.  At my current rate… it is not happening.   I still need it though

So, I bought a pencil skirt.  A red Ann Taylor Loft Cardigan found at Goodwill is what I plan to wear with it.  The idea is to add a little coverage on the back end with a sort of peplum white collared shirt.

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I poured over 3 or 4 patterns.  The shirt dress pattern from a recent post was considered, but I didn’t think the yoke would look right.  We are going for a classic crisp look here.    The white poplin cotton fabric was cut using a very basic collared shirt pattern.  I settled on McCall’s 5138 view E to use less fabric (the blue one).

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The front, back, and collar have been assembled.  The next step is to work on the sleeves.  Then I would like to add a “layer” to the bottom.

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Collar here…

There is one and a half yards left I believe.  Right now I have a couple of ideas rolling around.  One is to do about six soft pleats waist high at the back and then a flat front (no flounce).  The other idea is to simply apply a “circle skirt” waist high.  This would be the flouncy option.  You know, it would amazing if the skirt pattern I made from the apron just happened to fit.  (That’s probably not happening…  But it could right?)  Although, I am not sure I want flounce.  After dressing Darla, my dress form, I feel that I may just want a simple flat, no fullness at all, kind of length.

At some point, you will see the result.  Even if it is a big floppy mess, I will show it to you.

The button to this cardigan has been in a little stash for I don’t know how long.  It has been put in place.  Finally!  If this whole shirt thing doesn’t work out, I at least put that little shiny button back on it’s sweater.

Now, for the most part, I will be focused on sweet treats and wrapping a few presents. Count your blessings, this season!  Merry Christmas and happy New Year y’all!

 

Oh Deer, Pillow

Whilst at Hobby Lobby buying lots of Christmas things I NEEDED (yeah right) last week I happened to see a deer stencil in the foam craft section (the reindeer from my last project).  It was only a couple of dollars so I tossed it in the buggy.  (I know! No one calls it a buggy anymore.  It’s a grocery cart.  So for you who cringed when I said buggy…  grocery cart.  Also, remember I used the word whilst at the beginning of this paragraph.  So, I can be fancy.)

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This lead to another trip to Hobby Lobby to buy paint and fabric medium.   What is fabric medium you ask?  This is what you add to acrylic paint to keep it from cracking on fabric!  I know… I didn’t know that either.  The particular brand I bought said to add two parts paint and one part fabric medium.  That means mix say a half teaspoon of fabric medium with one teaspoon of paint.  You know I “eye-balled” it!

So, to make you a pillow, cut two squares of fabric that are an inch larger in length and width than the desired finished size.  Mine was 13×13.

Then to stencil a cute deer on it, measure to center the image on the fabric.  Measure top and bottom to make sure they are equal from each edge.  Do the same for the sides.  then tape it to the fabric.

For the stencil…   I am no pro, but I can tell you a teeny tiny bit about it.  You are not supposed to use a lot of paint on your brush because it will seep under the stencil.  And there are a few different types of brushes.  Not being too particular about the finished product, I’m satisfied.

When it is dry, the sewing part starts.  With right sides together stitch around the edges with a half inch seam allowance.  DON’T forget, not all of the way around.  Put your brakes on!  Leave about three or four inches open in the middle of one side.

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Turn your fabric right side out and put your stuffing in.  Stuffing is Poly-Fill.  Stuff just a little pre-fluffed handful in the corners first.  Use a dowel rod to help move the stuffing around in your pillow.  Continue to stuff to the desired fluffiness.

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Now, you need to blind stitch the little hole.  You can stitch it on your machine if you don’t mind the exposed stitches.  Stitch as close to the edge as possible.

You are all done!  I am too! 😉

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Sometimes a simple sew is appreciated, especially when it has an image painted on it that you really love!!

If you have questions about the instructions let me know in the comments.  If I don’t know the answer, I’ll try my best to find it…  AND  I haven’t forgotten about the Vintage Simplicity pattern.  Are you kidding me?  I’m currently looking for just the right fabric.  Thanks for spending a little time visiting!

Merry Christmas!

 

 

Christmas Tree Skirt: To Fail or Not to Fail

“Bumpity, bump, bump, bumpity, bump, bump, over the hill we go…,” to the tune of Frosty the Snowman is the theme here.  This tree skirt was done with as little thought as possible.  There wasn’t much thought space, okay?  I was on overload.  Why not take on another task.
The new Joanna Gaines Hearth & Hand at Target is so nice.  I went to check it out a week ago and saw one of her tree skirts.  My current tree skirt was with a fabric I really didn’t like…
I really wasn’t planning on doing a tree skirt, but I found a similar plaid fabric in Hobby Lobby.  When I saw it I just bought it.  I Googled how much fabric I would need.  Google said a yard and a half for a 6 foot tree.  There was some thought about what I would need.  I bought a crib sized high loft batting, a pack of binding and a green embroidery thread.  This was so “off the hip”.    How hard can a tree skirt be…?
First, I seam ripped the back of my current tree skirt.  This was my pattern.  I laid it on my new fabric.  There was no way I was getting the same size from this length of fabric. To get half the circle I had to piece scraps together AND match plaids.  Back to the store I went that night for a (now measured) yard and a half.  While I was there I picked up another pack of binding.
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The bottom layer and plaid layer were cut and ready.  I laid the batting down over the red bottom layer and realized I was going to have to piece together some batting….  Yay! …  Not yay…
The layers were finally together.  They were pinned in the middle and basted on the edges.
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Now it was time to hand quilt.  I simply wanted to quilt a little “x” in random places like the Joanna Gaines.  I just couldn’t wrap my head around how to do it without knots and random strings on the back.  SO, I did a running stitch (while a toddler climbed on my back).
When it came to the binding, in short, it was short… about a foot.  Good thing I bought that extra pack.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way.  I cut a strip of fabric from the plaid fabric scraps and used it as the rest of the binding.  It is around the center.  It will not be seen while it’s on the tree anyway.
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When you put your time into a project and it’s not going the way you thought, there is a fear that you are going to hate it.  THEN you really feel discouraged.  There were so many ways this went wrong.  I totally take responsibility.  More thought and planning would have eliminated all of these bumps along the way.  It wasn’t the fabrics fault.  It wasn’t even my husband’s fault (this time… HAHA).  However, it turned out.  I actually do like it, thankfully!  I would have really been talking my way up out of hole on here if it hadn’t.
Sometimes, you just do the best you can.  Sometimes, you ARE tired.  You learn from the mistakes.  AND, it’s just a tree skirt, not a life changing event here.
This probably wasn’t very inspiring, but maybe you learned something or had a laugh.  If nothing else you can see the reindeer ornament that my son and I made.  This was really the difficulty level I was doing well with!!!  HAHA!
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“Have yourself a merry little Christmas…”

Don’t let a little project get you down and out of the Christmas spirit!  Merry Christmas!