Rectangles and Red Flowers

Purl Soho’s Linen Tunic (a free pattern).  I used a lightweight cotton with tiny red floral print.

As I was constructing the top, it started to look like a nurse’s scrub top.  The gathers at the shoulders made the difference, it turned out beautiful and I love it!  It was suggested to use lacing to gather the shoulders, but I opted for 1/4″ elastic.  I cut my fabric rectangles at 17 3/4″w x 33″l to accommodate my bust measurements but, I think next time I will cut the width down to 16 or 16 1/2″.  I also overlocked all four rectangles — for a “clean” inside finish.  This was such an easy and simple sew!

This top is great for summer…it’s breezy and feminine!
On to the next project…Happy Sewing!


Hi-Low Tank

I really need more tops!

McCall’s M6960, view B (w/o the overlay) in size 2XL (bust 46-48); my bust is 52″.  My fabric choice a vibrant yellow cotton.

To adjust for the bust without seeing/using a dart, I thought I’d be smart and use a 1″ vertical slash-and-spread @ the underarm on both front and back pattern pieces.  I also lengthened the front about 4″.  I did not make a toile!  For shame, for shame!

After cutting the fabric from the altered pattern, I ended up cutting the 4″ off the front. I had to use a 1″ seam allowance on side seams…too big of an armscye.

My notes for next time:  (1) pattern back to its original state; (2) pattern front to its original, but make a slash-and-spread of 3/4″.

Overall, I like my top and will “tweak” the fit; making it a “wearable” toile!

I’d like to make another in a drapey fabric, like challis!

Until next time…HAPPY SEWING!

Vogue 7862: “Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina”

Source: Vogue 7862: “Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina”

My Jumpsuit

The patterns I used Butterick B4556, View F for my bodice and New Look 6764 for my pant. My fabric choice was a light weight denim that had slight stretch; it is a home dec fabric and could be used for window treatments. 

At first draft, I added 2.5″ to the side seams on front and back pieces and was WAYYYYY too big; then, I cut sides seams down 2″ and it was too tight.  Second draft, I added side panels that were about 1 1/8″ and it was just right!  I adjusted the collar to open at the back because I decided on a zipper back.  Wrong!…I moved the zipper to the side.  I would have been trapped in my jumpsuit, come bathroom time!  I also cut 1″ off side seams of pants and took the “curve” out of the side hip making them straight, as I have no hips.  I cut 2″ off the waist of the bodice (my short torso); and added upper bust darts, so I would not have “wings”.

I love the way it turned out!  Excuse my bathroom (so embarrassing)!

I used to wear jumpsuits LOTS in the 70s!  But, I will stick to the elastic waist (no zips, please) jumpers! 


Sunday Sewing

Roman shades…

HAPPY SEWING! Have a great week! 😊

Fabric Haul In The Post

Happy Belated Birthday to me!

  My birthday was in April.😏 

My Mom’s friend (who knits and sews) was de-stashing her fabric and I was the happy recipient of 2 bins of fabric. My plan was to fly home (although I’ve lived in Florida for 15 years, Chicago is still ‘home’), anyway, I was going to pack and ship to myself…but, that did not happen. Mom wanted me to have something, so she picked a few to fit in a flat rate box and sent (what you see pictured).  The orange squares/diamond print might be a challis; the yellow floral is flow-ey, maybe a challis?; purple/white floral is a knit; grey is a knit; the pink is a silk blend; and that lovely tropical print is a woven blend of sorts.

I’m happy! Thanks Mommi!


Faux Roman 

…which started off as a 93″ long store bought window panel.

First, I had to figure out the cut. Desired finished length was 38″ (drawn shade) and added 24″ to that length = 64″. So, I cut this long panel down to 64″ and added a double 1″ hem. Each row of rings are 6″ apart and because this panel is 45.5″ wide, there are 5 rings per row.

Then added the cord and drew shade up to the 38″ length and knotted.


Done! My #WednesdayInProgress