Chambray wings & feathers aloft on M6605

m6605 outfitHere is my lovely summer top, McCall’s 6605, made from special thrifted feather chiffon and lightweight chambray. I enjoyed swishing around in this Easter weekend and I know I will wear it all summer. But I had a long journey to reach the land of effortless summertime boho chic. Continue reading

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Room for pockets in a tulip skirt!

Simplicity 2451 skirtThis is not a ground breaking post or anything but I’m just posting a quick project that I made in January. Pictures and this review were postponed because as soon as I finished it for the Pattern Review pattern stash contest, in which you were supposed to sew up a pattern you’ve been holding onto for at least 6 months, I decided that I hated my zipper application. I thought it was fine, I thought I could live with it, but no. It had to come completely out and be totally redone. In the end, the zipper looks great, so I don’t think I was just being a crazy perfectionist – it was a worthwhile thing to do. No one wants to be worrying about how their zipper looks down the center of their bum! Continue reading

Sew it Chic Monthly – March

Sew it Chic first saturdaysWhat an amazing month of link-ups in February! You guys are really stepping up your game! My list of pattern “needs” keeps growing and growing and growing…

masha1This month I am featuring Masha from Itinerant Seamstress. Last month she made 2 Mabel skirts and shared her struggles with getting everything just right, and we all know that the biggest challenge of working with knits is the differences in stretch and recovery between cuts of fabric. I thought they both looked great, and you guys must have too, since it was the most clicked link this month.

Here are Masha’s answers to the usual questions. I found her answer to the last question very reassuring, as lately I’ve had so little time to sew, and I find that even if I have a few minutes here or there, I won’t sit down and do it because I know I’ll be interrupted soon. But this month I will just sit down and get a thing or two going, even with the threat of interruption looming. It will still be some sewing, and that is what I love to do!

Masha said:

My favorite thing about sewing:

These days, when my girls see a dress in a store or a catalog, they ask “Can you sew that for me, Mama?” Not, “Can you buy me that?” but “Can you sew it for me?” I love that. I also love deciding that I need a new skirt and having it in my hot little hands two hours later. (This is also my favorite thing about having a fabric stash).

My least favorite thing about sewing:

Tracing patterns and cutting fabric. I have made my peace with pressing fabric and seams – I even enjoy it now. But I still have no patience for pattern tracing and only slightly more patience for cutting fabric. I routinely rush through cutting, which results in wasted time later when my notches don’t line up. You’d think I’d have learned my lesson by now.

masha2The most recent thing I’ve learned about sewing:

That it’s possible to finish a garment sewing only in 10-minute increments. My husband had a stroke last summer and sewing time was scarce in my house for quite some time. When I did begin finding time, it was only in little snippets – literally 10-20 minutes at a time. I would often get called away mid-seam, and it was really frustrating to have to step away. But ultimately, I found myself taking more care with my seam finishes and my pressing because I knew I wasn’t going to finish anything during that particular sewing session anyway. And garments still got made. Now, my husband is easing back into work, and life is returning to normal. Though homeschooling and taking care of four little people does cut into my sewing time considerably, I don’t think I will ever again complain about having “no time to sew.”


And now the link up and just a few rules:

  • Women’s garments only
  • Made or blogged in the past month only – to avoid reposts.
  • The party is open about a month, until the last day of that month.
  • You don’t have to blog to join in! Link up your Pattern Review, your Kollabora project or even an Instagram pic. I know there are so many lovely things made that we never see because not everyone is crazy enough to blog. I also have one person who emails me the pictures so I can get them up here.

Optional additional ideas:

  • If you are on a blogging platform that supports links, please link back to http://www.grayallday.com by using the Sew it Chic button in the sidebar, or just a simple mention in the text of your post. That way more people will find the party!
  • Look around and share a comment or 2 with a neighbor. I don’t mind admitting that I savor blog comments as much as new lights in my sewing room. They are encouraging and build community.

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