One last project for The Sewing Bee

This week was quite a challenge! We were all brainstorming in the discussion forum about what could they have in store for us for the final round that would really test our sewing skills. I was terrified that they would pick a tailored jacket or something I had never done. I was hoping it would be a holiday inspired outfit where I could go all out — I was overflowing with ideas that included sequins and maybe ostrich feathers? Anyway, that wasn’t it…Front-back BurdaPantsPants! Though I have finally conquered my fear of pants, and have made several pairs successfully, these are supposed to be out of non-stretch woven fabric! Super scary! The fit has to be perfect, no room for error. I had the hardest time finding fabric for the challenge, too, since the yardage I have accumulated for pants all have stretch in them. This tweed fabric was earmarked for a jacket when I felt ready to tackle that. Oh well. Who knows when that would be anyway! Continue reading

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Burda Desert Moto Jacket for the Sewing Bee

FrontA1Once the weather turned really cold, my sewing ideas turned to jackets. I love to wear jackets! I think they look great AND KEEP ME WARM. Also, I can wear them with jeans. All good reasons to make dozens, right? This Burdastyle Desert Moto Jacket has been on my wishlist for a while. Aren’t the style lines cool? Yes, but they are darn tricky to sew! Continue reading

Sweater knit batwing–BurdaStyle 04/2011 #118A

sweaterknitbatwing1If I am truly honest with myself, what I wear on a daily basis is mostly jeans and some sort of knit top. Sometimes those jeans are in different colors or even corduroy, but it is all in a similar family. Likewise, I tend to grab tops that are comfy and cozy for our Pacific Northwest weather. I also work from home, so things can get very casual and stay that way ALL DAY. Sometimes I wear a nice sweater or (on the fanciest, shmanciest of days) a blouse and jacket, but mostly it is a variation on a t-shirt/cardigan theme. Continue reading

Sew Weekly Reunion Pantone Challenge Outfit

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The Facts- I just realized I am supposed to name my outfit…oops! Can’t change my blog title now. I declare this the “It’s coming!” outfit. I know fall is coming and I need to face it!

Fabric: Purple drapey knit jersey from LA fashion district, grey stretch twill from Value Village

Notions: Fusible thread, lots of buttons

Pantone Challenge colors: Acai and Turbulence. Bonus: Deep Lichen Green lining! Continue reading