Archive for the ‘Skirts’ category

TnT = Tried and True Patterns

August 24, 2011

Believe it or not, I have a few tried and true (tnt) patterns.  I don’t utilize them as well as Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic does with her tnt patterns.  I believe I don’t use my tnt patterns for the following reasons:

1.  I have pattern ADD.  There are so many patterns in my collection and new patterns that other bloggers have made that I don’t use my tnt patterns.

2. I really don’t know what looks good on me.  I begin to doubt the garments I make with my tnt patterns.  I hate shopping for clothes.  Really. Hate. Shopping. For.Clothes but that’s one way of discovering what styles look good on my body.  I’m going to make a point of trying on clothes and taking pictures.

3. I don’t have enough of the right fabric.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I have a lot of fabric but the more I sew, the more I realize that the fabric I purchased when I first started sewing isn’t the best.

4.I don’t have a plan for sewing.  I should participate in the Stitchers Guild Six Pack wardrobe plan and just use my tnt patterns.

So here are my tnt patterns.


McCalls 3830 View C pencil skirt.  I’ve made this skirt twice.

McCall's 3830 black done

McCall's 3830 view C front

New Look 6899 View D.  I have the muslin of this skirt.  It fits great but I haven’t made a single garment!

Tops and Blouses

Simplicity 2598 view E Knit top – shell

Kwik Sew 2740 view B Knit mock turtleneck


Simplicity 3887 View D woven pullover top

Black and White Simplicity 3887 view D

These are the patterns that I can sew and actually wear the item in public.  That makes them tried and true to me.  I’m still working on the dress that will not end.  At this point, I just refuse to quit.  I don’t think the dress is a good look for me but whatever.

In my stash, I have fabric for 5 of  McCall’s 3880 view C skirt.  All I need is lining.

Close up of plaid

Five fabrics for McCall's 3880 skirt

close up of pinstripe fabrics

I have one piece of fabric that would work for New Look 6899.

brown and green floral for New Look 689

I could really use the skirts now that it’s hotter than all get out in Atlanta.  Most of the fabrics are lightweight with the exception of the blue/black wool in the lower left of the picture with all 5 fabrics.

I know I’m not going to sew these skirts back to back.  If I can sew them all before the end of October that would be great.

ETA:  I’ve given up on the dress that wouldn’t end.  If the garment doesn’t look good or feel comfortable in the muslin stage then it’s time to let it go.  I’ve traced Lisette 0459 view A dress.

Now if I can figure out how to do an FBA on the front pattern piece.

I’ve also fallen for Simplicity 3833 view B.

I’ve cut out the muslin for Butterick B5567.  See, I told you I had sewing  pattern ADD.

Enjoy 🙂

2009 in Review

October 26, 2010

Hmmm….This SHOULD have been posted in January.  I don’t know why I didn’t post it.  Anywho, It’s interesting to see how much I’ve done in ten months.


2 – Tops


Black and White Simplicity 3887 view D

2 – Skirts & 1 muslin of another skirt
1 – panty
1- half slip
1 – makeup bag
1- set of curtains

Seven items doesn’t seem like much as compared to some other sewing bloggers but this is huge for me. I’m actually making things I can actually wear! Who knew the hardest part about sewing was fitting?

In 2009, I learned how to make skirts that fit my body…squeeeee!  However my favorite sewing item isn’t a skirt but a mock turtleneck. I wish I’d made more because a few weeks ago it was all of 20 degrees in Atlanta and it snowed! What happened? We don’t do snow over here.

Last year, I moved into my new house which inspired me to organize my sewing patterns. I developed a database of all of my sewing patterns in excel so I will never accidentally buy the same pattern again…I hope.

I also bought a new serger which I love and I’m not afraid to use it. I can thread and re-thread that sucker in no time.

Sewing goals

I completed 2 of 6 goals. I made skirts that fit me and I attended my first Original Sewing and Quilt Expo.


I’m a very sporadic knitter. I knit when it’s cold. Last year I made a hat. That’s it and I’m happy.

For 2010, I believe I will carry over my incomplete goals from 2009.

  • Figure out what’s going on with my sleeves and learn to sew sleeves without puckers.
  • Make two blouses with V7903 that fit well.
  • Make a pair of pants that fit me
  • Learn to make waist adjustments on pants, and dresses.

My way out there goal is to take a trip to New York to go fabric shopping!!!

My sewing wish list:

1. Large rotary cutting mat
2. Personalized tags
3. Ham holders
4. Sleeve board and cover
5. Take a fitting class
6. Sewing table
7. Coverstitch machine – stretch

I believe I will archive most of my sewing goals. The trip to New York is a stretch ☺. The things on my sewing wish list are doable. The coverstitch machine is the stretch. I have to do some research on machines before I decide to buy. I know vendors offer discount during the Expo but I think I need the other things on my wish list before I get the coverstitch machine.

I’m really looking forward to learning more and sewing more in 2010.

Fabric, fabric and more fabric

July 26, 2010

I’ve been doing a little sewing and a lot of fabric shopping.

Let’s start with Thursday’s purchase from Gail K’s

Close up of orange check fabric

This orange and white fabric is 50% silk and 50% cotton.  I will make my TNT skirt McCall’s 3830 view C.  See my skirts here and here .

In April, I ordered this from Gorgeous Fabrics

Midnight Asters Knit

Three yards of lovely pink, grey and white knit will make a wonderful knit dress 🙂  But this red linen spoke to me.

Red Linen from Gorgeous Fabrics

I can see this as Colette Parfait or Colette Rooibos.

I purchased more fabric from Gail K in April.

Black and White knit

Blue, Green and White knit

I think these would make cute sleeveless cowl neck shells Vogue 9771 view C.

It’s July, I haven’t sewn my blouse.  There are at least two skirt patterns I want to try and one or two dress patterns.  So many patterns, so little time left in the summer 🙂

Skirts – McCall’s 3830

November 13, 2009

I wore the brown skirt to work today.   This is the 4th garment I’ve sewn that I could actually wear.   1.  Kwik Sew 2740 view B mock Turtleneck shirt 2.  Simplicity 3887 view D 3.  McCall’s 3830 view C. Burda World of Fashion04/2008  131 knit skirt – Sorry no picture of me wearing the skirt.

I’m getting more confidence in my sewing and fitting skills…woo-hoo!  That makes me really happy.  I know I’m going to sew McCall’s 3830 again in the near future but I’m ready to sew something else like a vest.  Simplicity 2566 to be exact.  I’m trying to decide which fabric to use.

I’ve completed one of my sewing goals tonight because I finish another M3830.


McCall's 3830 black done

I’ve started knitting a hat for me.  I want to finish it this weekend so look for pictures.  I’m a seasonal knitter and it’s finally becoming cold enough for me to handle wool yarn.

Take care

Weekend review

November 3, 2009

I made progress with my black skirt.  I’ve made a brown version and this time, I wanted to try two new techniques.

1.  I wanted to add a quick lining to elimate the need for interfacing.

2.  Machine sew the lining to the invisible zipper.

If I had to give myself a grade, I’d give me B.  Why?  Because if I’d taken my time and written down the steps first, I would have had a much better garment.

  • I attached the lining to the zipper before I attached the lining to the waist.   Duh!  Where’s my seam ripper?
  • I forgot to edge stitch the lining & facing.  Duh!  Where’s my seam ripper?
  • I forgot to cut the lining length shorter than the skirt length and I wanted to add lace to the hem.  I didn’t notice this until after I’d sewn the lace to the lining.  Duh!  Where’s my seam ripper and rotary cutter?
  • I didn’t completely machine sew the invisible zipper because I just wasn’t paying attention.  Duh!  Where’s the needle and thread?

I’ve got to remember to take my time when I’m sewing.  I think I was too eager to try new techniques that I didn’t pay attention to the details.  I think I’m going to make a big sign that says ‘SLOW DOWN’ and hang it above my sewing machine :).  The other thing I plan to do, is write down the instructions if I plan to change the pattern.   The skirt pattern isn’t lined, uses a regular zipper and has a slit in the back.  The changes I made are big but enough to throw me off.

McCall3830 Front Dressform

Anyway, I have to hem my skirt then it will be done.  When this skirt is complete, I would have obtained my sewing goal of  “Make at least two skirts that fit me.”  Whoo-hoo.

I think after finishing this skirt I’m going to try something simple like this vest from Simplicity 2566.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

October 29, 2009
Valentino: The Last Emperor


This is a wonderful dvd.  I’ve never been one to fixate on fashion but the world of couture, haute couture is amazing.  I’m in awe of Valentino’s creativity and style.  I’ve got to admit it’s the seamstresses that wowed me.  Hand sewing at that level is an art…a masterpiece.  I definately want to take a class and practice my hand sewing more.

My library has this dvd but I need to buy my own personal copy.  I’m not model thin but dang it, I can create beautiful clothing that looks great on me.

I highly recommend seeing this film.

On the sewing front, I’ve cut out another skirt McCall’s 3830 view C

McCall's 3830


I’m going to change a few things this time.  First, I’m going to skip the slit in the back.  It’s just too small.  Next, I’m going to line it using this method from Thread’s magazine.  I’ll use an invisible zipper instead of the lapped zipper like it did with the brown skirt.  I just like the way it looks.

I still haven’t taken the brown skirt to the cleaners.  I’m going to get there this weekend.  It needs a good ironing.  Which reminds me, I need a new iron for my sewing room.  Hmmm…Christmas is coming 🙂

McCall’s 3830

September 27, 2009

It’s been raining here in Atlanta so not much sun for pictures.  This is also the first time I’ve used the timer function on my point ‘n shoot.   I need more practice.

Here are the better shots of me wearing McCall’s 3830 view C.

McCall's 3830 view C front

McCall's 3830 view C front

Side view McCall's 3830 view C

Side view McCall's 3830 view C

I don’t know why the back has that funny lift in the back in this picture….because it’s not in the one below.

Back view McCall's 3830 view C

Back view McCall's 3830 view C

Finally a skirt that fits.  It’s going to the cleaners for pressing then into my closet.  It’s a good skirt pattern but I think I like gored skirts better.  That’s why I’ve traced and cut out the muslin for Simplicity 5914 view F.  I hope these two skirt patterns become my tired and true skirt patterns.

Take care and if you’re in Georgia stay dry.

A skirt that fits – McCall’s 3830

September 21, 2009

McCall’s 3830 View C.  I finally have a skirt that fits.  Using the Burda Word of Fashion alteration techniques, I altered the skirt front and back.   I will post pictures tomorrow.  I finished the skirt yesterday but was too tired to take a picture.  I didn’t have the energy to fix my hair, find a shirt, put on panty hose, shoes and make up!

I like the pattern and I’m sure I will make it again but I don’t think this will be my tired and true skirt pattern.  I’ve already make notes of the changes I want to make to the construction of the skirt.  One change for sure is the slit in the back.  For view C, the slit is so small that I think it can be eliminated all together.    I added a lining but I want to sew the lining to the facing instead of doing a full lining.  I will definitely use the invisible zipper again instead of the lapped zipper. 

I bought Simplicity 5914  when JoAnn’s had Simplicity patterns on sale for $0.99 each.  That pattern is going to be next on my list of skirts to make. 

I used my blind hem foot of my Bernina for the first time and it won’t be the last.

I’m going to take the skirt to the cleaners and have it pressed.  Now, I’ve got to think about my wardrobe.  I don’t have a lot of items that I can wear with the skirt.  In fact, my wardrobe is rather limited.  That’s  gotta change.

Take care and see ya tomorrow.

Slanted Waist and New Look 6899 View D

September 12, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about a garment project.  I have actually been sewing.  Mostly, muslins of New Look 6899 view D skirt.  I’ve been working on fitting.  My skirts ride up in the back.  I HATE that look.  I’ve had this problem all my life.  At first, I thought it was a rear end issue:)  Yes, I do have a big ‘ole butt 🙂 But focusing on my rear end (that didn’t sound right) will not solve my fitting issue.  I had to look higher.  I had to focus on my waistline…yike!  I have a slanted waist.   The picture below shows the difference.


One day, I tied a piece of elastic around my waist and looked in the mirror slope of my waistline.  I knew from the sewing class it took in the spring that my center back to the floor measurement was longer than my center front to the floor measurement.   But until I saw a visual of my waistline by doing the What not to wear 360 degree mirror check, I didn’t get it. My waistline is not parallel to the floor.  Who knew?

The picture doesn’t show that the hem is even but it is!  Finally, after about a bazillion muslins!  I used the Worksheet from Burda World of Fashion January 2005 titled, “Adjusting for a hem rising at the back”.  This would have been an easy fix, if I’d had my correct measurements.

You will  have to have a friend help you with the measurements.  Basically, you measure center front, center back and both sides.  If you join the Burda English yahoo group, you can view the directions RisingHem.pdf  look at the dark blue box on the left of the page.  This is a great site even if you don’t plan to sew a Burda pattern.

Now that I have the correct measurement and I’ve made adjustments to the pattern.  Piece 13 is used for the front and back.  When I made adjustments, I made a pattern for the front and a pattern for the back.  For the front, I had to remove 2 1/8 inches. (See the blue note on pattern)

Piece 13 New Look 6899 View D

Piece 13 New Look 6899 View D

For the back, I added 1 1/8 inches (in red).  I also added a center back seam.

Piece 13 New Look 6899 view D

Piece 13 New Look 6899 view D

There’s a 3 1/4 inch difference from front to back at my waistline!  No wonder the skirts I made always were always short in the back.

Now that the pattern is all adjusted, I’ve decided to work on another skirt.  New Look 6899 suggested fabrics are lightweight (linens, cottons, and poplins to name a few).  It’s getting a little cooler in Atlanta and I want to sew fall/winter clothing.  I’m glad I took the time to make the adjustments because when spring hits, I’ll have a pattern all ready to go.

I’m now working on McCall’s 3830 view C skirt.  I used the adjustments I made in the New Look 6899 to make a muslin of the 3830 pattern and it works beautifully.  I’ve cut out the fashion fabric (lightweight brown wool) and I hope to sew it this weekend.

I hope everyone has a great sewing weekend.

It worked

December 7, 2008

Using the technique for Narrow Shoulders found in Sandra Betzina’s Fast Fit, worked like a charm. I’m going to try it on Vogue 7903 muslin.  By the way V7903 is Sandra Betzina’s pattern.  I’m determined to make that pattern fit me. I don’t believe it’s the pattern but my lack of experience in fitting. On the plus side, I did learn to do a FBA with that pattern. I know my sleeve issues are with the armhole. Maybe I’ll tackle that issue during Christmas. Anyway…

I believe I’m ready to make a wearable garment with Kwik Sew 2740 now that the shoulder width has been modified.  Tomorrow, I’ll hem the muslin and take pictures from the front.  The back shows all the rolls of fat and I don’t want to scare small children.