Posted tagged ‘Simplicity 3887’

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 🙂

More Fabric

June 17, 2011

I made a trip to Gail K’s today to buy light weight linen…that’s all.  Nothing else!  I didn’t find the right color for me in light weight linen but I did find these:

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Green cotton, gaze/eyelet – 2 1/4 yards 60″ wide for McCall’s M5855 View A

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Aqua cotton gauze with tan embroidery 2 1/2 yards 45″ wide for Simplicity 3887  View E without the elastic at hip.

I think these two tops will be a great addition to my summer “knock about” wardrobe.  I haven’t been sewing lately.  It has been hot, I say hot in Atlanta.  Too hot to sew!  I hope to do some sewing this weekend and to play with my new to me Nikon D80 DSLR camera.  I’ve wanted to get a digital SLR for a while.  Many years ago, I was really into photography.  I’m talking film and slides people.  I really didn’t want to buy new camera equipment so I didn’t.  Now, I can say that my sewing hobby has caused a renewed interest in photography.  I decided I wanted a camera that would be compatitble with my old lens.  My choices were to spend over a thousand on the new Nikon D7000 or get an older D80 for a few hundred.  I chose the D80 because there’s too much fabric I want 🙂

I’m still on the hunt for fabric for Butterick B5147 view B.  I wish I knew more about fabrics.  I’m tempted to buy one or more of All about … books.  I just might ask for one for my birthday.

Have a great weekend y’all and keep cool.

Simplicity 3887

April 12, 2009

Here it is.

Black and White Simplicity 3887 view D

Black and White Simplicity 3887 view D

Sorry for the pictures but I refuse to take pictures when my hair and clothes look “a hot mess”.

I bought the fabric from my favorite store in Atlanta, Gail K.   I love the fabric it’s cotton and the black background hides all of my mistakes.  Believe me, there are plenty.   Here’s a close up of the rolled hem.

Rolled Hem from the front

Rolled Hem from the front

Rolled hem back

Rolled hem back

I like this technique and I will use it often.

The pattern is pretty easy.  I had to do a FBA.  Here’s what it looked like.

FBA Simplicity 3887

FBA Front Simplicity 3887

FBA Front Simplicity 3887

I will make this top again for the summer in many eye popping colors.  I’ll take a picture of me wearing soon.

Sewing while on vacation

April 11, 2009

Today is a holiday and I didn’t have to go to work.  Whoo-hoo!  My plans were to sleep in and do a little sewing.  Well, I managed the sleeping in part but sewing was delayed a few hours to help my Mom.

A few hours later, I was back at the sewing machine.  I took my time sewing and it was nice.  I’m working on Simplicity 3887.  I’ve made a muslin of this top so hopefully, it will be a keeper.

I used two new items when making this top – rolled hem foot for my sewing machine and an awl.  They are now my new best friends in the sewing room.   Using the rolled hem foot takes a little practice.  I found the hemmer foot video from Bernina and the instructions from David Page Coffin’s book titled Shirtmaking: developing skills for fine sewing extremely helpful.  The hem of my sleeves look great.  I don’t own the Bernina hemmer foot.

I will finish the top tomorrow and take pictures.


Weekend Shopping

April 3, 2009

Last week, I went shopping for a few sewing supplies.   I bought this:

What I bought this weekend

What I bought this weekend

Two sewing patterns, screwdriver for my Bernina sewing machine, a bias tape maker and a surgical seam ripper.

I purchased the screwdriver and the surgical seam ripper from Atlanta Sewing Center in Duluth.

I was excited to find the screwdriver because you can’t just find this size screwdriver at your local home improvement store.  This screwdriver makes it easier for me to put on and remove universal low shank presser feet.  I have the universal low shank zipper presser foot which I purchased from Atlanta Sewing Machine in Atlanta.  The store is located on the south side of Atlanta and the people are great.  I bought  the zipper foot after reading Sigrid’s post about her issues with the standard Bernina zipper foot and watching Easy Zippers DVD from Islander Sewing Systems.  The Easy Zippers DVD is one of three DVD’s I bought at the Sewing Expo in Atlanta last month.  I’ve watched it several times already and love it.

Sewing Patterns:

Simplicity 3773 and Burda 7672 sewing patterns

Simplicity 3773 and Burda 7672 sewing patterns

I fell in love with Burda 7672 when I saw it featured on the back page of Burda Plus Fashion Spring/Summer 2009 magazine.  I used at 40% off JoAnn’s coupon plus my ASG membership discount card for 10%.  This is definitely on my to make soon list.

Simplicity 3773 just looks like summer and is just my style.  This pattern was on sale at Hancock Fabrics for $1.99 or $0.99.  I want to make the carpi pants, shirt and dress.

I’ve been working on another shirt.  No, not the Vogue V7903.  It’s Simplicity 3887,  I’ve made a muslin of this pattern back when I didn’t know about FBA.  For the new muslin, I did a  FBA and it fits.  I will buy fabric to actually make it tomorrow or Friday and sew it this weekend.  It’s a very quick and easy pattern.

Happy Sewing everyone!