Warm Winter Coat Emerges From Stash

Last August when we moved, and the extent of my fabric inventory became fully apparent, I resolved to sew with what I had. We are visiting grandchildren in Kansas and I need a suitable winter coat. After nearly 17 years in the Nashville, TN area, I no longer own a coat that is suitable. I did have 4 yards of heavy navy blue wool melton, 5 yards of slate radiance, assorted tailoring supplies and a stack of Ottobre womens pattern magazines. I selected a princess line coat from the fall 2008 issue. The only changes I made were ditching the patch pockets over the tummy and replacing them with inseam pockets of cotton velveteen. A nice warm luxury. The radience makes an incredible lining. Slick enough to slide into the coat easily and nice and sturdy as well as all natural. My tailoring techniques are pretty much fusing and due to the weight of the wool applied only in the facing, neck and shoulder areas. It’s been tested as we drive across lower Missouri and found to be perfect! My only purchase was buttons and a spool of upholstery thread to sew them on with because the have metal shanks.


Kwik Sew Jacket

KSjacket Finished this jacket some time ago and never got a picture up.  It’s a mirror shot so leaves something to be desired.  But I love the jacket.  FBA and shortened the sleeves otherwise XL fits fine.  My topstitching with Gutterman Topstitch thread leaves something to be desired.  I think I prefer regular weight thread for this job. 

May have gotten a bit carried away with the FBA too, but I hate a jacket that gapes.

This is just a piece of white linen/cotton blend that’s been in the stash for ever.  Unlined is perfect for summer.

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It’s a Wild One!

This is my first Ottobre children’s garment.  I have been sewing with the Freedman-OttoSummer09 women’s patterns for some time but just ventured into the children’s.  I have 3 DGS who are all 7…or just about one is just 3 weeks away.  I thought I would enjoy myself and save the mamma’s some money by making some school clothes.  But…I need to test sizes.  So..the boy who likes animals is going to get this shirt made from a cotton fabric from my stash that was very popular with sewing DGS for making pillows and bags.  The buttons were from the stash too so I think I get extra credit here.  Oh Pam…not quite competition for you yet, but I must say the excellent draft of Ottobre makes me look good, don’t you think?

On a side note, much of my sewing room is packed and stored because our house is on the market…you know what…I really am more productive with fewer choices and more room for the creative juices to flow so I don’t get all caught up in trying to choose something from the endless piles.  One thing I have noticed in the past is that some of my favorite garments were challenges from leftovers or too little fabric…I think I like problem solving as much as sewing.  I really do have to figure out how to manage the stash better. 😉


Sweet Nothings

Sweet Nothings published by Lark Books

Sweet Nothings published by Lark Books

Sweet Nothings


I made the cut.  Lark books will be releasing this book on creating lingerie in October.  I submitted a project and it was chosen!  My project was a cute camisole that is made of rib knit and stretch lace.  It looks great if you need to fill in an overexposed neckline.  I know it’s bragging, but I am sooo….excited!  It was fun to be published in Threads, but now I feel like a designer and an author!

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Elvis – alive and well in Nashville

DGS wanted to be Elvis for halloween.  He’s just 6 and came up with this idea Elvis1all on his own.  We thought that was very original…especially since he knows very little about Elvis.  So…grandma to the rescue.  He was by the estimation of every one who counts 😉 the cutest little guy at the trunk or treat.

Now he was a bit disappointed when he learned that the miracle sewing grandma did not do wigs but I think his own Elvis2hair dyed a fine dark shade was just perfect!  He had his own sort of dance, and Elvis would not have recognized it, but it was good enough to earn a half a pillowcase full of goodies that evening, many of which he ate while bouncing on the back seat of our car as we greeted the late comers to the event held in our church parking lot.  Aside from being a bit hyped up on sugar, as were most children who arrived early and stayed for the entire event, he went home a happy boy and grandma (that’s me) pulled off the heroine role of the evening.

Pattern used:  Simplicity 2880.  Fabrics…an old white bedsheet, some cheap sequin knit from Wally World, glitter paints and sequins.  It was easy to sew.  The hard part was the fact that it jumps size Ranges 2-4 is one size 6-8 is the next.  So what do you make a skinny size 5?  I went with the 2-4 and added a bit to each side and to the length.  I could have added a bit more length in the body.  It was wedgie prown.  But not so uncomfortable that he couldnt, run, jump, wiggle and dance in it for over 2 hours!

Not the most elegant solution-but functional

scrub-pant As you may recall, I was making a pair of scrub pants for DD.  Per her instructions I “lowered” the waist 2.5″ from the ‘natural’ waist.  Well…DD had never worn scrub pants before and discovered that the elastic waist, even with a drawstring, did not fit like jeans.   When sitting…ahmmm…let’s just say it was a little more revealing than intended.  Not the professional look we were striving for.

So….unstitch the casing…use my handy dandy clover ripper…love these!  To cut through the serging.  Fortunately, I was pretty good and hadn’t nicked the elastic.  Cut a 3″ extension of the fabric.  Apply to the top of the pants. (Click the picture for a better view).

pants-closeNow the dilemma…what to do with the eyelets for the drawstring.  I cut a rectangular piece of fabric and pressed 3 sides under.  Applied Steam a Seam light and fused to the front of the pants over the eyelets.  Then, I fused tricot interfacing to the inside for comfort.  I topstitched the rectangle.  Reapplied the elastic, created a second set of eyelets and tada….wearable pants! 


Now…if we could just do something about my Photo shop skills.  🙂

Happy sewing…



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