Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wardrobe Sudoku Contest: 4th Top New Look 6344 and Simplicity 5204

This is my 4th top for the Wardrobe Sudoku Contest. I found this striped cotton poplin with a slight stretch in my fabric stash. It had been there for years! If it wasn't for this contest, I would have totally forgotten about it. This contest is so great for my stash discovery and stash busting!

I was initially planning to use Simplicity 5204 to make a three quarter sleeves shirt with this fabric:

However, since the last tunic top with New Look 6344 went so well and fit so nicely on me, I decided to do a franken-pattern top. I would use New Look 6344 for the body and Simplicity 5204 for the sleeves. I have previously used Simplicity 5204 for a couple of linen shirts for the office and I liked the faux button up sleeve detail. But I had always dreaded a button up shirt as they tend to pull at the button front (I always end up 'wrestling' with the kids or carrying/moving heavy stuff).

I chose view C of New Look 6344 with the shirt collar and the sleeves of View D in Simplicity 5204. The shirt came together very quickly. I made my usual short waist adjustment. The buttons were also from my stash:

I think it looks fine and I'm pleased with how it turned out. It is versatile enough for the office or casual wear. It is basic enough that I can wear any colours with it. Yay! I have finished making all the tops for this contest! Now I need to concentrate on making the final bottom as well as 3 other accessories to complete the sudoku.

The review of this pattern is at PatternReview.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wardrobe Sudoku Contest: 3rd top with New Look 6344

I'm on a roll here! I need to get much sewing done this month because next month I will be busy with March break and spring traveling. I will not have much time to sew next month. For the 3rd top I'm using up this beautiful red and white floral 100% cotton poplin. It has been in my possession for a number of years but I just found it recently. I thought it could make a lovely tunic top with New Look 6344.

I had previously used this pattern for a pyjama top for myself. It was roomy and comfortable but not too loose. I chose View D with View E sleeves. It was lovely to sew on crisp cotton and it came together fairly quickly The pattern has French darts (angled side darts) and side slits. I made my usual short waist adjustment and added a white bias trim (also from my stash) to the neckline to jazz it up a bit:

I think it looks fine. The print is quite busy and I usually don't wear such a busy print. But for spring and summer it should be fine. I'm quite happy with the fit of this pattern. Perhaps I should make more tops with this pattern in the future. There is a little bit of this floral fabric left. I am thinking of making my daughter a top for this summer.

So far, I have made 3 tops, 1 accessory and 1 bottom for this contest. I need to make 1 more top, 1 more bottom and 3 other accessories to complete the sudoku. Fun fun fun!

My review of this pattern is at PatternReview.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wardrobe Sudoku Contest: 2nd Top and 1st Accessory

For the 2nd top of this contest, I'm using this thrifted polyester 'art silk' large scarf that I thrifted earlier this year. It has this beautiful wine red that gradually morphs into a lovely green. To showcase the beautiful colours of this fabric, I used my tried and true pullover woven dress pattern - a vintage McCall's 8048 (published probably late 1970's or early 1980's). I thrifted this pattern a while back and had made a number of dresses with this pattern:

1. White tablecloth lace dress

2. Chiffon Scarf to dress

This time I wanted to make a tunic and not a dress. So I just reduce the length and here is how it turned out:

I also got a green scarf out of this fabric by cutting a long rectangle and serging the edges with black thread:

I really like the look of these 2 garments I made. I got a lovely top and a lovely accessory out of this large thrifted scarf. I still have some remnant of that scarf left for trims and embellishments. So for this contest, I'm now 4 down 6 more to go! Yay!

The review of this sewing pattern is at PatternReview.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wardrobe Sudoku Contest: 1st top Butterick 5053

As my serger is still threaded with black and grey threads, I proceeded to sew the next garment that required these threads. My first top for this contest is this mixed moderate stretch knit cardigan/jacket/top. I have had these 2 knits for a while and I have made other garments with them before.

With the striped polyester knit I made The Irene Adler dress:

With the black/white check cotton knit I made:

1. Checked leggings

2. Checked dress

I have used Butterick 5053 once when I was pregnant. I modified the cardi/jacket pattern to allow lots of room at the tummy area and made a fleece jacket with it. I wore that jacket almost daily as my belly grew larger and larger. I still wear this often in the house during colder months. :

I had chosen size M (10-12) according to the envelope back information. I used the checkered knit for the body and the back of the striped knit for the sleeves and collar according to the yardage I had. It came together fairly quickly. I omitted the cuffs because I thought they would be too long for my arms. I made my usual short waist adjustment. I tried the initial jacket on. Boy it was really loose! I had to take off a good 5 cm off each side seams, as well as a good 3cm off the sleeve width. I understood that I was using a moderate stretch knit instead of a woven non-stretch fabric. But the looseness still really surprised me.

After trimming and trying it on a few times, this is how it looked in the end:

I had initially made a self-belt but it looked too much like I was going to a Karate tournament. So I used a thrifted belt for the photo above. I think it looked okay but I have to be really careful what I wear with this jacket to not look like I'm doing Asian martial arts. It's a good weight for the late Spring and early Autumn weather. I'm extremely happy that I busted some major fabric stash! The remnants of these 2 fabrics are now only good for trims or other embellishment details. So 2 garments down, 7 more to go!

My review of this pattern is on PatternReview.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Wardrobe Sudoku Contest 2017 Composite 1

Someone on reminded me that I was supposed to post a composite of my plan for this contest before I started sewing and posting about the actual garments. So I quickly put this picture together:
I haven't decided on the accessories and one of the footwears yet. I'll keep this grid updated as I sew along. All the footwear so far are thrifted from my local thrift stores over the years.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wardrobe Sudoku Contest: 1st bottom McCall's 5273

I was initially planning to sew the tops first for this contest. But as I'm lazy, I saw that my serger was already threaded with grey and black threads, so I decided to make the grey stretch woven 'yoga comfort business pants' first.

I used my tried and true McCall's 5273 (for moderate stretch fabrics) for these pants. This must be the 12th time I have used this pattern! I chose View C with the elastic waist, which I have modified to fit my body (sway back, flat behind, short waist in the front, etc). I was going to add a welt pocket at the right back but thought it might make the close fitting pants too 'bumpy' at the bum. I can always add that later if I change my mind. I added a mock fly front.

Whoops! I splashed some water on the pants!

I need to clean the camera lens!

They are super comfortable and the colour and texture of these elastic stretch poly woven pants makes them versatile enough for office or casual wear. I'm really pleased with these pants and I'm even more pleased that I used all stash fabric/notions with them. One down, 7 more to go!

My review of this pattern is on PatternReview.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wardrobe Sudoku Contest: My Plan for the 4 bottoms

As mentioned, I have entered the PatternReview's Wardrobe Sudoku Contest. These are my plans for the 4 bottoms. I am entering 2 previously seft-sewn garments into this contest.

1. This black cotton gabardine skirt was made before I had children. It was based on Simplicity 5914 from 2002! I used size 12 (my usual size for bottoms) and I added this black satin trim to the bottom hem to make it a little different. I wore it often both at the office and outside of work. The fluted shape of the skirt seemed to be more flattering on my body.

2. This is another previously self-sewn denim jeggings. It was based on my tried and true stretch woven pants pattern McCalls 5273. I love these jeggings as I can wear them with anything: dresses, tunics, sweaters, cardigans, etc.

3. I have seen these so called 'yoga business pants' on Pinterest. They seemed to be made with a stretchy polyester woven fabric that makes the pants very comfortable to wear but the texture/colours were very suitable for the office. I have this charcoal stretch polyester woven fabrics in my stash and I want to make a pair of slim pants with my tried and true moderate stretch pants pattern, McCall's 5273.

 4. I made another pair of red slim jeans a few years ago. I wore it often but now it's falling apart. I want to make another pair with different details this time. This is a cotton twill with a slight stretch that has been in my stash for quite a number of years. I'm using the same pants pattern - McCalls 5273.

Now I have to start sewing something as well as plan the 4 accessories that are suppose to go well with these 4 tops and 4 bottoms.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Wardrobe Sudoku Contest - My plan for the 4 tops

For the last few days, I dug into my massive pattern and fabric stash to find stuff that might go together for this Wardrobe Sudoku Contest. I think I have enough fabrics to sew a wardrobe with a red/grey/black/white colour scheme.

For the tops, I'm looking at the following stash fabric/stash pattern combinations:

 I thrifted this large piece of polyester 'art silk' scarf earlier this year. It is part red and part green and I think it will make a good simple cap sleeve blouse.

 This is a stretch cotton poplin that I have had in my stash for 10 years! The pattern itself is from 2004! It's definitely time to use them up for a simple shirt.

 This is a very pretty 100% red white floral cotton poplin that I have had for about 5 years. It's definitely time to use it to make a pretty tunic.

I have these 2 moderate stretch knit remnants for a while. There is not enough of either of the fabrics to make a complete garment. So I decided that they should be combined together to make a cardigan jacket. Time to use them all up!

Now I have to figure out what to do with the 4 bottoms for this contest.

Friday, February 3, 2017

I have entered the Wardrobe Sudoku Contest!

Yes I have lost my mind. I was planning my spring sewing projects when I came across the's Wardrobe Sudoku Contest. I thought it would be a good guide to help me decide what items to make for this Spring, as well as clearing a large part of the stash fabrics that are in my sewing room.

The contest requires 16 items - at least 10 of the items have to be made for this contest:

Obviously I am unable to make any footwear. This means that I can only include 2 existing garments in this contest. 

I'm rather excited and also intimidated by this contest. I don't know if I will have enough time to make all these 10 garments in a 2 month period. I figured that even if I can't finish everything in 2 months, I will still have a good number of new sewn garments for this spring. And I will have used up some of the huge amount of stash fabrics in my sewing room.

So that red tweed blazer that I was planning to make this month will have to wait. I'm off to search through my wardrobe for existing garments, as well as digging into my fabric stash to see what I actually have for this contest!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Kid Pillow Lounger

While I'm still deciding what stash fabrics to use for my CopyCat red tweed jacket, I decided to make something for the kids. We recently renovated the basement and I found that we had inherited lots of pillows from other family members who had downsized their homes. So I decided to make one of these pillow loungers for children that I saw on Pinterest:
So I refashioned one of the Winnie the Pooh bedsheets that my daughter no longer uses and make a quick lounger for her:

I know she will like it. Now I my son will probably want one too!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Plan for a Copy Cat Red tweed jacket

I search on Pinterest often for sewing and refashion inspirations. Most of the time I don't copy the inspiration exactly but just took the ideas and make my own garment with stash fabrics and notions. As I have mentioned before, my fabric stash and my pattern stash is embarrassingly enormous that I have no need to shop for fabrics/patterns for many years to come.

I found this picture on Pinterest last year and I have been obsessing about making a similar jacket:
Source: Pinterest
I love the colour (red is my favourite colour). I love the mix of fabrics. I love the easy shape of the jacket. I like that this can be made into a 3 season jacket with the right combination of fabrics. I just want to make one like this! I think I have some similar fabrics in my stash. Now I just need to find the right boxy jacket stash pattern to make this a reality! Time to dig into my fabric and pattern stash!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Men Sweater Refashion

I inherited this shrunken thrifted men's sweater from my hubby. I had always wanted to have a black v-neck sweater that loose enough for layering, something that I can wear with leggings casually, but not too loose that it looks sloppy.

This what it looked like on me before:

I used a well fitting knit top as a guide to narrow the body of the sweater as well as the sleeves. Since I wanted to be able to layer this sweater, I cut it a little wider than the knit top.

Next I tackled the very tight v-neck. I used chalk to draw where I wanted the v-neck to be. Then I used a piece of wine colour sweater knit scrap in my stash to re-establish the neckline.

And this is how it looks after the refashion:

I am happy with this easy refashion that can be done in 1 night. This is an easy to wear casual top for cooler months.  There are more stuff to be worked on in my to-be-refashioned stash. Time to fine my next project!