Sunday, February 19, 2017

I love Paprika! The Jasper variety....


I made the Jasper sweater 2 weeks ago and I loved it!  Now time for the dress!


Jasper Sweater

I wore it twice. Literally. By the end of the second wearing the fabric looked like a cat had used it as a scratching post on the side where my purse and arm had rubbed against the body. I was so bummed! Especially since it was over $10 a yard. (Joann's -- beware!) Now it will be my camping jasper. So what's a girl to do?  I made another of course. The Jasper dress this time. 



See my "design feature"?



I made the size 6 again.  I was afraid it might be too short  but I think it will be fine with tights and boots.



Beautiful welt, what is wrong?




I did a beautiful job on the welts. Only to discover I had attached them to the pocket lining instead of the dress front. Oh no! I had no more fabric to cut another. I decided to put the whole pocket OUTSIDE of the dress. My design feature! 



Hidden pocket now sort of a kangaroo pocket!




Not sure why the close ups appear black. Fabric is dark blue. I just realized I did not add the collar tab, I like it better without on this version. Just like with the sweater, I made the sleeves and cuffs slimmer by 5/8", I also sewed the back princess seams about 1/4" deeper from underarm to waist  




Pocket design feature put to use!




Princess seams make for a nice fit


Not sure if I made a cutting error or not, but the hem band was too short in the back. I tried pressing it to release the gathers, but it appeared to stretch out the band. It is in the washer now, hoping it springs back in shape!


Back, you can see the stretched hem band

I will be making at least one more, because I have to try out the hood version!

On another note, today is my middle daughter's

30th birthday. I made her a True Bias Ogden Cami.


True Bias Ogden Cami

I lengthened it by 6" and fully lined it. I also used sliding bra closures so that the straps would be adjustable



Full lining

Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely week!  

Stay Happy

Keep Sewing

And if you can't sew

Count your blessings


What a difference a year can make!




Saturday, February 4, 2017

Paprika Jasper Sweater

I think I bought this pattern about 3-4 weeks ago. I printed and taped! Only to discover that I had no tracing paper!  I finally picked some up yesterday at Joanns.

Jasper by Paprika Patterns         While there, I bought 2 yards of this gorgeous sweater knit. Tossed it in the washer and dryer yesterday. Came out beautiful. This morning I traced off size 6. I debated 6 or 7, as 6 is based off B cup and 7 is based off C cup. The pattern said to go with your hip size, if your chest was a 6 or 7. It was right. The fit is great. I went with the hoodless version. 
Front view. I love it.
It did not dawn on me to center the horizontal pattern down the center front and back!  I am so happy with the fit and fabric, that I decided I just don't care!         
Side. Pattern matching perfect on this side!

I was very happy with the princess seams, they really make it  a nice fitting sweater, instead of being bulky.    

Back view    

Again you can see how I did not center the pattern on the fabric. lol  

Welt pocket    
Welt pocket
    I was a little nervous about the welt pockets in such a bulky fabric. I followed the tutorial on Paprika Patterns. Was a breeze.   
The collar is my favorite feature!         I really love this pattern. Very flattering, comfy and fun. I will definitely have to try one with the hood.  Stay happy Keep sewing And if you can't sew Go sledding with a cute boy. 
My boys.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Back in the saddle again, McCalls 7127

I have procrastinated posting because I was not sure how to start. It had been so long.  So I am just going to dive in with what I have been sewing.   Today I worked on M7127. View B. I made so many sizing changes, that all I used from McCalls really was the design idea.  Where do they get their sizing? Following their sizing based on your measurements is guarantee of failure.  
Bases on my measurements of 40-33-41, I should have cut out size 18.  I compared it to my TNT for knits, and as you can see below, size 18 was crazy huge.  So I traced my TNT on the pattern and used my sizing,  and followed their style lines. I used my TNT knit sleeve pattern.
My TNT traced onto McCalls back
My TNT traced on McCalls front
 My fabric is from JoAnns. It has more stretch than recommended.  It worked out great. Funny thing is I ended up with a shirt I can wear frontwards or backwards!  I serged elastic to the neck and wrap edge, then folded it under and top stitched it in place. This helped to prevent it from stretching out of shape. I really like this top. 
Worn as illustrated on pattern
Worn as illustrated on pattern
Worn as illustrated on pattern
Worn backwards
Worn backwards
Worn backwards
 My hair has really grown back since I finished chemo. It has a mind of it's own though! Parts are curly and parts are straight! I am very thankful to have hair though. I am also very thankful to still be here!  (And to my plastic surgeon for making me boobies. I missed them.)  

Stay Happy

Keep Sewing

And if you can't sew

Be thankful for what you can do  

What a difference a year can make.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I am still kicking!, sewing as well. Recovering from reconstruction surgery right now, but looking forward to 2017!    

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Light linen Butterick 5948

It has been so long since I have sewn. I took my time with this simple spring top.  I made 3 muslins. Just trying to get the shoulders right was a trial. Not sure if it is my shoulders or the pattern. I finally ended up using a RTW top that fit me well to help redraw the shoulders/ sleeve heads. 
I changed the neckline, wanted a little interest so that the pale color of the linen did not just blend into my skin.  
Fitting with darts with no breasts was a challenge. I wanted to leave room for what will come, but do not know what size the girls will be yet. 
I love the neckline.  This was such a happy sew for me.  Feels good to be back.   On a non sewing note, I had heard from so many people that your hair grows back a different color and texture after chemo for  a lot of people.  I am not sure what I had imagined, but curly white was not it!  That being said, I am thankful for that white curly fuzz.  Looking forward to eyebrows and eyelashes  😌 Stay happy Keep sewing And if you can't sew

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spring is in the air.

I found myself in Joanns last weekend. Not my first time since the my diagnosis, surgeries and chemo. But it was the first time it did not depress me. It was the first time I found myself planning. I Picked out a simple spring top pattern and some lovely linen. I left with a smile on my face. Spring is in the air. 
Stay happy. 
Keep sewing
And if you can't sew
Enjoy the view. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a healthy, happy, blessed new year!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Half way!

Just checking in, I am officially half way through my chemo treatment! Yahoo!!!  Let me just say, chemo is not for sissies. A tough bunch we breast cancer survivors are. (-;   I spend most of my time recovering, resting, spending time with family and visiting my favorite sewing blogs. The sewing bug has left me for now, (As has my hair!) ) I look forward to the return of both. Take care and have a wonderful Christmas holiday. Hug your family tight.

Stay happy
Keep sewing
And if you can't sew
Enjoy a beautiful tree!

Friday, October 16, 2015


All roads have bumps, journeys have detours, apples have worms.  Ok, so maybe not all apples have worms.  My journey has had a few bumps.  My pathology report changed from triple negative to HER2 positive when the actual mass was removed and biopsied.  This meant a change in chemo plans. Next, another surgery as I got an infection and had to have the spacer on my right side removed and the cavity cleaned.  So now I have my port a cath installed on my chest (no IV's yay!!) and have healed from all surgeries, and am due to start chemotherapy on Monday, 10/19/15. (TCH+P is the lovely name of my chemo cocktail) I will have treatment every 21 days for 5 months, followed by a year of just the P portion of the cocktail.  I am looking forward to getting this next phase rolling and dreading it at the same time.  If you have any extra positive thoughts, please send them my way. 

Stay Happy
Keep Sewing
and if you can't Sew
Go walking in the woods with your best friend.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Triple Negative Stage 2 Invasive ductal carcinoma.  Such scary sounding names.  Breast cancer.  Double Mastectomy.  Surgery went well.  Healing is going well.  Chemo will be next.  I am looking on the bright side....this means I will need all new tops for next summer, once I finish reconstruction.  So I see lots of sewing on the horizon!  Thank you for the positive thoughts and well wishes!! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Big C

It's been awhile.  Not really sewing.  Fighting a big battle.  I plan to be back.  Wish me well.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Vogue 8451 replacement of favorite T.

I Love this T.  It is Vogue 8451 with a much altered sleeve.  I made it in 2009.  I still wear it, but the fabric has seen it's better days, so now it is just a weekend T.
I decided to replace it. 
Vogue 8451, but I used the Sewaholic Renfrew sleeve, as the Vogue sleeve has a ridiculous amount of ease, so I went with something I knew fit the way I liked.
You would think I would have at least thought about large target placement!  But with only 1 yard, I did not have much choice in layout.  I think the resulting starburst on one breast is kind of hilarious, and has not stopped me from wearing it.

This neckline has an actual facing.  I used the facing on the original T shirt, and it layed beautifully and still has never stretched out, so I thought why not give it another go.  So this neckline too is faced.  I interfaced the facing with a light knit fusible.  Once it was attached and understitched, I just serged it of to be the width I wanted and the did a double needle topstitch from the outside.  It does not lay perfectly flat.  I think washing and drying may fix it.  If not, it does not really bother me, so I will enjoy my new shirt anyway!

Stay Happy
Keep Sewing
and if you can't sew
build a shed with your hubby


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Already out.....Woven jacket

Since my TNT jacket pattern was already out on the cutting table, I thought I would give my 'Morris'd' version a try in a woven fabric.  I had a beautiful piece of stretch denim, grey, white and black flowers.  Only a small piece though, so once I determined I could at least cut the fronts and sleeves out of it, I rummaged my stash for something to use for the back and facings.  I found a remnant of black stretch denim!  Perfect.  So here is my version of My Morris'd TNT in a stretch woven.

The fact that the flowers appear to match across the fronts is amazing, I could only fit them on the fabric in one way, each front edge was originally the selvage edge!  I could not match the flower layout on the sleeves, but I like the randomness of it. 

The back, cut on the fold, has 2 darts for shaping.

I did not have enough of the flower fabric to extend the lapels like on my first version.  So these ones fold open much less.  Which means I had to redraw the facings, which you can see below, I didn't quite make them deep enough!  I remedied this by putting buttons on the flaps as they were folded out.  This kind of holds everything together and keeps the minimal facings in place.  Well that and I top stitched the facings down!  I did no front closures, because I like the casualness of it just hanging open.

I lined just the back.  I did this by just making 2 back pieces, one of outer fabric, one of the lining. Once the darts were sewn in both pieces, I serged them together, wrong sides facing, along all edges except the bottom 3" on each side and along the bottom.   Then I just treated them as one piece.  Leaving the bottom and bottom edges open, allowed me to hem the back and the lining separately.   When I cut out the lining, I extended on the side that was cut on the fold by 1", which gave me 2" extra to form a pleat in center back for ease of movement. 


I am loving my new jackets.  Just about everyday in the office involves either a cardigan or a light jacket. 

Stay Happy
Keep Sewing
and if you can't sew
Enjoy some pretty flowers!