Self-Stitched–Sept ’11 Challenge

Okay fellow bloggers, I’m taking the plunge.

Hopefully, I will have enough articles of clothing to meet this challenge.  Like other sewing bloggers, I am joining Zoe in this challenge.

I, (Beverly Ann McCall of, sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-Sept ’11. I endeavour to wear something I’ve created  each day for the duration of September 2011.

Will start tomorrow, Thursday, September 1.  Hopefully, I can uses the pieces I have sewed or refashioned.  Will post pics, probably once a week.

Wish me luck.

Weekend Challenge—Creative Project

Sewing SweetheartI have dedicated this weekend to sewing my scalloped-hem skirt.  It’s a work in progress.  Want to make it unique and eye catching.  The creative design part is a little prolonged and beginning to make me a bit nervous.  Got it cut out, as well as the lining.  Lining, you say!  Why?  Decided to use peach eyelet fabric.  Got all of my notions–lot’s and lot’s of grossgrain ribbon.    Got your attention yet!  Stay tuned.

BTW, this is the sewing item of last week’s to do list.

Weekend Mission Successful

In my last post, I presented a to do list.  As each task was completed, they got line through.  Despite the fact that Sunday was spent on work tasks, I was able to complete most of the items on my list.  Got the scallopped hem skirt cut, now waiting for time to assemble it.  Peach eyelet fabric is the medium selected for this project.  Should be a nice fit for life in tropcial paradise. I’d be happy if I could get to it before the weekend.  The rest of the week is fully packed.  Will keep you posted!  Stay tuned.

Rayon Oriental Blouse

Pattern:  McCall 9281  View C                                                                                                                                                   McCall's 9281 Oriental Blouse            Mandarin Collared Blouse  Description:  Sleeveless mandarin collared top with slide slits and front darts.  Pattern alterations:  Made this blouse using view C.  Instead of using armscye facing, I used double-fold bias tape.  Comments:  This is the second outfit from the rayon hawaiian print fabric purchased for $5/yd.  The fabric cost for this piece was slightly over $5.

Rayon Aloha Print Sleeveless Shift

Sleeveless Rayon ShiftPattern:  New Look (easy) 6869          Rayon Shift

Description: Sleeveless shift with zippered back.  This shift is lined.

Resembles picture on the pattern envelope?  No.

Pattern alterations:  I used View B of this pattern and eliminated the collor and front opening.  To keep the original pattern together, I traced the front piece and then modified the neckline, thereby, making a separate pattern piece.  Using this modification, I needed to put a ziper in.

Comments:  I love the fall colors in this piece.  I added salmon top stitching around the neckline.  I bought this fabric on sale ($5/yd).  At the time of purchase I got three yeards and was able to make two outfits of it.  This is the first outfit.

Cool Hawaiian Shift

Empire-waisted A-line Shift
Pattern: Butterick B5642  Description:  A-line empire-style yoked shift.  This shift is lined.  The empire-style is finished using double fold bias tape. Pattern alterations:  I made View A of this pattern.  The bodice is fitted with pleats.  However, I took out the pleats on the skirt and inserted to tucks on the yoke bodice.  Did not add a zipper as the neckline opening was large enough. Comments:  I lined this shift with a cream lining. The triangular bib, following the pattern specifications, was too small.  So, I had to enlarge it and cut and sew another one.   Green and coral floral print Empire-waist A-line Shift
More pictures of this dress:
        Sleeveless A-line Shift                Empire-waisted A-line ShiftEmpire-yoke front view       Floral Empire-waist Shift

Weekend Sewing on the Horizon

Alterations for my friend are all done.  Blouses are safely in her hands.  Weekend around the corner and I’m jumping with glee.  Yippee!  I can get to do some sewing.  On the agenda…

1.  Finish a dress already a work in progress.

2.  Cut out a skirt.                    3.  Finish sewing checkered tube skirt.                      4.  Sew new skirt (scallopped hemline)

5.  Post pictures.      If time permits work on an apron.

Anxiously biding time

The demands of the school year is placing a tool on my sewing time.

Can’t wait for the weekend to get some sewing time.  On the to do list is alterations to a half-dozen blouses for a friend.  In the interim, I’ve tried to prep so I can go from one blouse to the next.  Then I’d like to get back to a dress for me.  Wish me luck.

Vibrant Floral Shift

Orange Hawaiian Print Dress
Front full ViewFront close up
Pattern:  New Look 6720
Description:  Short-sleeved, polyester cotton dress with a ruffled neckline.  The ruffle is more flounce like.  The dress has both bust and waist darts.  Back zipper is done with a flap.
Resembles picture on the pattern envelope?  Yes.
Sew again?  Most likely.
Pattern alterations:  The front neckline is designed to have a button closure that is located on the interior of the front open.  I decided to use a hook and eye closure.  Pattern calls for interfacing for the ruflle.  I did this did, but, if I use polyester cotton again, I will omit the interfacing.  Comments:  Since I already had this polyester cotton fabric, I thought this would make a great summer dress.  I’m happy with it.  Next time, I’m thinking I will try a rayon fabric.  See close up of front ruffle neckline.
Vibrant Shift Neckline

Close Up

Sew a Simple Tube Skirt

Simple Tube Skirt (no pattern needed)

Single Knit SkirtDescription:  Black and gray checkered print single knit fabric.  Elastic waistband that with a top stitching at top of waistband to reduce bulk.  Unlined skirt.

Sew another?  Yes.  The one hour window and ease of this project makes it very attractive.  I also have a large stash of fabric that I can search through.  Next time, though, I’m lining the skirt.

Pattern:  No commercial pattern used.  See Comments below.

Comments:  Used pattern design from Crafty Brett Bara as outlined in her new book entitled, Sewing in a Straight Line.  I was quite taken with this project found in the chapter, “How to Sew a Skirt in One Hour”.  Following the directions I made this skirt.  Just needed my hip measurement, plus 5/8″ for seams, and my desired length (including allowances for hem and waist).  I drew out these dimensions on the reverse side of the fabric using a tailor’s chalk.

Pattern alterations:  When sewing, I just added the top stitching row at the top edge of the waist band in an attempt to reduce bulk.  Since I have a heavier silhouette, I do not want to call to much attention this area.

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