I haven’t purchased fabric just because I like it for a long time. I haven’t been sewing much the last couple of years, so I was able to curtail my fabric-buying habit. Now that I’ve been sewing a bit again, I’m starting to feel the pull of the fabric!
I have Dawn over at Two On, Two Off to thank for today’s fabric purchase.Yesterday she posted about a sale on ITY Jersey knits over at Fabric.com. I decided to take a look… I’ve been envisioning a semi-dressy summer knit dress lately. One that I can wear out to dinner or to my June girls weekend in Vegas. My vision included a print fabric. Well, these fabrics are exactly what I was envisioning!
To make this story worse… The fabrics were on sale until Midnight Eastern time last night. I missed the sale price by a few minutes (thanks to a little girl who had trouble falling asleep). I decided not to buy any fabric. Well, I couldn’t get this fabric out of my head, so today I went ahead with my purchase. To my credit, there was a third piece of fabric in my shopping cart that I decided not to get.
So, what did I get?
This print will (hopefully) be used to make the dress I have been envisioning. One pattern I am considering is McCall’s 6032, view A, with the cap sleeves and front loop.
I bought a yard of this fabric to make a dressy summer top to wear with black pants, something I’ve been missing in my wardrobe. Perhaps the sleeveless top from Simplicity 2603?
Bad or not, it felt good to buy some fabric!
Photos courtesy of Fabric.com.
I mentioned last month that I was making two of my Christmas gifts this year. The first was a knitted “crown” hat for my niece. The second was a pair of pajama pants for my husband. He asked for a robe for Christmas this year, so I decided he needed a pair of matching pajama pants. I somehow managed to get these made without him knowing I was sewing something for him. I even worked on them while he was home one day!
To make the pants I used Kwik Sew 2257. What a great pattern! Easy to sew with very professional results. This is the third time I’ve used this pattern. I first made these pants back in 2002 when I had been sewing for only a few months and they were a big hit.
Pajama pants make a great gift because they don’t require a lot of fitting. All you need to know is pants size, and you will get a good fit (at least with this pattern!). I purposefully left these pants unfinished so I could refine the fit after Christmas. When I made these before they were a little long, so I wanted to get the length just right this time.
For the final touch, I added one of my personalized labels:
See my original pattern review here (note: you may need to be a paying member of PatternReview to view this since it’s such an old review).
I have been on a self-imposed sewing hiatus for a while now, so I can focus on some other things. However, lately I have really been itching to sew. I miss it! So, I’ve decided I need to sew something for myself.
I want to sew something quick and easy, without any alterations for fit, and I also want to use fabric from my stash. I have settled on Simplicity 2603:
It meets all of my requirements, plus it is fun and trendy!
The fabric I am going to use is a heathered charcoal matte jersey I bought several years ago from Fabric.com. I can’t remember what project the fabric was originally intended for, but as soon as it arrived I knew it wouldn’t work. I don’t really love the fabric (it has a very synthetic-y feel), but it should work well for the cardi-wrap.
I’ve been torn between making the longer or shorter version of the cardi-wrap. I think overall I would like the shorter version better on me, but there are a lot more wearing options with the longer version. In the end, my fabric choice is going to decide for me: I only have enough for the shorter version. I hope I have enough fabric for the cuffs.
I will keep you posted as I make progress!