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I Was Bad (But Not Too Bad)

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.

Blue Medallian Fabric

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?

Purple/Black Fabric

Bad or not, it felt good to buy some fabric!

Photos courtesy of Fabric.com.

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Kwik Sew 2257 – Men’s Pajama Pants

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!

Pajama Pants

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:

Label

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).

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Itching to sew.

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!

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