Monday, June 15, 2015

Fabric Stash Contest Challenge: Kirsten Kimono Tee

Hello there, I'm back!  Holy crap has it really been 2 months!?  A lot has been going on... some house remodeling, another round of SOA but mostly I've just lost me mojo.  I haven't even kept up with my bloglovin' reader and I really hate that it got to the point where I had to hit the "mark all as read" button.  I apologize for my lack of commenting on your blogs. I miss you guys!  I've decided to peel myself from the couch, dust off the old machine, turn up the tunes and get down to business.  I needed a little encouragement to get back into the swing of things so I entered a contest. whaaaa!?!?!
Sewing Pattern Review's Fabric Stash Contest..

Fabric Stash Contest 2015

This is more of a motivational challenge than a contest to me.  I care nothing about getting votes or winning any prizes.  The reward here is using up some of my stash of course and getting that feeling back.  You know that feeling you had when your first started sewing?  You were so impressed with yourself that you couldn't wait to take pics and blog about your make.  Lunch hours were spent shopping for fabric only to return back to work to spend the rest of the day dreaming about what you were gonna make with it when you got home.  Well that was my life anyway and I want it back.  To get back into the groove I started off with something easy, the Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee.


You can get this pattern for free by subscribing to Maria's newsletter (plus you'll get a 20% discount code).  It's an easy, no fuss make.  If I can make it within an hour I bet you can make it in less than half.  It's that easy!

This tee is designed with negative ease at the bust and flares out to a looser fit at the waist and hips.  I was more interested in getting a looser fit all around so I cut a large.  For the neckline I used attempted Megan Nielsen's neckline binding method.  In true Shanni fashion I skimmed through the instructions really only focusing on the pictures.  In doing so I missed out on the most important part, when attaching your binding to the neckline you go opposite of what your used to, you attach it to the wrong side of your shirt.  Then you fold it over to the right side and topstitch enclosing the seam.  Since I attached it to the right side of my shirt I went ahead and folded it over to the wrong side and it turned out fine.

One of the rules of the fabric stash contest is that the fabric you use must be at least 6 months old.  Mine has been in my stash since Sept 2014.  It's a jersey knit I purchased from Fabric Mart.  My last post was this tee I made with it.  I'm sad to say I've now used it all up.  I just love the feel of this fabric and it's perfect for the hot days we've been having.

For my next and favorite version I shortened the neckline about an inch because I felt the first was a little too wide.. my bra straps show if I'm not careful.


This fabric has been in my stash since 2014.  It's a cotton spandex blend from Girl Charlee.  I love the feel and drape of it but I'm not quite sure how long it's going to last.  After only 2 washings it's not really pilling but looks like more like a feathering..does that even make sense? ha! 


I successfully pulled off the neckline binding on this version (high five)!  After looking at the two different necklines I think I prefer my mess up on the first.  I like how the binding is not seen at all.  The sleeve hem and bottom hem are just folded under a half inch and finished with my coverstich machine.  I'm still trying to get the hang of that thing! 

Overall this pattern is a win!  You can see between the two how bringing in the neckline affected the overall fit up top.  I may even size down to a medium next time.

So since I've been gone what all have you been sewing up that I missed?  Link it below! I would love to check it out!!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

What the hell am I doing??? My attempts at learning cameras and coverstitch machines.


Well hellooo there!  Sure has been hard for me to get back into the swing of this blogging thing.  Maybe now that the weather has finally sobered up and taken a right turn towards the direction of Spring I will feel inspired to get outside to take pictures of my makes. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Crazy Dog Lady Sewing Challenge: The Reveal


I'm back, I'm back and just in time folks because today is the last day for the Crazy Dog Lady Sewing Challenge!  I love dogs and I'm a lots crazy so let's sew something up to celebrate, aye?!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Wooly Seperates

The weather is not always agreeable when it comes to blog pics.  I'm never happy with the way my photos turn out inside the house, never enough lighting, so I decided to tough it out in the cold.  As I'm heading out the door camera and tripod in hand my husband says, "You know it's 20 degrees out, right?"  "Eh, it's not the bad" I say.  Vito begs to differ.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Marbella Dress + A Giveaway

Hello there and welcome my first make of 2015!  Well a majority of this dress was made in 2014 but I finished it in 2015 so I'm just gonna claim it my first make of 2015. Okeedokee?!  It's the Marbella Dress and it's the first pattern from a new independent designer, Kennis Wong of Itch to Stitch.