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In preparation for school starting up again, I wanted to make some warm weather skirts that were also a modest length.  This skirt pattern involves a front and back panel that you sew up the sides.

Using the amount of fabric prescribed by the pattern, I thought I’d try folding the fabric a different way so that I could cut out everything at once, instead of cutting two separate fabric pieces.  I had wondered about the large amount of fabric that was required, and I noticed that I did have a lot of leftover fabric, but the pieces were here and there.

For the next skirt (I bought fabric in 3 shades), I tried folding the fabric a different way.  I was pleased to find out that I could make 2 skirts by folding the fabric with selvages matching.

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This is a baby quilt that I made with one of my quilting students.  I love the blues, greens, and polka-dot border!

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This is the blouse I blogged about on last week’s Sewing Saturday post.

You can see that the sleeves are loose and flowing.  In the past, I’ve put elastic in them.  One thing I noticed about the loose sleeves is that, in order to remain modest, it’s necessary to wear an undershirt.  I like the ones from DownEast Basics.

Here it is with a belt I thrifted from Goodwill.  I love that all of the grommets in the belt allow for different sizes and placements.

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Here are some pictures of when I recently made a blouse out of a pink, silky print.  I’ve used this pattern several times before.  This time, instead of putting elastic in the cuffs of the sleeves, I decided to try the version on the pattern where the sleeves are loose.

A lot of basting and pinning is required for the neckline.  You need to baste the neck facing, gather the neckline, baste both of those together, etc.  It takes a while, but I would much rather baste everything than have to take out stitches because things shifted during sewing.

Serging the many basted layers.

Here’s what the neckline looks like after basting.

Here’s the outside view of the finished neckline.

Stop by again next week for more pictures of this blouse!

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I’ve finally finished all of my sewing projects, some of which have been sitting around for months.  Hooray!  Today, I finished two blouses for my friend.  It’s so nice to be done with sewing, of course, now I”m thinking about my next projects!!

In the meantime, I’ve been doing lots and lots of knitting.  I’ve got blankets, hats, jackets, afghans, and who knows what else in progress!

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Here’s another blouse that I finished.  I’ve pretty much got the process down, it’s just sitting down to work on them.  After this, I’m in the finish lane with another blouse and then I switch the thread on my sewing machine from black to blue for two more blouses.

blouse

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I finished another blouse today.  That makes 5 done and 3 to go.  I also need to make several pairs of long pants.  I think I have 5 to go.

Here’s a picture of one of the blouses I finished this weekend.

blouse-stained-glass

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Here are some pictures of the three long-sleeved tops I’ve completed.

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When making several blouses at once, and being quite busy at work, so that you’re extremely lazy in the cleaning department at home, I’ve noticed that I tend to have piles of fabric pieces.  Here are some pictures.  I’m also including an “assembly line” neckline/interfacing photo, as well as a pic of all 8 fabrics.

On the left, we have neck pieces.  In the middle, we have sleeves.  On top, we have bodice pieces.

These look like bodice front and backs, pinned and ready to be sewn together.

Here is a picture of assembly-line attaching of fusible interfacing.

All 8 silky fabrics (necklines)

All 8 silky fabrics (necklines)

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I went to JoAnn Fabrics to buy suiting material for four pairs of long dress pants.  After much contemplation and comparison of patterns, I decided to make the long version of the pattern I used for capris.  With the fabric 40% off and also the use of my 15% off-the-entire-order teacher card, it came out to about $10 per pair of pants, which is a much better deal than what I’d find at Kohl’s (pants on sale for $22).  Plus, I’ll be making pants with elastic waists, so they’ll fit me over time, as I often fluctuate between two sizes of clothes.

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It took quite a while, but I finally got everything cut out for the eight blouses.  Along the way, I watched bits and pieces of The Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate (with Brent Barrett), Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice (1995, with Colin Firth), and Wives and Daughters.  I don’t know what I’ll watch today… The Best Two Years?  Calamity Jane?  The Singles Ward?  Harry Potter 4 or 5?  Stardust?

To keep everything organized, I used a sticky note to label an area on my sofa bed for each pattern piece.


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I’ve begun the monumental task of sewing my winter wardrobe.  I’m using the pattern (Simplicity 3887) that I used for summer blouses, using two versions of long sleeves.  Three shirts will have loose long sleeves and five will have long sleeves gathered with elastic at my wrists.  It took forever to determine the correct length for the gathered sleeves, because I’m petite and the pattern is not (which is why I have to alter the neckline, too.).  I ended up taking up the long sleeve 2 inches.

Here’s how it started.  I’ve noticed the air getting cooler in the morning (high 60’s).  I know that once we get cold air, I won’t have anything “new” or that fits to wear to work.  I knew it was time to get started on my winter wardrobe.  I looked at Old Navy.  The clothes were adorable, but not right for my body (or wallet).

I went to JoAnn’s.  Silky fabrics were 40% off.  I went crazy and picked 10, later skimming down to 8.  When picking fabrics, I noticed brand new bolts, still wrapped in plastic, on shelves under the displayed silky fabrics.  Needless to say, I sat on the floor and peeked at each one, opening several (tearing off the plastic), and finding awesome fabrics!  I figure that what I did was helpful to the store workers, who were probably too busy to put the new fabric out, seeing the long lines at the checkout and cutting table.

What helped my wallet (besides the 40% off) was that when I went to use my 15% off teacher card (I’ll wear these at school, so they count for the teacher discount in my book), I was told that I needed a new one, because they expire every year.  I got my new card, complete with a 20% off the entire order coupon.  Hooray!  My receipt said that I saved $85 today!!  In all, I calculated that each shirt (I will make 8 if I don’t go crazy first) will cost me about $10 each.  That’s quite a good deal!  Plus, I’m getting fantastic patterns and fabrics, unlike the black, yucky stuff you find in retail stores.

Anyways, I’m doing an assembly line with the eight blouses.  I’m currently cutting out the sleeves (3 loose around the wrist and 5 to-be-gathered at the wrist with elastic).  I’ve already cut out the interfacing for the neckline.  I’ve got a labeled spot on my sofa bed for each pattern piece.  I’m two hours into The Sound of Music, of which I keep stopping to rest (cutting out fabric on the floor is not kind to the back), eat, or watch my favorite parts of the movie.

The pattern (B shirt, without the ribbon)

Five of B shirt, without the ribbon; 3 of B shirt/D sleeves

I'll do this top with long sleeves

I'll make this style of blouse with long sleeves

These three will be for the long, flowing sleeves

These three will be for the long, flowing sleeves

Cutting out 3 fabrics at once

Cutting out 3 fabrics at once

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