5:29 PM

New Pattern! FO Sandpoint Top

So I was a pattern tester for the new Sandpoint Top created by Seattle-based independent designer Helena at Gray All Day. I really love this top! I love how simple it is with the extra design feature in the back. It is very flattering and extremley comfortable. This knit top is a definite staple and not the last one to be added to my wardrobe. I have already cut out a second one to put on my sewing table this evening. I paired it with my go-to leggings, McCall's 6173 in a brown double knit I whipped up while watching Project Runway last night. Stay tuned for version 2!

2:08 PM

FO - Koko Top by Named Pattern

I have been sewing and wearing new pieces, just not taking any photos to brag about them. Here is a new top that I made using the indie company Named. I purchased three patterns from them so far. Here's my first finished piece, the Koko top. I really like the lace insert detailing and sleeves.

This is a comfy top that I've paired with faux leather leggings as well as this circle skirt. Jeans, shorts, or even a maxi skirt would also pair well. I will be making more of these in the future, for sure. The fabric works well enough, but a more stable knit might have worked a bit better. The pattern called for a light knit fabric for the bodice, but I would prefer a bit thicker to cover trouble spots better. Still love it, though!

In non-sewing news, my Mother just left after flying to visit my Sister and I for a women's conference that was being held at my Church. It was an amazing time and I already miss her. She did manage to snag my last two Collete pattern dresses that I made, so she left happy. Of course that means I need to make more. Not a problem...

5:16 PM

RTW-Knock Off Made-Maxi

Here is another maxi dress that I've created recently. My knitting friend Margaret has been learning to sew with me and has really helped with my mojo. She had a few RTW items that she loved, but can no longer buy as they were discontinued. What's a girl to do, but knock it off? While the dress is actually short, I made this version into a maxi of sorts. It's a great black and white striped fabric picked up on a trip with Margaret to Yardage Town.

Nothing more to say about this one except it's comfy and a great addition to my ever growing stash of maxi dresses. Lord knows, I can't seem to get enough. Working late tonight, but still have plans for a jumper if time permits.....

5:41 PM

FOs - Moneta and Knit Top with Faux Leather Leggings

Clearly I have been sewing up a storm. Unfortunately my ability to blog about it is another story. I finally took out some sweater knit fabric and sewed a top. I am LOVING this outfit! I can't lie. From the faux leather leggings using my TNT McCall's 6173 pattern to the easy, two piece sweater using an old pattern I had in my stash but never tried before (McCall's 6204). I have already made another sweater top in a less gauzy, more casual fabric. All fabric from this post were inexpensive finds (think a couple bucks each) at the National City Swap Meet.

So I also have been in love with making Colette Patterns lately. Here is my first Moneta.  It will probably be one of several. I also made a top using Colette's Myrtle pattern. Pics to come once I wear it to work. I love the neckline (hard to see from the picture) and the in seam pockets. It is comfortable and a great wardrobe addition for my casual workplace.

Anywho - time to run, here's to getting my sewing mojo back *squeal*.

9:55 AM

FO Myrtle by Colette Patterns

I have been sewing more these days, but still have not been blogging. This dress is too cute not to post, however! I snagged Myrtle by Colette Patterns during their recent online sneak peak preview sale. While I really do like the hard copies of their patterns, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one to work on immediately.

This is a fast project that I did in a few hours over two nights. The lined bodice gives the cowl neck a great drape and the elastic waistline is encased in fabric giving a clean finish on the inside. I am going to the National City Swap Meet tomorrow with a friend, so I plan to grab some woven fabric to make another version. I also have the Moneta dress pattern and the Mabel skirt. I have plans to use stretch leather for part of the skirt if I can ever find it in my stash.....