McCall’s 6570

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 in Projects, Sewing


It feels so good to sew again. Between a bout of personal illness, the holidays, and 80 hours weeks at the hospital, it’s been months since my sewing machine and I got to spend some time together. I thought I would start simple with McCall’s 6570. It was easy as advertised, but what hadn’t occurred to me when I saw the original pattern was that it’s actually a full circle skirt. Which means lots and lots and lots and lots of hemming. Don’t get me wrong, I love circle skirts, but I was unprepared.

I ended up deciding I didn’t like the super wide waist band, so I cut it down to half the width. I also omitted the tulle ruffle on the lining because I wasn’t sure how much extra bulk the skirt could take. Otherwise, it’s a circle skirt plain and simple, and you can never really go wrong with a circle skirt :-)







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Happy Movember!

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 in Movember, Projects, Sewing


I wanted to post this on November 1st, but unfortunately my regularly scheduled blogging got interrupted by two consecutive nights in the emergency room for dehydration. So I started November off all wrong, but that just means it can only get better from here!

I learned about Movember last year when my boyfriend participated in it. I can’t grow a mustache (and really I’m glad about that – I have no desire to grow any facial hair), but I think it’s a great movement to support. In medicine, we tend not to think about the differences in the way men and women approach their health care. But we do learn that men are less likely to seek medical attention or have regular medical check-ups and that they die on average 5 years earlier than women. So Movember is all about breaking the cultural barriers that make men more reluctant to seek healthcare by using ridiculous facial hair to raise awareness about the issues surrounding men’s health.

So go and grow a mustache! It’s not too late to start. Or if you want to donate, you can always donate on my mospace.

Or, you could just make a mustache pillow because it’s awesome! It was simple to make – I took some fur fabric, cut out two mustache shapes (pattern here) sewed them together, made a royal mess with all the fur (who knew it would shed?), stuffed it, and mailed it to my distressed-about-qualifying-exams boyfriend.

PS: If you try it at home, don’t mail it in a triangular box, the post office was rather bewildered by the idea. They did manage to get it to him, though.

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A Simple Refashion

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 in Projects, Refashion, Sewing


I bought this dress when I weighed about 30 pounds more than I do now and never actually got to wear it. I originally had plans to take it in rather than to refashion it, but then I made a mistake… when I went to slash, I had a moment of incompetence with a pair of scissors, and let’s just say a dress wasn’t really possible anymore.

So in an attempt to salvage it, I turned it into a blouse! The bottom hem is bound with black bias pe and slipstitched on the inside. Otherwise, it’s just the bodice of the dress taken in. It’s still a tiny bit snug, but not entirely unwearable :-)

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This is not the dress I planned – but I like it better

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 in Projects, Sewing

This dress was supposed to be a flapper dress using some fringe that I got from the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. I started with Burda 8045 with plans to modify the skirt to add fringe to it. But somewhere in the process, I decided I didn’t like it anymore. I liked the bodice, though, so rather than wasting it I added the skirt from Simplicity 2549. And by some miracle, it actually came out ok! I did chop off the bottom of the skirt, eliminating the slit in the back. And the fringe will find it’s home on a project someday because a flapper dress is on my 52 Weeks List!

I was going to bead the waistband in gold, but now that I look at it I wonder if simpler is better. What do you think?

The skirt is made from a heavy cotton blend and the bodice is made from some type of knit from my stash that I can’t identify.

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Imagine a Hoodie

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 in 52 Weeks of Sewing, Projects, Sewing

My boyfriend has this T-Shirt that has the word imagine on it with a little heart over the “i.” It’s one of those things that’s so simple, but somehow resonates with me, so I wanted to incorporate the idea into something of my own.

Everyone associates the word “imagine” with the John Lennon song, right? I hope so, because it’s one of my favorite songs ever.

The pattern was Burda 8042, and what a wonderful pattern! This is the kind of hoodie you never want to take off. The only modification I made was to lengthen the sleeves by 3 inches (I have the wingspan of a chimpanzee). It’s made with a spandex-jersey blend I got on clearance at Spotlight in New Zealand when I was visiting my parents.

The applique was the most time consuming part and I backed it with white interfacing which I should have made slightly smaller than the applique itself because now it peeks out on the edges. I can live with that, though.

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Raincoat Raincoat Go Away

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 in 52 Weeks of Sewing, Projects, Sewing

Raincoat reducedNote to self: sewing with clear vinyl is a terrible terrible idea. This raincoat was dangled over my trashcan several times throughout the construction of this garment. But I’m still plugging through my 52 Weeks of Sewing project and a raincoat is on the list, so I felt obligated to finish.

The pattern was McCall’s 6517, which despite my trials and tribulations was actually a great pattern. I think my problem was primarily that I chose a gauge of clear vinyl that was too thick – it would have been nice if the pattern had given some more direction on exactly what type of “clear plastic” to use, but alas it did not and wearing this coat is somewhat like wearing a cheap shower curtain.

I had originally planned to use buttons, but by the end I was so irritated that I decided to use snaps instead because it would get the whole thing over and done with quicker. I’m glad I did, because I think the snaps are actually nicer than buttons would have been. The snaps are actually by Babyville Boutique, which I discovered on my baby clothes sewing rampage. So what if they’re supposed to be used on washable diapers?

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