Friday, May 2, 2014

An end to the sewing drought?

It's been quite a while since I had anything to post; I really haven't done that much in the way of sewing recently so it feels great to be able to tell you about some projects I've done in the past few weeks.

Sewing for Me!

I've fallen way behind on my "Garment a Month Challenge" sewing, but plan to get caught up by the end of this month. Here are two projects I finished in the last two weeks: a knit top using my "tried and true" pattern (drafted with PatternMaster Knits), and a pair of jeans drafted with PatternMaster Boutique.

I'm really, really happy with the fit! These are actually a "wearable muslin" for some work pants for me, so I took the time to add all the details like pockets and such. The only modification I had to make after the first try-on was to take in about 2 inches from the center back seam as it stood away from my back a bit too much. Other than that, the fit is great!

Back view:

This is the first time I've had success with yoke-back jeans, even if I did have to take them in a little. I can move comfortably in them, which will be important when I'm dealing with attics and crawl spaces! I think they'll soften a bit in the wash; it's pretty heavy denim. Now I need to find the right shade of green and start making myself work pants!

Sewing Aprons

One of my favorite accessories has been my sewing apron. I made one last year to use during home inspections and it has proved to be an invaluable accessory there! I recently had the opportunity to make two more; one for our annual PatternMaster Users Group gift exchange, and one for my daughter.

Here's the one for the exchange:

The design is from Urban Threads and was embroidered on my Designer1.

My daughter recently discovered a talent for making quick repairs on costumes and asked me to make an apron for her to keep her supplies in as she dashed around backstage at the local high school performance of Aida. She asked me to put a phrase she had to use often to prevent other people backstage from manhandling the fragile dresses.

Both aprons were sewn from plain canvas and lined with drapery lining (my old standby!), then trimmed with bias tape.


  1. Love the sleeve-length on that top!
    Elbow Length is so perfect for Spring thru Fall.

  2. All lovely items - jeans, top and aprons - and I like your practical approach as well :)

  3. Glad you're back! Great projects. :)

  4. I haven't tried the yoked jeans pattern on PMB, as I'm not sure it would work well for my curviness on the backside, but your outfit looks great. Nice to see you online. Sue C


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