Friday, November 6, 2015

Antrorse SweaterPattern by Shannon Cook

Antrorse by Shannon Cook
I love my new Antrorse Sweater. It feels soft and warm. It is also washable!!!! I think next time I wear it, I will wear my skinny jeans and boots. Each time I knit, I can see how much better I am getting because the fabric is more consistent. I have also learned how to fix mistakes. Mistakes are going to happen but if you know how to fix them, then you are better off. I still have a lot to learn but this sweater is so much better than the first time I knit this pattern.
Antrorse Sweater
Knitting takes a lot longer for me to complete a project but I love that I can take my craftiness anywhere. I adore sewing but being able to do both knitting and sewing is wonderful.
Antrorse Sweater
These buttons are all that I could find in my stash. I might have to look for different buttons.
Yarn: Vanna's Choice, Lion's Brand, color charcoal grey.
Needles: US 10.5 to get the right gauge.
Buttons: Vintage metal buttons with eagles.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

$5 Sew Spoiled ePatterns!

I love a great deal and this is a great deal! $5 Sew Spoiled ePatterns are available in my Sew Spoiled Etsy Shop this week! You do not need a coupon! 
TT Tote 002
The Tailgate Teammate Tote is a wonderful tote inspired to be at your favorite game, cheering for your favorite team! It is available in 3 sizes; small, medium and large. You can make them for yourself, a fan or an entire team! These totes make great Mommy and me bags too. Make one for yourself and little ones. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Everyday Cardigan in Cream Finished!

I have finished my  Everyday Cardigan by Lisa Clarke. It has actually been done for a while because it is such a fast knitting project. I can see how you could easily make a few of these in different colors. I know I have told you that there is no button band on this cardigan but I can't tell you how wonderful it felt when I did not have to go back and make one.
The buttons are actually leather! I fell in love with the color and left the store thinking they were dark wood. However, when I got into my car I realized they were leather. Instead of returning them I decided to go with it and kept them for the project. 
It is a close fitting sweater and since I hardly ever button up my cardigans it works great! I think if I made this for a friend or someone else I might go up a size, just to make sure the size would be comfortable. I like my sweaters to be close fitting and I tend to wear t-shirts under my sweaters. If you wear a lot of button up shirts again you might want to size up. 
This is definitely one of those knitting patterns I will use over and over again. 
Pattern: Everyday Cardigan by Lisa Clarke
Yarn:Cascade Yarns Cascade 220®
Knitting Needles:  Deborah Norville 32" Circular Knitting Needles
Buttons: Leather 3/4" Buttons

Thursday, October 1, 2015


There is something about the cold chill in the air that makes me want to knit a new sweater for fall. This is the Everyday Cardigan by Lisa Clarke. I love that the button holes are made as you knit the body of the sweater top to bottom. That means I don't have to go back and knit a button band!!! Yeah! 
I am using Cascade Yarns Cascade 220® in natural and  Deborah Norville 32" Circular Knitting Needles I found both at Craftsy! My gauge is a little off, I am getting 20 stitches per 4 inches for the width but 7 rows per inch instead of 6 rows. 
I love the feel of the wool yarn and the birchwood knitting needles together. It is a match made in heaven.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bettine Lucky Strikes Dress!

Bettine Dress 4
I just received Kimberly Kight, Lucky Strikes Dime Store, from Cotton and Steel in Navy from the Fabric Worm. Thank you Fabric Worm for this gorgeous fabric!!  It is a beautiful navy cotton with little tan, coral and pink polka dots all over it. I made a Bettine Dress from Tilly and the Buttons. This was the first time I used a Tilly and Buttons pattern. I love how crystal clear all of the instructions are. If you are new to sewing this would be a great first dress to make. It does not have any zippers or difficult notions to install. 
Bettine Dress 1
I am constantly looking for dresses I can make and wear to work. One requirement is pockets!!! I love the pockets on the Bettine Dress because they are so large and deep!! It is extremely comfy to wear and move around in. I love to look professional but I want to feel comfortable at the same time. This dress hits on all the requirements for a wonderful work dress. 
Bettine Dress 3
I think I will be able to extend the wear of this Bettine Dress through fall. I plan to wear my boots, tights and even a cute cardigan. The only adjustment I made was to the tulip skirt, it was a little too wide. The bodice was perfect! 
Pattern: Tilly and Buttons, Bettine Dress
Size: 3
Fabric: Kimberly Kight, Lucky Strikes Dime Store, from Cotton and Steel

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Super Online Sewing Match!!!

I did not win however I wanted to thank everyone for following me and giving me words of encouragement along the way. 
Thank you Beth and Kristin for hosting this competition on Sew Mama Sew
Thank you all so much!!!
I have learned more in the past 2 months than I thought possible. New sewing techniques like customizing a pattern for my size, new zipper installation on a pouch, piping pajamas and color blocking a dress. I have also learned a lot about taking pictures, modeling my handmade garments, updating my blog and new indie pattern hangouts. 
This competition really started with 10 fantastic seamstresses! I love their blogs and I love to follow their sewing projects they create. 
I hope to sew wonderful handmade garments, accessories, quilts, kid's clothes and more and I hope all of you come on the adventure with me!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fur Trimmed Cascade Duffle Coat Round Five

Last Monday, August 10th, I found out that I made it into Round 5 of the Super Online Sewing Match!!!  I felt excited and thankful to have moved forward into the last challenge. In Round 5 we were asked to create the Cascade Duffle Coat by Grainline Studio. We were also given $100 to spend at Fabric Depot. Teresa Coates at Fabric Depot was wonderful and offered to help all three of us in this round. She and I texted back and fourth until I found what I was looking for. Teresa took pictures of fabric and zippers. It felt like I was in the store with her shopping. I have to say Fabric Depot surprised me by sending the fabric next day air!! They are awesome!
While I waited for my fabric to arrive, I printed out all of the templates and cut out a size 4. Being vertical challenged, I used the lengthen/shorten line and moved everything up 1.5" on all of the bodice templates. 
I decided to make View B which is a longer coat with a hood. I loved the style and look. However making a long coat for a petite frame is very risky. If my fitting is off, I could potentially look even shorter!!! 
I had a few yards of some plaid fabric at home, so I played with the templates and started to work on fitting. I overlapped the .5" seam allowance and taped together templates 2 (front upper body) and 26 (front lower body). I did the same for templates 4 (back upper body) and 27 (back lower body). The coat looked longer by taking out the seam on the hip line. Horizontal lines on a petite frame should be used across the natural waist line to help create shape. 
After taping, I cut the taped templates 2 and 26 vertically and then added a .5" seam allowance to make a princess seam down the front of the coat. This allowed the coat look long but proportional to my petite frame. 
I started to look through my coat closet. Most of my coats are hip length and navy or black. I also noticed I had two plaid coats but I never wore them. I had to start thinking about fabric, wool and what my Cascade Duffle Coat was going to look like in the end. Creating a Cascade Coat Pinterest board helped me brainstorm ideas.
My wool fabric color is camel, it is a great color to transition from fall to winter. I was very pleased in the color and texture of the wool. Teresa also found a black zipper with a silver zipper pull. Adding small details like this to your sewing projects can raise the level of your handmade garments. 
The lining fabrics are Bemberg, Ambiance, which is 100% rayon lining in the color of purple. I also used a purple plaid flannel as an accent. The toggles are from M&J Trimmings
The fur trim is from a sweater I had that started to fall apart, so I repurposed the fur trim for this project. It is faux fur but I love how soft and perfect the color is for this coat.
Once I had all of my supplies and the templates were taped and cut again, I was ready to cut out my coat. There are a lot of pieces for this coat. I found it helpful to make piles of main fabric, lining and interfacing. Making this coat was a lot of fun. I used my walking pressure foot on my sewing machine so that the layers would not shift during the sewing process. 
The fur trim was a little insane to put on. However, my sewing machine was a trooper. When I attached the fur trim I left 2" of hood on either side without trim. This made it easier when constructing the coat.
The magic of making this coat happens when attaching the lining to the coat's outer shell. I love how it is like turning a bag! Everything is sewn by machine nicely together (even the sleeves), then you trim the seams and corners and finally flip it right sides out. I was thinking there is no way all of this is going to work and then it pops out right sides out and you actually have a coat!!!! It was a little scary and amazing at the same time. 
I highly recommend this pattern. It is a classic style coat that never goes out of style. The wool is warm and the lining fabric is silky soft. Thank you so much for hosting this competition Kristin and Beth from Sew Mama Sew! Thank you Fabric Depot for the wonderful fabric and thank you Jennifer Beeman for a great pattern, I have to try your Morris Blazer! Can't wait to see the other contestants entries and the sewing communities entries too!
Size: 4
Fabric: Camel Wool from Fabric Depot, purple plaid flannel and purple Bemberg lining.
Notions: Black zipper, toggles, faux fur trim
Best Wishes and tons of Stitches!