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Merry Christmas to All!

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On the Kneedles: Harvest Shrug

Since trying to get some sewing done and haven't had much time I have started on this shrug below. It's on the Lionsbrand website under their free pattern selection.  The yarn used is from the Vanna White collection. 100 Premium Acrylic. I'm knitting it up in Dusty Purple, one size fits all. It features a K1p1 Rib and then you continue in stockinette stitch. You can find the patter here. This is a great commuter project and if you are like me and need to create something easy, give this a try.

With Christmas quickly approaching and cookies needing to be baked, I will eventually get back to sewing. I have a few cardigans and skirts I would like to "whip up" so hopefully they will on the horizon. I just might squeeze in the fingerless gloves too!

Sewing and Knitting and loving everything about it!

Re-purpose and the finished skirt.

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. I was able to take photos of what I have been working on.
This RTW dress was made in the style as Butterick 5836 Sew and Sew. To many cycle in the dryer made it to tight so now it is a skirt and I love it. It will get more wear now.
Here is the skirt from Simplicty 1466. Such an easy skirt to sew. Fits and the natural waist. This is definitely a go to pattern.
This is a RTW jacket that was suppose to go into the bag as well... BUT it still fits great with the exception of the sleeves. So I cut  them off and sewed a narrowed hem and it looks so cute with the skirt!
Here is the another item that didn't get passed on. I cut the sleeves off this one too! They got to short and to tight around the bicep so the were chopped off. Here it is with the same skirt and white tee for a casual Friday look.  I will showcase my brown pull on pants next week. I hope to be stitching up a new dress next week.

Sewing and Knitting and loving everything about it…

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

McCall's 4321 Men Accessories

It is the season for office parties isn't it? Because some of my material is in my son's closet he thought it was only right that he request a bow tie to wear. So of course I couldn't deny him but it made my wonder if he feels as if I'm not stash busting then he will do it for me? Anyhoo, out of my remnants bag I selected three that would work for him.

I chose McCall's 4321. It features Men's lined vest, bow tie and cummerbund and it is easy.
This sizes range from men's small to XXL, which translate to sizes 34-52. Since I was only sewing the bow tie I used the size XL to make sure there was enough length for fit around his neck. The pattern is in two pieces but it easier to just meld the patterns together and cut on piece. That way you don't have to worry about the bow tie clasp. If anyone prefers the clasp then by all means sew as directed.

Material Selection:The blue rayon from my skirt that I still need to take pictures of, some cotton from a dress t…


How important? Very important to me. I was won of the winners in the Curvy Sewing Collective Wrap Dress sewalong that was hosted in October. Yes! Me! What a great experience it has been too. I never participated in one so to sew along with all the participants was like, AWESOME. I think what I like most was the tips along the way while sewing with knits. I never did a lot of knit sewing but I am hooked!

Here is a link of official winners that were announce on November 7th. You can click on their names and read about there experience as well on there respective blogs. Alicia dress is so cute and she looks ready for the holiday gatherings and Debbie is the perfect wear to work then socialize after work dress. I really do love Vogue 8379 as my go to wrap dress. I will continue to reach out for this pattern throughout the season. This is truly a timeless classic

Thank you to everyone that placed a vote. Thank you to our gracious host Jenny. Thank you Smuggler's Daughter. Thank you to …

Everything is Everything!

Although I just started this blog I do miss posting. Good new is that I have been sewing. I re- fashioned a sundress that has been sitting in the back of the closet. Chopped it off and turned it into a skirt. I did finish my navy blue skirt, and I did finish the Barbie Cardigan. So I have been doing "stuff". I will post the pictures soon. 
Also things are getting into a rhythm around here. I go back to work on Monday which I am happy about. I can't wait to really get my sewing on! I promised myself to sew more in 2015 and gosh darn it, I am. I have been wanting to make my own bras and Crafty has a class so yeah, I want to do that. I am getting ready to start on 2 pair of pants from Simplicity 1810 shown below.

My first Sew along

As I ventured back into sewing and lurking so many peoples blogs I stumbled across The Curvy Sewing Collective. What a wonderful group of ladies to covet! They have open my eyes up to so many different indy companies it just blows my mind. There is so much positivity going on regarding sewing and fitting your curves that do not fit the "standards" set by the fashion industry.
Everyone loves a great fit and to really get you inspired they hosted their first sew along featuring the classic wrap dress! So how can I not participate?! I know with a wrap dress it's would be a no brainer. 
Fabric, check. Pattern, check, Thread, check. Jersey Point needle, check. I chose Vogue 8379 wrap dress. This really is a true wrap dress and I love it. I sewed View A in a ITY knit that I purchase from Fabric Mart and it has a really nice drape. It stitch it up in a Size 18 and it stitched up beautifully. I was able to get my pictures posted today.

On the needles

Sometime outside forces interrupt my sewing time and in this case my mother and son are to blame. I'm still waiting on her to send my stretch piping and because I share a desk with my son I am unable to set up my "sewing studio". So I picked up the knitting needles instead. I saw this yarn on sale at Micheal's and for $2.00 you can't beat that and since I had a coupon, why not right? It isLoops & Threads Woolike yarn and it is super soft! It is a super fine weight yarn that uses a US size 2 needles or E/4 Crochet hook. You will see the complete stats when you click on the link. I knew I wanted to knit something but wasn't sure. Low and behold my Muse was looking at me and persuaded me to knit a parka. Yes, the parka you see above. It is from knit book for Barbie. It a simple parka with no alteration required. So I figured I could do a section a day, after all I'm waiting on my stretch piping right?
You can see I how long I have been waiting for my ma…

McCalls 6994 - Completed

This is really cute! I'm glad I selected this knit from my stash. The colors are great for transitioning to fall, it can be dressed up with a jacket and some boots as the weather changes and I love the way it fits! I cut this out in the large which reflect sizes 16-18 which is close to my RTW size. As I continue this journey I am finding out my skirts are not much different from store brought sizes, the only adjustments I have needed to make is to the waist. When I start on my pants that could change! Anyhoo, this pattern is a keeper and it has a lot of potential.

See how cute it looks blowing in the wind? It just flows ever so! I have plans in the future to make this in a solid black or green. I already have the perfect shoes to compliment the next one or few.

As for my blue pencil skirt  I wanted to sew up next using New Look Pattern 6228 again will be rearrange in the rotation. Unfortunately the stretch piping I ordered got sent to my mother house in Detroit. When I double che…

McCalls 6994 - Handkerchief Hem Skirt

Pattern Info:

The sizes range from XS-XXL which translates to sizes 4 to 26. The envelope reflects Misses sizes ranging from XS -Med, then L-XXL. I will be sewing this up in a size L which will be sizes 16-18. As you can see from the pictures on the envelope this is another staple to have in your wardrobe. 
Material Selection:
A knit from my stash. It a beautiful paisley print with colors of fall. I will be sewing View F. It can be sew in Matte jersey, interlock and ponte knit.

Cost of Project:
Free. Another fine textile in my stash, how great is that!

This is really a easy skirt to sew and for those new to sewing it is a great beginner pattern too. There is minimum alteration, if any! I have it cut out and ready to go. See you soon!

Stitching and knitting and loving everything about it!

New Look 6228 - Completed

I love the way it fits. As I previously mention I made View C in a ponte knit. Extremely comfortable, especially with the residence photographer complaining how hot it was trying to get a good shot.  If you look closely you can see how the gathers really accentuate my curves and hides my tummy that I got going on, lol. The only adjustment I needed to make with this pattern was the waist. So yeah, I LOVE this skirt! I've already cut  out View A so now I'm just waiting on the stretch piping to arrive. I've already basted it so now I wait.  My sewing mantra is to finish one project before starting a new one. In the meantime I will iron out the fabric for the skirt below. It's McCalls 6994 Misses Skirt. Here it is in View E and F under their Learn to Sew for Fun Line. I love handkerchief hems and this is really cute and I will be sewing up View F. The other views showcase full skirts in different lengths as well and I will eventually sew them too! Which brings be to my se…

New Look 6228 - Knit Pencil Skirt

Pattern Info:

My first venture back into sewing for myself will be this cute pencil skirt. I have seen showcased on a few boards that I lurked and knew I had to make it. The sizes range from 4 to 16 so with these awesome curves I am blessed with I graded it between size 16 and 18. I knew I wasn't going to be able to sew today so I am hand basting the skirt while I multitask. Such a ugly word when you are trying to get in the zone, lol.  Because I will need to work on a fall wardrobe it only fitting to have classic pieces. 
Material Selection:
I will be sewing View C in black and View A in blue. Both will be in ponte knit and hopefully before I start on the blue one I will be able to find some stretch piping. As of now it is eluding me in my surrounding area so I might have to order it online, will see. The views call for 7/8 and 1 yard of 60" material so you can make quite a few to enhance your wardrobe. I already can tell this pattern will get utilize alot too. 
Cost of Projec…

Back home

Ahh my beloved sewing machine is back home. It's only been two weeks but it seems longer especially with getting back in the groove and feeling creative. Now that my machine has been serviced I do believe she is ready to go!  Now I must figure out what will be my first project. Hmm will it be a skirt, dress, jacket or pants? I have some material in my stash and plenty of patterns, decisions, decisions.

Getting Started

Hi Everyone, my name is Sabrina and I am getting back into sewing and knitting full force and wanted to share me journey AND pick up some pointers too! A collect dolls too so sometimes you might see them here as well.

This is the my newest endeavor where I will showcase where my creative flows and what becomes of it. I would like to thank everyone who blogs I have lurked over the last few months to encourage me to get back in to sewing and knitting for myself and others. Oh yes, sometimes I sew for others but I have one particular fashion doll that I have started sewing for again. She is a demanding client too, so she helps me remember all things you first learn when you sew and you know we have all been there!

I would place my sewing and knitting skills at intermediate. Once I master my tailoring skills in sewing then I will say expert. One of my goals is to make my son a custom suit and I want it to be absolutely perfect. So yeah, I need to step up my A game and I will.  As for my …

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