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Thursday, June 5, 2014

McCalls 6740

I posted about my new dress, McCalls 6740 in my new spot at SouthShore Handmade.  :-)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


I'm moving!  And I started a podcast!

For a while, I've felt that "Knitting Jenny" is a misleading name, considering I do more sewing than knitting these days.  My new site better reflects my focus.

Without appearing to be begging, pretty please come see me at SouthShore Handmade.  My podcast will soon be up in iTunes, but if you just cannot wait, I put the first episode up there.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

McCalls 6713

Here is the result of McCalls 6713.  Blech.  :-(  Too short-waisted for me.  Or, maybe that's a design feature, but it's not a flattering one for me.  It isn't high enough to be empire-waist, but it's several inches above my natural waist.  Plus, it's too short.  Just not a hit. 

Anyway, I've been working on some other things, knitting and sewing, so I'm going to get back to them. :-)  That's all for now.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

McCalls 7000

Hahaha I can't help it.  I love this.  McCalls has released a "Winter Princess" pattern as a special release at the end of May...  I guess some pattern drafters have been burning the midnight oil for a while now, and now that it's ready, McCalls just can't wait.  I'm sure there will be some happy little girls this summer.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

McCalls 6949 and McCalls 6918

I've been in a bit of a funk since forgetting to enter my SWAP pieces.  I started a dress with a vintage pattern, but it was not attractive, so I just ripped out the zipper and let it go (into the trash) last night. It was an older tweed fabric that was left over from a skirt I made years ago.  Hubs found it humorous I didn't want to part with the $3 zipper, though. :-)

Last night, I still wanted to sew, and not on the little quilted table runner thing that's half finished on my ironing board. I wanted to sew something for me, so I found a bunch of blue jersey up in my stash and paired it with McCalls 6713.  I cut it out and sewed up the bodice and so far so good!

As for Me Made May, I've been doing... ok.  I had two funerals to sing for this week, and I have three, yes, three black dresses I've made for such occasions, but one never fit quite right, and the other two are, um, a bit too snug.  It's seriously time to just get rid of all the things in my closet that are a skosh too tight.  Let 'em go, Jenny.  Other than those days, I've been doing well, but have failed at my photo taking this week.

Today, I want to share some cuties I made for one of my nieces, just because.  Meanwhile I need to make a birthday present for another niece, and I'm thinking I'll use these same patterns (minus the sweater since it's almost summer).

The sweater and top are from McCalls 6949.  I doubled the number of ruffles on the top, and I really prefer this look.  The sweater came together really easily and I think it's so cute.  It's so big, though, that I'm sure it will fit her next winter.  The skort, McCalls 6918, was also easy to make and looks really cute.  All in all, this made for a comfy outfit, all in knits, and I hope she likes it.  If not, I may try to squeeze into it!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Simplicity 2245

Oh I can be such a doofus!  I've been sewing for months for the Sewing With a Plan contest (SWAP) at Stitcher's Guild, and I finished on time... but I totally spaced out and missed the deadline to get photos in yesterday.  So frustrated with myself.  Oh well, at least I have some great new things.

ANYWAY, moving on.  I have to catch up on showing my me-made photos, but trust I have still been participating.  For now, I'll show something brand new, finished up just yesterday - Simplicity 2245, which is apparently so out-of-print that it isn't on the Simplicity website anymore.
Now, I have mixed feelings about this.  I fear that it won't be very popular.  It has a distinct whiff of muumuu.  However, the fabric is so pretty, and it fits well, and the pockets are just so handy for toting around my iPod that I am in love.
The height of fashion?  No.  Not even with the cute little star buttons which probably push it into twee-town.
But goodness help me, I just like it.  Is it super "becky-home ec-y"?  Do I care?  I tried it with a couple different pairs of leggings, but I like it best with some white shorts just peeking out the bottom.  Hubs thinks it is super retro... like 1950s housewife housedress.  Not his least favorite thing I've made but not his most favorite either.
Do the pockets make it look like a nurse's smock?  I can't decide.  Again, though, I can't be bothered to get too worked up about it either way.  Maybe if I'd made the yoke and cuffs from the same fabric as the body, it would look more conventional?  I don't know.  Practicality wins me over either way.  I just am in love with these big pockets.
I know using a quilting cotton for a garment is the ultimate faux pas for some seamstresses, but I just can't get worked up about it.  I know this is not the latest thing from a catwalk, but I just don't care.  The fabric makes me happy.  I just hope I'm not a walking billboard for "why not to sew your own clothes."  :-)
Oh, the fabric is by Moda.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Me Made May 5, 6, and 7

Hello!  Look at me, keeping up with my Me Made May pledge for a whole week!

Monday, (day 5), I wore this tee shirt dress with a belt and this cardi in the morning.  No photo, sorry.

Yesterday, (day 6), I wore a new twist front top.  This is a great success, but I feel I don't have much to blog about it.  I had one almost the exact same color from Banana Republic.  LOVED it!  Wore it until it was a pilled, stretched-out mess.  Just a couple weeks ago, I cut it apart along the seams and used the pieces as pattern pieces on this rayon jersey.  I wasn't sure how it would come out, but it's a perfect copy!  I have saved the old pieces, also, so I can make it in more colors if I want.
The pants are a recent purchase (bad Jenny - I'm still on my year-long clothes shopping fast until June) with my mom for $10.  As much as I try to convince her and my husband and friends that wide-leg, patterned jersey pants are a trend, they just don't believe me.  Oh well, joke's on them since I basically get to wear jammies around all day in the name of trendiness.  Unfortunately, they did shrink in the dryer and I wish they were 2 inches longer now.

Today, I kind of feel like I'm cheating, but I'm still adhering to my pledge to wear one handmade item each day.  Today, it's my earrings. :-)
Have a great Wednesday, everyone!  I have some little girl sewing to show off soon.  I can't keep from making those cute little outfits for my nieces.  Perfect use for leftovers from my own projects.