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Blue Licorice Colette Dress Pattern


Sorrowfully, today, I returned The Colette Sewing Handbook to the library.  If you read my “review” then you know that there were patterns included!  Wahoo! It is the licorice dress pattern that called to me.  Reading the book was all I was planning to do.  Honest!  Really I was thinking, “Now you know that you really don’t need another dress.  You’ve been busy.  You don’t have time to make one of those patterns.”  Then as I finished the book, my thoughts turned to, “You know that dress is adorable! Hum, You have about 3 yards of blue satin.  You could just trace the pattern and do it later.”  After, finishing a few other projects for others, and reading another book, I was able to trace the licorice dress pattern.

Zipper Binding Fabric Colette licorice pattern

Sweet as Honey Dress

It is a darted dress, 3/4 length flowy sleeves, a belt, and a sweet as honey, little collar.  It requires the main fabric of (more…)

Educated on Coco Chanel


While at the library, a book on Coco Chanel caught my attention. Therefore, you guessed it, I selected this very interesting person as the subject of my second read for the Winter Reading Program. “Chanel A Woman of Her Own”, was published in 1990 and written by Axel Madsen.  Here is my quick summary of the facts that I found about the all important Coco Chanel (more…)

Men’s Sweatpants Pattern


See a Need Fill a Need

Sometimes sewing is for something exciting and new. Sometimes it is out of pure necessity. There are a few gentlemen in the world that simply can not find what they need for their size. My husband is one of those. We order all of his dress pants and jeans. He doesn’t even own a pair of sweatpants. He is 6 feet 5 inches tall. (You should see him in shorts… It’s kind of funny… Love you, Honey. Hee Hee) Well, these sweatpants were a need. I searched for a pattern first. If my husband had had some to begin with I would have followed those, but a pattern was necessary AND hard to find… I ordered the Kwik Sew 3663 men’s sweatpants pattern from Micheal’s…. Yes, I said Micheal’s the craft store that doesn’t sell fabric in their store.

Side Pocket with Interfacing

What About It

This men’s sweatpants pattern is great because it has pockets! It has side AND back pockets. I was expecting just a two piece pattern.  It is actually detailed.  Normally I would have been more pleased with the more simple, but I have to admit I was not making these for my husband. Yes, I know what I’m admitting here. Because someone was paying me I wanted to do a better job than I would do for my own husband.  While I’m confessing here, there is a pair of suit pants in my “sewing room” that need to be let out. I’m squinting while I say this. I don’t know how long they’ve been there. Maybe if he pinned a twenty dollar bill to them they would get done. Ok. No. That wouldn’t work either. Why am I telling you this. You didn’t ask.

Back Pocket!

What Do You Call For

This pattern calls for interfacing on the side pocket where it attaches to the side seam. It also calls for a drawstring.  I do not know if this is needed since it also calls for one and a half inch wide elastic.

Measure and Mark…

Just the Right Size

To get started the size needed to be made right. This men’s sweatpants pattern went up to XXL.  According to the measurements taken earlier I needed to add an inch or two here and there.  To compensate, I measured the increase to each size on each line of the pattern. Then I increased the same amount to the corresponding line making exactly one size larger.  Also, a half inch was added to the curved edge of the side pocket.

Chop Chop

Then I laid the sweatshirt fleece out (bought at Joann’s) and laid the pattern pieces out, being very careful to make sure the three and a half inches were added to the length at the shorten/lengthen line noted on the pattern! This is important. You can not just add inches at the bottom because the angle of the pant leg will make the width at the bottom smaller and harder to put a big size 13 foot through. I know this because I have made a pair of pajama pants for my husband.  He made mention of the slight awkwardness of putting his foot through the leg of the pants. Yes, it was a funny picture. He also did not call it “slight awkwardness”.  If you need to see this done, here a link is provided.

Read the Instructions

Following the instructions I completed a nice looking pair of  men’s sweatpants. Thank you, Kwik Sew 3663. My customer reported loving them.  They fit very well.  So well that I will be putting a second pair together.  My husband also mentioned maybe making him a pair. I will lovingly make him a pair with all of the details I can think of. Do you think he would like a bit of monogramming? HA! Probably not.

Maybe you or someone you know has a hard time finding a comfy pair of sweatpants. Have no fear!  Make this Kwik Sew 3663 men’s sweatpants pattern!

Food for Thought

Hey! Have a great rest of the day! Think about something good like a fresh baked apple pie or a breath of fresh air!

Fresh Baked Pie (from Christmas :0)

Copy Cat Pink Knit Skirt


We’re ba-aaaack! Well yes, I’m here and this knit skirt is here. The sweater knit skirt that turned out to be a knit skirt that stretches like a woven fabric has been upgraded. The first version was not going to work. Here is a “post throw back” if you missed it. This upgrade includes better, more thoughtful construction and buttons.  All the while keeping in mind that this is one-way stretch, not two-way.

Taking the Knit Skirt Apart

The first step was to deconstruct. Sad but highly necessary. As you can see in the before picture, I had simply sewn the side seams from the top of the waist band to the bottom of the skirt. You could see the machine stitches on the waist band from the right side. This time, after thinking it over, I decided to sew the side seams of the waist band, right sides together, first. Then folding down at the top seam, I simply sewed the waist band to the skirt. While making this mistake right, I also took in an inch.

Assembly… mmm mmm…. nope…

Getting a Better Fit

The Left Side

The fit was great in the hip area. At the waist, however, it needed to be taken in an inch on each side. After taking in the inch and simply eye-balling the angle down the side seam, I decided to use a handy dandy fashion ruler! I acquired one just this week! I am almost certain I did not use it the exact way a pro would use it, but the way I DID use the fashion ruler took the funny lump out of the side seam just right. That’s all I needed.

1-17 for the Hip Angle AND a Child’s Elbow

The Right Side and Buttons

Ok, that is one side. On the second side buttons were added. In the way of style, this choice was not the best maybe. In the way of function, it seemed best to me. If I had added a zipper, I would have had to sew through some heavy layers. This sweater knit is heavy weight if you ask me. Oh, you didn’t ask? Ok, I think it’s heavy weight. Sewing buttonholes was the direction I went. My buttonholes are not always very clean, but the prettiest buttonhole I’ve ever seen had to be seam ripped out. Yeah, it was a bummer. I had to move it because it was too far in.  Two buttons were added.  I also took in an inch on this side as well. The side of the waistband, I did not take in any. I overlapped the leftover inches for the button closure.

After buttoning the skirt there appeared an odd bump at the intersection of the waist band seam and skirt seam. To fix this, after seam ripping a few more stitches, I took in the seam just a little more. It is better. It’s still a little bulky, but I feel like that is probably because the fabric is on the thicker side.

Bulky Bump Below Pins

Hem Time (Not Hammer Time)

Last, the knit skirt needed a hem.  I finished the hem edge and folded the hem up one inch. I did a straight stitch to secure it.  After wearing it for an hour, the straight stitch broke.  To fix that problem I treated the fabric like knit and did a blind hem on the serger.  Let me just say that this fabric has baffled me.

Wear It Out

After seeing the skirt on Darla, my dressform, for a few weeks I decided that I would really like to wear it with the jean jacket. I can’t wait to wear it with a black jacket as well. It’s not hot pink, but it’s close!

I bought this fabric to go with this shirt. Meh…

Trying to go dressy sporty?! Ha Ha!

Knit skirt or not, I feel like this skirt will be multi-functional. This is not the first time I have copied a knit skirt. The first time I copied about five new skirts from one I bought. They can be worn dressy or casual. That’s why I need a hot pink one! Ha Ha!

Do you know what type of garment this sweater knit fabric was made for?  It’s a mystery to me.  Any input here is appreciated.

Also, can someone please find the cap to the lens on my camera? :/

The Colette Sewing Handbook : Reading for Sewing


When was the last time you went to the library?  My children and I go about once a week.  I understand this adds me to the nerd group.  And I realize it doesn’t help my “coolness” that I also join the winter reading program.  The first read of this year is “The Colette Sewing Handbook”.  Sarai Mitnick is the author. She also has a blog and patterns.  This book had been in my hands before, but I didn’t realize it’s value at the time.  It has a lot of good knowledge and five patterns.  Since I am borrowing this book, I suppose I will have to trace the patterns that I want.  Also, my amazing husband could buy it for me as a gift! 🙂  I really want this book.

“The Colette Sewing Handbook” is most ideal for the person who has dabbled in sewing.  It was helpful while reading to be familiar with terms.  Even if you have never sewn and you are just itching to get stitching, it has a glossary so you can go to the back if you are unsure of a term.

This library visit, we went after lunch so that we could stay for a bit.  Usually, I am starving and rushing us around to get a few books and to play a little bit.  While, my little people played (very well I have to say, It was unusual let’s say) I started reading the first page.  Everything that I have been thinking about the subject of sewing was on that page.  She talked about what drives a person to sew her own clothes.  One reason is curiosity.  With sewing you can never be too curious to have observed every avenue of it.  There are always new ideas!

I learned a new term.  The word is: croquis.  This is a sketch of yourself on which to draw ideas for clothing.  There are so many ideas that come to mind for me from patterns that I am not sure I would need a croquis very often.  However, there have been a few times I could see it being used.  It is explained in the book to take a picture of yourself in front of a plane background.  Print it out.  Then trace around your body on another sheet of paper.  Then you can scan and save it to print anytime you need it.

Also, the author tells us to take our time on each garment.  This was important for me because, well, I need to do that!  You can find just about anything you need at the store all ready made.  Today, we are not in NEED of clothes.  Therefore, when you get a great idea, however you get it, you should take the time to make it a special garment.  Take time to get the fit right and take time to follow the steps that need to be taken.  I am the kind of person that is ready to have my garment made the day I start.  (Sarai Mitnick says that she is the same way!!!  I can relate!!!  This book is apparently some kind of therapy for the sewist as well.)

The whole book is full of basic and helpful information.  I loved it!  Did I mention I want to buy it?

Now you know that I was not going to take this book back to the library, never even considering one of the adorable patterns designed by Sarai Mitnick herself.  There is a sweet little dress called the licorice at the end of this great sewing handbook.  I happen to have a beautiful blue satin.  I also happen to have enough of it to make that cutey pie dress pattern.  Here is the plan.  Trace the pattern.  Doing a muslin may or may not happen.  Cutting the fabric and then sewing it.  AND I am going to take my time.

And I am going to share it with YOU!

Don’t worry about the vintage dress.  I am still looking for just the right fabric.  You can see I am definitely taking my time to make that garment very special.

Please let me know what you think about this very informative sewing handbook if you have read it before.  Also, if you have made a Colette pattern and you have any helpful hints or success stories I would love to hear about it.

Thanks again for the visit!  Have an amazing day!


Knit Sweater Skirt Copycat


A knit fabric that is hot pink has been on my list of “needs” for a few months.  In my mind I thought it would look awesome with my houndstooth shirt from last week’s post.  While wearing that shirt I went to Joann’s to find maybe a different type of fabric that is hot pink.  They do not have a knit in the desired color. has several hot pink fabrics, but figuring out the weight of the fabric makes me nervous.  Well, I don’t get sweaty palms or anything.  One day I am just going to have to buy it.

In the meantime, I thought I would just leave Joann’s with SOMETHING.  It was busy and I had my loving children so, shopping was kind of a test of patience and will power.  In some sort of fabric desperation I found a sweater fabric.  The wrong side is a fleece.  This keeps it from raveling. Online there are two different blues and a purple.  This fabric actually would make a great sweater dress.  (I would have made one, BUT I only bought three quarters of a yard.)

Also, my sister-n-law sent me a skirt from a certain brand name…(I’m just not sure if it’s ok to say what name brand, but they specialize in knit clothing with all sorts of patterns. 😉  It fits just right and I thought I would give making one a whirl.


Brand Name skirt folded in half to trace for pattern.

The first step was to make a pattern.  I laid the skirt out to see if it had any pleats and to see if it was the same on front and back.  As best that I can tell it is the same cut for the front and the back with no pleats.  I folded it in half and traced it on tissue paper making sure to add a half inch for seam allowances and the hem.  It has a four inch waist band.  I traced that as well.  Even now I am not sure of the correct shape of this piece.  However, I know that it is two, nine inch pieces that are as wide as the skirt front and back pieces.  the side seams… seem to be at an angle.  Since the band is folded in half to make it four inches tall (with half inch seam allowance) the sides still just do not fully make sense to me.  (There will most likely be another attempt at this pattern with a different fabric.)

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Waistband pattern… kind of…

I laid the pattern pieces on my three quarter of a yard of fabric.  There was not enough fabric… 🙁 🙁   At this point I SHOULD have cut the waist band from another knit fabric I had leftover from another project.  BUT I did not.  I cut the waist band into two pieces, making a total of four pieces for the waist band: two for the front and two for the back.  I didn’t even have enough fabric for all four pieces.  I had to cut one piece of a totally different knit fabric.  You can see the random piece of dark gray fabric added to the inside of the band.

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Pattern on fold of fabric for skirt front or back. Pin cushion was a handmade gift used as a weight here.

Now, it was time for assembly.  FAIL FAIL FAIL…..  the front and back waist bands were made.  I sewed them together where they would have been one piece if correctly cut.  Then, waist band folded on the seam, I sewed it to the top of the front skirt and then the back of the skirt.   Then I just sewed the side seams.   This was not… I repeat… NOT right.


Assembly… mmm mmm…. nope…

I should have sewn the side seams of the waist band together BEFORE I sewed it to the skirt front and back.  AND I should have had enough fabric to cut the front and back waist bands in two pieces, not four.  ALSO, this fabric that I bought hastily and out of frustration is not the same as a “knit” fabric.  The description said sweater knit.  That means knit stitches like having been knitted.  Ha!  It was only stretchy in one direction.  Knit fabric (not like knitted stitches) is stretchy in both directions, well ALL directions.  To top it all off, I don’t even think I like the fabric…  hmmmm

If this skirt shows up on here again, hopefully it will be at least fitting around the waist correctly.  It doesn’t even look like a good fit anywhere.  Nope.  I did not even hem it.

You live and learn.  All things considered, it was not a great loss of time or money.  The fabric was about $5.  Hey, learn from my mistake!  :/

Thanks again for your visit!  You are amazing!!!  Have a great rest of the day!

Knit Shirt McCall’s M7194


In the Summer of 2017, (is it 2018?  Are you sure?) I bought a gray and black houndstooth knit.  (This fabric is currently only available in the Joann’s store.)  A knee length skirt was made of this fabric first.  For some reason while I was making the skirt I wrapped a scrap of it around my arm, LIKE A SLEEVE.  I just had to have a shirt with this fabric, maybe two.

It wasn’t long until there were three more yards in my possession.  You know when you get something in your mind that you’re excited about, you don’t need to write it down.  You are going to figure out a way to get that fabric.  NO, SILLY!  You DO NOT steal it.  You are taking things way too far here.  Okay, let’s rope it back in here.  I heart this fabric.  It’s the feel of it.  I’m not even wild about houndstooth.  Although, classic prints are just… classic.  They are always in.  (Bama fans, simmer down.  Congrats on your Championship win.  While I pulled for Alabama in this game, I am not a huge, Roll Tide, Bama, houndstooth wearing fan.) :/


Back to the subject at hand, picking the right size and fit was no worry because the fabric is knit.  It stretches!  Pick small, medium, large, or x-large.

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I really enjoyed cutting this fabric.  Look at that cup of coffee!  Does this picture bother some of you.  Hey!  Not one drop got on my fabric.  I cut the whole shirt out and not one drop got on the fabric.  That’s mostly because I moved the cup before I cut the fabric.  No worries!  (I’m so funny!)  It was a good cup of coffee too.


Flouncy, Flouncy!



After the cutting was finished, that night I had the front and back sewn together.  The next day the sleeves and flounce were added.  This shirt makes me happy!  It’s comfy!  It’s fun!


A serge serge here and a serge serge there…

This was actually a quick and easy sew.  There was little thinking to put it together.  At this time in my life, little thinking is always a plus!  Ok, any time of my life, little thinking is good.  Having a serger was an advantage as well.  The instructions were for a sewing machine, but it was relatively easy to figure out when to use my serger.

Here is a side note about McCall’s M7194.  The pattern called for seam binding.  It’s basically ribbon and is used to stabilize a seam that is going to have a lot of pull.  Ok, so I just made that up, but that is what I’m thinking is correct.  Joann’s did not have any. (That is where I was when I bought the pattern.) However, I remembered that a friend gave me a bag of several different types of binding.  What do you know?  There was a pack of pink seam binding!  Thank you, Friend!!!  The pattern calls for it to be put in the shoulder seam.  I added it, but I do not think I needed it since I used a serger.  If you have any incite on this please let me know in the comments. 🙂 I need all of the incite I can get.  HA!


Now you really should buy some knit fabric and McCall’s M7194.  I was looking for a different pattern in my box yesterday and saw it.  It wants me to make something else out of it!

This shirt came together so quickly.  It is one of my favorite sewing projects.  This fabric simply feels good to me.  Some time I will be making a raglan sweatshirt using this fabric too.  There was about a yard left.  That’s just enough for a sleeve or a bodice of a shirt.  Yay! 🙂 🙂

Stylistically speaking, this shirt is great casual and a bit dressy.  I put a hot pink scarf here because for some reason hot pink (ok fuchsia) is my favorite.

If you have recently made a knit fabric garment, what did you make?  What has been your favorite knit fabric make?  If you’ve never given it a try, this pattern would be a great start.  Just sayin’…

Thank you ever so much for the visit!  I pray you have a FABULOUSLY beautiful day!


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Sewing Through 2018


Really, sewing goals are just random thoughts for me.  Formal plans do not exist in my sewing.  Sometimes I see inspiration and sometimes I am sewing what I need.  Here are the current ideas I would love to have accomplished at some point.

Goal one is to find fabric for my first Vintage Simplicity dress.  By the way, the muslin is finished.  There were some minor adjustments to be made.  I would love to find a beautiful floral print on a medium weight fabric.  The plan is to be dressed and pressed in this cute pattern for Easter Sunday.  Oh yeah, we still do Easter dresses here.


Secondly, the above pattern has a straight skirt that can be used instead of the A line skirt.  You know I want to make that too.  I pulled the skirt around and I could see how the straight skirt would look.  I saw a glimpse of Barbara Billingsley from Leave it to Beaver.  It took me right to the cover of the pattern where those ladies stand so properly.

There are so many patterns in that blue and red box I’ve shown you before.  So third, I would enjoy working my way through a few of those and sharing them with you.

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My latest inspiration is from Nordstrom.  Another goal is to make a copy cat of this amazingly stylish plaid skirt with flounce added to it.  What in the world did I even walk in that store for anyway?  But y’all!!!  It was just a beautiful skirt for $425.  Um, if you can afford it buy it and wear it for me.  Just let me know you did.  Now, I really want to make one.  The cost is in the nice Italian made Wool Plaid.  The price is $60 to $100 a yard.  We have to do a plaid!  Maybe we don’t have to do Italian made wool.  We’ll see.  I don’t know.  The link is here.

Last, as soon as I get the chance, I am bound for the local fabric stores.  Currently, my fabric purchases are limited to Joann’s and Hobby Lobby.  Don’t get me wrong I love them.  They are close by.  They just do not have what I’m looking for sometimes.  Ok, I’ll just say it.  At this point in life I am not good at venturing out.  There have been times when venturing out was no big deal to me.  You know seasons of life get you sometimes.  So I’m going to broaden my horizons!  When I get to do that I’ll let you know what I find.  Hopefully, some really great fabric! 🙂

As mentioned before, my goals are random.  There is no telling what will happen in the way of sewing.

Thanks for the visit!  Happy New Year!!!



McCall’s 5138 Peplum Style


Last Thursday all but the sleeves, buttons, and the peplum style skirt were finished on my shirt.  I was so close to being finished, but with the sleeves needing to be done it seemed so far away from being finished.  It was so hard to focus on finishing my shirt when a sweet potato casserole, cornbread dressing, and macaroni and cheese seriously needed to be put together.

Here is the thing.  I HAVE TO have yummy traditional food for Thanksgiving and Christmas; but if I’m going to have that yummy food, I have to make it.  Not because I won’t eat other people’s food, but because all of our family live elsewhere.  SO, preparing ahead of time is vital!  Otherwise, I end up being dead and tired when it’s time to eat all that I worked for.  There was a lot that needed to be done while I was working on my shirt.

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However, my husband is awesome (brownie points for that, right?) and watched the children on Saturday afternoon, while I finished my shirt.  Guilt did motivate me to finish as well, since Christmas is to be spent with the family.  Sewing a shirt was low on the priority list, even if it was for Christmas Eve church service.  There are other clothes in my closet you know…  Determination in my being and children watched I went to work as quickly as possible.

The sleeves were first to be conquered.  Oh my word!  Frantically, I threw a sleeve at the bodice of this shirt, and it looked like it.  Out came the seam ripper…. a few times.  It was like I forgot how to put a sleeve in.  There are still gathers in the shoulder of the sleeves.  It is possible that the cotton fabric is especially sensitive.  Maybe if I had had more time they could have been perfect, or at least closer.  All things considered, I did my best and then moved on to the buttons.


I have never put button holes in a shirt so fast.  If you had a closer look you would be able to see that.  Hey!  Stop zooming in on my photos!  (Just kidding.)  Please forgive my fascination with the larger size button on this shirt.  The pattern called for a larger buttons than the other shirt patterns I have done.  It really worked well for the style of the shirt, even when I added the peplum skirt.

Now it was time to add the peplum part of the shirt.  Y’all I was in such a hurry.  Placed on Darla (my dress form), I was able to get an idea of how the skirt would flow around the waist.  Given more time, I would have tried to add a pleated skirt or gathered.  I just went for the skirt from my Christmasy Christmas apron (previously posted).  I measured the waist on the shirt after I marked the waistline.  Then I measured the inside of the “circle” on the waist of the apron skirt.  It’s basically a circle skirt.  It needed an inch or two more which I added to the back (or when the pattern is placed on the fold, I added the inch at the fold).  This made for less flounce in the back, but it was the quickest simplest fix.  Maybe it worked out best anyway.


I laid my pattern on a scrap of fabric, marked the changes that needed to be made, and chop chop.  Then I pinned it to the shirt.  It worked!!!  Now my distracted frantics turned into excitement that this might actually work.  I took it back off Darla.  Then, with a few changes including changing the angle in the front, I cut it from the white cotton.

Then there was a little fabric that needed to be trimmed from the “tail” of the shirt, and it was time to put this skirt on for good.  I trimmed a half inch from the marked waistline and pinned the skirt to the bodice on that line.  A serge serge here, and a serge serge there, and we are finished.  I think I heard a bell ring.  Oh, that happens when an angel gets it’s wings.  Bells should ring when you finish a sewing project.  They do ring in my mind…

Here is the finished product with accessories!  It didn’t even take all night.  I was finished around five that afternoon.

More importantly, we had a great time this Christmas.  We were just together!  I feel spoiled rotten when I think of the blessings God has given me and my family.


Until next time and next year, have a great rest of the week!  Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today!!!  Happy New Year!


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Long White Collared Shirt McCall’s 5138


♪♪Greeting cards have all been sent.  The Christmas rush is through,..♪♪ My cards have been sent.  If you didn’t get a card, I ran out of stamps, cards, pictures, and time.  The Christmas rush is still full on around here.  Which brings me to my shirt.  I really want to have it finished for Christmas Eve, Sunday morning.  At my current rate… it is not happening.   I still need it though

So, I bought a pencil skirt.  A red Ann Taylor Loft Cardigan found at Goodwill is what I plan to wear with it.  The idea is to add a little coverage on the back end with a sort of peplum white collared shirt.


I poured over 3 or 4 patterns.  The shirt dress pattern from a recent post was considered, but I didn’t think the yoke would look right.  We are going for a classic crisp look here.    The white poplin cotton fabric was cut using a very basic collared shirt pattern.  I settled on McCall’s 5138 view E to use less fabric (the blue one).

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The front, back, and collar have been assembled.  The next step is to work on the sleeves.  Then I would like to add a “layer” to the bottom.


Collar here…

There is one and a half yards left I believe.  Right now I have a couple of ideas rolling around.  One is to do about six soft pleats waist high at the back and then a flat front (no flounce).  The other idea is to simply apply a “circle skirt” waist high.  This would be the flouncy option.  You know, it would amazing if the skirt pattern I made from the apron just happened to fit.  (That’s probably not happening…  But it could right?)  Although, I am not sure I want flounce.  After dressing Darla, my dress form, I feel that I may just want a simple flat, no fullness at all, kind of length.

At some point, you will see the result.  Even if it is a big floppy mess, I will show it to you.

The button to this cardigan has been in a little stash for I don’t know how long.  It has been put in place.  Finally!  If this whole shirt thing doesn’t work out, I at least put that little shiny button back on it’s sweater.

Now, for the most part, I will be focused on sweet treats and wrapping a few presents. Count your blessings, this season!  Merry Christmas and happy New Year y’all!


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