Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More Colette Shorts! Madeleine Mini Bloomer Review

Seems as though I'm on a shorts-making kick this summer! Kind of ironic, considering I'm more of a skirt and dress kind of girl. In any case, I recently came across Colette's free pattern for the Madeleine Mini Bloomers and thought they were so adorable! And I figured I didn't have much to lose trying them out, considering the pattern was free (!) and I had plenty of fabric leftover from my last shorts-sewing extravaganza.

Here's some pics! BTW, I won't be modeling these for photos as they are quite brief...very cute to wear, but I draw a line on sharing that on the interwebs! ;)

My pattern review:
Such an easy pattern and a quick sew! Literally, an hour or two to sew these up. A perfect project for a beginner. In fact, there's only 2 pattern pieces, and the only part I found time-consuming was inserting all that elastic and ribbon in the casings. The waistline is made with 2 rows of 1/4" elastic and then there is another casing for ribbon ties at each leg opening. Next time around, I will sew my casings a little more accurately so I don't run into any difficulties inserting the elastic.

Another note: cut this pattern for your hip measurement, not your waist size. My hips are quite narrow, so I should've cut a size smaller. I had to take this pattern in at least an inch and it's still a little poofy in the hip. "Normal" hips should have no problem, though. Of course, since I like to make patterns in multiples, I've already cut fabric for two more pairs...both in a silkier rayon blend. I'm really excited to see how those wear in an even lighter, more lingerie-y type fabric! The pair above is made from a relatively lightweight cotton poplin, which is perfect for summertime wear.

Next up will be a review of Colette's Lily dress! I just finished it last weekend in Amy Butler Kasbah fabric with a aqua chevron accent fabric. Really, really pretty.
Honestly, Kasbah is way more "pattern" that I'm used to wearing...but I still love how it turned out. Then I'm done with Colette for awhile...she and I need some space. Ha! I'm moving on to Sis Boom now, specifically the Angie dress. Jennifer Paganelli, I hope your fit will be kind to me! ;)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Colette Iris Shorts Pattern Review

Even though I haven't been posting much this summer, that doesn't mean I haven't been sewing! I recently finished sewing two pairs of Iris Shorts by Colette Patterns and I going to write up a quick pattern review right here, before I forget how I made the darn things! ;) First...some pics:

Obviously, I chose some super wrinkly cotton fabrics for this project! Both were purchased from Mood Designer Fabrics...I highly recommend them, btw. The Iris pattern recommended pique, poplin, twill, etc...and I went with a striped seersucker and a khaki poplin with tiny chocolate polka dots. If I were to make these shorts again, I'd probably go with a heavier twill fabric instead. The poplin especially is so lightweight that I could've/should've done a lining. Oh well! They'd make better pajama shorts or something, but I digress. Here are the seersucker Iris shorts:
Front view
Back view
Full view

I'm a Colette Patterns size 12, but I cut the waist panels in a size 14 so I could wear the shorts a tad lower on my waist. This is a very high-waisted shorts pattern and, in my opinion, that's not a very flattering look from behind. Making them more "low-rise" seemed to solve that dilemma somewhat.

Also, I noticed the shorts are quite a-line in appearance as they fall around the thigh area. Just a little too full for my taste. So for my second pair in poplin, I used a larger seam allowance from the hip down. As you can see in the following pics, the poplin Iris shorts are more fitted to my shape...
Front view of Iris Shorts in dot poplin
Back view of Iris Shorts in dot poplin

This was my first foray into using a Colette pattern and I'm super pleased with the overall experience! I used their digital pattern so I can print it out again whenever I want. The pattern pieces were easy to use, the instructions were thorough, and the end product is comfy and cute. Best of all, sewing these shorts went pretty fast and everything was straightforward. An advanced beginner could tackle these shorts easily, and even a beginner looking to stretch their skills into working with zippers and interfacing would be fine attempting the Iris shorts. I will definitely use this pattern again, perhaps doing an elastic waist pajama shorts version?? We'll see! :)  

Friday, May 25, 2012

Our Dining Table Makeover

Hi there! I'm tackling furniture painting projects left and right these days now that our summer has begun! I've been wanting to do something...anything...with our very worn out dining table top since last winter. When I saw this post from Domestic Imperfection, I decided to go for it before I could talk myself out of it all! :)

Here is the before picture...

The blonde and white dining set went much better in our old house, but seemed to clash with the gray walls we inherited (and love!) in our current dining room. Plus, you can't tell from this pic how badly the previous finish on the tabletop had been worn off in the "high traffic" areas! 

Initially, I had wanted to paint the whole thing white so I had plenty of paint on hand but I was nervous to leave such a blank canvas, so to speak, for my kids to put marker and paint stains all over. I thought a patterned tabletop would help disguise any kid-related snafus, maybe! The new table concept would involve sanding down our tabletop, painting a stencil across it, applying a darker wood stain, then sealing the whole thing with polycrylic.

Lucky me, I already had a really cute $4 fleur-de-lis style stencil on hand from my curtain project! I just didn't want to spend $50 on a large-scale stencil...but it took many hours of stenciling a repeating pattern in exchange, way into the late night hours! I started in the middle and worked my way out. I love how it turned out!
Here "she" is! (The table and I are besties now, after all these hours spent together!!)
My husband used his orbital sander to remove the old blonde finish...thanks dear! Then I applied three coats of Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut. I also sanded with our orbital sander in-between each coat. This was my first time working with wood stains, and whew...what a smell! I'm not a fan.

The final step was applying a polycrylic sealant, also a first for me. I'll definitely use it again on all my painting projects! It really leaves such a nice, professional (and durable) finish. I did three coats, lightly sanding with a fine grit sanding block in-between coats.
 Can you believe all of this started with one tiny fleur-de-lis stencil?? I think it has a cute little French country look to it, which I love. More pics...
As you can see, we have the ubiquitous $20 gray floral rug Ikea rug that's just such a great value. Our dining room is strangely the largest room downstairs, so I decided to put two rugs together to span the table area instead of going sans rug. At twenty bucks each, no one is too heartbroken if our our troop of young children spill something our our conjoined rugs. Which they do...a lot. ;)

I'm so in love with our "new" table!! We actually served dinner on it last night and it was such a cool experience! After using our rickety extra drop-leaf table for the past several days, we felt like we were in some kind of fancy restaurant...ha ha! And I'm so happy with our all-white chairs. They even seem easier to clean now, thanks to a final coat of polycrylic.

Thank you so much to Ashley from Domestic Imperfection for inspiring me to do this table makeover and providing great guidance! I have a few other furniture DIY projects to share in the upcoming weeks, including our decoupaged bookcase that is something I just love. :) Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lotus Sew-a-Long Day 5 and Pattern Review

Whew! What a week! Our Amy Butler Lotus Tunic Sew-a-Long is now over and done with. Yippeee!!! So great to have a finished garment, and just in time for Mother's Day weekend too! Please check out our Flickr group to see even more pics, including those of my partner Cara's top/dress too. Click on the links below to get up to speed on our progress this week:

Lotus Tunic Intro
Lotus Day 1: Tracing and Cutting
Lotus Day 2: Sewing
Lotus Days 3 and 4: Lining

I'm not going to keep you in suspense any longer! Here's my shortened version of the Lotus Tunic:

I made this top about 5 inches shorter than the pattern called for since I wanted something to wear with leggings or jeans. I am so pleased with how it turned out! On me, the fit was perfect! There is definitely something to be said for a nicely tailored garment. If anything, I'd take it in around the natural waist/hips a little more, but I'm happy with a figure-flattering a-line look too. Here's the back:
I just think the sleeves on this garment are adorable!!
By the last day of our Sew-a-Long, all I still needed to do was hem my garment. However, I inadvertently made my muslin lining just a touch smaller than the outer shell. Ooops! So I had to open and fix one seam, then I was able to hem it just fine. It went really quickly, thankfully!

Just a few notes about this pattern, in the vein of a review: the Lotus Tunic is a very easy pattern to follow. This is the third Amy Butler pattern I've used so far and I've been happy with the results every time! As with any garment you're working on, definitely try it on midway and adjust for fit issues. My hubby is a good helper with this. He does computerized drafting all day long, so measurements come naturally to him! I ended up making my seams around the bust/shoulder area smaller than the pattern called for (about 5/8" as opposed to 1/2") and a smidge bigger than 1/2" from the hips down. What can I say...I'm kinda a giant rectangle!!

Also, if you decide to shorten the tunic like I did, you might need to trim off more than 5 inches. I'm nearly six feet tall, so 5" wouldn't be nearly enough for you petite ladies. :) And I'd advised shortening it if you are of average or petite height. The tunic was absolutely more of a dress on my friend Cara, my Sew-a-Long partner.

In any case, please note that this pattern calls for more fabric than necessary, especially if you're going to shorten it. This shortened garment is a size Large, and I used 1 1/2 yards of main fabric and maybe a little more than a fat quarter's worth of fabric for the coordinating pieces. For the full tunics I'm making for my sister and my second top, I used 2 yards of main fabric.

Finally...about the lining: I can see making this top piece by piece with the lining already sewn to the pattern pieces. Muslin is so light and pliable, I don't think it would add any discernible bulkiness to the seams that way. Maybe, but I don't know. Any more experienced seamstresses want to weight in on this?

I better run! Next up I'll be posting pics and a pattern review of the Amy Butler Blue Sky Sun Hat! I made two, one for my Grandma's Mother's Day gift and then one for myself. :) And, of course, I'll soon be finishing and posting pics of the other two Lotus Tunics I have in the works. Can't wait!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Lotus Sew-a-Long Days 3 and 4: Lining

Thanks for following along with the Amy Butler Lotus Tunic Top Sew-a-Long that I'm working on this week with Cara from My Little Lady Designs! Check out our Flickr group for lots of fun photos of our progress, but here's a quick recap of what happened on days 3 and 4 of the sew-a-long...

Day 3: Well, things certainly started to slow down for me mid-week. On Day 3, all I managed to do was install zippers on all 3 garments and then wrangle my muslin linings. Sounds easy, right? Not if you have a certain 11 months old that wants to participate!

"Is this my new blanket, Momma?"

Hey, come back with that muslin!!!

Anyway...here's the muslin lining after I rescued it from my youngest kiddo (and ironed it!):
 Front
Interior
This section of the pattern calls for finishing or serging all the seams, but I boldly chose to skip that step after consulting with my mother. All the seams will be encased in the interior of the garment after it's complete, so I didn't really see an acute need for all that extra reinforcement. Plus, I was running short on time! Actually, the muslin came together really quickly but I only had an hour or two to put into it all.

On Day 4, I attached the lining to my main garment and then completed the sleeves. At this point, it became crystal clear that I would only be able to finish one of the three tops I was constructing by Friday. Oh well! There's always next week. :) Here are some pics...
Front
Back
There was some wonkiness at the outer corners of neckline that required a little extra clipping and stitching, but otherwise I was super pleased with the results! It was my first time understitching anything so I had to google it to figure out exactly what to do. Easy peasy, though! Here's the video I used to figure it out.

Then it was sleeve time! The pattern calls for gathering stitches or basting at 1/2" and 3/8" on the sleeve piece, but next time I'll stitch at 1/4" and 3/8" to avoid having to clip those seams out later. I also made the circumference of my sleeve just a little bit bigger than the pattern called for. The size Large top has a 9 1/2" sleeve, but mine ended up at 11". I was worried it might look too poofy, but I'm happy with the end results. Plenty of room to move my arms around! Isn't it so cute and feminine?
Another first for me...I used Amy Butler's method of attaching bias tape instead of my quick, one step (and maybe incorrect!) method! Here's a tutorial on sewing bias tape on a curve that really has great step-by-step pics: Bias Tape Tutorial. Pretty cool, really! I'm a convert!!

Mother's Day weekend is upon us, so I'll have to post my Day 5 finale and pics after the weekend. So excited to share photos of my finished garment with you! Yes, I actually finished it...ha! So adorable and worth all the work...plus, the fit is just perfect for me. :) Can't wait to wear it on Mother's Day! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and Sew-a-Long!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lotus Sew-a-Long Day 2: Sewing

Hey there! It's our Amy Butler Lotus Tunic Sew-a-long week and now we're getting into some real work here! Monday we traced and cut our fabric pattern pieces and Day 2 was the start of sewing them together, which is always exciting! I love seeing the garment come together!

The first step was to tackle the darts for our back pieces. Here are some pics...

 Dart from the "wrong" side
 Completed dart
Remember, I decided to sew 2 tops for myself and then I added a third top per the request of my sister. I'm a nice sister, right? Ha ha! Actually, I'm not sure if I'll finish hers this week, but it's good to get a head start!

Although the pattern called for inserting the zipper practically right away, I decided to hold off until Day 3 because I realized that I didn't have the right zipper on hand. It won't change the final product anyway. Here are my three Lotus tops through Step 8 of the pattern:
I just love the sweetheart neckline on these tops! I've never sewn a garment like that and I'm definitely happy with the look. 

Then I attached the upper bodice pieces. Easing around this curve wasn't so much fun, but I was getting more efficient by my third top! Still, check out how many pins I needed!
It was about 10:30pm when I called it quits, and here's some shots of how far I got...
At this point, I'm all the way through Step 10 (minus inserting zippers) and ready to start sewing my muslin linings. I'm actually not too thrilled with the color combo on my sister's green/aqua Sandlewood top. I hate to change it now, but I plan on getting her opinion ASAP and proceed accordingly!

Just a quick note...be sure to try on your top at this point and see if any fit adjustments are needed. I tried on my sister's top first and decided to use a smaller seam allowance on my two tops where the shoulder attaches. I happen to be quite tall (5'11") and I could use a tiny bit more length in that area compared to her smaller stature. Otherwise, I was very happy with the fit and really looking forward to wearing these tops eventually!!

Next up...two more days of sewing, and then Friday to finish up! Check out our Flickr group for more pics and also please visit my friend Cara's site, My Little Lady Designs, to read all about her progress with the Lotus Sew-a-Long!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lotus Tunic Sew-a-Long: Tracing and Cutting

Today's the big day! For those of you who are just joining us, we are starting a sew-a-long for the beautiful Amy Butler Lotus Tunic Top. Check out or join or Flickr group for even more pics and you can follow along with our progress on this blog or my sew-a-long partner's blog: My Little Lady Designs!
 All ready to trace this pattern and cut my fabric...

By the way, I've decided to cut two tops and sew them both this week. Wish me luck! Actually, my sister saw how cute this pattern is and immediately wanted me to make a top for her too, so I might add a third to the mix if I can squeeze out enough time! I'm pretty busy as a stay-at-home mom with three kids aged 4 and under, so I'm not super optimistic about finishing it all!

A few notes about this pattern...the pieces are in tissue like a traditional McCall's or Simplicity pattern. I'm not a fan of that. Since I've been exposed to digital patterns on paper, I just prefer their sturdiness. Oh well! I also like to use parchment paper to trace my pattern pieces, when/if they'll fit. Then I can re-use them and not worry about tearing or excessive crinkling.

Here's my Amy Butler Sandlewood fabric:
Since I didn't have a full 2 yards of this fabric on hand, I decided to make a hip-length version of the Lotus Tunic. Thus, I trimmed 5 inches from the bottom of each body pattern piece. The other option for a shorted top was to use the Cami pattern, but I wasn't as happy with how the fit looked on example pieces I've seen or having buttons up the back.

Here are some of my Sandlewood pieces with my coordinating fabric, Lodge Lattice by Joel Dewberry:
For my second top, I scrounged up some random fabric made for Joann stores that I barely remember buying. That's okay...since I had two yards, I was set to make a full-on tunic! I chose Amy Butler's Fresh Poppies in fuchsia for the coordinating fabric...
Not a super hard pattern to trace and cut, but time-consuming. There are six pattern pieces and almost all of them need to also be cut out in a lining fabric (muslin). I just finished my muslin pieces, and I didn't bother with pics of those, alas. Just happy to still be on schedule! :)


Next up...two days of solid sewing! Ha, I wish. More like two days with a few stolen hours of sewing during my kids' naptimes and after they go to bed for the night! Here's a recap of this week's schedule:


Monday (May 7): Tracing and Cutting Pattern
Tuesday-Thursday (May 8-10): Sewing
Friday (May 11): Finishing

I'm so excited to get started tomorrow, especially now that I can more easily envision the finished product! Hope you can join us! :)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Amy Butler Lotus Top Sew-a-Long!

Anyone interested in sewing another Amy Butler pattern with me? Actually, my friend Cara from My Little Lady Designs and I will be sewing the Lotus Tunic Top week with our own sew-a-long!! Cara and I were college roommates and even though we live in different states, we are having so much fun sewing "together"! :) It's not often that I sew just for myself, but I'm on a roll and loving it!

Here's the proposed timeline:

Mon May 7: Trace and Cut Pattern
Tues May 8-Thurs May 10: Sewing
Friday May 11: Finishing

I even made my first Flickr group so we can share our photos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/lotuspattern/!

My plan is to sew a shortened tunic with sleeves using these two fabrics...
Amy Butler Sandlewood in Tangerine and Lodge Lattice by Joel Dewberry

I might even try to sew a second top along with this one if I can scrounge up some fabric to use in my stash!! Can't wait to get started and the share the process with you! :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Amy Butler Shower Curtain!

It's no secret that I love Amy Butler. I guess it was only a matter of time until each of the rooms in my house had some kind of Amy Butler fabric in them! A shower curtain seems like such an easy project, right? Well, stick with me and I'll give you some practical tips to help you sew a new shower curtain of your own.

A little less than a year ago, I picked out her Arabesque in Ivory for a nursing cover that a friend made and left it hanging in the bathroom.

 "Hmm," I thought. "That looks good in here!" It even went with our existing bath towels. Although we have a teeny-tiny powder room, there's no reason it can't look great! This the view from inside the doorway:
 A close-up of the edging I used to add visual interest and a little bit of weight to the bottom:
 A shot of the curtain top, with a grand total of TWELVE buttonholes!
Looks really nice with our pearl grey paint color and white beadboard walls! Wish I could get you better pics, but it's not easy with such a skinny room! Believe it or not, we actually had an even more miniature bath in the first apartment my husband and I had in Minneapolis...so, to me, size doesn't matter as long as it's pretty. And when we start shopping for our "forever" home later this year, I'll just be happy to have more than one powder room!! :)

The finished size of this curtain is about 73"x73", just a tad larger than a standard shower curtain measurement of 72" x 72". To make this curtain, I purchased 4 yards of fabric cut into 2 yard sections. Then I put the two 2-yard pieces right sides together and peeked between them to see if the fabric designs lined up, which they didn't. Sigh! I had to pin and then check the alignment...pin and check...pin and check...until I was fairly pleased with the pattern match-up. Obviously, this wouldn't be an issue if you used a solid colored fabric.

Once I had my sections pinned together properly, I trimmed off the excess fabric leaving about one inch of a seam allowance. You could easily do less of a seam allowance, but I get nervous and like to leave myself with plenty of room! Then I sewed the two pieces together using a french seam because I don't have a serger. Here's an easy tutorial if you want to try out a french seam: How To Create a French Seam. You could also finish your raw edges with a zigzag stitch or serge it, then press your seams open.

After that, I took my excess pieces of fabric that I cut from the seam area earlier and decided to use them as edging around the top and bottom areas of the curtain. I cut each piece to the same width as the finished curtain and then folded each piece horizontally, right sides together. Since the plan was to sew buttonholes along the top for the shower curtain hooks to go through, I figured it would be best to use a double thickness of fabric for that area. I'd suggest adding light interfacing inside the edging/buttonhole area too, if you are so inclined.

The next step was to sew my edging pieces to the main body of the curtain. I lined up each piece right sides together, raw edges together, and sewed it with a 1/2" seam allowance. I finished my raw edges by trimming them with a pinking shears and then sewing over the edges with a small zigzag stitch. The final step was to hem the sides of the curtain. For this, I pressed the edges under twice and then top-stitched. Here's more info on how to sew a basic hem: Sew a Simple Hem.

Since I had twelve curtain hooks, I needed to sew twelve evenly dispersed buttonholes on the top edging of my nearly finished shower curtain. For this, I used my old curtain as a guide for where to place the holes, and then marked the placement with a chalk pencil. Some of the first buttonholes I ever made are on this curtain, and it was shockingly easy!! (If you can guess...I did a few test buttonholes on scrap fabric just to get my bearings!

My Singer came with an automatic buttonhole foot, but very skimpy directions on how to use it. Here is the video tutorial I found that really helped me with my automatic buttonhole foot: Sew a Buttonhole. I also suggest reading this excellent article on sewing buttonholes from Sew for Home if you're also new to sewing buttonholes.

I still can't believe I'm all done sewing this shower curtain! I'm totally loving it. In the end, each panel measured 36 1/2" wide and edging pieces were about 2"x73". I think it took me about 6 hours total to sew up this project, but I could definitely make it again in less time. What do you think? Ready to start your own shower curtain?? Please contact me if you have any questions, I'd love to help!! :)

Here's a sneak preview of two new projects I currently have on deck! First, Iris Shorts from Colette Patterns.
So far, I just have my paper pattern pieces cut out. This will be my first time using Colette Patterns, and I'm hoping to write a review once I'm all done! Now, if I could only settle on a good fabric to use!

Second...
Yep, that's me stenciling with fabric paint onto burlap! Eventually these hunks of burlap will be accent edges on our living room curtains. Can't wait!! Have a fabulous week!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Cabo Halter Day 4: All Done and Pattern Review!

It's been just a blast doing the Amy Butler pattern sew-a-long via the Living with Punks blog! Big thanks to her for arranging this and getting me sewing something just for myself! It's been so enjoyable and motivating that a friend of mine and I have decided to do the Amy Butler Lotus Tunic pattern together next!!! Check out her blog: My Little Ladies.

You can revisit the details of my progress with the Cabo Halter at the links below:

Cabo Halter Sew-a-Long Intro
Day 1: Cutting Fabric
Day 2: Sewing the Bodice
Day 3: Zipper, etc. 

For even more pics of everyone's projects, click HERE to see the Sew-a-Long Flickr group.

Here are photos of the completely finished garments! 
After sewing two of these Amy Butler Cabo Halters, I feel ready to write a little pattern review for you! First of all, I would definitely use this pattern again. In fact, I already have plans (and fabric!) to make another halter for my sister. :)

If you've used paper patterns before, this pattern won't give you much trouble. I made two of these halters in a little less than 4 days, during evenings and my kids' naptimes. I found that the pattern pieces were very fully and accurately labeled, which made assembly a little easier. Amy Butler's step-by-step descriptions were largely adequate and assembly was very straightforward. It would have been nice to have a few extra drawings about how to construct the dart, especially for first-timers, but it wasn't an issue for me because I had sewn them in previous garments.

The Cabo Halter pattern was pretty much true to size for me. After comparing my measurements to the pattern instructions, I chose to sew a size large and I'm glad I did! If anything, this pattern runs a tad small in the bodice. If you are more well-endowed, I'd suggest cutting the bodice pieces a size up from your body pieces. Actually, this pattern call for a 1/2" seam allowance throughout, which is more than generous to allow for extra sizing tweaks. On my second halter (Temple Garland), I made the bodice pieces using a 3/8" seam allowance, but kept the 1/2" allowance for the body. I think the fit of that garment worked out best for my body type.

Another note about the bodice...I decided to add a few stitches where the two bodice pieces cross over just to minimize the cleavage effect. I even added some lace to the yellow halter's bodice area to obtain more coverage. For more details on how to make this top more modest (so to speak!), check out some ideas from the Living with Punks blog HERE.

Finally, I would suggest using muslin for lining the bodice pieces so you can save on fabric. I've heard that Amy Butler patterns call for way more fabric than necessary, and that is definitely true for this garment. A size large calls for 2 yards of fabric, but I needed about 1 1/2 yards for each garment. Absolutely good to know when planning to sew this pattern!! :)

I better run! Feel free to contact me in the comments if you have questions about sewing this pattern. I'd love to help out with whatever you need! Have a fabulous day! :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cabo Halter Day 3: Zipper, etc.

Wow, it's been busy couple of days doing this Cabo Halter sew-a-long! All my kids' afternoon nap-times and plenty of my evening hours have been devoted to sewing these days, but well worth it. Just to catch you up, I'm participating in an Amy Butler pattern sew-a-long via Living with Punks. You can revisit the details at the links below:

Cabo Halter Sew-a-Long Intro
Day 1: Cutting Fabric
Day 2: Sewing the Bodice

Here are some pics of my progress from Day 3! All is done except the hem on my Temple Garland piece!!!

Most of Day 3 involved sewing the body pieces and attaching the zipper. I had to rip and re-sew my seams a few times on the yellow shirt I completed first. I just couldn't get the side seams to match up exactly the first time around! I had the fabric pieces pinned okay, but I guess I nudged it out of line somehow while sewing. Oh well, I compensated accordingly on the Temple Garland halter and no problems arose.

There are tons of tutorials and videos online about sewing zippers, but I use a method I learned from the Sew Mama Sew blog. Click HERE for her tutorial. It's basically in line with what my mom told me, but fuses the zipper directly to the garment before sewing, eliminating pins and any wonkiness. I love it!!

Day 4 is up next, devoted to finishing up the garments. I'm going to install my hook and eye closures, do some ironing and then call it a day! :)

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