Showing posts from April, 2013

Mini-Me…the 5yr Old Sewist

Teaching sewing skills is what I do to spread the joy of sewing to other interested, crafty, creative folks.  I have taught young and old alike.  My heart leaps at the sight of a satisfied newbie.  When I see their faces light up as the new project takes shape, I get so excited, that it encourages me to overlook the hiccups along the way.  All things just seem to be right with the world when they get to the point of completion. All that to say, it has been such satisfaction to watch my granddaughter blossom into the sewist she is today. We started her really early, at three, when I bought her her first sewing machine; a “Hello Kitty” machine I found on  It was for her third birthday.  While others were outside celebrating her special day, she and I were at the kitchen table learning to thread her new machine.  What fond memories these are. Fast forward several years and we come to now, at almost 6 years old, when she is cutting her own patterns an

Too Dressy to Cook In- Butterick 4945

Cooking has never been a skill that comes easily for me.  Although, I love to eat…I can’t say the same about my cooking.   Admittedly I enjoy sewing much more than cooking.  “ Did I really need to say that?”  Oh well, there you have it.  I’m no Betty Crocker.   I do like making my life more fun and easier to take.  So when I saw this cute little number in my pattern arsenal…. I was just driven to sew one for myself, and of course my grand-daughter. Don’t we just look so cute? Thanks for following…sew til next time. Andrea

Butterick: 5885 a Dress Review

Pattern Description: M isses mock wrap dress with uneven handkerchief hem. Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 14. The length was not altered. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? absolutely. Were the instructions easy to follow? extremely simple, and definitely leaves something to be desired. Remember to use "sewing with knits" book or other tips for neckline and armhole finishing techniques. For the waist elastic, I did not follow the usual elastic guide, I took my waist and divided it in half to get the front length and the back, then I took two inches off of each piece. This made for a better fit, as the pattern called for 30inches on front and 30in on back then cut to size....way too much waste. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simplicity. The front draped overlay is a nice simple addition. As for dislikes, I was slightly disappointed in how cheaply the instr

McCalls 6400 View A, the review

  Tops are my priority this last week when I wanted a quick and easy top to use as a diversion from some other not so fun sewing I was doing. This nice little number saved my sanity. McCall's 6400     McCall's 6400, a lightweight jersey from Joann fabrics and 45 minutes of my time yielded a really nice asymmetrical number.  After fiddling with the short sleeve side, I decided to sew up closer into the armhole in order to avoid bra show through.  The next time I make this I will for sure use the long sleeved version.  It is really hard to keep the "pull" of the fabric from causing the short side to skew underneath the bust. Here it is with a new skirt that I will review in another blog.   All-in-all, I will definitely make this top again, and would highly recommend it for any beginner.   I hope you enjoy the pics.  Thanks for following. Andrea