Sewing has begun!



It has been a whole year since I have put my foot on the foot pedal of my trusty Pfaff. I feel like I just got back on a bicycle. It was a very frustrating day as I just could not find things that I needed. I winged it here and there but was determined to get this top done before our weekend guests arrived and I did! By the second afternoon of sewing it was all feeling better. Here is what I am working on:

When I saw this reviewed on PR It was love at first sight. Check out this fabulous version by Ann of Sew Baby News. Isn't she gorgeous in her dip-dyed version? This top seemed to have it all, feminine, flow-y, comfy looking for the summer heat and easy peasy cut on sleeves! I'm in! 


The fabric you can see above, a VERY drapey rayon crepe. It is from our favorite chain and it sewed up really nicely, no issues with quality. I did prewash it and nothing changed. My usual alterations were done out of the envelope and I will provide modeled pics and an in depth review in the next post. I love this pattern. 

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The previous owner of our new home had a "workroom" in the basement. Lucky for me! He hung pegboard as guys do, all brown and ugly,  and his  eight foot work table was just waiting to meet my rotary cutters and mats. When we chose this home the decision was made that my husband would have ownership of the garage (large, heated and sheet rocked) and a small barn outside. I get the entire basement to do as I please. We are both happy. You can see it is open, very will lit with tons of outlets, dry as a bone and not an inkling of eau de basement. It was one of the reasons we bought this property. 


This will be the cutting and ironing side. I painted the pegboard and will paint the worktable as well, but all in good time. Those will be winter projects. For now stitching and creating have priority. The other side of the basement , to the right, will be my machine area. Fabrics will be stored between. This is not a pretty room and I doubt it ever will be. But it is spacious, well lit, and mine. Over time I will get more organized. In the meantime it feels so good to be sewing again. Ooo, did I say that already? Maybe five times? ...................................Bunny

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  1. That's on my list too. I bought some Japanese double gauze for it. It looks like a spacious sewing room where you spend hours creating. I bet you can make it pretty; maybe not like your last one, but I'm sure you'll put your stamp on it. It's a blank slate. I can't wait to see what you turn out.

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  2. McCalls Patterns needs to give Ann a shout-out because she's sold a bunch of those patterns from her post! I'm sure this is going to look lovely on you and I'm thrilled that you have such an amazing room/space to do the thing you love!

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  3. Bunny, I like that pattern too, but I am only 5'2" and a bit over my ideal weight ( I'm working on portion control, weaning myself off Dark Chocolate M&M's, and will power. I fear that I will look either overwhelmed or as if I am wearing a sack. Ann's versions were wonderful . Maybe the pattern can be adjusted for height.
    A sewing room is a "good thing".

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    1. Ann admits she is tall. I am five feet tall and will show the alterations I needed to do to make this work but it would definitely work on your shape with a bit of "petiting". I was skeptical too, but would definitely make it again. The length flatters and the open cut of the skirt keeps anything from being tight. I will try and get my pics done today. The most flattering versions I have seen have seem to be in lighter colors.

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    2. patsijean I made this pattern for my mom who is about 5'3" and shortened it 4" and it looks great on her! Like Bunny said, it is a really stylish pattern. If you like it, I'd go ahead and give it a try.

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  4. So glad to hear that you've gotten back to sewing. Your studio is going to be fabulous!

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  5. What a fantastic space, and I know you will put it to good use! I was drawn to this pattern as well, but haven’t purchased it yet. Looking forward to seeing it in your fabric choice!
    Joyce

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  6. Hi Bunny, I too have had my eye on this pattern, so eagerly await your pictures of the finished outfit.
    Thrilled that you are back at the sewing machine and looking forward to many more postings from your new atelier!

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  7. So good to see another post from you, Bunny. Enjoy making this large space your special den for sewing fabulous garments. Karen

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  8. I bought this pattern to make a tunic for my mom but then I purchased linen to make my own because it is AWESOME. Can't wait to see it.

    Congrats on your new space and returning to sewing.

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  9. Your space is spectacular. Lucky girl to find the house with the 'special needs' for both of you. When/if you get ready to pretty it up some, do half at a time so you can still use half while doing the re-do.
    Yes, Ann's ombre linen version of V9305 has a lot of people running for Vogue sales, including me. I went to Joann's just for that pattern and walked out with nothing but that pattern (unbelievable). I am almost complete with my test version. I shortened it by 5" as I am 5'3" . I also widened it a bit, but unfortunately not enough for my thick middle area. Thus the reason for a test version with me but now I know what I need to do to make my Ann version. Can't wait to see yours.

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  10. I just bought that pattern but was hesitating due to my short round build. Looking forward to seeing photos and hearing more about alterations for someone my body type. I was thinking of sewing it in cotton gauze.

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  11. So lovely to have you back. So grateful for your help on fitting my unconventional bride! And now it's baby sewing all the time for me. Love your new look!!

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  12. I am making the short sleeve version (View A) in a lavender linen blend for my granddaughter. Who is now taller than me. Not sure when that happened. Haha! She thinks the design looks cool. :)

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