McCalls’s M7120

I picked the McCall’s M7120 dress pattern for my summer sewing project collection. I picked this pattern because it is designed for beginners. It is really easy to use and the instructions were easy to follow. There is no zipper since it is a pullover dress. It also teaches you how to sew darts and make a fabric belt.  This dress has a semi fitted ease. The pattern is designed for medium weight woven fabrics such as linen, chambray, cotton blends and crepe de chine.

 

I picked view D. View D has a high-low skirt which I am not really fond of but figured it would be a good lesson in sewing. I used a lightweight chambray. It was my first time sewing chambray fabric and I realized that it is an easy fabric to sew. I opted to not make the fabric belt. Here’s how it turned out:

I ironed the dress a couple times with steam but it still came out pretty wrinkly. I guess the fabric itself wrinkles easily.

I figure wrinkled dresses are part of my style anyway. Can’t wait to wear my new dress!

Gathered skirt using fabric with a border

I finally finished my gathered skirt! I found this beautiful fabric at Joann’s. It is from Gretchen Hirsch’s fabric line. I love the white polka dots against the yellow background and the pink roses with the green leaves are so pretty! The colors just POP! Most importantly, it has that vintage vibe that I love so much.

I found a tutorial on Gertie’s blog for better sewing on how to make a gathered skirt. (find it here: how to make a gathered skirt by blogforbettersewing.com). By the way, Gertie is Gretchen Hirsch. This fabric is from her fabric line! So following this tutorial with this fabric was perfect! I used this tutorial specifically because it works well for fabric with a border. Gertie also has another tutorial but for a wrap skirt. It uses this exact same fabric. You can find the tutorial here: Border print wrap skirt by Gretchen Hirsch. And now, I shall unveil my (eh-hem) masterpiece! Here it is! My finished gathered skirt!

Can’t wait to wear it!

DIY Zipper Pouch

My son needed a zipper pouch to hold all of his school supplies for summer school. Rather than going to the store for that one item, since we already have all the school supplies he needs on hand, I decided to sew a zipper pouch myself.

I saved a little money by using what I already have- fabric remnants and a zipper. A zipper pouch is a great way to use fabric remnants because you don’t need that much material. I found some fabric remnants and cut them to the size I wanted. I also did some upcycling by using a zipper from an old dress. I used my trusty seam ripper for that task and it did the job.

I went on a Pinterest search and found a zipper pouch tutorial by mellysews.com. It was a great tutorial. Her tutorial lists the supplies needed, which is a 9 inch zipper, two 9 x 7 outer fabric pieces and two 9 x 7 lining fabric pieces. However, you don’t have to use 9 x 7 fabric pieces or a 9 inch zipper. You can use your own size of fabric material and zipper length, which is what I did. Here’s how mine turned out.

What a fun and quick sewing project. Great for a beginner or someone who wants to learn how to sew in zippers.

“Americans make more trash than anyone else on the planet, throwing away about 7.1 pounds per person per day, 365 days a year. Across a lifetime that rate means, on average, we are each on track to generate 102 tons of trash. Each of our bodies may occupy only one cemetery plot when we’re done with this world, but a single person’s 102-ton trash legacy will require the equivalent of 1,100 graves. Much of that refuse will outlast any grave marker, pharaoh’s pyramid or modern skyscraper: One of the few relics of our civilization guaranteed to be recognizable twenty thousand years from now is the potato chip bag”.
–Edward Humes, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

Maxi dress using a tank top pattern

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form : Graphic Works

I bought a bunch of patterns for some summer sewing- McCall’s sewing pattern haul for summer. One of them was a pattern for this tank top:  M6359

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Since I’m not a good follower of directions, I seemed to have overlooked that this pattern is for knit fabrics… oops. But I’m a rulebreaker. So I used a crepe de chine fabric that I bought and I upcycled the lace from a shirt that I had in my pile of clothes that I no longer wear. It was just enough for the top part of this dress. I also extended the pattern so instead of being a tank top, I hacked it into a maxi dress.

It’s a good idea to follow the pattern directions for what fabric to use, etc. but sometimes you just got to be creative, break the rules and come up with your own style. Be a rule breaker…

Today I am grateful for sewing and creativity.

It’s never too late to do some good: Sewing for Charity

I have decided that I would like to do some volunteer work. I am going to sew for charity. I would like to sew dresses for little girls.

I have chosen the dress a girl around the world organization. A “Dress a girl” label is sewn to the outside of each dress to indicate to predators that this child is being looked after by an organization. For information on how to get involved and sew dresses for little girls and to purchase labels, go to the dress a girl around the world website. You can also get information on how to get a template for the labels if you prefer not to purchase them.

Another organization I am interested in sewing for is Little dresses for Africa.

If you are also interested in sewing for charity, here is a list of some helpful articles and resources. They all have a list of organizations that you can choose from to do this wonderful deed.

1. Six ways to share your sewing skills with those in need by Craftsy.com

2. Free girl’s dress patterns and charity sewing by Itsalwaysautumn.com

3. Sewing charity list by allfreesewing.com

4. Free patterns for charity by Nancysnotions.com

5. Sewing charity list by cyberseams.com

6. Dress a girl around the world

7. Little dresses for Africa

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Photo courtesy of Dress a girl around the world at dressagirlaroundtheworld.com

“I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good”.- Maya Angelou

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.”- Mother Teresa,Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

Today I am grateful for the gift of sewing and the opportunity to help others.