Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Wishes and Updates

I wanted to wish anyone who celebrates a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! While we aren't religious, we've always celebrated Christmas, scaling it back each year as the kids get older. Next year we're going to 'adopt a family' for Christmas. We're looking forward to it!

I have been sewing up a storm! I wanted to get as much of the loungewear done as possible before Christmas, and on Tuesday I'll start with the work items I intend to get to over break (the 3 patterns below).

The leggings (right) were finished about 10 days ago. Both are Simplicity 8424. The grey pair had the  leg ties but I ended up removing them. More on that later! (and more on why my cutting table has no mat on it. A definite DOH! moment.)

On the left is Burda 6659. In the center is Butterick 6427-also a Cricut project! Woot woot! The blue top is the hi-low top from Simplicity 8424. This one had some fun elements too as I hemmed it with a visible coverstitch loop. It turned out well.

I have 5 more items I want to complete. They may not make it during vacation but soon after. I'll start reviewing these soon. I plan to make:

  • hoodie from Burda 1/2018 in a luscious!! light grey double knit
  • slouchy tee from Burda 1/2018 in burnout jersey 
  • another B6427 in an ivory jersey (this will be an official Cricut project!) 
  • tank from S8424 in a pink knit ribbed fabric
  • yoga pants from KS3115 in pink velour knit

I bought a purple ribbed knit to make the wrap top from S8424 but I don't think I want to make that now. It looks like it has fit issues.

I know it seems like a lot but, this photo is pretty representative of the current state of my loungewear wardrobe:

So I need lots of things. Most of the items in the photo have been worn and laundered already! LOL! So far, so good! I'll get the reviews scheduled to post throughout the next week.

While I've done paper crafts in the past, let's be real, I wanted the Cricut to make cool iron-ons for tee-shirts! LOL! I made the 'Adult(ish)' tee and wanted to do another small project.

The Cricut Design Space comes with a project for a cover for the Maker. It'll cut the fabric and everything! But it was a bit more than I wanted. I wanted a simple cover. My quilting cotton stash is very low right now and I found this scrap that was going to JUST be large enough (I had to piece the cover for the Easy Press).

I measured from the bottom side, over the top, to the other side and front to back, over the top of the machine. I cut out a rectangle 18"x32". I folded it in half and sewed the ends. I knew I could remove a triangle of fabric to create a "square" top but couldn't exactly work it out. I then placed the cover over the top and folded down the amount needed. I did all the construction on the serger because, quick and easy. I hemmed it 3/4" on the coverstitch.

For the Easy Press, I needed a 18"x19" piece. I had to cut two pieces and sew them together (that's the center seam). The handle is in the center so it stops the cover from being a perfect square. The cord is in back and it's pretty thick. I ended up cutting up the center back and hemming it to leave an opening for the cord.

I would have needed to grade out the bottom in order to cover the base as well. I decided to put elastic in the hem (applied like you would for swimsuit or underwear). I then designed the iron on (it's 4 separate pieces for both) and applied it with the Easy Press. I think they're so cute! :-D

For the upcoming workwear project, I am making V9032, B5760 (both TNTs) and Burda 11/2007 all in black suiting. The Burda pattern (the version on the left) will be made with the solid black suiting (where the light gray is) and this printed suiting (where the lace is). I'll muslin that one.

My stay/sewcation is going fantastic!! I've also managed to see Pitch Perfect #, have lunch with my sister-in-law, have pie with my daughter, and cleaned my entire house. 

Here's a sneak peak of what is, so far, my favorite look. 

I hope your Christmas is full of love...and sewing related gifts!!!


  1. Love your lounge wear. I need some so badly. Just afraid to sew with knits.

    1. Thank you!

      Oh gosh. There's nothing to fear! Start with a medium weight knit (very lightweight knits can be harder to cut out/manage). a cotton/lycra jersey would be easy to work with. The lightweight French Terry I used for my blue joggers was amazing to work with. It was a cotton/poly/lycra blend.

  2. Your loungewear looks so good! The adult (ish) shirt is so awesome! How wonderful to be having a sew-cation!! I look forward to seeing your work pieces. Merry Christmas!!!!

    1. Thanks Vanessa! Merry Christmas to your beautiful family!!

  3. I'm rather envious of your lounge wear. You've reminded me that I need some, too.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Thank you! Start sewing!! :) I started and the excitement just increased from these first couple items! Merry Christmas!

  4. Wow, very nice loungewear sets. I am in desperate need too!

  5. I had a quiet Christmas day too - wearing a raglan sweater made with French Terry. I love this fabric! My Christmas Eve was spent sewing or plotting sewing. I too am making for an upcoming holiday - bathers, rash tops, swim shorts and tshirts.

    Your clothes look very comfy and wearable.

  6. Merry Christmas! You are such an inspiration!! Keep the blogs coming; can't wait to see what you sew during the rest of your Sew-cation.

  7. Wow! You've been busy. Hope you are having an amazing day today with your family. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you! I am! :) Can't wait to see your sewcation results! :)

  8. I’ve been thinking about those stars all day soo pretty

  9. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Your loungewear is so pretty.


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