Monday, August 16, 2010

Shirts, Oh My...

Well, I tried my hand at making two different shirts for myself this summer and neither turned out to really work with my body shape. Turns out I need a little more definition in the waistline so as not to look like I'm wearing a paper sack. So, two shirts made of fabric I loved, in styles I thought I'd love are being added to my Etsy page for $10 a piece ( They're unworn, except for me trying them on for fit, and are both sized well for a medium-large person of average height. If you're medium-sized with a larger bust, or larger-sized with a smaller bust, these shirts could be a great staple to add to your summer wardrobe!

Summer Tunic: lightweight swiss dot fabric in a single layer; bright coral, orange, yellow, taupe, and red keep you feeling cheery! Bell-shaped sleeves can be rolled up and fastened just above the elbow to make this more casual and even cooler on a particularly scorching summer day! Hits at mid-hip in front and low hip in back. Side vents at hem and arm hems.Flutter-Sleeve Top: Oh how I love Kaffe Fassett fabrics! Jewel-toned fabric from his Lotus Leaf collection is used for the neckline and sleeves. I used a simple complimentary calico for the body. Sewn pleats keep the bustline free from extra fabric and the body is slightly shaped (can't see it) to provide some waistline definition. This shirt hangs beautifully on a person, though not on a hanger. :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!

I've read Sew Mama Sew for a few years now, gleaning lots of wonderful tips on how to improve my sewing skills and being introduced constantly to new patterns and fabrics. They've decided to give away a Husqvarna serger this month. I would love to have a serger...any serger...but a Husqvarna! Wow! It's a seamstress' dream! I usually end up spending more time finishing seams and ragged edges than I do actually sewing a project together, so to have a serger would be a huge time-saver!

If you sew, and would like to enter the contest, here's the link to the instructions and details about the serger:

Here's to improving our sewing skills and the quality of our projects with the help of a serger!