Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Stash busting with a bit of whimsy!

I love long weekends. They are great for extended family time with my hubby and kids. It is also a great time to put a dent in delayed sewing projects. Here are the fun little projects I worked on.

First up is a jumper I made this out of print Butterick pattern from my stash.
I thought this pattern was a fun way to use the button fabric I bought at Ikea earlier this year. It was the last on the bolt and when I bought it, I had no idea how to use it. The fabric was just too cute to pass it up. I made up this dress and wrote a review you can read about here.

It is so fun to wear. It is comfy, fun and makes people smile when they see me in it.

Next up, I made an easy breezy outfit from two more patterns from my stash.

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 I love the 1980's feel of this top with the side tie.

For the neckline and sleeves I opted not hem them. I instead chose to edge finish it with a scallop stitch. 

Here is how I did it:

I pinned about 1 inch of wash away stabilizer to the edge.

I then stitched a scallop stitch. I tested the widths and lengths of the stitch options and chose to keep the standard settings.

Once it was all stitched, I trimmed close to the scallops and rinsed the stabilizer away. I did not wash it in the machine, just ran it under the sink and hung it dry. It is a bit scratchy now, but I hope it will softer in the actual wash. It was not so uncomfortable that I could not wear it.

The shorts were made using this fun pattern.

It is three simple pieces with a zipper in back. The construction was simple and just what I was looking for in a summer short pattern. I wrote a brief review that you can read here.

I also got some work in on another jumpsuit that I will share later this week. All in all, it was a fun and productive weekend. I hope you can say the same.

Happy Sewing,


  1. Wow that button dress is amazing! I smile just looking at it too!

    1. Thank you! It may become my new uniform :)

  2. That button dress is so happy!

  3. These are all great! And is it OK to say you look darling in that jumper, because you do? Love you you are mixing it ll up.


    1. Thanks Hillary. I think darling is how I feel in it, so it is okay to say. :) My tastes are swinging the pendulum lately. It is freeing to just sew what I feel. Make what you love, I say!