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. 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!