Scottish Dreaming – Vogue 8956

This skirt was finished a long time ago (December 2016) and I’ve even worn it twice but never got around to taking pictures. And then, these pictures have been waiting another few weeks to get blogged. Slacker, much?

I really like it but need to fix a couple things on it. I’m also not sure about the styling here with the boots an turtleneck. Although, it has been very cold and this was a very warm way to wear it. Perhaps as it warms up I can wear a shorter sleeve top and heels?

Some things to fix

I really like that it’s a wrap skirt which means it will be really easy to adjust the fit, which is one thing I’ll need to fix. It is a bit loose on the waist, but all I need to do is move the button over a bit and the hook (for the hook & eye).

Also, there is a bit of extra fabric at the front bottom edge of the skirt. I think because the facing is very stable with the interfacing and the front is not, when I stitched it down it was a bit off. Should be an easy fix, I think. All I need to do is unpick the top stitching (hem stitching) and adjust it so its flat then re-stitch. It may not be perfect on the inside but I think the outside is all that matters, right?

Pattern Review – V8956

Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, wrap skirt has button and/or hook and eye closing, narrow hem. I made view B which have a waistband and sides extend into drape.

Pattern Sizing: 14-22. I made size 16.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes! This is a very simple skirt to construct as it is made flat. Also, there is no lining and I just serged the seams and pressed them open…easy!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Easy to construct and easy to sew. The pattern pieces are large and a bit awkward to layout on my cutting table, but that’s not the pattern’s fault. 🙂

Fabric Used: Wool/Poly Blend Suiting from Joann’s in a brown and black tiny houndstooth. It turned out to be super warm and very easy to sew.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: In addition to the fixes mentioned above I did end up taking about 4″ off the hem length to get a length between views A and B. I’m average height (5’6″) and view B would have been mid-calf on me…not the look I was going for.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Its a very distinctive looking skirt so I’m not sure that I need another one like it. However, I might make one of the other views without the extended drape because I do really like the wrap skirt style.

Conclusion: Easy to make and the completed style is nice and dramatic.

A Year and a Day (McCall’s 6992)

This sweater only took one day to sew, but I’ve had it planned and waiting for over a year!

It all started with the pattern, McCall’s 6992. The second I saw it I knew I wanted it and all it’s many versions.


So many comfy options!

I bought the fabric last year along with the pattern but then it sat in the craft room closet until this morning. 2 1/2 hours later, a sweater is born.

M6992 Pattern Review

Pattern Description: Fitted, pullover tops have neck/sleeve bands, raglan sleeves and hemline variations. I made view A.

Pattern Sizing: 8-16. I made a straight 14 which is actually too small for my bust and waist but perfect on the hips according to the measurement chart. However, I laid out the tissue fabric and based on finished garment measurements I went with 14 so I’d have less ease.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, but I used different fabric.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I followed them exactly and it was great! The only thing I added was top-stitching along the neckline and hem to keep the seam allowances from flipping.

Fabric Used: Sweater knit with a fun fair isle motif for the main fabric and blue basic knit for sleeves. I used tubular ribbed fabric for the cuffs, hem and neckband.

Of course, no sewing project is complete without fabric drama. This time I ran out of the ribbing and had to run back to JoAnn’s to get another 1/4 yard. Argh. At least its one of their basics they always have in stock.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None. I made this exactly as it came.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, a thousand times, yes! I’ve already got in mind something with sequins. Or maybe another with a longer hem for more of a tunic style. Oh, and a longer dress length one. And maybe one with 3/4 sleeves. Perhaps with a scooped neck? So many options!

Conclusion: This is such a versatile design that I can imagine it being useful for a lot of different people and body shapes.

She’s Alive! Matilda joins the family!

One of my Christmas presents was a dress form! I’ve been wanting one for a while and finally got around to getting one. However, I knew that no standard dress form would really be exactly like my body, even one like this that has bunches of dials to customize the sizing. So, I set out to franken-pattern her.

Introducing… Matilda!

A while back I purchased the Bodice Sloper class on Craftsy and now that Matilda is here I finally got around to making a moulage.

A moulage is basically a fabric “mold” of your body.

You take measurements and draft the pattern. I went through 3 drafts to get a perfect fit. I had Troy help me with the measuring and I’m not sure we were super accurate. However, it was close enough that I could make just a few changes rather than re-draft.

First Try.

Version 2.


Now that I had a perfect mold I had to add some stuffing to Matilda so we could be twins. I’ll let you decide which of us is the evil twin. 🙂

The only area I think I will need to tweek is the underbust which on me is quite dramatically smaller and on her tends to slope more slowly. The ribbon was meant to bring that in a bit. I may just end up giving her a bra.

Although, of course, there was fabric drama. This couldn’t just work out easily, right? I had this fabric in the stash and thought it would be perfect for her. Its a bright floral-ish canvas type outdoor fabric. I originally bought it to make an apron but that hasn’t happened yet. I only had a yard and it wasn’t enough for the moulage. I even went back to JoAnn’s to buy and extra half-yard but there was no more of this fabric left. 🙁 So, I improvised.

Regardless, I think she’s lovely and look forward to using her often. Next up…a bodice sloper!

Some Leftovers for Ben (Ottobre 06-2011-129)

The whole time I was working on my plaid cape, Ben kept asking if it was for him. So, with the leftover fabric I had just enough to make him a pair of pants. Of course, as soon as they were finished he was asking about the matching shirt. (Not gonna happen!)

Working on these pants reminded me how much I enjoy Ottobre Magazine patterns. Then, I got an email from Ottobre about their new magazines and no shipping so of course I subscribed to a year! Yay! More sewing to come.

He is loving the pants! Check out his jack-o-lantern smile!

He is loving the pants! Check out his jack-o-lantern smile!

::: Pattern Review ::: Ottobre 06-2011-129

Pattern Description:
From the magazine description: “Pants in cargo style with narrow legs. The diagonal panel seams on the pants back meet the side seams at the bottom edges of the front-hip pockets. The large leg pockets, as well as the front pocket pieces and back insert panels cut on the crosswise grain, add to the cool look of the pants.”

Pattern Sizing:
128-170 cm. I selected size 140 which is one (and a half) size larger than my son measured. I figured he could wear them longer if they were bigger and decided I’d add buttonhole elastic to the waistband to allow for that growth.



Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes-ish. They are slim fitting but I made some modifications on the style by removing the cargo pockets and back panels. I also ended up trimming about 3″ off the length but think that had more to do with going up a size then a problem with the pattern (plus there was more pooling in the magazine photo).

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Although concise, I do think Ottobre instructions in general are good. But, it does help to have some sewing experience.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love the European aesthetic of it with the slip legs and design features.


Love pattern matching!

Fabric Used:
Left over cotton flannel from my cape. Ben fell in love with the fabric and kept asking if it was for him, so I just used the last almost yard for him.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Since I didn’t have much fabric and since the fabric was quite “loud” on its own I decided to not add the cargo pockets and to not do the back insert panels. I really like the style of these pants so I’ll probably make him some more in the future and keep those design elements.

Another think I did was, since I went up a size and the waistband was a bit large, I added some buttonhole elastic. Well, sort of ghetto home-made buttonhole elastic — I just took some elastic I had and cut slits along the center to act as buttonholes. I also sewed buttonholes to the inside of the waistband on both sides and added buttons for the elastic to attach to.


I only had an orange zipper in my stash…I’m kinda diggin’ the “secret” contrast.


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes! I love the style and it was quite easy to construct. I’ll likely make another pair with more casual fabric and add in the extra details.


A happy boy = a happy mom!