MATRYOSHKA MARCH SKIRT
I love Matryoshka Dolls, aka Russian Nesting Dolls. My Father’s family is from Ukraine and I remember always seeing the dolls at my Grandparent’s house. So when I saw Minerva Crafts had this fabric, I pinned it and added it to my list of gotta have fabrics. Next I decided on a skirt because I figure summer will come one day, right? It has to!! (As I write this it’s sleeting and snowing out)
maybe I should have made the shirt too….
I choose McCalls M6570 pattern for my skirt. It also come with the shirt pattern, but I didn’t make that yet. I liked the contrast on the waistband and on the hem of the skirt.
looks so fancy!
My measurements were 28 3/4″-38″ (hmm, guess I’ve had too many desserts lately LOL) which meant I should be a size 14. My pattern only went up to 12 (that’s what I usually am…oops) so I just cut that and sewed with 1/4″ seam allowance instead. In the end it seems to have worked out just fine. I didn’t realize how high up the waistband goes, but looking at the model it’s the same way.
my shirt doesn’t match.
hello super-high-bra-touching waistband!
The skirt is a full circle skirt, which means SO MUCH HEMMING! But I do love circle skirts – so pretty. The pattern does call for tulle but I omitted it since it’s a bit fluffy and full already. I didn’t want it to be overwhelming.
i wanted to twirl but people don’t need to see my butt.
I’d say my favorite part about the skirt is the tie bands. You can either tie a cute bow in the back of the skirt or the front. I prefer the back, something a bit more fancy and princessy about it.
that said all my pictures show it tied in the front
Once again I’ll rave about the invisible zipper foot. If you don’t have one, you should really invest in one. Before I bought mine I had some wonky looking invisible zippers that were very visible. This foot makes life much easier – I promise!
super stealth mode invisible zipper
Overall super cute skirt that is very feminine. The pattern is very easy and fairly quick, could sew it up in a weekend or less… depending on how distracted you get by the TV. The only thing I find difficult is knowing that shirt to wear with it… obviously. I like the short tummy shirt the best but it needs to be navy blue. I think I’ll have to sew one up soon!
guinness is looking like a damn hippie these days
pockets in everything always!
I love cardigans but my husband always gives me slack about them. He says they look like old Grandpa sweaters. When I saw McCalls 6803 Misses’/Men’s Cardigan I knew I’d be making it, screw his opinion! (sorry honey!)
They look pretty awesome, if I say so myself.
My measurements were 33-28-38 so I cut a size Small. I think that was the perfect size. This pattern is unisex, so it’s not meant to be very form fitting. My fabric was a knit so it had a bit of stretch and movement, but not a lot. I did add 1 inch to the length of the sleeves. (Monkey arms never have long enough sleeves!)
The pattern itself is very easy to make and I didn’t really have any issues, except the interfacing on the band around the neck/buttonholes. I think maybe I was supposed to cut the interfacing a different direction because I couldn’t stretch it to fit properly. I had to add about 7 inches more on the neckband But in the end you really can’t tell and it doesn’t look too bad, just a bit puckery. I believe it was direction #36, next time I will double check and follow the directions better, oops.
i hid it really well
Other than that hiccup things went smoothly! The cardigan is very comfortable.
all buttoned up!
I love pockets and these call for edge stitching. I had never used an edge stitching foot until this project (yeah, I know!!) and wow did it make a difference! Totally made my life easier and looks amazing in the end.
I also love that the cardigan is long on my waist. I have a long torso and typically have to alter for that, but this time around I didn’t have to do anything and it turned perfect. Pretty much covers up my bum.
Guinness photobombs every picture!
I would like to make a womens cardigan next time though. I like my clothing to be a bit more form fitting and flattering. In the end though, great pattern, super simple and accents my winter wardrobe.
looks great with my gray boots
All that said, I’m sick of winter! It’s been pretty brutal this year and I want sunshine back and pretty summer dresses!
AMY’S OWL YOU NEED APRON
I think this is my favorite Minerva Crafts Blogger Network make so far! I didn’t have any troubles making it and it turned out looking so professional and cute. Right now owls are all the rage (although, I like foxes better) and when I saw Minerva’s owl fabric I immediately pinned it and started thinking about what to make. The idea of an apron popped into my head and I was sold!
wise fabric choice!
I used McCalls M6366 pattern view B. I like all 3 of the views, so I’ll be making this pattern over and over again.
shoot -i forgot to incorporate a spatula into my pictures!
Aprons are fantastic projects for beginner sewists because they are typically very simple and you don’t have to fight with with the fit. I measured myself and came up with size medium. I got out the fabric I ordered and realized I apparently can’t read patterns and didn’t order enough fabric! Uh-Oh! I started freaking out but realized I could make it work if I went with a size small instead. In the end I think size small worked out perfect.
Sure I “baked” the cookies myself…Ignore the Chips Ahoy! package
I was supposed to put rick rack and extra buttons on the front but I felt they took away from the owl print. I didn’t want the apron to look too busy. I love this pattern though because it’s super simple, quick to make and very customizable. The belt is extra long because it’s supposed to to wrap around and tie in front of your waist. I debated on shortening them but I like the look and since I had to cut the front skirt part into 2 pieces (instead of 1) I left them long to cover up my seam.
Another great thing about this apron? POCKETS! I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – I love pockets on everything. I mean, where else are you going to put your cell phone and Chapstick? This apron has so many great details:
love the contrast
Ruffles on the bottom:
ruffles make everything more fun
Tabs on the neck ties:
cover up the stitches
Overall I highly, highly, super duper recommend this pattern. It’s so simple and looks great finished. Like I said before though, I didn’t have enough fabric, so I didn’t do all the contrast how the pattern recommends. Here is how I did mine based upon the pattern piece # and which fabric:
Black Owl Fabric:
Cream Owl Fabric
If you want your own “Owl You Need Apron” make sure to pick up the kit and let me know how it turns out! And of course, Guinness approves!
Don’t worry, I haven’t given up on sewing or my website – just been busy and unmotivated. I gotta say, when it’s negative temperatures outside it is really hard to want to do anything. After we get home from the gym I rather curl up in bed with my husband and dog to watch Law & Order reruns. But I can’t really feel productive when I do that.
best duo ever!
So besides Law & Order, what have I been up to? Well, I’ve made a few garments that I need to get around to blogging about. I have made more headbands for my Etsy shop: That’s Sew Amy Shop and I’ve taken up knitting. I took a class at my local JoAnn store and have the basics down. I’m super duper new to knitting and have been trying to research as much as I can about it. I’m also trying to get used to holding the needles and not making a spaghetti mess!
A martini sounds pretty good right about now
Anyone have some pointers about knitting? Or something, besides a scarf, that I should make as a newbie? I signed up on ravelry.com and hope to get good enough to make myself a sweater soon. I’m sure I’ll get it finished in the middle of summer
Another fun task I’m trying to learn: Quilting. I have 4 classes starting Saturday and we will go over everything from start to finish. I’m really excited to have someone, besides the internet, there to teach me and answer any random questions I may have. Bonus, I got the class for 50% off! I love the coupons in their app. This is the quilt class from JoAnn:
Book Of Love Quilt
I picked out mainly black and white fabrics with a pop of blue and salmon. I hope it turns out great and I’ll actually use it! The size is a crib size, so I assume it will be a throw on the couch. Either way, I’ll take pictures and update about my experience and progress.
On an ending note, Amol from www.terrysfabrics.co.uk sent me this sewing resurgence infographic and it’s really interesting. I’m glad sewing is becoming popular again, not only is it a great life skill to have – it’s also fun!
The Resurgence Of Sewing
Today’s freebie is from Craftsy.com and SewingCake. I plan on making this tee soon
I realized I need to make more things that I will actually wear on a regular basis – so this should be perfect.
As always, if you want more freebies go here: Freebies.