Sentimental Crafting

My sewing machine is in the shop so I’ve been cleaning up my sewing room a bit. One of the things I found was a big garbage bag of decades old silver garland. My Grandad passed away a few years ago and so my grandmother sold their house. When we cleaned it out we found length after length of silver garland.

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My aunt told me that he was very particular about the Christmas tree and when he got older her wouldn’t let anyone else decorate it. So last Christmas all of the grand kid’s took some of the garland. I’m sure I ended up with the lion’s share, because I had almost a full trash bag!

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Altering Sandals

Most of the sewing I have done recently has been altering little things. A little hemming here, a little letting out there. You know, not super fun stuff to share with the world!

Summer has finally arrived and I realized I don’t own a pair of brown sandals. I actually don’t own many sandals at all. I saw some online that looked like they would work for casual days and work days! Of course, shopping online has the one caveat, that you cannot try on your shoes before you buy.

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Eek! Too big around the ankle!

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Drafting a Knit Sleeve

When I posted my Upton dress in a few places I received a lot of messages asking me how to draft sleeves for it. You may have noticed I add sleeves to a lot of my makes. I added sleeves to the Cashmerette Upton, Simplicity 8379, and to my sort of unfortunate Collette Sorbetto. When I buy RTW the sleeves are most often the part of the top that does not fit me.

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Knit sleeve added onto my Simplicity 8379 dress.

My biceps measure 19″ around so you can imagine it is difficult to even grade up as most plus-size sleeves are 13″-15″ around including the seam allowance. I have tried the slash and spread method, but if you are adding more than 1-2″ it gets really messy. I have found that drafting sleeves from the bodice I am working on works out much better for me.

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The incredible growing sleeve fix!

Happy New Year! This is the only bit of sewing I could get done in the last few months of 2017. I bought this sweater several years ago in the men’s section. I liked that is was $7 on clearance, super warm, and the dark green color. The only problem is that after wearing it for a few hours the sleeves would stretch out like crazy!1

So I decided to do a little altering! I could have removed the knit textured cuff and moved it up to make it shorter, but I actually like the length. I love long sleeves that cover my fingers! It’s like having build in mittens!

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One Size Fits All Robes

For my wedding my best woman gave me this beautiful robe. It’s so soft and has big, fancy kimono sleeves. It is a really thoughtful gift and so beautiful. 1.1

Ok, here’s the thing. I generally hate robes.  I just don’t like to sit around without clothes on. Also, one size does not fit all. It really sucks when you go to put on a roomy-looking robe and then it doesn’t close. Sadly that was the case with my new robe. Instead of returning it, I decided to do a little altering! Here’s how.
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