Change of Plans

I have had a terrible time getting motivated with the mini wardrobe sew along. After looking at the fabric again last night, I realized that I don’t like the fabrics, or even the skirt that was the center of the wardrobe. The dressy fabrics also do not fit my current lifestyle. Even though they were just meant to be muslins, they did not inspire me to sew. I decided to dump the entire plan and start over.

I checked out my closet and found in the dark corner a denim jacket I love, but have rarely worn, because I have nothing the wear with it.

I went through my stash and found these fabrics that will set it off.

I haven’t decided exactly what I am going to do with it, but I am looking forward to sewing this wardrobe, and I think it will get a lot of use. The three fabrics on the left are knits that will be made into shirts. The fabrics on the right are a tan twill and a plaid seersucker. They will probably be skirts, as I wear mostly skirts during the summer.


Birthday Dress

I went to Hancock Fabrics today to get some patterns as McCall’s patterns are on sale for 88 cents this weekend. Apparently many other people had the same idea, as every pattern that I wanted was sold out in the size that I needed. I wanted to get a dress pattern for a friend that is turning 5 years old next week. I had already purchased some teal silk dupioni to make a dress for her, but when I went through my patterns I found that I no longer had any children’s patterns. I had planned to make a “princess” dress, but her mother reminded me that she does not like to be the center of attention, so the plan has been changed to make this dress.

I will be lengthening the dress, underlining the entire garment to give it body, adding a wider hem, and hopefully add a little sparkle if time allows. I did pre-wash the silk in the washing machine to make it a little softer and reduce the shine of the fabric. Hopefully, I will get started on this tomorrow afternoon.

Lingerie Elastic

I ordered 85 yards of elastic for $17.00 through an ebay store DIY Lace and Trims. I highly recommend this store. The quality of the elastic is great and the shipping was fast. It looks like my granny panties are going to be replaced with fancy pants.

Mini Wardrobe

Pattern review is having a mini wardrobe contest this month. There is a sew along for those of us who do not wish to participate in the contest, but need to sew a coordinated wardrobe. It is supposed to consist of 4 pieces that can be worn together and one item from our closet. I still haven’t decided on all the pieces, but I have selected patterns and fabrics. I do not want to buy any fabric, so all the fabric is from my stash. I am hoping to make some wearable muslins from the fabric. Since I haven’t sewn for myself in over 5 years, and my body has changed in those years, I will need to do a lot of experimenting. I chose a 6 gore turquoise skirt with a navy blue stripe from my closet. I will be making navy linen pants and jacket.

The available fabrics from my stash in addition to the navy linen are a hot pink polyester bengaline, a polyester silky print with navy, turquoise, hot pink and lime green, and a cotton sateen with a floral print with navy, pink, turquoise and about every other color in the rainbow. I have five yards of the bengaline and sateen, and three of the poly print. I could really use some help deciding what to do with the fabric. What do you think? Click on the photo for a larger image.

Pattern Drafting Tools


Three years ago, when my aussie, George, was a puppy, my plastic pattern drafting tools were a tasty snack. I hesitated to replace them, as they are quite expensive. Over the weekend I found the large set of Fairgate rulers on sale at Sew True. They arrived today, only 4 business days after ordering. Finally, a puppy-proof set of drafting tools. I can’t wait to get to work!
Edited May 22, 2009
I did have problems with the rest of the order.  I ordered a large number of zippers.  They did not include any of the 9 inch zippers I ordered.  I called and let them know that there was a problem.  Two weeks later I received the 9 inch zippers, but they sent standard zippers instead of invisible zippers.  Needless to say, I will not be placing any future orders with this company.
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Free Patterns for Chemo Hats

If you are interested in sewing for others in need, I urge you to join Carewear or Headhuggers. They have many ideas for sewing for those in need. My sewing project for this year is to make chemo hats. I did not want to spend money on patterns, so I looked online for downloadable patterns. Here is a list of what I found:

Reversible Fleece Cap

Fast and Easy Chemo Cap

Polar Fleece Beanie


Bandanna with Tails

Reversible Chemo Hat

Creative Kindness Easy Hat

Creative Kindness Easy Hat Variations

Creative Kindness Beret

Quick and Easy Beanie

Adult Chemo Hat

Cloche Hat

My Lifestyle Wardrobe

I need to replace my wardrobe, everything is either worn out or doesn’t fit properly. The research that I have been doing indicates that one should first look at their activities or lifestyle to determine what clothes they need.

I first started with the things that I do (I decided to keep this list to 10 things.)
1. sleep (I need clothes for this since I don’t sleep in the buff)
2. hanging out at home
3. gardening
4. visiting my dad at the nursing home
5. doctor appointments for myself and my father
6. doing things with friends
7. shopping
8. parties
9. concerts
10. church

Then I added the type of clothes that I wear to those activities.
1a. sleep-pajamas, nightgowns, bathrobe
2b. hanging out-casual
3b. gardening-casual, aprons, hats
4b. nursing home-dressy casual
5b. doctor’s- dressy casual
6b. friends-dressy casual, dressy
7b. shopping-casual, dressy casual
8b. parties-dressy casual, dressy, semi-formal
9b. concerts-dressy casual, dressy
10b. church-dressy casual, dressy

The next step was to determine how often I participated in those activities and determine how many outfits I would need for each category if I did laundry once a week and wanted some variety in selections.

1c. sleep, daily

  • 5 pajamas
  • 2 nightgowns
  • 1 bathrobe

2c. hang out, daily

  • 7 casual pants
  • 7 casual tops

3c. gardening, 6 days/week, cannot overlap with other casual clothes

  • 6 casual pants, must be made from a cool fabric
  • 6 casual tops, must be made from a cool fabric

4c. nursing home, 7 days a week

  • 4 dressy casual pants
  • 3 dressy casual skirts
  • 7 dressy casual tops

5c. doctor’s appointments, once a week

  • 1 dressy casual pants
  • 1 dressy casual skirt
  • 1 dressy casual top
  • 1 dressy casual dress
  • 1 dressy casual jacket

6c. friends, once a week

  • 1 dressy casual pant
  • 1 dressy casual skirt
  • 1 dressy casual top
  • 1 dressy casual dress
  • 1 dressy casual jacket

7c. shopping, 2 days a week

  • 2 casual pant
  • 2 casual tops
  • 1 dressy casual pant
  • 1 dressy casual pant
  • 1 dressy casual skirt
  • 1 jacket

8c. parties, once a month

  • 1 semi-formal dress
  • 1 dressy pant
  • 1 dressy skirt
  • 1 dressy top
  • 1 dressy dress
  • 1 dressy casual pant
  • 1 dressy casual skirt
  • 1 dressy casual top
  • 1 dressy casual dress
  • 1 dressy jacket
  • 1 dressy casual jacket

9c. concerts

  • 1 dressy casual dress
  • 1 dressy dress

10c, church, three times a week

  • 2 dressy dresses
  • 2 suits
  • 2 dressy tops
  • 2 dressy casual skirts
  • 1 dressy casual pant
  • 2 dressy casual tops
  • 3 dressy casual dresses
  • 3 dressy casual jackets

Now I know why I do so much laundry for one person.
What makes something casual vs. dressy casual? The fabric.
If I coordinate everything what do I need? I have no idea. I have never had a coordinated wardrobe, so I guess my list will just cover the basics as I see them.


By clothing category:

  • pajamas-5


  • nightgowns-2


  • bathrobe-1


  • casual pants-7
  • cool casual pants-6
  • dressy casual pants-4
  • dressy pant-1


  • casual tops-7
  • cool casual tops-6
  • dressy casual tops-7
  • dressy tops-2


  • dressy casual skirts-3
  • dressy skirt-1


  • dressy casual dress-3
  • dressy dresses-2
  • semi-formal dress-1


  • dressy casual jackets-3
  • dressy jacket-1


  • suits, with both skirt and pants-2

By lifestyle category:


  • 1 dress


  • 1 jacket
  • 2 dresses
  • 1 skirt
  • 2 shirts
  • 1 pant

Dressy Casual

  • 2 suits, with both skirt and pants
  • 3 jackets
  • 3 dresses
  • 3 skirts
  • 7 tops
  • 4 pants


  • 7 pants
  • 6 cool pants
  • 7 tops
  • 6 cool tops


  • 5 pajamas
  • 2 nightgowns
  • 1 bathrobe

That is a lot of sewing! I guess I went over the 11 garments recommended by SWAP. I am going to start with a SWAP, so hopefully I can learn about a coordinated wardrobe. Next I have to decide on my colors.