Friday, September 27, 2013

because nobody likes changing serger thread.

I had black thread and stretch needles in my serger, which has dictated my last few sewing projects. I'm not the only one who plans projects based on what color thread is already in the serger, am I?

Today I finished this cute little jacket out of a really soft sweatshirt knit I got at Denver Fabrics before we moved.
 The pattern is Butterick 5926, made for knits and without shoulder pads. I'd had my eyes open for a pattern exactly like this so was thrilled when the early Fall Butterick line came out. I think it may be slightly big for me through the shoulders, but being a jacket, you don't want it tight. It's roomy enough for a bulkier top underneath, which I think will be good. I also really like the cropped sleeve length.
 These cute anchor buttons were in my button bin and were perfect.
That's right, I took the leap and went outside with my tripod, not caring which neighbors would think I was a weirdo. I was tired of finding places inside to take pics, when all I have is white doors to make a decent backdrop.

Before I made the jacket, though, I made a nice little knit dress! I had this soft striped knit and wanted an everyday dress, not a church dress, because I have enough of those. Even though it's still pretty warm here, it's too far into Fall for my super summery dresses. This dress turned out so cute and comfortable!
I actually just used a basic knit top pattern for this. I just cut the bodice short at the waistline, added a gathered skirt and then turned the waist seam allowance down, making a casing for elastic. I LOVE it, I want to make more! I think it could be a date dress or a church dress too, with my wide black belt, my black boots and a colorful necklace.
This is the pattern I used:
I grabbed it because I was looking for a basic tee pattern and it really fits great! I can't wait to try this again, I just need more knit fabrics (more fabric, ha!)  Really you could use any t-shirt or knit tank pattern and turn it into a dress like this. Super easy.

I've been getting friendly with my camera again this week. It sure is getting beautiful here as the leaves change and the weather slowly cools! Kelby has been doing serious boy things in the woods out back.

Needless to say, I wrestled him into a bath last night, against his wishes. Everything he touched was left in a cloud of dirt. I'm still wiping brown handprints off of walls, haha! I think the kids have so much more fun playing here than they did in our neighborhood in Colorado. It wasn't safe there for me to let them play out front without me and there just weren't kids on our street to play with. The freedom they have to play here is such a gift for this season. 

Happy Fall :)


  1. I scooped that pattern as soon as it was on sale and now think I'll go ahead and make it up in this nice grey/black ponte I have. It's super cute and will be perfect for work!

    I am so not anti changing serger thread! I might be like 1 out of 2700, lol. It really only takes me like 2 minutes to switch it out now. I've got the Brother 1034D

  2. Changing thread - yuk! All I do is tie the new thread onto the old and pull it on through (with fingers crossed!!!) Love your jacket, and super idea with the dress joining - both look great on you ... J

  3. No one would ever think you made your jacket...turned out very nice! Your dress is can dress it up or down and wear it anywhere.
    I bought that pattern also and I love it. I've made 2 maxi skirts out of it and am making 2 more for winter.
    I agree with you...I hate changing serger thread!!! Today I have to change it to red, so oh yes...I'll be making everything that has to have red thread...a skirt, top and shrug. LOL!!!

  4. Love your little jacket! and I do the same thing...line up projects by the color of thread in the serger (black or white). Glad you're settled in and sewing...