Thursday, 21 June 2018

#sewtogetherforsummer2018, Burda 6730

Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

    Hello sewing friends:) My latest make is a Burda wrap dress from the UFO (unfinished objects) pile. I sheepishly admit its been there for the better part of two years (I think, lol). When I first ventured into garment sewing as an adult, everything ended up being a UFO or a fail. I've come a long way since then and usually start & finish one project at a time. There's a challenge on Instagram now (today is the last day to post) to make any wrap dress and share with the hashtag: #sewtogetherforsummer. I decided to join about a week ago, after getting the Ok to use this dress.

I made full-length ties instead of using self-fabric instead of ribbon.

   This was a fairly simple project but the fabric was impossible to topstitch with a double needle , it kept skipping stitches. Its a little short but wearable. I had to adjust the wrap front since it gaped (I managed to stretch out the neckline a bit too, oops!) I wish it crossed over a bit more in the skirt but it will be better after I lose the rest of the baby weight (my son will be three weeks old tomorrow:) I have so many projects on the brain, lol. I'm currently making a few things for my sister who is pregnant though (yay!). Her Baby Shower is next month so I'll post the stuff I make after that.

Closeup of the fabric print. A polyester knit from Fabricville:)

    Well thats all for today folks!:) Any UFO's on hand? Do you ever have UFO's or are you pretty diligent to finish projects? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and til next time, happy sewing!:)

Monday, 14 May 2018

Tropical #handmadesummerdress 2018/ Vogue Maternity Dress:)

"As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."

Isaiah 66:13

  Hello sewing friends!:) I hope all you mothers out there had a wonderful day with your families:) We had a great service at church, then swung by the drive thru @ McDonald's (my youngest son conked out in his carseat so we thought it would be best to just grab something quick and eat home instead of going out to a restaurant). We all had a nice afternoon nap and later for an evening walk. Great that the weather is starting to feel more "Spring-like":)

     I finished this Ogden Cami dress for the #handmadesummerdress challenge a little while ago now, but just got some decent photos this morning. I was inspired by a hack on Instagram where the Odgen Cami was made into a dress by simply lengthening the cami by12"-14". I lengthened mine by 13". Its difficult to see the clear ruler, but I put it under the side seam at an angle to flare ever so slightly. I may have to adjust once I can actually try it on post-pregnancy, but I wanted to make sure I had sufficient walking room. I wanted to make a self-fabric belt (like my inspiration photo), but I didn't have enough fabric, so I just tied on a belt I have now (it really needs to be cinched in at the waist).


       This beautiful fabric is another tropical print crinkle rayon I purchased from Fabricville last year:) I just adore tropical prints! I'm very much looking forward to wearing it this Summer:)

We had a few very warm days so I decided to make a quick t-shirt dress from this amazing "denim-look" rayon knit from my stash. Its a fairly stable knit. I used the scoop neckline from M6886 and added a neckband (ended up being 1/2" wide). I wore it yesterday to church for Mother's Day:)

    Well, thats it for today!:) I'm currently working on a faux leather jacket! Very exciting:) Its a blueish grey and meant to be a wearable muslin. I definitely don't want to ruin my gorgeous brown faux leather (same fabric as the tie belt on my Ogden Cami dress:) You can find me on IG @rikkisews, and see more progress photos.

Till next time, thanks so much for reading and happy sewing!:) xo

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Pink Lemonade "Mona" Jacket:)

"You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your Word."

Psalms 119:114

      Hello my friends!:) My latest make is this vibrant pink Motorcycle-style "Mona" jacket from the French pattern company "Wear Lemonade". You can download the pattern for free here. FYI, there are no instructions but there is a video tutorial on this blog page and on Youtube. If you don't know French I'd suggest using Google translate, I had a difficult time finding the PDF download link without doing so. I watched the sewalong video several times and took notes (which I highly recommend doing, it really helps understand the process). The pattern is also available for purchase (not certain if its a printed pattern or PDF, but it would surely come with instructions). Once I had the pattern pieces cut out and lengthened (the jacket is a bit cropped and several reviews that I read noted that they lengthened the jacket a bit (I added about 3" of length).

      The fabric I used is a gorgeous hot pink stretch denim from Fabricville. I had a Moto jacket on my 2018makenine, but originally intended to use a more involved Butterick pattern. The lovely Lisa from the Youtube channel "And Sew On" (@lisakisch on IG) had recently made up this Mona jacket pattern as part of a capsule wardrobe. She said this jacket was pretty quick and easy (and its unlined) so that sold me, lol. If you follow my Blog you know I'm going to have another baby very soon, so I'm trying to get as much sewing done as I can while I have the time. Quick and easy is a big plus:)

      I did a few things different, first adding a light interfacing to the two main facing pieces (the pattern only calls to interface the collar) and strips of interfacing to stabilize the zipper area (see photo in the collage above). I used knit interfacing for the zipper area but I wish I had used it for the facing pieces as well (instead of non-stretch interfacing).  I also added topstitching (which I probably should have done last) I have an unlined RTW Moto Jacket that I used as a reference. I shortened the zipper by pulling off the extra zipper teeth and reusing the old top-stop (I tried without it as the video shows, but I prefer the security of the top-stop). I bought a package of top-stops at some point but I couldn't find them, so trimmed the zipper tape right above the old top-stop and used the pliers to carefully squeeze between the prong and open it up and then put it back on (there are many Youtube videos that show how to shorten zippers, here is a good one:)

  I changed the construction order by batching tasks when I could (sewing straight seams, pressing, adding interfacing, finishing seams etc.). I'm fascinated by sewing industry techniques and practices, and that is one of them. I'm not a very fast sewist, so anything that helps me be more efficient, I'm all for it:)

      I made up a size 40 based on what I thought would be good post-baby, but after trying it on (unzipped of course:) and seeing it on my dress form, I wish I had cut the 38 at least. I may shape the side seams a bit to nip it in more at the waist. I had initially set the sleeves in as directed, but I found the sleeve cap was a bit too puffy (I had also adjusted the shoulder slope so that didn't help, lol) so ripped out the stitches of the sleeve head and arm, removed some ease and sewed the sleeves in flat. Next time I'll cut a smaller size  and sew the sleeves in flat again. I may not have to remove any ease, but if I do its easy enough to adjust later. I'm not crazy about how long and high the bust darts are, I may lower them next time.


   I found this dress on Pinterest, isn't it fab?? I can see me making a Mona jacket dress hack in the future. *Swoon*:)

   Well, thats all for today folks! I'm currently batch-sewing two Ogden Cami's and another lengthened to be a dress (the third is for the #handmadesummerdress challenge on IG). I'm almost done, so I'll hopefully do a blog post on it next week:)

Have a wonderful day everyone, thanks so much for reading:) xo

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Ogden Cami/M7606, Pin It Sew It 2018,

"Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up."

Psalm 5:1-4   Lately I've been a bit obsessed with this song based on Psalm 5:) 

   Hello my lovely sewing friends!:) Its been about a month since I've blogged but I *have* been sewing consistently. My Rain Cape is pretty much done, just need to finish the belt, but I think I'll add buttonholes after baby comes, so that they're for at the right place at my waist, lol. Needless to say I missed the cut-off for my Facebook Sewing Groups March Challenge. Ah well.

    That Sewing Blab is having their second Annual "Pin It Sew It" Event (projects need to be completed and posted on Instagram by the end of April). I'd been interested in the Ogden Cami by True Bias and while I was still contemplating getting the pattern, I stumbled across an outfit by Margo (Creatinginthegap) on an Instagram search where she had combined an Ogden Cami with the McCalls 7606 ruffle skirt. Sold, lol. I was also inspired by Rosy Pena to make the ruffle wrap skirt in this gorgeous tropical print crinkle rayon (she blogs about it here and shows a trick to easily gather the miles of ruffle, lol). Basically, highest tension + longest stitch length= perfect gathers. I added an extra 20" of ruffle so it would be a bit more full (as per Mimi G:)

Ogden Cami by True Bias Patterns

McCalls 7606
    I love, love, love how this outfit turned out!:) I'm currently 32 weeks pregnant so "Diana" will have to model it for now, lol. I'm so looking forward to wearing this come Summer!:)

    I generally don't sew for hire, but occasionally I do make gifts for family or friends. Last week the idea struck to make a cute little floral bomber jacket for a friends sweet little daughter. She's not even 2 yet, but already likes to pick out her own outfits, lol. I thought she might like a jacket like this, so I managed to sew it up in and give it to her on Sunday after church:) Kids like what they like, so I was happy she see she actually wanted to wear it:)

      I used the "Ollie Bomber Jacket Pattern" by Kelly at Sew A Little Seam. I purchased the pattern on her site but she does offer the size 2T for free:) I think I have the exact same quilted floral knit she used. I made myself a bomber jacket last year and still had some fabric left. If I have a daughter I'll probably make her one too <3. Isn't the 2T size adorable next to mine, lol?

     Although I've made two other Ollie bombers prior to this, I was having issues with the collar. I ended up looking at the instructions for Burda Bomber jacket pattern 6478, and they have you attach the collar *before* sewing on the zipper. It really does make a difference. I definitely prefer that method and will do it their way from now on:) I went the next size up with all the Ollie Bombers I made because I wanted them a little less fitted.

      Well, thats it for today! I hope you all have a great week:) xo

Monday, 19 March 2018

Floral Burda Jacket, Make Nine Progress:)

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High."

Psalm 92:1

     Hello my friends, I hope you're all doing well:) I just finished the second of my 2018 Make Nine picks, this burda 6847 floral jacket! I'm a bit bummed that I can't wear it right now (including pics of it on anyway;) but this is definitely for post-baby, lol. I checked out all the other reviews on and shortened view A, by a whopping 8"! FYI, I'm 5'2":) I knew I wanted it shorter than the pattern photo anyway, and as-is, this would have been dress-length on me (I compared the back pattern piece to my beloved M6886 to see if I needed to shorten it for my torso, but it looked ok, but again, way too long! I purchased a shorter zipper too, ended up being 26" I think. I also shortened the sleeves a bit because they were definitely too long on me.

          This gorgeous floral print is a scuba-type knit I picked up at Fabricville last Summer. I previously made a skirt out of this fabric (I initially tried to make a dress, but it was a fail, lol). After that I figured it would better suit a casual jacket. I added knit interfacing to stabilize the zipper area on the jacket and on the facing pieces. I used a black Ponte knit for the hood and front facing. I decided to topstitch the front zipper area and stitch in the ditch of the hood/neck seam instead of all that hand-sewing the pattern instructed. I also topstitched the hood to keep it in place. My stitching there is a little uneven so I didn't include any closeups, lol!

   For some reason the stitches kept skipping when I tried to topstitch with a double needle. After trying several needles, I opted for this decorative stretch stitch. I really like how it looks and will definitely be using it again in the future!:)

   This is currently on my cutting table!:) Using the first two patterns of my 2018 Make Nine to make the third on my list!:) My FB sewing group is doing a "Pinterest Inspired" Challenge for the month of March, so I'm more motivated to do this Rain Cape now:) I don't think I'll be able to find a matching deep blue zipper, so I'll probably use a contrasting white one.

   Still figuring out what type of zipper application I'll use- regular, exposed, lapped, with a zipper guard?? Any suggestions?:)

    Well, that's all for now:) I'll take some photos a few months from now once I can zip it up, lol:) Have a wonderful day everyone!

Monday, 5 March 2018

#DayandNightDressChallenge, Coffee & Cocktail dresses:)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
-John 3:16-17


       Hello all:) I recently had the pleasure of guest blogging for the very talented Elizabeth, from She was hosting a "Day and Night Dress Challenge". This years theme was "Coffee and Cocktails". Basically, you were to make a comfy & casual day dress (for going out on a coffee date with a friend) and a fancier dress for going out for cocktails with friends, or to a nice dinner. I used a combination of the two patterns above for my Coffee dress to create the look I had in mind:).

V1314 & my favourite coffee mug!:) My thoughtful husband had it made for me:)

     For my Cocktail dress I used my beloved V1314 (which I just found out is recently OOP!). It is hands down, my most used pattern (my most recent version is #8). I did modify it for the baby;). I may save both dresses for a future pregnancy, but I'm thinking I may take them in post-baby! We'll see!:) My full Day and Night Dress Challenge post here.

  Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll check out my full post on Elizabeth's blog, as well as all the other talented ladies who have made some pretty fab dresses! Lots of posts on Instagram and Youtube as well:) Have a wonderful week everyone!:)

Monday, 5 February 2018

Ponchos & More Ponchos:) Plus, my #2018makenine

"It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

Deuteronomy 9:5

"He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit."

Titus 3:5

   Hello sewing friends!:) I just finished the first of my #2018makenine, this vintage Simplicity poncho pattern! It was a thrift store find & contained only one size, Large. A bit big but ponchos are meant to be generously sized anyway, plus, I figured it would be easy to make it a bit smaller if necessary. Also, I am pregnant after all;) I left the size as-is, but ended up hand-sewing the front opening closed a lot more. The print *was* perfectly matched, but must have shifted a bit when I topstitched:/ The neckline is finished with a facing, but I decided to topstitch around the opening anyway. I may go back and re-match the plaid if I don't have to do too much seam-ripping:p The fabric is a Cape Breton tartan print fleece I picked up from Fabricville:) I added two button-holes to the sides for a slim black belt to cinch me a bit at empire length:)

Vintage Poncho Pattern:)

I made a couple of fleece car-seat ponchos for my boys using an easy DIY I found on Youtube. Makes it so much easier to buckle them in their carseats because it just covers them like a blanket- the poncho doesn't go through the straps at all. Its basically just a circle of fleece cut the diameter of your child's "wingspan", with a hole cut in the middle for their head to poke through and a hood sewn on.

    I decided to round the back of the hood and hem it before sewing it to the neckline (personal preference). It was just one layer of fleece at first, but I added another circle of fleece once the weather here got colder (I left the hood as-is).

These adorable ponchos are both practical and cute (especially if you use fleece in fun prints, like Disney's Toy Story & Cars:) Can you tell I've been a bit obsessed with ponchos lately? Lol:)

   #2018makenine is a hashtag going around on Instagram. You just pick nine patterns or types of garments that you'd like to make in 2018:) There are some I'm set on & have fabric to pair with the patterns, but a couple I'm not sure about. #8 is a shirt dress but I may use a different pattern. #7 is a Rain Cape I found on Pinterest, so it'll be a hack job, lol. For #9 I have a few patterns I couldn't quite decide between.

 The burda pattern for is for maternity jeans, the middle is a McCalls pattern for a basic lined jacket, the third is a Vogue dress & jacket (clearly designed after Melania Trump's inauguration outfit). #5 will be a McCalls 6886 dress with an added collar and front zipper (another hack job). I tried the Vintage Simplicity pattern already but it didn't fit very well:/ I'm going to try to get as much done as possible before the baby comes in mid-June:)

    Well, thats all for today! I have other projects on the go besides this (my Coffee Dress for the Day and Night Challenge being one of them). What are you working on now? Please share your plans in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day everybody!