Friday, January 22, 2010

Vintage Pattern Charity Auction- Help Haiti!

Just read this post over on the Sew Retro blog...

I'm reposting it here on my blog in hopes to help spread the word!

"I've just listed several vintage patterns all as charity auctions. 100% of all proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. Please bid generously and please share this so we can raise money for medical care in Haiti. Thanks!
Vintage Pattern Charity Auctions"

Thursday, January 21, 2010


A big welcome to Lynn Jackson! Thanks for following my blog!

I so want some new skirts... and tops... oh and some cute jackets!!! OK... one at a time!

So I just finished drafting a pattern for a new skirt! I think that I'll use that rayon houndstooth fabric that I picked up at Walmart!

It's a cute skirt with a side zipper.

I may have to line it... um... we'll see.

(Lutterloh pattern 206, supplement #226)

Fabric bargain at Walmart

During our Billings, MT shopping trip yesterday... I stopped into the fabric section of Walmart.

Tucked onto one of the secondary isles I found just over 2 yards of a light weight houndstooth fabric in black & white.... I'm thinking maybe a skirt????

It was $1/yard!!!!

(updated to add photo of fabric)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Are you using Lutterloh?

Where are you Lutterloh pattern users?

Let's connect our blogs so that we can help each other!!! Become a follower of my blog and I'll list your blog in my Lutterloh Bloggers list!

Way back in the early 90s a friend invited me to attend a sewing seminar in Peabody, MA. It sounded like a fun day... so off we went!

We learned about a pattern system that had been used for years in Europe. I learned that I could draft my own custom fitted patterns and never have to buy clothing patterns again!

In the 90s I made a bride's maid dress for a friend's wedding... skirts... shirts... then I'm not sure what happened...

I had a 2nd baby and all clothes sewing just stopped!

Then we moved into a tiny rental house for 6 years while building a new home (ourselves!). Sadly... there was NO room for sewing clothing! No room for drafting patterns... just NO ROOM for my sewing hobby!

Well our new home is almost finished! And... I've taken over part of the attic for a sewing room!

While unpacking I found my Lutterloh book... and drafting tools!

This blog will detail my journey back into my sewing hobby with Lutterloh!

Friday, January 15, 2010

NO Ease!

Oh my gosh... there is like NO ease built into this pattern!

I had to draft it a size up... and still too tight...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Shirt Sew-a-thon continues: Lutterloh 156 knit shirt from supplement #274

I'm drafting my own patterns with the Lutterloh system that I bought back in the 90s. I'm really just getting into it... and have a lot of learning to do!

So, I've been pouring over my lutterloh pattern pages trying to decide what to make to enhance my wardrobe (I really need some new clothes!!!).

Well, I found this cute knit shirt (see view on the right) with 3/4 sleeves and a scoop neck in supplement 274.

I had a Coldwater Creek knit shirt in this style... that I just loved! (Don't you love their clothes? Of course, I love them best ON SALE!) I honestly love all the clothes at Coldwater Creek! I have a bunch of their jackets that I wear constantly!

So I'm going to give this knit shirt it a try!

First I will draft the pattern using my measurements!

Pattern: Lutterloh supplement #274, pattern #156 knit (view right, scoop neck, 3/4 sleeves)


Guess I'm having a shirt Sew-a-Thon here...

Here's a shirt that I started the other night... I was rushing to get it done before having to go out.

Lesson learned: DON'T RUSH YOUR HEM JOB... especially if you're
serging it!

Oh my gosh did I botch this one! Ended up having to cut off the serged hem, realign the bottom and add to it because it ended up too short! So I added a little foufou to the sleeves and bottom!

Oh well... after all... this is MY sewing ADVENTURE right?

I'm using up some of my fabric stash from years ago as I get back into sewing clothes again!

Here's my newest top:

Monday, January 4, 2010

It looks like you bought it at the store...

I finished up a black scoop neck shirt with 3/4 sleeves. It's made out of black sweatshirt fleece... from my fabric stash!

I'm wearing it today! It's very comfortable!

I asked my 12 year old son... what he thought of my shirt... because he was in my sewing room while I was finishing it up. This is the son who sits next to me in church and tells me I'm getting old because I have so many gray hairs.... there's no holding back with this kid... LOL!

I got the BEST compliment on my shirt! He said, "It looks like you bought it at a store."