Whitney is prolific, if you can’t tell. She’s got an arsenal of Sistershare posts just waiting for my procrastinating self to post. She’s creating…all…of…the…time. She has the studio, fabric stash, and passion to be a sewing blogger, but she’s sweet enough to let me share her creations here. I love my family. Check out the latest pattern review! The most darling Pleated Penny.

the pleated penny

The facts, straight up:
Pattern:  The Pleated Penny by Shwin and Shwin
Size:  3T shirt
Fabric:  something I bought at JoAnn
Notions:  basic white snaps
Difficulty:  Listed as Advanced Beginner…  I’d say it’s easier than that
Make it again?:  Yes, but only because I’ve already paid for the pattern.  If you haven’t, don’t bother.

The Pleated Penny

Her words:

“This shirt/dress is perfectly cute and makes for a decent evening project, but it lacks markings for the pleats, so you’ll spend a frustrating 20 minutes measuring and attempting to get everything to line up.

The one thing this pattern did inspire me to do was to learn to make my own bias tape.  I used this tutorial, ordered my bias tape makers in two sizes from Amazon, and got to work.  I’m not saying I’ll never use a package of readymade bias tape again, but I certainly prefer the look of handmade better.  Try it out.  It’s a great skill to learn.”

Every time I go to the thrift store I look for fabric. Every single time. I’ve found fabric worth buying twice. Twice in at least 100 thrift store trips. Those odds aren’t very good in case you can’t do math like me.

But some days, you arrive at the thrift store just hours before somebody has decided to liquidate their sewing stash. Those are the days where prudent buying decisions are your nemesis. If you see yards and yards of fabric that you potentially, on a whim, if the stars align just right might use? Buy it. Don’t let it linger on the shelf, because after one stroll around the store it could be gone.

Let’s just say, it has happened. Luckily, my latest trip to the thrift store resulted in a big win of megaball jackpot proportions. Basically I can quit school now and just sew all day long.

Right.

First, the awesome teal flowy fabric. I don’t know the specific kind of fabric, but it’s drapey and flowy and pretty much the exact opposite of cotton. And there’s about three yards, maybe four, here. For $2.99.

That teal fabric has big potential, and I’ve been racking my brain, and pinning myself to death over what it may become. Here are some options:

I absolutely love that tied back tank. I know it’s, like, 30 degrees out and I can’t layer with that all that back detail going on. But I’m still obsessed. Sue me.

Next up. At least two yards of this white and red striped cotton. With the most adorable ribs running through the whole thing. Also for $2.99.

The minute I saw this fabric I thought – table cloth! Since I just learned how to sew a rolled hem on my serger, it seemed like a no brainer. I think wearing this fabric would be a little too candy-striper for me. I’m considering tea-staining this beauty for a look more like this:

 

Have you thrifted any fabric lately?  You’ll be happy to know that Sew Thrifted is returning on Thursday. I bet you had given up hope. Have faith in me friends. I shall not disappoint you.

 

Thank you Forever 21 for making my Tuesday a real shocker.

I can’t decide if this is karma, or just the product of shoddy sewing. Probably both.

Who knows how long I was walking around with this giant rip up the back of my dress? About five car salesman and a few servers at our local pizza joint, that’s who.

Thank goodness for flesh colored Spanx. They only thought they were getting a free show…

I spent a grand total of 8 or so hours yesterday frantically sewing up my entry for the VintageModern Design Challenge. Mind you, in that time, I did six loads of laundry, walked to get Froyo, walked back to get groceries and bathed one very muddy Beagle. You could say I was…umm…less than enthused about this project. But it’s done, and I’ve think I’ve gotten more satisfaction checking “Make Vintage Dress” off my to-do list than actually completing the project. So it goes.

If you remember, I had great visions to update this retro pattern.

jumper-dress-pattern

That pattern, turned out to be just a tad bit frustrating. After many, many adjustments and about a half yard of fabric taken in, I came up with this.

I’m not thrilled, but it’ll do. I didn’t press my seams, sorry Mom.

I added some vintage table cloth material for the pocket and neck facing. A little vintage makes everything better.

Check out all the entries here!