Midi Top — A Change of Plans

I was really excited to try the style from McCalls 7115. It had a few really cute dress options and a romper to try. I dutifully did a test run on the army green material posted here: Muted May Colors; which the sizing ran quite large and I made a note to go down a size on the next version.

Unfortunately, the difference from size medium to a small is around 6 inches around the waist and I found I’d have to change my plans…


I kept the bodice it’s own piece and made it a shorter top than normal, but not quite a crop top, and let go of any idea the top would overlap in the center front. And there was no way to keep the bodice and shorts attached at this point, several inches would need to be added length wise, so I kept them as separates.


I used the hook and loop in place of buttons and I really kind of like the look. It is certainly unique in my closet.



This material was one I was saving for a very cool special piece and I am a little sad the original plan didn’t work out however; I do get this fun summer top, a romper for my daughter, and some funky new pajama bottoms (the remains of this romper project which shall remain un-blogged!)


The denim skirt I’m wearing is the Brumby Skirt knock off which has the best – far reaching pockets ever. And here is the McCalls photo stamp of the pattern.

th3158NN3WI am determined to try this again and get it right!!

Thanks for taking a look!





Muted May Colors

And here we are in May, my favorite month, my birthday month. It’s when you can really get a taste for what the summer will hold.

I just can’t get enough of these two together!! So this will be a double feature…

The dress is McCalls 7115. It’s a cute summer dress or shorts romper.


I wanted to try this out before cutting into a more expensive fabric and I had just recently purchased this lightweight green cotton at the bargain store so it seemed a good fit. I love the army green color on this design.

It’s very loose and comfortable, however I may sew 2 size smaller next time since it seems a little too loose.



This was such a straightforward sew and I will make more of these for the hot summer!



Next up is a fabulous wool coat!

But why a wool coat when the days are warming to a toasty 80*?? Because I can… and also because of camping…


So the story here is I am part of a facebook sewing group and everyone is raving about their vintage wool blanket finds from thrift stores. I thought I want a a vintage wool blanket!! So I promptly went out to find one — this really heavy pink one.


When I got home I realized no child would want to wear THIS thick of a wool cape, coat, skirt, anything. I decided I could try an adult coat and see how it goes. Luckily I did because I LOVE this thing!!

I grabbed a denim pattern (butterick 257) from the mid 90’s and gave this sucker a try. It is heavy and stiff and half way through making it I realized there has never been a better camping jacket. The sleeves even stop at the 3/4 length so as to keep my new coat out of the dirt and grim.


The lines of the pattern really help this wool look intentional and professional.


Naturally I had to line this thing. I had no idea that the wool would still itch through the beige fabric!! Still looks great and the itch factor is tolerable.20170522_085525

This pattern did not include a lining so I quickly looked up the basics on this tutorial. Basically adjust the armhole a little and include a gusset on the back.

I did both those things and it must have worked because I do not notice any hindrances.

I hand sewed a lot on this project, all the lining was hand sewn in two rounds plus many other details to ensure all the seams were tucked away.20170522_085803

I took a few days to decide on these over sized snap closures.20170522_09021020170522_09332120170522_09003920170522_09342120170522_09342020170522_09343220170522_09340620170522_093346

I seriously love this look. I pretty much never look this cool, but hey, it’s my birthday month so I deserve it!


Thanks for taking a look.



Most photos by Anna Caitlin Photography who is the best!