Feb 15

What Happened?

Yes, it’s been a while! I got so busy doing the PR Sewing Bee, then the holidays, and then ….. Ok, here is what happened with the Sewing Bee.

Round 3’s challenge was to make the Winter Street Dress in two knit fabrics. Here is my entry, done in a puckered poly knit and a stretch faux leather.

Winter Street Dress

I added the keyhole neckline (it’s bound with the stretch faux leather), changed the front skirt pleats, added a waist yoke and changed the rear pleats to gathers. I like it and it fits perfectly.

It was good enough to bring me forward to Round 4: pants, made with a non-stretch fabric. OMG!!!! I had only made stretch leggings, yoga pants, and non-stretch pj pants before this.

I knew fit would be scrutinized so I started by trying on all the pants in my closet. I had a pair of Calvin Klein wool trousers that fit very nicely. I was going to trace them off for a pattern but noticed a small hole on one butt cheek area. Not a good area for a repair! I took the pants apart to use as a pattern for my challenge pants.

I decided to build on my very successful A-line skirt idea, this time with the idea of Pantalons (French for pants) (pants is another word for underwear in the UK so I wasn’t going to use the word on mine). I went with a street fashion style in a blue hemp canvas-type fabric from my stash. I used a Clorox bleach pen to bleach them, and a Sharpie marker to mark on them. They’re fun!

Pantalon pants

How did it all shake out? I pretty much came in 2nd. Not bad…we started with 140 entries and went down to um, 11 or 12 in the final round…that was waaay further than I thought I’d go. I won an awesome scissors set from Pattern Review, too!

Dec 14

Butterick 5891 using men’s shirts

For round #2 of Pattern Review’s Surprise Sewing Bee we were to make an adult garment using up to 5 men’s button down shirts. I chose to make Katherine Tilton’s Butterick 5891, the vest option, but with sleeves.

PR mens shirts before

These are the shirts I used. The rayon/linen blend on the right made up the majority of the garment, with pieces of the other two used as facings and embellishment. We were allowed a small amount of other fabric for embellishment also, so I used a hand dyed wool gauze to make reverse applique circles, and red silk dupioni for bias trims and a small pleated portion on the hip area.

PR mens shirt (7 of 12)


It was a blast using the mens shirts! I didn’t win this round, but the competition was fierce and I was quite pleased to be chosen to move ahead with 24 others.

You can see my contest entry here.

PR mens shirt composite

Dec 14

I won, I won, I won, I won!!!!!!!

I won

Yes! My A-line skirt won the first round of the Pattern Review Surprise Sewing Bee!!!!! There were 140 awesome entries and I am quite humbled. But I’m also quite thrilled as the prize was a box full of gift wrapped books from Roost Books, including Love at First Stitch written by this round’s guest judge Tilly Walnes. The books I received are all sewing related and are just lovely! Roost also included a big tote bag with their cute birdie logo on it. Love, love, love! Thank you Pattern Review and Roost Books!


PR books prize