Liberty of London Peter Pan Collar Top

I finished another top for the Pattern Challenge!  I’ve been having too much fun sewing clothes for myself, I’m worried I might turn into the Selfish Seamstress!!

 

Does anyone recognize that fabric?  It’s the ever lovely and luscious Liberty of London in Dunvina.  I purchased it when I was in London at Shaukat Fabrics (they have a humongous stock of gorgeous Liberty prints at the best prices I’ve seen, you can order them online).  I only purchased 3/4 metre, which was just enough to make the body/sleeves of this top.  I had originally envisioned the collar made out of the same fabric, but alas, I ran out.  Instead a used a beautiful cotton/sateen by Robert Kaufman.

 

I used the basic top and sleeve pattern from…you guessed it….Simplicity 2599 (are you guys majorly sick of this yet?) and added a self-drafted peter pan collar.  The collar is the sweetest accent and it was so much fun to make!

I used this method for attaching the peter pan collar, and it worked out perfectly!  If you do decide to use that tutorial, the one part that confused me was what width of bias tape to cut.  In the tutorial she says to use a 1.5″ folded bias strip, which I took to mean cut a strip 1.5″ and fold it in half.  This leaves you with a 3/4″ bias strip, which is fine, but when you go to sew it on you’ll need to use a about 1/4″ seam allowance in order to have enough to fold to the back and topstitch (rather than the 1/2″ seam she instructs you to use).  Other than that one point of confusion, the tutorial was great!

To give this top some shape I used elastic thread to shirr 3 rows under the bust.

I love that the inside looks as finished as the outside with serged raw edges and the bias tape cover around the neck.  It also doesn’t hurt that there really isn’t a wrong side to this fabric!


Oh my, wouldn’t this make the sweetest dress?

Pattern Challenge: For Him

 

PatternMcCall’s M6044
View:  E
Size:  Cut between a Medium and Large (yes, you can do that!)
Fabric:  3 yards homespun plaid from Joanns ($3.99/yard)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes, very much so!

Were the instructions easy to follow?  I actually thought the instructions and techniques were very simple to follow.  Even those tricky looking parts like the collar and cuffs turned out to be quite easy.  Usually when I make a pattern there is at least one part that I get tripped up on, but this one didn’t have that.  Every step was clearly explained and pictured, making the construction of this top a breeze.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I wasn’t too crazy with how much hand sewing there was (back of the collar, both sides of the button yoke).  The inside didn’t turn out as nice looking as the outside since I had to try to hide my seams by hand sewing the lining over them. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  The only change I made was to use metal snaps rather than buttons/buttonholes.  This was a huge time saver!  Plus, I wanted this shirt to have that 70s/western flair, which these “pearl”-covered snaps helped to achieve.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I am already making plans to sew this again!  This time I’ll let my hubby pick out the fabrics (I bought this plaid fabric on a whim and thankfully, he liked it!).  I’m thinking one that’s a little bit more dressy (maybe a black on black stripe).

Conclusion:  I highly recommend this pattern!  And don’t be afraid to cut between sizes if you need to.  My hubby didn’t measure perfectly as a medium or large so I just eyeballed my cutting line right between the two sizes and it worked out perfectly.  He loved the fit so I don’t think I’ll have to do anything differently next time.  This pattern also makes it super easy to adjust for arm length and shirt length, so if your man doesn’t normally fit in RTW (ready to wear) shirts, you might consider making a muslin first to adjust for a great fit.  Remember, the sleeves pieces will seem very short, but the cuffs add a good 3″ or so to the over length of the sleeve.  

Here’s the happy customer: 

 

 


 

 

Thanks to Alicia from Posy Gets Cozy for inspiring this!!

Winner!

The winner of the $50 CSN stores giveaway is…..

Shorty over at Securityville!!

Congrats, Shorty!  I will email you about how to claim your prize later today.  And to everyone who didn’t win…fret not!  Jamie from CSN stores has made me a “Preferred Blogger,” meaning I’ll have the option to do many more giveaways in the future, perhaps every other month!  I’ll try to throw in some fabric/sewing related ones as well, because I’m pretty sure that’s why most of you are here!

Summer Beach Quilt

There’s still time to enter my giveaway for $50 to CSN stores!  Click here!!

And, check out a great tutorial for the most adorable baby sun suit ever here on Savvy Stitch!  Tell Emily I sent you!

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I’ve finally finished another quilt!  It seems like it has been ages since I finished a large quilt, and in looking back at the archives, it has been since Christmas (Sammy’s quilt).  I used my friend Dacia Ray’s Easy Beach Blanket Pattern (free!) and it worked great!  I love the size of this blanket for beach-going (about 80″ x 55″).  I was very envious of this quilt when Dacia would bring it for us to picnic on every 4th of July.  Thankfully, my jealousy kicked her into gear for writing the pattern so that’s a plus!

I made this using all large scraps I had on hand.  I like the random assortment of colors with a dominantly yellow/teal color scheme.  It also has a tie on one end which allows me to roll it up and tote it to the beach (yeah right, I live in Seattle, let’s be honest:  there is no beach-going…).

I tried something fun for quilting this.  I did wonky straight lines, intersecting each other randomly along the way.  I was hoping that the way it puckered up would mimic waves and I think it kind of worked.  I haven’t washed it yet, and I suspect the puckering will become more dramatic once it shrinks. 

Seeing it all rolled up like this makes me insanely happy.  I know…I have a problem!  I think there are support groups for this type of thing!

And one last photo, for fun.  Here’s how I spent last Saturday hand-stitching on the binding.  I love this part!  Does anyone else love hand-stitching the binding or is this another support-group worthy quirk?  Nevertheless, the weather was absolutely beautiful, the grass was green and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.

What’s your favorite part of the quilting process?

Closed: Giveaway!!!

EDIT:  This giveaway is now closed.  Please come back in a couple of months for another giveaway from CSN stores!!

Hi Friends!

I’ve got a giveaway for you guys today coming from the lovely folks at CSN stores.  These guys sell practically EVERYTHING!! From wall sconces and shoes to cookware and baby toys…you can find almost anything you could possibly need or want at one of their online stores!

The winner of this giveaway will receive a $50 gift certificate to be used at any of their 200+ stores.

Here are some of my favorite CSN picks for summer (all under $50!):

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Cudas Gladiator Sandals

Rope Hammock

Fold and Go Charcoal Grill

Ice Tea Dispenser

To enter this giveaway, you must follow #1 below, and you may follow any of the other options for more entries.

Here’s how to enter:

REQUIRED:  Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would buy with $50 to CSN stores.

EXTRAS: You can earn more entries by doing any of the following (be sure to leave a separate comment for each one):

  • Subscribing to my blog or letting me know that you already do.
  • Becoming a fan of Come and See the Seitz on Facebook.
  • Spreading the word!  Another entry for blogging, tweeting or facebooking about this giveaway.  Just leave the link in your comment.

The fine print:

  • I’m so sorry to my international readers, but this giveaway is only open to those with US and Canada addresses.
  • I will keep this giveaway open until June 16th.

In the next couple of weeks I’ll have a review to post of a product from CSN.  I’m thinking about getting a small bookcase to house my ever-growing fabric stash.  I’m so excited!

50s Chic Apron

I designed and created this 50s style apron as a custom order for a friend.  I think it turned out super cute!!

It has a sweetheart neckline, with darts on the bust (so it doesn’t gape open) and a circle cut skirt.  It was so fun to make the pattern.  I’m thinking about writing out the pattern and selling it for $5 as a PDF download.  I think it would make a great Christmas or birthday present for moms and best friends.  Another nice think it is only uses 1.5 yards of fabric, so you can make it for pretty cheap.

I made a sweet little rosette pin, which can be worn with the apron or used to embellish another item.

The sun is shining today (a rarity, it seems, for Seattle) so I’m all inspired to finish a beach quilt I’ve been working on for a shameful amount of time….once that sun goes down I’m going to get to work making the binding and getting it finished.

Hope you all have a blessed Saturday!

Pattern Challenge Update!!

I’m back!! 

Oh wow, you guys, what an amazing trip!!  It is surreal to me that I am back home and that this trip is behind me.  My husband and I had such an adventure and we loved every minute of it!  Someday soon I will sit down and tell you more about it, but I need to build up the energy for that first!  I’ll tell you this:  there was much fabric shopping involved!  Although I didn’t buy much (we only brough a backpack each for the entire trip), I certainly enjoyed exploring Europe’s fabric stores and seeing what was trendy over there.  I took tons of pictures of the fabric stores and I can’t wait to share them with you!  It is good to be back!

On another note, the Pattern Challenge is going strong with 32 official members on Flickr (and 75 photos of finished garments!).  I thought it prudent to show you a sample of the amazing things we are making for this challenge!!  I am continually impressed by the talent for garmet-making that I am seeing on this group!  It has definitely given me tons of inspiration to get back to sewing now that I’m home.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the pattern reviews and I have bookmarked several patterns that I want to try.  So, without further ado, here is a sample of some of the things you can find on the Flickr Pattern Challenge Group.  Enjoy!

Burda 7661 by Kari of Handmade Mommy.  Pattern Review here.

Coffee Date Dress by Sue Loves Sew.  Pattern Review here.

Japanese Beginner Dress and Tunic Book #18 by Liesl Made.  Pattern Review here.

Smock Top from The Galloping Horse.  Pattern Review here.

5191 McCalls from Sew Bee It.  Pattern Review here.

Simplicity 2593 by Kristie in the Clouds.  Pattern Review here.

Mendocino Sundress by Unfinished Projects.  Pattern Review here.

Amy Butler’s Cabo Halter by Smiles of a Summer Night.  Pattern Review here.

Alabama Stitchbook’s T-shirt Corset by And So I Sew.  Pattern Review here.

Simplicity 8018 by Lemon Cadet.  Pattern Review here.

Modkid’s Frida Dress by Sewing the Stress Away.  Blogged here

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress by Piccoli Piselli.  Pattern Review here.

Simplicity 2593 by Sew Loves Sew.  Pattern Review here (the top is made from a Liberty for Target scarf!!)

So there you have it!  Are you thoroughly inspired?  I sure am!  And this is just some of the action going on in our Flickr group, so check it out!  It’s not too late the join in the fun!  Just let me know if you’re interested in joining the challenge and see the instructions here, we’d love to have you!!

My Favorite Quiche Recipe (plus Oven Fries)

I’ve made this quiche so many times I couldn’t even begin to count.  I don’t remember one time when it didn’t turn out great!  It is one of those completely fail safe customizable recipes that you will make over and over again.  I’m surprised I haven’t shared this before now, but I hope some of you will try this!  I’m also sharing a recipe for delicious Oven Fries.  Cook these alongside the quiche for a perfect compliment.

Weeknight Quiche Recipe

Ingredients:

-Frozen pie crust, thawed for 15 minutes
-3 eggs
-1/4 cup half and half (half whole milk, half single cream)
-1 1/2 cup milk (I use 1%, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
-1/2 tsp. salt
-dash of nutmeg or paprika
-dash of pepper
-1 cup grated swiss (NOTE:  You can substitute mozzarella, goat cheese, monterey jack or even feta; just make sure you have 1 cup)
-1/2 onion, diced
-5 slices bacon, cooked to crisp and cut in small pieces (NOTE:  There are tons of options for substitutions here if you don’t eat meat or could spare the extra calories.  Use what you have on hand:  I love using a handful of sliced cherry tomatoes, spinach, ground sausage, or diced red bell peppers.)

Instructions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2.  After the pie crust has thawed for 15 minutes, pre-cook the crust alone for 15 minutes.

3.  While the crust is cooking, saute the onion in butter or olive oil (season with salt while cooking) until transluscent and slightly browed.  Be sure to also saute your cherry tomatoes, spinach or bell peppers, if you choose to use one of those instead of bacon.

4.  Meanwhile combine the eggs (slighly beaten), milk, half and half and seasonings in a mixing bowl.  Add the grated cheese and mix to combine.

4.  Once the pie crust has pre-cooked for 15 minutes, carefully remove it from the oven and spoon the onion/meat or veggie mixture into the crust.  Pour the egg mixture on top of this and allow the pie crust to cool enough so that you can carry it back into the oven (it’s very hard to do this with oven mitts on, so I usually just let it cool enough so I can touch it).

5.  Cook for approximately 45 to 50 minutes, or until it is no longer jiggly in the center and browned on top.  Allow it to cool for 10-15 minutes before eating.

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Oven Fries Recipe

Ingredients

-1-2 large russet potato or garnet red yam per person
-1 1/2 tsp. cumin
-1 tsp. paprika
-2 tsp. chile powder (use less if you have a particularly spicy chile powder, mine is quite mild)
-1/2 tsp. onion powder
-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
– 1 tsp. salt
-1/4 tsp. pepper
-about 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil per 4-6 potatoes, adjust according to your amount

Instructions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (if you’re making the quiche, these can cook at the same temp in the same oven, or cook the fries alone at a higher temp if you want a quicker fix – approximately 410 degrees for 25-30 minutes).

2.  Wash the potatoes/yams and cut them into 3/4″ thick matchsticks.  To do this, first cut them in half (hamburger style), then cut eat smaller piece in half (hotdog style), from there you can cut them once more hotdog style, if needed, and then cut them into thick matchsticks.

3.  In a small prep bowl, combine the spices and seasonings.

4.  Place the potatoes in a large ziplock bag, add the olive oil and spices and shake, shake, shake!

5.  Spread the potatoes onto a cookie sheet and cook for 45 minutes, or until they are crispy on the outside and soft inside.

Add a bit of fruit or a green salad and you’ve got the perfect weeknight meal!

The Jetsetter Wallet is Here!

The Jetsetter is the savvy traveler’s best friend.  With my upcoming trip to Europe in mind, I designed this wallet to be the carry-all for my travel documents, identification and credit cards, change and cash.

This wallet contains: 

  • passport sleeve, snug for security
  • zippered coin pocket
  • long pocket for airplane tickets and travel documents
  • 6 credit cards slots
  • vinyl see-through ID slot
  • pen holder
  • magnetic snap closure
  • ruffle detail on back
  • heavy interfacing for durability

Finished Dimensions: 

  • Closed:  4.5” x 8.75”
  • Open:  9.25” x 8.75”

Available June 2010 from my Etsy shop.  Custom orders welcomed.

Guest Blogger: Lace Tank Tutorial from Kate Johnson

Finishing off the Guest Blogger series is my wonderful sister, a crafting diva, who is a huge source of inspiration to me.  Everything she makes is adorable, and Maddie and Sammy are always the best-dressed kids around!  Take a look at that hat Sammy is wearing in the image above, Kate made that!  She has to have made over 20 hats now (all for Sammy), so if you are in the market for a baby hat, let me know and maybe I can convince her to start selling them!!  Enjoy this great tutorial for a simple lace tank top.  This would look so cute with my Lace Panties!!  Thanks, Kate!!

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Lace Tank Tutorial

from Kate Johnson (my sis)

I’ve been sewing my daughter Maddie lots of cute, reversible summer skirts with bright colors and busy patterns.  The only problem is, it’s really hard to find a  top to go with such colorful bottoms.  I designed this simple tank to go along with her skirts, and realized it would be perfect and easy for an adult size too!  I’ve gotten them down to about 20 minutes each, so I can make  one to match any skirt.  I’ve also used this same pattern for the top of a dress, and then attached a silk chiffon skirt to the bottom for a more dressy look. Enjoy!

Materials:

– Stretch lace – see panties tutorial for a great place to buy stretch lace- you will need enough to go around neckline and armholes- use tape measure to determine amount to purchase.

– Knit fabric or old tee-shirt- amount depends on size tank you are making

1.  Draw out pattern (one front and one back).   Take your favorite tank and simply trace the outline.  A trick I use to outline the front neckline is I use my seam ripper or other sharp tool, and poke little holes all along curve, onto paper below, then connect dots with pen.  After, add 1/2″ seam allowance everywhere except neckline and armhole (you will be adding lace here so no seam allowance is needed), and 1″ for bottom hem.  I am making a toddler size in the pictures (click images to enlarge).

2. Cut out pattern.  Test your knit fabric to see which way it stretches most, and cut out so that your width is stretchy (so when you put it over your shoulders it will stretch for you).

3. Cut lace for front and back neckline.  On right side of knit, I like to pin the lace to raw edge of neckline with a slight stretch- not enough that your knit gathers but just enough ensure your lace will not bunch or sag. Sometimes I don’t even pin or cut,  I just start sewing it on with a very slight stretch, then cut when I get to the edge.

4. Using a zigzag or stretch stitch, sew lace on to knit- once right along raw edge of knit and once right along edge of lace.

5. Right sides together, sew front to back at side seams of tank.

6. On right side of tank, pin lace to armhole, extending from front of tank to back in one long piece.  Sew as in step #4. Repeat with other armhole.

7. Right sides together, sew front to back at shoulder seam, taking care to line up lace.

8.  Press bottom raw edge 1/2 inch towards wrong side, then again, and hem.  Or, do as I do and leave as raw edge! It’s for a 2-year-old, come on, no one will notice! Enjoy!