Some garment sewing – another hobby.

black-white garment

I love to sew, but I don’t usually have much time for it. So I had decided to take the month of December off to sew, do some other crafty things and, of course, enjoy the festivities which included not only Christmas, but the big wedding celebration of my step grandson, Lex, on New year’s day. It was a lovely month. Unfortunately, the day after the wedding, I got sick. The flue or a terrible cold – who knows, but I just felt awful and it took me almost a month to get over it. So now it is back to square one trying to catch-up again and finish everything that was left undone. And I am still sneaking in a nap now and then when I feel I need it.

I did however get several garments sewn. I am so pleased with how they turned out that I want to show  you a few of them,

The first one, the black and white top shown at the top of the page is part of on ensemble of black slacks with a black and white top. The top was made from leftover fabric from another project, what a bonus.

The next one is actually not new, but it was very plain so I jazzed it up a bit with some beads. Sewing beads is not my favorite job, but I was pleased with the result:

white with beads

I love sewing sweaters from knit fabric. It is so forgiving and this one went together very quickly, but looked a bit plain also. Fortunately, I had a good bit of fabric left over and I had seen lots of scarves or neck warmers on Pinterest, so I decided that was just what it needed. You’ll find lots of pictures on Pinterest and some instructions, but mostly it is just draping it over your body to see how it looks. In case you are wondering how I made mine, I am including some quick directions and a sketch to show you.

Here are pictures with and without the scarf:

white knit top

white knit Scarf

And here are the directions:

neck warmer

2 layers, approximately 8″ x 32″ (I used a thin knit lining for one).
Trim the corners at an angle as shown.
Place right sides together.
Sew close to the edge, leaving an opening for turning.
Turn inside out and top stitch along the edge, closing the opening at the same time.
Sew two buttons approximately 5″ and 7″ from the left edge.
Try it on to determine where you want the buttonholes.
Sometimes, buttonholes are hard to sew through thick material, but you can sew large snaps under the buttons instead.

This a very quick little project with lots of variations possible. Great for beginning sewists.

Have fun every one.