12 in 12: I’m late

12 in 12 challenge, Sewing

Here’s my “January”. A lightweight floral poly/nylon shell with a wide banded bottom, banded neck and banded armhole opening completely made on my Grandma’s Ruth gorgeous BabyLock serger (Thanks again for letting me borrow it!).

{Me trying to look cute while taking my own photo}

I drafted this shell loosely following a Simplicity cardigan back, cut a 6″ band for the bottom, 5″ band for the neck and 2.5″ bands for the armholes against the grain. I thought it was a 2-way stretch(ha!) but it worked out since it added more stability. This will be great in the summer with it’s loose fit and bright, lightweight fabric.


{My attempt to show the whole tank without looking like I have belly full of lunch, fail}

I only paid $2 for this top. Yay for clearance bin at JoAnn’s! I was there buying fabric for a friend’s baby shower which I will do a post on soon.

Goal: 12 garments in 12 Months


I thought I’d share some of this years sewing goals.

Sew 12 garments for me!

I want to fill in my wardrobe with clothes that fit well.

I love shopping. Online shopping. Fabric shopping. Online fabric shopping. So I scored some incredible deals shopping at fabric.com This is pretty ambitious especially since I’m a month behind 🙂

All stash fabric are listed in between the “~” symbols.

  1. 3/4 sleeve tunic length top  ~black & white checkered rayon knit~
  2. Short sleeve top ~shiny gray, red & silver diagonal stripe poly knit~
  3. Tank top with Side Ties ~turquoise posh poly knit with diagonal stripes~
  4. Cocktail dress ~green rayon-blend knit with gold metallic threads or pink taffeta with black lace overlay~
  5. Summer wrap dress ~pink & orange hibiscus print poly/lycra~
  6. Cowl necked sweater dress ~purple 3×1 rib knit poly~
  7. Paper bag skirt or this skirt
  8. Pleated & full party skirt ~pink taffeta or satin I can’t remember~
  9. Tweed skirt or sweater cardigan ~purple 3×1 rib knit poly for the sweater~
  10. Everyday skirt with pockets
  11. Swimsuit ~neon green and black swim fabric~
  12. Lightweight coat ~black rib for edging~

I also want to sew

  • Mesh produce bags
  • Headbands
  • Scarves
  • A purse
  • Armwarmers
  • Baby shower gifts(I already made a little kimono top)

What are your sewing goals for 2012?

Mom’s Apron and Bag



I made the super cute apron above for my mom for birthday almost 2 weeks ago.

My mom loves pink and I love black and white.

Together it makes a nice color combo.


It’s reversible.

The “front” side has a pocket made with the dots fabric

and it has a ribbon on it that you can hook your thermometer to.

Also it has a double ruffle which was tricky to make.

I didn’t add up the layers of fabric(8) and broke quite a few needles trying to figure out what’s going on!

I ended up hand sewing the back seam.


There is exactly 1 exposed seam that is on the waistband,

but it’s only for 2 inches and it’s serged.


Did you see the matching bag?

Fully lined and so cute!

We filled it with bath products from LUSH.

Gil and I had a lot of fun picking out bath treats from the jam packed store,

that was filled with so many lovely smelling and fun shaped goodies!

There was so much scents in the air that my asthma was a little bothered

so you might want to keep that in mind if you suffer as well.

The staff was very friendly and helpful.

We even got to see a demo of one of the bath bombs.

We will be going again!