Janice's Sewing Projects

I first learned how to sew in my teens, and have been sewing off and on since then.  I had a brief hiatus in my early 20's and resumed sewing more frequently with the advent of my 2nd child, and a new sewing machine.   About 2 1/2 years ago, I was introduced to some of independent pattern companies (Sewing Workshop, Green Pepper) and have not looked back since.

Most of my sewing projects these days consist of clothes for myself and son, and a few home-dec projects. Yes, I AM a fabricaholic -- don't even ask!   I also knit, and the same lust for fabrics sadly seems to transfer to a lust for yarn.This is my web page, showing some of the sewing projects I have completed.  Images are sorted by Pattern company, with some of the newest FPs shown here.

Click on the thumbnails and links in the following pages for a larger view.

The print used in the background is a chintz entitled "Brother Rabbit" designed by William Morris in 1882. This fabric was designed as a tribute to the Uncle Remus books, first published in 1881, and a favourite of the Morris family.


What's New?

Kwik Sew 2908
View B panties made out of stretch satin
The underwear binge continues! This pattern contains a series of basic panty patterns. This is the bikini style made in a stretch satin. Waist and leg edges are finished in pink lingerie elastic. For a close-up of the waist finish see here.

Kwik Sew 2749
Boys Shorts, groovy floral nylon

This is a pair of shorts just made for DS out of some nylon that I got for summer -- the basic pattern has 1 pleat in front, pockets and a mock fly front. For this version, I omitted all of the cargo pockets, and created a cut-on waistband. For a detail of the waist area, see here.
Kwik Sew 3167
Boy cut underwear in beige cotton/lycra
Ok, I finally decided to make underwear! After seeing a number of reviews on PatternReview, and going and shopping for underwear and getting sticker-shock, I pulled out some remnants of cotton/lycra and decided to try a boy-cut style. I have a few new pants with a lower waistline, and this style seemed to fit the bill. I made 2 pairs, and tested out a few alternatives to the pattern. On the beige pair, I serged, turned and zigzagged the legs -- no elastic. The fabric is pretty stretchy, and the RTW versions I have had no elastic on the legs. For the other pair, I used clear elastic, serged to the edge, turned and secured with a multiple zigzag. I don't know that I prefer one over the other -- they are just different.

Vogue 7607
Bias skirt with yoke

Linen/rayon blend

This is a modification of View B of Vogue 7607 Views A/B. I wanted to make a bias cut skirt, with the stability of a yoke at the top, and thought the drape of this pattern would work quite well. I had already worked out fitting issues with previous unaltered versions of this pattern. I used the back pattern piece and copied it for the front, evening out the hemline. This version is made up in a linen/rayon blend with a black/white floral print. For a closeup of the yoke, see here.

Mini Pattern Reviews Sorted by Major Pattern Company

[ Stretch & Sew ] [ Kwik Sew ] [ Vogue ] [ McCall's ] [ Burda ]

[ Sewing Workshop ] [ Other Independent/Self Drafted ]

Other excellent links:

  • Pattern Review is an excellent site with all kinds of reviews sewn by real people, Includes tips and pitfalls, as well as some photos of finished garments


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Works in Progress

Underwear! Various versions of KS 3167 and KS2908

Black version of the black/white floral skirt

Stretch and Sew City tees -- cap sleeve t-shirt Cotton/lycra blend -- fitted t-shirt. I have a couple of transfers I want to use, and I need a couple of basic white t-shirts for summer.
Burda World of Fashion

Capris for summer! I am making these out of Duppioni silk, lined with China Silk. Very decadent, but well worth the effort I think.

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Last updated May 4, 2003