Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring Into Color

Thank goodness for these tours, or I might forget to make posts for months. I swear I've been sewing, but I've been so busy with school and parenting and basically life that I can't seem to get around to taking decent pictures of anything to put up here, especially in the freezing cold. At least the last part of that might change, now that it's officially spring! Now if the weather would just get the memo, because it definitely snowed today...


March's theme for the Sewing By Ti blog tour is the spring Pantone color forecast.

Most of the colors are, well, really not ones I wear. Hm. Plus, for colors that are supposedly the big thing for this season, the ones I liked were very hard to find! So I tried for Palace Blue, and ordered this beautiful Art Gallery Challis, only to realize once my fabric arrived that there was no lighting that would make it match that shade, no matter how much I love it. Those sketched roses though, they have a pink that's definitely somewhere between Ash Rose and Blooming Dahlia, and I realized I had some french terry in my stash that was almost precisely the same color.



I made a Deer & Doe Reglisse Dress, which is also on my #2018makenine list this year so it's a two birds with one stone make! This is view B, with no collar and a faux button placket. Even though I was running out of time, I was a responsible seamstress and whipped up a muslin of the bodice. I'm petite from shoulder to bust, and found that this was a little long for me, plus the armscye was really low. The front fit okay since I took up the room in the bust, but for the final version I took almost an inch of length out of the back between the shoulders, which also shortened the armscye. It turned out gorgeous in the challis, and the skirt has amazing twirl factor. This sewed up surprisingly quickly, though I found the directions for the bias neckline finish a little confusing at first. I finished the skirt with a rolled hem instead of the bias tape finish used in the pattern to prevent stiffening the hem.



To go with it, both for the color and because it will be cardi weather for months still, I made the New Horizons Vermont Cardigan with sparkle french terry from So Sew English that I had on hand. I chose the cropped version, which didn't exactly turn out all that cropped, or at least not quite like I'd envisioned. I'd call this hip length on me. But remember that petite adjustment I did on the dress? I definitely didn't do anything similar here, so that's pretty much my own fault. The pattern itself was straightforward and came together really quickly, and the French terry is oh so soft and easy to work with.



Apparently I'm going to be wearing pink sweaters this spring, who'd have figured? And also get to be closer friends with my rolled hem foot for finishing these circle-type skirts that I seem to have a thing for right now. I think I'm good with that one!

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to check out the rest of this month's great color inspiration!

Thursday, March 1st: Sewing By Ti- Intro

2nd: Tenille's Thread



Monday, March 5th: Confessions of the Pink Obsessed

6th: Sewn By Lone

7th: Sewing By Ti, Stylin Stacy

8th: EYMM

9th: Stitched by Jennie

10th: Elli and Nels



Sunday, March 11th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier

12th: Very Blissful

13th: My Heart Will Sew On

14th: Sewing Blue

15th: Seams Like Style

16th: Kate Will Knit

17th: Twinado Alley



Sunday March 18th: Mermaids Den

19th: My Sewing Roots

20th: Our Play Palace

21st: Kathys Kwilts and More

22nd: The Fairy Dust Bin

23rd: Oak Blue Designs

24th: Aurora Designs Fabrics



Sunday March 25th: Flaxfield Sewing

26th: Seams Sew Lo

27th: Ma Moose

28th: Back 40 Life

29th: Auschick Sews

30th: Manning the Machine

31st: Mermaids Den

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Red, White, and Pink Tour

Welcome to February's installment of Sewing By Ti Tours!


I couldn't tell you the last time I made, or even bought, something pink for myself. It's really more Ellie's color than mine, and I don't really have much red or white in my wardrobe either! But when my red project didn't come together as planned, I found this pink triblend French terry from SoSewEnglish and just HAD to make something for myself. It is so soft and cozy, I could buy it in every color and live in it.


Made for Mermaids Mama Claire has been on my list of things to make for awhile, and it worked great with the lightweight French terry. I should probably have chosen something else for the neckband since there's no spandex in this fabric to help the stretch recovery, but it works fine as a layering piece. I'll know better next time! I really like the crossover front, and even though it's supposed to be reversible, I don't see myself wearing it the other way.


While this top goes pretty amazingly with jeans, I had the urge to pair it with a white skirt. Problem being, I didn't have a white skirt of any kind, nor do I have a ton of white fabric. Fortunately, I had ordered several yards of white voile for something else which arrived at the very last minute, so I used it to pull this two layer circle skirt together the night before I took my pictures. I have never been so thankful for my rolled hem foot!


I put them together and... it was just too super sweet. I totally adore these pieces, but since the straight up sweet and innocent look just really isn't my style, I paired it with Moto boots and a black camisole for just a little touch of edge.


It was so beautifully warm for picture taking that I didn't even freeze in a skirt without tights! Too bad the spring weather won't stick around, but I'm enjoying the preview!


Thanks for reading! Make sure you check out the rest of this month's red, white, and pink inspiration!


February 1st: Sewing By Ti (intro),  Mahlica Designs

2nd: Sewing With D

3rd: Sewing With Sarah

Sunday, February 4th: Tenille's Thread

5th: My Heart will Sew On

6th: Kathy Kwilts and More

7th: Stitched By Jennie

8th: EYMM

9th: With Love In Every Stitch

10th: The Bear and the Pea Atelier

Sunday, February 11th: Our Play Place

12th: My Sewing Roots

13th: Margarita on the Ross

14th: Very Blissful

15th: Seams Sew Lo

16th: Sew Sew Ilse

17th: Aurora Designs

Sunday, February 18th: Sewing Scientist

19th: Manning the Machine

20th: The Fairy Dust Bin

21st: Hazelnut Handmade

22nd: Kate Will Knit

23rd: Lulu & Celeste

24th: Flaxfield Sewing

Sunday, February 25th: Twinado Alley

26th: Ma Moose

27th: Auschick Sews

28th: Oak Blue Designs

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Sews for the New Year

It's a new year! Last year, in spite of good intentions at the start, I drifted more and more behind. Then I just totally dropped the ball once school started in the fall. Oops. So I'm picking up, dusting off, and will try again! So welcome to 2018, and another Sewing By Ti Tour!



My new sew for the new year is the Jasper Sweater by Paprika Patterns. I've had this on my "want to make" list for a seriously long time - about 3 years. Last year I finally bought it, and now I finally made it! I skipped a muslin,  jumped right in with my good fabric, and crossed my fingers and toes because I really do know better. Apparently my pleas to the sewing gods were heard, and granted, because I'm in love.



I chose the dress version with the collar, used this organic cotton sweatshirt fleece from Fabric.com, and this is the softest, coziest dress ever. It's a terrible shame that I didn't get this done before Dressember, but there's still plenty of cold weather to go here in Maine! The princess seams give this a much more tailored look and it passes for being dressier than a usual sweatshirt, especially with the collar instead of a hood.




The pocket on this sweatshirt is awesome. I always like having a front pocket, but don't always like the way it looks. This pocket is on the inside, and the welts are really super easy to do. She walks you through, and even has a video if you are a more visual learner! Lining the pocket calls for a lighter jersey, and provides an opportunity for a hidden fun fabric - I used some very colorful galaxy print scraps that were hanging around from another project. Please excuse the cuff wrinkles - I wore and washed this once before taking pictures. I tried to press them after coming out of the wash, but they stubbornly refused to iron out completely.


I almost skipped the epaulet and button at the collar, but I'm so glad I added it at the last minute. The button is another great place to add a pop of accent color if you're so inclined, though for this one I stuck with just a lighter blue. This will definitely be a repeat to try other options, like the neat hood!

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed. Don't forget to check out the previous tour posts if you missed them, then look for each new stop this month!

Monday, January 1st: Introduction- Sewing by Ti 😀
5th The Fairy Dust Bin *** You are here.



Sunday, January 7th: Minn's Things



Sunday, January 14th: Sew Like a Sloth
19th Ma Moose


Sunday January 21st: Flaxfield Sewing



Sunday January 28th: Sew Haute Blog


Sunday, August 6, 2017

My Favorite Things

I hopped back on the Sewing By Ti tour this month! So today, I get to share with you a few of my favorite (sewing) things.


At first I wasn't sure which item was my favorite, especially since most of what I've sewn (and failed to blog about... oops!) recently had been cosplay items. But then I realized that it really wasn't such a difficult choice. My favorite item that I've made that's in regular rotation in my closet is, hands down, my N7 themed Halla Elora Convertible Dress. I love how I feel in this dress, and now that I'm done con sewing for awhile, I really need to make another!



The skirt on this dress has been around for almost two years. It began life as the skirt portion of this dress. When I realized I wasn't wearing it as a dress, I took the bodice off and added a yoga waistband, and wore just the skirt until this past May. That waistband had gotten too large, so I cut it off and used it as the skirt portion of my first Elora. The best part about this pattern? Fold the top down, and it's back to being a skirt. The skirt is a rayon spandex blend, but I used a sturdier cotton lycra for the bodice to be sure it would hold the weight of a maxi dress.


Unfortunately, I did not make that tee. I love my geek inspired handmade items and official merch, but I came across this design on TeePublic, and couldn't pass it up. A game reference to musical theater by one of my favorite characters is just too me.

As for my current favorite sewing notion? Wash away wonder tape.
This stuff is magic, and has made me change my "too lazy to hem things made of knits) ways, which is probably for the best! Essentially, it's double stick tape for fabric that you can easily sew through, and then washes away with water. If you've never seen it before, it's super easy to use: stick it along the raw edge, being careful not to stretch out your fabric, then pull off the paper and fold it up. Stitch with your preferred hemming technique for whatever you're making. This works even on a curved hem, which is a huge headache saver. Here I used it on a top made with a cotton/lycra blend, but it works on slippery fabrics as well to stabilize your hem while you sew.


I really should have gotten a picture of the finished hem, but I'll confess that it's still sitting on my table with the hem taped and not sewn. Some weeks are like that! I hope you enjoyed my favorites. Don't forget to check out last week's tour posts if you haven't yet, and make sure to follow along for the rest of the month to see everyone's favorite things!

Tuesday, August 1st: Intro, Tenille's Thread

Sunday, August 6th: The Fairy Dust Bin ***You are here.
11th: EYMM

Sunday, August 13th: Lulu & Celeste
18th: Ma Moose

Sunday, August 20th: Embrace Everyday

Sunday, August 27th: Made By Melli
30th: Me Made

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ch-ch-changes


Changes and transitions seem to be a theme in my life right now. Spring to summer, new beginnings, old to new. I decided to take some old things that no longer fit (or, to be fair, never really did) now that I've lost 30 pounds(!) and upcycle them into something new and wearable. Unfortunately, it totally slipped my mind to take "before" photos until I'd already cut things up. Oops.


I'd bought a men's XL Hogwarts tee at Target at some point, maybe with the intention to make something else, but I never did. It became a sleep tee instead, because it was oversized. Last time I wore it, I was absolutely swimming in it - there's no way I need a men's XL anything! So I used the Patterns for Pirates Cross My Heart Cami to turn it into a summer cami that will actually get some wear. I love it, but I will shorten the straps next time. This style has been a go to for me for years, but I never had a pattern to make my own. I'm pretty excited that now I can! I think I'll go raid the men's tees at Target next time they go on sale. ;)



The skirt is upcycled from this dress. I love this style, and when it fits properly I find it to be super flattering. It fit well enough when I bought it, but the top became huge and the waist started sitting several inches below mine. I just couldn't wear it anymore. So I chopped it off at the waist and made a skirt! I had to add a waistband lining and put some elastic in it, and I'm really not used to things sitting at my natural waist, but I kind of love it.


Thanks for checking out my post! Now go click through to check out the rest of the month's Ch-Ch-Changes inspiration!

Sunday, May 1st- Sewing By Ti, Tenille's Thread



Monday, May 8- Sewing By Ti

May 9th- Sewing By Ti

May 10th- Sewing By Ti

May 11th- Lilliepawillie

May 12th- Sewing By Ti



Monday, May 15th- Anne Mari Sews

May 16th- Mahlica Designs

May 17th- Ma Moose

May 18th- The Fairy Dust Bin

May 19th- Harper + Lu



Monday, May 22nd- Margarita on the Ross

May 23rd- Very Blissful

May 24th- Creative Counselor

May 25th- Doodle Number 5

May 26th- Ade Says



Sunday, May 28th- Sew Like a Sloth

May 29th- Anne Mari Sews

May 30th- Stitching and Making

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Me Made May '17 Pledge



This year, I have totally dropped the ball on getting prepped for Me Made May. Thanks to some fairly significant weight loss in the past few months (Yay!) a number of my handmade items no longer fit (Boo!). Just like a lot of my rtw clothing. Funny how they don't magically change size with you. I'm crossing my fingers that I can manage without having to sew up 20 new things, because I really don't have time for that. I have a 5 year old with a broken leg, and cosplays to get working on for June.

So with that, here's my MMMay17 pledge:

'I, Kate of The Fairy Dust Bin blog and @thefairydustbin, sign up as a participant of Me Made May '17. I endeavor to wear at least one item of me-made clothing each day, and all me-made outfits (excluding underwear, socks, footwear) 3 days per week for the duration of Me Made May.'

Typically I take daily photos and post them to IG. I plan to do that again, but am not making it part of my pledge this year.

At a glance, with most of my me-mades tossed on a bed, this will definitely be a challenge.

Yeah... That's a mess.
Several things that no longer fit well haven't made it out of my closet, and one pair of leggings is my lone pair of pants. Yikes. It's not as warm this year doing Me Made May in Maine instead of Maryland (whoa, that's a lot of "M"s), so I see at least a couple new pairs of leggings being sewn in my near future. Maybe a pair of real pants if I can make the time. But we'll make this work! Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sewing Up Spring


I am so, so ready for spring this year. Signs of it are finally starting to pop up here, and we've had a couple of teaser days that warm weather might decide to stick around eventually. Mostly though, it's still been pretty cold, so planning new things for warm weather has been more like dreaming. I wasn't feeling terribly springy when it came time to plan for this tour, but at some point I mentioned it to a friend who not only puts up with my babble about craft stuff, but is super amazing and sometimes even actually pays attention. ;) He gave me a suggestion that bears little resemblance to what I ultimately made, but it was enough to spark a new stream of ideas, which was exactly what I needed.


I'd found the butterfly voile at JoAnns, while looking in the quilting fabrics with my mom. I had no idea what I'd do with it, but I loved it and just had to buy it. It was perfectly springy for this project, but I don't typically wear a lot of light colored dresses. Black? You bet. Darks and brights? I like them too. But pastels and white? Um, no. Solution? Layer it with black. Add lace. I'm really just excited that this pretty much worked just like it did in my head, because in the past things usually haven't.


This dress, believe it or not, started out as the Made for Mermaids Mama Quinn. Yup. I made up a straight from the pattern version first (oh hey, that one's pretty light and springy too!), which I also adore, and then hacked the pattern to pieces and redrafted them to make the dress pattern that I just. could. not. find. I added in a waistband, made the back bodice more fitted, and used a skater style skirt instead of an a-line. It took two test versions, and it's not totally perfect, but I'm very pleased with how it turned out. The bodice is both underlined and lined in black, and there are two black underskirts, both with lace in the hems.




For this project, I actually broke out my grandmother's old pinking shears to finish a lot of the inside seams. The lining is only sewn in around the neckline, so the bodice seams aren't truly enclosed. Serging felt like it would add too much bulk, but these fabrics really wanted to fray, so I decided it was as good a time as any to try out pinking them to help things hold up a little better.


I had intended to style this with the tights and boots. The arm warmers weren't in my original plan, but the colors worked, and it was just over 40 degrees when I went out to take pictures. Not so much on the spring weather here in Maine. I'm looking forward to warmer weather, whenever it finally comes to stay, and wearing this without all of the extras!


Thanks for checking this out, now go see what the rest of the bloggers have done this month!
Be sure to follow along to be inspired!

April 1st: Sewing By Ti



Monday, April 3rd Sewing By Ti

April 4th Crafty Like a Rox

April 5th The Socially Awkward Seamstress

April 6th The Socially Awkward Seamstress

April 7th Robynne and the Bobbin



Sunday April 9th Sew Like a Sloth

April 10th That's Sew Lily

April 11th Hazelnut Handmade

April 12th Doodle Number 5

April 13th Crafty Like a Rox

April 14th Sewing By Ti, Ma Moose



Monday April 17th Anne Mari Sews, Robynne and the Bobbin

April 18th Rebel and Malice

April 19th Very Blissful

April 20th The Fairy Dust Bin

April 21st Sewing By Ti



Sunday April 23rd On Wednesdays We Sew

April 24th Tenille's Thread

April 25th Ma Moose

April 26th Margarita on the Ross

April 27th The Socially Awkward Seamstress

April 28th Sewing By Ti