Monday, November 18, 2019

Great for the Layering Seasons Ahead

      camp shirt + dress sewing                           pattern

                                                         Liesl + Co.

Isn't this a great and versatile pattern?  This one is similar to the last post but with so much more in the realm of  possibilities for making dresses and tops to use year-round.

Using the long sleeves and adding a little length to the basic dress it could be fashioned from a heavier weight flannel, denim, corduroy, twill, heavier cottons made for skirts, jackets or jumpers.There are some rich fall colors that would wonders with a simple turtleneck, leggings, tights, or knee highs and a pair of comfortable brown boots with matching belt, scarves,  jackets or sweaters could be short or long.  This is another every day sew easy dress with lots of possibilities.  Keep the fabrics natural in order to stay warm and comfortable.

Monday, June 24, 2019

A Very Practical Pattern

 The camp shirt is one of those cool, classic and comfortable styles that looks great on all.  It calls for a few basic pieces and goes together rather easily and quickly.  Many patterns are available depending on preferred details.  Great Copy St. Croix Shirt is on sale until the end of June.  I like the idea of being able to use this shirt pattern to make a lightweight jacket for those cooler days of summer as seen in the pink fabric example below.

New Look also has a very simple one offered in  New Look 6197.

One of the benefits of sewing your own camp shirt is being able to make it  in the colors and fabrics  of your choice.  Basic white or cream works well with any colored skirt worn tucked in or outside.

This is an older pattern on Etsy.

Check out the camp shirts offered in the following patterns.  Some don't offer short sleeves, but you can just figure how long you want a short sleeve and fold the pattern to that length allowing for the hem.

Then there is a book by Cindy Taylor Oates called The New Camp Shirt available here and here as well as other places.
This is the newest camp shirt book offering princess seams.

The older publication of her camp shirt book below.

This is her original book that is a straight shirt without an fitting.

                                         These are some of the options offered in the camp shirt book above.

It is what is in our heart that determines our choices in clothing.  To honor God in all things is our desire.
May your choices, clothing, and sewing time all bring glory to God.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31

Sunday, May 26, 2019

3 pieces is all it takes for a great outfit!

Available here

I have found for those days with cooler weather that only three pieces are necessary to make a complete and comfortable outfit.  I use different basic patterns  for my skirts, tops and  jackets.  Alternately , I have found items at thrift shops that work well for tops and jackets.  The possibilities are endless.
What I prefer on days that show no sun, is to wear a turtleneck sweater, warmer jacket, and a scarf.   When the wind makes a difference, I try to find fabric that doesn't have a loose weave.  Otherwise a  t-top made of woven fabric works well with a shorter sleeve on warmer days but not warm enough to remove the jacket.  Likewise pick fabrics that work with your weather situations.

With 3 pieces in mind I have decided to use New Look patterns for possibilities since these seem to be more available in a variety of places.


Here  are some ideas for skirt patterns.  Choose styles that come below your knees both standing and sitting.

New Look 6346

Blouses and Tops

Here are some ideas for tops, depending on your preference of simple T-style, button-up, or modified
neckline of collar variations.  Keep the necklines high and buttoned so there's nothing revealing and loose enough to keep cool and modest.


Then there are the choices of jackets, depending on your body shape and preference including short, medium, and longer lengths.

New Look 6607

And then..
.................................the favorite denim jacket works well with casual clothing.





Denim Jacket Patterns

Here are some patterns and sources for Denim Jacket patterns.


Kingston Jacket
Stacie Jean Jacket

AMAZON  offers  many styles of patterns for jean jackets.

Etsy also offers patterns for jean jackets.

Remember to always run your outfit by the Lord in order that it may be pleasing to him for it is he whom we ought to please because our bodies are not our own and we live to glorify him.