The Zipper Flower Clutch

This was fun to make.  I had some extra plaid material and some zippers I did not need.  I saw a cute clutch in a store a thought, “I could easily make that”.  This is the result!  I included a clutch snap in the front and done!

Just something a little different………

From Muslin to Dress (almost….)

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The Update:

The dress in not quite done yet. I have neck, arms and hem to complete.  Using the muslin made a big difference in fit and style decisions.  The fabric is fabulous!

I might do a small cap sleeve – not sure yet.

The Muslin:

After many, many years of sewing, I have discovered a new love of making a muslin first. This is a great way to get the feel of the pattern, make adjustments as you go all before toughing the fashion fabric.  I also helps a lot if I am between two choices of fabric.

The pattern is Vogue 8871 and the beautiful fabric from Mood is Digital Print Poly/Neoprene Blue/White/ Floral.

Pattern Manipulation Practice – the Half-Sized Muslin

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To All,

I decided that I would really focus on pattern manipulations and garment fit so I am taking classes over the next few weeks to perfect this skill.

So I expect to create even better fitting and looking garments.

Stay tuned……..

Alice Sews

Softly Pleated Dress


This is Pamela’s Pattern #115 – Softly Pleated Dress.  This was a joy to make.  The dress has lovely pleats at the waist .  The pattern has quite a few selections of sleeves and necklines so the possibilities are really almost endless.  The fabric is a drapey knit that was a breeze to sew.  The fabric was purchased at Steve’s Sewing & Vacuum in King of Prussia, PA.  I already have plans to make another dress with this pattern.  Spring is on the way….soon!

Softly Pleated Dress:

Pattern: Pamela’s Pattern #115 Softly Pleated Dress

Fabric: Black/White knit from Steve’s Sewing and Vacuum, King of Prussia, PA

A Mash Up: Today’s Fit Vogue & McCall’s creates the Perfect Outfit

New Outfit

New three piece outfit:

Pants: Today’s Fit by Vogue (V1411) Sandra Betzina Puzzle Pants:

  • Fabric – black ponte knit from Mulberry Fine Silks and Fabrics, Carborro,  NC

Shirt: Today’s Fit by Vogue (V1363) Sandra Betzina T Shirt

  • Fabric – floral knit from Mulberry Fine Silks and Fabrics, Carrboro,  NC

Cardigan: McCalls (M6084) view A

  • Fabric – Ponte knit from Mood Fabrics, NYC

Picture taken at Omni Grove Park Inn – Asheville, NC