Couture Lunacy

Exploring Fashion One Thread At A Time


Another Flower Top Finished and Sweater Update

I love it! From Vogue 8151

I love it! From Vogue 8151

My second flower top is finished! The only tiny quirk I don’t like is the hem. I was using a double needle that broke and I had to trim off part of it and start over. I think the double needle broke because I had a different kind of thread in one of the needles. Anyway, not having two spools of thread (and frankly just not wanting to be bothered) I did my own double hem stitch. It’s okay. Here’s the back


This is a very flattering shirt. The curves are all where they should be and I was amazed that the dart was great in a knit. I am going to make more of these but for now I’m heading back to another pattern I also love that I adjusted to fit. I would have made these last two out of that pattern also but I mistakenly ordered less fabric than I needed. This pattern only uses 1.75 yards – but it uses it all. I have many t-shirt patterns and am going to get going on a couple more after the Holidays. I think I’ll be baking until then.

In the meantime, I have snuck up on completing my Boxy sweater. So far this is where I’m at


There will be multi-colored ribbing on the sleeve cuffs and also on the bottom. I really love the way this has turned out. Since it’s the first sweater I’ve had any hopes of finishing without major mistakes (knock on wood) I am super thrilled with it.

That’s what I’ve been doing – plus a little planning for sewing after the Holidays – here’s a pattern high on my list

Vogue 1367

Vogue 1367

I have several fabrics for this shirt. I may need to invest in an edge-stitch foot before I start though.

So fun times – I was glad I could finish some things without tearing out my hair!



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I’m in a butchering mood today ………..

Swirling around in my head – and I do mean swirling – are two things I want to copy. I will need to make the patterns myself – or adapt them from patterns I already have.

inspireThese are both from Gudruns Joden and way out of my budget. Here’s the other one.



Either of these look simple enough. Eeeeeek. Well maybe not ………..

Anyway today I am getting out the muslin and seeing what I can come up with. I have wonderful fabric that would make the top pattern beautifully – as well as the second. Once I do these, I can make them out of any cloth I want. As I keep saying – eeeeeek.

I’ve also considered using this pattern

McCall's 6605

McCall’s 6605

And adding the sleeves with a bias finish instead of cuffs. This would also be the direction I’m going with this. I want a nice, loose tunic to wear over a tee sort of like a smock. We’ll just see what I come up with! And maybe I’ll accidentally find the navy thread ………….


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Finding Those Special Notions – Button Button Who’s Got the Button?

From time to time I will be working on a shirt that needs buttons. Let me tell you, you do not know boredom until you have tried to find the perfect buttons for your new shirt on the internet. Forget going to the store – we only have a Walmart and JoAnne Fabrics here for buttons and neither of these stores carries anything you’d want to put on a shirt that took your time to sew.

I also knit and have completed a vest that requires buttons. That was several months ago and I haven’t found the buttons yet. I need 9 and they must be special. I’m haunting websites trying to figure out what will work.

I have purchased some cute buttons from Waechter’s Fine Fabrics and some from Sawyer Brook. They’re better than okay but they are nothing particularly special.

As I mentioned on A Little Fluff – I’m back on Ebay – well I was pissed for a while – like four days – and got off – now I’m back on because it is a good way to make money even though they hold the cash for 3 days after the buyer receives the item. Sad but true. Come July that won’t be applied to my account anymore, thank God.

I had purchased a ton of buttons back in the day when I started my business, Cotton Jenny Antique Quilts – I sold buttons along with vintage fabrics, lace and of course, quilts, tops and blocks.

I still have a few of those and when I need buttons I go into the stash and look around. I have Lumiere paints too so if the colors aren’t right but the shape and size is – I paint them. Works a treat! I have Grandma’s and Mom’s old buttons too – my Grandma collected more than Mom. Mom had a lot of shirt buttons ………..

To my chagrin I just remembered that I’d bought some buttons off Ebay back in the 90s. Yesterday I got into that addictive bidding that comes when you don’t want to lose. Cheez. Like never lose. Here’s some of the buttons I bid on – some I won – some I’m winning –

These will be absolutely perfect on the several blouses I have planned. And jackets and tops and whatever. My stash has grown exponentially since yesterday. I need someone to stop me. Now.

Here’s something I haven’t bid on. This reminds me of being at my first Cotton Jenny show at my friend’s quilt shop and the lady who came to me wanting to sell some old jewelry. There was a rhinestone necklace that was 2″ and just a band that fit tightly around the neck as well as a matching bracelet. I sold that set for $600 – that was back when we had an economy that wasn’t whimpering along. I probably couldn’t give it away now ……. But here’s this group


They are asking $189 for the first bid. Well I don’t have $189 to spend on glitz – but if I did – whew. I’m almost glad I’m not back at LL Bean yet because most of a paycheck would go on these …………

If you have time go on Ebay and bid against me – please …………..we might need to eat next month!