During the Memorial Day weekend, I went scrap diving thru my growing pile-o-sraps that my hubby wonders why I cant seem to get rid of! My response is always the same, although laced with some irritation… you see trash, I see fashion opportunities! also known as small projects like these two simple summer tops. I knew there was a reason I couldn’t throw away those lovely, psychodelic bits of fabric over the years!

McCalls 6320 view B is perfect for a scrap dig! Just shy of 1 yard to make so you can’t beat that! This is my 2nd time making this top. I especially love this one because of this fabric.


I really love the rhinestone buckle I found at the craft store. Adds a nice touch.


I also made McCalls 6751.


The photo on the jacket is sort of misleading. The model’s top is close-fitting at the waist which I like. My version was not close-fitting at all at the waist. I may tweak it a little to achieve that fit. Also, I used bias binding along the edges instead of doing the fold over method but I think the bias distorts the shape especially the back opening. Next time I’ll try it without the bias.


My scrap heap got lighter by a mere 2 pounds but its a start!


Restoring My Faith in Burda

Okay, I’m still in the midst of my colossal Burda coat project but I had to take a few breaks in between to make some easy sewing projects. One of them is this jersey pullover using Burda 7866. This is my 2nd time making this top and it’s really about restoring my faith in Burda. You know, something easy to offset something hard. This was definitely a straight forward easy pattern. No confusing, read between the lines translating German to English. Yep! An easy breezy, no brainer project. Hopefully, the ulcer I’m developing over the monster Burda project has diminished. I picked up this fabric from Habermans at the Michigan Sewing Expo in September. It’s a jersey knit. I love the abstract design and the feel of the fabric.

This has to be one of my favorite tops. It’s comfortable, stylish and I get a lot of compliments when I wear it. I love to see my coworkers’ reactions when I tell them it’s from my Basement Boutique!

Well, I guess it’s back to the OTHER Burda project!