Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kwik Sew 3156 More Casual Clothes


Aloha Online Ohana!  How was your Christmas?  We had a blessed time with family and friends here in Maui.  My extended family, in central Oregon, kept sending me pictures of the beautiful snow covered trees and mountains, so in a way I felt like I had a taste of a typical traditional Christmas like I used to celebrate in the mainland USA.  I'm still getting used to these warm sunny Christmases even though this was my seventh one!  But I guess to all my sewing buddies down south, warm Christmases are not that strange!  
The above picture is a new discovery for me.  It is a house built on a cliff that you can rent for events near Kapalua.  It is walking distance to Kapalua Bay, which has fruitful fish sightings if you want an easy place to snorkel.  Wouldn't this be a neat place for a wedding reception?  The view is amazing.  Beyond the house is a place where you can jump off the rocks into the ocean.  The day we were there, the water was rough and surging and quite majestic.  

Oh, but this post is really about Kwik Sew 3156.  I made a combination of the tops shown in view A and B.  My top has the neckline of view B, but the sleeves of view A.  I still seem to be in the mode of sewing casual clothes.  However, Christmas brought lots of lovely new fabrics that have gotten the creative juices flowing again.  Here is a sampling of some of them.  I can't wait to get started.


I used a stretchy, heathered-mauve, french terry for this top and sewed it with the wrong side showing.  I finished the sleeve edges and neckline with the right side of the fabric folded over onto the wrong side of the fabric.  Then I topstiched both with my coverstitch machine for a deconstructed type of look, because the raw edges are showing.  The top can be worn with or without the self-tie, which isn't included in the pattern.  I made the size small and did not make any fitting adjustments.  I did cut a strip of fabric for the neckline binding.  The pattern would have you finish the neckline like the hem, by serging the edge then folding over 3/8" and stitching it down.  I like the shirttail hemline.


I don't know about you all, but one thing I really need to do is clean up my sewing space!  It has gotten out of hand.  I plan to do that with the free time I have while the kids are on their school break.  Today is also special because it is my birthday.  I would love to celebrate with a give-away for one of my crossbody bags.  How about Turquoise Tropics?
If you'd like a chance to win this bag then leave a comment, with an email address where I can reach you (like this: upcountrymom"at"yahoo"dot"com) saying that you'd like to be included in a random drawing to be held on December 30, 2012.  My boys love to pull a name out of a hat, and it has been a little while since my last drawing.  Thank you to everyone who stops by to read and comment.  It's been a great year!

35 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

I love your new top Mushy. It looks stylish and comfy. Would you please enter me in your contest? fayedoll(at)coxdotnet.

gwensews said...

I always enjoy the photos you take of your breathtaking scenery. I may never get to Hawaii, so seeing it via your blog is wonderful. Your KS top is sweet. I like the curved hemline and tie belt. Oh yes, I would love to have your bag. Please enter me in the drawing.

gwensews at comcast dot net

Happy New Year!

Irene said...

What a lovely cozy top! Love the way you "dressed it up" with the finishing.

marysews said...

Happy Birthday to you!

"I would love to win this bag," says marysews at gmail dot com.

Anonymous said...

Yet another inspiring job! I wish I had your wardrobe. Please enter me in your drawing as well.

Cindy, icravethisstuff "at" gmail "dot" com.

Lori said...

Great new top, it looks fantastic on you. Happy birthday!!

Judith said...

Happy Birthday, Shannon! Love all the Xmas fabrics - just ideal gifts for you.
The shirttail hemline is very flattering, as is the colour of this top - just love it.
Could you pop my name into hat ...enjoy your day...J...
djagouw"at"dodo"dot"com"dot"au

Gorgeous Things said...

Happy Birthday to my fellow Capricorn! I'm so glad you had a lovely Christmas. One of these days I hope to spent Christmas in HI. I have been to Kapaluah, but I don't think that house had been built when I was there (before the kids were born). What a lovely place!

I think your top looks great, and I recognize some of those fabrics. :) Have a great time sewing all of them!

shams said...

Happy Birthday! That is a great top, a good basic.

kathy said...

Happy, Happy Day!
May your sewing always go smoothly.

Andrea said...

Great top, Shannan, love the way you finished it with the raw edges.
Happy Birthday!
I miss the snow and cold at Christmas too.

(satinbirddesigns"at"gmail"dot"com What a beautiful, generous giveaway!

Uta said...

Happy birthday, Shannon! The top is lovely and looks supremely comfortable! We could have snow for Christmas (and we did have snow a couple of weeks ago). Instead it's 8 degrees Celsius and rainy. I'd take Hawaiian weather over that any day!

Carolyn said...

Happy birthday Shannon, and your new cardi is very cuddly and comfortable-looking. I'm so glad you had a lovely Christmas :) we had a nice day, but it was 40C... phew! And we have another week of over 40C to come :( thank goodness for the pool...

Sue said...

Happy Birthday from one December baby to another. Lovely of you to host a giveaway... please include me quiltsewsewsue at gmail dot com. I love the raw finishes on your new top. Merry Christmas also from another warm climate... :)

Karin said...

Happy Birthday Shannon! And Merry Christmas too!
Your new casual shirt is lovely. You are such a good seamstress.
The bag looks great, but don't put me in the contest, I am still enjoying and getting compliments on the other bag you made that I won!

pdiddly said...

Happy Birthday Shannon - your top is lovely as is the house by the sea - what a wonderful location.

nessie said...

Thanks for a grat giveaway. I so need an over the shoulder bag. the leather straps have worn out on my current handbag! Great top too.
(foundnessie"at"hotmail"dot"com

Angela said...

Happy Birthday! My hubby's birthday was yesterday, so we are in the birthday mood here on the mainland. I love reading your blog - so talented! And, the crossbody bags are wonderful! "mykidzrfun" at yahoo dot com works. Thank you so much for thinking of your readers in this way, I know we are all excited!

Amanda S. said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Dharma said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful view of Maui!! Have visited two times and would love to return!!
Your top loves very comfy. Great idea to use the wrong side for the major pieces and the right side for the trim. Your ideas get me thinking about creative ways to change things up when sewing!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

Happy Birthday Shannon, and I always like to see your fabric purchases - you know I love your island style.

Margaret said...

Happy Birthday Shannon, and a Happy New Year's as well, quite soon! I spent years in the tropics and love the tropical Christmases, with the palms blowing in the warm breezes. I'd love to be included in your bag drawing. :-)

seastars_and_sanddunes "at" yahoo "dot" com

Laury said...

Happy Birthday! Please pull my name from the hat! Laury shepherd@buckeye-express.com

Alexandra said...

Happy Birthday! and I love your top.

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday! I love the top and also the bag!

Kyle said...

Happy Birthday Shannon!!!! Hope you are having a great day!!!

Myra said...

Beautiful scenic photos and a great top too! Happy Birthday Shannon!

Erlinda said...

Happy Birthday. Love to see what you create.

Erlinda said...

Forgot my e-mail. sewkool at att dot net.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Happy birthday! You're right, that shirt tail hem is a really nice feature. I like your finish that uses both sides of the fabric. Enjoy your holiday time!

Nancy T. said...

I'd love to win the bag - always enjoy your blog. tteigen "at" swbell "dot" net

velosewer said...

Happy birthday Shannon. Your top is lovely and very you.
All the best to you for 2013.

fabric epiphanies said...

Your top is lovely. It looks really cozy looking.

I am a little behind on my reading. I have been away on my summer beach holiday. I love Christmas in the southern hemisphere...the beach, barbeques, picnics...I couldn't imagine it any other way.

Pin Queen said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm just catching up on my blog reading. I really like your top - it's a style that particularly appeal to me! Thanks for al your lovely photos, it has been very wet and very grey here int the uk!

Joy said...

Super cute top - I especially like the hemline and the belt. The cozyness of a sweatshirt and yet very stylish. You can't beat that!

And happy birthday!