Pinterest: Tried it Tuesday #2

I have had a fantastic 2-week break from work!  It was definitely needed.  I am moving forward with my life in many ways and it is sometimes scary.

However, this post is about another recipe I have tried from Pinterest.  I tried (and loved) the avocado, tomato and fresh mozzarella salad I came across on Pinterest.  It is a very simple recipe.  I was leery of making it for some reason; maybe because I was not used to those flavors together.
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But this one was a hit!  At least with me it was.  I even thought it was tasty with chicken added.  The twins wouldn’t touch it either way.

I also tried a variation of the recipe with cucumber added.  Ehh, I’ll pass on making that again.

Pinterest: Tried it Tuesday #1

Still not sewing.  My wardrobe might be in flux once again, and I’m waiting to find out which way things will fall.

In the meantime, I was thinking about all the recipes I have tried off Pinterest – and I filled a page with the titles.  There have been some successes and there have been some flops.  More successes though🙂.  I thought I would chronicle the things I’ve tried from Pinterest here on the blog.  At least until the sewing starts up again.

The first recipe I am going feature is what I had for lunch today:  hummus – with a twist

I found this very nice basic hummus recipe from Pinch of Yum on Pinterest.  

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Photo Credit - Pinch of Yum

I substituted black eyed peas for chickpeas and Sazon for salt.  My children really liked it hot with dipper tortilla chips.  I had it for lunch today with crackers.

This was definitely a success!

Long Time Gone

My goodness, it has been a long time since I posted here!  I haven’t even been checking other blog posts.  I opened Bloglovin’ the other day and there were over 700 unread posts!  I just closed it back…  I have been on Pinterest a lot though.  And keep trying out a lot of the recipes on there.  There’s some yummy stuff on there!

Things have been a little *ahem* hectic since I began working full-time as a teacher assistant in a high school special education classroom.  I think I’ve sewn 1 thing since I started work.  Pitiful.  Thankfully, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel soon and I hope to get back in the saddle of blogging and sewing.  There may be more life posts mixed in with sewing posts.

This commercial reminds me of my life right now.  Indeed.com commercial

Finished: McCall’s 7989 Knit Camisole

I had a very cute knit camisole in college.  It came with matching boyshorts, which are long since gone.  I held onto the camisole even after it no longer fit comfortably in the bust. I finally made a better version of my comfy knit cami.

Here I am with my fitness swimsuit under it since the elastic straps are not bra friendly.

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Pattern Description:
Misses’ fit and flared slipdress pattern from the 1990s. 

Pattern Sizing:
I began with the size 16 fitted slipdress pattern I worked on last year. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Umm, not really.  I wanted to recreate a knit camisole I loved (and outgrew) from my college days.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions?  I winged it…

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that I had — ostensibly — already fitted the pattern. 

Fabric Used:
An ITY knit from the stash. I’d bought it from fabric.com in April.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
— I shortened the slipdress to hip length.
— I added a bust dart to the slipdress pattern and kept it in the knit camisole.  I am learning I absolutely need a dart in my knits.
— I used fold-over elastic (FOE) for the neck binding and the armholes.  After destroying the FOE on my first camisole, I got this one right after much (MUCH) practice.
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— I thought the pattern was fitted to my body already, but when I tried on my cami, it was too big by a lot.   I wound up taking in the sides by 4″ on each side to get the fit I wanted.
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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely be sewing this again.
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Finished: Butterick 5606 Dress

I sewed a dress from the pattern with which I made the Young Miss’s red tunic.

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Pattern Description:
Pullover dress is close-fitting at the bust, has slightly flared skirt and drapes extending into tie-ends with raw edges, wrong side of fabric will show. May be worn forward or backwards. Wearing instructions are included.

Pattern Sizing:
I used size XXL.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes this time.  I still didn’t make the wrap.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn’t use the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I still like that this is an incredibly simple pattern.

Fabric Used:
A 4-way stretch from the stash. I’d bought it from Gorgeous Fabrics a while back.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I added 4″ to the length, then hacked it off again.
I also removed a 2″ wedge from the front armhole on each side.
Finally I used fabric for neck and armhole bindings.
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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend this super simple 2-piece pattern to others.  I look better in things with more waist definition.

Or as the Young Miss put it, “this dress looks like a shapeless sack.”  Thank you, YM😉.
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Finished: McCall’s 6168 Cardigan

I have this lovely front drape multicolored cardigan that I wear pretty often in the winter.
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View C of McCall’s 6168 is very similar to my multicolored cardigan.  Hooray for finally sewing it up!
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Pattern Description:
Cardigans A, B, C have long sleeves, stitched hems and shaped lower edges; cardigan A has front pockets that do not lay flat; cardigans A, B have front button closures; cardigan C has optional button closure, wrong side of fabric will show.
I made view C.

Pattern Sizing:
8-16. I used the 16.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done
sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Um…I didn’t use the instructions.  But when I glanced at the instructions,  they looked straightforward.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that View C looks like one of my favorite RTW cardigans.  I just wish the ends wrapped all the way around my waist.

Fabric Used:
I used a tissue weight knit from the stash.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Because I like complicating my life, I flat felled all the seams.  had to widen the sleeves. I also shortened the sleeves to 3/4.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely sew this again. Next time I would add to the tails so I can wrap them as I like.

Finished: Butterick 5336 Harem Pants

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I have a bit of a love affair with harem pants.  I remember making two pair for freshman year in high school.  One pair was corduroy. I wore them for my first day of high school.  Yeah, I was that girl.

I went on to make several additional pair of harem pants over the years.  I mostly wear them in the summer now. Yeah, still that girl.

I’ve been dreaming about a pair of grey harem pants since 2011. I bought the fabric and everything.  Too bad the fabric shrunk significantly during pre-wash.  I’ma wear ’em to Aqua Zumba anyway.

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Pattern Description:
Misses’ harem pants pattern from 1991.

Pattern Sizing:
I lost my original pattern somewhere along the way. I traced a pair of harem pants I made freshman year in high school.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Sort of. It wasn’t as loose fitting as usual.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions used to be easy. See above re: lost pattern.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Seriously?  I love this pattern.  This version is probably my 6th pair over the years.

Fabric Used:
A grey woven from my stash.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made some necessary changes to the pattern.  I have a 36″ inseam and a 49″ outseam. When
my fabric shrank during pre-wash,  the yardage came up short. I cut the legs narrower than the pattern called for. I then let out all the seams to 3/8″.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This pattern is a favorite of mine for summer pants. They’re kooky,  but I love them. I would recommend this pattern if the pants match someone else’s kooky style & one can get ahold of a copy.