Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Butterick 5786 and Casual Friday

I made this a while age, Butterick 5786.  Please excuse the wrinkles, it's linen.



Pattern Description: Loose-fitting shirt has collar band, mock front bands, shaped hemline and narrow hem. A and B: bias front and back. B: stitched sleeve hems. Collar band A, B, C, D, collar and cuffs C and D: cut on crosswise grain of fabric.

Pattern Sizing: (8-10-12-14-16), F5(16-18-20-22-24).

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't use them, there were only 4 pieced

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Fabric Used: I particularly like the asymmetrical hem. There are no dislikes.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any alterations or design changes.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely recommend it to others. I will probably make another one some day, but I have a lot of other patterns on deck, at the moment.

Conclusion: Quick and easy top pattern.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Orange Creamsicle Dress --Vogue 1382

That's what comes to mind when I look at this dress. 

MISSES' DRESS: Semi-fitted, lined dress (fitted through bust) has yokes,
side front seams, pockets and invisible back zipper.
 
Pattern Sizing: (8-10-12-14-16), (18-20-22-24).
Did it look like the pattern photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes, it
did.
Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, they were easy, I actually skimmed them. 
Why did you choose this pattern?  In addition to buying fabric I enjoy
buying patterns.  I purchased this one when it was released by Vogue and
finally got around to making it.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I also like
color-block.
Fabric used?  Vogue recommended Broadcloth, Crepe and Linen.  I used
a polyester crepe fabric and lining from JoAnn Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made.  
I used three colors instead of two.  
Which sewing machines did you use?  I used both my sewing machine and serger. 
Would you sew this again? I like making two variations of the
same pattern and I’m considering making a winter version.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would recommend it others.

Conclusion:  I'm pleased with my creamsicle dress.  It's a very stylish and came together nicely.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Camouflage Fashion

Here's my inspiration, a Karl Lagerfeld camouflage dress.
I used it in my camouflage knit purchased from JoAnn Fabrics, Los Angeles and Vogue 8946.
 
Pattern Description:  Close-fitting, partially lined dress has front seam/dart detail, pleats, narrow hem and back zipper.

Pattern Sizing:  8 - 24.

Were the instructions easy to follow? This is the second time around with this pattern, I didn't read the instructions.

Did the finished garment look like the drawing on the pattern envelope?  Yes, it did. 

What notions did you use?  The pattern called for a 22 inch Zipper and Hook & Eye. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I'll say it again, I LOVE this dress. I particularly like the gathers in the front. 

What pattern alterations or any design changes did you make?  I omitted the lining.   

Which sewing machine did you use?  I used my serger for most of the construction. 

Would you sew it again?  No, I'm done with this one. 

Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, I would recommend it.

As stated in a previous post, "I'll definitely make this dress again? and I did. 

 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

First Sunday Style

Vogue 1205, a close-fitting, tapered, above mid-knee, lined dress  has front gathers, shaped seams, back darts, back invisible zipper and back vent. 

This is one of my stash patterns.  The sizes range from 8-22.

I purchased the Spearmint Knit from G-Street Fabrics, earlier this year.  The dress is lined with a spearmint knit from my stash, I can't remember where I picked it up. 

I typically don't read pattern instructions, I tend to construct garments like a puzzle. But this one, whew, I made a mess and had to take it apart a time or two.  After reading the instructions from beginning to end, I was able to finish the dress.  I didn't make any changes or alterations to the pattern other than adding my usual two inches to the length. 

While I'm very pleased with my dress, I have no plans to make it again.  One is definitely enough.  I would, however, recommend it to others, but please read the instructions first. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Take Two...Butterick 5752

 I like this pattern so much, I made it twice. 

Butterick 5752, a partially lined dress has front neckline pleats, side front/side back seams, close-fitting bodice, semi-fitted skirt with raised waist, and invisible back zipper. 

The pattern sizes range from 6-22.  I used the serger and sewing machine to construct the dresses.  My finished dresses look like the photo on the pattern envelope and the instructions were easy to follow. 

I used Stretch Sateen to make both dresses as recommended by Butterick.  The fabrics were purchased from Hancock Fabrics a while ago.

I cut the brown fabric first, added two inches to the length, and finished it, too easy.  I liked the dress so much that I got excited and proceeded to cut the green fabric, but I forgot to lengthen it, so it's a little short.  Since I prewashed the fabrics before constructions, I'm not worried about shrinkage. 
 
Would I sew this again?  No, I think two's enough.  But I wish I'd seen SewWil's version of the dress with the piping, on Pattern Review before I made the second one. That was a nice touch.  

 

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pattern Review: Butterick 5950 Knit Dress

I used another piece of fabric from my Los Angeles trip to make Butterick 5950


Pattern Description: Close-fitting dress has neckline and pleat variations, elasticized (seamed) waist, and invisible back zipper. C: bias front bodice. 
 
Pattern Sizing:  Sizes 8-24.  I made View C, sleeveless, in a size 10.  It's, a perfect fit!.
 
Did it look like the phone/drawing on the pattern envelope once you done sewing with it?  Yes, it looks like the drawing. 
 
Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, they were very easy, so easy that I didn't use them.   
 







What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I really like the way the pleats.  I also like the way the bodice fits, I didn't have to add any elastic to make it lay flat.  I don't have any dislikes. 



Fabric used: The pattern is designed for Medium Weight Moderate Stretch Knits.  I used a black and white houndstooth Knit from a fabric store in LA.



Pattern changes or design changes made: The fabric is really stretchy, so I removed the  zipper and the back bodice seam.  I also omitted the sleeves from View C and added a couple of inches to the length. 
  

Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction? I used  my serger for most of the construction. 






Will you sew it again? I don't have any plans for making it again, but you  never know. 


Conclusion:  I like dresses and houndstooth.  This is the best of both worlds.  I love this dress!
 
 
With a sweater.

 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's been a long time

Shout out to Debbie Bennett, for reminding how much time had lapsed since my last post. 

It's been a while--sew, let me catch you up...May was a very exciting month.  I won a $25 voucher from G Street Fabrics for sharing my work in the first week. Thanks G Street Fabrics!!  
 
I spent the second week in Los Angeles with my daughter and in-laws.  Thanks to Kelly Horton's recommendation, I ventured out to the fabric district.  I browsed several, twenty, thirty, maybe more, fabric stores and purchased a few pieces from Michael Levine Fabrics, Lady Fabric and Fashion Deco Fabrics. I stopped at JoAnn's leaving the fabric district and picked up a couple of more pieces of fabric.  Not that I needed anymore, but as I've said before, "Hi, my name is April and I'm a fabric-holic."
 I used one piece of my new fabric purchase on Vogue 8946. 

 

A close-fitting, partially lined dress has front seam/dart detail, pleats, narrow hem and back zipper.  It was a very easy pattern, that I love.  I used a two-way stretch fabric from JoAnn Fabrics in Los Angeles and lined it with a knit from G-Street Fabrics.  The pattern called for a zipper in the back, but the fabric and lining were both stretchy enough, that I didn't need one.  I'll definitely make this dress again and I highly recommend it to others.  One down, five to go!
 
I also joined the Make a Garment a Month Challenge.  Thanks for adding me, but with all the graduations and celebrations, I didn't get a lot of sewing done. 
   



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Me-Made-May '14

I signed up for the MMM'14 Challenge.  I endeavor to wear clothes that I made each day for the month of May and blog about it.  Well, I'm off to a good start...

First outfit - I started the month wearing a Short-Sleeve, Aztec Print Dress with Cut out Neckline. 

This is my version of Carolina Herrera's dress.
Pattern Review Butterick 5852 to the 2nd power.  I used this patter once before.  
 
The instructions were very easy to follow.  This pattern has the same design lines as the Carolina Herrera dress. I love the cut-out on the bodice.  
 
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope?  Yes, it did.  It looked more like my inspiration dress.  I rearranged the contrast fabrics to resemble my inspiration.
 
What fabric did you use? I used a polyester fabric from Hancock Fabrics.
 I also used a black ponte knit remnant from my stash for the contrast.  The dress is lined with black fabric also from my stash. 
 
Would you sew this again?  I think two is enough for now.  But you never know.  
 
Anybody else participating in the MMM'14 Challenge?


Thursday, April 24, 2014

I'm a Bargainista Fashionista

I entered the Pattern Review Bargainista Fashionista Contest.   I created a zebra print skirt inspired by a skirt I saw in Ann Taylor.  The original price was $98.00 on sale for $74.99.


I found the perfect fabric at JoAnn's for my Bargainista version...and it was on sale!


McCall's pattern 6711 skirt has waistband, princess seams, back hemline slit and lined. 

I spent a whopping $11.60 + tax.  The fabric was on sale for $7.79, the original price was $12.99.  I purchased 5/8 yard for $4.87.  I bought the black contrast fabric from G Street Fabrics for $2.99.  The black lining was $3.74, also from JoAnn's and on sale.  I used notions and a pattern from my stash.

I chose this pattern because it had the same design elements as my Ann Taylor inspiration.  My finished skirt looked like the pattern envelope.  The instructions were very easy to follow. 

McCall's suggested using Crepes, Sateen, Twill, Wool Blends.  I used a 58% Cotton 42% Polyester Zebra print fabric.  I'm not sure what the content of the black contrasting fabric is, it was an unlabeled remnant from G Street Fabrics. 

I used my serger and sewing machine to make this skirt and didn't make any alterations to the pattern.                                     
                                   

 Would I sew this skirt again?  Probably.  I would definitely recommend it to others.
 
I'm really pleased with my Bargainista.  I think it's a pretty good Ann Taylor look-alike. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Snow, Seriously!

It's spring, but it snowed!! What an oxymoron.  It was so cold I had to pull out my coat, hat and gloves...brrrr.   The temperature is still dropping.  Tomorrow's forecast "unseasonably" cold.  Still wearing winter clothes, McCall's 5715. 
 

Pattern Description:  Semi-fitted, lined, slightly below waist jacket has yoke, collar, side pockets, bell-shaped sleeves, back pleats, button and buttonhole closure, with stitched hem.
 
Pattern Sizing: (6-8-10-12), (12-14-16-18-20).
Did it look like the pattern photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, they were easy. 
Why did you choose this pattern?  I chose this pattern because of the pleats in the back.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I have no dislikes. 
Fabric used?  McCall’s recommended Gabardine, Linen Blends, Wool Crepe, Wool, Wool blends.  I used more stash fabric, a  rusty-brown Polyester Wool Blend, purchased from JoAnn Fabrics, years ago.  I lined the jacket with potting soil Silkessence fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made.  I didn't make any changes to the pattern.  I sewed View B.
Which sewing machines did you use?  I used the sewing machine for construction of the jacket and the serger on the lining.
Would you sew this again? Yes, I might sew one for the spring or summer.
Would you recommend it to others? It’s an out-of-print pattern.

Conclusion:  I’m done with sewing winter clothes!

Come on spring!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Winter that won't go away

A taste of spring this weekend  got me excited; Saturday we were up to almost 70 degrees.   I had a great weekend.  I Attended my Church's Women's Season Prayer Service Saturday morning #GodIsAWonder.  I got 10,000 steps teaching my noon line dance class.  YAY!!  I went to Church Sunday morning, and afterwards, I made a pit stop to the fabric store.  Why not, since I used some of my stash, I had to replace it.  Don't judge me. Then it snowed again...we got at least five inches. 
Another snew day...Vogue 8944 in neutrals. 

Pattern Description:  Loose-fitting, lined dress has yoke front, back zipper and narrow hem.  Topstitching.
Sizes:  6 - 22.  I sewed a 10.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, they were clear and easy to follow.  It wasn't until I finished the dress, that I had an UH-OH moment when realized I had an extra pattern piece left.  It was just one lonely yoke, laying beside my sewing machine. Talk about being confused.  I have a tendency to not really read the instructions; I usually kinda gloss over them.  But this time, after I finished the dress, I picked up the instructions and read them from the beginning to the end.  There's definitely a typo on the pattern piece, it's instructed me to cut 2, but I only need one. WHEW. 

What did you like or dislike about the pattern? With all the snow, I was in my spring sewing mode. 

What fabric did you use? The recommended fabrics are Crepe, Ponte Knit, Linen Blends.  I chose Crepe in white, beige and black. 

What pattern alterations or design changes did you make?  I altered the flared  skirt to a straight skirt.  The flared skirt didn't drape well on me.  So, I cut the flare.



  V8944
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Sort of, mine is straight.  
 


Which sewing machines did you use? I used my sewing machine for the majority of the construction.

Would you sew it again?  I have no plans to sew this one again.  

Would you recommend it to others? I would recommend it to others.

Conclusion:  According to the calendar, spring begins this week even though you wouldn't know it by looking out the window.  This is a great addition to my spring wardrobe, once spring arrives!   




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

More Stash Busting with Butterick 5673

I am still on my stash busting mission.  I promised myself that I would use some of the fabric I own before I purchase anymore.  For those fellow fabricholics out there, you know how hard that is.  But I'm trying. 

Winter is coming to an end soon, I hope.  So I wanted to make something that's versatile enough for me to wear now and transition into early spring, with fabric and a pattern from my stash.  Check out Butterick 5673, it's an old pattern and I believe out-of-print.

This close-fitting, unlined, dress has neck band, princess seams, below elbow length sleeves, midriff and side invisible zipper closing.  The instructions were straightforward and easy to follow.  I sewed my usual size 10 (I wear a 4 rtw).  My finished dressed looked just like the picture on the envelope.
What did you like or dislike about the pattern? I like everything about the pattern and have no dislikes.
What fabric did you use?  I used a double knit fabrics, I think they're Ponte-Roma knits, and a nylon knit fusible interfacing as suggested.

What pattern alterations and/or design changes did you make?  I didn't make any changes to this pattern other than adding my normal two inches to the length. 

Which sewing machines did you use?  I constructed most of the dress with the Serger and top stitched it with the sewing machine.
Would you sew this again?  Yes, I may make a short sleeve version for the summer.
 If you're able to get your hands on this pattern, I highly recommend it!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Feeling Royal

Did you know the houndstooth  pattern was adopted by the upper class as a symbol of wealth durning the 1930s?  The fabric originated in Scotland in the 1800's, and was originally worn as an outer garment by shepherds.

McCall's 6884 
 Description:  Close-fitting, pullover, mock-wrap dress.

Size: 6-14 and 14-22.  I sewed view B in a size 10.

We're the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, they were easy to follow.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope?  Yes, my dress looked like the sketch on the envelope.

Why did you choose this pattern?  Honestly, it was on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics for $1.00 and I'm a pattern hoarder.  

What fabric did you use?  I used a medium-weight, moderate stretch knit from G Street Fabrics, as recommended by McCall's.

What pattern changes or design alterations did you make?  I added two inches to the length.  I also used clear elastic around the neckline to avoid possible flashing.

Which sewing machines did you use?  I used my serger.

Would you sew this again?  I don't have any plans to make another one, unless I come across the perfect fabric.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would recommend it to others. I really like the dress.  It was an easy to sew pattern.
   
 
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