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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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

When it's cold outside...start on a spring wardrobe

It's freezing cold in DC, so I decided to warm things up by sewing something for the spring. 

First up, an out-of-print pattern, Butterick 5852


 
Pattern Description:  Fitted, lined dress has bias neck binding, yoke, seam detail, and back zipper.
 

Pattern Sizing: (6-8-10-12-14), (14-16-18-20-22) I made a Size 10.

Did it look like the pattern photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes, it did.



Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, the instructions were easy to follow. 

Why did you choose this pattern?  I was drawn to the color-blocking as well as the asymmetrical design.
  
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I have no dislikes. I really like the pattern
  
Fabric used?  Butterick recommended Crepes, Jacquards, Faille, and Stable Knits.  I used two shades of blue, polyester crepe from G Street Fabrics.  The lining fabric was from my stash.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made.  I didn't make any changes to the pattern.  I made View B sleeveless.


Which sewing machines did you use?  I used the sewing machine for construction and a serger on the hem.  I did the opposite the lining.  I serged the lining and sewed the hem on the machine.
 
Would you sew this again? Yes, I would sew this one again.
  
Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I highly recommend this pattern.

Conclusion: 
Spring is just around the corner and I’ll be ready!