Monday, December 28, 2015

Red and Black Jacquared Print Dresses

McCall's 6355, a semi-fitted dress, cut to a knee length, three quarter-length sleeves, round neckline and invisible zipper.  McCall's suggests Cotton, Cotton Blends, Crepe de Chine, Challis, Jersey and Cotton Knits.  I crafted my dress in a soft ponte knit from G-Street Fabrics.  I added an invisible zipper in the side and my normal two inches to the length.  This dress is ideal for both day and evening, even though the pattern envelope features more casual coordinates.   

As soon as I finished this dress, I was ready to start on my next project, but while I sat in my sewing room surrounded by crates of fabric and boxes of patterns I had no idea what I wanted to make.  Have you ever had one of those moments? 
I went through my patterns and fabrics, measured, pondered then I just sat there.   As much stuff as I have in my room,  I felt like I needed to make a fabric store run.  But I didn't, instead I called my sister from another mother, LaToria  (LaToria so creative).  She told me she was working on McCall's 6886, a pattern she had in her stash and slept on it.  I thought that sounded familiar, but I wasn't certain so I looked it up and the first picture that came up was Lucy's (my love affair with sewing)  Dolce & Gabbana inspired dress, which I fell in love with!  I got excited because I had the pattern  and the perfect fabric for a copycat version of Lucy's D&G dress.  My original plan was to make a blazer with the fabric, but this was definitely a great alternative.  Here's my copycat version and I must say, the third times' a charm. 

I constructed this dress with a sweater-knit fabric from JoAnn's and contrast black knit stash fabric. 
Previous versions of McCall's 6886
If I decide to make this one again, I think I'll use a solid fabric. 
Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Color Blocked Butterick

Butterick 6104 and Butterick 5566
I entered Pattern Review's Color Blocked Contest last minute, but this time I actually completed my project on time, YAY. 

Pattern Descriptions: Fitted, lined jacket has princess seams. Semi-fitted, above mid-knee skirt with contrast sides. 

Pattern Sizing: Jacket sizes 8-24 and Skirt sizes 6-20.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The jacket looked sort of liked the pattern envelopes.  The skirt looked like the photo on the envelope.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, both sets of instructions were easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like everything about the patterns and have no dislikes.

Fabric Used: I used a black and white Houndstooth Fukuro knit and black scuba knit, both from JoAnn Fabrics.  I saw the Houndstooth in a Fashion Fusion Magazine during my last JoAnn visit and snatched it up. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added two inches to the length of the skirt and didn't make any design changes to the jacket except for the pattern layout.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would sew the jacket again.  This is the second, third, maybe the fourth time making this skirt, idk.  I would recommend both patterns to others. 

Conclusion: I highly recommend these patterns.

  Back view on Avril...

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Vogue 7975--Sew Versatile

Vogue 7975 is a lined jacket in two lengths with a high round neckline and varying sleeve lengths.  
Vogue suggested wool and wool blends, tweeds, boucle, gabardine and medium-weight linen.  I used a Jewel Heist metallic houndstooth knit (that's a mouth full) fabric from JoAnn Fabrics. 
I saw this fabric in a magazine while in JoAnn Fabrics.  I walked up to the cutting counter with a little attitude and said to one of the sales clerk’s “why is it that you all have all of these nice fabrics in these magazines and not in the store?”  He told me to follow him and I did.  There was just enough left on the bolt to make the jacket, yay!  
I didn’t have particular likes or dislikes about this pattern.  Actually, I never noticed the pattern until I saw it in a magazine.  The pattern instructions were very easy to follow.
My finished jacket looked like the drawing on the pattern envelope.  I made the long sleeve shorter version, with pockets and trim.  A close up picture on my dress form, Avril. 
 I was on a roll that day, JoAnn's even had the trim!

Between my stash fabric and all of the fabric I recently purchased from JoAnn and G-Street, yup, I hit both of them (a couple of months ago), this pattern isn't in my queue, at the moment. 
This jacket is sew versatile, it can be worn several ways!


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Just Skirting Around with Simplicity and Tulle

A couple of months ago, I was in the neighborhood of JoAnn's Fabric so I stopped by.  While there, I met a fellow sew-ist, Christine Paul.  She's a great seamstress, I had a blast talking to her, but she's an enabler,  and it's her fault that I fell off my fabric diet, again.  What was I supposed to do  when she handed me her extra coupons? I couldn't let them go to waste. LOL.  

After I bought  my new fabric purchases home, I washed, dried and added them to  my stash. Yup, and months later, most of them are still sitting.  But I did use a couple of pieces below and added two pencil skirts to my wardrobe.  Both patterns were sized for stretch knits only.   The first one, a  midi-length, something a little different for me.  My original intent was to make a tribal print dress with this fabric until my son suggested a skirt.  The pattern is  Simplicity 1070 and I call it my RusSkirt.   
I love this knit fabric.  It's a medium weight, tribal-print  knit with a soft hand feel. I was able to cut and serge the skirt in about an hour, without any pattern alterations.  Most of the time spent on this skirt was matching the horizontal pattern.  The finished skirt looks like the picture on the envelope.   
My RusSkirt came together so fast, I was able to stitch-out skirt number two,  another version of Simplicity 1072.  This this time in in a ponte animal print.  I finished this super easy in less than an hour.  There were no patterns or prints to match.  I added my usual two inches to this pattern.  The skirt looked just like the photo on the pattern envelope.  I didn't read the instructions during the construction of the skirt. 
Here's my first version of Simplicity 1072 in a mustard yellow knit, paired with Butterick 6097- fitted, buttoned-down, peplum top.  I used a striped shirting from G-Street Fabrics. The shirt looked exactly like the drawing on the pattern envelope.  I didn't make any alterations to the pattern.  The instructions were easy to follow (I read them).  The top came together very well. 
Tulle baby shower table skirt.  Welcome Janell was born November 14th! 
Finished skirting around with a self drafted tulle skirt for my FDIL.  She paired it with a 70s inspired tee for our 70s theme "Jive Turkey" Thanksgiving dinner. More fabric from my JoAnn's spoils.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

I Wear Pink Because I Care!

I'm back! I was so busy this summer that I didn't have time to post. I did get some sewing in and I'll try to catch up on my reviews later.  But in the mean time, here are some pics of a few of my finished garments. 

I used stash crepe on two versions of Vogue 9019, one in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month,  

  and a sleeveless version in a cream. 

I also made a self-drafted tulle skirt for my daughter...this wasn't stash fabric.

I used more stash fabric on this skirt and finally finished my July MAGAM project top.   
My last  project pic is my first exposed zipper skirt both from my stash!


Sunday, July 5, 2015

4th of July Fashion

I wore Butterick 6206 to a family reunion dinner this weekend.  The pattern is a pullover dress with close-fitting bodice variations, elasticized waist, and narrow hem.

The dress looked just like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope.  There were only four pattern pieces to this dress.  The instructions were very easy to follow, even though I didn't need them.   I made this dress in the morning and wore that evening.

I used the recommended lightweight moderate knit fabric in a navy stripe, from my stash.  I can't remember where I purchased the fabric, either G-Street Fabrics or JoAnn.  It could've been a Hancock Fabrics purchase, who knows-- 

I used Bodice A with the even-hemmed bottom.  I actually cut out Bodice C first, but while talking to my daughter on the phone, she suggested I make the tube top.  Since I had enough fabric left, I did.  I'll use Bodice A for another project. 

I would definitely recommend this pattern to others and I'll probably make it again. 

This a very easy pattern that can be dressed up or down, depending on the fabric and accessories.  Love it!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Day Late and a Contest Short

I joined the PR Fabric Stash Contest last month.  The object of the contest was to reduce the size of your stash. You also have to share your stash.  All of the pictures and posts I see of other fabric stashes are nice and neat, mine isn't.  I keep my fabric piled in a plastic crate.  I didn't count the number of pieces, but it's a lot. 
While working on this contest, I dug deep into my crate and came up with some pieces that I had forgotten about. 
One of my finds was this purpled Crepe originally purchased from JoAnn.  I used the Crepe to make Vogue 9021, a fitted dress with front and back extending into sleeves, low armholes, back zipper and hemline slit.  I don't remember what I was planning to make with it, but here's the stash busting dress.
It was an easy pattern that looked like the drawing on the pattern envelope.  I added two inches to the pattern length and omitted the sleeve facings. I knew the two inches would work and didn't think the facings were necessary and I was right.  The dress came out perfect!   
 I also found a Cotton blend floral fabric also from JoAnn Fabric and an apricot color Crepe from G-Street Fabrics.  I used those pieces to make peplums using Vogue 8815 and a  skirt. The skirt is  McCall's 3930, my TNT pattern.    
 Great coordinates...

These pieces, both from G-Street Fabrics, weren't buried at the bottom, just buried.  The TNT skirt, a  blue Crepe and a the blouse, Butterick 5890 in a polyester.

I did it!  I decreased my stash by 6 pieces. But, I was a day late for the contest.  Oh well, I'm ready for the next one. 


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Simplicity 1167

Let me tell you what happened one day earlier this month.  I was out for a drive and my car took over, held me hostage and drove itself to G-Street Fabrics.  It gets better... and wouldn't leave the parking lot until I went into the store.   I tried to resist.  It was like a scary movie, my nav kept yelling at me "get out the car!"  I'm a fabricholic, so I got out the car and went shopping lol.  I only purchased a couple of pieces though.  Well, a couple is two, I actually bought four pieces, so I guess that makes it a few.  I had a cart full of fabric and left most of it on the cutting table.  I could've done some real damage... ijs.  G-Street has some pretty knits, and the way they drape them at the end of the tables hmmm, they (not sure who they are) made me buy two cuts.  They also made me buy a tie-dyed cotton and a knit from the discount table.  After an afternoon of forced shopping, I returned to my car and it finally drove me home. 

My usual routine is to wash/dry clean newly purchased fabric as soon as I get home, which I did.  Then I would take it to my sewing room and add it to my stash, that's what I do.  But this time I took  the fabric from the laundry room straight to my cutting table because couldn't go into June with new fabric. 

The first garment used was the floral dress in  my previous post.  The other garments, tops using Simplicity 1167, Misses' Sportswear, Mimi G Style Collection. 

Maybe it's me, because the description on this envelope simply reads Knit tank top, nothing else.  My pattern description would be:  Hi-low hem, knit tank top with side slits. 
The tops look just like the photo on the pattern envelope, once I was done.

I skimmed the pattern layout while I was in the store because I didn't see bias tape listed as a notion.  That's when I found out there were four pattern pieces: front, back, arm and neck facings.  I didn't read the instructions but I can't imagine them being too difficult with only four pieces.   

I didn't make any pattern alterations or design changes.  The tanks were easy to make and I would recommend the top to others.  
Made, worn and posted this month!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

April Showers bring May Flowers

Vogue 8742, my MAGAM May flowers project, that I'm actually posting in May...YAY! 

This is an out of print pattern that's been in stash for a while.  The pattern description simply says "Close-fitting" that's it, that's all and that's strange.  I don't think I've ever seen a description this brief.  While the dress is close-fitting, there are two sleeve options; long sleeves and sleeveless that's not listed on the envelope.  I think Vogue forgot to proof the information before it was published.
  V8742, Misses' Dress

Vogue suggested Two-way Stretch Knits and that's what I used.  It was a new purchase from G-Street Fabrics.  I fell in love with the colors in this fabric and the feel, it's a soft knit that I had to have.  The fabric was at end of a roll and  I was holding my breath at the cutting table, was just enough for me to make this dress. 

Since I'm on a  stash busting fabric buying diet, I couldn't add my new fabric purchases to my pile...did I say pale?  Oops,  I meant stash lol.   Anyway, I had to use them this month, yes, I said them (ya'll know I have issues) lol.  Stay tuned for the remainder of my May projects.    

This is a very easy pattern that I would recommend to others.  There were only six patterns pieces including the sleeve.  I didn't read the instructions while constructing the dress, but I skimmed them right before I typed this post and looked easy to follow.  The ruching may be a little complicated for the beginner but not impossible.  Speaking of ruching, that's another description that could've been included on the envelope. 

I serged most of the dress which made it a very quick sew.  I made two design changes to the pattern.  The first one was the addition of  two inches to the length which was perfect.  The other change was the addition of a 7-inch zipper in the back.  There's nothing that I dislike about this pattern and I really like the ruching, it added a little something to a close-fitting dress. 

Thanks for visiting my page and thank you for the comments on my previous posts.  As with my postings, I'm a little slow responding to all of the comments, but I will.