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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cashmerette Upton dress!

When I first saw this pattern, I knew it would be a winner!  The styling is so cute!  I simply had to make it! 
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I made a size 12, the smallest size in this pattern range with the C/D cup.  I love how Jenny includes separate cup sizes for you.  This takes all the guess work out of making a garment fit properly!

Can I tell you how much I love this fabric?  I found it on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  It is actually upholstery fabric which is a choice that Jenny recommends for this dress. 

I was concerned it might stick out too far at the hips, but I don't think it does.

It seems to be the perfect weight for this dress.

I eliminated the bodice lining, raised the neckline an inch and a half and that's it.  To deal with the neckline and armscye finishes, I created matching bias tape.

I love how this fits and I really, really love my fabric!  Even though it is an upholstery, it is washable and it washed beautifully!  Can you see how there isn't any gaping at the arms? 

I see more of these dresses in my future!
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cyntial Rowley in BRIGHT pink! Simplicity 2406

I've had this pattern for a l-o-n-g time and finally decided to just create it!  

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I read a great deal of reviews all over the web and decided the sleeves might be a bit tricky, but I thought I would be able to figure them out.  And I did!  They weren't tricky but you do need to pay attention to what you are doing, stitch one seam at a time, press so very carefully and don't over think it.  

Here's my dress!  I love the shocking bright pink linen I used from Fabric Mart.  This was my make for this July's post.  I really love linen and this is such a nice linen fabric!

Here are those sleeves that I thought might be an issue.  They weren't.  What's really cool about them is that they are completely and utterly enclosed in seams so no hems on the sleeves whatsoever!

I was trying to decide if I liked the belt tied in the front or back.  That's still up for debate!
The back slit is pretty low, so I wore a black cami to match my black sandals!

There's another view of those dramatic sleeves again! 

This was a fast and fun make!  I love my shocking pink dress!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

McCall's 7122 embellished!

I have been eyeing the Alabama Chanin designs for so long and I tried embellishing on another garment and I simply love it.  I wanted to give this another try.  Here's what I came up with. 

I used this pattern from McCall's: 

An oldie, but a goodie!

I made the cap sleeve version of B but with the length of D.

I choose to embellish the bottom of the dress front and on the center upper back.

I like the contrast of the magenta with the blue.

I could have done a lot more but I am still playing with how this technique works best and don't want to commit to a huge project when I am in the learning stage.

I have always liked the fit of this dress.  It's comfortable and with the organic cotton, very soft.

Here you can see what I did on the back.

I pulled up the dress so you can better see the hemline.

Here is a close up of the work.  You can see my 'thread' is variegated.  Actually, I didn't use thread at all but yarn for knitting!  On a whim, I stopped at a local knitting shop to look for unique buttons and stumbled across this yarn.  It's 100% cotton, super soft and I really like the colors.  

The yarn was small width wise, but still a bit thick for hand sewing so I separated the strands in half and used 3/4 strands to sew with.

I used some magenta on the neckline to balance the design at the hem.

This is what the hand sewing looks like on the inside of the garment. 
Just a few notes, Alabama Chanin hand stitches their garments and leaves them unhemmed.  You can see by my photos, I did neither of those things! I machine stitched the entire thing and in between the areas on the hem, I added machine hems.  Maybe someday I will be able to sleep at night if I leave a hem undone, but for now, it ain't happening.

I like this a lot!  It's unique and since I love maxi's so much, it fits with my wardrobe quite nicely.  I will be looking for more ways to make these sewing techniques work!
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Merchant and Mills Bantam top/dress

I simply had to make something from Merchant and Mills.  Have you seen their site?  Here is a link if you are interested: Merchant and Mills

I love the simplicity of their designs and the way their garments are executed.  This pattern is super simple but I really love it.  It comes from this book: Image result for merchant and mills workbook images
Here's a line drawing of the pattern from the book:

Image result for merchant and mills workbook images Bantam

This is a photo from the book I found on Pinterest.  

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See what I mean by super simple?  

This one, is by far my favorite.  I used a cotton that was prepared for ice-dying, and I had a blast dying it last summer.  I love the colors and the pattern.  No two pieces ever turn out the same so this was a lot of fun for me!

Using the book as a guide for my sizing, I decided to go with a large and whoa-boy it was HUGE!!!  I took about two inches off each side seam.  I would say I ended up with somewhere between a small and a medium.  With a pattern like this, I think it is better to err on the side of caution and cut it a bit bigger as you can always take it in.

You'll notice on this version that I decided to have exposed bands at all the edges: neckline, armscyes, and lower hem.  I didn't want my fun fabric to hide on the insides!

If you have the right bra, this is a bra friendly design. 

After this success, I decided to lengthen the pattern about 12" and make a dress.  

This time I used this shocking pink linen! 

The hubby thinks this looks trashy, but I don't.  What do you think?

To me, it is perfect for lounging around on a super hot summer day, or wearing it to run errands.

If you've never tried M & M patterns, do give them a try!  I am going to make the skirt next from the book I showed at the beginning of this post.

Happy sewing!

Jalie Rose top

Have you seen the recent new Jalies?  This one, with all the cute makes, caught my eye!

This, as you can see, is a classic button down with modern styling.  

I used a telio woven from my stash.  I really love the colors and the floral pattern of this.  The collar is a lightweight denim from my stash.

This pattern is exceptionally well-drafted (as usual for Jalie).  The directions are fantastic (as usual for Jalie).

Directions have you use your full-bust for the size you choose.  I made a W.

The fit is spot on, at least I think it is!

I lowered the bust dart by almost an inch.  I deviated the hem line a bit as it is written.  

I added a pocket but it's hard to see on this busy print.  I even cut it on the bias but it's still somewhat camouflaged.  I can see making many more of these and especially if I lengthen this to a dress length and add pockets!

I hope you are making some great summer garments!
Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Papercut Moana top

Surfing the web one night and on the hunt for something 'different' for summer, I came across the pattern company Papercut based out of New Zealand.  One of the fun things about the internet is that you can have instant gratification with sewing patterns that are offered as PDFs.  Am I right?  

Moana Dress

I came across this top/dress and was quite smitten.  Here is the description from the site: 

Meaning “sea” in Maori, our relax-fit dress or top features a ruffle waist that dips slightly at the back with gentle shaping though the body. The Moana dress includes bust darts, exposed back zip, back darts and optional gathered skirt.  

I made the top.  

This gorgeous fabric is from fabricdotcom.  It's a poly crepe.  It is so much prettier in person than in the photos.

Since I am much too old for a cropped top, I lengthened this 1.5" both front and back.

The armscyes are finished off so beautifully in this pattern.  You basically 'burrito' each side and end up with a beautifully finished bodice.

I am very proud of my rolled hem.  I'll make a tute on this soon as I found the technique outlined in several Craftsy classes and it works slick!  

I changed the exposed back zipper to a button and loop.  I try to use elastic hair bands that coordinate/match my fabric when possible.

I have a few tweaks to make for my next version including lowering the bust dart, widening the hips a bit and also the back upper back slightly.  Anyhoo, I really like my new top and I will be purchasing more Papercut patterns!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Bondi Woven top

Do you yearn for a woven tee like I do?  There are some out there but I haven't been enchanted with a pattern prior to this point.  Here is my latest crush:
Image result for images Bondi top
This pattern is perfect if you are new to sewing garments.  This is super forgiving fit wise, and it will  use a quilting cotton, perfect for if you are a quilter or have a stash of relatively smaller pieces of fabric you really want to create something wearable out of. 

I purchased this fabric for a dress and then had some left over.  I thought this top would use it up well and guess what, I was right! 

Instructions are really good for this.  They practically hold your hand as you sew this together.  So if this is a new venture for you, you can easily pick this up and create a relaxed fit top. 

Just to have some fun, I ice-dyed this fabric using blue, silver, and magenta.  It's very subtle, and I simply love it.  I also used a hemstitching needle at the neckline to give it just a little pizzazz.

I highly recommend this pattern if you are new to sewing, if you love the idea of a woven tee, or if you have lots of fabric pieces that aren't enough to create an entire garment from but you want to do something with. 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!