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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Cleo Dress by StyleArc

What took me so long to purchase this pattern?  The classic style is enough to realize you need this in your wardrobe.

This basic knit dress will become be a great staple in your wardrobe

This is the Cleo Knit Dress by StyleArc.  It has optional front and back darts and a V neckline with a neckband.  You can also make this sleeveless.

Ignore the sort of sneer on my face.  My photographer snaps many photos and of this angle, this was the best.  :)  

This one shows how I feel about this dress!  This is a Nicole Miller knit from JoAnns.  The quality was great and it is a lycra blend.  I believe it is cotton/poly/lycra.

I love this print.  It reminds me of a cross between tire tracks, Aztec print, and some sort of reptile.

And here DH caught me not smiling but in sort of motion to turn.  He really likes telling me to turn, etc.  :)  

I opted to not do the darts.  This is pretty fitted anyway and since I plan on wearing this to work and church, darts didn't appeal to me.  

Darts would however make this fit like a glove.

I am really happy with how the neckline turned out.  I always stabilize my neckline with Staytape by Dritz.  Next, I attach the neckband, turn to the inside, press and then topstitch from the right side.  

For the sleeve and lower hems, I decided to use a twin needle on my regular machine.  

I really love this dress.  The hubby complimented me numerous times and so did several other men and women at church today.  Isn't is just the bomb to sew your own clothing?  You can make it completely your own.  

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hello all and Happy Mother's Day!  I wanted to share with you my latest make: the Bobbi Bomber by StyleArc.

Is this fun or what?  

Our wonderful bomber features a zip front, panelled raglan sleeves, rib bands and pockets
I love how SA has elevated a regular bomber into something super with the little details.  

Here's example one: Welt pockets.  

Example 2: Zippered pocket on the sleeve.  

Of course I wanted to make my zipper with a contrasting color, even if it is an invisible zipper.  I choose lavender since that is the same color as my lining.  I even made the zipper guards a lavender color.

Here you can see that contrasting zipper band down the front.  

Did I mention the sleeve bands are simply the reverse of the main fabric?  I had such a hard time deciding on silver or black!  I decided to incorporate both.

This is a designer satin made by Thakoon.  I purchased it from Fabric Mart.  I love it!  The lining is from FM as well.  The black ribbing is from my stash along with the zippers.

I added a few steps to the pattern.  Here they are: 
1.  Added interfacing to the welt pockets on the main fabric.  Since this is a satin, I didn't want it to stretch out of shape.  That would have looked really funky and with the effort that went into this, I decided to error on the side of caution.  
2.  Handbasting the zipper in place.  Again, this was due to the satin fabric I used.  
3.  Using bias tape in place of the zipper guards.  I was about done with the satin by the time I got to the zippers.  Handbasting kept my sanity.  

I hope you will try a fabric you normally shy away from.  I used to sew satin bride's maid gowns all the time--about 25 years ago.  I feel like I am learning to use this wonderful fabric all over again.  This won't be the last time I use it!  

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Mindi Skirt by SA

I made this skirt about a year ago, promptly hung it in my closet and forgot about it!  What?  

Versatile but trendy zip front skirt in 2 lengths
This is a StyleArc pattern and here is the description from their site: This fashionable skirt comes in 2 lengths - mini or knee length. Featuring a shaped waist band and center front open-end zip, along with optional zipped pockets. This is a great skirt to wear with your Ziggi Biker jacket.

I epic-ally sucked at taking photos.  I looked away at the wrong times, I missed smiling, etc.  But, it had been a long day and I decided to live with my goofy photos.  

Can you believe this is the longer version?  I can't imagine how short the 15" skirt would have been on me!

For reference, I am 5'7". 

It's hard to see the details on black, so here is a closer shot.  Those pockets are two pieces so you don't have to make a welt.

Here is a pic of the back and you can see the seaming details.  This is one of those garments that looks good on the inside and out!  I tried uploading a photo of that but it kept coming in upside down.

I really like this skirt.  I used a denim with a slight stretch.  Zippers were from JoAnns.  I am glad I rediscovered this in my closet so I can enjoy wearing it!

Thanks for reading!
Sue :)

Friday, May 5, 2017

A skirt for spring

I love making garments that can be worn in the spring and this skirt is a quick make, perfect when you want to whip something up.

I wanted an  instant gratification project and this pattern was perfect: Pull-on tube skirt with angled design lines
This is the Taylor Knit skirt from StyleArc.  You all know I am a HUGE SA fan and this pattern didn't disappoint me at all.  It is drafted beautifully and the fit is exactly what I expected.

It was a little cold the day we took these pictures.  In fact, the following day, it snowed about 5 inches.  The date?  May 1st!!!  

I hope this summer I can wear this with a bright tee and sandals.  

There is just a dart to give this shaping at the sides.  Very clever!  

 The slit is just the right length.  It lets you walk and sit comfortably.

Here is a close up of the fabric I used.  I love the variegated stripes.  It is from JoAnn's and it performed really well.  Maybe JoAnn's is starting to up their game.  I hope so.  When I need an instant fabric fix, it is about my only choice where I live.

Next time I wear this, I hope it is with short sleeves and flats.

Thanks for reading! Sue :)  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Two TNT patterns!

I really love this Butterick 6330 pattern.  I've made it at least 3, if not 4 times.  

We've all seen how this Jalie Helene Shaw Collar Cardi is getting a lot of love and deservedly so!  I am included in all that love! 

Jalie 3677 - HÉLÈNE - Shawl Collar Cardigan in a Striped Sweater Knit

I decided to combine these two looks with a simple modification or two and here is what this match looks like!

At first I thought, this cardi reminded me of a lab coat!  Not a look I was going for!

But somehow after seeing photos, things can look better, right?  

Here's an inside peek at the pockets and a modification I made which was to miter the front and lower hemlines.  

Yes, I do still need to get my applique scissors out and trim away the excess fabric.  

And here's the dress!  I so love this fabric!  

You can tell I shortened the sleeves of the cardi to elbow length. On the dress, I, for once, followed the instructions to make a narrow hem at the neckline and shoulders.  Typically I cut bands and sew those to the garment, but since this knit was so fabulous to work with (no rolling edges, stretchy but returned to original shape) I decided to follow the directions and simply make a narrow hem (gasp!).  Guess what?  It worked.  :)  

You'll see more versions of these garments in the future.  I'm not done with either of these patterns yet!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Flowers anyone?

Yes, you've seen me make this pattern before but I wanted so badly to make it again!  I had to make one with that super cute drawstring waist.  In case you missed round 1, this is the Vanessa fluid pant from Jalie.

Jalie 3676 - VANESSA - Fluid Pants in Tencel Lyocell

Choose your size based on your full hip measurement.  There is a bit of ease there and you don't want these tight at all.

I love the pockets--just the right size!  I stabilized the curved seam of the pocket with stay tape--just in case.  After all, I did purchase this stretch denim from JoAnns.  I hope it doesn't disappoint me in the long run.

See those fun grommets?  They aren't difficult at all to insert.  I ended up stabilizing that entire front band piece--it's about six inches across with fusible interfacing.  I do wish I could have found a better cord.  This was also purchased at JoAnns.

When I tried these on for photos, and asked the hubby if he thought these were as awesome as I do, he replied they were something.  I don't think he likes them.  :)

I almost didn't add the elasticized bottom but I thought they might be a tad short if I didn't.

Aren't these just so fun and colorful?  

So now for the top.  The pattern is New Look 6246.  I purchased it for the pants but haven't gotten to those yet.  I do really like the shape of the tee.

                           New Look Misses' Tapered Ankle Pant and Knit Top 6246

And that is what the purple is made from that pattern.  I am really stoked about the neckline.  Check it out!  This is a bamboo knit that was in my stash.  I used it on another project and had just enough to eek out this top.

I want to show you the steps I take to make a good looking neckband.  

I stabilize the area with stay tape.  One side is nubbier than the other and that one I put next to the wrong side of the fabric.  With this pattern having a 5/8" seam allowance, you can see in the photo above how I line everything up. The stay tape is about 1/8" over the seam allowance and will be covered by the neckband when finished.  

Next, serge the seam in the neckband.  Yes, I meant to clip that seam.  As long as you don't go all the way through the left needle thread, it will never fail you!  Now you can press those seams in opposite directions so you don't get any annoying bumps.

Sew your neckband on.  You can sew it wrong side up if you'd like but as you can see in the picture, I did not.  I do like to baste first using a straight stitch before serging.  

Here is what is look like prior to pressing and topstitching.  

And this is what it looks like afterwards!

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you all have a blessed Easter!

Some of you have asked which stitch I used for my topstitching.  I used #22.  Which you can see above.  

Happy Sewing!