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Monday, July 24, 2017

A disaster for me--McCall's 7591



This pattern...I almost lost all faith in humanity as I sewed it.  I love the shape, the fact it can be made into a knit and I really loved my fabric.  What I didn't love is HOW FREAKING LOW CUT THIS IS!!!  
Honestly, I am very self-conscious even having my pictures of this dress online.  I merely wanted to show you how low cut this is.  My fashion photographer was making some silly comments to me as I modeled this, so ignore some of the goofy looks please!


I can't remember what he said here, but it obviously struck me as funny.  

                 

I should have put a cami on under this.  What was I thinking?  



I do really love the bodice back and the way this snugs up at the armscyes.  At least there is no gaping there!

My intent was to make this into a maxi but I cut the skirt out incorrectly and didn't have quite enough fabric.  I ended up having to piece together the front of the skirt.  It works, but since this is a wadder for me, I will make a note on the pattern.

                

I had such high hopes for this dress!  This fabric, which is a Maggy London ITY knit, is just so wonderful next to your skin!  Plus it washes, dries, and sews up so beautifully.

              

I doubt I will sew this again, but I am glad I tried it. And yes, I did make an FBA :(

Until next time!
Sue

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Yet another Rova....

I hope you aren't getting tired of seeing another posting about the Jalie Rova.  This is perhaps my favorite dress pattern of the summer.  This is my third version and I love it as much as my other two!  
Jalie 3678 - ROVA - Pattern Cover



If you've been living under a rock and didn't realize that Jalie released a whole slew of new patterns this past spring, here is the one I keep creating.  With that styling and the fact it is made from a woven just makes my heart sing!


I am so in love with these embroidered denims.  This one was purchased from Fabric.com.  


Which of course means you have to cut this out on the crossgrain.  


This 'denim' is the weight of a chambray--perfect for this style of dress. 
 

Once again, I made my bias tape using that rectangle method.  So if you've never done this before, you  make a continuous bias tape by sewing the long ends of the rectangle together but you offset them by the finished width of the tape.  Then you cut carefully measuring as you cut.  I ended up with enough tape to bind the neckband and armsyces.


When I was planning the layout of this pattern, I made sure the long portion of the 'lace' was center front and center back.  This of course meant that I was unable to match my side seams.   I also made this slightly longer than my last dress.  That one, I made to hit above my knee, where the quadricep curves towards the inner leg...not sure if that makes any sense, but it hit me about 2.5 inches shorter than this one.  With the lace, I didn't want anyone to get any glimpses of anything I was unwilling to show!


I have a few other ideas for this dress but for now I must put it aside.  I hope I remember what my plans are next spring when it is warm again!

Thanks for reading!
Sue

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer sewing for Elaina! Ottobre 3/2013 # 2

Hello all!  I've been busy sewing for the little people in my life and I've loved every minute of it!

I used my stack of Ottobre design to find a few items to make for Elaina, 3 months.  I can't believe she is three months already!

I really wanted to try the romper for her.  Yes, they made this for a boy and I am sewing for a girl, but really, depending on the fabric, many articles can be either male or female.

Image result for Images ottobre 3/2013



As you can see, it is a one-piece romper with functioning pockets!  DD1 doesn't want things too ruffly and since they live in Baton Rouge, LA, and the temp and humidity is unbearable this time of the year, I knew I needed to make something in a natural fiber (cotton) and have just a garment that is cool and comfortable.



This little pattern ranges in sizes from 56 to 92 cm.  I did some quick math and found that I needed to make a size 62 cm or about 25 inches.  I wanted a bit of growing room so this size fit the bill.

This fabric I choose to use was all that is available for knits in my local area of the US.  It is from JoAnns.  It isn't the best quality, but was 100% cotton, is soft and the colors are cute.  Plus it isn't too girly or fussy.



This pattern literally goes together in about 30 or so minutes.  The longest part of the process is figuring out how much to stretch the trim that is on almost every surface of these that shows on the right side.  Just play with the trim on a scrap piece of main fabric and you'll pretty quickly discover what you need to do to make the trim lay correctly and look good.

I used actual ribbing for the trim.  It's a little difficult to find but this was in my stash from the now defunct Hancocks.  Can you tell I am still in mourning?


I almost left those little pockets off but decided they are such a cute part of the design I had to leave them on.  The DH asked what on earth she would do with those--put her baby car keys in there? Well, duh!

I love the drafting on every Ottobre design I've used.  This was easy to sew and it has a variety of options for either boys or girls.  Plus, little ones look darn cute in this!

Thanks for reading!
Sue

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Marilyn Dress by StyleArc! Celebrating the year of the sleeve!

I accomplished three things with this make but first here is the pattern:

Marilyn Dress Sewing Pattern By Style Arc - Elegant but simple Split sleeve dress

This is the Marilyn Dress by StyleArc.  How cute is the design?  As you can tell, it has a v-neck, split 3/4 sleeves, a loop and button closure and front darts.  You have two choices for the v-neck.  I made the more modest one and there is a choice for a lower cut.  I  plan to wear this to work and church, so the more modest neck it was!


What were my three objectives with this dress?
 

First, I've had this pattern ever since it was released.  I thought it was super cute and unique. 


2.  And let's face it, with this being the year of the sleeve, I had to have it!  It's about time I made this up!


Lastly, I've had this gorgeous rayon in my stash for a very long time.


I love all the colors in it!  


 It is about time I used it!


Those sleeves!  


DH isn't quite sure about the length.  He thinks it should be a tad shorter.  What do you think? 


I call these air-condition sleeves.  So cleverly constructed!  


Of course I love the little ties created at the lower edge of the sleeve.  


I managed to get the pattern to match down each side of the sleeve which I don't show off very well here.  


The directions for this are fine.  The drafting is beautiful!  I really love this dress!

Thanks for reading!
Sue :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Valentine slip by Sew Chic

I've had this pattern for ages....and I finally made it using all recycled materials from my stash.  Yay!

 



Isn't it just gorgeous?  

Have you seen this pattern?



                 

My version is a modification of view A.  I simply left off the lower lace.  I could have added it but decided against it.  


The tricot, or main fabric of the slip was left over from a previous project just as the main bodice lace.  The lace used on the from overlay is from a camisole that I never, ever wore.  Also the straps were from a bra that had lots of life left but fit so poorly that I sacrificed it for this slip.



That back V is such a nice aspect of this design.  


I made a very simple machine hem on this that is somewhat decorative.  

This is a nicely designed pattern and did I mention this fits really well?  The instructions and pattern sheet have an overlay if you need to make an FBA and it works just beautifully!

Sorry I am not modeling this for you.  That simply isn't going to happen!

Thanks for reading!
Sue








Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Work clothes

Summer work clothes!



I am going to be starting a more professional job at the end of the summer and need some additional clothes that are appropriate for my new position.  I love maxi dresses, and have several, but noticed I didn't have any maxi skirts.  What?  They are so comfortable and I've made a bucket load for one of my daughters.  I decided to make one for myself with a coordinating top and a little jacket, just in case it gets chilly in an air-conditioned office.

I fell in love with this sparkly black and white knit.  I know, I know.  I use a lot of black and white when I sew but I love how effortless it is to put together.  This knit is soooo soft and that hint of sparkle is an added treat!  It doesn't seem to be available anymore but there are lovely other knits available, even in black and white!



This skirt is a TNT pattern for me.  It is super simple with two side seams and a waistband.  It literally takes me an hour to make!  I don't like to string elastic through a casing so I ended up sewing the two elastic ends together, stuffing them into the waistband, and then stitching the waistband to the skirt.  Super simple and no opening to fiddle with when you're done!



For the top, this is a new to me pattern.  This is the StyleArc Seaside Sue top.  I love the v-neck, which I don't sew a lot of but I decided I needed more of this style in my wardrobe.

Seaside Sue Top Sewing Pattern By Style Arc - Great throw on tunic with interesting hemline

This knit was easy to work with.  It washes and dries beautifully, is comfortable and I am glad I made these into separates.  The top will work great with both black and white pants and the skirt will work with other tops as well.




I also wanted to make a very light little jacket to wear as everyone tells me my new office is very cold in the summer.  I am rarely cold, so I can't imagine being cold but wanted to make this little jacket just in case.  This is another StyleArc pattern called the Marley Woven Shirt.

Marley Woven Shirt Sewing Pattern By Style Arc - Boxy shaped shirt featuring wide hems & ¾ sleeves

I thought it would be perfect for a lightweight shirt to wear over a sleeveless top or dress.



This is made from a light-weight crepe.  I love crepe.  It is easy to work with and is so awesome to wear.  I will probably keep this in my office for the warmer weather months to ward off the possible chill.

Both of these fabrics were great to sew with, washed and dried beautifully, and will make some very functional pieces in my wardrobe.




Thanks for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew!



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Love Notions Rhapsody, take 2

Wow do I love this pattern!


As you can see, it is the Rhapsody top by Love Notions.  Below you can see versions made up.



Every version I've seen looks great!  My first try with this was made in a striped linen.  I've worn that thing several times already!  I am so smitten with it, I decided to make it again in a chiffon.  I love the vibrant colors of a chiffon but feel very inept when I sew it.  I am getting better and more confident but slip, slide, and shimmy is what that chiffon does!



I am wearing a cami underneath as this fabric is very sheer and will show the world what you've got.



I made only one design change and that was making the inverted pleat a gather that matches the front.  


Here is a closer look.


I even made my own bias tape to finish off the neckline.  That was probably the trickiest part!


I made a narrow hem at the bottom bodice and the sleeves.  


I also made french seams throughout, even at the armscyes!  


Pretty nice and tidy, if I do say so myself!


I love, love, love this top!  And, I love the fabric.  It came from Fabric Mart.  I am going to put this pattern away for a while, but when I come across the right fabric, it is out on top of the pile again!

Thanks for reading!
Sue