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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Simplicity 4273

A couple weeks ago I made the dress from S4273 and wore it the next day. This is the dress I found bias tape to match. It was easy to sew and something I can throw on to wear to work during the summer.

Pattern description: Misses/Miss Petite, Jacket, Pants, Skirt and Dress or Top
Pattern Sizing: 16-24
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern: I love everything about this pattern because after staring at it for awhile, I made the top several months ago, now the dress. I plan to make the jacket and skirt later on.
Fabric used: Silky polyester from my fabric collection.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes/Yes
Conclusion: This would make a great wardrobe pattern. It has all the elements.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

More New Fabric

This morning I went to Joanns to just pick up some bias tape. I didn't want to make it for the next dress I'm going to work on this evening. I was surprised that I found a color to match. So, since my fabric diet is over, I bought these two pieces to make skirts. Both are linen. The black print is lightweight and will need to be lined. It'll be a flowy type skirt. The other print which is a heavier weight will be a straight skirt.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

McCalls 5890-Dress

Pattern Description: Fitted top or dress with cap sleeves and princess seams with a mid-knee length and lightly flared. This pattern also includes a wrap jacket and pants.
Fabric is a stretch knit print purchased about a year ago from the same Walmart in Mississippi mentioned in a previous post.
I am going to have to take this in more in the sides of the top portion to make it 'fitted' as stated on the pattern. Otherwise, I like the length and the cap sleeve. This is another easy dress for summer. No ironing of this fabric will be necessary. Just wash, hang to dry and go! Just what I like!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Knip Mode July 2010

My new found pen pal Ruta, sent the July,2010 issue to me. I was so excited when she asked if I was interested in recieving it. I've read about Knip Mode on several blogs but never thought I'd actually get one of my very own, LOL I appreciate this so much. Now I have to make something. There are several projects that I'd like to work on. Also, there was the Fast Fashion insert included with this issue and my daughter was very intrigued by that. Thanks again Ruta!

First Fabric Purchase for 2010

Earlier this year I listed goals and one was not to purchase fabric until June. Well, I managed to keep that goal. I didn't buy not one yard. It was easier than I thought it would be. I did look whenever I went to a fabric store or receive those emails for sales. It was fun go through what I had on hand. It also forced me to look at some of the patterns and pair them up with my fabrics. Or give them away. I did my first ever giveaway on my blog a few weeks ago and it worked out quite well. I hope to do that again in the future.
Here are the first two pieces I've purchased this year and they will be dresses. I haven't chosen exactly which patterns yet, but I've narrowed it down to three choices. If time permits, I will stop by Vogue Fabrics tomorrow, LOL. I've intentionally stayed away from there.

McCalls 6074

When I first saw this pattern on Faye's blog, I knew I wanted it. She talked about how easy it was to sew and how you could make 12 in a day (something like that) LOL. The pattern says it's a "One-Hour Dress". It's a pullover and has three length variations. An elastic casing detail below the v-neck. There are other options for trims and cap sleeves. It took me two evening to finish because I worked on something else prior to starting on this. But I love the simplicity of this dress and it will be great for the hot weather we are about to get this weekend. The fabric is a lightweight knit from that the oldest daughter didn't want. Remember, I haven't purchased any new fabric when I sewed this. (More on that later). But I'll probably make a few more of these dresses. That's what I love about reading other sewing blogs because I usually overlook something. Thanks Faye! (also, I don't know why this was underlined and in blue)

McCalls 4382

Another top from fabric that was given to me. I'm not sure if this pattern is still in print. Probably not since it's been in my pattern collection for quite some time. But it's an easy project that can be finished in an afternoon or evening. I made View A with a v-neck and long sleeves. The neckline has facings. Not anything complicated here. I hemmed the sleeves and the bottom of the top by machine. The fabric is a lightweight crepe. The photo of the top itself isn't a good one. When I showed this to my daughters over the weekend, the one who gave this fabric to me said that I was supposed to make things for her from the fabrics she didn't want! HA! Maybe I'll let her borrow it, LOL

OOP Butterick 3431

I've had this pattern for many years. It's a very easy style and I remember making the sleeveless top and pants in a similar color. The top is loose-fitting, has side slits and a narrow hem. The pattern called for shoulder pads which I did not apply and it has tie ends for the closure. The pants, which I did not photograph, are wide legged and an elastic waist. The fabric used is from my collection. It's a rayon twill that I purchased many years ago from Walmart in Grenada, Mississippi. They used to have really nice fabrics there whenever we in town to visit family. I could load up on some good pieces. The plan was to wear this outfit two weeks ago when my oldest daughter took me to an Erykah Badu concert in downtown Chicago. Well, in my usual "last minute decision self" on what to wear, I didn't have the time to finish it for that occasion. Ready for my next event!