Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall sewing McCall's 6803 sweater & McCall's 6474 nightgown

I finished these two items last week. 

First, the sweater (M6803). This is SO easy to make. and, for me, it's the perfect style of sweater - V-neck cardigan with buttons and pockets. I made mine from a cotton knit. I've had the striped material for at least a year. The black band was from material I had saved from a previous project. 

This is a "unisex" pattern, so I made the medium. I love that this can be made from a regular cotton interlock knit (what I used), or it can be made from sweatshirt fleece or sweater knit! That gives you plenty of options to make it as thick and warm as you like, or you can keep it lighter and use it as a layering piece.

There as also welt pockets, in-seam pockets or the patch pockets that I used. This is definitely something that I can see myself making again!

Now the nightgown. I had enough fabric left over from the sweater that I made this short-sleeve nightgown too. It's M6474. The pattern has a long or short sleeve or sleeveless gown or top. It also has a tunic top or shorter top with long pj pants or capri pants. 

This is also easy and quick to make. It took less than an hour to put together. 
So, that's all for now. I've got to get more fall sewing done!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pattern Review Sewing Bee - Round 1 Entry

So I decided to enter the PR sewing bee this year - YIKES! I think (hope) it might be fun and we'll see how far I get. 

The first round required us to make a blouse using woven material, set-in sleeves, some type of closure, etc. So I made Vogue 8772. It's a blouse with a tie neck/collar.

I made View B. I figured this would be perfect for Fall (and it's very on-trend right now). I used a silky polyester fabric that is very soft and smooth.

This type of paisley print is one of my favorites. I used brown buttons with red buttonholes because I really like the contrast.

I also like the shirt-tail hem of the blouse. This is something I can see making again. Anyway, I'll see how far I get in the competition. In any case, I have a great blouse that I never would have made this fast if not for the sewing bee!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Jalie #3461 Pull-on Jeans!

So, when I saw people raving about this pattern and these jeans, I knew I would have to give them a try. It's been around 90 degrees here, so making jeans has not been a high priority for me. But now that I feel that Fall is coming, I wanted to get these done. And I am SO glad I did.

I have to say, these jeans are as great as everyone has said they are!

They are very comfortable and are just like jeans, but pull-on. 

I used a stretch twill for these. I used this pair as a wearable muslin since I didn't know how they would fit. While the pictures look like they are really pulling in the front, they don't feel that way. You must make sure to use a fabric with the correct amount of stretch as the pattern tells you. I used the measurements on the envelope to determine my size and that's what I made. I needed less adjustments with these than with regular jeans patterns. The only thing I did was to slightly pull in the elastic in the back in order to eliminate any back gap I might have (as is the case with regular jeans).

While there are no actual front pockets, the back pockets are real. 

This is a pattern I can see making again. I'd like to find a patterned stretch twill or denim for the next pair. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Closet clean out & Fall sewing plan

The other day I decided to clean out my closet in order to reorganize and make room for new stuff. When you sew as much as I do, and I'm sure many of you have experienced this as well, you can easily run out of room to store the new things you've made. So I decided it was time to purge.

I ended up with about three bags of clothing and purses to donate and only a few things to trash. I also found a few things that need fixing in some way (hemming, etc.). 

I thought this would be a good way to get me to start thinking about sewing for the next season. It's a little difficult since temps are still in the 90's and summer is in full effect here. But I thought I'd at least try a sewing plan. The clean up did help me to see what I'm lacking and what I would like to have. 

The next step will be to write out what I'd like to make and maybe add some pattern options for those garments. I should also add color options as well. Then, when I really sit down to sew for Fall, I can forget about everything I had planned and buy new patterns like I always do - Ha Ha! 

That's all for now. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

McCall's 5248 Nightgown

I wanted something cute to wear to bed (other than my usual top and shorts), so I decided to make this nightgown. I've had this pattern for a while (I believe it's out-of-print at this time), but I never made the gown. 

And since this wouldn't take a lot of material, I figured I could also use up another piece of fabric from my stash. I had recently bought a similar style nightgown (Calvin Klein) from Nordstrom during the sale, so I knew I would like this style. Although the one I bought is knit, it's the same basic style.

I worked on this yesterday. The whole thing took about 4-5 hours from start to finish. I wasn't in a hurry, but if I was, it could have been done in just a few hours. 

I used a cotton shirting material that washes well and doesn't wrinkle too much. It's also very soft and gets softer the more it's washed.

All in all, a pretty easy project.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hot Patterns Joyful Top

Hello friends. I know it's been a while since I posted, but I needed to take a little break. Anyway, I've been going through some of the patterns I have that I never made and came across this one. 

This was a free download from their site. It can be made from a combination of materials or just one. I had some printed gauze that I wanted to use and I figured this would be the right fabric fit.

The instructions are pretty clear and easy to figure out. I did make a muslin first since I really wasn't sure what size would be best. I think I ended up making a 10. 

This sews pretty quickly. If you make this, you'll definitely want to use a soft, flow-y fabric. It really does make a great summer top.

As you can see, I'm wearing mine with a top underneath since I think the neckline is a little low. Next time, I will definitely raise it a bit.

Thant's all for now!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Simplicity 1421 Blazer - Done!

I decided to enter the sew along started by "thatblackchic". I didn't find out about it until it was about to start and I didn't have the pattern, so I was playing catch-up from the start. Actually, I was just behind from the start. I had the blouse to finish first (see my previous post). Anyway, I got it all together and got the blazer made in about 3 days. I think that is a record for me.

I had seen this pattern before and liked it. It's basically a structured/tailored unlined blazer. 

I like the tailored look for blazers anyway, and unlined is crucial here (it's heading to about 90 degrees F today so it's HOT!). I don't want anything that's going to add extra heat to me. 

So to keep it cool, I chose a blue and white striped seersucker from G Street Fabrics. It washes great and is easy to work with. And because the stripes are thin and small, I didn't even bother matching and there was no problem with that. I just made sure to keep the pattern pieces straight when cutting.

I used my tailor's clapper to set the crease in the lapel. As you can see, I went with matching blue binding rather than white. I didn't make any adjustments to the pattern and love the way it looks. I did not add shoulder pads, which is an option for this pattern.

It's very comfortable and I recommend this pattern to anyone willing to give it a try!

Now, it's time to clean up the sewing room because it's a mess after two quick back-to-back projects!