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!

McCall's 2094 blouse...again

This is one of those tried and true (TNT) patterns for me. I had some material left over from a pair of slim  pants I made last year (Colette Clover pants). It was more than a yard so I wanted to make something with it and decided on a top. This is the pattern I used: 

I believe this is OOP now.  I made the sleeveless top. 

I have used this pattern for dance costumes years ago when my daughter was in high school. I have used it for quick and easy projects, etc. 

The only thing I did differently this time was to use snaps (black) instead of buttons. I'm happy with the results. It did take me a few test runs to remember how to attach the snaps. It's been a while since I've done that, but glad I did.

Now, on to the next project!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kwik Sew Peplum

I finished this the other day. It is Kwik Sew 4112 - a double peplum top. The pattern sizes for this run from XS to XL. I made this in medium. I combined View B which has the neck I want with View A, which is just a regular sleeveless top. I didn't want to add the sleeve flange which is part of View B. I also added piping around the waist seam just to break up the pattern of the fabric a bit. 

I always like the things with princess seams since it's a more flattering fit for me. This is a pretty simple top to make. It took me longer to get the piping in the way I wanted than anything else, so next time, I'll probably just leave that out. 

Even though the fabric stores around here are getting in their Fall material now, I still have more summer sewing I want to get done! After all, it's only the second full day of summer here in the mid-Atlantic region, so we have a lot of very hot, very humid weather to get through.

Happy sewing everyone!

Monday, June 1, 2015

McCall's 6559 Maxi Dress Completed

This is the first time that I've made a maxi dress. I see them (everywhere) and I like them, but I never bothered to make one myself - until now. This pattern is so easy! It only took a few hours to make. And I actually lined mine with tricot so it would hang better and not be clingy. 

 I also made the shorter jacket (View A) from a piece of cotton interlock knit I had on hand.

Since the dress is sleeveless, having something to keep warm indoors when the A/C is too high is crucial. 

This is very easy to make and great to wear day or night. It's something I can see myself making again, although I don't think I would line the next one if it's not really necessary. I think the lining has made the dress heavier than it would be otherwise. But, the lining has made the dress hang well, which I really like.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Burda Style Magazine Polo Dress

I made this a couple of weeks ago and am just getting around to blogging about it. It's from BurdaStyle magazine 04/2010 #113C and D. These are polo-style dresses that are great for warm spring and hot summer days.

These are some of my favorite things I've made from the magazine. I made the yellow striped dress first, then found instructions online to improve on the placket, so I made the blue dress the next day.
The blue is my personal favorite. I think the length is perfect for me. The pattern is designed for making a polo shirt with long or short sleeves, and the dresses in two lengths.

Once I figured out how to make the placket better, this was very easy to make.

Both are made from cotton knits. I can definitely see myself making the shirt or some other variation of the dress in the future!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Athletic wear and T-shirts...

Last year when I did my first RTW fast, one of my goals was to make some work-out wear. Well, it never happened. I had too many other things to do and not enough time. This time around, I got it done.

The first thing I made were these capri leggings for working out.

Yes - lime green zebra print lycra work-out pants. I used Kwik Sew 3455. I absolutely LOVE them. They are so comfortable and I can't believe I waited so long to make my own athletic wear. The pattern has a gusset in the seat, so that gives more room for stretching without tearing.

I also made the same thing in a very subdued black nylon lycra.

As for the T shirts, I used Jalie 2805 for those. I've had this pattern for quite a while and never got around to using it. Now I get why people love it!

This one is made from some left-over knit I had. It's a sweater knit, so it's a bit warm for hot days. But I was glad to be able to use up the material I had.

This one is an ITY knit that I've had and never used. It's light-weight and very comfortable.

That's all for now. Happy sewing!