Wednesday, September 17, 2014

McCall's 6844 Cardigan

I love this pattern! It was easy to make (it only took a few hours with the serger). I fits well. And it's the kind of thing that, depending on the fabric, you could dress up or down.

I made View A. I did grade up to the large from the medium (which is what I bought). I think I bought this on sale and the only size they had was XS-S-M. Sometimes I'm delusional about sizes...anywhoo. I really like the fit.

The whole point is to have a well-fitting garment, and I think I've achieved that. The only change I would make is to lengthen the front band. It doesn't seem to meet the hem like it's supposed to. I did have to work with it for a bit. And I was aware ahead of time that that was the only sticking point for most people. So next time, I'll just make the band longer (it only needs about 1 5/8"). That extra inch is going to alleviate my stress!

This is something that I will definitely make again!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sewing jeans...McCalls 6610

I've made a couple of pairs of jeans recently, and I have the third pair cut and ready to sew. I used McCall's 6610 (View A). This was my first time using this particular pattern. I wanted something more of a straight-leg jean this time around, so I went with this. Because I've made jeans before, I knew what areas I was going to have to fit the most (waist).

I made a couple of different sizes (16 and 14) each with some grading up or down for fit. These green jeans are basically a size 16. They are so comfortable!

The khaki-colored jeans are the 14 (with some grading up at the waist). These are comfortable as well, but I prefer the green.

The next ones I have cut out (and are waiting to be sewn) are stretch denim. I am working on getting the fit just right for me. Those are a 16 with some slimming at the leg, but not enough to make them skinny jeans. We'll see how things go. The green are my preferred fit, but I want to make them a bit more jean-like. I did make a muslin for these, by the way before I started. I made one muslin and I just keep adjusting the fit on it. But for me, it's always a little difficult to tell what something is really going to look like (or fit like) until I actually make it.

Anyway, it's a creative process and it does take some work to get what you want, right? It's fun and good practice. It makes me feel like a real designer...and I end up with more clothes. That's not a bad thing!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

McCalls 6554

I finished this about a week ago. It's a "Fashion Star" pattern (remember that show?) that I've had but never made.

I really didn't make any alterations to this pattern. It's actually pretty quick to put together. One of the features that I really like are the pockets. I really like in-seam pockets. The belt, which can be optional, I think helps to pull the look together.

This picture above is without the belt. The bodice is lined (I used batiste). If I had thought about it at the time, I would have lined the skirt also. The fabric is a cotton linen blend that I bought last year and never got around to using.

The only thing that I did differently than the instructions was to use a regular zipper. And the only reason I did that is because that's what I had in my stash! LOL! I'm using up as much as I possibly can while still make the things I want.

This is a really nice, comfortable dress to wear. My husband even complimented me on it. So, it's all good.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Look 6598

I bought this pattern a while back.  It's a blouse with sleeve and collar variations. Truth be told, I really only looked at the front of the pattern when I bought it. I wanted to have/make more woven tops (as opposed to knit tops). I saw this and I really liked it.

Well, what I didn't realize at the time is that it does have a nice detail on the back of the blouse - a tie.

It's a simple detail that just makes it something a little different. This is quite easy to make AND I used another piece from my fabric stash AND some buttons I had as well!

This is the kind of thing that I can see myself making again. It also comes in long sleeves and sleeveless, with a collar or without (like the one I made here).

Now, on to the next project to use up some more stash!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New T-shirt pattern

I love a good T-shirt. You would think that finding a good pattern to make one would be easy, but not necessarily... I'm pretty particular about how I want it to fit. I don't want anything too tight or too low-cut in the front. I have found a source of RTW tees that I really like, but since I joined the RTW fast this year, I don't want to buy any. So, I decided to try this new pattern I found on Pattern Review. It's called the Jenny from In-House Patterns. It's very basic, but that's what I like.

First, what I love about the pattern is the fit. It fits just the way I want it to - not too loose, not too tight. And I really like the length.

Now, what I wasn't crazy about is the V-neck was too low for me. So, I raised the neckline by about 2 1/2". With doing this, it was a bit difficult to get the neckband to fit correctly. I had to keep shortening it until I got it right. I also had never attached a V-neck neckband the way the instructions say to do it. After trying it their way and trying it my way (which is the way that the Vogue 8536 T-shirt pattern instructs), I like my way better. I get a better fit and a more defined V. I also think it's easier. 

As you can see, I made this in a variety of colors. The solids are cotton interlock (my personal fav for tees). The print is a rayon/poly blend that's very stretchy. Best of all, I had all of these in my stash!

Overall, this is a great pattern. I may still do some minor adjustments to the neck, but the sleeves and everything fits well. This is definitely a keeper!

And by the way, this is a PDF pattern which is something I don't normally do. But it was very easy to print correctly (do the test page first).

Friday, July 18, 2014

McCall's 6884

I finished this dress yesterday. It's really easy to put together. It would have been done a lot sooner if I hadn't lost my sewing mojo in the middle of it. But anyway, the only thing I changed with the pattern is to raise the neckline by about 2 1/2". It's a good thing I did, because it would have been way to low for my taste if I hadn't. As it is, I really like this dress. I used a knit I bought a while ago from JoAnn's. 

The tie is very long, so I'm assuming it's to go around the back to the front. At least, that's how I wear it. This pattern could be a really good wardrobe builder for a lot of people. I can see myself making this again is a solid knit as well.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

McCall's 6102

Well, this is called the "1 Hour Dress". I just wanted something easy to make, not fussy to wear, and comfortable. I've had this pattern for quite a while and decided to give it a try. In all honesty, It did take me a little more than an hour to make. I tend to be kind of slow sometimes. And I do like to finish off all of my seams with the serger so things don't ravel. If I hadn't done that,  I think it would have been about an hour or less to sew.

But it's pretty straight-forward. I made View B with the sleeves in the knee-length. There are also versions without sleeves and longer lengths. I used a cotton blend I bought at JoAnn's. It's the perfect weight for hot, humid summer days like we have here.

That's all for now. I need to find my sewing "mojo" because I must have misplaced it somewhere - LOL! I'm actually enjoying my summer and not too stressed about the sewing I'm not getting done right now.

Anyway, happy sewing everyone!