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!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

McCall's 5668 jacket

I just finished this jacket that I had intended to make last year! I had everything ready (pattern, fabric, etc.) and I just never got around to it.

As it turns out, it was not a difficult project. I worked on it over a few days. The nice thing about this pattern is that it is a Nancy Zieman  "10-20-30 Minutes to Sew" themed pattern. In other words, the instructions are written with the amount of time various steps take to complete. That way, if you only have a short amount of time to sew, you basically have an idea of how involved certain steps may be in terms of time commitment. Now, I really didn't consider that while making the jacket.

This jacket has very nice shaping. I especially like the way the back of the jacket looks. I used stretch cotton twill in a cream color for this. I think this could be made in a more "fluid" fabric as well (something less stiff). But, it still needs to have so body to the fabric in order for it to hold it's shape.

That's all for now!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March BurdaStyle Coat

While I was just about ready to give up on the BurdaStyle challenge (to make at least one garment a month from the magazine), I decided I couldn't quit after just 2 months. So I made this coat which is really nice for Spring.

I used a washable linen blend fabric. I like the style and the fit. This is actually one of the older patterns. It's 03/2012 #110.

There are in-seam pockets (a must-have) and a pretty simple design. The only problem I had is the lining. I didn't do a great job cutting it out, so it's a bit wonky on the inside. This is the kind of thing I can see making again, though.

Next time I'll do a better job on cutting out the lining. But, this was actually very easy and fairly quick to make. There are no buttons or snaps for closure and the magazine has variations that can be made with the pattern.

Anyway, now I know that I need to pay more attention when cutting out the lining (like making sure the pieces don't slide around). It's all a learning experience!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

McCalls 2401

I'm particularly interested in making myself some dresses and skirts for spring and summer. I find that they tend to keep me cooler than long pants when it gets really hot and humid around here. But that's going to be awhile because the weather here has been anything but spring-like. Today was a good day, so I went out and took some pictures.

This is McCall's 2401, which is a basic sheath dress.

Although I've made the dress before, I've never made it with sleeves and the square neck.

I used stretch cotton twill which is pretty lightweight. I didn't make any adjustments to the pattern. I did take the back dart all the way up to the neckline. I found that the back of the dress was too lose and I needed to reduce that somehow. While that worked out fine, if I make this again, I would just make the adjustment before cutting it out (like you're supposed to).

Anyway, I like it and I like the print. I knew the dress was going to have to have a  simple design with such a bold print.

Friday, March 20, 2015

A very old (but classic) pattern...

A couple of weeks ago, I decided I would make a gift for my husband for his birthday. I chose to make him a pair of pj (pajama) pants. I chose a reversible shirting fabric that I found a Jo-Ann's.

It has a nice check pattern on one side, while the solid side is sort of a chambray-type look. This is a nice, light-weight fabric that I thought would be good for Springtime.

The pattern I used I've probably had since about 1990. The year on the pattern envelope says 1989. Anyway, I had never cut into it in all these years. I had actually bought this pattern because I liked the robes and I had always intended to make one for myself. I made the robes, but not with this pattern.

So, I decided to use this for the pants for my husband.

These have a fly front (which was easy to make). I used snaps for the closure.

So, while I am all about keeping organized and getting rid of things that I don't use or need, occasionally I find it worthwhile to hang on to those classics that can't be found anymore, like this pattern.

An easy project and a happy husband. It's all good!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Burda Style Trousers 02-2015 #132

Like I said before, I love to challenge myself. So along with some other sewing challenges, I added my self to the Burda challenge where you make something from the magazine for that month each month. This time around, I chose these pants. The only "problem" is that this was a "plus-size" pattern. Well, Burda's plus size isn't that much different from my regular size, so I thought I'd give it a try. I traced the pattern but did not add any seam allowance.

I made a muslin and decided it needed a center back seam adjustment, so I added 1 inch there. I used a regular 5/8 inch seam allowance when sewing.

They do have a loose fit (they're supposed to). I could take in the front crotch area a little bit next time. But overall, I'm very pleased.

I usually see things in the magazine that I would like to try, but I never have the nerve to give it a shot. So this has helped me overcome some of my "fears"!
I also like the pocket detail of these pants. Functional side pockets and gusseted pockets just add a little more style to an elastic-waist pant.

By the way, I only have the shirt tucked in so you can see the details on the pants. Otherwise, I would not wear it this way.

Ahh, that's more like it!