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!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Simplicity 1616 skirt

This summer is all about easy to sew, easy to wear clothes for me. I don't want to fuss to have to wear something (or make something). So, the latest thing I've made is this skirt from Simplicity.

The pattern is for woven or stretch knit fabrics. I used a woven fabric. I made View D with some changes. I shortened the skirt by about 14". I also eliminated the slit. It's a full skirt, so a slit really wouldn't be needed anyway.
In addition, I did "stitch-in-the-ditch" to secure the elastic. The pattern says that the elastic should "float" in the casing. I didn't want that, so I did secure it. 

I used a cotton that I bought at Hobby Lobby to make this. So, more easy, breezy sewing for summer to come!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Much Needed Break & Some Completed Projects

Well, like many of you out there, I needed a break from sewing. I completed quite a few things in a short period of time in order to have something to wear to my son's college graduation (yeah!). After getting back home, I realized how exhausted I was. So, here are a few of the things I've made over the past few weeks.

I made New Look 6110 which has a tunic top and leggings. The great thing about this is I was able to use up some fabric I already had. And it is really comfortable, so I made more than one.

I made two tops and two leggings. This, by the way, is the best leggings pattern if you want a simple, basic legging. I didn't have to make any alterations to the pattern for fit. They were great to wear in the car on the way to Pennsylvania for the graduation.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Another fleece top (yes, fleece in Spring)

I made a fleece jacket the other day (McCall's 5252). I did this for a few reasons. Sometimes, you just have to get some things done when you can. This fabric has been on my sewing table since the Fall. And, I knew it would be quick since I made the same in a vest not too long ago (here). This is basically the same thing with sleeves. I do love the lavender color. Anyway, it's just one of those things that I wanted to get done so I don't have to think about it any more. Besides, the nights have been fairly cool for now, so I might get some use out of it before it gets too hot.

Hot Patterns Outfit

I finished another HP Weekender Breton T. This is actually the only one I've done that's made the way the pattern states (with no alterations). I reviewed this one before here. Obviously, I really like this T shirt and it has really become one of my favorites. So I paired this with the HP Tailored Track Pants (HP 1158). I used a flowy fabric and just made a regular hem in the pants. The fabric was actually so flowy that the cuff really didn't look right.

Although I made a muslin, the fit just wasn't quite what I wanted once I actually put them together. I should have made the center back seam just a little longer. I was unsure about the style, but I decided to try it anyway. If I do make these again, I'll actually use a fabric with a bit more body to it (like a lightweight linen). Then I'd be able to make the cuff.

I'm just not sure about this one. I love the fabric I used though. It's light and breezy. The top is a very nice knit (I think it's a jersey blend fabric). Anyway, that's all for now.