Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Relaxed, Fun, and Comfortable!

Pattern: M6247 MISSES' JACKET, TOPS, SASH, SKIRT AND PANTS: Unlined jacket A has long sleeves, front button closure; pullover tops B, C have neckband; top B has long sleeves; top C has armhole bands; jacket A, tops B, C have self-fabric sash with O-rings; pull-on skirt D and pants E have elastic waist casing, all have stitched hems; included are Nancy Zieman's time saving tips


Sizes: 8-22
Fabric: The orange & yellow cotton was thrifted and the polyester stripe was purchased as a table cloth.

Line Drawing


Alterations: They are perfect for me around the tummy. Adjustments must be made to the inner and outer seams by removing 1" from the crouch line to hem. Then I folded 3" from the front waist hem and 1 1/2" for the back. I measure 29 1/2 inches from the inseam for my length.

All of the seams were sewn on the serger. The 1/4 inch hem length and the waist were sewn on the sewing machine. I need many more pairs for the Summer and I have a plan. You'll see them again.

Note: The pattern suggest knits only, but this pattern fits me so it'll be my way.
 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Whoooooo! Put on the Breaks!!!!

When the first package arrived I kept looking for the second one. When the second one arrived it was so large that it required two people, but my family member handled it. Yes, the sell was that good. I just think it's time to visit the site daily as usual with the mindset that I can look but not leap. Yes, I said, I'm putting on the breaks for a while. My stash is out of control now. Aren't they lovely?

Box 1
 
This one was small and light with chiffons, burnout, cotton, and wool.
 

 
 Box 2
 
As for this one with the suiting fabrics with four and five yards each of boucle, twill, and crepe that the hubby hasn't seen as of yet, because it's tucked away in a safe place. That was a monster! Why was I being so greedy when I'm buried with enough fabric to get me through the next five years.
 

All I can say is no more fabric purchases unless it's for embellishment. Now, let's just get to work on some Spring/Summer fashions!
 

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Yes, Big 60th!!!!!

Yes, it's my big birthday and I'm excited to be here and able to stand. Plans for today may sound a little different for some, but today I'm scheduled for a hip MRI. After that, to lunch with friends.
This tunic, McCall's 6398 tunic view A is my gift to me just to make me feel special. It's going to be a Happy Day!!!!!!!!!!!!



 Sizes: 8-24


 Fabric: Black/Soft Red/Multi Floral Burnout Jersey Knit with Black Glitter Beads from Fabric Mart during the clearance for $3.50 per yard. I purchased 2 yards.


 Alterations: Overlapped the yoke front with front and the yoke back with the back to remove the seams. It was made with the front as one piece and the back as one piece. I read a review where this option was mentioned. It makes sense with this multi print fabric. I didn't do my usual sway back decrease of 1" from neck to waist.
I serged all of the pieces together including the sleeves. Then, serged all the edges. After that, I turned the serged edges under and topstitched. This was a very quick process. Another one has already been cut out and ready for the machine.

Also, I've thought of tracing this pattern, cutting at the waist and inserting enough length to drop the flaps to about 3" below the knee to get the flaps at midi length for a dress. Of course, some width may need to be added to the hip width.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Potential Easter Outfit - Big Disappointment!

 
 
Pattern: Butterick 5719 View A princess seam jacket with dress
 

Sizes: 8-24W 
            
Fabric: Mermaid Blue Cotton/Lycra Pique

I refused to line it after noticing the wrinkles. No additional funds would be put into this outfit. Yes, I had the matching lining on hand.
 
Notions: 22" blue zipper & blue/white ribbon for inside seams                                                                              

 
Alterations: Decrease 1" swayback both pieces
 




Remember, I fell in love with this color and was very excited to make this my Easter outfit. I was so disappointed with the wrinkles that I could not and will not wear it.

I've made pique before and thought it would be better with the lycra.



 
 This pattern is one of my favorite especially when made in a knit here, 
 Of course, I'll make it again in something interesting. This is the second outfit that I've had to discard after loving the color of the fabric and hating the wrinkles. The other is here.
As for me, no more pique. It's just not for me!
 
 


 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Yes, Another Blazer!

Pattern: Simplicity 4302 Khaliah Ali Collection Women's/Women's Petite Jacket with front variations.

                                                          
                                                                 Sizes: 18W - 32W


Alterations: Sway back decrease of 1" & decreased sleeve cap 1 1/2 inches to remove gathers
 
 
 This is the same pattern used here , here ,here, and here,
Fabric: Polyester Poplin can be purchased here
Lining: Polyester purchased from Fabric Mart a couple of years ago
 
I started purchasing this fabric from Vogue Fabrics once I realized it was the same fabric as the pants I wore daily as a teacher and a several of my husbands church suits.
I like it because it is durable, doesn't wrinkle, plain weave, comes in vibrant colors, inexpensive, and it's washable. 
 
Although, I really needed another black blazer, my friend had been talking about purchasing one so I surprised her and gifted it to her.
Another one for me will come sometime this year. I probably will not bore you by posting it unless I use a different pattern.
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Welcome Spring!

 
Pattern: Butterick 5476 OOP Diahann Carroll pattern purchased from Ebay last year.
Misses' /Misses' Petite Jacket & Skirt
Semi fitted, lined, below hip jacket has slightly extended shoulders, shoulder pads, contrast yokes and long sleeves. Semi-fitted, straight, lined skirt, below mid=knee, has elastic back waistband and back with side zipper.


 Sizes: 8 - 24
 
Fabric: Gold polyester poplin  with gold polyester lining from Vogue online.

Accents: Black piping & 1 piece iron on applique added before adding lining.

Alterations: decreased 1" swayback, added 4" to skirt

I always sew first and finish seams with the serger. I've found that if I serge the sleeves to the lining it gives a different look with added thickness on the upper sleeve.

This is a fun pattern with different variations/creative designs. I did fail to show the inside lining, but you've seen it over and over again.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fabric Haul

I've been sucked in by this turquoise looking Mermaid Blue Cotton/Lycra Pique at the bottom of this tub. It is one of the hottest colors for the Spring.
While watching televisions, I noticed that some of the commercials are swimming in this color. It's being used everywhere in the color of tops, screen background colors, letters, and numbers.
 
 
Off I went searching for the fabric. I spotted the color on another site in a different fabric, declined it, and went back to Fabric Mart.

Well, I showed it to my husband as the color for my Easter outfit at the original price. The next morning while doing my daily Fabric Mart check (shocked and  surprised) the price was lowered. I immediately snatched it up with no hesitation. As much as I'd prefer something with a little knit in it, I settled for this pique.

Then I went back and grabbed the two pieces which just might become maxi dresses. I chose the green because of the hints of fashionable turquoise. The other, I just loved the design, the black, white, and fuschia combination.