Saturday, March 29, 2014

April MAGAM Plans

B5459 Dress & Simplicity 2256 in 100% aqua polyester as a wearable muslin.

Monday, March 24, 2014

March MAGAM Complete

Pattern: Butterick 5147  Jacket and skirt E
Sizes: 8-24
Fabric Used: Jade green plain weave wool/polyester suiting 62w & polyester lining

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, with the exception of not having enough fabric to make the collar.
 
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The collar was omitted, added 2 inches to the skirt length, and a 1 inch sway back adjustment.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like everything about this pattern. It has so much to offer. I'll have to admit that it's my favorite. The jacket with the collar is still on the list of must haves.

 The red is cute, but the gold looks better with the buttons.
                                                    Completing the lining

 Buttons were purchased from Hancock Fabric Savannah Georgia while on vacation. Was I surprised when the cashier keyed them in and found that they were on sale!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last of the coordinates


Pattern: Simplicity 1699  Unlined Jacket
 
Pattern Sizing: 8-24

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I dislike the pleats on the shoulders.

Fabric Used: Scuba wrinkle-free polyester stretch knit. It's a more stable knit. It actually feels rubbery. You can't iron it unless you use a pressing cloth.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The sleeve cap was adjusted to remove the pleats. The back was cut on the fold to remove the back seam. Now, I don't think I should have done that since the dress and pants have a back seam. It's perfectly fine that I did it, but that seam is what pulls everything together as a complete set.

Would you sew it again? Yes
 
Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Conclusion: The jacket is a quick jacket for the changing weather. This is such an easy pattern that one could make with short sleeves or a shorter or longer version. It's a real go-to pattern.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Simplicity 1699 basic Dress



Pattern Description: Simplicity 1699 dress; Pattern includes top, jacket and pants

Pattern Sizing: 5-24

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, with exception of the 5" border that was added to hemline.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the princess lines and it is ok that there is a front seam.

Fabric Used: Scuba wrinkle free double knit from Fabric Mart

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: A border of 5 inches was added for additional length and a decrease of 1" sway back alteration. It looks perfect in the back, but I would like to add additional  inches to the front to meet my waist.

Would you sew it again? Yes Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Conclusion: I did go back and add the additional 5 inches to the length of the pattern because I like the dress so much. The little curved v is really eye catching on the sleeves. As much as I wanted to embellish this dress and the jacket, I really need a basic black dress to wear with several jackets that are in my closet.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Black Pants




Simplicity 1699 Misses' & Miss Petite Sportswear  Line Drawing
Sizes include 8-24

Simplicity 1699 pant in black scuba knit from Fabric Mart.

Alterations included using a pair of RTW pants to adjust the bottom width.

This pant pattern is a keeper because the stride is just right for me. I'm wearing the top from this pattern with the pant.  They look a little long, but the shoes were flats. One inch shoes look better.

The dress and jacket will be featured soon!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Peplum Top

 Simplicity 1699 includes the peplum top, dress, jacket and pants and I'm making each piece in this black scuba fabric from Fabric Mart.
 An invisible zipper with a hook and eye adorns the back of this top.
 Adjustment of one inch was made at the waistline which looks fine in the back but not the front so I'll not do the adjustment the next time I cut this pattern. I really like each item that's included with this pattern.
While on vacation I went into a store that had this top in the same fabric in blue, green and black. Guess what? I was able to get this same fabric from the same company on sale in purple. I ordered 6 yards.
In between my challenge sewing I'll post the other coordinates from this pattern.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Floral Coat Dress

 
Flocked Floral Sheath Dress from Von Maur was my inspiration for this dress.French Connection Women's Contemporary Flocked Floral Sheath Dress | from Von Maur #VonMaur #SpecialOccasion #Black #Camel
 
Butterick 5825 is a dress pattern that can take one on a serious journey with different style combinations. I consider this to be a coat dress style.
 
The fabric is a green floral satin and black crepe from Fabric Mart. First of all, this dress called for a stretch fabric, but I just couldn't resist this idea.
 
Therefore, alterations had to be made and because I didn't make a muslin. Based on the finished measurements, it should have fit, but it was too tight in the bust. I made a mistake and cut two front facings and that worked to my advantage, because I was able to sew the additional facing to the left panel and incorporate a princess seam. I covered one inch buttons and made buttonholes so I could slip into the dress.
 
For the sleeves, I split the pattern up to the top of the sleeve cap without cutting through the top and added seam allowances.
 
I made it work by using fusible interfacing, covered buttons, and double fold bias tape. The length was extended by six inches. Bias tape was added from the left front and extended to the front hem.
 
I definitely will make this again as I have a lot of ideas for this pattern.
 
                                                                                                                       bias tape
                                                                                                                       covered buttons

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Plans MAGAM

Butterick 5147 Jacket without collar and skirt in poly/wool. The color is jade green not blue.