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Last project of the year...and the fastest!

This is officially my last (completed) project of the year.....  My little decided he wanted me to make his new PJs versus have me buy them!  It's also my fastest project of the year....

New Look 6070 and the art of color blocking

I did complete NL6070....  I was really happy with the black, fuchsia, and white which I purchased at Hancock Fabrics last fall.  It did fit... originally!  However, the weave of the fabric is so tight that it has very give/stretch...even on the bias; there was also very little ease in the finished garment.  Any variance in the weight or waistline and it was a bit too snug.... LOL!




Pattern Description: Workroom from Project Runway; One piece dress
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, they were....
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I thought the sleeves and pleating details from the front were cute....
Fabric Used: I think it was a faille; the weave of both fabrics was very tight.  No stretch at all.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: On the fuchsia, black and white, I stuck with the original details.    However, I had a challenge with the seco…

V8543 revisited...AGAIN!!!

That's right...!  This is technically my 3rd time tackling Vogue 8543.  Despite that, I'm excited about the prospect of it.  I cut a new muslin and made more pattern adjustments.  By way of review, the first attempt resulted in a beautifully made suit FOR SOMEONE ELSE...because I didn't make the FBA.  So, I gave it to a friend.  The second attempt (a beautiful chocolate brown) met its death with the skirt--consequently, there are some major changes coming to the skirt pattern when I get to it.  This third attempt has been forged in the fires of lessons learned along the way.  Can you tell I really love the pattern--everything about it?!



Special note regarding the accessory:
The beautiful scarf that accents the suit was a gift from someone at church.  Pamela Gaylord was a member of our church and sister in Christ who went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2010.  Her husband wanted to honor her memory and impact on our church family, so he presented a few of her signature …

Miss Fancy Threads

This is a short post to give a "shout out" to Miss Fancy Threads.  She just posted Episode 2....  I hope you'll enjoy it!  I recently met her, and she's as adorable and gracious in person as she is online!  I'm going to tweet her to tell her about some of the fabulous ladies blazing new fashion trails with their own sewing machines!!

McCall's Summer Catalog

McCall's Summer looks...!

Friday Night Sew-In Coming...

Friday Night Sew-in this weekend, March 16th.... Are you ready?

Muslin for New Look 6070

Created the muslin for NL 6070 today.  Love the pattern....  The cut of the bodice is great...no need for FBA.  This is my first New Look pattern and it might be a keeper!


These are the fabrics for the project....













This is the muslin for the dress.  The fit is pretty good.  The details for the dress are simple, so I'm excited about the prints I'll be using.  I'm not a fan of dresses with "no side seam" waistbands.  Of course, I haven't made that many dresses, but I know I don't think I'm a fan of that detail.  But the fit is nice on this dress.  The only sketchy area was the hips.  I don't know why pattern drafters insist on drafting hips that "jut out 2 inches" once you're 4" below the waist.  I wanna meet that woman because she needs to stop modeling for the drafts... :)

Claire Schaeffer slacks, Vogue 7881

This one is a Claire Schaeffer favorite of mine....  I think the style and fit are very contemporary.  I picked up the fabric at Joann's.
Pattern Description:
Straight-legged pants (semi-fitted through hip) have contour, front button yoke and mock-fly zipper.

Pattern Sizing:
12-14-16

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


Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were very easy to follow.  I chose to go with the non-couture construction.





What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the contour waistband.  I think it's flattering on just about any waist size/type.  I have a slightly thicker waist (even at my thinnest :-); so the final shape of the slacks was great for me.

Fabric Used:
A lightweight tweed-like fabric

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made view B (the non-couture version).  In an earlier (and ultimately, "do over") project, I attempted to make…

Butterick 3918_Completed...finally!

Well, it's been a long time coming, but I finally...finally...FINALLY completed this pattern.  I love the finished garment, but I will not be making it again.  My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE detail of the pattern are the lapels.  My synopsis below is the same I've shared on Pattern Review.



Pattern Description:
Fitted, lined jacket, hip-length has collar, lapels, princess seams and long, two-piece sleeves with slit fold-back with cuffs


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes...it did.  I love the styling of the jacket and the collar details.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
On the jacket itself, I love the "wing tip" detail on the lapel.  I also loved the different spin on the traditional princess seam.  The angular seams were what attracted me to the pattern in the first place.  What I didn't like, however, was that inner …

What a shame...Vogue 1159

After many months of being intimidated by Vogue 1159, I decided to tackle this one.  It's a Donna Karan design--fitted, above mid-knee length dress has front pleated at back dropped shoulder, crossed fronts forming drape effect.  This is the same review I posted at PR



Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
What a knee slapping question--absolutely not!  Okay...please allow me to have some fun and vent for a moment.  I spent my Saturday cutting out the pattern and making the dress.  I was thrilled at how well it seemed to be coming together even after I took a 45 minute break to work through some intimidating design and construction issues.  Yes, it looks cute on the dress form, right?  The cuteness ends there....


After struggling through the final details of construction, I clipped the final strings and ran to put it on....  I was horrified!!  I can only describe it as an expensive-looking kitchen dress.  What's a kitchen d…

Long overdue....

Butterick 3918 has seen its challenges!  I only have buttons to find and will post photos when complete.  I've dropped a size since beginning--that meant even more alterations to get a decent fit...but who's complaining.  I'll provide technique details and pattern review with my next post....