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McCalls 6563 - Purple leopard and lace

I'm not a fan of bias tops, but I didn't want the pattern to go to waste. I still think it would be better in a knit.

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. It's pretty straightforward

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 
I'm not a great fan of bias cut tops or dresses--it may have to do with the way they fit me. However, I went with this pattern because I wanted something that wouldn't break up the print of the fabric.

Fabric used:
Silky print--purple leopard and lace. I love the fabric so much!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you make:
None made; however the neck opening seems pretty large.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definite staple in my wardrobe. Wardrobe builder. This is another top that I would like to make in a knit.



























Loving McCalls 6841 - A Flattering Drape

I love this top! Everyone else loves it, too. My mom and sisters-in-law each requested a version. Mom's is pictured below in the black and white print. I would have made myself one, too, but I didn't have enough of the print. There are more of the these on the cutting room table.... The next ones will be sleeveless. 
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. It's pretty straightforward

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved everything about it.... I prefer it in a knit print.  I actually made another version in a silky stretch.  I got stitch-slapped by that one! Look for the post of it on the Sewing Challenge Blog...lol!

Fabric used:
Multi-colored tribal print.... Love it!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you make:
I increased the back width by 2 inches--that was completely unnecessary! The design has plenty of ease and drapes beau…

McCalls 6797 and the Geometric Print

It has been a while but I have been busy behind the scenes. I tried this geometric print via McCalls 6797. I fell in love with it when I saw it. I love the pattern as well.

It was easy to make. In fact, I needed to whip it up for a trip to this year's re:Write Conference in Austin TX this past October. The keynote speakers this year were Ted Decker, Mark Batterson, Lysa Terkeurst, and George Barna. It took only a few hours to make it and was easy to travel and wear. 
Having worn it a few times now, I don't think I like it as much as I did when I first made it. It often gets twisted at the side seams. I'm sure that has to do with the fact that there is  extra material that supposed to gather up on the side. It seems to twist around the body as I wore it throughout the day. If I make it again I may use a different knit.




Jackets are overdue--Vogue 1064

I've spent the past few months working on tops, skirts and slacks. I now need to tackle some matching jackets. I'm starting with a muslin of Vogue 1064. 
The dreaded FBA! I also added two inches across the back for more range of motion in the sleeves. I don't know if the armhole us too low but I'm starting with the FBA to adjust the fit.