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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Giving it a try... again!

I've decided to take the plunge and give Burda a try again. I'd been hearing all of the hype surrounding the July issue and wanted in on it too! LOL I've gone out and bought some tracing paper and I just need to decide which project I'm going to do first! Now if only I had someone to do the tracing...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sewing for the husband!

Well, I've finally gotten around to sewing something for the husband. For Father's Day, I decided that I would make him a couple of pieces. I decided to do a shirt, which was *supposed* to be two shirts and two pairs of shorts.I decided to use Kwik Sew 3422 for the shirt. I found a great tissue-weight linen at my local Jo-Anns that fit the bill. I chose this pattern because it looked a little more casual than KS2777. And I was right. KS3422 has a one-piece collar/collar band, unlike KS2777 with separate pieces. I do plan to use 2777 as well for long-sleeved dressier shirts. Even though I felt this shirt was casual, it still had had a back yoke.

***Note: All of the seam allowances for this pattern is 1/4", instead of the usual 5/8". I had to put a Post-It note on my sewing machine to remind myself!And I decided to put a pocket on each side.

I used Kwik Sew 3267 for the shorts. This is the same pattern I used for Brian's pants a couple of years ago.

Here are some construction pics:

I used a poly/cotton bottomweight twill.
I interfaced the fly and used Sandra Betzina's zipper video for reference. Seriously, if you're not using this method -- you should be! It went in perfectly! I also added about 2" to the length. He wears his shorts a little longer than the pattern's inseam.

I also used my trouser making book for reference... especially for the pockets! The text and the instructional videos really came in handy!For pocketing fabric, I used the fabric I used for this dress. It was the perfect weight.The welt pocket/pocket bag instructions were amazing! The Kwik Sew instructions matched perfectly with the instructions in the trouser book.
I also made an identical black pair with a black and white lining fabric for the pocket.
This is a TNT pattern that I could make over and over again and highly recommend!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vogue 1089 - Adding some color!

Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1089 -
Another Badgley Mischka!

Description: Close-fitting, lined, flared dress has princess seams, midriff with assorted beads and invisible zipper closing. Above mid-knee length

Pattern Sizing: 8 - 22. I cut the 14 in the bodice and graded to size 16 at the waist.

Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Very much so!

Fabric: Tangerine 100% linen (from Hancock)
Lining: Ivory Bemberg (from Jo-Anns)

Were the instructions easy to follow? I only read over them briefly if that's any indication.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is another great designer pattern that I've had stashed for over a year now. I initially purchased it simply because it IS a designer pattern. In spite of that, I thought it looked rather frumpy on the pattern envelope. I didn't really appreciate the style and design until I saw Ann's version.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made a 3/4" FBA to both the bodice and the lining pieces. I also added 3" to the length.
Extra things I did...
  • I added the sew-on jewels.

  • I did a ridiculous amount of topstitching.

  • I added stay tape to the neckline and underarm to prevent stretching and gaping.

  • And I even used French seams for the lining. That took an astronomical amount of time.

I suppose if you forego those things, this could be a very simple project. But if you're like me and want to drive yourself mad with all of the "extraness", then be prepared to commit a couple of days of your life.

One thing I would do differently IF I ever were to sew this again?
I would use a wider hem instead of the scant 5/8" hem that was recommended. When I look at it, I'm just not loving that part. But that's just my personal preference.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably will not. Too many dresses, too little time. I think this is a very flattering dress to a multitude of figure types and I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Instant Gratification! McCall's 6038 - Zebra Print Pencil Skirt

Project Details:

Pattern: McCall's 6038, View B

Description: Fitted, straight skirts A, B, C, D have contour waist and back zipper; dress A is above mid-knee; dresses B, D are below mid-knee; dress C is mid-knee; dresses B, C, D have back slit; dresses C, D have soft front pleat.

Justify FullFabric: Linen blend (55% linen/45% rayon)

Pattern Size: 4-20. I cut the 16.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? What instructions?! LOL It's a pencil skirt!

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Normally, I would have had to add length. But I used view B, the longer version. And this is where it stops on me! LOL I did add a lining. I don't like wearing slips in the Summer and it was a MUST that there be something in between me and the sheerness of the linen fabric. I used THIS method so I didn't have to hand stitch the lining to the zipper tape.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The only thing I didn't like about this pattern is that there wasn't a lining included. But it was no big deal to just add one.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew this again and again and again! Yes, I highly recommend this to anyone that would love to add basic pencil skirts to their wardrobe!

I'm amazed at how much I had to say about a simple pencil skirt. I was actually planning to do one of those "Look at what I've sewn" post with a limited amount of text!