Tuesday, February 25, 2014

McCall's 3880 And New Look 6912


Today,  I want to share an idea that came together out of a love for vintage style clothing.  I love the way women from the bygone era always looked so polished.  From head to toe, their clothing was so impeccable and fashion forward.  When I think about polished lines I always stop around the 50s and 60s for inspiration.  This is a time when I am most fascinated with women's clothing.  I can almost see myself walking along side them wearing my vintage outfit.

To pull my outfit together I used 2 different patterns.  McCall's 3880 and New Look 6912.  I first started with a vision of a skirt and cape, but I knew that I would need a blouse to bring it all together and I didn't want to have a 3 piece set.  The idea for a dress came while I was talking with a friend and my friend kept repeating "Do you have a dress?"  I overlooked that statement several times until the ton of bricks hit me,,,,DRESS.  I had not thought about a dress at all, but I quickly began searching my mind for a dress that would fit the bill of a blouse and a skirt in one.  New Look 6912 stood out the most and I had been wanting to make this dress for a while, so off I went to make my vintage dress set, yet have 2 separate pieces.
This vintage 1950s ensemble was the perfect starting point for what I had in mind.  Other patterns can be found Here, Here, and Here.

When I started this project last week I had snow on the ground and it was pretty cold outside but, I wanted my cape to have a nice warm feeling when I was out, hence the faux fur and wool.
Cape reversed
Back of cape
I really love this dress.  I chose to forego the fabric suggestions of a shiny fabric and used a Challis.  Both patterns were interesting to combine together.  I had about 3 yards of silk wool that I had been wanting to put to use and finding something that would take in all the fabric was my dilemma.  I wrecked my brain to try and come up with something.  I tossed around the idea of slacks, skirts, jackets, and a whole heap of other things.  It is strange how talking to a friend brought this look together for me.

Pattern Description:  McCall's 3880-Misses wraps, cape, shawls
Pattern Sizing:  All sizes
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, very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  There were a lot of options to choose from.  I am always going to love a pattern that has the least amount of pieces and even though there were a lot of big pieces, I only had to use the ones that I needed.
Fabric Used:  Silk Wool.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  No alterations for this one,
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, but in a different type fabric and lining.  I would recommend this pattern in a second.
Conclusion:  This was a quick and easy alternative to a light weight jacket, sweater, shrug..etc.  I think there are a lot of different fabrics that would make this pattern up quickly and beautifully.  It could all be done with faux fur on one side and satin on the other.

Pattern Description:  Misses dress with bodice variations.
Pattern Sizing:  4-16
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I chose View A.
Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  The blouse options were most appealing to me.  I didn't really care for all the panels in the skirt, but I could have changed the skirt and yet I opted to keep it.  I also like the side zipper and that it was an invisible zipper.
Fabric Used:  Silk Wool and Challis.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I changed the sleeves.  Instead of gathering the sleeve I tucked them which, to me, gave a more interesting blouse appearance.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I am not sure right now if I will go with this one again, but the other top options may be something I will look into.  I do recommend this pattern
Conclusion:  This was a good pattern.  The instructions were clear and very workable.  I didn't have any problems with the redesign of the sleeve or the fabric change.  I felt that if silky fabrics could be used then the weight of Challis would work.  The bodice is very soft and flowing.  The drape is impeccable and blended well with the wool.

Thank you for joining me today.  Until next time,,,

Lots of Love,

Saturday, February 15, 2014

McCall's 6883 DIY, Completed


I can finally say that I have completed McCall's 6883.  It took some concentration and a strong desire to want to wear this dress in order to finish.  Aside from the post yesterday, I placed the hook & eye, set the 2 back straps, hemmed, and reset my dots on my front darts.

I think my dress turned out ok.
Finished neckline
Connected the side straps
Now that my dress is finished, it's time for another adventure.  Until next time,,

Lots of Love

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day, What's On The Table,,McCall's 6883


Valentine's Day is a day that is set aside for love.  Even though love should be shown all year long, it is this one day that is so momentous to the word.  There will be few flowers sent in my area due to hazardous weather (crazy snow).  My hope is that everyone will have a Happy Valentine's Day!!!

For a while I have had McCall's 6883 on my mind.  My mind's eye could envision lots of wild changes and different aspects of this pattern in action.    This was something I spotted back in an earlier post.
From the first moment I saw this pattern, I liked everything about it.  The straight lines were what caught my attention most of all.  It appeared to be a simple enough task so, I decided it was worth a shot.  I went over the different views that McCall's had and the different fabric combinations.  I couldn't make up my mind because all the views were so enticing to me.

The back view was pulling me in and I couldn't help myself.  I had to find something that would suit what I was looking for in a nice Spring/ Summer dress and make this pattern stand out the way I wanted it to.
  SUGGESTED FABRICS: A,B: Poplin, Sateen, Cotton Blends, Linen. C: Lace, Eyelet. Sew-in Interfacing C - Organza. D: Charmeuse, Crepe de Chine.

I decided to go with view B.  I had recently been asked if I liked the high-low effect in my skirts.  Yes, I love the look.  I prefer the high-low skirt over the 1 shoulder any day.  I guess they both kind of make you look lopsided but, at least with the skirt it doesn't make you head seem off (LOL).

For my Valentine's Day dress I chose a red lining with black polka dot lace overlay.  At first, I had no idea of how I was going to make it work with the 2 effects coming together but, the idea was there.  So, I started with the black dot lace, available Here.  Then I cut the main body pieces out of Charmeuse, available Here.
I had a few ideas about the strap pieces because I kept trying to think of leather and then I ended up going with a black satin to match the lace.
Ok, now that the cat is out of the bag, let's see where we are.  The first thing that I am contemplating about changing are the dots.  In the front bodice, I see dots that don't match and I have thought about changing their line up to where they will look more appealing to me and possibly others who will be looking at it.  I had a hard time at first because I was trying to use red thread.  I ended up using both red and black thread so that I could see which end was up or should I say seams were up.  I haven't pressed the bodice seams (darts) yet because they are still basted in black and I thought the dot lines from the lace were going to be a concern for me from the beginning.
This is the back of the dress.  Remember I said I wanted to go with leather at the neck.  I changed my mind here because leather just didn't appeal to me after I started working on the theory of changing the way the neck closed.  I wanted a tie in the back that would make a bow and not have to use the hook and eyes.  The only hook & eye I wanted was at the zipper closure.
The lace was a stretchy type lace so I had to baste it to the bodice pieces overnight (24hrs.) to allow for the extra hang to happen.  Once I am ready to hem, I will trim the excess, baste the hem, then stitch.  I didn't want to finish the dress then have saggy lace.

I like the way this pattern is working out.  I know I could have gone with a more simple choice of fabric, but this is how I saw it and I had to go with it.  The pattern itself is quite simple and a good fix for Spring.  The instructions are written well and the illustrations are to the point.  I just hope I can work out all my kinks in time to wear it for Spring.  Stay tuned for the finish.

Lots of Love

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Another DIY McCall's 6844


A while back I made my Mom a jacket from McCall's 6844.  She was very happy with the results and a little afraid of the color.  I, on the other hand was delighted that she was even interested in the style of the pattern.  She had recently told me that she had gotten so many compliments while she was out during the holidays until she wanted to show me and you how well she looked in her jacket.  So, while we were on our seafaring trip we took some photos.

Here are some pictures.

My Mom
Thank you for joining me,  Until next time.

Lots of Love,


Birthday Sailing


This February 1st was filled with a lot of fun for my family.  My Papa turned a "year" older and we all decided to spend the day out having fun.  I'm not going to tell how old he is, but I think that for all that he's been through, he is doing marvelous.  I pray him many years to come and hope that with each year he gets stronger and healthier.  Right now he is on the waiting list for a new kidney and every day that I hear his voice and see is warm smile, I know that there is a God who answers prayers.

Happy Birthday Papa!!!  Thank you for letting me share this day with you.
Papa and Mom

Mom and Me

Papa's Angels, Mom, Me, and Baby Sister
We spent a whole day in Brunswick, Georgia out at sea and it was great.

I hope you enjoyed today's post.  Until next time,

Lots Of Love,