Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wardrobe Boosting With It's Sew Easy


For a while I have been thinking of doing a few simple patterns to give myself a wardrobe boost.  My thoughts were leaning more towards just skirts and then I figured what about pants.  I actually needed more skirts, shorts, pants, and even more simple dresses because I had cleared out my closet last year.  I have been wanting more clothes that would be for the more casual side of my everyday living.

After contemplating the idea for a few days, I decided that whatever I did the projects would have to be quick in construction and cute at the end.  Getting the most bang for your minutes will be the theme in my head for my next 2 week's projects.  At the end of the 2 weeks I am hoping to have added a few pieces to my closet that I will love and enjoy wearing.

I found a few simple patterns that were in my stash that I thought might would have the potential to help me achieve my goal. I will try to make a tutorial for at least 1 of the patterns, but that is something I will decide during the process itself.  Right now, choosing the fabric is a bit daunting and confusing because right when I think I've got the right combination together, I change it.    

So, here are the patterns that I've chosen.

1-  Simplicity 2120 is my first pattern of choice.  I like this pattern because it doesn't have anything going on with it.  Straight lines all the way.  I can use a wide range of fabrics (suggested: Charmeuse, Dbl Georgette, Silk Linen, Shantung, Blends, Crepe Back Satin).  I want to make at least 2, but that will remain to be seen.  As for now, I have a piece of soft broadcloth that I will be using for this pattern.  Why am I using broadcloth?  I did say that I wanted casual and broadcloth will make it feel more casual to me.  I also have a piece of Shantung that I intend to make this dress with.  The shantung will make the dress more dressy, but for now those are the 2 pieces of fabric that I have set in stone for this project.

2- Simplicity 1853 is my second pattern of choice.  With this skirt I can see a lot of potential and I am going to admit that one of my skirts will be a maxi.  I do plan on changing 1 major problem with this skirt (for me) and that are those crazy pockets.  I like the style of the skirt, the overall look,  and it seems to be pretty simple, but the pockets will have to do some dancing.  The plan is to make 3 of these.  1 will have all of my alterations, a pocket change for another, and the final will be made according to the pattern.  I want to put some type of embellishments on 2 of them, but that is not etched in stone right now. (stay tuned)

3- Simplicity 1852 is my 3rd pattern of choice.  I just like that I can get a pair of shorts and pants out of this one.  I don't foresee any problems with this one, but who knows.  I have picked out a few yards of fabric for the shorts, but not for the pants as of yet.  I plan to use simple embellishments, according to the instructions and keep them very basic.  Here's the idea with this pattern.  I want to make 2 pairs of shorts and 2 pairs of pants, but if I only get around to 1 of each, I'll still be happy.

Wow, I have set myself up for a nice little challenge.  That is 9 pieces in 2 weeks.  Do you think I can do it?  I sure hope so because my closet is still feeling a little empty.  Not sure which one will get the tutorial, but if you have any suggestions let me know.

I hope you will join me while I take a walk on the (pacing myself) wild side the first 2 weeks of August.  If you want to feel the pressure that I am about to go through, join in with me and send me some pictures of your finished projects.  It would be a pleasure to see what we all can do with 2 weeks and 3 patterns.  For those of you who participate with me I will post your picture and link to your site.

Until next time,
Lots of Love

Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY, McCall's 6955


I am so in love with this Shantung fabric I found online at  I fell in love with it the moment that I saw it.  My search for a project to mix it with was looking kind of dim at first but, I found a cool pattern to bring out the colors and works well as a combination.

McCall's 6955 was my pattern of choice.  This pattern is a very basic bodice and 2 options for the back.  My first thoughts were not positive for this pattern but, it was the second choice for the back that got my attention.

The fabric choices are Cotton Blends, Crepes, Chambray, and Shantung.  I wanted to go with a cotton at first but, to me that would have been a common combo and I was looking for something that was a little different.  With the idea of different in mind I switched between a blue crepe and this wild colored paisley shantung.

Here's a look at McCall's 6955.

This pattern was fairly easy.  I really loved the skirt.  Full skirts are my all time favorites and this pattern hit the bill in the skirt department.  Fabric for this pattern would be an easy pick.  Even though the list is a short one, satin, brocade, jacquard, and especially broadcloth would make this dress beautifully.

Beginning sewers don't let the back and shoulders fool you.  This is an opportunity to test your zipper skills and do a little fancy work.  The ideas for this pattern are endless and it would be nice to have an LBD ( Little Black Dress) with this look.

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

Lots of Love

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY, McCalls 6967

A couple of weeks ago McCalls came out with some really neat looking patterns for Summer.  I was really taken by surprise with the sundress McCalls 6967.  I liked the little flounce that it had on the bodice and I liked the fabric choices that it suggested for making the dress.  In this pattern there were several pieces that could be made.  A top, a skirt, a short dress, and a long dress.  All of the pieces would be a good staple to any Summer wardrobe.

My oldest daughter was in love with the short dress and I thought it would be a nice add it to her closet.  So, I found a piece of Challis and she approved of the print and here is M6967.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

I changed the waist a little and this look is what she liked vs. the pattern style. (I made 2 of these this past weekend).

Finished look with black gladiator sandals.
At this point I would normally do a review and I think this pattern really needs to have something said about it since I liked it so much.  I had a few picks of fabric to choose from and the first dress was made from a jersey.  Oshja didn't like it because it was a shiny jersey and she said, "It looks like a sleeping gown."  Once a stood back and got a look at it, I agreed with her.

Not wanting to throw a good gown to the lost file pile, I completely took the casing out and now she just has a lounge piece.  I immediately went to work on a second dress and she found the fabric that became her final dress.  I actually liked sewing this pattern, but I definitely didn't like the casing for the waist.

The waist setting according to the pattern is a little high (above the navel).  It was almost up under the bust-line, which made the dress look completely different from the cover photo.  I looked at what my options were for changing the construction of the waistband and I went with cutting the front and back pieces 2 in. below the waist line and setting the elastic as I normally would for an elastic waist dress.  When she saw the dress, she was more pleased with the way it looked the second time and she liked the way I addressed her waist issue.

The ties are extremely too long.  You could be 7ft. tall and I still think that these ties are just too long.  So an after thought is going to be to cut about 2" off of them and tie a knot at the ends.

I do plan on making this dress again because I didn't make one for me.  I think this is a good pattern for an advanced beginner, but not for someone who is just starting out.  The casing would cause a tiny bit of trouble, but I would make the purchase for the pattern stash.  There's always next Summer.

Thanks for joining me today.  Until next time.

Lots of Love


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY, New Look 6289 and New Look6286


Even though I made a commitment to not wear or sew any pants to Marigold at and The Summer of No Pants community for this Summer, I couldn't help but to throw in these gorgeous linen shorts.

I had 2 yds of linen that I had gotten from and I was determined to use it for something.  It took about one short leg to be cut in order for me to figure that I had had this particular piece of fabric set aside for a dress.  Soooo, it can only be used once and this piece was about to be a pair of shorts.

I used New Look 6289 to make the shorts and blended it together with New Look 6286 for the top.

The fabric that I used to make the top with is a Crepe Knit.  I got it for almost free at one of my Hancock stops because it was less than a yard left and I really wanted this piece of fabric.  The manager didn't want me to be out done, so she threw it in for 50 cents.

Here's a look at what I put together.

I really enjoyed today's post.  I look forward to next time.

Until then, Lots of Love

Sunday, July 6, 2014

DIY McCall's 6959 Review


I was really in love with McCall's 6959 when it came out a couple of months ago for the Spring/ Summer line of patterns.  It might have been the way the model was smiling in the picture, but I just knew I had to have that dress.  There are a pretty good bit of wrap dresses, shirts, skirts, just anything you can think to wrap out there, but that didn't matter to me.  I thought the bias around the dress was just beautiful, so guess who started the 6959 project?  That's right, Me.

My luck runneth over when I was able to find the perfect piece of Linen to go with my dream wrap dress.  I had seen this fabric several times in Hancock Fabrics, but it was just not saying anything to me at the time.  I admired its beauty as it glistened under the ambiance of the florescent lights.  My eyes would just tear up and then my mind would say,,"Keep it moving!"  I really wanted that fabric.  So one day while I was out window shopping (LOL) I decided that a yard maybe even 2 wouldn't hurt anything.  Then pow!  McCall's breaks out with this pattern.

Here are my findings at the fabric store and what I did with both the pattern and the fabric.

Yay! I got both of them in 1 shot.  This fabric is a gorgeous gold foil weave linen print that looks kind of strange up close, but it definitely had me thinking for weeks after I had seen it.  With pattern in hand and fabric to boot.

The Review

Pattern Description: Misses wrap dress with options.

Pattern Sizing: 14-22

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 liked that this was a simple wrap dress made with quality fabric.
Fabric Used: Linen

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any changes to the pattern. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I will make this again.  I do recommend this pattern to others. 

Conclusion:  I am not totally disappointed because I love wrap dresses and this one came through to an extent.  I didn't like that the V in the front was not as structured as it could have been.  I think the bias tape made it flimsy.  The skirt was awesome.  I loved the way it loolked and I did allow for a 24hr hang period before finishing.  The sleeves were a little tight for my arm size so adjustments had to be made in order to get them to fit.  I used the 3/8 ribbon for the inside ties, but you could have used the bias tape just the same.  Overall, this is a nice pattern, but it lacked structure in the bodice.

Well, that's it for today.  I hope you enjoyed today's post.  

Until next time, Lots of Love


Friday, July 4, 2014

DIY, New Look 6282 Review


Today I am really feeling this dress that I made using New Look 6282.  Even though it is a very basic pattern, I liked the construction and the flow of the pattern.  My first thought for making this dress was to go with an all over solid or all over print fabric, but after debating with myself for a couple of hours I came up with a combination that kind of cured both my print and solid side (tell why later).  The print fabric is a soft cotton Challis that I got from Walmart a few months back and the solid color fabric is a peach skin that I also got from Walmart.

At first glance I thought this pattern was going to have a cheap construction effect because lately all the maxi dress patterns that I have made do not have a slip (lining) for the bottom.  Normally I would have to make one in order to feel comfortable in public.  This one has a lining for the whole thing, which works for a sheer Chiffon, extra lightweight Lawn, or even a really neat looking Lace.  Whatever sheer fabric you might choose this pattern has taken care to ensure that modesty is covered.  For modesty's sake I also chose the wider straps even though I actually liked the thinner ones.  

After reading through my instructions I began this project with the bodice first.  According to the instructions that is what comes first, but I wanted to start with the easiest part right off.  However, (the REAL reason for 2 colors) after laying out the pattern and seeing that I really didn't have enough material to go either all solid or all print my mind caught a serious headache.  I twisted the pattern and I turned it every which way but, I still could not make it fit completely on one whole piece of either of the two fabrics.  Then the idea came to me to just make part of it in solid.  I actually wanted the whole top solid and go for the look of View B with the exchange of the dark colored fabric as a print, but then I thought, why not have the front bodice solid and the rest of the dress in print?  Ok, my dilemma was quickly solved.

Here's a look see at what I mixed up. LOL
Jewelry- Forever21, Sandals- old my closet.

The Review

Pattern Description: Misses maxi dress with 2 skirt variations, 2 lengths and 2 strap variations.
Pattern Sizing: 4-16
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 liked the easy construction and the fact that this pattern came with a built in slip process.   
Fabric Used: Cotton Challis and peach skin
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any changes to the pattern. 
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I will make this again.  Maybe do the short version with the small straps. I do recommend this pattern to others. 
Conclusion: Liked this pattern overall.  It was nice to have a wide range of fabrics to choose from.  I think this one takes a personal touch.  There are a lot of fabrics that would make this dress fancy or simple.  The V in the front is a modest one and something that you can live with without worrying about an extra tank underneath.  The skirt can be made to have either the 2 splits, 1 split, or none at all.  This is a very good go to pattern for a maxi.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a  

Until next time, Lots of Love,