Saturday, March 21, 2015

Thinking Outside The Box New Look 6183

Hi

Recently I was looking for something different to make for myself.  I decided that I would use a pattern from my stash that I had passed over several times as my muse.  I thought to myself, "I've passed over a lot of patterns".  But, my elimination process was the key.  I began by laying out 5 patterns that were on my mind, but as of yet sat unsewn.  Then I closed my eyes and picked 1 from the bunch.  The winning pattern, New Look 6183, was really cute, but I didn't want to make mine from the suggested fabrics.


Well, I had a slight mind bender on my hands because I had satin, sateen, crepe, and poplins in many different colors, but my thoughts were that those fabrics were not "talking" to me the way I needed for this dress.  I kept thinking and looking until I found the most gorgeous suiting fabric.  The colors were perfect (Dark teal & white) and my mind  was reeling with the idea of this dress as a completed look.

To me, View A seemed to work for me and had more of a vintage look.  My thoughts were that with the type of fabric I was using I would be close to a modern day vintage dress.  Either way I was happy that I let fate decide which project to take on.


 The Review

Pattern Description: Pattern Description: Misses Retro style dress with empire waist, princess seamed trumpet skirt.  Neckline and sleeve options.

Pattern Sizing:  10-22

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 have to say that these princess seams were the best part about this dress and the empire waist surprised me.

Fabric Used: Poly/Rayon Suiting.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, This is an awesome pattern.  I recommend it completely.

Conclusion:  Even though this started out as a surprise project, it was a joy from start to finish.

I changed the suggested fabric choice to something that looked more vintage and it worked out wonderfully.  Finding ways to make something your own can be daunting, but if you look hard enough you will find a way to turn things inside out and mix it with yourself and your personality. My other choices for fabric are Here, Here, and Here.  I still say go with the suggested fabrics if you aren't quit sure, but thinking outside the box always pushes you to another level of sewing and creating.  You never know unless you try.

My button was a little larger than the suggested button because the sizing seemed off to me.  I chose a silver look because the white against the teal really wanted a silver button vs. a gold or solid colored button.  I used a teal color coordinated invisible zipper and thread.  The teal accents made the dress "Pop".  By using teal to accent the color played against the specks that were in the fabric and made for a subtle second glance.

This is a good wardrobe builder type pattern and it's also good for an advanced beginner.  The V in the bodice will give some sewing time and experience with this type of bodice Vs.  The more you sew them,, the better you will get at it.  You don't have to use and invisible zipper.  I chose one because that was all I had that actually matched the fabric.

Well, that's all for this post.  I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to our next post.  Thank you for joining me.

Lots of Love
Dellia

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ready For Spring Breeze With McCall's 7057

Hi

All winter long I was very excited about McCall's 7057.  The only problem was that I was in love with the envelope cover's fabric.  I really wanted to find a fabric that matched the cover to make my jacket/ sweater out of and that search went a little long.

I thought that this jacket was simply the cutest thing.  I knew I had a few yards of point knit and other types of sweater knit, but I really wanted something similar to the lamb look that you see above.  It took some doing and some constant searching, but I finally found my fabric at Fabricmart.  My local stores had nothing comparable to match it and  I don't know if it was fate or just luck, but I was happy to see my fabric.

So,,,,, guess what I did.?  I ordered 2 1/2yds without thinking or looking at the instructions (3 1/8 yds).  I just dove right in and let my excitement take over.  Needless to say that once I got ready to make the jacket, I was trying to figure out how to make it all fit without the extra yard.  I went back to the site, there wasn't any more.  I was crushed.  I still didn't let that get me down because I kept thinking that if I could find enough yardage in another color, I would use that.  Wow, what a nightmare that was.  I looked almost everywhere and I still couldn't find anything like it.  I thanked my lucky stars when I took one last  look back at Fabricmart and there it was.  A few more yards on sale and I quickly snatched up my other yard.  LOL. Whew,  That was a really close call.  I can laugh now, but it was not funny to me at the time.

Here is a look at my little lamby jacket.






The Review

Pattern Description:   Loose-fitting, unlined vest and jackets have front extending into hood or collar, and side front seams. 

Pattern Sizing: XS-Med

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 pattern was easy with very few pieces to assemble.

Fabric Used:  Poly/Lycra Curly Knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I didn't make any alterations to the jacket itself, but I felt that it needed belt loops for the belt.  I used the same fabric as the main to make my loops.  I measured 12" long by 1" wide.  Sewed the seams, turned the tube, cut it in half, then attached 1 to each sideseam on the outside instead of within the sideseam.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, but with a different fabric.  This one was so much fun (red fuzz everywhere).  I do recommend this pattern to anyone who is looking for a quick sweater or jacket.  It's all in what you make it from.

Conclusion:   I like this pattern because the options are limitless so far wise as fabric.  I really wanted a jacket like the cover example and I found it hard to find the fabric, but in the end, it was all worth it.

Since my fabric did not appear to be heavy, I was expecting a lightweight jacket, but this fabric, once my project was completed, weighs a ton.  This is a "Real" jacket and it's not even lined.  If it was lined I think it would be even heavier.  The feel of the acrylic is so soft.  It makes me feel as if I am wearing my own heard of lambs.  I love my fabric choice and will definitely consider lining my next one.

I made my jacket from the size Medium.  I read other reviews where some of the sewers were having problems with the sizing.  I looked at the pieces before I got started and everything measured up to my exact size, so I didn't have to do anything to get it to fit me.  It was because of the other reviews that I actually resized the pattern (to a small) with a muslin and found that the new size was way to small for me.  My suggestion would be to test with a knit muslin before you start.  That way you will be able to see where you will need to grade.

I recommend this pattern to beginners most of all who really want to make something in the coat/ jacket area.  This pattern has big pieces, but it sews very quickly.  All of the seams are quit easy and it didn't have any tricky stitching whatsoever.  I see this pattern as a staple for jackets.  The options range from vest, to jacket, to hood, or no hood can be endless.  But, the one option that I also see is that it can be taken down a few more inches and made into a duster.  This is something that I will look into to verify my theory because I think that might would take a full 4.5 yds.

Thank you for joining me today and until next post...

Lots of Love
Dellia