Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rounding Out Summer With McCall's 7404


I know that Summer is coming to a very quick end, but I can't help but think about all the things I didn't get around to doing.  I have had project behind project and only managed to get just a simple few done.  Well, I'm sad to say that the nice days of Summer are on their way out and Fall is rolling in with a bang, as usual.

In my mind it will be Spring/ Summer all year round, so I plan to continue making the things I like most and that normally has something to do with heat.  When I first looked at McCall's 7404 and thought it was a very basic looking dress.  I studied the pattern and found that I actually was going to like the finished garment and it was just what I was looking for.  Something easy to put on, easy to make, fast to make, and something that could go with any occasion.  For this pattern I chose View A.  I had a piece of lace and some lining fabric and ...Here's what I came up with/

I love the flow of this dress.  I left the yoke sheer (lace alone) and then used a lining for the rest.

The Review

Pattern Description:  Sleeveless loos-fitting dress.  Has front and back yoke with back neck slit and different skirt variations.

Pattern Sizing: SM-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, This was a really quick sew.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love easy patterns that turn out great garments.  Makes me feel like I'm not wasting my time or pulling my hair out from frustration.

Fabric Used:  Lace and poly-lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, this was a great pattern. Yes.  This pattern could be used as a maternity dress or as a lounge dress.

Conclusion:   I loved this pattern.  It was versatile and easy to do.  I felt that a piping could have been used between the yoke and the skirt part.  I think that would add some interest if you are using solid colors to make this dress.  I also think it would look nice without that piece altogether.

As I stated earlier, If you are expecting a baby, this is the perfect dress for maternity and there wouldn't be a lot of alterations needed to make it work.  I think it is versatile enough to carry sleeves of any type and you could still be cute and in style.  This dress took me a total of 3 hours from pattern cut out, to finding the fabric that I wanted to use, to putting it on.  It was just that fast.

Just because I love this pattern, I have to tell you that this dress is really something.  I don't know if it was the lining or the lace, but it feels like a 60s trapeze dress.  It is the perfect dress for comfort and ease without looking like a Muumuu.  I know I will be making more from this pattern and I don't know where I will let it take me, but Yes, I will be making more of these.

Well, That's all for today.  Thank you for joining me and until next time...

Lots of  Love,

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Going Boho With New Look 6448


Today I have a project that I was itching to get to because I was curious about the fabric.  A few weeks back I ordered some fabric and my skepticism was peeked by this gauze material that I kept seeing on FabricMart.  We all take a chance when we order fabric online, but this piece kept calling me and I was constantly thinking,,,,"What would I do with it"?

Normally I have a plan for my fabric before I go in, but this time I wasn't too sure about how I was going to handle this one and another piece that came as a surprise from one of their free bundles (show you that later).

When my fabric comes I am always so excited.  I've been asked several times, "Have you ever been displeased with any fabric that you've ordered online?"  My answer is,,,,NO.  I love fabric and I could never really see an ugly piece or a piece that couldn't be used somewhere.  So while I'm looking at this fabric my mind was not clicking with the concept of gauze and something light because this fabric had a different weight and texture compared to other gauze fabric that I had in my stash.  Twisting my mind with what to do with the fabric seemed to be a challenge until I looked at New Look.  I had over 4 yards and I didn't want to just make a top or a skirt, but I wanted something made with this fabric.  In the end New Look 6448 gave me the inspiration that I needed to put some beautiful fabric together,,,My Way.

Here's what I came up with.
This is the bodice top with the lining.
Here is the bodice and the pins are the placement for eyelets.  If you haven't tried an eyelet application, I think it is so worth the effort to try them.  There are many different sizes to accommodate just about any project that you can think of.  I used the small 5/32" brass eyelets that I had leftover from a previous project.
The pattern only called for a space of 3 sets of eyelets.  I placed 4 sets  That was a safety measure for me.

I used a suede cord that I found at Walmart in the craft department to tie up things and placed a couple of beads on the ends (I found these in the same area).
The pattern doesn't really call for an underslip (lining), but I felt that since I had lined the bodice,,why not line the whole thing?

I can not say how happy I was with this fabric.  The colors are so vibrant and fabric was a dream to sew.  This purchase was so worth it and yet the sad part is FabricMart no longer has any of this gauze left.

I liked the long sleeves on this dress, but wanted something a little different. So, I split the sleeve all the way from bottom to top and then joined them back together 2" from the top and 2" from the top.  Then I stitched the edges to create the open sleeve look and continued as directed with the elastic closure to wrists.

The Review

Pattern Description: Misses dress pattern with sleeve and skirt variations.

Pattern Sizing: 6-18

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? The instructions were great.  I didn't have any problems with the illustrations or the written instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  Believe it or not this pattern was very versatile and with the different cover photos of possibilities, I actually loved everything about this pattern.

Fabric Used: Cotton Gauze

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  Only the sleeve and added 1 extra eyelet.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, and most definitely yes.

Conclusion:   I think this is a great pattern and it might be the fabric that made it so beautiful to me, but I believe that a Challis or any type of lightweight silky fabric could make this pattern come to life.  Just pick your yardage and let go.  I even think a beginner could make this dress.

I hope you enjoyed today's post.  That's all for now and until next time,,,,,

Lots Of Love

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Look 6449 In Navy


I've been thinking about the color Navy Blue lately and I really wanted to get something patriotic going for this past 4th of July.  Needless to say,,,,That wasn't happening.

To make a some what out of sort situation turn around... I decided that navy blue is a good color regardless to when you wear it and since the 4th was already gone, I've got to have something in blue.

To get over my "Blues", I went with New Look 6449.
I liked the knit dress and thought that the shirt dress would be great for covering as a jacket as well as a stand alone dress when needed.  I don't know what made me think that stripes would be "Kool" for me to wear, but I went all in with that striped knit dress.

Here's a look.

I think I was pleased with the whole ensemble once I put the shirt dress on.

Now the shirt dress alone.

The Review

Pattern Description: Misses shirt dress and knit dress. Shirt dress has collar and pocket options.  Knit tee shirt dress with sleeve options with/ without pockets.

Pattern Sizing: 8-20

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,  The knit dress was exceptionally easy.  The shirt dress would need a little more work.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  The ease of this pattern makes it a great starter pattern and wardrobe builder.

Fabric Used:  Knit dress- Cotton Jersey,  Shirt dress- Cotton Blend.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I really didn't make any alterations, but I added belt loops to the sides.  I would think this pattern is very true to size.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, and Yes.

Conclusion:  This was an excellent pattern.  I enjoyed the knit dress for its simplicity.  I could sit down and make a million of these.  This was one of those 1 hr from start to finish projects and I would love to have one in every color of the rainbow.

The shirt dress was a little more time consuming.

In the end the time taken to make it as a set was very worth it.  I actually made the belt loops for the dress because the pattern didn't include any and I wanted something to hold the belt with regardless to what type of belt I used.

The instructions and illustrations were great.  I absolutely love New Look patterns.  They make wardrobe building easy.

I hope you enjoyed today's post.  That's all for now and until next time,,,,,

Lots Of Love