Monday, August 31, 2015

M6696 | A Shirtdress that Fits

Hey Sew Family, missed you!

I've always struggled when it comes to finding a great fitting shirt, blouse or even 
shirtdress for that matter. When you're top heavy or a big busted gal, nothing ever fits right 
especially if it buttons up! Off the rack I often deal with the infamous gaping, or have to settle for
 a full blousey, or shapeless fit. This is one reason why I love sewing, "fit and options"!  When I came across this pattern I immediately loved all the options, full or straight skirt, sleeveless, short sleeve and quarter length sleeves. I love a yoke back but most importantly, "no need to do an FBA"  
this baby includes multiple cup sizes!!! What's not to love!

  I've had this yellow cotton swiss dot in my stash for a long time, clueless about what to do 
with it!  I ordered 4yrds from Fabricmart when they were running a sale a few years back, I tend to stash and figure it out later, lol. (I can't be the only one that does this, huh?!)

I love the fitted bodice, no gaping at all!!!  No fba's or pattern adjustments on this one. 
The only adjustments were adding a lining!

The pleated back is gorg., I like how it's full in that area, yet fitted in the front and did I mention 
I have waist definition, yeah!!  I originally made this dress for Easter but wore it for Mother's day,
 I felt pretty dainty that day.

 This fabric sewed and pressed flawlessly. It's kinda sheer, but not see thru,
 perfect for our climate. I couldn't button it on the manni, but it fits fine. I've dropped a few 
pounds so I need to unstuff her a little, ;-)

I didn't line the bodice, but decided to line the skirt in a thin white cotton I found in the quilting 
section at Hancock's. (I buy this by the bolt in black, white and cream for lining purposes,
 with my coupons of course, js!) 

It took me forever to hem this dress, not because it was hard, I just hate hemming!!  It's the 
last thing I do, so I tend to procrastinate. Is it awful that I have a closet full of unhemmed dresses?!
                                                                 :- /  Yeah, I kno.......

In the process of applying all  6,756 buttons, I've discovered a genius way of keeping them 
put while I sew them all down!

 After I've stitched all the buttonholes in, I mark the area, making sure they're lined up correctly....

....then I add some glue on the back with my handy dandy glue stick! Press it down in place 
making sure my holes are straight the way I want them,  and proceed to sew them one after 
another without stopping to adjust or re-align! Genius right!? lol 
(M6696 for my references)

Til next time, C-ya!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

S1283| Camo Crazy

Like many in the sewing community, I was very excited to hear about Mimi G.'s collaboration 
with Simplicity! I've been inspired by her creations for many years,  and couldn't wait 
for the release of her patterns. 


I was very happy, and lucky my local Hancock had both her patterns when they came out, 
so I snatched them up almost as soon as they put them on the shelves! What's even more awesome
 as the beautiful, hip patterns, was the step-by-step video tutorials released in 
conjunction with both patterns!

For the new sew sistas, the visual tutorials are extremely helpful. I'm not a newbie but I really 
enjoy learning things visually and Mimi's tutorials always has great techniques, and easier methods plus I always pick up something new!��

About this ensemble....... Loving it!

I didn't bother reading the instructions, I just followed along with the tutorial. I made a few adjustments along the way. I added 2.5" to the crop top to lengthen it a tad, but still have that crop look!  I added 2" to the sleeves, just for assurance sake but really didn't need to. I cut the 14 size for the skirt based on the finished measurements. I normally wear a 16, so I blended up to the 16 waistband for a comfier fit! (didn't want spillage above and below the waistband, lol)

The top was easy to assemble, and I find it's a great staple piece. Now for the daring, you 
can wear it as is, "cropped",  or you can add a few inches as I did or even a few more and its a great mock turtleneck! I've already drafted a nice dress from this top to wear with my favorite blazer.

I'm also truely diggin this high waisted pencil skirt! Of course I have some already, but I love the fact that I can use up some of my left over fabric, (that I hate to throw away) as the side panels. The possibilities are endless so many design options leather, plaids, piping more color blocking etc.

S1283 for Reference 

Camo Crazy

I saw this "Ponte Camo" fabric earlier in the spring at Fabric Mart, and put it on my wishlist that morning. Well, by the time I got home it was only a 1/2 yard left !!   I was sick, ... seriously! 
A few weeks later it was back in stock, and they had a sale on knits soo you kno 
I copped 6yards!!   Uhm yes I did,... since I'm Camo Crazy, lol.   I made quite a few things with it, and  promise to post it later. In the meantime, I've been scouring the net for a cotton blend camo of some sorts to do a peplum blazer. If you come across any, please do share!

Til next time See-ya!!