A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Friday, November 15, 2019

McCall 7803 Watercolor Floral Liverpool Double Knit Top with Peplum


I went outside of my comfort zone and sewed up something new.  I wanted another top to wear with the medallion yellow ponte knit long skirt.  

I worked up a quick muslin for View A and decided to use a double knit fabric so I eliminated the invisible back zipper, the center back seam and cut the back & peplum on the fold.  I raised the front split 2-1/2" for my modesty sake!  I cut out a straight 16 and still took in the sides seams at the waist an additional 1/2".  

This is an easy top to sew up once I made the muslin.  All notches matched up and I am really liking this pattern.

McCall 7803

View A

I used 2 yards of a watercolor floral Liverpool double knit I purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  The fabric sewed up beautifully, didn't need much pressing and feels wonderful on the skin.  

McCall 7803 Watercolor Floral Liverpool Double Knit Top with Peplum
 I love the way the raglan sleeves hang.  They feel fancy!  I was worried that this style would look a little over the top on me but it makes my waist look very small.  I really like the design & style of this pattern.

Back View

Sunday Selfie


I really am liking this top.  It was very comfortable and I may make another version, maybe a solid color and a size smaller too!

Until time........................

Bonnie

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

McCall 7193 Black White Geometric Print ITY Knit Top

Can you really have too many of the McCall 7193 tops?  I had 1-1/4 yards of this black and white ITY knit in my stash. It looks like it was a free bundle item from Fabric Mart Fabrics and there was enough for sleeves too.

McCall 7193 Black White Geometric Print ITY Knit Top

Side view

Back View

I made a pair of black ITY knit wide-legged pants to start a mini-wardrobe for an upcoming trip to Miami with Dear Hubby for a conference.  I'm trying to pack as little as possible with pieces that will mix and match.

I'm loving this top and think I may have to work on a Winter/Cooler weather version.

Until next time...................

Bonnie

Monday, November 11, 2019

Grainline Studio Morris Blazer

I'm not a fan of PDF pattern but I liked this pattern enough to tough it out.  My attention span is so short somedays that it took me two days on this super easy pattern.   The directions are well written and the pattern notches match up.  I did lengthened the pattern by 2" as per previous reviewers suggested.  I also had to shortened the shoulder length by 1". 


Grainline Studio Morris Blazer
I used a black ponte knit fabric.  My machine didn't give me a fit this time and the jacket sewed up easily.

Front
I cut the fabric on the fold, eliminating the center back seam.  I may need to re-consider next time to to a sway back adjustment.
Back View

$9.58 Blazer
I give this blazer an A+.  I really like the fit of the blazer and I think it will be a wardrobe staple.

Grainline Studio Morris Blazer
I'm thinking a gray version and maybe also a pink faux leather one too!

I'm off to sew something great!

Until next time............

Bonnie

Friday, November 8, 2019

McCall 7561 Floral Double Brushed Jersey Knit Dress

Just another McCall 7561 Dress for Church.  I raised the neckline on this version but still it's wide on me.  Maybe next time I'll get it perfect.

I wanted elbow length sleeves with a cuff and midi length.  Yes, this time I followed the directions and the dress went together so much easier!

McCall 7561

Close up


Back View

Twin needle hem

Sleeve cuff

Sleeve
I wanted a cardigan to wear at Church and thought something like this pleated shoulder version but it's a little too boxy/flowy. 

Cardigan?
This mauve pink brushed ITY knit matched perfect.  Then I had an idea of some type of waterfall cardigan.
Fabric choice
I took my TNT cardigan pattern and added a large rectangle onto the front pattern piece.  Easy sew and the cardigan feels sooooo good!  I hope it doesn't look too much like pajamas.

Waterfall Cardigan
I'm off to sew something new!

Until next time..............

Bonnie

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Girl M.Faux Suede A-line Dress & Simplicity 1499 Coral Quilted Vest

Girl M. wanted a brown dress.  I only had two pieces of solid brown, one ITY knit (2 yards) and a faux suede knit (3 yards).  She picked the faux suede and wanted her TNT A-line Dress.  Easy sew and I had it made it in an afternoon.


Faux Suede A-line Dress

Without Belt

The fabric arrived for Girl M's quilted vest.  She loved it and we're both ready for some cooler weather!

Simplicity 1499

Side View

Back View

$9.10 Vest

I like to set my laptop behind my sewing machine on top of my boxes of presser feet & needles but of course as soon as I have it set up I need the bottom box.  So I ordered a shelf from Amazon and now everything has it's place.

Behind Sewing machine


New Shelf
I'm off to sew something new!

Until next time.................

Bonnie

Monday, November 4, 2019

Vintage Simplicity 7583 Denim Dress

I had a denim dress in mind.  Something with a kimono (easy) sleeve, belted, knee length.  I knew I had a pattern in my stash.  Finally, I found a vintage (1976) Simplicity 7583 that was perfect. 

Vintage Simplicity 7583

I made a muslin in the 18-1/2 size and realized the 16-1/2 will be perfect.  I had to do minor fitting with this pattern, ei (sway back adjustments & shoulder adjustment).  Working with a vintage pattern was lovely!

Muslin a little big
Look! Pockets!
Side view
Girl M said the muslin looks like a Nurse's uniform!

Back View
I was nervous about all the topstitching but I used Girl M's cheap Brother sewing machine on a long stitch and the stitching was beautiful!

Vintage Simplicity 7583 Denim Dress

Back View

Topstitching

More Topstitching
My clothes on the dressform are fitting a little snug.  I'm thinking a smaller (Medium) size dressform may be on my Christmas list this year.

Without Belt


Pocket!

Side View/Hidden Pocket

Back View

Simplicity 7583 Denim Dress
I can't wait to wear my Vintage new dress.

I'm off to sew something new!

Until next time..............

Bonnie

Friday, November 1, 2019

Simplicity 1499 Teal Double Knit Quilted Vest





I saw this pattern on a Facebook group and I had to have it.  It's an easy sew but I was nervous about the separating zipper.   I did make a muslin from a ponte knit in a size 18 and it was too big.  I ended up using a size 16 in the bust and waist and a 22 in the hips.  The fit is A+ and I really want the weather to get cooler! 
Simplicity 1499
The double fold bias tape was very easy to apply.  But the separating zipper was the easiest part!  So simple with the look of being way harder than it was.

I bought the fabric from Fabric Mart Fabrics earlier in the Month (oops!)  But it's pre-quilted and sewed up beautifully.

Simplicity 1499 Teal Double Knit Quilted Vest
See those pockets!
Side View

Back View

Separating Zipper 

$9.10 Vest
Girl M threatened to steal the vest so I just happened to go back over to Fabric Mart Fabrics and they had the coral on sale.  So there will be another version (a little smaller in the hips though) coming soon.

I'm off to sew something wonderderful!

Until next time...............

Bonnie