A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Friday, March 16, 2018

Simplicity 1612 & McCall 6074 Dresses

Since it's Girl M's Sweet Sixteenth Birthday I will post just about her. 

Two new dresses for Girl M.  Simplicity 1612 View A again.  I'm thinking I might just make me a dress out of this pattern! I thought green would look good with Girl M's hair color.  The only green fabric in my stash was this pique knit.  I had never sewn with pique knit.  It cut easily and sewed up beautifully.  It had a 2-way stretch which I didn't think about until she tried on the dress.  I could have given her just a little more circumference in the chest area.  But she said it was ok.

Simplicity 1612 Green pique Knit Dress

Back View

Simplicity 1612 Green Pique Knit

$2.00 dress!

McCall 6074

I bought the McCall 6074 pattern a few years back in hopes to make myself something.  Girl M got the first version.  It was an easy sew and she liked the fabric print I picked out for her.

I trimmed 1/2" from the neckline and used fold over elastic.  The armholes I just folded and top-stitched.
McCall 6074 ITY Knit Dress
 I lengthened the pattern by 2" for modesty's sake.  She never even mentioned it.

Back View

 Next time I will lower the elastic by 5/8".   She even like the way the print is split light on one side, dark on the other.  I could have turned the fabric print the other way but it wouldn't have given her much stretch around her.  But as long as she likes it, it's ok with me.

Waist Gathers

Simplicity 6074

$7.98 Dress
I'm getting dress jealous so I'm going to have to make me a dress next!!

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


Monday, March 12, 2018

Islander Sewing Systems

After watching a FREE weekend of classes at Craftsy I came across a lady named Janet Pray from Islander Sewing Systems.  I watched her MotoCity Jacket tutorial.  I really enjoyed the way she taught and her way of sewing.  I never intended to make this jacket but she kept me interested during the whole 2+ hours.  Her sewing technique really intrigued me. 

I tried to watch her shirt making class but I was unable to get time to watch it.  I hope that maybe in the near future Craftsy will have another free watching weekend. 

If you have any advise or comments about the Islander Sewing Systems, please let me know.

I FINALLY ordered my new Twinfit dress form from WAWAK.com!  It's expected to be here today!  I can't hardly wait.

I sewed up two sheath style dresses and I would love to show them to you but they won't fit on my current plus size dress form.  I tried to take a photo of them hanging on the hanger on the door, they looked like really bad Ebay picture. LOL!

I hope to get photos soon for you.

I saw Silhouette Patterns had new Spring patterns out.  I am really liking the #618 Bailey's Cape Sleeved Blouse. 

I'm not sure I can justify paying $15.99 for the pattern but I'm really liking it.

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


Friday, March 9, 2018

Simplicity 1612 View A Blue Print Knit Dress

Another surprise dress for Girl M. when she got home from school.  I am really liking this pattern view.  The dress goes together easily and I can sew it up in an afternoon.  The fabric is from FabricMartFabrics.com.  It sewed up beautifully and made such a cute version.

I think she likes it!

Simplicity 1612 Blue Print Knit Dress

Side View
 Please don't mind the tank top.  Girl M. tried on the dress as soon as she was home from school.  No time to take the tank off...........

Back View
 I did have to sew the center font of the bodice together about 6" from the twist to keep from showing too much "cleveland".   I think she will get a lot of wear out of this dress during the Spring/Summer.

Close up
I'm not sure what is next on the sewing table.  I've been battling sinus problems from ALL the pollen here.  Everything is covered in yellow dust.  Some days I am able to sew and some days I'm lucky to put my shoes on the right feet.  One day I found a package I put in the plastic container cabinet in the kitchen???? Why in the world would I put that in there?

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


Monday, March 5, 2018

Simplicity 1612 View A Black Floral Jersey Knit Dress

A little surprise for Girl M when she got home from school..............

I sewed up Simplicity 1612 view A with the twist front and back.  I used a black floral print jersey knit from my stash.  She liked it!

I made this pattern up last month with another view and she liked it but it had many more pieces.  I like this view much better.  It was a quick sew and only took a few hours to make.

Simplicity 1612 View A

Twist Front

Side View

Back View
Girl M wasn't a fan of the length but it was a happy medium for making her Daddy happy.  She liked the sleeves and couldn't wait to wear it the next day!  I would say that it's a WIN!

Simplicity 1612 View A
I might just have to make another version in a solid color.  You know I can't just make one!

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


Friday, March 2, 2018

Serendipity Studio Shift Dress Copy

I have loved Serendipity Studio patterns.  Maybe it's her choice of fabrics and mixing of prints but  her patterns always seem to catch my eye.  I especially like the #151 Mia shift dress.  You can see more here.

These are my favorite versions:

Serendipity Studios #151 Mia Shift Dress

Serendipity Studio #151 Mia Shift Dress
I couldn't bring myself to spending the $12.50 + shipping for this pattern.  So I went digging in my 650+ pattern stash.  I knew I had to have something similar in there that would work for a base.

I started with the Simplicity 7964 pattern and did a few pattern alterations.

Simplicity 7964

I cut out a size 16 since there was so much ease.  I added a bust dart to keep the dress from looking too much like a tent.  I also narrowed the flare of the skirt.

My muslin is from a silky polyester type fabric.  It seems to attract a lot of static.  The Simplicity pattern had a v-neck and I just made due with a simple scoop neck that came out as a crazy boxy scoop, I've since altered the pattern neckline to something a little more closer to the Serendipity style pattern.
Simplicity 7964 Muslin

Back view
I'm still working on taking photos of myself.  I can't seem to find a surface at the right height/distance that doesn't make me look like a mushroom or a Sasquatch!

Simplicity 7964 Serendipity Shift Dress Copy

Back View

Bust Dart

Bust View
I used 2" bias binding, folded in half, sewn to the wrong side of the neckline & armhole then turned to the right side and stitched.  I've never done binding on clothing this way and I really like the way it turned out.  I think it's a great way to have a more durable neck & armhole style and a change from a facing.


Maybe this isn't the best style for my shape but it's a cool and comfortable dress and it's a woven!  I like the ease of just slipping it on and going and the modesty of the neckline.  It seems that most patterns have revealing necklines! 

I'm happy with the pattern hack and I think I'm going to make something for Girl M to surprise her!

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


Monday, February 26, 2018

Butterick 5354 Knit Top

I am in need of a few casual tops.  Something to wear at softball practice or on Saturdays.  I liked the Butterick 5354 knit top pattern with the darts at the neckline.

Butterick 5354

I made View A

Jersey Knit Tank Top
I am happy with the fit and the style of the top.  I sewed together very easy and I was able to finish it in a few hours.

$6.97 Top
My second version I added a flutter style sleeve and widened the facing by 1".  It's a little Disney looking but I love polka dots and floral prints. 

Butterick 5354 Red White Polka Dot Jersey Knit Top


Flutter sleeve

Twin needle stitching at hem

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


Friday, February 23, 2018

Butterick 5342 See & Sew Blue Floral ITY Knit Dress v2

I can't just sew a pattern once.  I have to have it as close to perfect as I can stand.  I made my alterations to the Butterick See & Sew 5342 and I sewed up another version in a day.

It's a lot easier to sew a pattern the second time.  You know where you can serge, what needs a little extra trimming and where to take a break to keep your mind fresh and from getting overwhelmed.

I'm still not a fan of the waistband but it does give me shape and since I raised the center back the band hits perfect now.

But.............. I can't even get the dress on my dressform!  Since I didn't use a zipper I can't get it over her shoulders and bust.

Butterick 5342 See & Sew Blue Floral ITY Knit Dress
I miss taking photos on my dressform.  I set up the camera on the tripod and I took about 50 photos.  Only a few even came close to being usable.  I should practice more photo taking but I would rather be sewing.
Butterick See & Sew 5342

Back View

A little closer

I really like this blue version best.  The fit is great and the fabric is so drapey and soft.

$10.80 Dress
I'm going to say that I am satisfied with this dress and I'm going to move on.  I'm thinking a woven dress or a knit top will be next.

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