A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Friday, June 5, 2020

Love Notions Rhapsody Ivory Floral Burnout Dress

I've been sewing up pretty dresses with nowhere to wear them to!  I am hoping that Church services will resume soon to regular "indoor" services.  We've been having curbside style services and they've been ok but it's starting to get HOT here in Florida!  A girl with her own hot flashes needs AC!

I sewed up the Love Notions Rhapsody dress  in this poly/cotton floral burnout shirting fabric from FabricMartFabrics.com.  $1.99/yard.  I know it's very thin but I think if I make colored slips they will change up the dress for different occasions.  Maybe a pink, or yellow and a black under dress?

Love Notions Rhapsody Ivory Floral Burnout Dress


I thought I cut out the bishop sleeve pattern piece but oops!  They are elbow length so it's ok.

Elbow elastic sleeves

Back View

Side View

A simple, summer dress with hopes to wear it one day soon.

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


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Love Notions Pattern Rhapsody Blouse V2 &V3

I told you there would be more Rhapsody Blouses coming!  I kinda wish I had somewhere to wear these tops to.  I'm loving theses blouses so much.

This is a regular short sleeve version, Size Large in a Rayon Challis from Fabric Mart Fabrics.

Love Notions Blue Abstract Print Rhapsody Blouse

Kinda has a hippie/summer vibe
I gathered the center back on this version instead of the inverted pleat.

$6.00 Top
I had a piece of this black floral print challis left over from another project.  Perfect strap buster from my fabric stash!

Love Notions Black Floral Print Rhapsody Blouse
I did the inverted pleat in the back.

Back view
This print needed a flutter sleeve!
Flutter sleeves
How many more of these do I need?

I'm off to sew another version

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


Monday, June 1, 2020

Love Notions Orange Print Rhapsody Blouse

Alternatives to buying from the Big 4 pattern companies right now I thought I would give PDF patterns a shot.  I've made a few in the past and they were alright but there is something about gazing at the pattern envelope that I like.  

Love Notions Pattern had the Rhapsody Blouse on sale a few weeks back and I thought I would give it a shot.  Wow!  Best pattern EVER!

I made a muslin from this orange print fabric from my stash and Girl M claimed it right away!

Love Notions Orange Print Rhapsody Blouse
I LOVE the shoulder pleats!
Shoulder pleats
I LOVE the flutter sleeves!
Flutter sleeves
I LOVE the back yoke & the inverted pleat!
Back view
I LOVE the curved hemline!
Side View
I LOVE the front ties!
Bias binding ties
I see so many variations of this top in my future!  I think this is the most perfect Blouse pattern yet!

I'm off to sew another!

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


Friday, May 29, 2020

Butterick 6567 The "SAD" Dress

I was inspired by Following the Thread  to sew up the Butterick 6567 Dress.  Curves, pockets, kimono style sleeves, what's not to love? 
Butterick 6567

Line Drawing
Fabric suggestions were a pique.  Little did I realize it is different than pique knit.  Thanks Cheryl!  The pink pique knit was fine for a muslin though.  But I don't think it will be a wearable muslin.
I sewed up a size 18 and the dress ended up being quiet large on me.
Pique or Pique Knit?

Pink Pique Knit closeup
Nightgown? House dress? Around the pool dress?  Nope, donate pile!

Sad pink pique knit dress

Too big?
The pockets seemed way too low on my hips.

I think the curved seams at the sides to the lower hip pockets make the dress look sad. I'm also not a fan of that center front pleat at my belly button.  Uggh!

Sad, Sad, Sad
I did some altering of the pattern with suggestions from my Mom.  Hi MOM!  I made a sway back adjustment and removed length from the waist, helping to bring the pockets up a little more.  Much better but still not a fan.

A little better but still not happy

Kinda reminds me of a maid suit from The Help.

Maid's uniform?


I added a little lace trim to the neckline and pearl buttons in hoping I would like the dress more.  Nope!  Now I look like Thelma Harper from Momma's Family. 

Thelma Harper?

Back View

On the brighter side I loved the sleeve and the sleeve band.  Very nicely done & I think I will use this technique on other tops.

Sleeve band, my favorite part
The curve and pockets on this dress is very similar to Girl M's scrub top pattern Simplicity 1020.  I preferred the Simplicity directions for the pockets and side panels.


I did wear the dress one day but I just didn't care for it at all.  I've donated it to the thrift store in hopes that someone else would love it.

Maternity dress?

Back view

Side view


I know I can"t win them all but I can do better, I've put this pattern in the donate to a friend pile and I hope if she makes it up we'll still be friends!

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


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

PaperCut Pattern Palisades Shorts

I thought since Girl M liked the PaperCut Pattern Palisades pants that I should make her shorts.  Denim, simple & comfy.  She likes the black version better than the blue denim.  I think it's the topstitching but she said she'd wear them both.

PaperCut Pattern Palisades Black Stretch Denim Shorts

Back View


Side View

PaperCut Pattern Palisades Denim Shorts

Blue denim version:

PaperCut Pattern Palisades Blue Stretch Denim Shorts

Side View


If I had youthful legs like her I might wear shorts, but I'll stick with crop pants.

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


Monday, May 25, 2020

McCall's 6473 Scrub Top

Another Scrub Top Pattern.  Girl M liked View C but with a straight hem.  She HATES asymmetrical hems.  Easy Fix!  I like the elastic at the waist in the back, eliminates having to make a sway back adjustment and helps to keep the scrubs from looking too boxy.
McCall 6473 Scrubs

McCall 6473 Scrub set
I cut a size 18 as usual and the fit was great on Girl M.  This is an easy sew but the neckband being woven gave me little trouble but I made it work after the 4th try!

The fabric was another piece from my stash and I also had this for close to 7 years also.  It was hard to photograph since it's so busy.  Girl M. loved the print and can wear it with either red or blue scrub pants.

McCall's 6473 Scrub Top
I love the back of this scrub top.

Back View

Close up of fabric print
Quick photo of her outfit before her early shift.  No head shot since her eyes were puffy.  4:30AM comes early!

McCall 6473 Scrub top

Back View
I wasn't going to let the neckband placket get the best of me.  I've come to realize there is more than one way to sew something up.  So I found a YouTube video on how to sew a V neckband in.  So much easier and it turned out BEAUTIFUL!

Beautiful V- neckband

Back View

McCall 6473 Scrub Top
On this version I used a Navy/White/Seafoam 100% Cotton Ogee Print Lawn from FabricMartFabrics.com.  Girl M. loved the print and received many compliments on her top.

I'm thinking it's time to sew something for myself.  Even though I don't go anywhere I like sewing for me!

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