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Friday, August 26, 2016

Frankenpattern Blue Abstract ITY Knit Crossover Dress with McCall 7160 Skirt

I thought that this Powder Blue/Bubblegum/Brown Multi Abstract ITY Knit fabric was telling me it wanted to be a crossover top, full skirt dress with elastic waist and 3/4 length sleeves.

Yes, Yes, it said all that to me!

Blue Abstract Knit Crossover Dress

Back View

I used my McCall 7160 skirt pattern for a full, flowy skirt.  I frankenpatterned the top from the Butterick 6821 Top.  Instead of gathered shoulders I used my TNT knit top pattern and armhole and sleeve templates.

Crossover front

I was so excited when I received this fabric from Fabricmartfabrics.com I was ready to cut out the dress pattern that evening, except.................. I didn't have the correct color fold over elastic.  It took two whole days to receive it from Ebay.  Sometimes you never know if the color is correct but I was lucky this time, it matched perfect!

Fold Over Elastic

$10.80 Fabric + $3.20 FOE + $1.00 Elastics = $15.00

I received many compliments when I wore it to Church this past Sunday.  The sleeve length was perfect because I didn't need a cardigan during the service.  They like it very cool in there!

Going to Church

Favorite Dress of the Week!

I am in LOVE with this dress!

I'm in the process of cataloging my patterns.  It seems I need to have a better system.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated.  P.S.  I do not have a cell phone.......

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


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

White Ponte Knit Straight Skirt & Button Help

I finally adjusted the knit slim skirt pattern from here with a FBBA (full belly/butt adjustment) from this blog.  I did the adjustment both on the front and the back skirt pattern. The skirt hangs so much better now.

White Ponte Knit Slim Skirt

Back View
The height at center front and center back are raised to allow extra room for my belly/butt.
It's a little exaggerated in this photo but sits perfect on my body.

Full Butt/Belly Adjustment
I had to go did out a top to take a photo.  I might just wear this to Church on Wednesday.

Skirt fixed-Front view
I think I should iron the skirt before wearing it out.

Skirt Fix-Side View
I don't like this view, but it's for educational purposes only!

Skirt fix-Back View
I better get to wearing this skirt before Labor Day!

I also made a slip to wear under the skirt.

 I used my skirt pattern minus the hem and waist seam allowances.  I also omitted the back darts.  It's a perfect slip for more skirts to be made up!

Nude Slip

1 yard used-$3.50 Slip

I bought this tray with a spout on a trip to Harbor Freight.  It's perfect to dump out buttons and search through them and just pour them back into the jar when I'm done.  Most of the time I don't even miss!

Button sorter tray

Easy Pour

Button storage jars & lots of dust!

I bought this tray with a spout on a trip to Harbor Freight.  It's perfect to dump out buttons and search through them and just pour them back into the jar when I'm done.  Most of the time I don't even miss!

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


Monday, August 22, 2016

Simplicity 2539 Jacket

I liked the Simplicity 2539 jacket pattern after seeing the vest version posted on sdbev blog.  She gave high reviews for the vest.

Simplicity 2539
I knew I had to make a muslin because of the kimono style sleeves and the lines of the jacket.  I had to make my usual adjustments.  I am so happy I made the muslin to do a practice run for the pattern sewing.  I was confused, but I worked through it and was pretty impressed with the first outcome.

Simplicity 2539 Muslin
I had to make a sway back adjustment of 2" at center back, tapering to nothing at the side seams.

Simplicity 2539 Muslin Sway Back Adjustment
I didn't add a button but I am so happy that the muslin met at center front!

Center fronts match up!
For my proportion fitting the jacket needs to be 26.5" in length or 30".  I chose the 26.5" for a 2:1 ratio.  I had to shorten the pattern and the pocket pieces 2-1/2"

I love the hidden pockets.  They are so cute!

I thought that a suiting type fabric would work nice for this jacket.  I like that the jacket is unlined and I serged all the seams.

The jacket only took 2.5 yards of fabric.  A great price for a jacket $6.75!

$6.75 Jacket
The waffle weave fabric had a small amount of silver thread woven through it.  I liked that the fabric was semi-soft but still had a little hand to it.  It didn't ravel too bad.

Waffle weave suiting fabric
Dear hubby chose the buttons.  I couldn't decide between two and he thought the white ones looked the best.  Classy without being too much.

Simplicity 2539 Jacket

Simplicity 2539 Back View

Kimono Style sleeve

Buttons & buttonholes
Aren't these pocket too cute.  Hidden in the curved seam, just waiting to have something tucked away in them...........


Overall I give this jacket pattern a B, maybe even a A- if I could think of another fabric choice this would be good for.  I will keep this in my rotation and I think it would look nice with my white ponte knit sheath dress.

Simplicity 2539 Jacket
I am thinking I need a dress soon...............

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


Friday, August 19, 2016

Another Simplicity 5097 Blouson Top

I just couldn't let this pattern go without making another blouson top.  I used the original neckline and it's still snug but not as bad.

I think that a brown slim skirt would be perfect with this top.

Simplicity 5097 Blouson Top

Kimono Sleeve
I think I perfected the assembly of the neck facing.  Third time's a charm!

Perfect neckline with facing finish

$9.60 Blouson Top
I think I am done with this pattern for a while, even though I still want a knit version.  I have so many other things I want to sew up so I'll just sit on this for a while.

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


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Butterick 5468 Vest Pattern vs New Look 6461 Vest

I saw a review on Pattern Review for the Butterick 5468 vest.  See her review here.  It was the most beautiful vest EVER!
Pattern View Inspiration

I saw that is was made from Cashmere!  WOW!

I don't think they even sell Cashmere here in Florida.......?

I do have a tan ponte knit that I think would work nice.

Now my trouble is that out of 500 patterns, I didn't have the Butterick 5468.  And the cheapest one on Ebay was $8.00!
Butterick 5468

  I couldn't see paying that price, so after looking through my files of patterns I found the New Look 6461
New Look 6461

I think it was similar enough to make it work for a trial muslin.  I made mine in a knit fabric.

Coral Knit New Look 6461
Princess seams, pockets, sleeveless, notch collar lapel.  So far so good!

New Look 6461

Collar & Lapel

Back View

Princess seam

I used 2 yards of a mystery knit.  Similar to a rib knit.  Lots of stretch, but the fabric recovered with steam.

I'm pretty impressed with my vest.

I learned a new technique for the collar.  I hate sewing collars.  They always turn out wonky.  This technique has you sew the three sides of the collar, leaving the neck side open, turn the collar and press.  Insert the collar between the jacket and the facing, making a sandwich and sew the collar and facing in one long stitch line.  Turn the facing to the inside and press.  Collar is done!  I am so thankful I saw this on a Peggy Sagers video.

I ended up with a wearable muslin and I learned a new technique.  It's been a pretty good day!

For my proportion fitting I needed the lengthen the vest to 26".  I can wear it with anything knee length.  I'm thinking of another slim skirt in the same color.  But I still have to work on that pattern.

New Look 6461 Tan Ponte Knit
I didn't add pockets on this version.  Maybe I will later.

New Look 6561

Collar & Lapel

Back View

2 yards used $8.00 Vest
Since I was on a roll sewing I made a knit shirt for Fall.  This stripe fabric has been in my stash for years and I thought it would work for a muslin.  It's a pretty thin knit.  But with a vest it would be fine.
Navy and Wine Boatneck Long Sleeve Knit Shirt

Fold over elastic used at neckline

Neck view
I think that this combo would look nice with a navy skirt.

With vest
Too much allergy meds and iced coffee and I've made another stripe long sleeve knit shirt!

Navy white stripe long sleeve knit shirt

With vest

$5.40 stripe t-shirt

$5.40 Grey Stripe Long sleeve knit shirt

Grey Stripe long sleeve knit shirt
The grey stripe fabric was a pain in the butt!  I had to match the stripes and the fabric wanted to wrinkle.  It must have had some cotton in it to wrinkle like that.

Fabric self binding along neck.
Since I'm on a roll, I might as well make a skirt to go with my Fall wardrobe.  I used the Simplicity 7160 skirt, added a 2" wide elastic waistband and PRESTO!  I have a new skirt!

Simplicity 7160 skirt

Grey stripe shirt & grey skirt

Fall Wardrobe
Two vest, a skirt and three shirts...............I'm tired!

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