A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Monday, February 24, 2020

Simplicity 8981 Shamrock Green Georgette Dress

The Simplicity 8981 is a new pattern that I could only find one review for.  It seemed like an easy, quick sew without much fuss or fitting.  I cut a size 18 and added 2" at the hip seam allowances.  I didn't bother with the pockets being afraid that pockets would emphasize my hips.

I wasn't a fan of the shape of the dress.  It looked like a big sack. I wasn't sure I wanted to even finish it, thinking I would just donate it.....but I since I had the belt already cut out I might as well finish it.

Simplicity 8981

Simplicity 8981 Shamrock Green Georgette Dress

I tried it on again.  Well,  it's growing on me......Maybe it isn't as bad as I first thought.

 I thought Girl M. will love this color but I'm not sure about the fit and style

Not looking too bad

Back View

I really don't think I needed the added ease in the hips.

Sack with a belt?
The dress looks way better on the dress form!

Simplicity 8981 Shamrock Green Georgette Dress

The longer I wear the dress the more I'm liking it!  I tried it on with an Isaac Mizrahi sweater I had.  I'm really liking it!

Simplicity 8981 and Isaac Mizrahi cardigan

Girl M came home from school and LOVED the dress!  She wouldn't let me get her messy hair in the photos but she at least let me take pictures.

Girl M. Quick try-on after school

Girl M.

Back View

I purchased the fabric from Fabric Mart Fabrics a few weeks back.  Shamrock Green 100% poly Georgette $1.99/yd.  $4 Dress!

Girl M. dressed it up
She's worn the dress three times already!  I have it in my plans to wear it in March IF she'll let me borrow it.

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

Bonnie

Monday, February 17, 2020

Butterick 6708 Wine Scuba Knit Dress

I've been working on sewing new patterns.  Fitting has been a little easier.  It's nice to take in, again and again, but sometimes it's tiring since I still see myself as "fluffy".  I still have a few fitting issues that I've always had, such as sway back and sometimes round back.  But not having to worry about sleeve circumference is wonderful!

Butterick 6708

For a muslin I dug through my leftover knit box and found two pieces of ponte knit.  I'm not a fan of these colors together.  I'm not sure this will be a wearable muslin.

Butterick 6708 Muslin
These people I live with like a hot cooked meal at night..........See what happens when I use the oven!  I burned my wrist.  Geeesh!  The things I do for them! I just hope it doesn't leave a scar.

Oven Burn
I sewed a sized 18 and I definitely need to take it in.  Also the bust dart is a little high for my mature bust.

First Muslin

The back isn't too bad, but the sleeves need to be taken in

Back View


After taking off the sleeves and taking in the side seams an additional 7/8" the fit is getting better.

Fitting a little better

I can't lower the bust dart on this version but the side doesn't have many wrinkles. 

Side View

From these pictures it looks like I may have a high hip on the right side??? Or maybe I can't stand still for the picture?

Back View

Sleeves adjusted and re-attached.

Final Muslin fitting

Back View

Side View

I sewed the final version in a wine colored scuba knit fabric.  The fit is much better and moving the bust dart lower 1" was perfect.

Butterick 6708 Wine Scuba Knit 


Back View

Butterick 6708 Wine Scuba Knit Dress

I had planned on wearing the dress alone but abdominal bloating won this morning.  My Issac Mizrahi cape jacket was a nice camouflage cover up for belly issues.

Dear Hubby in his new suit jacket looking so handsome

Sunday Photo
I'm off to sew something great!

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

Bonnie

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Simplicity 9750

I though a vintage pattern would be a nice change for my newest sew. 

 I like the neckline and the waistline of this dress.  This pattern calls for woven fabrics but I may try it in a knit too.

Simplicity 9750
                                        
Sorry for the headless photos but I did not fix my hair prior to taking photos.  I made a sway back adjustment prior to sewing up the muslin.  The front was a little low for my modesty but was and easy fix.  I also removed 5-1/2" from the skirt length.

I used a white and pink floral cotton fabric for this muslin.  Girl M. said it looks like pajamas.  But it's a wearable muslin around the house.


Simplicity 9750

Back View

Side View

My final version was from a taupe suiting fabric.

Simplicity 9750


Simplicity 9750


Add View

Side View


With Real Shoes On

Simplicity 9750 Back View

I'm trying to take better pictures

With the snakeprint jacket
I think that this dress will be wardrobe staple.

I'm off to sewing something else.

Bonnie

Monday, February 10, 2020

Butterick 6479 Floral Print Liverpool Knit Dress


Butterick 6479

This is a super easy, quick pattern to sew up.  The only pattern changes I made were to lengthen the cape by 2" and a sway back adjustment.  I did have to remove 7/8" from the sideseams after trying the dress on.

Butterick 6479 Floral Print Liverpool Knit Dress

I'm still trying to figure out good pose/lighting/camera angles with my camera, please be patient because I am no professional.

Butterick 6479 Floral Print Liverpool Knit Dress

 This Liverpool knit has a texture and plenty of stretch.  It was easy to sew with and I am thinking I may need a few more of these dresses.

Back View

Butterick 6479 Cape Dress

Butterick 6479 Floral Print Liverpool Knit Dress 

I can't wait to wear this dress to Church for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Dress
Until next time....................

Bonnie

Friday, February 7, 2020

Sure-Fit Designs Gray & Black Floral Skirt

Dear Hubby & I take a photo on Sunday mornings before Church.  He has been wanting a corduroy jacket for some time.  I finally found him one at JcPenney's and he's worn it every Sunday since!

My skirt is a simple slim skirt pattern from Sure-Fit Designs in a brocade floral fabric from Fabric Mart Fabric.  I lined the skirt with a polyester lining.  Easy sew, very comfortable skirt.  I paired it with a favorite Isaac Mizirahi cardigan sweater I purchased off Ebay in December.  I had to purchase a smaller size after wearing it, it kept slipping off my shoulder!


Sunday Photo
I'm off to sew something wonderful!

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

Bonnie

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

McCall 7975 Floral Double Brushed Jersey Knit Twist Top

I finally made myself  the McCall 7975 top.  I think that this brushed jersey version is one of my most favorite tops.


McCall 7975 Floral Double Brushed Jersey Knit Twist Top

Back View


Selfie with my new tripod

Backview

Selfie
I'm off to sew something new!

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

Bonnie