Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bad Blogger Again

I have been doing some sewing, sort of hit and miss.  This past work week was a hectic. Our governor announced several weeks ago that the Commonwealth had a $1.5 billion deficit and the Governor is requiring budget cuts.  Because I work for a non profit agency that  gets state funding for some of the programs that I oversee, yes Virginia, I too will have to implement a budget cut.  This is always painful.

Sewing a little here and there has helped with my stress.  Yet I had to resew inseam pockets on the McCall's 7100 pattern three times!!! That was just on one side!@#!!!  Perhaps just not focused enough!

I plan to get some sewing in for the weekend. I will catch up with you later!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Jalie 3352 Complete

Yes, I did complete a project!

I finished Jalie 3352 and was able to take a few photos before work yesterday when I wore the top.
Here is the top on a hanger--
Back view

Front View
I have to say that I ended up liking the top more after I paired it with pants that were similar to the light brown color in the print.  I am not sure that I like the drop shoulder on me as I don't think it is all that flattering.  The more I had it on, the more I adapted to the style.  I had to cut off some of the fabric at under arm curve as it was too much fabric and needed to be taken in some.  I cut off about 3/8 of an inch.  I took a tuck in the shoulder area of the pattern before cutting out the fabric.

I used my coverstitch machine to hem the bodice and the sleeves. I used my serger for the garment.  The knit fabric was perfect to work with.  I used bias fusible tape at the neckline and a woven tape for the shoulders.

I did not have to make a FBA; I did take 5/8 swayback adjustment and raised the neckline as well.

Here are photos of me wearing

I have to say I am a little tired of the high/low hemline style.  I think I am going to take a break from sewing that style for next top sewing projects.

It was fun to complete a project and have already decided on the next one.  More later.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bad Blogger

I have been a bad blogger of late.  Between work and some personal issues, I just have not been motivated to sew as much or post anything.

With some of those issues resolved,  I am feeling better and ready to like get back to sewing and blogging.  My denim dress is still a work in progress.  I am going to use snaps instead of button and buttonholes.I just need to mark the placements and do it.

While waiting to get motivated to install the snaps, I decided to pin fit Jalie 3352.

With my recent completed Jalie raglan sleeve top, I decided to go down a size in the bust area.   I raised the neckline about 1 1/2 inches as I find that Jalie necklines are too low for me.  I did my usual swayback and forward shoulder adjustments.  I also shortened the shoulder length by 3/8.

The fabric I used was from GirlCharlee, knit fix purchase in January.

I did not like it at first.  I then saw a few other items that had some of the lavendar color and I pulled out this fabric.  The more I looked the better it got.  The quality of the knit is nice, similar to a sweater knit.  I am using the same contrast color for the sleeves that was used in my last Jalie top.

The weather this week has turned a little cooler and that is helping me to get into sewing clothes for the upcoming season changes.

More later!

Monday, September 12, 2016

I sewed!

I got sewing time in this weekend--yeah!  My lightweight denim dress is almost complete!  This has taken forever it seems.

Here is the dress in it final stages minus buttonholes and buttons.  Warning-it really does not look all that great in this photo.
I am contemplating going with antique brass snaps and using my snap setter instead of sewing buttonholes and buttons.  The size 24 snaps are the same as 1/2 inch buttons that the pattern calls for.

Here is a close up of the collar band.
I decided not to add the collar to the neckband.  Due in part to the how this sits at my neck now and not wanting to have yet another piece of fabric there.  In an earlier post I said something about becoming a duster if I don't like how the dress looks when completed.  This collar stand reminds me of the Nehru collars and long length jackets of the late '60's and early '70's.

It it hard to tell but I use gold jean thread for topstitching the front bands, 5/8 hem and around the collar.  I may go back and topstitch the princess seams.  I still have a tweak or two to make with the back seams, so did not do this topstitching earlier.

I am so ready to move onto my next project!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 09, 2016

All Work No Sew

Crazy week.  It is great to have a holiday and then you cram 5 days work into 4.  TGIF!

Thought about sewing a lot and pressed the hem of my dress ready to actually sew the hem and attach the collar,  I am having some concerns about how this dress is going to fit.  It may turn into a duster instead of a dress before it is complete.

I have so many ideas running through my brain for what I want to sew next.  I am gearing up for fall next even though it has been in the 90's all week.

More later!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

30 minutes a day

I signed up for Star's 30 minutes a day sewing related time.  I think I have been hitting that target.  I am still working on McCall's 6124 pattern.  I have added the sleeves and attached the front band. What's left to do is attached collar stand and collar, button holes and buttons, hemming.

I have had to sew intermittently because I have pulled a muscle in my lower back so sitting makes it worse, standing and walking helps.  The dress has required lots of fitting adjustments made while sewing it.  This is one of those projects that is taking longer to sew and I start losing interest in.

This is how the dress looked when I stopped sewing last night

Since then I have folded the front bands and stitched.  Getting ready to sew the 5/8 inch hem.

More later!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

I've been sewing

I found some sewing mojo!  I have been working on the chambray dress using McCall's 6124.  I have had to make a few adjustments upper back to wide so took a deeper seam in upper center back seam, side back seam to tight over hip area and also adjusted side seam for hip area.

I made a 1 inch FBA, had to go back and reduce princess seams in bust area from 5/8 to 3/8 inch.  My usual adjustments included forward shoulder, sway back and petite length adjustment.

Pictures to follow of work in progress later.


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