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.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Has anyone seen my sewing mojo?


I have truly misplaced my sewing mojo.  Partly it has been a heck of a week work wise and just have no energy to even go into the sewing room after work.  The only sewing related activities have been to read Pattern Review while I drink my first cup of coffee of the day.  I then go to my blog list to see what others are doing, thinking this will be inspiring.  It has been, just not enough to get my sewing mojo going.

I then jump over to look at fabric websites and see a lot of pretties, but not buying right now.

I was excited to see some of the McCall's patterns this morning after getting a notice that new fall patterns were out.  I did find a few I liked.


McCall's 7465

M7469

M7429-from Early Fall
M7445-Early Fall
There seems to be a lot of the same styles just using darker  colors with some of the patterns.

Maybe I will make it to the sewing room this weekend, I have a pattern ready and fabric to cut out!  More later.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

What's next?

As a member of the Sew a Garment A Month group on Facebook, August idea was to select three patterns from stash and then narrow this down to one.  Being a person who normally deviates from rules from time to time, I pulled five pants patterns, most recently purchased-meaning purchased this year-and read through some of the instructions with two of them.  I then proceeded to go a totally different route and decided to make a denim dress using this McCall's pattern.

I have had this fabric in stash only for a short period of time.  I purchased the same time that I bought a stretch denim from JoAnn's to make a trial version of the Jalie Eleanor pull on jeans earlier this year.

I have cut around the pattern pieces and will do pin fitting later.

I continue to avoid sewing pants.  It just feels like a hassle.  And for me probably a lot of fiddling with the fit.  I am short in length from waist to hip, not the normal 7-9 inches below the waist.  I now have a flatter rear, when it once was very round.  I have a tummy pouch. My front and back have changed positions. 🙁  I can buy pants from Talbots Petites and they fit very well with a few exceptions.  They can be pricey as well, yet they hold up well with a lot of wearing so I do think I get my money's worth.

Still I need to put to use all the Craftsy lessons on pant fitting I have watched.

More later!



What's next?

As a member of the Sew a Garment A Month group on Facebook, August idea was to select three patterns from stash and then narrow this down to one.  Being a person who normally deviates from rules from time to time, I pulled five pants patterns, most recently purchased-meaning purchased this year-and read through some of the instructions with two of them.  I then proceeded to go a totally different route and decided to make a denim dress using this McCall's pattern.

I have had this fabric in stash only for a short period of time.  I purchased the same time that I bought a stretch denim from JoAnn's to make a trial version of the Jalie Eleanor pull on jeans earlier this year.

I have cut around the pattern pieces and will do pin fitting later.

I continue to avoid sewing pants.  It just feels like a hassle.  And for me probably a lot of fiddling with the fit.  I am short in length from waist to hip, not the normal 7-9 inches below the waist.  I now have a flatter rear, when it once was very round.  I have a tummy pouch. My front and back have changed positions. 🙁  I can buy pants from Talbots Petites and they fit very well with a few exceptions.  They can be pricey as well, yet they hold up well with a lot of wearing so I do think I get my money's worth.

Still I need to put to use all the Craftsy lessons on pant fitting I have watched.

More later!



Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Version 3 McCall's 6964

This weekend I completed my third garment that I had planned to sew on my staycation.  This is becoming a TNT for me. My first version was this one and I still wear it often during cooler weather.
The print fabric was from EOS and the black sleeves were more of an illusion knit from Fabric.com

My second version did not turnout so well.  I used another print fabric from EOS and used a solid neckband and short sleeve in a green color also from EOS.

For some reason the neckband never would lay flat and even inserting some elastic thread in the back neckband under the serged stitches did not help at all.  This is one I wear only at home as I truly dislike how it looks.  I also wish I used a different color for the sleeves and neckband.

This is my third version which turned out well.
I took photos last night after work and if I stand with my arms by my side I look like one big floral person.  This fabric has been around a long time.  I looked through fabric photos back to 2010 and did not find it there.  It may have come from Fabric Mart or Fabric.com.

Here is the back view.  The colors are more muted in this photo, I don't think I had the flash engaged.

I used my coverstitch machine for the sleeve and bodice hems.  I should have used it for the neckband also, instead I top stitched that area.

One more fabric out of my stash.  I have more of this fabric leftover and may just donate it to Goodwill.  I think I only need one garment from this floral print.

Next up-pants!


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