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B6687 Wearing

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Yesterday, late afternoon, DH and I had to pick up a few food items as well as prescriptions. After returning, I decided to take shots of me wearing the newly completed top.

In an earlier post, I mentioned having some fitting issues. After completing and taking these photos, I feel there are other adjustments I could make should I ever attempt to make this again. I am not thrilled about this top.


This is, of course, the front. I like the look of this and the look of the sleeves in this photo.
This is a semi-side view. The top is pulling at the hip area so this is part of the diagonal lines I see. I had a lot of issues Inserting the sleeves was an issue also. Perhaps there is still a need for bust adjustment.


This is a look of the sleeves from the front. I like the sleeves and was part of the reason for trying this top. 
Now for the back! I posted previously with the top on a hanger that the odd wings with the sleeves were caused by the hanger, NOT.  They are that way while wearing als…

B6687 Finally completed

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This project is finally completed!!

This has been a stop and go sew for this top. I had several fitting adjustments to make this fit better. I lost my sewjo along the way and my concern over the COVID 19 situation became overly consuming.

I finally started saying the Serenity Prayer over and over--
    God help me to accept the things I cannot change
    The courage to change the things I can
     And the wisdom to know the difference.

So I know the things I need to do to try to be virus-free and sewing helps me de-stress so got in the sewing room this morning and finished this top!

I took some shots of the top hanging.  It still needs some pressing.  I will wear it later for better photos and a review.









Thanks for stopping by and I hope all of you are doing well. More details soon.

Update on B6687 project

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I wanted to update you for the B6687 project.  I have been working on the project off and on. I had fitting issues with this top. I was going back and forth to fix the fit. The pattern runs large and I had to make adjustments to the shoulder width and to make an FBA of 1 1/2 inches. I also had problems aligning both darts on the front piece. Most of this issue was the slippery fabric and poor marking on my part.

When I sew darts, I normally baste them when sewing a new pattern. After basting darts and sides/shoulders I had to make several adjustments. I ended up sewing a 3/4 inch shoulder seam, even after I had made a 3/8 inch horizontal tuck in the upper front and back pieces.

As noted above, the markings were off and fixed that issue. I also sewed a 3/4 inch seam on the back piece from waist up. With making these changes I have now moved on to attaching the bias tape to neckline and working on the two-piece sleeves.



The sleeves are the ones the model is wearing on the pattern envelo…

Up next

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Moving on to my next projects.

I purchased this pattern, Butterick 6687 in 2019. I was drawn to the top the model is wearing and also like two other versions. The fabric I am using has been in my stash since 2016.

I purchased this when Fabric Mart had precut fabrics plus a pattern to go with it as a bundle.  I never made the dress pattern that came with it even though I had good intentions.  It was a McCall's pattern which I no longer have. This is 100% polyester so when it gets to be really hot, I doubt I will wear much especially with long sleeves.  I decided also that the next project would be a woven fabric and this was already in my sewing room.
I also have decided that once this is complete, I will tackle a pair of casual pants. I am going to use Simplicity 8389. I plan to sew View D, the orange pants. I am uncertain of the fabric I will use. They need to be somewhat drapey. I had thought about using the fabric above at first and knew that I would not be comfortable wearing …

Let me count the adjustments!

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I finally finished the New Look 6314 top! I wore it yesterday. I liked the way the fabric felt and was comfortable to wear.  If you read my previous post(s) about this pattern then you know I made many fitting adjustments after making my test of this pattern.

So let's get started:

5/8 inches for a high round back adjustment Swayback adjustment of 5/8 inchesForward shoulder adjustment of 5/8 inchesFull bust adjustment of 1.5 inchesAdded 7/8 inches to front and back neckline. It was too wide for my comfort and aging necklineShortened the shoulder at sleeve line by 5/8 inches Took 3/8 inch tuck through the upper chest and back, to reduce length between underarms.Lowered dart by 7/8 All of this was made after pattern fitting and before cutting out the fabric. I thought about eliminating the resulting dart when making the FBA; I didn't until after sewing the dart.

The bust dart ended up being too low after sewing shoulder seams and basting the dart and side seams. I started to adjus…

New Look 6314 and new sewing tools

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I am working on sewing New Look 6314.

This was a project that turned into a wadder. Due mostly to the knit fabric that was just not right for this pattern.  I ordered a distressed knit to use for this project. 
The fabric has been washed and is ready when I can get all the fitting adjustments to the pattern completed.  With the first project, I made forward shoulder adjustments as well as a narrow shoulder adjustment to front and back.  I did not make an FBA for the first project and after trying on the pattern again, I decided I did need 1 1/2 inch adjustment.  Also, I made a 5/8 swayback adjustment.
After making the FBA I realized that the bust dart had to be lowered by an inch. After trying the pattern on with these adjustments I decided that I need to adjust the neckline; currently, it is too wide and low.
Here's the pattern as adjusted without neckline adjustment.

Yesterday was my birthday-69 years young!!!  I decided to buy myself a gift and purchased from Stylemaker two not…

First Project Completed 2020

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I just completed my first project for 2020, another Cape Cod Caplet.  My last project for 2019 was the same pattern.  This is a first for me in making the same pattern twice in a row.  I have sewn patterns two or three times just not back to back.

I love the color of this Hacci Sweater Knit from Fabric.com.  I had to get the pictures taken so I went with the Saturday relaxed look. I cropped off my head in a couple of projects as with my light hair and complexion I felt I looked bald!  I knew tomorrow I would not have the time to take photos and wanted to get this documented. So here's the second version.










I used my serger for sewing this as I did with the last one.  The only time you have to use the sewing machine is to enclose the sleeve area to make it a caplet.  I used my cover stitch machine to hem it and again I applied bias fusible tape to help give it a little more stability.  
I had a mix of green/gold/yellow serger threads, but not enough of the green to use just green to s…

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