Saturday, March 24, 2012


So I know it must seem like I've dropped off the face of the earth.  I haven't!!  What I have been doing is loosing weight.  12 lbs. to date.  My little brother is getting married in June, and I do not like how I look in photo's right now.  It's not a horrible weight, but it's also not a healthy weight, which is my goal.  But as a result of the small amount of weight I've lost so far, all my clothes are starting to become loose (I've weighed the same amount forever!)  Which means I need to start thinking about changing what is typically my pattern sizing. My goal is to drop a total of 40 lbs. by the end of the year.  That will drastically change anything I'm currently sewing, and as a result, I'm holding off.  I have a fabulous pencil skirt I am itching to sew, but since I've been doing fairly well at the weight loss, I would hate to waist the fabric!

I know many sewers share their weight loss journey, but honestly, I just have no desire to do so!  

I would like to sew the dress I plan to wear for the wedding, since I don't loose weight proportionately (I always hear that the bust shrinks - that has never been true for me, and has not been so far) and I want a well fitting dress.  My plan at this point is to use Vogue 8766.  I have some lovely black lace, and I'd love to put an aqua lining under it for view A, but maybe view B.  This is an evening wedding, and more formal, but I haven't found out what the mother of the groom (my mom) or the mother of the bride are wearing yet.  And I'm not sure what size to sew, so I'm waiting until Memorial Day.  Still a few weeks away, so I could easily loose another 10 lbs. and need a smaller size.  So I'm sure you understand my dilemma!!

Until the wedding and this additional 13 lbs. I'd like to loose, I just don't see the point in continually re-fitting patterns.  So my blog will be quiet for a bit longer.  But I already have plans for summer!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

McCall Spring Patterns

I have to admit, I'm not usually a fan of McCall Patterns.  Not for myself anyway.  I find them to be a bit too...young?  That sounds odd.  I'm not old!!  But a lot of their styles just doing suit me.  So when I got notification today of McCall's spring line, I didn't give it much thought.  But I had some free time this morning, so I decided to see if there was anything that my 13 yr. old daughter might like.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple that I will be picking up when they are finally released at Joann's (who never seems to have them as soon as they're out, so I won't even bother wasting my time between now and the new year...but I digress).  

This first one M6503 will be great for my brother's wedding next June.  It's a late afternoon wedding, but June is usually a mild month in Oregon, and I think this would work, even if I needed a cardigan towards the evening (the reception is along the Rogue River). I'm looking at view C, with ruffles.  I think it would be lovely in a aqua linen.  I'm not 100% sure I like the gathers on the skirt, but I think I could play with those to make some inverted box pleats.  The gathers usually have people asking when my next baby is due. :-/  I also really like view D, with the mandarin style collar!  I think that could be really cute for work.

I'm also partial to M6519.  Not so much for the pants, top or jacket (that top would not be flattering on my body type!).  Those are a snooze fest for me.  But I really like the dress and the skirt!  The dress would be great for work (and if I was so inclined to make the jacket, which I don't think I would, it could be a cute set) and I have several tops that I already own that I think would work well with the skirt.  I never have enough skirts or dresses.  Particularly in the summer, when it's ridiculously hot here in Houston.  And knit dresses in the summer are wonderful and forgiving in the heat and humidity (linen is comfortable, but wrinkles...ugh!)

Another surprise for me was the accessories.  I don't make a lot of accessories.  They tend to look...homemade (I don't mean purses, those I love!!).  But I really like M6523 .  I know my daughter would adore making some of these, and again, I think I could make something to coordinate nicely with the dress for my little brother's wedding.  Yes, I'm a ruffles and flower type of girl at heart, but it's not something I usually indulge in for fear of looking "sweet" (and that's not a good thing!!).  But I think I can get away with it for a wedding, lol...

 I also really like this wrap top from Palmer and Plestcher.  Now this is the type of top that is more figure flattering for me.  M6513 has this shirring or gathers across the top, that help hide my "I've had 4 c-sections" tummy.  That is always a bonus for me!!  I like that there is a short sleeved and long sleeved option, as well as the two sleeve options for the long sleeve.  And since it's a knit pattern, I bet I could even leave the sleeves off for a summer top.  This one is definitely going to find it's way into my pattern stash!

Friday, November 25, 2011

KS 3782

I was really on the fence about this pattern.  I love the sleeveless style, but sleeveless isn't allowed at work and most of the clothes I make for me are work clothes.  Casual clothes are easy to buy and not always as fun to make.  But I bought the pattern at Hancock's because I figured I might like to layer the sleeveless top under a cardigan or light jacket for spring or fall.  I was on my lunch break last week, and came across a blogger who had made this top and modified the sleeves.  It was SO pretty!!!  Here's a link because I wouldn't have made this top without seeing SewRuth.  The cuff's she added were what made me realize this pattern had more potential than just as a sleeveless blouse.  I absolutely love her version!!

Ultimately, I franken-patterned the sleeves from Simplicity 2403 - another dress on my to do list one of these days. I need to remember to measure the pattern bicep when making a cuffed sleeve like this one, but ultimately it does fit, I just don't have a lot of extra moving room. Thankfully, that's not really an issue for me.  If it had been the elbow, and one of the many reasons I'm not a fan of long sleeved shirts, it would have been a different story.  I've posted a photo of the original.  Very bell shaped!!  I don't know, I just don't see the bell shape as being flattering with this style.

Here you can see my modified sleeve.   I copied the sleeve cap for the KS pattern, so that I wouldn't have any fitting issues.  I've marked on my pattern that I need to add about 1/2 inch for fit next time.  Or tone up my arms.  Ugh.  The photo to the right gives you a better view of what the new pattern actually looks like.  This was actually a very easy modification.

Here's a peak at how the cuff looks.  The button matches much better in person, rather than being slightly more monochramatic on my monitor.  I had a green button that would have matched well too, but I wanted a little bit of contrast, so this one is perfect.  See my machine manual in the background?  It's been such a long time since I did a button hole, I sort of forgot how to do it!  How did that happen?

And here's the final product.  I really love this blouse, and I'm so happy that I decided to make it up!

Here's a quick look at the neckline too.  For me, it's very low cut - something I seem to be having an issue with lately on many patterns!  Thankfully, I own plenty of camisoles that work well for modesty!