Monday, August 09, 2010

Simplicity 2882

I started working on Simplicity 2882 this weekend.  I was lured in by the "casual" option.  Except I guess crepe fabric isn't the most casual fabric choice.  I had white crepe in my stash from another project I was supposed to do (nope, no clue what it was, I think I bought the fabric when it was on sale with a pattern I picked up the same day...maybe...) and I just needed to sew.  Yes, my tunic shirt is cut out, but I'm still working on the muslin and I seem to need to have two projects going at once.

S2882 is fairly simple.  What is taking the most time is the lining of the bodice.  My lining material is very slippery and it's not matching up well at the notches.  Since I had no problems with the fashion fabric, I know it's the lining I chose.  I really think I'm going to start ordering silk lining material because the polyester stuff isn't going to breathe and I'm concerned it will make me sweat in places that I don't want in this hot and humid weather we're having right now.

So the bodice is mostly done.  I ended up adding black piping as a detail because the all white dress looked like I should be going to my second wedding - a problem since I'm still happily married after the first wedding!  I picked up some black top stitching thread at Hancock Fabrics on Saturday that I think will add some nice detail and coordinate well with the black piping.  And if not, there's always frog stitching .

My camera has died and I've been trying to take photo's via my cell phone.  So far, the quality is terrible, so I may break down this week and buy the camera I've been ogling for weeks now.  If not, I may steal my DH's cell phone take some pictures because he has a higher resolution on his. 

More to come...

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Need Some Sewing Time!

My shirt is all cut out.  Ready to be sewn.  BEGGING to be sewn.  Sigh.  So life has been crazy around here and my sewing is unfortunately on the back burner at the moment.  But I have a stack of projects sitting now that I want to get out of my "to sew" bin, so as soon as I'm done painting my boys room this morning, it's back to sewing for me.  Providing the painting doesn't take all day...ugh.  Well, then there's the Boy Scouts activities two of my sons are participating in today.  And a friend might be popping in from out of town.

Maybe a sewing vacation is in order...sigh...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Simplicity 3877

I get to stay home from work today, so I thought I would make it a productive day.  Nothing says productive to me like sewing!  Today I'm going to make a muslin of 2365 and if all goes well, pick some fabric from stash to sew one up.

I've become a convert on muslins lately.  Being able to tweak fitting issues before I cut into my fabric has helped me to have many more wearable items.  Which temps me into buying more expensive fabrics than I would have in the past!

I believe I have a batiste I bought last year from floating around somewhere in a bin.  My office/sewing area is painfully slow in coming along but the paint is finally up and I have some storage.  I "should" really do some cleaning and organizing, but what I should do and what I want to do don't mesh today, and the sewing has won out!

It's hot and steamy here in Houston today, so this shirt is a good choice.  I can wear it to work and have something casual, and I really like the dress option, since that's my preferred work attire.  All of the options on this particular pattern appeal to me, and that's unusual.  I really want to get a good fit since I can see this pattern taking me into multiple seasons (Houston doesn't really have a cold season for any of you who don't know, lol...)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Up Next...

Necessity sewing!!

My daughter is in the school orchestra.  As we just moved here in March, this is her first performance with her new orchestra group.  As such, we don't have the 'standard uniform' all the other students have:  white, long sleeved, button down shirt, with cuff and collar and black dress slacks (no denim, no knit, no jeans style).

Can I point out the obvious?  It's MAY.  And we're in TEXAS.  No reasonable store is going to have a long sleeved, white button down shirt this time of year.  We're about 90 degrees not including humidity.  So of course, I'm going to sew her up a blouse.  I found several excellent options in Ottobre for her.  I was going to do something with lots of small details that I love.  And then I realized there's a good chance that this blouse won't fit next fall, and she might only ever wear it once.  So I opted for a simpler shirt, basic, just as her director requested.  It's from the Spring 2000 issue, and the instructions are in Finish, but it's literally 4 pieces and very simple.  

The pants I'm sort of cheating on.  Here's the deal.  My daughter is 12, but is about the size of an 8 year old.  She's TINY.  Dress slacks in her size are either insanely expensive or so cheap and poor fit they aren't worth the money.  I have KS 3519 which is actually for capri and shorts.  I'm going to lengthen the capri's to become slacks.  KS patterns tend to fit her very well, and I can cut a size 6 and lengthen it accordingly.  I have some lovely black stretch cashmere twill (that's what the label at Joann's said - it's not actually cashmere, lol) that should be perfect.  So I have all weekend to get both pieces done because the recital is Tuesday!

It's Done!!

I did finish the dress last weekend and will definitely post more photo's when my camera is done re-charging.  I LOVE how it turned out!  The slip is OK.  It definitely works with the dress but it's plane and nothing to look at.  Since the dress is lacy, this is actually ideal.  This fit is good.  If I make the slip again though, I think I would cut it on the bias.  I did have to lower the neckline 2 inches, but since it was originally supposed to be a nightgown, not a slip, this makes sense.

Here is a photo of the dress without buttons or the slip.  I wish you could see the gather details on the bodice, but this type of fabric didn't allow for those details.  The collar is still curling a bit, so I need to think of something to fix that.  Most people probably wouldn't notice, but of course, I do!  Since this is a knit, I opted not to hem it.  This fabric becomes very wavy very easy, and I don't want a wavy hemline.  The next time I make it (oh yes, did I mention I LOVE this pattern?!) I will use a fabric that shows the details of the bodice better.  I have some idea in mind already... :)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

V8613 Part 1

Between loads of laundry, lunch, and assorted chores I have to get done before I go back to work tomorrow, the dress is slowly coming together!  I think the bodice work being done should make the rest of the project go much faster.  I opted to not interface the collar, and I'm not sure that was a good choice.  I wanted it to remain soft and flowing, and the white stabilizer was not the look I wanted since the under slip is cream.  So I used the slip fabric to back the collar and omitted the stabilizer.  The collar points are curling slightly, so I'm not sure that worked.  I'm hoping maybe some light starch will fix that, but since this is a non iron fabric, we shall see.  I tried a light iron a small scrap and it melted.  So no ironing!  I have stitched down all the seams though and the rest of it is laying nicely, so I'll have to come up with a fix for that collar if the light starch doesn't work. 

OK, time to complete the skirt and attach it!  And put the invisible zipper in...

Vogue 8613

Have you ever decided on a project, and then literally thought about it even in your sleep?!  This is where I am with Vogue 8613.  Maybe it's because I haven't had the opportunity to sew for a few months.  Maybe it's the inspiration from the fabric (more on that in a moment).  Maybe I'm just crazy!

This is Vogue 8613.  I'm sure I've seen it before.  I know I have similar patterns in my collection.  So yesterday when I was at Joann's, they had the $3.99 Vogue pattern sale.  Now Vogue patterns usually work really well for me.  However they draft differently from McCalls or Butterick just works perfectly for me.  Maybe it's not different at all and I've convinced myself that they do.  Fine.  I just like how their patterns fit me with minimal alterations.
Back to this patterns.  I was in the clearance section looking for some black fabric to make my daughters pants for orchestra.  Black dress slacks in May are very difficult to find when your daughter is the size of a jelly bean at the age of 12.  So there I was carousing the very small clearance section (seriously, I've never seen such a small selection in the clearance of aisle of any other Joann's!)  When I saw this stretchy lace.  The lavender and cream color pallet really spoke to me.  I've been on this kick of wanting very feminine clothes, but I don't want to look like I stepped out of the Victorian era.  A little too retro for me, thank you.  But I really liked the fabric and it was on clearance for $4 a yard, down from $12.  Of course, I was planning something simple that I could finish in a day to sew today so I put it in my basket just in case I should happen to find a pattern that would work with it.  When I came across this pattern, which is meant for matte jersey, and specifically this design choice, I knew it was begging to come home with me (because I know anyone who is reading this is completely normal like me, and patterns, fabrics, and even notions, speak to you...).

Of course, there are some challenges to this style with my fabric choice.  First, the lace doesn't allow for the best coverage if you're modest.  Not only am I modest, but I would like to wear this to work or church.  Without making any, umh, statements.  First I thought about lining this.  But since this pattern is meant for knit materials, a woven lining would definitely cause some fit issues that I'd have to address.  And I don't want to.  Call my lazy, but I have no intentions of spending my one sewing day figuring out fit.  I then recalled that I had Vogue 7837.  I've made the capri length pants and camisole before.  I decided what normally would be the nightgown, I could shorten to make as a slip.  This would also prevent me from having to sandwich a zipper between the lining and the dress - something that rarely turns out looking attractive for me, but something I will master one of these days...just not this weekend or this outfit!

So last night while watching Sherlock Holmes with my husband, I cut both fabrics out.  I should be on my way to church this morning, but due to the birthday party yesterday, I didn't complete my laundry.  Since I'm now 2 weeks behind, and the entire family is now lacking enough clothes to make it through a full week, I've decided to play hooky, finish the laundry, and sew.  All day.  And while I "should" save this dress for my birthday in two weeks, I probably won't!  I'll want to wear it to work tomorrow...

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Anyone else having a hard time finding the new Butterick patterns?!  I think that once they send an email out to their customers, the patterns should be IN STORE.  I want to sew now, lol, not in a week - OK, I want to sew in a week too, but I want to sew some of those new patterns now, lol... :o)

Sewing Plan

I need to sew.  I have a wish list for spring/summer longer than I can conceivably complete.  I really need a few more pieces for my work wardrobe, but I am also in desperate need of some new things for casual wear.  That being said, I'm more of a tailored casual person than a jeans and t-shirt type of person.  Which means most of my every day clothes work for my office as well (I've developed a new appreciation for business casual!).

I "need" more bottoms.  For me, this is an array of skirts because I'm not overly fond of slacks.  But I have only two TNT skirt patterns, and honestly, I'm tired of them.  I need to put them aside and try some new patterns.  Maybe over Memorial Weekend, when I ship my boys and husband out for a Boy Scout camping trip.  But right now, I need instant satisfaction!!  So a casual knit top is on my list.  I have several KS tops that I know will work for me, and I have a Jalie pattern I've been itching to try.  So after my son's birthday party today, I think I will dig out my patterns and make a decision.  Thank goodness I packed all my fabric in clear bins that are easy to locate!  I might even make a trip to Joann's just to take a peak at what's available.  It's been a couple of months since I was last in.  I do have a couple of TNT woven patterns I could use if I found the right fabric, but I'd like to use up some of my stash since I know my sewing time is more limited now.  I've reached the point where I feel guilty buying more fabric, when I already have so much, and I don't like that feeling at all!!!  I'll post later today when I've made my final decision.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Butterick 5497

This one is definitely going to make the cut too.  I have several pairs of capri pants that this would look cute with.  I love the leopard print they have on the live model!  I think I should give Ann a call at Needle Nook Fabrics and see what cute ITY fabrics she has in for this one!!

Butterick 5488

This one meets my approval too!!  It looks very comfy for summer.  I'd love to make it up in a linen or some other lightweight woven fabric.  And it's completely different than the other pattern.  Variety is good!

Butterick 5484

I have no time to sew with my new schedule, but that doesn't keep me from dreaming of sewing!  So Butterick came out with their summer patterns, and I really like this one:
I think what I like best is that it seems very versatile - top, tunic, and dress - and very practical for work.  I can't "technically" have sleeveless tops at work, but this style seems to pass muster.  And it's a fast and easy pattern, according to the web site, so maybe I could actually make a top and a dress in a weekend! 

OK, time to keep browsing through the patterns...

Monday, April 19, 2010

New Look 6587

Do you remember this post, awhile back, about this dress I love?   So I found a very similar pattern in New Look 6587.  What do you think? Now, I don't actually plan to make the dress in pink but I would like to find a nice summer cotton fabric.  I think I can adjust this pattern to suit my needs quite well!  (you know, ditch the buttons all the day the front and change the collar to more of a shawl collar style...)  Time to find this pattern at my local Wal-Mart where I know I can get it cheaper than online!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I Have To Have This Dress

Can I just tell you, I LOVE this dress.  I NEED this dress.  Here are the details: 
  • 100% cotton sleeveless sundress,
  • matching belt,
  • two round pearlescent buttons in the center,
  • pleats along the waistband of the full skirt,
  • light pink crochet vertical band detail down front bust,
  • traditional Y-collar.
Anyone know of a pattern?!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


I had GRAND intentions of sitting down and whipping out a new outfit this weekend.  I'm in need of some more work clothes and I have patterns fabric a plenty.  But when I dug into my stash, I discovered a plethora of UFOs!!  How did that happen?  And most of them need simple things, like a hem, button and button holes, a purse handle, etc.  They're 90% done and I've just let them sit and languish!  I've pulled them all out (a blouse, two skirts, a purse, a jacket, and a dress) and am determined to finish them up before I cut any more projects.  Stay tuned!