Monday, September 1, 2014

New Look or "No Luck" Pattern 6303

There were multiple versions of this top from different pattern companies out there, I selected the less expensive New Look pattern. I'm not sure of the price of the pattern had anything to do with the results are received. Although this was my muslin of the top, I was kind of hoping that it won't work out because I love the color of the muslin fabric I used. It was a pretty shade of turquoise rayon fabric that was in my stash from a while back.

I selected view D (the pink one with the print and made size 12, which is what I normally do in woven fabrics. The pattern went together fairly quickly, there were only three pieces!

It look good when I put it on Miss Thing (my dress form), so I had high hopes for this top! Unfortunately the measurements for Miss Thing and I aren't quite exactly the same! (she's not one of those expensive types you know, LOL! Not yet anyway!)
 

      

     
 
The problem areas are, first the gaping back of the neck. I typically have a problem with this with some patterns, I guess because I have a narrow back. However, it varies from pattern to pattern so I guess I'll have to start measuring my patterns from shoulder to shoulder. I am also not a fan of the open pleat in the back.

The second area or were "The Girls", affectionately known by men as the Boobies! There just wasn't enough room to keep them from gaping the front open. And due to the weird design of the pattern piece, it's hard to adjust for them without making the bottom of the top balloon out more than necessary.


I would like to try this one again just to see if I can do it (No I have to try it again...I can't let a pattern beat me!). Unfortunately, this one is definitely a wadder! Has anyone else tried this or another version of this pattern with any success?


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fabric Mistake Or Not?

Do fabric manufacturers ever make mistakes? Of course they do! They are human just like the rest of us! I truly found that out recently when I purchased this piece of fabric...


This is a red and white knit purchased from Joann Fabrics. For those of you knitters out there, you will know what I mean when I talk about the "purl" side, which basically means the wrong side of a knit Fabric. Well this fabric actually has the sequins sewn on the wrong side of this knit fabric. The sequins are actually sewn on the purl side!


Can anyone find a reason why this may have been done? I didn't and because I liked it, decided to use the fabric anyway to make this cute little top! I used a self drafted pattern I have for a cowl neck tank top. This one I can wear under jackets or just about with anything else. (It would have been perfect for 4th of July with a pair of Navy & White shorts, LOL!)  
 

      
     
     
I wonder if Joann Fabric realized this was a mistake? Did any of you purchase this fabric and notice that? Or have you seen any other obvious mistakes from fabric companies?
 

      
I have been sewing quite a bit, just not much time for posting, but I'll try harder to be better at it because I miss you all so much! Your comments are great medicine for what ails me...work stress! Thanks for stopping by and I'll have another post up shortly!

HAPPY SEWING!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Risky Sew...

McCalls 6925, I really like this top every since I saw it on Faye's Sewing Adventure blog. She briefly mentioned she was having issues with the pattern, but was now moving on and would revisit the pattern at a later time.  I really liked the pattern she selected and decided I would give it a try too! So I held my breath and dived in!
          
First off, the pattern calls for lining the bodice... I decided not to.  So I had to figure a way of creating this top without the lining. That wasn't too bad! I just serged all of the opening edges, turned them under and topstitched. That worked like a charm!

However the bodice had gaping around the armholes, which was a huge problem for me! Unfortunately I didn't realize this until after I had cut out and sewn the fashion fabric. I still muddled through and successfully removed a lot of (but not all) of the gaping. Enough for me to be able to wear this top comfortably. (This was definitely a test of my patience, I had to remove a lot of top stitching!)

There is also a side zipper included in the top which I felt was needed because of the fit of the bodice. I chose to use an invisible zipper. 

I didn't use a lot of the instructions, (because of the lining) so I guessed  where I needed to.  However, what I did read of the instructions and used, was pretty clear.  I felt the sizing was pretty true to size despite the gaping armhole issue. The only other problem I ran into, was user error!  If you've read any of my other post you'll know that I don't particularly like gathering using the double basting stitch method. That's what I used this time and they were uneven and in the front of all places!  Oh well I'm going to wear it as is because I am not about to take stitches out again and redo! 
 
 
    
 
   Notice the uneven gathering on the right?
                                 
                                         I still need to add my hook & eye

This top can be worn with leggings, jeans, even shorts!  All in all, I have to say even with the issues, it was a great sew! I plan on wearing this top proudly and plan on making another!  Thanks Faye for bringing it to my attention!

HAPPY SEWING!


































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