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!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

More Fabric and Another RTW Remake

It's been a busy few weeks and I just drove back from a work conference in Naples Florida. Of course I had to stop by my favorite fabric store on the way home, Pennie Fabrics. They've now moved into their new facility and while they still have a lot of organization to do, you can easily see it's going to be a great place for them very soon. Sorry I didn't get any pictures I was in & out rather quickly. A group of us Sewing bloggers/comrades are going to be headed down there again in a couple weeks and will get pictures then. However, I was in there just long enough to get a few pieces of great fabric...

Photos left to right are, black & white striped-a Rayon Knit Jersey, the black coral & white-a Chiffon, the green & gold-both Rayon Ponte knits and the coral with white polka dots-a very nice stretch cotton. I can't wait to dive into some of these fabrics!

Now for my review ..I had this beautiful top I bought from Cache (A Women's Boutique) about five years ago. I loved the look on me and unfortunately I grew out of it (literally!) I hung onto it because I liked it so much and thought one day I would actually attempt to remake it...well that day came! I decided to remake it, same style, only this one would fit me and I would have a pattern to make others whenever I wanted.

Here's a photo of my original top. Unfortunately the nice Dark Brown wood beads have faded from years of cleaning...


Here's a photo of the top before the beads had faded and I, of course was a lot smaller!

...this picture was taken in South Beach five years ago

I took the old top apart and traced the pieces making each piece a size or two larger. Using some fabric I had leftover from a dress I made previously (here), I cut out the new pattern pieces. All of the beading was done using Beads I purchased from Joann Fabric just for this top. It turned out better than I thought it would!


Sorry about the cell phone photos!

I am so looking forward to making other tops from this pattern and I think it will make a great summer dress as well!

Are any of you out there remaking some of your favorite RTW tops? Thanks for stopping by and sharing some of your day with me!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Bright New Summer Dress!

Butterick 5886

When I first saw Mimi G's version Butterick 5886 (link here), I absolutely fell in love with it!  I can see why she said she wanted another one in black. This is such a beautiful dress! (and she is beautiful in it too!)

This is another pattern that actually went together very easy, with no issues and no alterations!  I think I want one in another color too!  If you've been reading my blogs for some time, then you know that I'm not very partial to A-line skirts. However, I couldn't resist trying with this one. I'm very happy to say I'm glad I did!  I love, love, love this dress! The only down side is my hubby doesn't share my happiness!  He thinks it's not my style, so he's not really "feeling" it on me! Oh well, I'm still going to wear it because I love it!!

I made this dress with fabric I purchased from Fabric Mart a little while back and it is a coral colored Rayon crêpe jersey knit, with a LOT stretch.  They no longer have it, but you can purchase similar here.  I made this pattern using a size 10 and it fit me perfectly with no alterations.  

OMG LOL, I can't believe the exact same thing happened to me that happened to Mimi G, I use self fabric to line the bodice and ended up not having enough of the self fabric to line the skirt.  So I purchased Jet Set (from JoAnn fabric), a polyester tricot knit for the lining of the skirt.  It actually worked better for this dress because the tricot knit lining was a lot lighter in weight than the fashion fabric.  I guess that's the pitfalls of pre-purchasing fabric and keeping it in your stash!  

I did include an invisible zipper in the side of the dress, even though it's s knit, it makes for easier on and off! (sorry I forgot to take a photo of zipper) The instructions for making the dress were right on target, very easy to understand and step-by-step illustrations made for a successful project!  This was such a win win, I am definitely making another in a different color and can't wait to where this out to dinner...I will win the hubby over too!

Also, as promised in my last post, here are a few pictures of the shirts I just made for the hubby...
The last two shirts aren't quite his favorites, he tends to like dark colors, this is me trying to bring him out of his comfort zone!

I've been sewing, just not a lot of time for the next few posts will be short so I can get it all in for you!  Please bear with me through this EXTREMELY busy work time.  Hopefully, when it slows down, I will get back to normal posting.

Again, thank you all for taking a few minutes out of your busy day to read my post!


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