Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lunch, Tour and Fabric Shopping!

My favorite past time… Fabric shopping and socializing!

Saturday, October 11, I got to do what I really enjoy doing, meeting up with like-minded individuals for great socializing and a fabric shopping tour!  Our newly formed sewing group met for lunch and a tour of Pennie Fabrics in Sarasota Florida.  Some of us like me, had been there several times already, but you can never get enough of this wonderful boutique fabric shop!

We all met at a quaint little restaurant called Beckhams on the Trail for some good food and fun talk about sewing.  I have to admit during our lunch I was little anxious about getting over to the fabric store…the thought of touching many new fabrics just makes me a little giddy!  However, as soon as the good food was  brought out, I totally forgot about it!…

After lunch, we all quickly shuttled over to visit Pennie Fabrics and Nasir, the owner, had a very nice display waiting for our arrival...

I think everyone had a great time shopping, I know I sure did! 

  

Here are some of my fabric purchases...

From left to right:

Silk Panel Print, Brown with Cream, Orange and Salmon flowers.

Silk Graffitti Print

Cotton Black and White striped shirting (this was originally purchased for my husband, it's now mine-he doesn't want it!)

Cotton Red and White striped shirting

Dark Teal Rayon (lightweight with a beautiful drape)

Light Teal Stretch Wool

Now I have to start sewing some of these beautiful fabrics!  My plan is to get them all done before the end of my RTW Fast at the end of the year.  It's been a wonderful year of sewing and I have to admit, I didn't get anywhere near what I wanted to have created by this time!  Oh well, maybe next year!  At least I have few more weeks to get some great sewing in!

I'm very sure I'll have something to show very soon!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Two Successful Remakes!

First, New Look 6303...I said I would try this one again because my first attempt at this pattern, which you can see here didn't turn out so well.  I am so happy that I made the decision to try it one more time!  This one turned out so nicely, the fit is perfect and I just love the look!

I have to admit I did make quite a few changes though.  The first change was a full bust adjust of 1 inch.  This was diffcult because of the pattern piece.  If you remember from my first post, the pattern piece was very oddly shaped, like this...

It took me approximately 20 to 30 minutes to plan and figure out how I could make this full bust adjustment.  My conclusion...fold the actual pattern piece in half the way you would after it's sewn.  Then cut it on the middle crease, ultimately cutting the pattern piece in half, then make your full bust adjustments so you have two pieces that each look like this...

Afterward, I taped the pieces back together so I had one pattern piece that includes the full bust adjustments like this...

  

It was so worth the extra 20 to 30 minutes of planning to make it work.  Now I have a great top I can wear and I have a pattern so I can make more!  You'll noticed I also removed the pleat in the back, that was just  a preference alteration.

  

Now for the second remake, McCalls 6925...The first time I made this one, it worked out okay but I knew it could be better.  The changes to this patter weren't quite as extensive as the one above.  I just needed to be more careful in how I made my athers in the four of the top and shorten the back arm sync a little to remove the gaping.  Those few changes worked out perfectly and I ended up with another great top!

For this one I used a 100% Silk print I purchased at Pennie Fabrics in Sarasota Florida.  I'm reeally excited that I'll be traveling to Pennie Fabrics again in a few weeks with our sewing group!  I just love the fabrics there!  Here's a photo of the new top alongside the previous white version I made...

  

  

I guess there is something to that quote, "Patience is a Virture" after all!  It definitely worked out in my favor this time!  Now I have two new great tops that I absolutely adore!

Thank you to those of yo who told me to hang in there and give it another try.  I really appreciate your support and hope I can return the favor someday soon!

Thanks for stopping by and...

HAPPY SEWING!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Style Arc Weekend...

Lucky girl that I am, I received my Style Arc patterns last Saturday! For those of you who don't know, Style Arc is an Australian-based pattern company. Their patterns seem to be a little more pricey than the big four, and their shipping costs are a little steep to the US. However, their patterns are very stylish and I like them so much that it outweighs the cost. I usually wait until I have a few patterns I want to purchase, and then purchase them all at once.

This was the collection that I received Saturday...


I've been waiting on some of these patterns for quite some time so of course I was very excited to get started on them. First stop was the Elle pants...


When I purchased this pattern, it just happened to be a part of a combo. The fabric and pattern were sold together as a set. The fabric is a black stretch Bengaline (stretch woven). I've never use this fabric before, so this was a special treat. The composition of the fabric is, 72% viscose, 24% nylon, 4% spandex. The fabric has kind of a stiff feel to it with 30% vertical stretch, perfect for a pair of slacks.

When you order your Style Arc patterns, you purchase your size based on your measurements. I purchased a size 10 for the slacks based on my measurements. I am currently tracking which patterns fit me perfectly or almost perfectly straight from the envelope. Style Arc definitely pleased me! I know it's risky, but I made these pants using the Bengaline fabric I purchased without any alterations, just so I can see the fit. I have to tell you I was very, very pleased! These pants fit like a glove!
 
When I make these pants again, and I will be making them again, the only change I would make, is to shorten the crotch length a bit. That is only because of me being short waisted. I prefer my pants to sit a little lower on my waist. I also like that Style Arc sends you labels to sew into your articles of clothing. One of the label includes the composition as well as care instructions for the fabric.


I also have to add that this pattern was so quick to put together that I was able to make a top too! Both pieces were made last Sunday afternoon. How's that for quick gratification projects!

The second style art project I worked on, was the Dee top.  


I've had this pattern on hold for several months, I just can't tell you how excited I am to finally have it in my hands! I purchased this pattern in a size 10 as well. Once again I decided to make this pattern without any adjustments using a fabric from my stash. The fabric was purchased a while back from Joann fabrics and is a rayon jersey knit. Again super impressed with Style Arc! This pattern went together very quickly and was very easy to sew and very clear directions.
 

 

     
      
 
 
   Sorry about the work restroom shot
I can easily say this top will definitely be made again! I received such a perfect fit with this pattern. No adjustments or alterations were made and I won't need any on future remakes of this top!

I must add this note though, I believe their standard patterns are not for beginners. The majority of the instructions were illustrated. However, some of the basics ending steps were not illustrated. I could see a beginner easily becoming frustrated and confused. For the convenience of the beginners, Style Arc does offer beginner patterns.

All in all last week was a great weekend for sewing! I am one happy little lady!

Happy Sewing!








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