Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Goals for 2017 & Event Dress

Happy new year everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are all ready to start the new year.  I'm ready and it was a beautiful Ms. Candice from the blog "Sew my time" that prompted my very first goal of 2017.  After reading her recent post I was so moved and totally understood what she meant, so much that I needed to make one of her goals one of mine for 2017!

I only have three simple goals for the year but they mean so much to me and if when I complete each of them, I will have a fabulous 2017!!  Here they are...

1.  Walk in "MY" purpose! Be fearlessly fierce! Do, be, and say what I want!

2.  Set attainable tasks and complete them!

3.  Make the year 2017 my year for success in everything I start or started.

Now for the event start off my year of sewing is this dress, Butterick 5850.  
I'm going on vacation very soon and need a very special dress for an event.  I selected this pattern because it's been in my stash since it was released in 2012 when I fell in love with view B (Black one in the middle). 

I originally wanted to make this dress in a beautiful emerald green stretch velour.  Unfortunately, my search for this specific fabric ended up a huge fail.   However, lucky for me (and very surprising too!) Joann Fabrics had this beautiful, Gold infused black stretch velour!!  It was soft, stretchy and oh I needed to have this now!  In my opinion, the fabric made this dress perfect!
I LOVE THIS DRESS! (I'll get photos of me in it during vacation!)  However, it did not come without a couple of hiccups!  

Because this dress was special, I didn't want to ruin the fabric, so I made a muslin first. (Yes me...the person who doesn't like making muslins!).  It's a darn good thing I did too because there were a few things I had to change to make this pattern work for me.

1.  The pattern envelope photo shows the view with cut in shoulders.  That is not the case, the shoulders go straight to the shoulder line.  I altered the pattern to make the shoulders more cut in away from the shoulder.

2.  The tie belts were up too high for my taste(and I'm short-waisted!)...I moved them down 1".

3.  The tie belts show the wrong side when tied, so I extended the width of the belt pattern to accommodate me folding them in half and sewing as a tube.  If your fabric looks the same on both sides, this will not be a problem.

4.  The armsync is wayyy to low on this pattern and had an unusual "v" shape.  I raised it by 1-1/2" and reshaped it to a regular curve

These changes made for the perfect special event dress!  What a way to start the new year with a successful project!  I am so looking forward to creating more beautiful clothing!

I'd like to know what your goals are for 2017, please comment and let me know!

As always, thanks for sharing a little of your time with me!  It's appreciated so much!!

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sewing During the Holidays

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season and getting some sewing done too!

My sewing the last couple of months, really has no "rhyme or reason"...just what I want at the time.  That's the case with the projects for this post.  I found myself working on casual tops and believe me, they are truly needed in my wardrobe!  I need a lot more of the simple Tees and Sweaters too, so you may see more of them in my posts.

For this project I'm working with an Indie pattern.  It's not my first time, but I've not used them as much as I would like to.  I am going to change that though!  This pattern is from Hot Patterns and it's called the "Joyful" top and my first impression is a "Thumbs Up"!  

I used two different pieces of fabric from my stash, the first is a navy and grey, tie-dyed rayon/linen blend.  I believe I purchased this from Hancock fabric quite a while back.  The pattern calls for contrasting fabrics, but I made this top all in one fabric. It was a pretty good weight for the pattern, but I believe light weight, drapey fabrics like rayon chalis work best for the front and ruffle/flounce.  Here's my first one top...

Based on the pattern design, the shoulders and back yoke could be made from faux leather or suede.  The remaining back portion, could be made from a soft drapey knit like a rayon lycra.  I made a size 12 but ended up having to take the side seams in about an inch each side.  I love the length, so I didn't change that.   I really like this pattern and I love how the back hangs lower than the front!  However, I decided, I really, really did not like the ruffle on me, so for my next version I eliminated the front ruffle/flounce (I may redesign the ruffle/flounce to make it smaller)...

Some of you may recognize the black faux leather used for the shoulders and back's left over from the hubby's shirt I made recently.  The remaining fabric is a polyester chiffon purchased from Joann Fabric not too long ago.  I wish I had some rayon lycra in black I could have used for the back, that would have been really nice!

I will make another with a combination of three fabrics as suggested by the pattern designer.  I just have to decide on fabric, color and or print.  So I'm headed to my sewing machine to create more tops!

What are you sewing for the holidays?  Please share and thanks for stopping by and reading my post!  I truly appreciate it!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Sewing!


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