Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Nina Cardigan

Hello everyone and hope you're all enjoying some great sewing! I have a few projects in the works and will be posting them for you to see.  This post is a replacement garment for one I made last year that I no longer have but need...it's a white cardigan or summer.  For this one I chose an easy pattern that was reviewed a few times on Pattern Review.  It's the Nina Cardigan by Style Arc.


I actually purchased a couple of cardigans (one black and one turquoise) hoping to be able to replicate them and then I saw this pattern.  It was the perfect one to have in my pattern stash!  It did go together very easy with no problems or alterations needed.  Sorry I can't give you a time on creation because I wasn't paying attention...but it definitely was no more that two hours!  The fit is fabulous too!  Especially if you use a drapey knit fabric like I did.  I used a Rayon Lycra knit and it was just the perfect fabric for this cardigan.

    

Here are a couple of styling options.  Please excuse the blocked out face...hair a mess and no makeup equals NO HEAD SHOT!  😉

  

    
These Ponte DeRoma knit pants were just made...not hemed yet because I need to put then through a wash & dry first for final fit, so please excuse the wrinkles!  I may review them later if you like.

Don't be surprised when you see this cardigan again..I consider this a TNT cardigan pattern now!  If you like the style, please give it a try if you haven't already!  

Thank you all for stopping by, I'm on to the next post and HAPPY SEWING!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Simplicity 1806

This is my last top for the challenge...I can't believe that I actually made three tops!  I was willing to bet I would barely get one done!  This pattern has been in my stash for some time, so I decided to give it a try!  So glad I did too!   This is a lovely top!

  

Perfect for jeans, shorts or with a skirt!  Remarkably, it was a very quick and easy, you would not think so by looking at some of the details.  I selected view E to make and added the ties for the front like view D.  This pattern is created for woven fabrics, however, I used a lightweight sage colored  knit from my stash.  The fabric worked well with no issues!  I made a size 12, but because I used a knit fabric, I should have made a size smaller!

  

I still really like this top and plan on making it again in a rayon for the sumner!  It's very comfortable and will be a nice addition to my closet for work or play! 

This has been a great challenge and I want to thank Faye again for hosting!  She's helped me to gain three new great tops to my wardrobe in a few days!  Thanks again Faye!

Happy Sewing!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Burda Style 113 Downloadable

This is my second completed project for Faye's 2013 essential Top Challenge and also my second downloadable pattern.  I saw at least two additional reviews of this pattern on Pattern Review.  It's Burda Style 113 pattern and can be found here.

If you have a pretty good grasp of reading and following instructions without much illustration, then this pattern may work for you.  There are a few things left for you to figure out on your own in the instructions which could be very frustrating for some.  As always, the instructions are written from someone else's view point and assumes that others know exactly what you mean...however, that is not always true!  Despite this, I forged forward in full hopes I would be successful in completing this top...and so I did!  

  

  

I can tell you it is a very easy sew once you figure out what the instructions actually mean and are trying to say!  It is a "Tunic", so it's longer than most tops.  However, I cut this one shorter because I thought it would look better on me as a top...it's ok, but I would have preferred it as a Tunic and should have kept it longer.  Oh well you live and learn! 

All in all, I love this top and will definitely be making it again (in the longer tunic version!).  So if you like this style and are pretty experienced following instructions without illustrations, then I would say it's worth your time!
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I'm off to try and complete one more top before the end of this challenge!  Wish me luck and Happy Sewing to you all!


Burda Style 113 Downloadable

This is my second completed project for Faye's 2013 essential Top Challenge and also my second downloadable pattern.  I saw at least two additional reviews of this pattern on Pattern Review.  It's Burda Style 113 pattern and can be found here.

If you have a pretty good grasp of reading and following instructions without much illustration, then this pattern may work for you.  There are a few things left for you to figure out on your own in the instructions which could be very frustrating for some.  As always, the instructions are written from someone else's view point and assumes that others know exactly what you mean...however, that is not always true!  Despite this, I forged forward in full hopes I would be successful in completing this top...and so I did!  

  

  

I can tell you it is a very easy sew once you figure out what the instructions actually mean and are trying to say!  It is a "Tunic", so it's longer than most tops.  However, I cut this one shorter because I thought it would look better on me as a top...it's ok, but I would have preferred it as a Tunic and should have kept it longer.  Oh well you live and learn! 

All in all, I love this top and will definitely be making it again (in the longer tunic version!).  So if you like this style and are pretty experienced following instructions without illustrations, then I would say it's worth your time!
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I'm off to try and complete one more top before the end of this challenge!  Wish me luck and Happy Sewing to you all!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Look 0183

Call me "crazy", but I joined Faye's top challenge!  I know, I know, I barely have time to do anything right now, but a girl's gotta sew anyway right?  So why not join a challenge I asked myself.

Enter Faye's Sewing Adventure 2013 Essential Top Sew-A-Along!  It ran for a couple of weeks and was scheduled to end this Sunday but has been extended to Wednesday, April 10th...thanks Faye for the extra time!  


I didn't set a quota because I didn't want the stress and definitely didn't want to disappoint myself by not completing a "self-induced" quota!  With that said, this is my first completed project for the challenge.  It's New Look 0183.
I've had this pattern in my stash for a little while and really don't know why I didn't sew it before now!  It was truly an easy sew, not very quick, but easy.  The instructions were super easy to follow and well illustrated too.  This was supposed to be my muslin because I used an inherited lavender and white polka dot polyester fabric from my stash.  It's very lightweight but not something I would normally use for tops like this (polyester fabric tends to make me perspire...yep I said it! 😓). However, this turned out so nice, it's going in my closet rotation!

I only made one alteration, it was a cheating way of me doing a "full bust" (and tummy for pete's sake!) adjustment.  I made a size 12 but graded out to a size 14 for the side seams.  I also added an invisible zipper rather than the lapped one instructed by the directions.  I am definitely remaking this one and would love to have the exact look (colors and all) the model is wearing!  I know I won't get that done in time for this challenge, but it will be in my summer sewing lineup!  Taupe pants...every woman needs a pair, wouldn't you say!

What do you all think?....

  

Please disregard my basting stitches above...need to remove them!

I can't wait to wear this one and make another in a beautiful silk too!  I just love it!

I am finishing up another top for posting soon...check back when you have a moment and thanks for stopping by!  😊