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 stress! Thanks for stopping by and I'll have another post up shortly!


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!