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...


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!

Monday, September 1, 2014

New Look or "No Luck" Pattern 6303

There were multiple versions of this top from different pattern companies out there, I selected the less expensive New Look pattern. I'm not sure of the price of the pattern had anything to do with the results are received. Although this was my muslin of the top, I was kind of hoping that it won't work out because I love the color of the muslin fabric I used. It was a pretty shade of turquoise rayon fabric that was in my stash from a while back.

I selected view D (the pink one with the print and made size 12, which is what I normally do in woven fabrics. The pattern went together fairly quickly, there were only three pieces!

It look good when I put it on Miss Thing (my dress form), so I had high hopes for this top! Unfortunately the measurements for Miss Thing and I aren't quite exactly the same! (she's not one of those expensive types you know, LOL! Not yet anyway!)


The problem areas are, first the gaping back of the neck. I typically have a problem with this with some patterns, I guess because I have a narrow back. However, it varies from pattern to pattern so I guess I'll have to start measuring my patterns from shoulder to shoulder. I am also not a fan of the open pleat in the back.

The second area or were "The Girls", affectionately known by men as the Boobies! There just wasn't enough room to keep them from gaping the front open. And due to the weird design of the pattern piece, it's hard to adjust for them without making the bottom of the top balloon out more than necessary.

I would like to try this one again just to see if I can do it (No I have to try it again...I can't let a pattern beat me!). Unfortunately, this one is definitely a wadder! Has anyone else tried this or another version of this pattern with any success?