Thursday, October 29, 2015

Coral is just my color… Butterick 5313

I'm finally getting caught up on my blogging! (It's about time, LOL!). This was a dress I'd made for work a while back. Unlike most of my projects, this dress started with the selection of the fabric. The fabric had been in my stash for a while but until recently, I truly didn't know what to do with it. It's an ITY knit with a print that has the look of denim. Very soft with lots of stretch!
Finally one day it came to me, (I have absolutely no clue mind seems to do mysterious things sometimes!) I could make a specific dress! I searched through my pattern stash looking for the pattern I knew I had (I have to get these patterns organized one day very soon!). Butterick 5313 turned out to be a great decision for this luscious fabric!

The pattern has great instructions and it's very quick to create. (made in one day) I made my usual size 10 for knits. The only issue I had was installing the neck band. I had a little gaping across the upper back which caused the neckband to bow out in the back. In order to correct this, I had to make a small wedge from the top of the back neck to the mid upper back of the dress. Not the perfect way to fix this, but it was much easier than trying to take the neckband off the dress…knits are not the best to take apart using a seam ripper! (you'd be better off pulling your hairs out of your head one at a time!) I made a small back adjustment on the back pattern piece and shortened the neckband pattern piece to correct this for future versions!

Overall, I really love this dress! It's a very cute style that can dressed up or worn very casual. It's also very comfortable to wear!

In this photo, I wore it to work paired with a black RTW (Ann Taylor) jacket.
Because this fabric is a "performance fabric", it travels very well with no wrinkling! Now those of you who know me, know that I am normally not a dress person (I perfer two piece dresses). However, I plan to make a couple other casual versions of this dress to take along with me on vacation! If you're looking for a quick dress to make, casual and/or professional…give this pattern a try!

Again, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a little of your day with me!



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Episodes of a RTW Remake

Hello everyone, this is another episode of "ready to wear (RTW)" remake. When I was on a business trip a few months ago, I was frantically trying to find a top to wear to an event. Then I stumbled across this beautiful turquoise colored, combination chiffon and knit top! It was perfect for the occasion and I've quickly fallen in love with it! Now months later I was looking for another top to wear to a event my husband & I were attending and the first thing that popped into my mind was that beautiful turquoise colored top. If only I could have it in another color! But alas! I can sew…I can have any clothing item my heart desires (within reason that is!)

So off to my fabric stash I go…and I came out with this beautiful coral colored knit and a matching coral colored chiffon. I had purchased them both a while back from Pennie Fabrics and had posted about them here.

I felt this would be a quick and easy sew, because it's basically just a tank top with a chiffon drape across the front! Since I wanted it to be exactly like the turquoise color top, I decided not to try and find a pattern to match the tank top. (I'm positive I have one in my stash somewhere) Instead I traced The RTW top. It was very easy to do and so quick I actually made this top a few hours in the morning before the event! Really, no lie! You sewers out there know it's very easy to throw together a tank top...then drape fabric across the front, easy peasy, right?

So I traced the RTW top on to some of my pattern paper, and now I have a pattern to make this top again anyway I like in the future!

I took a close look at the RTW top, to figure out how I was going to put this one together. It worked out to my benefit because it looked pretty simple and straightforward. As I stated earlier, a few hours later and Wa La...I had a brand-new top in a beautiful coral color!

The fabric for the RTW tank is a rayon Lycra and is softer than my "me made" top which is rayon spandex. (I prefer the rayon lycra but both fit very nice) I did have one little area of concern that I will correct when I make my next one. However, the concern is not enough for anyone to really know who doesn't sew! (and sewers may not know… Can you tell? :) )

I really do like what I did with this remake and now when they are worn out or if I just want another, I can have it easily!

Do you have an RTW favorite that you remade recently?

Thanks for stopping by and spending a little of your day with me, it's truly appreciate it!



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LWD (The Little White Dress)

Hello everyone, in my last post I mentioned I was working on a dress for the Janet Jackson concert and how it just did not work out. However, I only realized it after I tried it on. The problem wasn't the fit of the dress, it was more that I felt it was not the correct option for the occasion. Since I was attending the concert with the hubby and he was wearing jeans and a nice sweater, I just didn't think this dress would work. However, thank goodness for me, it's still a nice dress for another occasion! The hubby and I are going on another cruise vacation very soon, and I feel this dress will work perfectly for a dinner during that vacation.

Now back to the review…I purchased the fabric from Pennie Fabrics some time ago. It's an off white medium weight, four-way stretch knit with textured waves going through the fabric (not sure of the fabric content...I have to get better at getting this info!).

Since the fabric has a lot of character itself, I decided to use a simple tank pattern to make this dress. An old pattern from my stash, Kwik Sew 2517, seem to fit the bill perfectly!

Also, I wanted there to be a sheer panel somewhere in this dress, so I purchased some sheer off white stretch nylon netting from Spandex House (online). If you've not purchased from them before, you should really take a look! They have great selections, the prices are good and fast shipping too!

I sewed the top half of the dress, the sheer panel and the bottom half of the dress separately and then sewed them together as one. I did this because I wanted to make French Seams in the sheer panel. However, silly me, in my excitement of making the dress, neglected to try on each piece separately for fit first!!! You guessed it…the dress was too big and I needed to take it in!!! (give me a moment hoo!!) So, no french seams on my sheer panel now! I ended up serging the seams and I'm going to leave it that way because the dress is just for me. Had it been for a client, I would take it apart even if it meant purchasing more fabric just to make the French seams...after fitting first of course!

I had to add a center back seam for fitting purposes and unfortunately did not pay attention to the pattern design in the fabric, but it came out close enough for me. As you see here, we long-time sewers have our issues too, LOL!! Also, I have to say this fabric was a challenge sewing! I've never had a problem with very stretchy knits before...but this one really "kicked my you know what"!!! The fabric wanted to stretch out on me while sewing on the serger and my sewing machine. I had to be very creative with my serger and machine settings while handling the fabric so I wouldn't end up with wavy seams on my dress!

I really like the look of this very simple dress and will probably make it again just for the experience of doing it CORRECTLY! Maybe in black for that LBD I don't have!! Whenever I wear this dress, I plan on pairing it with a bold color since the dress is off-white…I can think of many options too! Below is one of my thoughts...royal blue mules (sandals) and a silver necklace with royal blue accents...

All in all, the dress turned out nice so I won't complain because this could have ended up a total wadder! (and Myra crying all over her sewing machines!) Have any of you experienced knits stretching out on you while sewing and if so, how did you handle? I'd love to hear any good tips and suggestions! Thanks again for stopping by!

Let's Go Sew!