Monday, April 17, 2017

Sewing The Past Week?

This blog is going to combine several small projects. I had several different projects I was working on for several various reasons. All of those will be included in this blog just so I can get you all caught up on what I've been doing over the past week.
First up, I joined the "2017 Tops That Pop" challenge over at Faye's Sewing Adventure blog.  It runs for two weeks, April 15 through the 30th. I plan on making a few tops (because they are much needed for me right about now!). That's why you'll be seeing a lot of tops in spring/summer posts!

So let's get started…

1. First up is New Look 6415 (I made view C). This was a quick and easy top to make and I'm sure it will get a lot of wear this summer! I purchased the fabric from Pennie Fabrics in Sarasota, FL (sorry no online presence).  While I'm not sure of the fabric content, it does have horizontal stretch but very little vertical stretch. (Perfect for this top).

2. Next is a Tee for my hubby (yes the men's tops count in the challenge too! LOL!). I made this top by copying an old RTW baseball Tee of my husband's. (One that he loved and had worn out).  I created new pattern pieces so I can make future Tees like this for him easily! The fabric (grey colored) was in an auction box I won from Knitpop fabrics. It is extremely soft and I believe is a rayon knit. The contrast black, is a rayon lycra knit from JoAnn Fabrics. He absolutely fell in love with it when he saw it and I love it on him too!

3. Now for the last one…this could have ended up a huge "wadder"! (For those who don't sew, "Wadder" is a sewing slang meaning "fail") However, it didn't… instead it is a "dress turned top", which now makes it part of the "Tops That Pop" challenge too!  

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have a problem with dresses on my body type! I can do two piece dressing all day, but when it comes to a full dress, we just don't see eye to eye! The fabric was purchased from JoAnn fabrics and I used New Look 6488 to create it (version C dress).  Unfortunately, I didn't like the way it looked on me, so this dress ended up my last Top for the week....

I have a few more tops that I want to crank out before the end of this challenge, so I have to get the work room buzzing!

Thank you Ms. Faye for having another Tops Challenge...It was right on time!!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jeans Challenge

Another challenge? Yes Siree!  This one I just could not pass up! I needed a really great fitting pair of Jeans that I didn't have to spend $200 plus on! For this challenge I selected the "Closet Case Ginger Jean pattern. This pattern has two versions and I selected it because of the "low rise" version. Typically, I get low rise jeans because I am short waisted and  they fit me just below my normal waist line, which is perfect!  I purchased this pattern as a PDF download, here  However, you can also purchase a printed copy there as well.
I started off by making a muslin using fabric from my stash which is a cream colored stretch corduroy. Comparing my measurements against the patterns, I decided to select a size larger than my normal, even though the pattern calls for stretch fabric.(That turned out to be a big mistake!) The jeans ended up being too large! This pattern actually runs true to size in my opinion. (Wish I had known that before!). So I ended up taking the jeans in at the side seams approximately a half-inch.  Now the fit was much better but on my actual project I will go down a size. Below are the before and after of my Muslin...
After I added the waistband, I noticed that I had a large gap in the back (approximately 1-1/2 inches!).  This truly surprised me because the waist band pattern piece is actually a curved line which I prefer.  It just wasn't enough curve for my body. (And I don't really have an "hour-glass" figure either, LOL!) So the next adjustment I made, was to make the waistband curve more at the waist. I copied the waistband pattern piece and then folded it into four quarters.  I unfolded and slit the waistband along those four crease lines but not all the way through.
Then I overlapped each of the four sections by a 1/2". Now I have my curved waistband that fit my body perfectly.
I used the low rise version for my muslin and quickly realized I wanted them to be more of a skinny jeans style. So I decided to combine both patterns and make mine a "low rise skinny jean".   There was only one other change that I made purely for my satisfaction…I removed 1/2" height from the waistband. I did this because I wanted the waistband to appear more like the RTW styles. All in all, I made three actual changes to the original pattern…
  • Duplicate view B legs (skinny)
  • Added more curve to waistband removing 1-1/2"
  • Remove 1/2 " height from waistband
All of these adjustments were purely for my taste except for the extra curve to the waistband (this was a necessity!). Without further ado, here are photos of my Closet Case Ginger Jeans...
 Next up is a pair of jeans inspired by a pair I saw in a movie called "Obession". Beyoncé was wearing them in the movie and it was one of those moments you tell yourself, "can I make those? Yes, I bet I can!"  For those of you who know me, know it was a no brainer I was gonna try!  Here is the inspiration photo and my version...
To create this inspiration, I used the Jalie Eleonore Pull On Jean pattern as my base. It was easy enough to use and all I had to do was create the pockets and all of the style lines.  Below are a few photos of my process:

This was a great challenge and I truly enjoyed it.  I also found the perfect TNT Jean pattern...The Closet Case Ginger Jean!  I love this pattern and will be using it whenever I need a new pair of jeans!

What new pattern have you fallen in love with?

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little of your time with me, it's so much appreciated!

Happy Sewing!