Friday, March 30, 2018

Wadder Avoided!

We’re almost to the end of March and my list of things to do are still growing faster than I can get them done! I hope you’re all not in the same boat!  But I am determined to make it through all of my sewing goals this year!

For those of you who prefer to read my blog and don’t follow me on my new YouTube channel, you may not be aware I joined the “#MakeNine2018” challenge and discussed  the nine items I want to make for the year. (Of course if you’re a long time reader of my blog, you know there will be more than these nine!)...
I’ve already started and made two of my “Make Nine” and currently working on the third.  I’ll talk more about that later...right now, I want to discuss my major save!

On my last post, I showed you a muslin of my “Night Dress” that worked out pretty good (wearable in pink) but the actual project fabric was to heavy for the design and didn’t fair out as well. 

Too tight on shoulder due to the cording Looks like a v-neck!
I self drafted the top (draped on Sally, my dressform) and I didn’t want to discard it, (you can read more about it here or view it on my YouTube video here).  For the pants, I used my TNT legging pattern, Kwik Sew 3770 and hacked it adding a wider waistband, widen the leg width below the knees and added patch pockets. All the changes created this lovely leisure/sweat suit...
I really like how it turned out and so happy I made separates because both pieces can be worn together, or with other pieces...

These cute pieces are going to get a lot of wear and I’m so happy I decided to save the top! The moral of this story...you never know what you’ll get by trying and trying again! Wadder avoided!

It’s back to the rest of my “Make Nine “ projects now...I have a new wardrobe to create!

So, what’s on your sewing table now? Are you joining any sewing challenges this year?

HAPPY SEWING!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

#DayandNightDressChallenge Reveal

Hello all! Again here we are at the beginning of another month, this year is flying by already!

On my last post, I informed you that I was invited to be a feature blogger in the #DayAndNightDressChallenge.  
Yesterday was my reveal day and I got to show the two dresses I made for the challenge. First, I want say a big THANK YOU to Elizabeth from Elizabethmadethis.com for coordinating this wonderful event and  StylishFabric.com supplying free fabric for the featured bloggers and vloggers in this event!

THE COFFEE DRESS:

For my day dress (coffee with a friend), I used a teal Rayon Jersey knit and a teal Ruffle Poly Rayon knit from Stylish Fabric (Supplied free for featured bloggers and vloggers).  The fabric was so soft and easy to work with and because of this, the dress turned out absolutely beautiful! I had no issues with this pattern at all!  The instructions were very detailed, clear and concise!
The only problem I ran into had nothing to do with the pattern… As you can see on the picture above, The ruffle fabric is see-through! So I needed to create a slip to wear with this dress. Something light because I didn’t want to line it and make it heavier. I grabbed my TNT pattern for camisoles which is the Iconic Sammy Cami and made the slip from a black rayon jersey knit out of my stash.  The great thing about this slip is I can wear it with other dresses if needed or I can wear it alone as a slip dress!
It helped and now I have a beautiful dress that fits me nicely I can wear anytime!
Stylish Fabric also gave me a 25% off Discount Code “406Teal” for all my viewers on the beautiful Teal Rayon Jersey knit in the above photos (the ruffle fabric is no longer available)

THE COCKTAIL DRESS

For this dress, I had something specific in mind…so I set out to drape something on my dress form, “ Sally“.  I did it and created a muslin first which turned out really to be a “wearable“ muslin!
For my project fabric I decided to use a heathered gray, medium weight, rib knit and I decided to make it a two piece dress (top and skirt).  Thank goodness I started with the top first, because it didn’t work out like I wanted it to!  First, the fabric was too heavy for the style. Second, I wanted to add a knit cording between the shoulder band and the bodice.  I created the cording myself using an elastic cord and some of the leftover black rayon knit I used for the slip above.   Either way it was a bust!
However, I’m not going to trash it…I believe I can salvage and my plan is to make it a sweatsuit. So stay tuned for that!

Then it was back to my stash where I found this beautiful wine colored wool jersey knit. It’s been in my stash for a couple of years. I purchased it from my favorite local fabric store “Pennies“ in Sarasota.  The fabric has one inch horizontal fabric strips combined with a half inch sheer mesh strip of the same wine color. Truly beautiful and I knew as soon as I laid my eyes on it, I had found a wonderful use for it!  Since I had already fitted my drafted pattern, I knew it work with this fabric and quickly put it together.  Fortunately, just as with my coffee dress, when I snapped this picture I saw it was a little too sheer for my liking!
Unfortunately, there was nothing in my stash I could use as lining for this dress. Particularly because I wanted something in a lighter color that would show the stripes in the fabric. So I was off to my local Joanne where I found a peach color “Jetset“ which is a lightweight polyester type knit that works perfectly for my dress!
All in all, this was a wonderful challenge (and challenged me too). I am so happy I was invited to be among all of the talented  bloggers and vloggers featured in this challenge!  To see the others dresses, you can head over to Elizabethmadethis.com or follow the #DayAndNightDressChallenge on Instagram.

This challenge was open to all who wanted to join and ends on March 5. So tell me…did you join the challenge?