Monday, March 28, 2016

Floral jumpsuit McCalls 7099

Good Morning y'all

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Sunday. Mine was lovely.. Church, a long nap, and I didn't have to cook. Score! To top it all off I wore this lovely floral outfit I whipped up over the weekend. I'm proud of this for 2 reasons...1. I think it's pretty cute and 2. I never sew a garment so quickly. I'm the sloooowest sewer ever no matter how easy the pattern is. Maybe 30 minutes here, 30 minutes next week, 30 minutes next month.. lol j/k but seriously I take forever to complete a garment.

Anyway, here it is  Mc Calls 7099 . After I finished I tried it on and thought, this looks like pjs, and it was way too busy. I wanted to break it up with a white blazer but of course none of the 3 RTW white blazers I own looked good with it. Once I threw on my yellow shoes and found a yellow belt that matched exactly I decided to go with it.

One thing I learned about this material is not all knits are the same. I've made this pattern before with a jersey knit and liked the fit much better. I still need to do some tweaking to my pattern for a better fit.
I don't like how the neck gapes open and the weird pull lines on the right side (my left side when wearing)

Pattern Description: Loose-fitting romper and jumpsuits have raised neckline, mock wrap, gathered, blouson bodice, front band extending to back neckline, elasticized waist, and side pockets. B, C and D: tapered.

Pattern Sizing: I made a 14 in View D

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were not difficult to follow. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that there were only 7 pattern pieces.  I'm a fan of easy.

Fabric Used: I used a floral Poly/spandex blend (95% polyester) (5% Spandex)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The neck band on the pattern has a  dip or "v"in the center back. I'm not a fan of this so I eliminated that design element and did a regular neckband all around.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I'm pretty sure I will, but I have a couple other jumpers lined up first. The next one already cut out and ready to go is McCalls 7203 

Conclusion: I really like this one. I could make it over and over again. I'm pretty sure jumpsuits and maxi skirts are my new wardrobe stable for the spring.

The Cost: Fabric regularly 14.99, I used a 50% off coupon so paid less that 22.50 for jumper
I apologize for the bad shadowy photos..

Whats your favorite jumpsuit pattern right now?
That's it for now. Talk to y'all later..

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Camo Maxi skirt and clutch

Hey Y'all,

This is a quick one. I have fallen in love with the simplicity but drama of the maxi skirt. This is a pretty simple pattern drafted from my own measurements. I initially used the Mimi G Regal Maxi tutorial found here and have since been whipping them up. I think I have made 4 of these so far. They are simple but the fabric choice makes all the difference.      
I'm not a big fan of camouflage on myself but when I saw this quilting cotton for $2.00/yd at a local fabric warehouse in my area I thought why not? If I don't like it, it didn't cost me much and I didn't waste a fabric that I love.. Well I'm glad I took the chance because I love the end result.

I paired this with a simple lightweight jacket/blazer trimmed in faux leather and wore this to church on Sunday. 

The one thing I have noticed that I don't particularly care for is that the gathers in all this material has a tendency to make me look more hippy than I really am, and who needs that? So in my next maxi I'm contemplating pleats instead of gathers just to see how I like it.

  This maxi can be styled up or down made dressy or casual that's what I love about it.

 I also made a matching fold over clutch but did not carry it with this outfit. I just thought it was a bit much all together but, can totally see this clutch with a cute pair of boyfriend jeans, a simple v-neck t-shirt and a pair of booties.

That's it till later,