Friday, April 29, 2016

A simple skirt. McCalls 3830

Hey Y'all!
So this skirt isn't really blog worthy.. Not much to talk about it. It's an easy make, has only 5 pattern pieces, is a great wardrobe builder for church, work if you have a professional dress code, or depending on the material you use could be a casual pencil skirt.

I used a woven peach skin type material that had a slight stretch to it.

Pattern Description:  Its a basic pencil skirt that comes in 5 lengths. Mccalls 3830

Pattern Sizing: I made this in a 14 and made very few alterations. The alterations I did make are to eliminate the vent ( i will not do that next time) It really affects the way the skirt sits on the backside. I also pegged the hem in 1 inch on each side.

Were the instructions easy to follow? This was a pretty simple skirt to make.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It has a facing but I will make a waistband next time. I think thats my preference on skirts.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is probably my 2nd or 3rd time making this skirt. I like it but probably need to look at other skirt patterns as well.

Thats it for now..
Talk with y'all soon..

Monday, April 4, 2016

Leggings as pants!

I know I'm treading into dangerous territory here and I know the topic of wearing leggings as pants gets a lot of discussion both yah and nay.. I say do what you like! I personally have made lots of leggings but I would only wear them to the gym or while running, that is until I rummaged through my fabric shelves and found enough leftovers of a pretty floral scuba knit"ish" floral fabric that I originally intended as running pants.    

So I whipped them up in my most favorite leggings pattern ever. The company is Patterns for pirates the name is Peglegs. I love them. I'm too lazy to post pics of all my running pants Ive made in the past using this pattern but here are just a few that I could find quickly. All made for working out. Ive probably made this pattern at least 8-9 times.  They hold up well while stretching, bending and running.

Anyway I made them up in my regular size in the scuba knit.. And they didn't fit. I could barely pull them up on my legs, let alone over my butt. What I didn't realize is that the pattern calls for a 2 way/4way stretch (whichever phrase you use) but this particular knit only had a one way horizontal stretch. They were too small I was devastated!

But I had just enough fabric left to squeeze out another pair a size larger. (In all honesty I should have sized up more because they are just a wee bit too snug) but I decided I was gonna make them work.
 After I got them sewed up I realized I really did love them and there was no way I couldn't actually wear these pants... So that's what I did and I'm glad about it.

One thing I learned is that for a good fitting leggings its best for your fabric to stretch in both directions. You all probably already knew that but I learned the hard way.

decided to change the look up a bit with the shoes. But I wore this outfit with converse keeping it super casual
Do you all wear leggings as pants?
Talk with y'all later,

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,

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tackling UFO's New Look 6231

Hey Y'all
I don't have a lot of details or great pics on this one but decided to post anyway. I initially started this jacket back in May of 2015. I purchased the denim from a thrift store for  $2.50 total and there were a little over 3 yards in all.
So here's what happened that caused it to sit unfinished for the last 9 months.
I cut the size 18 (the reason escapes me at the moment why I cut that size) in View B.
I got it all sewed up and loved the pleated peplum, the princess seaming and the fabric but hated the huge sleeve cap. So I hung it on the back of my door where the rest of the unfinished garments that I plan to salvage are hanging out. I planned to unpick and remove the sleeve and narrow down the sleeve cap both on the bodice and the sleeve itself. Every time I looked at it I wanted to do it but the task seemed so overwhelming and I'm just not at the place where alterations (no matter how small) come easy.  I put it off and kept telling myself I will do it after the next garment, then the next, then..well you get the point...its 9 months later.
So this past Sunday I grabbed it tried it on asked my husband his opinion and he responded "Oh shoulder pads are back in style?' He was so serious, bless his heart.

  I decided to wear it as is because the likelihood of me "fixing" it were slim to none and I really liked it outside of the sleeves. So I got dressed and wore it to church even though I cringed about that boxy shoulder pad look.

Lesson here.. I understand the importance of making a muslin of items but I'm just to darn lazy to do it most times. I need to change that bad habit.

Sorry about the sloppy pics but I had been to church and lunch and grocery shopping and as an afterthought remembered to snap a few pics to share.
Despite the fashion consensus saying that peplums need to be buried I WILL be making this again in the correct size for a better fit.

I'm curious do you guys muslin every garment?
How long do you keep the muslins for? I cleaned out my office/sewing room and threw out about 5-6 garments I knew I would never ever finish.

That's it for now.