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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Newlook 6053

This winter I picked up 2 yards of this Joel Dewberry Bungalow rayon challis from 

I love the colours in the fabric and envisioned a maxi skirt. Unfortunately I didn't look at a maxi skirt pattern first as 2 yards is nowhere near enough. Enter Newlook 6053 view D. 

I made this pattern once before. It's a pretty simple skirt that fits nicely and comes together quickly. Even faster if you don't sew in your invisible zipper upside down like me! The pattern actually calls for a regular zipper but I had a matching invisible zip in stash. 

Not too much else to cover on this one. I love the feel of rayon challis, so soft. 

I'm still deciding what I'm going to sew next :)

A recent failure

Failures are a part of the sewing game but it's such a let down when they happen. Vogue 8881 is a pattern that I must give a big thumbs down to. When I looked online for reviews there were hardly any. 

I loved view A and thought it would make a great summer top. There is a huge amount of ease in this pattern. Side note I find this seems to always occur in patterns sized small, medium, large, etc. 
The neckline is also way too low, I can see my bra! 
I'm sad also I wasted this lovely knit fabric from Girl Charlee. I'm hoping I can maybe get a t-shirt out of the leftover fabric, we will see. 

Ottobre 2/2012 Beverly

I had leftover fabric from my last dress so I went searching through all my patterns. A couple of years ago I had a subscription to Ottobre magazine but canceled after not many successful makes. I decided to give the magazine another shot and made up Beverly from 02/2012 issue. 

And I had the same problem as before.....a crazy amount of ease! I made my usual size 40 bust and 42 waist/hips. After trying it on, I ended up taking it in 2 1/2"!!! And it's still loose fitting.  I don't get why so much ease is drafted in these pattters. There's a very cute coat in one of the issues that I was considering but I don't know if I want to bother fitting it. 
The finished tunic is nice and I will wear it. It's easy to adjust fit on a knit but a tailored item would be much more difficult.  

My Image M1409

Yesterday I finished sewing my very first make from a My Image magazine. This magazine isn't available in Canada (we only have one book chain and they don't carry it) so I only have 3 issues, 2 that I ordered and 1 that I won from Fehr Trade. 

There are many nice patterns in the magazines and the same pattern is shown more than once with different styling/fabric. The directions are brief but quite clear. 

I sewed up M1409 from the Spring/Summer 2014 issue. 

It was fairly easy to trace the pattern but I'm used to that as I sew a fair amount of Burda magazine. The dress came together quickly and the pattern seems to be drafted with similar ease to Burda as I traced my usual size 40 bust and 42 waist/hips and got a perfect fit. 

I love the fit as the darts in the back are perfect. It's a nice style and I think I will get a lot of wear out of this dress. 

I'm going to have to take a closer look at the My Image magazines to see what else I can make up. 

Side note, have you ever lost things in your sewing room? I cannot find my thread clippers anywhere and I know they are in this room!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Simplicity 3503

Another summer dress made! This time I used Simplicity 3503 using view A. I used this pattern a few years ago to make view F. 

This pattern has ALOT of ease in the waist and hips. I made my usual size 14 on the top but sized down from a 16 to 14 for the waist and hips. 

It's a pretty easy make but has more style than my last make. 

The fabric used is the same as the last make in a red colour way. It's a poly ITY knit. I prefer cotton or rayon lyra knits over poly but I got it at a bargain price and liked the colours. 

I got another knit dress cut out and a top cut out last night so sometime soon I'll have more makes to show you :)

McCalls 6559

McCalls 6559 is a simple super easy tank dress. It took no time at all to sew this one up.  I sewed my usual size 14 on top blending to a size 16 at the waist down. 

The pattern has you simply fold over the neckline and armholes but made some bais binding instead for a nicer finish. 

I don't think it's the most flattering dress I've ever made but it's comfortable and good for weekend wear. I would possibly make this pattern again. 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Marcy Tilton Vogue 8904

Hello.....there's been lots of sewing but very little blogging. I'm going to catch up the blog over the next few days. 

First up is a Marcy Tilton pattern Vogue 8904. 

I'm not a fan of most of Tilton sisters patterns but this one caught my eye. Side note, have you been on their website? I drool over the beautiful fabrics pretty much weekly. The postage to Canada I'm sure would be outrageous but I think this winter when my parents are living in Arizona I'm going to buy some fabric and ship it to them. 

According to the reviews online this pattern has a lot of negative ease. Keeping that I mind I sized up size 16 on top and a size 18 waist down. It worked out perfectly.  Also, Communing with Fabrics blog has a wonderful step by step on how to layout and cut your fabric. I followed it rather than the directions. 

The pictures on the dress form are terrible as the dress didn't fit well on it but looks amazing in real life and I got lots of compliments.  

I purchased the fabric from Girl Charlee, it's really nice fabric. Too bad the shipping was so expensive or I would be ordering most of my knits from them.