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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Looking toward Spring

I definitely ready to be done with the "polar vortex" (unless we get a visit from an actual snow storm), so it's fun to sew styles suited to spring.

I stitched up three tops and two slips for me and the leggings to go with a top I have ready to sew for Gracie.

Burda 6964 includes two full slips, a cami, and a half slip. I purchased some black and white performance knits and made two versions of view A. (There will not be a photo of the white one, but I figured out why I had some gaping on the black one and corrected that on the white one by pulling my FOE tighter as a sewed it on.) I think these will be great under more sheer knit dresses - esp. if the bodice is low cut!

Butterick 5354 is a previously made pattern that I decided would work well with this awesome border print I purchased in NYC's garment district last summer.

Vogue 8581 is another top from garment district fabric. This is quick to make until you hand-stitch the neckline down. Even so, I will almost definitely pull this out again.

I have a third top cut and ready to sew from my garment district purchases, but it will have to wait until I sew one more item that requires the white serger thread since I will need to switch back to black. I really like to avoid switching that mess (even when tying on the thread) when I can.

I sewed up Vogue 1306 (a Rebecca Taylor design), view B, in this wonderful chevron knit. I could have definitely gone down a size, but if it shrinks any I'm covered. If it doesn't, I might take in the sides slightly. I also used this fabric for pedal pusher leggings and accents on a white tank style tunic for Gracie (from a La Mia Boutique pattern). I want to add some embroidery to the top pre-construction, so that is jamming up my progress on my last top for me. Overall, it is still a very productive sewing weekend.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Channeling Michelle and Hillary

Friends, it was a good sewing weekend.

I started off with a trip to Hancock Fabrics to purchase a zipper to complete a navy polka dot dress as well as to hit the pattern sale. I scored - every new Vogue, McCall's, and Simplicity that I had been eyeing up, as well as some notions, lining, fashion fabric - and yes the zipper.

When I got home, I started in on the dress, a Palmer/Pletch pattern (McCall's 6834). I love the fit and flare silhouette and was able to get a great fit once I adjusted for a full bust, but took out some extra width (all I needed was extra length in the bust). I think this turned out fabulous. I might even try wearing it with this great red patent leather belt - and maybe a cardigan before the weather warms up. (a.k.a., the Michelle Obama look - that woman can rock a dress!)

I had enough material left to make Gracie a cute little Butterick 5776 dress since she also loved the fabric. I used rick rack to embellish the hem and create a flower at the neckline.

My second big project of the three day weekend was more Hillary Clinton than Michelle Obama. Yes, I sewed a pants suit. One color, head to toe, works. I used Simplicity 2446, an Amazing Fit pattern, for the jacket. The pants are from Vogue 1293.

My only complaint there was that they ended up shorter than I prefer, so I ended up adding the cuffs as a facing to get the length where I wanted it.

I purposefully made the pants suit in red. I had purchased this fabric near the start of the school year, but the project got sidelined by Disney sewing. Now, however, I was glad to jump it up to the front of the production line. After all, it's RED for ED - supporting public education as a North Carolina teacher is a BIG deal. We have been crapped on by our state legislature and the governor big time, and RED for ED Wednesdays is an ongoing thing this year. I also want to look professional when I got to events and still represent the fight for education in this state!

So, now my sewing stack is clear...time to grab some fabric and get inspired!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sweet & trendy

McCall's 6785 - done in Patsy Aiken knits

Did I mention that they have closed their outlet in Raleigh? Waaah!

 Why, yes, this pattern IS twirly!

Did I also mention how much I have loved getting my daughter premade hairbows to match these wonderful fabrics??? OMG - I am going to miss that outlet!

We also got a rainbow loom and started making those little bracelets from rubber bands. My Daughter insisted we make one for her stuffed monkey - aw!

On grown-up sewing notes, I just made up the leggings from a new Today's Fit pattern (V1376). My first pair is a wearable muslin, but a total win! I also have a dress mid-construction that I would have finished...if I had the right zipper. Ugh! I have loads of zippers, but not a dress length navy invisible one. I hate it when that happens. I won't have time to hit the fabric store to get one until next weekend either.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Stepping up my embellishment game for the new year

I didn't get a lot of (non-Disney-related) sewing done in the last third of 2013, and I spent the last week of the year doing a LOT of home organization. I finally got around to finishing a few 2013 projects and embarking on some lovely new things for 2014.

First up, I had three new tops for me cut and ready to go, but I had put them on hold to complete pre-Disney projects.

McCall's 6796 has such an interesting collar treatment - made in a light gray rayon jersey.

For Simplicity 1539, I made view E in a cream ribbed knit with exposed back zipper.

The second version of S1539, view F, is made from a cotton-lycra jersey knit and embellished with a rosmaling design from I constructed part of the top, embroidered, and then finished construction. I will have to try this again. I love the results.

 For my next project, I cut out a gymnastics/cheer ensemble for my 6 1/2 year old daughter. The leotard is Jalie 2792. I even made the scrunchie included in the pattern. The fabric is royal blue stretch velvet and a sparkly, patriotic print stretch velvet. She looks like she is ready for the Olympics - so cute!

I made view C which has a square neckline in front and an open back area with a high fastening at the neck. It called for a swimwear hook for closure, but the velvet worked better with two sew-on snaps.

She likes to wear a braid, but I think she's going to appreciate having her hair up once she realizes how much better it will stay put!

She's still working on her splits, and she loves to wear little shorts with her leos at gymnastics. Those same shorts will also work well as tumbling shorts with a crop top for cheer.

The shorts are Jalie 3022 (which is fast becoming a TNT pattern in my arsenal). The top is the leotard pattern - Jalie 3138 - cropped at the lengthen/shorten line. I added an iron-on "cheer" embellishment in sparkly little rhinestones.

Next up is a tunic and leggings combo for Gracie in pretty, printed knits. Then, I might move on to a Vogue Today's Fit leggings pattern for me.