Monday, December 27, 2010
As you guys know I've been a little preoccupied lately but not so much that I hadn't been thinking about what I would wear on Christmas. I was looking forward to getting out of sweats and PJ's which have been my standard uniform lately and at least try to get back to "me". Even though I know it may have been smarter to buy something, I wanted to make something because I wanted to have control over my look rather than spend too much money on something that wasn't made especially for me.
Oddly enough the day before I had my sweet baby girl, I saw this necklace
and I knew exactly what I would be wearing and the best part, I already had the pattern, fabric and I knew where to get the shoes for 30% off. SCORE!
Pattern Description: Misses has front bust darts, front and back waistline darts and back zipper closure.
Pattern Sizing: 8-22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Super easy although I didn't use them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the classic style of the dress. I also like that there is a girls pattern included in the envelope. Loved that there were only 4 pattern pieces especially since my sewing time is ultra limited with a newborn in the house. I also liked the V neck in the back that wasn't too low to wear a regular bra (I promise the hem is even in the back. I don't know what happened here but by the time I saw it in the picture I was on the couch in my comfy sweats). No dislikes.
Fabric Used: Stretch Shimmer Rayon Blend Shirting that I got from Fabric.com last year for $2.99 per yard.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: My standard FBA but when I make this again, I will shorten the bodice at the shoulder since there was some extra fabric there but given short period of time I had I'm happy with the outcome.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is definitely a pattern I need to trace because I will be making this again and again.
Conclusion: This is a fast an easy dress that can be casual or formal depending on the fabric used and accessories, a true TNT. Great for beginning sewers.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Little miss Raven Alexis is here. Born November 17, 3 weeks before she was due. I shouldn't have been suprised as I have not made it to a due date yet. She is a tiny little thing at 4lbs 4oz and 17.5 inches but she is healthy and after spending 5 days in the hospital trying to get her to eat on her own and trying to get my blood pressure under control we are both home and well and her appetite is growing by the day. We used to have to spend 15-30 minutes waking her up to feed (she's a sleepy little girl, I hope she maintains such good sleeping habits) and now she is waking up on her own before her feeding time so I am one happy mama. My mom and husband have been great and I couldn't be more thankful for all they have done for me. I am also thankful for all the support and well wishes I have received from all of you. I am looking forward to resting and then getting back to sewing so I can make fabulous things for me and my sweet little baby girl.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Now I'm looking for a pattern I can morph into this or something very similar. Any ideas?
Monday, August 2, 2010
My knit dress doesn't exactly camouflage my bump like Katie's because you can definitely tell somethings growing under there but I do think it flows nicely and is uber comfortable.
I brought along this cropped white cardigan to wear in the air conditioned buildings.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Okay I exagerated a little. I started making this dress about 11 months ago right after finishing this version. Then I got distracted by other projects, plus this one is made from an ITY knit and I wasn't quite sure it would wear as nicely as the last one. Through out the months, I would pick it up and complete a step or two, pin this, stitch that until finally I decided to finish it because the other dress actually works well in my somewhat limited Summer maternity wardrobe. I guess better late than never.
Pattern Description: Empire waist dresses A, B, C, D have hemmed, scoop necklines, side seam pockets and elastic casing at waist; dresses A, C and D have hemmed armholes; dress A has contrast bodice and hem band; dress B has sleeves gathered to sleeve band.
Pattern Sizing: B5(8-10-12-14-16), RR(18W-20W-22W-24W)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mostly, I omitted the elastic at the waist. I don't need anything binding on my growing belly.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Instructions were super easy. I didn't really need them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that this dress had pockets and that it went together so quickly (in theory at least).
Fabric Used: ITY Knit
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added two inches to the bodice length and one inch to the width to make sure I had full bust coverage. I had already re-drafted the pattern pieces the last time I made this so it made this part a breeze.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably won't make this again since this is my second one but I would definitely recommend it. It's so comfortable.
Conclusion: This dress is confortable, easy to sew and can be used easily as a maternity dress with minimal adjustment and still work as a transitional garment after baby.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
A proud moment indeed -- that is until this happened.
This is what happens when I sit, bend or otherwise move in the skirt. I think part of it has to do with the fabric being a stretch suiting but do you have any other ideas about why this is happening?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I like View B which I plan to make in a black stretch suiting. I finally found 7" nickel zippers so I think I'll be good to go.
I also want to make eitherB5284 or
M5968 to wear with a pencil skirt I plan to make from a gray wool blend suiting with light blue pinstripes. I'm leaning toward the McCalls version but it will depend on which one I have to do the least amount to (since I have alter every pattern I use). If I get these things done, I will feel so accomplished because I really am pretty fatigued so I need to be getting a little bit of rest while I'm at it.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very simple although the front facing for the keyhole was a bit odd. You actually cut the keyhole after you have stitched the facing at the neck line and along the stitching lines for the keyhole which means you really need to mark your pattern pieces well and pin down the facing piece well so that you get the key hole in the right place because once you cut it, you're stuck with it.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
M6037 - Even though I've never made or worn a caftan in life, I always like the idea of having something like this to lounge in and to run to the post office or grocery store if necessary.
M6035 - I love the shirt on the model and the view at the bottom. I was forced to buy a white shirt for pics with my siblings and loved it so now I'm on a mission to add several different styles of white shirts to my wardrobe.
M6031 - I like the the neckline on the peach top in the middle. Don't know if I'll actually buy this one, but I thought it was cute.
Friday, January 1, 2010
2 Tops (first ever)
1 Baby Sling
I've also realized a few things about my sewing self this year.
1. I am a very slow sewer. I used to start projects a day or two before I needed to wear them and then get all bummed out because I couldn't get them done or they turned out to be wadders for one reason or another (fit, style, etc.). Now I realize I need to start at least a month in advance if I want to make something for a specific event.
2. Even though it slows me down more, I like to watch TV while I sew.
3. When in doubt, make a muslin. I used to think I could do without a muslin to save time. ROFL!!!!!!!
4. I feel better when I am wearing clothes I've made for myself.
5. If I have a snowballs chance in H#$%at making it to PR Weekend in Philadelphia, I have got to stop buying fabric, seriously, I have spent more $$$$ on fabric this year than I care to admit, most of which is still folded and stacked.
6. The more I sew the better I get at it.
Armed with my revelations and the support of my sewing cyber friends, I am excited to see what we all will create in the coming year.
2010 here I come!