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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Faye's Carnival of Skirts - My Plan

I am participating in Faye's Carnival of Skirts sew-a-long. I am definitely late to the party but I wanted to post my sewing plan. I hope to complete at least three skirts by the deadline on Wednesday.

2 using Mimi G's Pencil skirt tutorial, one of which is already done; and

1 using B5466 below

If I'm really productive, I'll also try to knock out one of these B5566 skirts

I have joined just about every sew-a-long of Faye's and have yet to finish anything before deadline so I'm just happy I did it.  I'll post pictures soon.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Did you see it! Mimi has posted information for next years Meet, Shop and Learn event. I attended last year and it was phenomenal! Great fabric, great prices, great people, great fun! Hope to see you there.

Friday, October 19, 2012

M6612 - Reason No. 665,566,650 to love my fabric stash

I love this picture with Raven's pony tails and the shadows in it. Trying to get a picture without little people running through it has become very challenging.

I found out last night at about 10pm that my stepfather's funeral was today at 1:30 (long boring story). Of course, I had nothing to wear. (Actually, I tried on this dress, but since I didn't love it the first time, I loved it even less the second time) so I needed a dress. This dress was perfect since it is essentially M6559 and I have made that four times.

Now on to fabric. I have, like many of you learned that all ponte/double knit is not created equally and I can usually avoid being duped into buying the thin, crappy non-sumptuous versions that I don't like but a few weeks ago, during one of the sales I bought 3 yards of the black crappy stuff thinking I could use it to make leggings. I actually had it packaged up to return but in a pinch I had to use it. Lesson learned here: only buy ponte roma/double knit from trusted sources.

On the ride home, I was feeling pretty pleased with myself and pretty darn powerful.  There is so much power in the ability to create.  If this had happened during my sewing hiatus, I would have freaked out, gotten up super early and headed to the mall to spend way too much money on something sure to be mediocre.  Instead, I just had to flip through one of my beautifully organized pattern binders, hit the fabric stash and create!

Pattern Description: Close-fitting, pullover dresses have neckline/sleeve variations and narrow hem. A: elasticized side seams. D: double-layered collar.

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? Sort of. I made view D with the collar but made it short like view C.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Since this dress is essentially another version of my beloved 6559, after looking over the instructions to see how the collar was attached, I didn't need them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved how quickly this went together and how it was a little twist on the tank. I also loved the collar which oddly enough keeps you slightly warmer than a plain sleeveless dress.

Fabric Used: Ponte Double Knit (not the best quality but it worked).  My machine HATED this fabric and kept eating it so I ended up constructing the entire thing on the serger. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I shortened the dress to just above the knee and pegged the hem.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely be sewing this again . . . many times.

Conclusion: This pattern has so many options and this will make a great wardrobe staple.