Sunday, July 15, 2018

McCall's 7436 Top

 This pattern has been on my radar for so long and I'm glad I finally got around to making it. I made a combination of views A (sleeves) and C (ties). The fabric is a silk blend that my co-worker brought from China back in 2016. It was very slippery but ironed so well and has just the right amount of drape needed for this pattern. Next time I'd like to make it with view D ties. 
The pattern is loose-fitting and was easier to make than I initially thought it would be. The fabric is cool and was comfortable to wear in the heat. I wore the top with jeans today and it looked great with them, too.
I finally ordered a copy of Tilly's first book, Love at First Stitch and it arrived a few weeks ago. I can't wait to try the patterns that came with it. The book has great reviews and from what I can tell so far, it's easy to see why. It has a wealth of information, along with great pictures to follow along.
Have a wonderful week, and happy sewing.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Chairy Orchard

I discovered a neat little place called The Chairy Orchard here in north Texas. It's literally an orchard full of chairs, hence the name. I just thought it was such a creative idea! There's every kind of chair you can think of. It was created by two women who were neighbors for more than 40 years and had an empty lot between their homes. So they decided to create this little treasure. I took my kids there and boy did they love it! It was a fun place to visit and take pictures.
 I'm wearing my latest version of Butterick 5235. I've made this pattern many times but my old versions no longer fit, so I need to make more. One thing that's been missing in my wardrobe was a simple black dress. I used suiting fabric, which I purchased from JoAnn. I actually bought several different colors because I plan to make more versions of this dress. They're so useful for work and the ones I made a few years ago were worn quite a lot.
I loved the stacked up chairs! Visitors are allowed to re-arrange the chairs as they wish. Also, anyone can add more chairs if they like. 
Look at that giant chair!! Very fitting for Texas☺☺.
Some of the chairs are really old, but they look so neat. 
There are even chairs on the fence! I love the American liberty/justice chair. 
I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy sewing!!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Simplicity 8511 │View A Dress

 This is another one of those Simplicity patterns that had a display number on my pattern envelope. I'm glad I now know about those ☺; I was able to get the 'real' pattern number from the tissue. It has four different sleeve styles - all of which are really beautiful. I decided to try view A first, but I really want to make view B as well. The pattern has a neck band; I didn't like the way it looked on my dress so I took it off, which left me with a more open neckline. I love it with the more open neckline especially with the warm weather that we have right now. It's the only change I made to the pattern.
The sleeves are my favorite part of the dress. Big sleeves seem to be in fashion lately. The ruffles were fun to make, but they used up a lot of fabric. I used a navy ponte knit from JoAnn. It's fairly warm so the dress will work well during cooler Fall temperatures, too.
(I still need to add a hook at the top of the zipper ☺)
On the back there are some wrinkles because of more lines and this fabric just seemed to work better with less lines. The raglan sleeves, back darts, center back seam and hem were just too much detail on the back for this fabric. Next time I'll choose a different type of fabric. However, I really loved its drape - it worked great for the ruffles.
Have a wonderful week! Happy sewing!!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Simplicity D0882 Dress - View A

  I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it. It has two skirt variations and two bodice variations. I love all the views but this time I went with view A. Because of the fabric I used, I skipped the lining, which made it a really quick sew. I plan on wearing this to an afternoon wedding event next Saturday. I'm tempted to go ahead and make a second version before putting the pattern away. I have the same fabric in a different color and I think it would also look great with this pattern. 
I couldn't find this pattern on the Simplicity website and there aren't many reviews on it online, which is quite surprising because it really is a great pattern. The only problem I had during construction was my fault - I attached the invisible zipper the wrong way on one side. I hope to see other sewists' versions soon.
I love the v-neckline at the back. My fabric is so busy it's hard to see the pattern details. I tried to zoom in the picture. 
Happy Mother's day to all the moms in the sewing community. You guys rock! Have a wonderful week and happy sewing!!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Simplicity 8092 Pants │View A

Oh I just love these pants so much! They are so so comfortable and were quite easy to make. I had them almost done a few weeks ago but I fell under the weather because of our roller coaster weather here in Texas. It's been so crazy but I think spring has finally settled in. These are my first wide-leg pants, either bought or made. I now love this style of pants. Mine turned out a bit different from the pattern because I didn't realize that the pleats were supposed to be on the inside. Ahem, that's what you get for not carefully reading the instructions. I didn't realize my mistake until they were almost done. Nonetheless, I still love how they look and this is definitely a pattern that I'll revisit in the future.
I'm wearing them here with the S1364 top that I made recently from the same fabric. I was a bit worried that they would look like pajamas together, but I think this works pretty well. The pants have a band at the waist and I'm so pleased with the fit. My goal is to make at least 3 more pairs of pants this year and time-permitting, also take a fitting course on Craftsy. In the meantime I've been watching a lot of Mimi G videos on YouTube; she's super helpful.
Hope you have a wonderful week. Happy sewing!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Another Simplicity 1364 Top

I made another version of S1364; this is the third time that I've made this pattern. The last two versions were view A with sleeves; both have been worn to death. It's such a great pattern and quite popular in the sewing community. It's a very quick sew but can make a nice top to go with just about anything. I specifically made this one to go with a pair of pants that I'm currently working on. I found this beautiful faux suede fabric at JoAnn, which I purchased in coral. I bought enough to make a top and a pair of pants. I can't wait to see how it'll look together. The fabric has great drape and feels so great on the skin. 
I think I like the sleeveless version much more; hopefully I'll make more to wear this summer. For the pants I'm using S8092; I'm yet to read the reviews on it but it appears to be quite simple. 
Hope you guys have a wonderful week. Happy sewing!!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Simplicity 1887 Pants │View A

I made myself a pair of pants! I'm very pleased with how these turned out, given that they're my first self-made pair. This pattern has been around for quite some time but I only discovered it at a recent pattern sale at JoAnn. I read a couple of reviews on the pattern prior to making it and many people complained about the sizing being too big. Wow, they were not exaggerating at all! I'm a size 10 but I cut size 8 and it was still too big. I took out about 3 inches from each pant side. I don't like my clothes too tight so I still have a bit of room for any weight gain. Other than being too big, it really is a great pattern and I plan to make more versions. My wardrobe needs a lot of pants right now (other than jeans) and this pattern can be a great TNT for a quick sew. Brittany has a great video tutorial on view D of the pattern, which is a skirt. But it's very useful even if you're making the pants because the process is the same for the band and the pockets. Thanks Brittany!
I'm wearing the pants here with a RTW top and a RTW jacket that I was given my sister (#ThanksConnie!). The pants band has elastic on the sides, which makes the pants very comfortable. The pockets are really large and so easy to insert. Below are close-ups of the top part of the pants; it's hard to tell from the above pics but they're also pleated:
There's a little bit of gaping at the back, which I get even with RTW high-waisted pants since my waist is fairly small. But it's not quite visible when I'm wearing them. 
I also bought another pants pattern that I plan on making next. Happy sewing everyone!