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!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

B6060 Skirt & M2818 Top

I had planned on wearing this outfit to a wedding I attended last Saturday,  but unfortunately I couldn't get the skirt done on time. I still had to attach the lining and do the hem. I used B6060 peplum skirt [View D], which is a very simple pattern. I cut size 12 but ended up grading it down to a 10. The fabric is medium weight and it frayed a lot; I'm so glad to be done with it. However, I really love the fabric design and quality; I think it gave the finished garments a classy look. Both the top and skirt are fully lined.
For the top I used M2818, which I made in black before. This time I made view C but I closed the v-shaped edges at the bottom. I fell in love with this top pattern when I made it before, and I wish I'd made more versions sooner. I found some pretty gold buttons at JoAnn that went really well with the fabric. This top covers the peplum a bit, but the great thing is that I can also wear the skirt with a different top.
Anyway, I ended up wearing a RTW dress to the wedding that I bought from Ross. The fabric has a very pretty design and worked so well as a backup outfit.
Of course I've to show you the bride's dress! It was pure perfection!
Happy sewing everyone!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Inspiration │African Print in Fashion

       There were so many beautiful African print outfits at the SA premier of the movie Black Panther. I'm saving these on my page for future reference. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Simplicity 8053 View E Shirt

I made another version of S8053; this pattern comes with so many variations, most of which I really like. My first version has been worn so many times so I wanted to make another one. This one is view E of the pattern with a v-neckline and it was much quicker to make than view A, which has a collar. Once again I forgot to match the lines prior to cutting the fabric, but the fabric is so busy to where it doesn't look too bad. JoAnn had an amazing sale on plaids recently so I got 1.5 yards of this fabric for a little over $5. I also bought it in green, which I'd like to use to make view A again.

I love, love the v-neckline. I didn't make any changes to the pattern. I already had it cut to size 8 from the previous version but Simplicity patterns come with a lot of ease so it still fits really well and is quite comfortable. There's a pleat at the back, although it doesn't show very well on the plaid.

For my next project I'm working on B6060 skirt and M2818 top.

Have a wonderful week and happy sewing!!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

McCalls M7085 Tweed Dress

I feel like a million bucks! I really love how this dress turned out. It took me a bit longer than usual because it's fully lined, which is something I've fallen in love with so I plan to line most of my dresses from now on. I made view F with three-quarter length sleeves and a princess neckline. The finished garment measurements stated on the pattern were exact and there's no ease at all; I cut size 12 and needed every bit of it! Initially I wanted to make a wrap dress but I only had a 1.5 yards of fabric so it wasn't enough. I'm glad that didn't work out because I think this design worked much better for the fabric.

The only modification I made to the pattern was the addition of square pockets on the front, which was suggested by my sister. She thought that having pockets with gold buttons would add a youthful feel to the tweed dress, and I'm really glad I went with it because it looks so much better with the pockets.
The fabric is medium weight, and with the dress being fully lined, it's really warm and perfect for our mild Texas winters. Wearing it during summer will be almost impossible so I'm glad we still have a few months for me to enjoy wearing it. I mentioned in my previous post that my co-worker brought this fabric from China and she's been looking forward to seeing it as a garment. I can't wait to wear it to work on Monday.
Overall this was an easy sew and I can see myself making another version. The fit is perfect and the dress is very comfortable.The pattern actually has six different views so I think a summer version of the dress would be great. 
I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of January, and happy sewing!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone! I hope you're all having a great start to 2018. Over here we've had colder than usual temperatures for this time of the year. I hear things are much worse in the east coast. I'm quite excited about the new year and I'm hoping to accomplish much more this year in terms of sewing. I completed my Master's in Business Administration last December, so my schedule has certainly freed up quite a bit. I plan to use the extra time towards building my wardrobe. I'll mostly be focused on basics for both cold and warm weather. I still haven't established a proper sewing plan and you guys have really encouraged me with how thoughtfully you plan out your sewing. So within the next few weeks I'm going to take the time to think about what exactly I want to make, write it down and develop a plan for getting it done. I think that'll help to keep me in track.

Currently I'm working on McCalls 7085. It's a simple pattern and very popular in the blogosphere. Another one of my co-workers went home to China in November and brought me winter fabric. A different co-worker brought me summer fabric when she went home back in 2016. I still haven't used up that last stash and now I have more fabric from China. It's amazing how much cheaper they get it over there. Unlike the way we buy it here, over there you can get fabric for as cheap as your negotiation skills will allow you. The one that I'm using for M7085 is a red tweed/boucle. My only concern is that the pattern details don't show very well on the outside of the fabric, so I'm hoping that the dress will still turn out great. Below is a picture of the dress front on the inside:

The dress will be fully lined. I found a perfect match for the lining at Walmart. Anyway, in other sewing news - Elle magazine announced in December that Project Runway is expanding to South Africa. The show will feature 12 local designers competing for the top spot. I hope to catch the episodes on YouTube. I wonder if other countries will be included in the future. 

Until next time - happy sewing ☺☺!