Monday, March 31, 2014

Simplicity 6209 Dress - View B

Front view of the dress. 

I cut this pattern to size 8, and it turned out a bit too tight. Next time I'll either go for size 10, or be really stingy on the seams.

Back view of the dress.

Pattern cover. 

Overall, I really liked this pattern and I'll be making another dress soon. The instructions were fairly easy to follow. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Need 48 hours in my day...

Seriously! Why can't my day be 48 hours long? Oh how much I could get accomplished! Well, unfortunately my Simplicity 6209 dress wasn't completed this past weekend, but I sure did make some progress though. I'm pretty much left with inserting the zipper and the sleeves, and finishing off the hem.

Friday, March 21, 2014

What I've learned │ Stay Stitching is Important

I absolutely ignored the first step of my current project's instructions - stay stitching! It made no sense to me. Why would I waste time stitching a single layer of fabric? After stitching together the front yoke and back, I noticed that the shoulder seams were not correctly aligned. After doing some research, I found out that stay stitching is a technique used to make sure that the fabric does not stretch out of shape. The fabric that I'm using actually contains 7% spandex, which makes it stretchy. So, with stay stitching, you stitch a single layer of fabric, preferably right after cutting it, along curves.

Sewing....learning.....and more sewing!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Work In Process - Simplicity 6209 Dress

Debit Credit
Work In Process - Simplicity 6209 Dress 0.6yds
Materials 0.6yds
Completed back side seams, and shoulder seams with interfacing and lining
Materials - Simplicity 6209 Dress

Debit Credit  
Black Polyester fabric 2.5yds  
Interfacing 0.5yds  
Zipper 22in  
Gotta love accounting - you can tell a whole story with just numbers. I'm hoping to finish off this dress by this coming weekend.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Onto my sewing stash...

I love this U-neck dress pattern by Burda. This is definitely going onto my sewing stash.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

So many sewing blogs...

I would have never imagined that there were so many sewing blogs out there. I think I've been discovering a new blog just about every day. Its great to see so many women making their own clothes; it saves money and you get to wear what you like. I'm learning so much from all the sewists that are kind enough to blog about their sewing experiences and sharing great tips and advice. So far, some of my favorite blogs are:

1. Tilly and the Buttons - she's so creative! I love the learn to sew page on her blog.

2. The Sewing Fanatic - I dream of being able to sew like her someday!

3. Gertie's Blog For Better Sewing - tons and tons of tips and invaluable info.

4. Sewaholic - she also has lots of great tips and sewing instructions.

5. Erica B.'s DIY Style! - another creative one! I love her clothes.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fabric-shopping for my next project

I'm considering great quality, linen-blend fabric for my next project.

This green doesn't look too bad for a day dress.

This red may just be too bright for me...

Classic black for a simple black dress??

I really like this blue fabric with embroidered dots.

Not sure about this one??

Hmm, we'll see...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Simplicity 2481 Child Pajama Pants

I finished sewing my daughter's pajama pants! It's been quite an adjustment trying to fit sewing into my busy schedule. I'm going to move at a faster pace after this (fingers crossed), since I'm getting comfortable using my sewing machine. I'm still having issues with getting the correct tension for my stitches. I had to undo several lines of stitches because the tension was off.

Since the winter is almost over, I chose a lightweight cotton fabric for this project. My daughter loves ballet, hence the print selection.
There's a deep pocket on the left side.

I'll do a full pattern review when the top is done.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Inspiration of the Week!

Even though this pattern by Vogue is now out of print, I find it very inspirational!. These dresses would be great for work.

I wish Antonio Melani would sell his patterns too.

2 Things on my Sewing Wishlist (for now...)

Now that I got my sewing juices flowing (somewhat), I'm already thinking of my next sewing must-haves:

First is a Body Form -  I think every sewist just needs to have one. This is definitely a must-have in the very near future...

I've never used a Serger before, but I think its absolutely necessary for well-finished and professional looking seams. It also prevents fabrics from fraying. So, this is my must-have in the not-so-near future; in the meantime, I'll be taking advantage of the zig-zag stitches on my machine, and, of course, those beautiful french seams!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's all coming back to me...

Today I got a chance to cut out the pattern and the fabric. I had to refresh myself on some of the cutting basics and fortunately I found a lot of good tips from Tilly and the Buttons. For me, cutting the pattern pieces exactly has always worked out better; it makes my job easier when it comes time to cut out the fabric because I don't have to worry about the lines anymore. I pre-washed the fabric (cotton) - not much shrinkage, if at all.