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 ☺☺!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Simplicity 3833 Dress

Hi folks! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I can't believe fall is around the corner and I didn't get to sew as much as I had planned for summer. This dress was part of my summer sewing plans and I finally got the chance to complete it. I really love the fabric - my co-worker brought it from China last year. It's very soft and feels great on the skin, plus it irons so beautifully. Since the fabric is so busy with the florals, I wanted to use a simple pattern with it - too much detail wouldn't show anyway. The pattern is a 1960s retro and really makes a quick sew; I made view C.

The fabric does wrinkle quickly, though. This was after wearing it to church. I wish I'd made it earlier in the summer, but we still have about two months of warm weather so I'll still be able to wear it a couple of times. 

I definitely want to make at least 2 more versions of this dress, and I think a heavier fall fabric could work, too. Now I need to work on my fall plans 😉.

Happy Sewing!! 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another African Shirt For My Husband

I made another African shirt for my husband - yay! I'm starting to get the hang of making mens' basic shirts. It really goes much quicker than when I make my own clothing. I had some leftover fabric from a dress that I made for my sister-in-law. I definitely want to make more of these shirts. My husband and I really like African fabrics. I have another ankara print that I'm still deciding what to make with it. 

I used the first shirt I made for him as the pattern for this one, but lengthened it a bit. The fabric is lightweight cotton so it's perfect for our hot and humid weather in Texas. Now I can get back to making something for myself, lol. 

I hope you're all having a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Inspiration │ Decorating Garments with Embroidery

This week in China there was a fashion show for garments decorated with Chinese embroidery. Their embroidery is hand-made using many different types of silk threads. This particular fashion show was for a type of embroidery called 'Suzhou', which was developed in Suzhou, China, more than 2000 years ago. I like how they were able to incorporate embroidery into the garments without making them look too much over-the-top. 

It's amazing how much time and dedication they put towards making the embroidery. Most of the Suzhou embroidery art features flowers and birds. 

My sewing machine doesn't have embroidery features, but I wonder how much decoration can be done using modern sewing machines. If done right, the embroidery can really make a garment stand out. 

Hope you're all having a wonderful week. Happy sewing!! 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Simplicity 1618 Top View C │ Wearable Muslin

Hey everybody, I'm back with a muslin version of S1618 - view C with a cold shoulder. I really like this style and it seems to be trending a lot this summer. I cut size medium, and the pattern has a lot of ease - for my final version I'll go with small. I also need an easier-to-handle type of knit, or just leave the seams unserged. I serged the center front and back seams and it caused wrinkling and pulling that wouldn't completely iron out even with a steam iron. The pattern is pretty simple, though, and the top comes together quickly. The cold shoulder wasn't as challenging as I thought it would be. 

From the side view you can tell how loose it is . The fabric is very comfortable so it makes a great top to wear at home and while running errands. I'm so behind on my summer sewing - I need a bunch of tops. Hopefully I can get a few done in the next couple of weeks. 
Part of the reason why I haven't been sewing is that we lost my father-in-law last month and it's been such a sad time for the family. I lost all my sewjo when it happened and I'm slowly trying to get back to normal. 

Hope you're all having a wonderful week. Happy sewing!

Friday, March 17, 2017

McCall's M5847 Denim Dress

My first time sewing with denim - yay! I always thought denim would be difficult to handle because it's so bulky but it was actually very easy to sew with. I love the pinstripe denim; I knew right away that I wanted to make a shirtdress. I used McCall's 5847, which I've had for quite some time so I'm glad I finally got to it. Warning - this pattern involves a lot of hand sewing, so if you don't like to sew by hand then you may want to stay away. Other than that it's a really great pattern and the instructions were easy to follow. I made view A and the only change I made was to skip the pockets. I think the pinstripe really doesn't need a lot of detail. 

I'm very pleased with the way it turned out so I'll definitely be making more versions of this pattern. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Happy sewing!