Sunday, January 10, 2016

Creating What You Need with New Look 6789

Aloha Dear Readers,

Mahalo for stopping by!  While I was on break for the Christmas and New Year's holiday, I had a chance to visit a discount retail store where I found a Cable and Gage knit top.  The last time I found this exact style, which is a favorite of mine, was a couple of years ago.  You can imagine how delighted I was to discover that it was just my size, in excellent shape, and in a print I adore.  I still want to figure out how to come up with the pattern so that I can start to make this style myself.  For now, I snapped up the top and immediately went "shopping" in my fabric stash to find some material to make a suitable skirt to go with it.

I found a medium-weight rayon suit fabric in a slightly off-white color with a chevron pattern woven in.  I bought about 4 yards of this fabric several years ago from Fashion Fabric Club online, and I think it was between $6.00-$8.00 a yard.  It was perfect for the top.  I had already pre-washed and dried the fabric too, so it was instantly ready to go!  Now to find the perfect skirt pattern,  I decided on New Look 6789, View E, which was also in my pattern stash.  I made my usual, a size 10, and made no adjustments to the pattern.

Rayon Suiting Fabric
Although this is a medium weight fabric, I decided to line the skirt even though the pattern doesn't call for it, because white tends to be see through.

Slippery Knit Lining attached to White Muslin waistband lining
This skirt is worn 1" below the waist, and has an invisible zipper in the side seam.   The pattern calls for a lapped zipper installation, which I hardly ever do.  The skirt is also cut on the bias.  Here is the final look showing the side with the zipper.

I am certain this skirt will see lots of wear with lots of different tops!  It is definitely a versatile addition to my work wardrobe.  Have a magnificent week!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Just In Time Kwik Sew 2573

Aloha Again,

I was able to slip in one more project before returning to work tomorrow.  It is a skirt made from a mid- weight, acrylic/wool blend.  This was also purchased a couple of years ago, along with the Christmas fabric that you saw a couple of posts back.  Since it too is loosely woven, I lined the skirt pieces with a lightweight, black, cotton fabric for longevity.   Here is a close-up of the fabric, and it also shows the cute pocket flaps.  I pre-washed and dried this fabric so that I wouldn't have to dry clean it.

I used Kwik Sew 2573, the skirt from View C.  I made two alterations to the pattern.  I lengthened the skirt by 2 inches and I increased the waist on the size Small by 2.5 inches.  Kwik Sew includes sizes XS to XL, and I am generally a size Small in this pattern line.  Some of the older patterns, like this one, have tiny waists!  What caught my eye about this skirt pattern was the cute pocket flaps and the wide waistband.  I added shiny buttons to my pocket flaps for fun.

The wide waistband provided great shaping.  The invisible zipper is on my left side.

Decorative Pocket Flaps (no pockets underneath)

Back is just one piece.

Invisible Zipper and Hand Hemmed.

Once again I was able to match the plaid all the way around.  I am so glad I took the time to do that!
Here is how I will wear this skirt tomorrow.  The pink cardigan picks up the pink in the skirt and buttons.  Both tops are RTW.  I hope you all are having a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year with Vogue 8962

Aloha Again,

I hope your New Year is off to a tremendous start!  I feel thankful that I had the opportunity to try out a new pattern to get my year started.  I ordered this one just a few weeks ago, and I really like both tops.  For my first version I started out with top A and skirt C.  Below is up-close photos of the fabrics I used.

Neckline finished with 5/8" narrow hem.

Skirt finished with 1 1/4" hem double-stitched.

Skirt slit with 5/8" narrow hem at seam.
The fabric for the top is a burnout cotton/polyester knit that I recently acquired from Fabric Mart (which they still currently have for $7.99/yd) when all of their knits went on sale for 50% off.  Hopefully you can see that there are some dots of bling scattered throughout.  The skirt fabric is a lightweight, stretch denim and it has been in my stash for a long time.  I don't remember where I got this fabric, but it was perfect for this pattern.

This is advertised as a Very Easy Vogue pattern, and I would say that it really is easy.  I carefully cut out the size 10 for both the top and skirt and was pleasantly surprised with the fit as well as how perfectly each piece went together.  Something to note however is that I only turned the hem of the sleeve up 3/4" instead of 1 1/4".  If I had turned it up the whole way the sleeves would have been too short for my liking.  Also, instead of hemming the top 1 1/4", I trimmed the bottom so that I could do a 5/8" narrow hem, like I did for the neckline.  In the future, I will change the neckline so that it is not so wide.  You can see, in the photos below, that sometimes my undergarment straps peek out.  This can be easily remedied in future versions by adding about 5/8" all the way around the neckline.  In the end, I am extremely happy with the pattern and the look of the final outfit.  The top has the potential to look like a maternity top (and to be used as one), but sometimes I'm in the mood to wear things like this, so it doesn't bother me.  I also think this top would be fantastic for leggings since it is so long.


Thanks for stopping by and for your comments on the Christmas skirt.  I am looking forward to being more engaged with you all in the coming year! 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Christmas Eve Skirt

As promised, I'm back with a little color!  It was time to pull out some Christmas fabric purchased a couple of years ago from Fabric Mart.

Isn't that green tinsel festive?  Festive could have quickly become scratchy if I hadn't backed the fabric with cotton muslin.  Also, this fabric was fairly loosely woven, so the cotton gave it more stability.  I kept things simple with this busy plaid and used New Look 6130, view E.  Instead of placing the zipper on the side seam, I placed it in the center back.

Here are some in progress pictures during construction.  
Backing fabric with white cotton muslin.
Preparing the back vent.
Invisible zipper and two small back darts.  Waist finished with twill tape per the instructions. 
Back vent showing the hem stitched in place by hand. 
And here is the finished skirt worn with a purchased sweater.  I was able to match the plaid at the center back and side seams for a continuous look all the way around the skirt.  The only alteration I made to the size 10 was to take the side seams in by an extra 3/8", which meant the side seams were 1" instead of 5/8".  I love it and will keep it as long as it will last.  

Mele Kalikimaka Online Ohana!

Enjoy Celebrating!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

McCall's 6993 Circa 1933

Aloha Everyone,

It's great to be back with you and so good to be finished with this project.  Not that it was a difficult skirt to construct, but I was literally sewing a few minutes here and a few minutes there over the last two months.  I desperately wanted to move onto something else, because the black was darkening my mood and mojo.  However, black skirts are such a wardrobe staple and the easiest thing for me to throw together into a pleasing outfit when other areas of my life are crowding out the desire to be thoughtful in how to put together different items in my closet.  Yep, I don't think I'll be abandoning black skirts….ever, but will probably keep adding interesting shapes and designs to satisfy that constant craving for something unique even on those brain-depleted days.  

So without further ado, here is my completed version:

And here are the skirt close-ups on the hangar.  The fabric is an inexpensive piece of rayon/polyester gabardine (I think) from Fashion Fabrics Club online.  I am so pleased with the pattern.  I cut a size 10 and made no alterations other than to take up a 3/8" side seam, giving myself just a bit more room in the waist.  However, I actually think I could probably take up the normal 5/8" seam in future renditions of this pattern, particularly in a loosely woven fabric.  I hope to make another one in a nicer fabric someday. 
Skirt front
Skirt back with invisible zipper and 2 long darts for shaping
Front pleat created with an underlay
Buttons sewn on for embellishment
And here is the skirt in action.  I have simply paired it with a striped, long-sleeved t-shirt from Target. However, it could be paired with so many different tops to create a variety of looks, both formal and informal, as I have done here.  

This is one of those asymmetrical patterns where you have to mark all your pieces well so that you don't mix up which piece goes where.  Otherwise you will be ripping out and re-sewing.  Trust me, I know.  Well, that is all for now.  I hope to post again real soon, even before Christmas, with something a bit more festive and colorful.  Until then…..Aloha!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Splattered Ink Turtleneck

Aloha Friends,

How about something completely out of the box?  I saw the fabric for this latest creation at Fabric Mart some time ago.  Even though it is not in colors I would normally choose, I liked the ink splat print so much I went ahead and bought some.  The fabric is a medium weight rayon lycra with excellent recovery.  I used Jalie 2805 to whip out a turtleneck top with an extra long neck and about 1 inch longer sleeves.  I think I added about 4-5 inches to the neck portion of view B to achieve these results.  All top-stitching was done with my coverstitch machine.  It seems about perfect for the last day of October in upcountry Maui.
Here is the top paired with a ready to wear skirt that has been in my closet for the last several years.

I'm keeping it short and sweet tonight.  Hope you have a great weekend where ever you are and what ever you are doing.  Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments on the last post.  Up next, McCall's 6993 View A….stay tuned!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Tribal Dress with New Look A6210

Aloha Online Ohana,

For the past week I've been working a little bit at a time on New Look A6210 View D.  What inspired me to make this simple knit dress was when a bundle of fabric came from Girl Charlee.  I was intrigued by the idea of purchasing a "Knit Fix" package called Ethnic Redux.  Included in the package was 2 yards of 6 different knit fabrics with an ethnic feel.  I was not certain of the patterns, colors or fabric content of the knit I would receive.  I guess I was feeling like I wanted a surprise and was hoping it would come quickly.  I was disappointed to find out that the flat rate shipping to Hawaii for $20.00 resulted in a wait time of 3 weeks.  If I order again, I'll be sure to ask for a faster shipping method, and see if the cost is worth it.  Three weeks is a long time to wait for fabric, especially when you are a fabric lover!

Moving forward, the fabric you see in this new dress was my favorite one of the "surprise" knits that I received.  I think it made a lovely, comfortable dress.  I also used the pattern for the sash from New Look 6120 to complete the look.  Here is the sash made in a medium-weight black linen:
The neckline and armholes are finished with self-fabric bands folded in half and stitched on to the dress in a 3/8" seam.  I chose not to add the topstitching to the outside of where the bands attach.

Two other changes I made were to lengthen the dress by 2 inches and to take a total of 2 inches out of the circumference of the dress at the chest, waist and hip by reducing the side seams by a 1/2" before I cut the dress out using the size 10.  I made this decision based on what the pattern stated were finished garment measurements at the bust and hip.  I turned up the hem 1 1/4" and used my coverstitch machine to finish.  I tried to match the fabric as best as I could at the seams.  There is a seam going down the back of the dress.  Here is the final look:

This simple dress will see plenty of wear, and I will definitely use this pattern again!  Have a bright week!