Sunday, September 27, 2015

Another New Look 6874

Aloha Online Ohana,

It's good to be back with you again, and today I have another New Look 6874 skirt to share with you.  I'd say this is my tnt front pocket, pencil skirt pattern.  I have made this 3rd version out of a heavily textured linen print that I bought online from Hart's Fabrics quite a while ago.  The minute I saw this fabric I knew it would be a pencil skirt.  It just took me a while to lay out the pattern into the skirt that I wanted.

Here is a sneak peek:
Front with pocket

Back with vent, invisible zipper and hook and eye closure

No lining
And here is the complete outfit.  Unfortunately, I did not have any fabric in my stash that matched the skirt in a way that I was satisfied with, so I bought a top from Macy's which I really like with the skirt.

The beginning of school is always a busy time, but I think I am finding a good rhythm now and hope to be sewing and posting more frequently.  Mahalo for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Lilac Skirt…New Look 6082

Aloha Again,

Last year I bought a simple cotton print that I just fell in love with.  I thought it would make the perfect A-line summery skirt, and a great skirt to wear to my teaching job.

I decided to make the skirt, which is view E, from New Look 6082.  I have lost count of how many times I have made this type of skirt, but I love the ease and shape of it for my body type.  When you see my version, please note that I have added 2 inches of length.  Another change I made was to design fun pockets for it.  I used an invisible zipper as well.  Finally, I added a cotton lining, which gives it a more substantial feel.

I love how cotton skirts look even after many washings and wear. With that in mind, I took my time and added all the bells and whistles during the construction process.  The waistband is interfaced as well as the white fabric on the pockets.  The lining around the zipper is hand stitched in place.  Here are some pics of the details.

Patch Pocket: I cut two pieces for each pocket, then stitched them right sides together and turned them through a little hole.  I then topstitched and folded the flap down to the front.  The button is stitched on the front for decoration.

Skirt Inside:

Great Fit with the size 10 and no modifications except added 2 inches to the length.


I plan to wear it with a white top of some kind.  Today it is modeled with a rtw cardigan from Old Navy.

Cheers to summery skirts!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Look 6470 and 6976 in Rustic Cotton and Linen

Aloha Online Ohana,

Mahalo for your recent comments on the last sewing project.  I have worn it a couple of times since making it.  I definitely want to make another pair of tencel, cropped pants.  I have 2 more cuts of tencel in my stash that I am considering.

However, I left that pattern alone this past week or so and have now made a little skirt and blouse combo.  Here are the patterns:
I made the skirt from the pattern on the left, which I have made before in a knit.  However, this time I made it in a medium-weight, striped cotton.  I had fun designing a pocket to play with the geometry of the stripes.  Secondarily, I also wanted a functioning pocket for my keys when I wear it to work.  Here is a sneak peek of the pocket:
The pocket is upside-down.  This is before the facing has been turned to the inside.
The top is made from the pattern on the right.  I made view B, the sleeveless tank with no lace.  This is made out of a linen/rayon blend that is almost a tissue weight fabric.  It has a sort of cross-hatched design with yellow and rust colored threads going in opposite directions.  I did not specifically buy this fabric to coordinate with the cotton, but I was happy to see that they do coordinate.  The fabrics were purchased online from and Fashion Fabrics Club, respectively (I believe).  The linen has been in my stash for a couple of years, but the cotton is a fairly recent purchase.  Here is a sneak peek of the top:
The pattern includes instructions for the drawstring.  There are two small button holes for the functioning drawstring that only gathers about half of the neckline. 
And here is the final look:

Construction Notes:  I cut the size 10 for the top.  I deleted one inch out of the width of the back before I cut the fabric, so that the neckline would not be too wide.  I also took up a 1" seam allowance at the shoulders.  The top is a little short, so in the future I will lengthen it by one inch if I don't plan to tuck it in at waist level.  Thankfully the original length works because the skirt sits at waist level, and I have about 4" of fabric still tucked in when the top is bloused out a bit above the belt.  The top was constructed with french seams; the fabric is loosely woven.  On the skirt, I took up a 3/8" side seam to give me a little more room at the hip, since my fabric is a woven.  I finished it with an elastic waist that has been turned and topstitched with a double needle.  

Thanks again for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!  Here is a peek at one of the latest fish I have captured with the camera while snorkeling.  It is a scrawled filefish, I believe.  

Monday, June 22, 2015

Vogue 7883 Chic Casual

Aloha Friends,

Today I finished up Vogue 7883, a pattern for a loose fitting top with an asymmetrical hemline and wide-legged capri length pants.  The top was made with a textured, white cotton knit and handkerchief linen and the pants are made out of a pool blue, mid-weight tencel.  I am so pleased with the results.

Here is a run down on the top:

Right away I was concerned that the size 8 would be much too wide for my comfort, so I changed the pattern by not cutting the front and back piece on the fold.  Instead, I cut the pattern out on the fold line and took up a 5/8" seam down the front and back piece.  In total this brought the wideness of the top and neckline in by 2 1/2 inches.  Also, I thought it would be fun to make the two bottom front pieces out of a contrasting texture so this is where I used a white handkerchief linen.  This top can be entirely made out of a woven, but I made most of it out of a stable, mid-weight knit.  The other thing I changed was that I did not use facings to finish the neckline.  I used self-made linen bias tape.  Then I top-stitched with a wide, double needle.  I love how the handkerchief linen has a subtle see-throughness to it on the sides, but it is opaque in the front where the double layer is.  This top is so comfortable for warm weather!
Here is the back:
Oops, missed a thread scrap on the sleeve.  I made a narrow 3/8" hem.
If you've been reading along, you already know that I adjusted the pants pattern quite a bit, mostly in the front crotch seam.  I ended up pinching out at least 1" horizontally (which I tapered to nothing at about the middle of the back of the pants) and 1" vertically from the waist then tapering back into the seam allowance near the inner leg.  I also redrew the front curve.   I went ahead and added the side seam pockets and finished the waist with 1" elastic.

And here is the final look:
Side and Back Views:
In the end, I love how easy this was to make, how pulled-together it looks, and how incredibly comfortable it is to wear.  I hope I have time to make another set, but I may take a break from this pattern now to work on some other projects, like skirts and possibly a dress or two!  Thanks for stopping by!  PS: Kathy, the Japanese fabric is a woven :-)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Seriously Bit!

Seriously bit by the PJ bug that is…..I just couldn't resist making 2 more versions of the PJ pants.  Take 3 is a cropped length made out of locally sourced fabric in a Japanese theme.  They are about 6 inches shorter than the other two I made because I didn't have enough fabric to make them full length.
Tank Top is RTW from Sport's Authority.  PJ pants are made by me. 
And my final version is made out of another color way and print of the Waverly Inspirations fabric I found at Walmart.  These are view View C from Vogue 7883.  For both versions I remembered I had some flat, 1/2" wide nylon cording which I used for the drawstring.  All four versions have the drawstring tacked down at the back of the waist.  That way I never have to worry about them slipping out in the wash.
Tank Top is RTW from Sport's Authority.  PJ shorts are made by me. 
I think the PJ sickness has finally left me, and I am currently suffering from Tencelitis.  Stay tuned….

Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer PJ's Take 2

Hello Again,

Continuing with the previous post, I made the adjustments to the front curve using this online resource. I am so happy with the results.  The PJ's now fit perfectly.  You might be able to see from the clothesline picture that the front of the PJ's is now lower than the back, unlike the other pair.  They are made out of an aloha cotton from my stash purchased here in Maui.  Onward to make a pair of drawstring tencel pants with on seam pockets.  I will show more photos of the fit when I construct the next pair of pants.

RTW tank top from Old Navy.  PJ pants made by me.
Hmmm….I may just make one more pair of PJ's before I move on to the pants version.  They are quick and fun to make with so many cottons available in my stash!

Summer PJ's Take 1

Aloha Everyone,

RTW top from Old Navy.  PJ pants made by me.

Today I finished up my first pair of summer PJ pants.  I always love to make PJ's for each new season.  I generally like to use soft, 100% cotton fabric.  Amazingly I found this fabric at my local Walmart.  The selvage says "Waverly Inspirations" screen print.  The fabric is very soft and fairly thick.  I guess I would say it has a medium weight.  I wanted to test a Vogue pattern that I have had in my stash for eons.  It is Vogue 7883.
This pattern has an elastic waist and side seam pockets, but I made my version with drawstrings and no pockets.  I sewed up the size 8 and found out the front crotch is much longer and has more fabric than I prefer.  I am going to alter the pattern and make a second pair of PJ pants or shorts.  Once I have dialed the pattern in, I will make a pair of tencel pants with the side seam pockets.  I am also working on a test version of the top.  I think this will be a cute warm weather outfit.  I actually like how wide the legs are.  Stay tuned….

PS: Kyle asked about sewing with sequins in my last post.  The sequins on the fabric were quite small so I treated the fabric no differently than any other fabric that I have used when I sewed it up.  I did not have any strange puckering at the side seams, thankfully.  The skirt is fully lined so I also don't have any scratchiness at the seams either.  Thanks for the question.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

New Look A6303 and a Shiny Skirt

Aloha Again,

I had fun coming up with a new outfit based on a top from New Look A6303 in a linen/rayon blend and a skirt from some salvaged sequin fabric that came from a $9.00 clearance dress at Ross.  Let's start with the top.  Here is the pattern and my finished top:

You may have already noticed that I made view D.  However, the front neckline is slightly different.  I'd love to be able to say that I started with the "X" idea before I even put the top together, but that would be an untruth!  When I finished my top, the way you see it on the pattern envelope, there was too much distance between the front two panels, and the binding did not lay flat if I tacked the two front panels together at the marking on the pattern.  So I cut the center binding, stitched it at an angle, then stitched the tails to the shirt front creating an "X".  It's different, but I think it works.  In the future I will know to make the neck binding quite a bit shorter, by about 2 inches, I think.  I just didn't have the gumption to unstitch the original neckline binding and start again.  By the way, I made the size 10.  

As with most of the reviewers on, my front shirt panels came out about 1.5 inches longer than the back of the shirt, so I had to stitch a deeper seam allowance along the bottom corners of pattern piece #1.  In the future, I will make my back panel 1.5" longer.  As you may have guessed, I did not make a muslin, so I hodge-podged along the way to "Make it Work".  Here is a close-up of my finished side.
I found an XL clearance dress at Ross made entirely out of this copper sequin fabric for $9.00.  I couldn't believe it!  I took it home and simply cut a tube skirt out of it since it has some stretch.  I used the lining that came with the dress to line the skirt and to make the elastic encased waistband.  Simple and fast!  It is hard to tell, but the linen/rayon fabric in the top is two-toned.  It has aqua threads and natural linen colored threads.  When blended, the fabric looks like it has a bit of a copper sheen to it.  That is why I paired the two together.  And here is the complete look!  I will enjoy wearing this for special nights out.  Also, I think the skirt would be cute with a fun graphic t-shirt too.

I do love the top and would like to try making one out of a nice silk fabric some day.  The armholes are finished with self-fabric instead of single fold bias tape, like the pattern recommends.  And just because he kind of matches, I spied this little fella on Thursday resting at the bottom of the sea.  I tell you it is a battle between sewing or snorkeling sometimes.  Have a great week everyone!