Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Bright New Summer Dress!

Butterick 5886

When I first saw Mimi G's version Butterick 5886 (link here), I absolutely fell in love with it!  I can see why she said she wanted another one in black. This is such a beautiful dress! (and she is beautiful in it too!)

This is another pattern that actually went together very easy, with no issues and no alterations!  I think I want one in another color too!  If you've been reading my blogs for some time, then you know that I'm not very partial to A-line skirts. However, I couldn't resist trying with this one. I'm very happy to say I'm glad I did!  I love, love, love this dress! The only down side is my hubby doesn't share my happiness!  He thinks it's not my style, so he's not really "feeling" it on me! Oh well, I'm still going to wear it because I love it!!

I made this dress with fabric I purchased from Fabric Mart a little while back and it is a coral colored Rayon crêpe jersey knit, with a LOT stretch.  They no longer have it, but you can purchase similar here.  I made this pattern using a size 10 and it fit me perfectly with no alterations.  

OMG LOL, I can't believe the exact same thing happened to me that happened to Mimi G, I use self fabric to line the bodice and ended up not having enough of the self fabric to line the skirt.  So I purchased Jet Set (from JoAnn fabric), a polyester tricot knit for the lining of the skirt.  It actually worked better for this dress because the tricot knit lining was a lot lighter in weight than the fashion fabric.  I guess that's the pitfalls of pre-purchasing fabric and keeping it in your stash!  

I did include an invisible zipper in the side of the dress, even though it's s knit, it makes for easier on and off! (sorry I forgot to take a photo of zipper) The instructions for making the dress were right on target, very easy to understand and step-by-step illustrations made for a successful project!  This was such a win win, I am definitely making another in a different color and can't wait to where this out to dinner...I will win the hubby over too!

Also, as promised in my last post, here are a few pictures of the shirts I just made for the hubby...
The last two shirts aren't quite his favorites, he tends to like dark colors, this is me trying to bring him out of his comfort zone!

I've been sewing, just not a lot of time for the next few posts will be short so I can get it all in for you!  Please bear with me through this EXTREMELY busy work time.  Hopefully, when it slows down, I will get back to normal posting.

Again, thank you all for taking a few minutes out of your busy day to read my post!


Monday, June 23, 2014

New Summer Tops

What can, I say I'm a little slow with catching on to patterns so this makes Simplicity 2181 no exception. I know this pattern has been made several times by many of you and I'm just getting around to it! I don't know why it took me so long because I actually really like this pattern! Great fit right out of the envelope, no alterations whatsoever! The fabric is a graphic print ITY knit I purchased at Joann fabrics a little while ago. This pattern is a quick sew and I think even beginners could handle this one. It's a great little T-shirt with a twist, literally!  



I took a few snapshots while I was sick at work in the ladies room, hope you guys don't mind the bathroom cell phone pictures! I just wanted you all to see the great fit I got this time. It was so nice I made a second one right away using the leftover animal print fabric from my dress I made a few weeks ago.


I wore this one already too and sorry I don't have any photos of me yet.

I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, I just need to catch up with the blogging. I've actually included my husband in some of my recent sewing too (he thinks he's part of the RTW fast too, LOL!). I have a few shirts that I'd like to show you all I've made for him...may be the next blog. Thanks again for stopping by and...
Happy sewing!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Iconic Sami Cami Times Five

Since I started making the Iconic Sami Cami, I just fell in love with it and I probably will not buy another Cami in the stores! I will however, teach myself how to make one with a shelf bra in the near future. Hopefully one that has some type of structure to it. There are several tutorials out there on how to this, so I'm going to try one very soon.

In the meantime I'm very satisfied with making my little Cami's and they work so well for me under garments both wearing to work and just casual. Also, as my friend Andrea (of Satinbird Designs) told me, they make great sleeping garments too!

With the addition of these five Cami's, that gives me a total of nine I've already made this year! I am absolutely 100% positive there will be more! You ask why am I so sure...I'm sure because there is absolutely no way I have one in every color yet!

Here are four:

Each of these tops were made with different types of high-performance spandex fabrics. Some of them are actually what they call "wicking", and for those of you who are like me and didn't understand what that word "wicking" meant, it actually means that it helps absorb the moisture from your body and also helps to keep your body cool. The reason I made each of them from different types of fabrics, is because I'm trying a new fabric store I found online. This fabric store sells these high-performance spandex fabrics and I wasn't sure which one would work best for me, so I bought 1 yard of four different types to see which one I would favor. Here's another reason the Iconic Sami Cami is actually takes less than a yard to make it! If you're interested the fabric store, the name is Spandex By The Yard.

All of the fabrics are Nylon/Spandex and honestly, you really couldn't go wrong with any of them, especially with so many colors to choose from in all. However, my favorites were, the Navy and Brown...they were a lighter weight, very cool to wear and they also were a little easier to sew.
      FR 30 Navy     F 56 Brown
My last Cami is this yellow one underneath the top I made using McCalls pattern 6752, one of my favorites! Both fabrics were purchased from JoAnn Fabrics sale table, not sure of either content. However, the yellow Cami has some stretch and great recovery and appears to be a rayon jersey. The overtop is a very sheer knit and has a nice stretch and slight recovery. These two together made a great casual top to wear over jeans, shorts, even at skirt or pants at work.


I love all my new Cami's! and I'm so happy that I'm finding time to do my favorite thing...SEW! I hope you all are too! Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a little time with me!


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