Thursday, April 10, 2014

Another Try At A Wrap Dress

This is the third wrap dress style I've made that I actually like! It appears to me that I prefer them to be more fitted than the normal A-Line style wrap dresses. (Of course that will probably change at some point because you know how we women are!) This pattern was a free download on the Craftsy website...it's the So Sew Easy Wrap Dress
     
 
     
I figured, what the heck it's free, give it a try and I am so happy I did. That's because it's a super quick dress to make and very easy to make changes to it if needed! Of course, that's exactly what I did! I raised the front neckline because I now know from experience, these style dresses are designed for women with smaller bust lines. That turned out to be a great move! Once the top portion of the dress was completed and fitted to my liking, I worked on straightening the bottom portion of the dress by turning the A-Line into more of a pencil skirt. Now put the two together and I have a great dress that I'm sure I'll wear over and over again!
   
 
      


 

      



All in all, this wrap dress is a "win win" in my book. I don't know if I'll make it again, but glad I have it in my arsenal of patterns just in case the urge strikes me for a nicely fitted wrap dress! If you haven't tried this pattern, it's so worth your time and don't forget, it's free!

Next up in my sewing cue is creating a pattern from a favorite RTW tee shirt...just in time for spring! I know I have to get moving on creating a wardrobe for Spring/Summer, especially since I'm not purchasing any RTW this year!

Thanks for stopping by and...

HAPPY SEWING!



Thursday, April 3, 2014

A New Sweater

Oh my goodness it's been a while and do I really miss posting and seeing all your wonderful comments! I have been sewing though, just not had the time to post anything! I've been reading what everyone else is doing out there in the sewing community and WOW you all are working those sewing machines!! Keep those inspirations coming they've really helped me to keep my mojo going!  

With that said, this first post is going to be about a top so many of you have made and had great success with it! So I jumped on the bandwagon and purchased the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern...
      
   
     
I made this a few weeks ago when we were experiencing a little chilly weather here in Florida and this was the perfect top! The pattern comes in a size range of 0 to 16, I made a size 10. I really didn't have to make any alterations to the pattern to make it fit. However, I did make a few style changes. I didn't add the band to the bottom or the sleeve band. I lengthened the sleeves to accommodate the removal of the sleeve band. I used a pretty Charcoal Grey & Black Acrylic knit I found at Joann Fabrics. The fabric has large grey dots on black and the black portion is a little see-thru so I have to wear a tank underneath. I really liked the final look...
 

     
 
 

      

I love the styling of the over-sized cowl neck of this pattern and the overall fit. I would say it's a successful pattern to sew and understand why so many of you have made it too! If you haven't made it yet and you like the style, it's definitely worth your time!

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A New Cami!

For all you "quick gratification" project seekers, here's one for you...Iconic Patterns Sammy Cami!  It's been reviewed a few tines but I only saw it once and got hooked!  I, like others, purchase quite a few of these for layering and always wanted to find a quick pattern that fit and worked well for me.  This is it!


...and it's a free!! If you don't have this pattern, you can get your copy here!  I also found the perfect fabric for my first version of this nice little cami at Joann Fabrics.  It's a stretch knit with great recovery!  I'm not sure about the fabric content because I was so stunned with the look of it, I forgot to check!  I believe it's a cotton spandex blend and what stunned me is that it's reversible!  Yep, that's right, it's a reversible knit!  I actually got two different camis for the price of one!  Of course it took some planning for me to do this without double layering the fabric and it worked!

The fabric is black and white in color, once side stripes and the other is polka dots.  Since I knew I wanted to be able to use both sides, instead of using self fabric for the straps which is what they suggest, I used black fold over elastic (thanks Ms. Andrea of Satinbird Designs for my gift a while back!)  Perfect decision!  Then I sewed the seam facing out on the striped side, flipped it to the polka dot side and enclosed that seam with a 1/4" seam and topped stitched both side seams down. Finally, I just serged the hem and I was done!  Just a couple hours work and I had two camis!  What a deal!  Don't you just love when something works out great the first time?!  Here's some completed photos of both sides of the top...

 
  
                              
  
Below is a photo of where I lifted the hem so you can clearly see the underside of the striped is polka dot.  Two different looks, one top!
                                       

 


I'm now trying to draft a "shelf bra" for my next one so I can have a different version of this nice cami!  I don't think you can have too many of these for the spring, summer weather!  Wish me luck and...

Happy Sewing!











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