Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LWD (The Little White Dress)

Hello everyone, in my last post I mentioned I was working on a dress for the Janet Jackson concert and how it just did not work out. However, I only realized it after I tried it on. The problem wasn't the fit of the dress, it was more that I felt it was not the correct option for the occasion. Since I was attending the concert with the hubby and he was wearing jeans and a nice sweater, I just didn't think this dress would work. However, thank goodness for me, it's still a nice dress for another occasion! The hubby and I are going on another cruise vacation very soon, and I feel this dress will work perfectly for a dinner during that vacation.

Now back to the review…I purchased the fabric from Pennie Fabrics some time ago. It's an off white medium weight, four-way stretch knit with textured waves going through the fabric (not sure of the fabric content...I have to get better at getting this info!).

Since the fabric has a lot of character itself, I decided to use a simple tank pattern to make this dress. An old pattern from my stash, Kwik Sew 2517, seem to fit the bill perfectly!

Also, I wanted there to be a sheer panel somewhere in this dress, so I purchased some sheer off white stretch nylon netting from Spandex House (online). If you've not purchased from them before, you should really take a look! They have great selections, the prices are good and fast shipping too!

I sewed the top half of the dress, the sheer panel and the bottom half of the dress separately and then sewed them together as one. I did this because I wanted to make French Seams in the sheer panel. However, silly me, in my excitement of making the dress, neglected to try on each piece separately for fit first!!! You guessed it…the dress was too big and I needed to take it in!!! (give me a moment please...boo hoo!!) So, no french seams on my sheer panel now! I ended up serging the seams and I'm going to leave it that way because the dress is just for me. Had it been for a client, I would take it apart even if it meant purchasing more fabric just to make the French seams...after fitting first of course!

I had to add a center back seam for fitting purposes and unfortunately did not pay attention to the pattern design in the fabric, but it came out close enough for me. As you see here, we long-time sewers have our issues too, LOL!! Also, I have to say this fabric was a challenge sewing! I've never had a problem with very stretchy knits before...but this one really "kicked my you know what"!!! The fabric wanted to stretch out on me while sewing on the serger and my sewing machine. I had to be very creative with my serger and machine settings while handling the fabric so I wouldn't end up with wavy seams on my dress!

I really like the look of this very simple dress and will probably make it again just for the experience of doing it CORRECTLY! Maybe in black for that LBD I don't have!! Whenever I wear this dress, I plan on pairing it with a bold color since the dress is off-white…I can think of many options too! Below is one of my thoughts...royal blue mules (sandals) and a silver necklace with royal blue accents...

All in all, the dress turned out nice so I won't complain because this could have ended up a total wadder! (and Myra crying all over her sewing machines!) Have any of you experienced knits stretching out on you while sewing and if so, how did you handle? I'd love to hear any good tips and suggestions! Thanks again for stopping by!

Let's Go Sew!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

McCall's 6841 Remake, A Concert and An Announcement…

Hey everyone...remember me? I missed you all and hope you missed me too! I have not been sewing for sometime, so recently I worked on a couple of things and it really made me want to get back into the 2nd love of my life… "Sewing" of course! (The first love is my family!!)

My husband and I recently went to the Janet Jackson concert (her Unbreakable Tour) and of course like a average woman you know I needed something new to wear! I started off working on a dress that I thought would be really cute for the occasion…that immediately got sacked after I tried the completed dress on! (more on that in another post, LOL!).

I had this beautiful yellow sweater fabric in my stash I'd purchased from Michael Levine quite sometime ago (it's no longer available). I decided to use it with McCall's 6841...

that turned out to be a great choice! Because I had made this twice before I was used to working with the pattern. And I needed to get something done very quickly since this was made the day of the concert! (Nothing like waiting to the last minute, LOL!). I made this version sleeveless and made one slight change to the sleeveless version... I brought the armhole edges in towards the neckline approximately 1" for more of an expose shoulder. (The old girl wants to be a little sexy, sexy!) I have to say the fabric really made this top!!…

I wanted to make sure to got some pictures of the actual top on me, but unfortunately, the only ones I have are cell phone shots the Hubby took in the hotel and one at the actual concert...
This top paired with some black leggings and of course some killer 5" Black heels…made me feel absolutely FABULOUS!! My husband and I had a wonderful time and Janet was the ultimate professional who put on a great show! This was a great way to start my new life which leads me to my announcement…

I finally took the plunge and RETIRED from corporate!!! New life, New blog look and a New Attitude! Blogging can now be a full part of my life...can anyone say YEAH, HALLEUJAH!!! It's been a really long time coming and I'm so happy it's finally here! We'll be talking again very soon and thank you all so much for stopping by and giving me a little bit of your time!

Let's Go Sew!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Butterick 6097, A Navy Top

I apologize to all by subbies and readers for the very long hiatus! As they say, "I'm back in the saddle" again!
This is a pattern I've had in my stash for a while and who knows why I've not made it before! It's a lovely pattern and goes together very well! I needed a top to go with the self drafted pencil shirt (below) I made from some great Neoprene fabric I recently purchased from Mood. How many of you have been creating using this very different fabric? I learned a very valuable lesson I'd like to share with you all on Neoprene...do your research, there are different types and thicknesses of this fabric! After seeing a beautiful dress made from Neoprene, I jumped the gun and purchased a Neoprene fabric from Mood thinking they were all the same...NO THEY ARE NOT! I received this SUPER thick and stiff fabric (that was sandwiching rubber!). So thick, you could barely fold it! I have absolutely no idea what I would ever make from this fabric but will keep it in my stash just in case one of those miraculous thoughts comes to my now "empty" brain! I know there have been some beautiful dresses made from this very thick fabric gracing the runways...I guess it's just not my thing at the moment, LOL!! Anyway, here's an "iphone" photo of the fabric I just spoke of on the left. On the right is a second Neoprene fabric (blue print), I also purchased from Mood that is much softer, yet a sturdy knit with not a lot of drape. Sews and wears BEAUTIFULLY!...
I decided to purchase the blue print Neoprene fabric after seeing it made into a lovely dress by Sarah of "Goodbye Valentino" you can see here. I loved her dress and the fabric so much I purchased it right after reading her review because I didn't want to take the chance they would run out! I agree with Sarah, this fabric was definitely a dream to work with too! There's different print of this same fabric I just have to go back and purchase soon for some "crazy" cool leggings!

Now back to the top...I got distracted for a minute there talking fabric, LOL! Looking through my stash for fabric to match this skirt, I found this Navy woven fabric (unidentified content) that was gifted to me a few years ago. It feels like shirting fabric, but I want to say it has a little Wool in the content. I'll have to wash a swatch to test before laundering this top because it really turned out nice and I don't want it to shrink!...

I made this top a size 12 (I wear a size 8-10 in RTW), who knows why the sizes are so off with patterns. The only alteration I made was on a hunch while cutting out the pattern...I decided to give "the girls" a little more room since this was a woven fabric. I extended the princess seam approximately 1/2" on both sides. Glad I did because it just fit me perfectly! Everything else remained as instructed by the pattern. I love the way they used purchased bias binding as facing to finish the armhole!

I have two more items completed that I'd like to share with you all very soon...I just have to get the reviews written up!

Thanks again for stopping by and sharing a little of your time with me, it's truly appreciated!

Happy Sewing!









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