Tuesday, November 18, 2014

McCalls 6963 - One of my favorite necklines


Pattern description: Close-fitting, pullover tops have draped front neckline variation, narrow hem on back neckline, and stitched hems.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
There were easy to follow and it was another quick to make top.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 
This is my favorite neckline.  I was a huge fan of cowl necks back in the 70s...hahahaah!

Fabric Used: One version is jersey. The other iteration is an ITY knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 
I didn't make any alterations

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes...definitely! I think it's a great staple for wear with suits or separates. Additionally, I think the ITY wears better. The jersey hangs great at the neckline, but was disagreeable at the midsection. The ITY, however, drapes smoothly and looks great.

Conclusion:
Great pattern!

ITY Knit

Jersey knit


Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Friday, November 14, 2014

This might be might first dress of the year...Simplicity 1653

Sew.... I'm definitely not a fan of this one. The dress is a mock wrap that ties to the left. It felt somewhat awkward.... I think they should have drafted it the opposite way. Full review is below the images.
































I might try this print next!



Pattern Description: 
Misses/Women's mock wrap dress with front soft pleats and side wrap. Comes with alternate pieces for C, D, DD Cup sizes.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
There were easy to follow and the dress was easy to make. In fact, it came together very fast.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 
I purchased it because I love a nice wrap dress. My favorite detail, however, is that it has alternate pieces for C, D, and DD cup. I love the "Amazing Fit" series of patterns from Simplicity. They make it easy to finish garments quickly because I don't have to do FBAs. The sleeves are pretty nice too.

Fabric Used: ITY Knit from Hancock Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 
No design changes. However, as I mentioned in the beginning, I think it should have wrapped the other way. It just feels awkward. Having said that, I might make it once more in another weird print...just to see the outcome.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Maybe....

Conclusion:
If you're looking for a fast easy wrap dress, you may love it!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Another run at McCalls 6564!

Sew...I have a lot of interesting prints in my stash! I've had this one for a few years and struggled with what to make with it.... I made this top before in a blue and white print. I love this top and may make it one more time! It's a semi-fitted wrap top--front extends into standing back collar, front pleats, inside ties, gathered attached ties and a narrow hem. I paired it with a black pencil skirt....






















It's a pretty wild print...and I love it!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Vogue 1387...Very cute

This top was a risk for me.... I'm not a fan of tops with elastic in the waist.  My plan was to make view B; however, my "fashion-savvy daughter" suggested I make view A. I think it was a success. I love the top. It was also my first time doing french seams. 






















Pattern Description: 
Mock wrap, pullover, fitted through bust, no shoulder seams. Sleeveless blouse with elastic in the waist. Top has self-lined yokes, shaped hemline, and very narrow hem.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were easy to follow and the top was quick to make.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 
There is a beautiful detail at the under arm that I absolutely love! It's just the sort of "sewing geek" detail that motivates me to buy a particular pattern. I also love the sleeve cap.

Fabric Used: Rayon...silky print. It has a wonderful hand!


front before adding peplum

back
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 
Not really...I stuck to the plan. It's a great top. The only thing I did differently was to do french seams.




Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes...definitely! In fact, I have a red print in my stash that I plan to use on it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Something different.... Simplicity 1661

I will definitely make this one a few more times! This is such a great pattern. I've had the fabric for several years and struggled with what to make with it.  

Simplicity is quickly becoming my go-to pattern company for tops. The fit of the top is great and has enough fullness to avoid the FBA I usually need to make. 

It pairs beautifully with a pencil skirt! 









Pattern Description: 
Sleeveless blouse with front tie and opening at center back.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
There were easy to follow and the top was quick to make.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 
I love the neckline, tie and the fall of the top.

Fabric Used: I think it's a lightweight faille.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 
I added four pleats in the front at the hem. The fullness in the blouse is great, but the faille I chose may not have been lightweight enough. My full bust may have caused it to stand out too much in the front, so the pleats pulled it in to make it more flattering.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes...definitely! In fact, I have some pieces in my stash that I plan to use on it.

Conclusion:
Great pattern!



Pleats added at the bottom




Love this detail

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A New "Sew Your Own Wardrobe Challenge" for 2015!

We are kicking off a new sewing challenge over at Sew Your Own Wardrobe for a Year Challenge. It begins on  January 1, 2015! We began the original challenge in 2013.  It's been a blast, and we've had up to 50 home sewers join us on the journey.

We will begin a year long journey of home sewing!  We're committing to not purchasing clothing for one year.  Instead, we will build our wardrobe by making it ourselves....

Challenging? YES
Impossible? NO!!

For those who may be intimidated by the challenge of making everything in your wardrobe, you can choose to focus on a category or two. For example, maybe you'll commit to making all of your tops or skirts.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I'm in on this...are you?

I love the show, "The Great British Sewing Bee." I hear there is one being produced for the US. In the meantime, Deepika over at PatternRewiew is hosting "The Great Pattern Review Sewing Bee" that begins in November. You'll have less than a week for each round of competition, and what's already in your stash should suffice. Comment below if you decide to participate! I'll keep you posted....

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rebuilding....

Sew...over the past few months, I've been updated and reconfiguring my blog spaces. As a result, many of my images fell through the cracks. I will reconnect them as I get time. I am still on the planet and have been sewing.  I hope to post new images soon!

Enjoy the therapy! Vita

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Simplicity 2151 - Linear polka dots!

It's a wild print, but I went for it!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Princess seams--they are my favorite. The sleeve detail is nice, and the collar style is my second favorite (shawl collars are my favorite). The length of the top is great for slacks. It's roomy without being too loose. The fit is "Amazing Fit" series.

Fabric used: 
Silky print, but I would love to make it in a print that has just a bit of stretch.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None. The "Amazing Fit" series is great and offers alternate bra cup sizes. That's why I chose it. The fit really is great.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, however, in a different fabric. The fabric I selected puckers easily.

Conclusion:
Good staple top as a wardrobe builder. I could do with a red, black, and white version of this.