Thursday, March 29, 2012

McCall's Summer Catalog

McCall's Summer looks...!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Muslin for New Look 6070

Created the muslin for NL 6070 today.  Love the pattern....  The cut of the bodice is great...no need for FBA.  This is my first New Look pattern and it might be a keeper!


These are the fabrics for the project....













This is the muslin for the dress.  The fit is pretty good.  The details for the dress are simple, so I'm excited about the prints I'll be using.  I'm not a fan of dresses with "no side seam" waistbands.  Of course, I haven't made that many dresses, but I know I don't think I'm a fan of that detail.  But the fit is nice on this dress.  The only sketchy area was the hips.  I don't know why pattern drafters insist on drafting hips that "jut out 2 inches" once you're 4" below the waist.  I wanna meet that woman because she needs to stop modeling for the drafts... :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Claire Schaeffer slacks, Vogue 7881

This one is a Claire Schaeffer favorite of mine....  I think the style and fit are very contemporary.  I picked up the fabric at Joann's.

Pattern Description:
Straight-legged pants (semi-fitted through hip) have contour, front button yoke and mock-fly zipper.

Pattern Sizing:
12-14-16

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?
Yes, they were very easy to follow.  I chose to go with the non-couture construction.


 


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the contour waistband.  I think it's flattering on just about any waist size/type.  I have a slightly thicker waist (even at my thinnest :-); so the final shape of the slacks was great for me.

Fabric Used:
A lightweight tweed-like fabric

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made view B (the non-couture version).  In an earlier (and ultimately, "do over") project, I attempted to make the pants to accompany an off-white suit.  With this version, I shortened the crotch and took in the sides by a half inch.  It's a great pattern. While the pattern doesn't call for it, I lined them as well.  In fact, I used the lining from the "first attempt" that didn't go well.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely!

Conclusion:
I love these slacks....  I intend to use the pattern several more times with a few of the Claire Shaeffer Jacket patterns I have in my stash. The contoured waistband is fantastic....  I think it more easily flatters almost any waist size.  The pants are fuller in the hips and legs, but I think I like that after all.