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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Kangaroo Pocket Sneaker Dress

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My "go-to" pattern for a quick and easy dress. I call it a sneaker dress because it looks just as good with sneakers as it does with heels.
Pattern Description:
Pullover, close-fitting top and dresses have button neck and front bands, and stitched hems.
Pattern Sizing:
XS-XXL which translates to sizes 4-26. I made the large
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Not really


Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't use them at all
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
 I really love this pattern because it is so versatile and includes a center back seam that enables me to use less fabric.
Fabric Used:
Cotton knit from JoAnn's. it has an "oxford-like" texture. I wish I could find more of it!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the front button placket, I've added a 1" FBA (horizontal dart)  as I do on all my patterns. I raised the neckline a little and added contrast armbands. I used the pocket pattern from McCall's 7061 because I love the shape and size of it and added contrast bands onto the pocket opening. I also shaved off some of the A-Line shape and turned up and top-stitched a 1 1/2" hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I've already used it multiple time and will use it many more
Conclusion:
This pattern was released in 2013 and is now out-of-print, but if you do have it in your stash it's worth digging out and using.

Friday, August 2, 2019

It's been a while

I used to love blogging but these days it seems to be such a chore. I think Instagram has made me lazy or maybe I was lazy all the time! LOL.

I'm still working on building a wardrobe around a few core pieces but have also made quite a few things that have nothing to do with anything. Am also working on the much dreaded alterations I need to make on some of my favorite pieces.



Monday, April 22, 2019

Disco Ball Dress

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I made this dress for a sorority event and it went over really well. Although I've have the fabric for months, I waited until the last possible moment to sew it. I only had about 1 3/8 of a yard of fabric and cannot image using any other pattern. When I use regular size sequined fabric, I sew right over the sequins. Not so in this case. The dime-sized paillettes had to be removed for the seam allowance before sewing.

Removing the sequins from the seam allowance
Pattern Description:
Misses'/Misses' petite dress. Semi-fitted through the bust, lined dress have neckline variations and back zipper.
Pattern Sizing:
8-24
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?
I didn't use the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I think I bought this pattern because it has back darts but I didn't sew them in this dress
Fabric Used:
Dime sized sequins for mesh.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only alterations I made to the pattern were to enlarge the bust dart. I am so anal about drag lines pointing to the bust.

Bust Dart
I overlaid the hem with the three inches of selvage on crosswise grain. That way I didn't have to turn under any sequins for the hem as it was only the mesh. The pattern was cut crosswise on the fabric.

Hem edge
I also omitted the back darts and the zipper. Before sewing, I removed the sequins from the seam allowances and the bust dart.
Inside Armhole
I added piping to the neckline to stabilize. As I had to remove the sequins from the neckline to stabilize with the piping, I had to hand-sew sequins back on to fill in.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think this will be my "go" pattern in a pinch when using sequined fabric.

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