Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
So far my thoughts are I want to be able to wear the dress for more than just the wedding. I really like the Vogue pattern but on closer examination that side bow might not be a good looks on someone with hips and boobs! The Butterick pattern at the top, view E, was really my first choice but now I'm not sure. I think I could do a lot with the McCall's Create It pattern but then again I don't know. I like the neckline on the McCall's wedding dress but to be able to be worn again I'd have to shorten it. The Chetta B dress is actually more my style and is calling my name! Let me know your thoughts.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Misses' wrap front top with all-in-one sleeve and pleated collar extending into front neckline and side ties.
XS (4-6) - XL (20-22)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were very easy to follow as there are only four pieces but getting the ties sewn on correctly was really a challange.
Tie close up
Frankly if I were a beginner, I don't think I would have ever gotten them on properly. As it was I had to take them off about four times before getting them on to my satisfaction.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
In the beginning I didn't like this top at all. After I let it marinate overnight I decided I do actually like it...a lot. I haven't liked wrap tops on myself in the past but this one has really grown on me. It looks very sophiscated. I really like that unlike most wrap tops this one doesn't show any cleavage.
Pleated front close up
The placement of the front loop allows for adjusting the waist.
Side view with loop and tie
Another thing I like is that the ties don't tie in a bow so is less bulky than you might think. The only thing I didn't like was the directions for sewing the ties on.
Interlock knit. I fell in love with this fabric and while I originally thought I would make a dress out of it, I'm glad I opted for this top instead. I still have a yard and a half left so have enough for a simple dress. The fabric came from Walmart.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut the center back on the fold eliminating a center back seam and omitted the back darts then added 3/4" for wide back adjustment. Was there a need for a center back seam. I think not. With this print it would have meant trying to match the print.
I also made a FBA adding a side seam bust dart.
Side seam bust dart
The added length to the center front that results from the FBA was incorporated into the existing center front gathering. I still think I should have added 1 inch at the front and back waist.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'm not sure I'll sew it again but I would recomment it to others just beware when it come time to sew the ties!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I liked this pattern so much I had to do it again. What should have been fast and easy, since it was the second time around, almost wound up being a wadder! I've made countless garment with Slinky but never a dress. Boy was I in for a surprise. Unfortunately, I didn't take any "before" pictures. Let's just say this dress fit nothing like it's counterpart. The sheer weight of Slinky took care of that.
I had to take about 4" off of the hip and remove the FBA all together. In any other knit fabric this dress would be too short and too tight. The "empire waist" was almost at my actual waist! I also took about 3" off of the hem. As in the previous version I omitted the neckline facings and as a last resort and a great idea if I must say so myself, I used 1/4" ribbon to stabilize the neckline. I also omitted the lower center back seam. Had I really thought about it I would have omitted it on the upper back as well.
As it is, I still had to add an insert as I wanted to be able to wear this to work and church without showing clevage. The insert is just a "v" of fabric sewn in. Since the reverse of the fabric is solid black, I just used the wrong side of the fabric.
I finished it off with a 2-needle cover stitch hem and omitted the waist sash. It might be time to retire this pattern for the season!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
I am so loving the painter's tape pattern. This time I used a pinstripe polyester blend. I lined them to the knee in case didn't want to wear a control garment with them. I am not into panty lines or cellulite! I cannot believe how cool and comfortable they were though the temperature got up 86 degrees.
On the refashion front, I bought this halter on clearance for $5.97 last year, regularly $40. The "necklace" is sewn right to it. The size is an extra large and the back nearly hung to my waist. I sewed clear elastic to the upper back and attached the halter tie as crisscross straps. While I did a good job of "Photoshopping" over it, my strapless bra was showing at the underarm. I need to shorten the straps more. Also I'm sure you're all thinking it because I was when I saw the back shot. WTF?? Is my back that fat?? While I do have a wide upper back, it's the strapless bra from hell squeezing the life out of me. Not really a good look but I can't see the back anyway. It's the people behind me that have to suffer(LOL)! I will say that not one time did I have to adjust my bra or do any rearranging. Of course when I removed my bra for the night my boobs leaped out like they had just been released from solitary confinement!
Friday, July 10, 2009
In my defense I never wore it. It's being hanging in my closet for about 4 years and frankly I think the two pieces together are hideous. It still had the $10 clearance price tag on it so surely I had refashioning in mind when I bought it. I cut 5" off the bottom of the tunic and then used that piece to make a casing to which I inserted elastic. I think I'm going to have to refashion my refashion because I think the top would look better if it were more fitted.
Monday, July 6, 2009
To what Michelle has written I'd like to add my thoughts:
- Add a 1" additional side seam allowance
- Add a 1" additonal waist seam allowance
- If you have more than an "average" (whatever that is) size butt, your back crotch curve should look more like a "J" or possibly even an "L"
- After sewing zipper, darts, back and inseams, pin-fit side seams to your liking
- Any excess seam allowance your remove from the waist or side seams, remove that same amount from your pattern pieces
- Have a good pants fitting reference book handy. I prefer "Sewing Pants That Fit" from the Singer Sewing Reference Library.
- Be patient, it may take making more than one muslin to get what you want.
I wanted to add just a simple 1" waistband to my slacks but wanted one that wouldn't bend. I used 1" not-roll elastic and absolutely love it! I'll do a simple tutorial in the next day or so. You are going to love it!