Wednesday, March 27, 2019

McCalls 7439

I'm including this skirt as an addition to my wardrobe SWAP. I'm not sure the skirt is a good look with the jacket but it could work.

Pattern Description: Flared skirts have waistband, back zipper closing, length variations, and narrow hem.
Pattern Sizing:
6-22 I made a size 18
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 only time I used the instructions was to know that the zipper insertion included the zipper through the waistband.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There was nothing that I disliked but I did add pockets. Like everyone else I am obsessed with pockets
Fabric Used:
100% cotton which I washed and dried before using.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added pockets and two inches of length because I thought it would look better with a two inch hem as opposed to the 1 1/4" suggested and I used 1 1/2 elastic in the waistband to keep it from folding.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will absolutely sew it again
This is a great beginner project as the gathering should not be problem

So the skirt with the jacket yea or nay?? I've also got to the the "Fashion Police" photographer (aka the husband) to make sure I'm not making "duck lips" when he snaps the photo! And "tooting my own horn I've think I have great looking legs for a 62 year old!

Monday, March 25, 2019

SWAP...Sewing With A Plan

I finally got my husband to take some photos of the three core pieces for my SWAP. It was like trying to obtain Plutonium, so please don't judge my posing! You'll get the gist of where I'm trying to go with this.

The jacket is from Simplicity 4273 copyright 2006, the skirt is Simplicity 1760 copyright 2012. Both patterns are out of print. The pants are from a RTW pair that I copied using the "paper tape" method. The pattern is from 2010. Why try reinventing the wheel when I knew that I was back to my 2010 size! My only regret is that the fabric is some ratty polyester gabardine from JoAnn's that's been in my stash forever! Not only am I sewing with a plan...I'm also trying to create this entire wardrobe from my stash. 

The three pieces passed the husband test. He asked it I made it. He  thinks he's on the board of the Fashion Police so if he likes it that means a lot. What are you thoughts so far?

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Where has the time gone?

I didn't stop sewing I just wasn't taking the time to write about it. I'm going to give blogging another try. I hope you'll stay with me.I can't believe that it has been almost three years since my last post. Even prior to that my postings were somewhat sporadic. What can I say? Life got in the way. At one point I even had three blogs going. Man was that tiring. I think I'm going to combine all three. Sew my blog will now include not only my sewing but also my machine knitting (which I intend to start back doing), my doll clothes making and my paper crafting. It's my party and I can do what I want...LOL

I recently had a rather significant weight-loss and there is a down side to it. I really don't have anything to wear! That includes bras and panties. Oh I have a few smaller things that I didn't get rid of but that was purely by accident. I even have tunics and leggings that are too large. While I did alter a few things, I absolutely hate alterations and decided this is a prime opportunity to revamp my wardrobe and SWAP. There are several sewing challenges I plan to enter but I've also started my own.



First up is a three piece wardrobe I just finished, black, that I want to build around for the entire year. My plan is to use mostly fabrics from my stash. I'm really excited because for once I have a clear direction I want (need) to go in my sewing. One good thing about the weight-loss is that I am back to my 2010 size...mostly. This time my waist is slightly bigger and butt and thighs are smaller. Previously altered patterns now only need minor adjustments. Stay tuned!