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:
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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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Pattern Review Jeans/Pants Contest

Pattern Description:
Misses'/Miss petite pants in two lengths with individual pattern pieces for slim, average and curvy fit. I'm entering this pair into the jean/pants contest.
Pattern Sizing:
6-24 The pattern I actually used was made from a size 14 RTW pants and my best guest is a sewing size 18.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Since I didn't use the actual pattern, only the pockets, I'd say my pants look somewhat different but I love them all the same

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I only used the instructions to construct the pockets. The instructions have you cut the rear pocket pieces of garment fabric which made no since at all to be so I didn't do it. I cut both of my pocket pattern pieces from lining fabric and only cut the pocket yoke from garment fabric.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I used a pattern I made using painter's tape from a RTW pair from 2010 so I already knew I'd like the fit.
Fabric Used:
I totally deconstructed a pair of pants from a few years ago. I've lost weight and wanted to experiment with placing a smaller pattern on top of the larger pair to make a smaller pair of pants. I'm pleasantly surprised that it worked like I expected. I purchased the fabric from Fabric Mart several years ago and while I did have enough of the fabric in my stash to start from scratch, I wanted to challenge myself with using a previously sewn pair of pants. I cut the fronts and back from the previous pants only using new fabric for the waistband and the pocket yoke. I used the previous waistband to cut facings for the hem because I wasn't about to cut the new fronts and backs long enough to accommodate a hem. The faux welt pocket piece was cut from remnants from the original pants.

  Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only pattern pieces I used from the Simplicity pattern were the pockets, the fly and the underlap.. I love the pockets pieces as that are sewn right into the center front. It added a small amount of control and I will continue to use this piece in the future. To stabilize the pocket curve, I added piping because I couldn't find my twill tape. I love the effect. I decided to add slits to the inside seam hem for some added style. The waistband is from Simplicity 2860.

 Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is going to be my go-to pants pattern. Although I'm using a pattern from 2010 I did have to remove one of the back waist darts, my hips are smaller which is an easy fix.
I have no desire to reinvent the wheel, but I think I will try adding the pleats to my original pattern. If you're a member of Pattern Review please vote for me when voting starts

Monday, April 1, 2019

April Fool's and wardrobe add on

I hope the rest of the month goes better than today. After getting up bright and early this morning, 8 a.m. to be exact, I rushed off to an eye appointment for a checkup for a previously performed procedure. Imagine my surprise when they can't find me on the day's appointments as I remember the appointment isn't until Wednesday! April Fool's to myself!

Next, I spent more than an hour creating a blog post only to realize I lost it out somewhere in cyberspace...April Fool's again. Hopefully this time it'll work. I'm not sure this qualifies as a new make because the cardigan was made about 10 years ago and although I hadn't worn it more than twice, I couldn't part with it. The pattern is Simplicity 3634 view D. The ITY-like, faux-lace fabric is from Walmart. I made it right about the time I really started perfecting FBA's and I totally screwed up the alterations on the tank top. While I did wear it a few times, I hated the fit. I eventually threw it out. Fast forward 10 years and I decided to remake the tank and add the two pieces to my core wardrobe. Yes, I still had the fabric. Initially I liked the fabric so much that I went back to the store and bought the remainder of what was on the bolt...4 1/2 yards. (There's still quite a bit left. Maybe I'll make a dress). Maybe I didn't remake it before now is because it took me this long to locate it in my stash?? Could be, who knows.


I didn't use the Simplicity tank pattern this time. This time I used McCalls 6559 which I've altered from the original maxi dress. I love the back, cut-in armhole design.Frankly, I like it so much that this is my go-to tank top pattern. BTW I scored this cool hanging display last weekend. I somehow ended up at the local mall and took a quick walk through. Charlotte Russe is going out of business and selling everything including the fixtures. This supposedly plus-size, hanging display was a mere $10. I couldn't pass it up. It'll come in handy when I don't feel like using my Duct tape dressform which has my measurements to a tee.

Below, I've styled my "new" twinset with my Wardrobe skirt. Love it! Don't love some of the expressions on my face though. The photographer (husband) wanted to know why the funny faces. Excuse me! The faces are because you don't know what you're doing and I'm probably trying to explain it to you and you'res not listening...just snapping away like a maniac!

Then again, I could have been shooing the dog away from photo-bombing me. Either way these two pieces are a great addition to my Wardrobe. Stay tuned.