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|Posted on December 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
Yesterday while picking up a few items at the store, I wandered into the sewing section and took a quick look at the patterns on the rack. Two of them came home with me. One being a wrap dress (Simplicity E1994). I recently had wrap around dress dreams.
This pattern is basic in design. The bodice and skirt are one piece. The wrap forms a V neckline. Short simple sleeves. There are shaping darts in the back and french darts in the front. The dress closes with a tie on the side.
Does anyone else think this looks a lot like a dress from a scrubs sewing pattern?
I was surprised by the length of this dress. It is a lot longer than knee length but shorter than all the maxi's. You just don't see many patterns at this sort of "tea length".
While still standing in the store holding the pattern, several possibilites for it came to mind.The wrap dresses in my earlier sketches were below the knee, with a collar and 3/4 length sleeves. I could also see it as a lovely robe with long fluted sleeves. Another idea was to shorten it to make a blouse or (with longer sleeves) a "jacket".
This morning I looked online to see how others have used this pattern. Sheilaz-CTK made several versions, she shortened the skirt and lengthened the sleeves. I was also delighted to find she had made a blouse too. I wonder if anyone has made a robe!
This could be a really fast sew. With no zipper, buttons, interfacing or other notions, all you need is some fabric and you are good to go.
|Posted on December 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on November 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
I enjoy using my TNT (tried and true) sewing patterns. You know the ones that are used over and over because they always deliver, maybe it is the fast and easy shirt or the dress that always comes out perfect.
I see other sewist refer to having a goal of purposely developing a collection of TNT's. I have to admit this surprised me. It's not that I think it's a bad idea, I just never thought of my "go to" patterns in this way before. Why?
Mostly because the "development" and frequent use of these patterns was mainly by accident.
When I bought my all time most sewed pattern (Simplicity #9825), I just liked the yolk detail. I had no idea how much I would love sewing and wearing this skirt.With a yoke instead of darts and facing instead of a waist band, it sews up fast and always looks good on.
One "top" that I have made several of is from a wardrobe pattern that I bought because the jacket had interesting seaming on it. I was not even considering the little "camisole" style top that came with it. It turned out to be a great layering piece that you always have enought fabric for.
On the other hand, I did acquire a skirt pattern that I thought I would get a lot of use from. I was not happy with how this skirt sewed up. Thinking I did something wrong, I tried it again, also with unsatisfactory results. I was so convinced that this should be a great skirt, I even tried a third time. Afterward, I thought "Why did I do this, when I knew better". I really should just toss this one. Definitely not a TNT, even though I thought it would be.
A TNT collection is a great thing to have and is definitely worth the effort it takes to get there. If you try this, just remember to have fun with it and don't be discouraged if your first pick is not "The One". If you keep trying, you will get there. As for me, I really could use a "go to" pattern for dress pants. Maybe I should try some deliberate TNT development.
|Posted on October 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM||comments (2)|
"I missed my patterns the most"
This spring I had to pack most of my sewing space into boxes to put into storage. I left out enough sewing supplies to sew a few projects. I sewed quite comfortably for a short time, however, I began to miss certain things, including my thread stash. But what did I miss the most? My dressmaking patterns.
Although, I kept out a handful of patterns, they were not enough. I needed my whole collection. I missed using them to plan future projects. I missed comparing them to current trends. I missed just looking through them. I even felt a little lost when new fabric came into my possession and I wanted to contemplate it's possibilities.
After a while, my husband had to climb through our entire household in storage to find them. I am glad I had clearly labeled most of the boxes in there.
Now that I have them back, it does not matter as much that the rest is packed. I can make do with what I have if my patterns are here.
Now that I have built up quite a collection over the years, I try to only buy new ones that have details that are not already represented in my stash (although, once in a while a pattern tempts me beyond good sense). I might already have something that I can use to get the look I am after. Not only does this save money, but the pattern may already be altered to fit me, which is always a plus.
What is your pattern collection like? Do you use the same few over and over? Or do you like to try a new pattern for every project?
|Posted on September 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM||comments (2)|
This top is made from a rayon blend satin, floral print in off white, aqua and caramel. The pattern (called Gypsophelia Peasant Top) is a semi-fitted pullover with dolman sleeves.
While this top is not my usual style, I thought it would be great to have a fast sew blouse that could be made on a whim. With no buttons or zippers, all you have to do is pull fabric (woven or knit) from the stash and start sewing.
This pattern was a free download from Fabric.com that you print out on regular copy paper. Once you print it out and tape it together, most of the work is done. The sewing part is fast, no sleeves to set in. You do have to make or buy seam binding, and use it
I thought the pattern was clever, making the "sleeves" from side panels to give a slight princess seam to the bodice. The directions seemed clear and easy to follow, except they did not say how to finish the tie ends. I just knotted mine.
I also liked how the bias binding on the neck extended to form the ties. I made my key hole higher than the pattern, but I think I made it too high because it does not look right. Maybe, I will just leave it alone next time.
I was not sure at first if I made the right size, it seemed so big to me. But, with no zipper, ect, it really can not be much smaller and still come on and off. Once I put a belt with it, I liked it much better. Sometimes it takes a few wearings to get use to a new style.
I love the print, it's subtle and airy. Satin was not one of the recommended fabrics for the pattern, but I wanted a blouse not just a top. It feels luxurious and fits my dressy wardrobe, yet it is still casual enough to wear with my jeans.
|Posted on August 12, 2013 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
This rainy evening I was thinking, or rather, dreaming of my autumn/winter wardrobe. I am thinking of making a wrap dress. Probably the most impractical garment for a windy location, but I love wrap styling and have not had a full wrap dress in a few years.
While looking at commercially made wrap around dresses online, I came across a beautiful rust colored suede wrap dress. Then it dawned on me, that I have a piece of synthetic suede in a wonderful muted emerald green color.
I also saw a black dress with contrasting red collar, cuffs and belt. I have a piece of olive fabric. I could do the contrasting pieces in another color like rust, or I could use a scarf I have in an olive, red and peach floral print.
Since I don't currently have a wrap around dress pattern, I had to do more online research. I want one with the collar but no lapel and three quarter length sleeves. I came up with two close matches. New Look #6674 (I would have to lengthen the short sleeve) and Burda Style #116 (which would have to be downloaded and printed out).
Of course, nothing is final. Just dreaming for now.
|Posted on July 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
This shirt dress is a sleeveless button down garment with a collar, a pocket, princess darts and a self fabric belt.
The fabric is a very tiny blue, black and white checks. The color reads gray from far away. I used tan top stitching and tan translucent buttons for a little contrast.
I used McCall's #3578. Now that shirt dresses are back, I wanted one. I have always liked dresses that button all the way down the front, but it has been a few years since I have owned one. Originally, I planned on putting sleeves on this dress, but I thought the gray color would look more summery without them. I also cut out two hip pockets as well. They never made it on the dress. At one point, the top pocket had a flap, but it was not hanging right, so I took it off.
I often try my garments on several times as I am sewing them. This dress looked bad. My husband even said something about a lab coat. But I knew from experience that a hem can make a big difference in the appearance of a garment. So before doing anything drastic, I ironed in the hem and tried it on again. Much better!
I also put in more than twice as many buttons (21) as the pattern required. Of course, I did lengthen the skirt by several inches. But, I can sit down and my buttons do not gap open. I also think that the buttons look more decorative like this.
When reviewing my photos, I was very surprised to see that one of my side seams looked puckered. I didn't notice it looking puckered before, and they did iron out. So, I am not sure what was going on there.