Thursday, February 16, 2017

Better Than Basic Black

When going through my closet a few weeks ago, I noticed that I didn't have a black dress. I'm trying to focus this year on making/getting some basics that I can always use. I'm usually the person that realizes I need a dress for something, but I don't have it. So, I'm trying to remedy that this year.

I made this M6886 knit dress from a black ponte knit I had in my fabric stash.



I've had this pattern for years (that seems to be a recurring theme this year as well). Everyone seems to love it and I had never bothered to make it.This  is View E with long sleeves. 


It is a great, easy pattern! I do plan on making more of these with sleeve variations. 


I actually did have some trouble making the V-neck on this. It's been a long time since I've done one and I just couldn't get it right. So after about 5 tries, I finally got it, but that's something I now know I need to practice so that I can get it to lay flat and without stretching out the neck. The directions are pretty clear, I just wasn't getting it at first.

Many of you have this pattern and have tried it, so you know it's a favorite. And it was just selected as one of 2016's best on Pattern Review

So, that's all for now. I am on a mission to make more basics and staple pieces this year, as well as use as much of my fabric stash as I can. The journey continues...

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lovin' That Red...

I finished this top over the weekend and couldn't wait to share this with you. It's Vogue 9055 (View C) and it's so easy and comfortable. Although it's hard to see in the photos, I paired it with the Marci Tilton knit pants I made a little while back. 


I used a ponte knit that I've had in my stash for a while now (that's another goal for 2017 - used up as much fabric stash as possible). 

I love the front pocket which may be more cute than functional (either way, I don't mind). 


 I also like the high/low hem of the top. The instructions have you top stitch the seams of which actually gives it some nice detail. 




I bought the pattern in a large but ended up sizing it down to what is probably a medium. I tissue fit the pattern to make sure that the center front would actually be in the middle. So, everything worked out well.


That's all for now! I'm off to find the next stash-busting project...

Friday, January 13, 2017

Joggers (for lounging)

Happy new year! Hard to believe it's 2017 but here we are. I hope to make the best of it and I hope the same for you as well.

II made these Simplicity 8268 joggers as my first (two) completions of the year. I wanted something casual and comfortable to wear. I spend most of my days dressed casually (I'm sewing at home and away professionally now), but I didn't necessarily want more sweatpants. 

Simplicity Pattern 8268 Child's, Teen's and Adult's Slim Fit Knit Jogger

Honestly, this isn't something that I would have even chosen, but it was on sale so, why not. As it turns out, I'm really glad I bought it.





While the all black is hard to see, it's made of a ponte knit with black rib knit waist and leg cuffs. The purple is a polyester athletic fabric with the same black rib knit waist and leg cuffs. 

This features deep pockets which I love. You could add a gusseted side pocket with a snap closure to the leg if you wanted as well.  



This could even be made from a sparkly knit fabric for some variety and a different look! Now I'm looking in my stash (of patterns and fabric) for a top, probably long in the back, to coordinate with these.

That's all for now. 

Until next time... 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside...

Yes it's cold outside, but I was toasty warm in this jacket I made from McCalls 7026. I basically made view A with view B's sleeves. I wanted the longer sleeve on this. It also has the thumb hole although I never actually use those. 



I used "performance fleece" for the jacket. It's supposed to be more of a wicking material so that if you wear it during a workout, you won't overheat as easily and it will take moisture away from the body. It's very warm and very soft!



I'm wearing this with the "jeggings" I made with V8859 (highly recommend that pattern). I did have to use some contrasting knit for the facing because I stupidly used some of the fleece for a pair of socks and didn't realize I needed four fronts. Anyway, it all worked out in the end and I think it's actually a little more interesting. 



So until next time...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Knit Pants - V8859

I made these knit pants a couple of weeks ago. I wasn't sure about the material since it is very stretchy (basically jeggings material).But I'm so glad I made these. They are as comfortable as yoga pants and aren't tight.


These are dark blue (like jeans). I made the version with the double pleated knees. The only change I made was to use a wider elastic for the waistband. The pattern calls for 3/4" while I used 1". For me that just makes for a more comfortable fit. 


While I wouldn't wear this with the shirt tucked in like this, it's just to give a better idea of what the back looks like. 

This is quick and easy to make. And, the pattern didn't require me to make any additional adjustments which is awesome!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Pink lace cardi

This has become one of those go-to patterns for me. It's McCall's 6408 "jacket" pattern. To me, it's much more a cardigan than jacket, but whatever. I made this years ago in off-white and it has become one of my most used garments. 


So this time around, I decided to use some stretch lace I had to make another one. I'm still trying to use fabrics (and patterns) that I already have since I have so much. 

I definitely believe that this one is better made than the previous one (here's a link to that post). I have had so much more experience sewing in general and knits in particular than I did back then. My sewing confidence now is so much greater now than it was 5 years ago!


So, my advice to anyone out there who tried something that they liked but maybe it didn't work out is: keep at it! The more you do, the better you become. 

This is a quick and easy project. I made it in one sitting, but if you don't have that kind of time, it's easily broken down to doable steps. It's a Nancy Zieman "10-20-30 minutes to sew" pattern - perfect for busy sewists.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Simplicity Tunic 4149

I made this a few weeks ago and it is so comfortable, easy to wear and easy to make (a great combo, don't you think). I made View C with some very minor (decorative) changes.


I didn't do the rows of decorative top stitching that the pattern calls for with this view. I did do one row of the top stitch because that helps to hold down the facing and neck band on the inside. I didn't need to make any other changes to the pattern. I cut a size 16 for this. 



I really like that this pattern has different sleeve options as well (it also comes with pants, skirt and scarf patterns). This is a quick, easy project to put together. 

This is probably the last of my summer sewing (I really didn't do as much as I thought I might this year). I have already started to purchase some Fall patterns so I need to get to work on those plans!

Until next time...