Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cotton Knit Dress

Stash busting 2014:  Easy Breezy Dress

Fabric:    2 metres

Pattern:  McCall's 6747

This pattern made it to my stash thanks to the lovely Carolyn who sent it my way. Carolyn won the sailor's dress give-away earlier this summer. And she sent me a surprise email asking if I would like to try McCall's 6747. Would I?

Yes! I love that it looked like a easy comfortable fit.

Thank you Carolyn, I love this pattern.

I decided to go with this fabric, the green and white knit eyelet.  

I picked this fabric up at Fabricland not too long ago, probably late last year when I found it in the discounted area. It is a lightweight cotton knit and perfect for summer-time wear. The eyelet embroidery on the fabric was flawed in some parts and I did have to be careful and work around that when cutting out my pattern pieces. Luckily, I had extra fabric to play around with the placement. And there's some left-over fabric that I might be able to knock off a pair or two of knickers with white lace trim.  

I was working with a size medium, it is a perfect fit in area above the waistline. From the waistline and below I had to do some adjustments. I have hips. I added 1" to the seam edge giving me another four inches of ease all around. Working with the pattern for the first time I worried if I would have enough ease. There are conflicting reports around as to whether the pattern is for a close-fitting garment or a loose-fitting garment. I'm going to say this is a close-fitting pattern and I'm glad I added a bit more ease in the hip area otherwise I would be turning it into a tee-shirt.  

I chickened out of the placket after reading some of the reviews. Even though I do like the look of the placket I also like how it turned out without the placket. I cut the neckline piece the same size and just put the centre front as the centre back. It worked out fine. I kept the length of the dress long and cut the three-quarter length sleeves. It is not quite a maxi dress, it sits just above my ankles. I hemmed the dress and sleeves using a twin needle.

I think this is a perfect dress for running around to do errands this summer. And I can see how some people say that this would make sweet pj's because it is that comfortable.  

Happy Sewing!  And thank you Carolyn!  

Monday, 28 July 2014

Unintentional Housedress

Stash busting 2014:  McCall's 2176

Fabric:  1.5 metres

Zipper:  22" invisible zipper

This turned out to be an unintentional housedress / wearable muslin for Mama R. It came about because I'm trying to find a simple dress pattern that I can use for another fabric and I found this pattern in Mama R's stash.

It is McCall's 2176, a super easy make. It is a well drafted pattern but I will have to tweak it a wee bit to make it work for the suiting fabric I have in mind. Mama R will need more ease in the waistline area if I'm going to make this other version.

I did add some ease to the centre front of the dress when I cut out the fabric. And I straightened the centre back adding a zipper while I was at it. About six and a half inches below the lower armhole I eased out to the narrowest seam allowance. It is wearable and will work as a housedress. But if I'm going to make another one I will have to give it a workable seam allowance and ease through the body of the dress. The neckline is a little wide too. I'll have to tweak that as well as shortening the shoulder width.  

The fabric may look familiar. It is the same fabric used for this dress. I had enough left-over fabric to test out this pattern. It was nice to stash bust the last bit of this fabric. The fabric came from the home decor department at Fabricland. It is a silk screened 100% cotton sateen.

Not too much else to say about this "relaxed fit" dress. It is a good basic pattern that I will reshape to work with this wool fabric. I will keep the pockets and line them.  I'm actually excited about making a matching dress and jacket as soon as a fix up the dress pattern.

Happy Sewing!  

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Pattern Give-away: Hanging Out on the Patio

This week's pattern give-away is all about enjoying the summer time.  

McCall's 5274 is a patio package pattern that has it all! 

Chef's hat, apron, oven BBQ mitt, potholder, oval placemat with ruffle, oval placemat with binding and tufting, rectangular placemat with ruffle, rectangular placemat with napkin ring, square table cloth, round table cloth, rectangular tablecloth, napkin, flower pot cover, folding chair cover (two different styles), picnic bench cushion and chaise lounge pad patterns and instructions are all found in this pattern.  

Vogue 7305 is easy pattern for Misses' shirt, top, skirt, shorts and pants. It is a multi-sized pattern that has sizes 8, 10 and 12.   

Loose-fitting shirt has collar, collar band, dropped shoulders, mock-front bands, front extending into tie ends and long, two-piece effect sleeves with pleats/button cuffs, rolled-up (wrong side shows). Close-fitting self-lined top has shoulder straps and back extending into tie ends. A-line, wrap skirt, above-ankle, has tie ends and narrow hem. Wide-legged shorts, micro-mini or straight-legged, cuffed pants, lower calf, have contour (below waist) waistband and purchased cording. D: side slits, narrow hem.  

Here's the deal:  

  • Promise not to sell them. 
  • I will ship internationally using regular post.   
  • Give these patterns a good home where they will be used, shared, and made into fabulous things.  
  • Leave a comment below and I will draw on Wednesday, July 30th using random number generator.  
  • If you include a way that I can reach you if you win, that would helpful.  
Good luck and happy sewing!  

Saturday, 26 July 2014

She Just Can't Get Enough Dress

Stash busting 2014:  Simplicity 2372

Fabric:    2.3 metre

Zipper:   22" invisible zipper

Thread:  1 spool polished off

How many versions of Simplicity 2372 do you think Mama R's closet can hold?

This one is number six and she has also asked for another one. I swear she just can't get enough of this dress pattern. She swears it is the most comfortable dress. Who am I to argue, as long as Mama R is happy all is good with me.  

The fabric is a navy satin crepe. The slippery factor makes this a challenging fabric to sew but moving the sewing machine from its usual spot helped with keeping the fabric from sliding off the table edge. There is enough to make another dress. Shhh!, don't tell her.   

Nothing new that I haven't cover in the other five versions, this one is made with the changes Mama R requested on the last few. She wanted the neckline changed so that it is not as wide as this one along with making the sleeves longer. The length has been shortened since Mama R is a petite sized lady. And that is about it. She wants a matching jacket to go with this and guess I better get to work.    

Happy Sewing! 

Friday, 25 July 2014

In Sewing News Today...

Lucky me! Guess what came in the mail yesterday? McCall's 6747, it is a gift from Carolyn. 

Thank you so much! 

I can't wait to sew this up, I'm trying to decide on a knit from my stash. This one... 


or this one?

I'm going to have to try and sneak it onto the cutting table this weekend.  

Right now I'm busy cutting out more projects for Mama R. We went shopping at Northwest Fabrics yesterday and she picked up some black fabric for a couple of dresses and a top.

I do have a project that I do want to make for her, another jacket. I picked up this fabric at Northwest late last year.   

The plan is to make another jacket, like this one, using Vogue 8916. I have all the pieces cut out and then discovered that there is enough left-over to make another garment. Hence, the dress pattern with the fabric. My initial thought was to make a skirt but Mama R prefers dresses. She asked for another dress using her favourite Simplicity go-to pattern but I'm not too keen on the pattern with all those pleats around the neckline with this fabric. Instead, I found this pattern, McCall's 2176, in her stash that I will give a try and if it works out okay, I'll cut the dress in the rest of this black and white fabric to match the jacket.  

While at Northwest during this recent trip, I did pick up a couple of things for myself. I happened to find white denim, where was this back in April?  

At this price, I would be crazy to leave it behind, right? Peter and Michael did a lovely job on selling white pants the other day. Maybe a pair might be in my future? Or perhaps a dress since there is enough fabric here to knock one off.  

And this fabric was also a good deal. No specific project picked out for this fabric just yet.

This red and white houndstooth weave fabric was too cute, a suit perhaps? I did pick up enough for a jacket and skirt.  

Anyway, that is all in sewing news today. What is on your sewing table?  

Happy Sewing!  

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Pattern Give-away Winner: The Jacket Package

Thank you to everyone who entered the pattern give-away!

I won't keep you waiting....

The winner of the jacket pattern package is number ...

Congratulations SewDiane! If you would drop me your mailing details at grrracar (at) gmail (dot) com I will drop these pattern in the mail.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Pattern Give-away: The Jacket Package

This week's pattern give-away is all about jackets, McCall's 5007, McCall's 5937, Vogue 8480 and Vogue 8715.   

The first three patterns are jacket only patterns, Vogue 8715 also has patterns for a skirt and pants. All of the patterns are combination sizes 6, 8, 10, 12. And they are all unopened and factory folded patterns.

If you are interested promised not to sell them, give them a good home where you will use them, share them and make something fabulous with them and leave a message below. I will ship internationally and will draw for these using random number generator on Thursday, July 24th.

Good luck and Happy Sewing!


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