I deeply admire all of the seamstresses out there that can not only sew insanely talented pieces but can also crank out witty blogs with clear, professional photographs. It is not easy and I get a tad envious I will admit. I have however learned to appreciate what I am able to do and be happy about it. Period. I have sewn seven or eight pieces in the last few months so I did meet my goal of “sewing five pieces that I would wear” so here we go!
Number One: was done while it was still warm but my daughter wants to wear it for the holidays with a sweater. It is Colette’s Macaron and I think it is an adorable dress. I challenged myself to match stripes which I was able to do at least down center front and a few inches on either side AND to use a very thin cotton voile for the bodice. I was surprised at how delicate this fabric was to work with and attach to the heavier cotton pieces. Sometimes I like to sketch out my idea first:
I use a bit of sketching paper and colored pencils and cut a swatch of the material I want to use. When I am working on it, I tape it on my wall and if I like it maybe it stays for good!
This photo really captures just how cute this dress is. I did not make the waist band contrasting so that I could highlight the contours and pleats.
My daughter plans on wearing this with tights and a sweater for the holidays but you can see what a great summer dress this would be!
This is CF and I was able to line up using a bit of glue stick to help but I did realize that the pattern instruction shows that the bodice and waist are supposed to line up perfectly before you sew, but they are not. If you follow the ‘matching notches’ it will be counter intuitive and will be sewing a curve to a flat piece but I checked with a very nice person at CP and they assured me that was the case!
Dress 2: The “Do I like this dress”? Vogue 8918
I will not say too much about this other than the jury is still out….I used a wonderful Italian wool knit from Gorgeous Fabrics and I really want to like this. I will say…the pictures do not do it justice but it is just a tad awkward. The sketch:
So far, so good. Instructions are clear, material is to die for…it took just a couple of hours until I tried it on. HMMMMMM!
My daughter’s bewildered look says it all. what is the neck supposed to do? In all fairness, I have seen this work in two other posts but I still felt the same way…torn. And I really like the idea and thought many, many times about trying it again but making the curve less dramatic but there are SO many other patterns I want to sew…so
Hold on, does this change your mind?
Oh good gravy I should not have posted that. I do realize I can delete but you know what? I am not sure if I have any readers so what the heck!! OK, wait….I was able to get my daughter to stand just right…so if you are at that cocktail party stand by the wall and DO NOT move!
See, it does have potential to look like the pattern picture but you have to also be the sketched mannequin :)
Not to be deterred. I have better pieces to come. Like….
Number 3: Sewaholic Hollyburn
I really, really like her patterns. They are so darn easy and fit so well. This is a red wool crepe and I ended up doing a lining in silk georgette. A bit bumpy on the pic but it is cute, trust me!
So, two things on this skirt that I want to showcase. Number one is the back zipper. I used a fun striped number and since I have loved the way pick (or prick) stitches look, I wanted to try it for the first time…and you can tell. But you know what? Next time I know what I will do in order to have neat and even stitches, so I learned something!
So there. In addition, I really like having a wonderful silk lining to help the drape and it feels great! I serged the seams of the lining using a rolled edge and silk thread AND in this next photo you can see that for the hem I used bias tape….WHAT? I loved the way it worked.
This is the inside of the skirt!! First time for the rolled edge on the serger. I changed the thread, removed the knife finger and one needle….all in one afternoon. :)
Moving on to Number 4:
This is a quick snap of a blouse that I am officially in love with!! the Sewaholic Alma. Can you say options????? It is easy; I am getting used to that with Sewaholic patterns but the result is anything but simple! I had yards of vintage material from a flea market and had washed it about twenty times to become usable. To muslin this pattern that material kept calling at me to be used and guess what? My daughter snatched it up and by golly just look at her face…you would think she were in a trance from watching too much “New Girl”.
The only thing I did was add some bias tape to the sleeve to help balance the collar. This fabric has been folded for about forty years so I do not know if I will ever get the cf crease out but note to everyone: Alma is fantastic!!
Last but not least Number 5:
I will affectionately call this my pajama dress, aka Vogue 8665. Great easy pattern and a HECK of a comfortable dress!!
I used two different ponte’s to create a bit of shaping. This dress took a lot of material at this length so I will warn you about that, BUT it is easy, comfy and I think it looks pretty darn good! I skipped the zipper, what do I need it for if I can slip this easily over my head?
If you can tell, I have not hemmed it yet but I am planning on doing the same thing to the hem as I did to the neckline. Instead of the double fold method that Vogue calls for, I made my own bias tape out of silk charmeuse and voila,
I think it adds a nice touch! I went a tad too narrow on this at 1 1/4 so next time I will do 1 1/2 so that there is no issue of catching it on the other side!
That’s it for now, my five “wear-ables”. I am working on a beautiful jersey cowl top with fabric from Sawyer Brooke and will post within the week. Thanks for reading!!