Wednesday, April 30, 2014

McCall's 6744

McCall's 6744
View C
Size Small

Alterations:  Removed 3" off the length of the skirt
Fabric Used:  Rayon Jersey Knit from

On the front of the pattern it has an "Easy" notation and it is!  This is a fabulous pattern.  I had a feeling it would turn out well, so I traced it with my Swedish Tracing pattern paper.  I just knew I would be making this again and I will!

There is elastic in the shoulder seams, as well as the waist.  Casings are made of the seam allowances.

Narrow hems are made in the armhole openings, neckline area, and front skirt areas.  Before doing my narrow hems, I fused some woven interfacing along the edges which made it so much easier to sew without stretching the fabric any.

Instead of a narrow hem at the bottom, I turned up 1 inch and used my coverstitch machine.  I have found that narrow hems at the bottom seem to flip up a little after washing.  An inch hem seems to behave better.

I have layered a thin white camisole top underneath.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Look 6095

New Look Pattern No. 6095
Size 10
Fabrics from Girl Charlee

I really like my new dress!  I added to the pattern sleeve with a strip of coordinating fabric.  I think I cut it about 2.5 inches wide by the length of the base of the sleeve.  I then folded it wrong sides together, and  sewed it to the sleeve with my serger--easy hem!

I liked how view D had a shortened version of the dress with an added contrast band.  Instead of using a ribbon trim as the pattern would have you do, I cut a strip of coordinating fabric to sew between the dress and the band.  If you make this in a stripe, you will loose them at the bust darts, but then they come together further down.

I like the shaping the back darts give and this was easy to do with the stripes.

I cannot begin to tell you how frustrating it was to try and match these stripes with the installation of the zipper!!  I used an invisible zipper instead too.  They are just so much easier to put in.  Anyway, since I did an invisible zip, I had to finish off the neckline a little differently.  In doing so, I forgot that I hadn't "secured" the top of my zipper after I cut off some of the length.  Up went the zipper and off came the metal slide.  And this was after spending A LOT of time getting it in where the stripes matched up to the best of my ability.  Then I had to rip out that zipper and do it all over again.  Not one of my best moments.  LOL  A big lesson learned.  The stripes match up pretty good.  It isn't perfect, but it is close enough where I am happy with it.

I just love red, white, and blue together!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Zip Up Jacket

Ottobre Spring 1/2014
#35 Zip Up
Size 146

Fabrics:  Sweatshirt Fleece & Stretch Lace Hearts

I had to do one more jacket before I was completely finished with cool weather clothing.  A couple of months ago, one of my daughters saw a zip up jacket when we were out shopping.  It was really pretty with a lace overlay on the front but in gray.  She said, "Momma, can you make me something like this?"  I have to laugh because now my children know me pretty well.  I won't always buy clothing for them unless it is something they really need.  However, they know that since I love to sew, I will pretty much make anything for them if I can.  Do you do that?  Are you more willing to buy fabric to make something than buy it?  It took me a couple of months, but here it is finally and she loves it!

The instructions didn't call for invisible zippers for the pockets, but that is the only thing that made sense to me, so I went with that. 

We had a little fun with the black solid areas and made heart stencils and did a little painting.

I did line the inside of the hood with a black single knit jersey.

You can see the zipper pull at the bottom here.

I did interface the fabric edge before sewing the zipper--that makes things so much easier.  Sewing is such a trial and error kind of thing.  That is why I love it so much.  I never get bored with it because there is always something else to learn and I have been sewing for years!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley