Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Colette Patterns Rue Dress

Colette Patterns went back to their roots for this dress and I couldn't be happier about it! I like a two-hour sew as much as the next person, but it's so exciting and rewarding to tackle a bigger project.
I chose Version 1 but added the longer sleeves from Version 2.  I sew with a lot of prints, and the line drawings and examples for the launch made me think about stripes to start with. You can definitely go all out with prints, color blocking and piping for this one, but I also wanted to see what it looks like in a solid color without any flair to it.  It has a classic look to it, and I like that.
My fabric is a red wool crepe.  It's not great to be standing outside in Kansas humidity in a lined wool crepe dress! If you look closely at the pictures you can see that I'm actually starting to melt.  My measurements are 34-28-38.  Based on the sizing chart I initially chose a 2 in the bust graded to a 6 in the waist and hips.  The waist and hips were too big so I went with a straight 2 and it fits well. The bust was too roomy above the darts.  I pinned out what I didn't want, measured it (it was a 1/2 inch for me), made a straight line cut on the flat pattern, overlapped one side of the cut over the other 1/2 inch, and taped it..  I'm not sure if that's a legitimate way to adjust a pattern, but it worked for me. 

As usual, the directions are very clear and there are always online tutorials for the tricky stuff.  I appreciate the lining a lot on this dress.  I rarely do a lining unless the pattern calls for it.  If my main fabric is too thin I just underline it (maybe because I'm lazy?), but I do like the look of a lining.  I will be able to come back to these lining instructions for other projects. 

My lining is Cotton+Steel rayon.  It's a happy burst of color!
This dress is very versatile for warmer and also colder months.  My next version will most likely be in a floral print with piping, and I'm also wondering what it would look like if the bust piece was color blocked instead of the bottom bodice pieces.  So many little time.
I received a copy of this pattern prior to it's release, but all opinions in this blog post are my own.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Look 6446

I can't remember when or where I first saw this pattern in the blogosphere but I thought it would be a good way to jump on the culottes bandwagon.  I have such fond memories of wearing culottes in elementary school.  This is only the second time I've sewn a Big 4 pattern and it worked out well. 
Fit was an issue.  I chose a 14 for the bottom based on envelope measurements and thought the top would be OK graded to a 12 at the bust.  After my muslin I ended up grading the bodice all the way to a 6.  I think the fit on independent patterns is much better. 
The fabric is tencel from Mood which is sadly sold out.  I really enjoyed working with this fabric and I hope to have enough left over for a pair of Grainline Maritime shorts.  It looks like jean material but flows like a really thick rayon. 
I added navy piping at the top and along the edges of the belt.  I've done piping before but not on a belt.  I added it to one long side sewing right sides together and then turned it wrong sides together.  I folded in the seam allowance along the edge that didn't have the piping basted to it and top stitched through all the layers. 

The bodice is lined with simple cotton muslin.  I am not great at stitching in the ditch from the right side, but this actually looks ok from the inside this time. 
I'm pleased with this make.  Happy sewing! 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Grainline Maritime Shorts

My pant making process continues! As long as I get a little bit better each time I make a pair I'm considering the make a success.
Everywhere I turn people are raving about this pattern so I had to try it. It doesn't disappoint! The size 6 fits with no alterations which is the thing that always makes me the most nervous when I start thinking about sewing any type of pant. 
The Grainline tutorial for sewing the fly is amazing.  It makes it so easy! I'm proud of how my fly turned out on this one. Sorry you'll have to turn your head sideways. 
I chose a Ralph Lauren denim from Mood and it is extremely stiff.  I'm hoping if I wash the shorts a thousand times they will loosen up a bit.  Choosing fabric is hard. 
I don't know why pants are so hard for me to gear up for mentally.  I jump into everything else with both feet but jeans give me pause.  I think they seem intimidating to think about, but this pair was truly easy!  I'm not sure how often I will wear these but practice makes perfect.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Colette Zinnia

I'm not so sure why it took me so long to buy this pattern.  I own quite a few Colette patterns but skipped past this one when it was released. I love a high waisted flared skirt with gathers so I'm glad I went back for it!
Version 1 is easy to fit and sew. The skirt is gathered so once the waistband fits you're on track. 
I never choose striped fabric because I'm intimidated by matching up the stripes.  I liked this fabric so much from Mood that I decided to go for it.  I think I did ok but I took note of things to watch for in the future. The fabric is a cotton/rayon blend and when it came out of the wash it felt sort of puffy and springy like crepe.  Highly recommend it!
I shortened the length by 2.5 inches and there are still quite a few buttons to sew on.  I like the look of buttons but greatly prefer sewing in a zip!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SBCC Gibson Blouse

This is my third make from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick patterns and my love affair is growing stronger.  See the others here and here.  I caught on to the company a little late and now I'm going back to the beginning to see what I missed. 

I didn't realize the Gibson blouse has a hi-low hemline until I had finished sewing it together and tried it on. The hi-low look is not a favorite of mine, so I hacked off the low hem in the back to make it straight.  I like it much better that way.
The instructions for this one are sparse without a lot of pictures. The sewing on this one is pretty straight-forward so you won't miss them.  It's an added bonus because I was able to print off the instructions and have them beside me.  Having to refer to instructions on the computer is one drawback of digital patterns for me. 
My measurements are 34-28-38.  For other SBCC patterns I've used a small.  I cut a small for this but ended up taking off an additional inch from the side seams to make it less baggy.  Next time I will go with the XS. 
The fabric is Liberty of London. Happy sewing!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sewaholic Minoru #2

I have needed a second Minoru in my closet since I made my first one a couple of years ago. I wear the polka-dotted one constantly and if people always see me with a jacket on it must seem like I always wear the same thing!
I used a red twill from Mood for the shell and cheap satin-y stuff for the inside.  I like the elastic waist that provides shaping.
The pattern doesn't come with outer pockets so I added them because I think that's a necessity in a jacket.
The pattern does include handy inner pockets though! Back view:
My first Minoru will always be my favorite but it will be nice to have a second version. If you haven't made one yet you definitely should! The pattern is easy and the sewalong is extremely thorough. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Christine Haynes Sylvie Dress #2

I love this dress! I recently spent several weeks working on a blazer that ended badly and almost completely crushed my spirit.  I needed a sewing cleanse after that and this dress worked like a charm.
This is my first attempt at taking pictures with a tripod and the help of my little kids, which is why they are all crooked.  Working on that....
For my first Sylvie here, I chose a size 8 based on my measurements.  It was very big and I had to shave a lot off the back, so for this version I went with a straight 4 and it fits perfectly. 

I'm in love with this fabric that I purchased on Amazon.  It never occurred to me to look there for fabric until Oonaballoona posted about it.  It's very floaty, so I underlined it in a lightweight muslin. 
You'll have to turn your head to the side for this one because things aren't cooperating today, but that's a close up of the pockets and gathered skirt...

...and another sideways close-up of the three darts at the bust to provide shape. 

I wore this at the park and a 6 year old girl told me my dress was pretty.  You know 6 year old girls don't lie!