Documenting my sewing adventures, and the ins and outs of learning to adjust patterns for a perfect fit.

I want you I miss you ... I need you Butterick B6050



Happy Wednesday

I finished up this project couple of days ago.

It's a pretty simple dress, if no adjustments are need, my back piece my straps were too long so I had to take that a part and readjust and the elastic length for my size, made the dress droop in the back.

I made Size 18 top and graded to 22 at the hips. I think the pattern says 22 is 46 hips. My hips are a 48, so it a fitted on the hips.
But what can I do? The hips don't lie!

I choosed this novelty knit print picked up in one of the facebook fabric groups, It says I want you... I miss you... I need you... I thought it was cute and not too busy for the dress.

Well on to the next project, I have a cart full of fabric over at fabricmart.com. I'm going to wait to after dinner to see if I still want it, but who am I kidding of course I do you can never have too much fabric! Well you can but......

Butterick 6050/B6050 View A Front



Butterick 6050/B6050 View A Back View


Butterick 6050/B6050 View A Twisted Upper Back 

Until Next Time Sew on.....




This Dress is the thing Summer dreams are made out of Mccall M7405



Hi All! Happy Thursday


I'm still on my quest to sew down my stash, I picked up McCall M7405 I believe in the spring, because I really liked view C and View D.
This pattern called for 4 yards oddly enough I have closet full of 3 yard cuts or less. 

So I digged deep and found this fabric I had been hoarding for about a year and a half. Picked it up at Hancocks Fabric(I will miss that store).  It's some sort of knit, got it on a the flat yard table so it doesn't have any information on material content. It is the softness thing ever! But lightweight semi sheer, so I will need a slip under when I wear it.

The pattern itself was an easy sew, and after my last failed project it was nice to get right for once. This pattern is from McCall Learn to Sew line, some of the patterns can be hit or mess. But this one is pretty good. I do wish they would show an example of a slip stitch. I think for someone new to sewing that should be included in the instructions.

I made view D, but used View C slit on the right side. There is nothing wrong with a little leg action!

I oddly enough, last project didnt cut the back on the fold, this project I cut on the fold and it needed to be two pieces, so I just folded in half pinned it, made sure it was lined up no bubbles and cut it on the center fold.  Worked out fine.

Sewing has many mishaps sometimes we recover, others time we don't! But it's always fun to try to create something beautiful to wear.

I will say again I LOVE LOVE LOVE this fabric.


McCall M7405 View D with View C side split front view










Love the Rich colors of this fabric
McCall M7405 View D neckline gathers




Mccall M7405 Side Split, from View C



McCall M7405 View D
Back Neck Slit














When reality clashes with dreams! Simplicity 8084



So one day I had this vision of making the beautiful floor length Maxi style dress. I knew I wanted to make this dress just needed to find the right fabric.

So I back in March of this year, tried this dress Simplicity 8084 Mimi G pattern, it was an epic fail. I don't know why I thought a second attempt would get better, I quit last time on the bands part.


Well yesterday bright eyes, I went again at this task... and I'm stuck again, with a failed project so to speak, this right band is the devil! No other way to put. I watched the video a hundred times this right band/placket is not right. And guess what I'm not going to try to fix it. I'm done with this dress. I cant fit it anyways. I need two inches off each arm...maybe 3..lol

Because the sleeves, do NOT fit, I had to cut a 16 for the top and grade down to a 24W for the hips. The dress was fitting until I put on those sleeves. Then I looked like ummm the little kid who mom is trying to force them to wear the winter coat from last year!

So this project goes to the pile of dreams deferred.

If you are planning to make this I would suggest, you really really really figure out those bands first, before attaching them to the fronts.

Mimi G does have a video sew along, however I feel its limited as resourceful when it comes to the band, because she is using a dark colored garment so you can't see her fold lines, and the angle is close up so you can look at her band and compares yours in my opinion.

She also doesn't for time sake go over how to mark for the actual buttons, and she doesn't in the video go over covering the exposed edge of the placket. Also she says towards the end, but you should serge as you go. She doesn't pause for serging etc. I didnt like the collar on the dress, I knew this when I bought the pattern, my collar is very bad, if I do figure out how to salvage this dress, I think I will figure out another way to do the collar, facing maybe.


Conceptually this is an amazing pattern. Putting it together, is very difficult in my opinion. IT'S the bands.. the bands the bands...

Some of mishaps with making this dress, I cut the back number 5, into two pieces, yes indeed. Should have been cut on the fold. My right band is not right. at all, my collar is not horrible but its not perfect. I misplaced a button hole, two actually I corrected one.

High HOPES HERE


AND HERE, I MADE IT WORK 


ALL CUT OUT AND READY TO GO


STILL EXCITED


A LITTLE MISHAP BACK PIECE HAS A SEAM DIDN'T CUT IT ON THE FOLD STILL EXCITED


MAKING PROGRESS ATTACHED BACK TO FRONT WITH YOKE 



HIGH HOPES STILL POCKETS ARE IN AND SIDE SEAMS ARE CLOSED


IT WAS DOWN HILL FROM HERE MISPLACED BUTTON HOLE 

I ADDED THE BUTTONS JUST FOR PRACTICE, AS YOU CAN SEE THAT RIGHT BAND IS NOT RIGHT 





What I loved 

I love the bias tape for the casing, and I love my drawstring waist. I love the sleeves and the placket, even though my sleeves are to small for my arms, and of course the pockets.



Now I'm off to find something to redeem myself.... I failed miserably at this project.

Cut it up to Create A NEW.... Simplicity 1064

Happy Friday


I attempted to make a dress last year, and it ended up not being floor length like I wanted, so I couldn't decided to cut it short, however with the weight loss I've had over the year the dress ended up looking like a sheet hanging on me.





So I really wanted a dress from the fabric because it was so pretty so I found the scraps which I had which was roughly a yard and a half and I cut out majority of the pieces from that, and used the dress for the other pieces needed.



Dress I cut Up

I came up with View D which I love.


However its to short to wear alone, so I have to figure out what I want to wear underneath.
Easy sew for the most part, didn't persay enjoy doing the hem on the flounce....
                                                   I didn't add the elastic in the waist.



                       I'm still working on my 2-3 yards projects trying to clear out some of fabric stash.
EDIT: So not sure why I thought the view C and D where dresses, these are all tunics. OOPS






Simplicity 1064 View D Front












Flounce  View D Simplicity 1064





                                                                


                                                     Until next time sew on!!!
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