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

Roses are Red...Violets are Blue- New Look 6491

Happy Saturday 

I am on stash busting mission this summer. So I am cutting and sewing and hopefully coming up with some nice garments. Of course there will be casualties lol. But I'm use to it. I picked apart some failed projects from last summer, trying to savage the fabric. We shall see if this summer is better. 


Moving right along, I was in the store last Sunday and I had a coupon for Joann's, so I went to use it. Didn't see not one thing I liked. I recall coming across New Look 6491, and thought hmmm I think I like this, but ended up sitting back. I was browsing Instagram or Facebook and saw Allyse Jolie version of New Look 6491, and thought hey I want that pattern.


Image result for new look 6491




 So I stopped by Walmart on the way home from work this week and picked it up. The pattern calls for woven, but I had a knit I wanted to use.


When picking out the sizing I went for the 18 top, graded the midriff piece to a 20 at the bottom, and graded to a 22 at the hips. I hate I didn't extend the skirt, I'm thinking about doing a 1/2 hem but I think it will depends on the shoes, I despise maxi dresses that hit above the ankles, even though I'm short I think it looks weird, personal preference, I like my maxi's below my ankles even to the floor.


The pattern itself is an easy sew, I for the most part set the instructions aside when I got to the skirt part, because for one I wasn't lining, and I didn't like how the fabric was gathering. So I made a casting for my skirt, with a 3/8 seam allowance, ran my elastic through, and then attached the bodice, I did make the bodice midriff lining piece, folded that flat and then stitched in the ditch from the front.


I think I will wear this for the 4th of July, I left the back seam well about 2 inches without the stitch in the ditch there, I think I may take it in a little bit more in the back closer to the 4th of July, Because I used a knit, my top midriff was a little to big for my liking, so I took in a 5/8 inch. I think I may go back in and take out another 1/2 inch or so. All in all I love the dress, I may make one again in knit. 


I wish I had pockets to this one. If I make it again it will have pockets.


I wanted more flare to the skirt, so when I was cutting it out, I added some width on the side, I guess maybe the proper way to do it was slash and spread the pattern, but it worked out fine.


This fabric is from Sew Blessed, fabric group on Facebook. I purchased it in the winter time, thinking I would make a dress for Valentines Day, not sure why I had no date lol. But as you can see it was sitting until now. 


Well that's it for now... Until next time Sew on!


New Look 6491 View A  

It doesnt flare this much on me if only I was 2 inches shorter




New Look 6491 View A Front (My Flair)





New Look 6491 Back View A



New Look 6491 Side View A





I wish I had added pockets however, I have enough scraps for pockets for something else











Give me a "T" ..... My first Stretch & Sew Pattern


Hello!

I'm finally getting back into the swing of things. My daughter graduated on May 29th. With prom and graduation etc, I had been dragging. I spent the last couple of weeks. Going through my fabric pulling out summer fabric. And I have to admit, I may just have to much fabric on hand. So I will really be pushing to sew up my fabric sooooooo I can yes, "BUY MORE". 

When I first started sewing I just bought fabric just to be buying fabric. Not knowing what type of fabric I like or much about fabric content, I have ended up with array of fabric. Now that I have a better sense of fabric content, and my personal style. I can do more project driven shopping. And which I have a long list, but I need to MOVE this fabric. 

So summer is dedicated to sewing up as much fabric as possible, Now moving right along. 
I am drawn to are vintage patterns. The love of vintage patterns can be another expensive hobby. Many vintage patterns are priced ridiculous high. I tend to look and not buy those lol. I think of all the fabric I could buy instead. But I do save the patterns, to see if I can find a cheaper pattern, or maybe use a current pattern with modifications. 

Well in one of the facebook sewing detash groups, I came across the Stretch & Sew pattern bundle, it was 3 patterns, this T dress, a pants/short pattern, and a pleated skirt pattern. It was priced for 5,00 with shipping 8,00 dollars total. So I grabbed it. 

Stretch & Sew 1530 The "T"



I really loved everything about this T pattern, 


  • neckline
  • cuffs
  • yoke
  • cuff
  • sides slit
Now when I got, I almost panic, it was only one sheet, front and back. I thought I was missing some pieces, until I realized I would have to trace the pattern. Ugh, I hate tracing patterns. But I said oh well. So I traced it out, went pretty smoothly. 


Since I was making View B, I had to cut on the lengten or shorten line add 15 1/2 inch and then 7 1/2 inch 

Now my oops moment, so I add the length, and I'm looking like you know this thing is pretty long. So I hold it up to one of my other skirt patterns, and its like 7 inches longer. So what do I do, cut 4 inches off. And I cut out my pattern. (Now why isnt there ever a life alarm panic button, or something that goes off and tell you... You are making a mistake) After I had cut all my pattern pieces out. ......

I turn and look back at the pattern. AND then the ligh bulb goes off. This front and back pieces are long because the top is only a crop/yoke. OOOPS... so I go find the piece I cut off, and yes you guess it. I cut my four inch pattern pieces. And sewed it right to the bottom no shame.

The pattern called for a two inch hem, the pieces I sewed on I used a 5/8 seam and I just did a 1 inch hem. Worked fine to me.  Well that's enough talking for one day, photos below of the finish project.




Stretch & Sew 1530 The "T" 

View B Close Up


Stretch & Sew 1530 The "T" View B 

4 inches add back to the hem.. after my Oops moment



Stretch & Sew 1530 The "T" View B

Back View


Stretch & Sew 1530 The "T" View B

 Side Slits and Cuff



Close up of Cuffs Love these


More sleeve action



Stretch & Sew 1530 The "T"

View B



Bonus before I say,  Until next time....  A couple pictures of my daughter 's graduation










For her special day she wore Mccall's 7160










Mccall's 7160/M7160 Fabric: Joann's 





I wore Vogue 9251 She wore McCalls 7160




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