Monday, August 20, 2018

McCalls 7085: Not for the Faint of Dart!


I love trying a new pattern that I can immediately add to my TNT lineup. M7085 classic sheath is just such a pattern. Although it is drafted for a woven fabric I used this gorgeous Nanette Lepore viscose knit from Roz at Sew Much Fabric. The colors, Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Bone and Orange are just so vibrant and vivid:


I lined the dress with Tricot knit, also from Sew Much Fabric and if you've never used this lining you absolutely must give it a try!


The beauty of the pattern is the shaping from 12 darts- 4 in front plus 2 bust darts, 4 in the back and 2 at the back shoulder. I'm not that wild about making darts but I sure do love the fit they give:


I went down a size since I was using a knit and also took in an additional bit at the waist for a great fit front:


and back!


Roz still has this fabric in stock and it is the perfect weight for transitioning into fall. I have no doubt this dress is going to be an huge favorite and I can't wait to wear it!

Thanks for stopping in and until next time Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

How to Beat a Sizzling Summer


If you're in Texas, you're probably sizzling in this heat wave, too, so what better way to stay cool than sewing than another Sizzler Sundress from Naughty Bobbins?  This time I've used a whimsical floral rayon knit from Roz at Sew Much Fabric. As Brand Ambassador I have the privilege of choosing the fabric with which I want to sew. Last week I visited Roz in person with another knit in mind for this project, but once I spied this happy floral it stole my heart! 
 
And now for a miracle find I'm just learning out about! The front of this dress has a gathered panel so it is not lined:
 
 
However, the bodice and back of the dress are lined. Roz introduced me to Tricot for lining. What planet have  been living on that I'm just discovering this wonder fabric?? It is simply divine:
 
 
The Sizzler may be my all time favorite dress. The finishing techniques are so professional and you end up with such a neat, beautifully made garment.
 
 
In addition to the crossed front V I love the deep V in the back. But it's a perfect V- no bra peeking!
 
 
Perfect pattern, perfect fabric, perfect lining. If you have to brave the heat, you may as well do it in perfection!
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Getting Ready for Couture Camp aka The Black Vera Wang


I'm so excited about my project for Susan Khalje's couture workshop in New Orleans next month. I've veered drastically from my original idea of a trenchcoat. I saw this Vera Wang pattern and had to have it. As Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric I collaborated with Roz and decided upon this gorgeous 4-ply silk to be lined with silk charmeuse. If you've never sewn with, or even felt the weight of, 4-ply silk you are in for a treat. It has the weight of a heavy crepe with a slight sheen on one side and a more matte finish on the other. It's just decadent. This is a special order item for Roz which she is happy to order for you and it comes in 98 breathtaking colors.


The pattern is Vogue 1585, an OOP Vera Wang design. It is classic and timeless. I'm making the shorter cocktail version.
 


The bodice of this pattern calls for a two-way stretch illusion and bridal button looping for the back. I plan to make covered buttons for the loop closure.



I've done as much as I can on my muslin and will let Susan tweak it to perfection:


Stay tuned the week of August 6th as I bring this beautiful fabric to life. I will be learning some new techniques and using fabric combinations new to me. Can't wait!
 
Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy sewing!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Gotta Love A Halter Top!

 
 
This halter top is Pattern #105 from the new July issue of BurdaStyle and this floral print viscose poplin from Sew Much Fabric is the perfect fabric for it! This pattern needs a lightweight, drapey fabric to show off the pleated detail on the bodice and the poplin fills the bill. Here is a line drawing for a better look:
 
 

I left off the ties and lengthened mine 2" but otherwise made no changes to the pattern. I will tell you that the side zip is not necessary. The cut-in shoulder style and deep V in front lets this top easily go over your head. Skip the zip!


I'm wearing my top with Grainline Studios Maritime shorts made from black double cloth linen that I got from Sew Much Fabric several years ago. Love that stuff!

This July issue of BurdaStyle has lots of cute summer makes:


Personally, I think my halter top is every bit as cute as the one in the magazine!


Maybe even cuter!


Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy sewing!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer's in Full Swing Now!



I loved my last paper bag waist pants so much I knew I had to make another pair when I saw this wonderful tropical print from Sew Much Fabric. Rayon poplin has the perfect weight and drape for pants with pleats, a full skirt or swishy dress. It's an amazing fabric that launders like a dream and barely needs the touch of an iron. These pants are from the custom trouser pattern drafted for me by Andrea of Sew To Fit.

I've topped off this summer duo with McCall's 7775 dress pattern which I shortened to be a top


and I used the Kiwi linen from SMF. This pattern is not for the faint of heart. As simple as it appears I found it to require some fairly major surgery to alleviate gaping around the under arm area. I estimate I removed a good 3" from each side in order for it to fit properly.

 
However, in the end, all of my dislike of fiddling with this pattern was made up by being able to look at this luscious green linen. I cinched the pant waist with a brown grosgrain ribbon belt that ties the two pieces together. The kiwi linen was the perfect topping for the island-y pants and I love the whole look!

 
Thanks for stopping by and until next time, happy sewing!


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Molten Lava Tank Dress


My original thought for this yummy rayon knit called Lava from Sew Much Fabric was to make a top to go with the linen suit from my last blog post. However, it was nudging me in the direction of a dress instead because it wanted to be shown off. (Yes, I really do think my fabrics speak to me!) I chose the tank dress view of OOP McCall's 6355 that I've made SO many times and it's a pattern I dearly love because it's so versatile.
The colors in this fabric are all beautiful and it does look molten:


I lined my dress with beige performance knit and it worked great. I found a really helpful tutorial on how to machine finish the shoulder seams of a lined, sleeveless dress. I will definitely use this technique again. I was going to use my in progress photos using the technique on this dress but it's so narrow at the shoulders that the photos were more confusing than helpful.
This little tank will get lots of wear this summer. It was the perfect simple pattern to highlight this smokin' fabric!


Thanks for stopping by and until next time, happy sewing!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

For the Love of Linen!


Nothing says summer like a linen suit and I've put together two great Burda patterns along with khaki linen from Roz at Sew Much Fabric to make an outfit that I think will be a real workhorse in my wardrobe. The jacket is Burda Style 04/2018 #102 and the minute I saw it in the magazine I knew I had to make it. It was a challenge but nothing difficult so I thoroughly enjoyed making it. Really, the only time consuming part was tracing the 17 pieces!




This jacket has so many cute design details. The front, of course, but I also love the curved cuff on the sleeves:



and also the safari jacket styling in the back:




The pants are Burda 7062 which I've made many, many times and always come back to for a great fitting pant. And I was crushing on the rayon knit Roz has in stock called Random Dot so I used it to complete my outfit pairing it with NL 6470, a TNT in my stash:


I'm completely smitten with my linen suit and can't wait to wear it. Linen is so comfortable to wear in Houston's heat and humidity and it launders beautifully, too. Run on over to Sew Much Fabric and I'll bet Roz has linen in one of your favorite colors!



Thanks for stopping by and until next time, happy sewing!

 
 
 
 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Spring Sewing is a Wrap


 
With temps pushing 90 in Houston our coveted, albeit short-lived, spring is quickly departing. The good news? Bring on the summer sewing! My first make is my uber-favorite Grainline Studios Moss skirt made with this fabulous embroidered border denim by Telio now in stock at Sew Much Fabric.
 
I have a closet full of shirts that look great with this multi-colored floral embroidery. The colors are so vibrant and rich.



I used cotton shirting for my pockets and fly shield and topstitching was easy on this denim, as it is on the lighter end of the denim weight scale.


And of course, this summer skirt is special enough to deserve a lining. I used cotton broadcloth and a decorative stitch hem.

 
I love wearing this skirt and it has already become a staple in my wardrobe! The embroidered denim and both the white and orange 11 oz. rayon knits are all available at Sew Much Fabric. So summer, welcome to Houston! I'm ready for you.



Thanks for stopping by and see you next time. Until then, wishing you happy summer sewing no matter where in the world you are!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Channeling Vogue 9296


I fell in love with this dress when it premiered earlier this year in the spring Vogue pattern collection. Well, it's really the fabric I was in love with, the dress was secondary and I wasn't that crazy about it, but somehow it called out for a this huge floral. My first impression of the dress was that the cold shoulder was a bit trendy but when Roz at Sew Much Fabric told me she had ordered the very fabric that McCall's used for their model, I knew I had to have it. It's a rayon poplin with a great weight and the perfect drape a flowy dress like this would require. Knowing the fabric was on the way, the pattern started growing on me and then it was a must have. Now I can't imagine having made anything else with this fabulous floral. And here's the Vogue for comparison:



It was a very simple make. The pattern has cup sizes which, for me, is always a plus. The only modification I made was to decrease the front slit in the bodice which I shortened 2". It's a sleek fit and looks as nice in the back as the front:


The sleeves are fun. It's been a long time since I've worn a full sleeve gathered with a cuff.



By the way, this fabric washes and dries like a dream! There were so many fun colors in this fabric I decided to use the grass green for all of my topstitching rather than predicable black:


Lukewarm turned to love for my new dress and think I'll have fun wearing it this summer!

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

My Easter Confection



If this skirt and top look eerily familiar, that's because they are a deux over from my last post! When I find pieces that work well together it's a given that I will make them again right away. No exception with this Burda Style skirt (01 2018 #121) and knit top (Burda 6848).

This time I used the lovely zig zag tweed and white rayon knit from Sew Much Fabric and a guipure lace remnant from Promenade Fabrics which I used as a border and embellishment.

The construction of the skirt was similar to making a guipure skirt in that I determined the hem length and stitched that first. I then added the guipure border.  I cut individual motifs from the lace and started placing them. Uniformly to begin with:



And then I just kept adding here and there until it looked balanced to me:


Once the lace was all basted in place I stitched it down with my Bernina Stitch Regulator which is a pretty darn awesome little gadget for freehand stitching. I'm looking forward to playing around some more with it.



No individual motifs on the back since it is flat with no pleats. Here it's shown with my jean jacket:




The whip cream and cherry for my Easter treat is a silk charmeuse lining and my favorite Petersham ribbon waistband treatment:




The Burda top I modified by replacing the wide band on the pattern with wrap ties. I made the bodice as instructed omitting the band:



Then I cut two bands on the fold the width of the fabric to make the ties:


I made an opening at the right side seam to thread one of the ties through before wrapping and voila, a great wrap around shirt to complete my Easter Confection:




And I love it with my ribbon candy French jacket!




Happy Easter and thanks for stopping by!