Ep. 83 – Ruthlessly Culled

Intro/Announcements:

  • Finally able to have some fun outside!
  • PECS food binders for the boys.
  • Bullet Journal!

Knitting:

WIPs:

Sewing

WIPs:

  • Chambray Shirtdress – McCall’s 7351 – had to get creative with fabric cutting and added contrast fabric to the inner yoke, under collar and inner collar stand.

Purchases:

  • “Sewing Swimsuits” class on Craftsy. So far, I think it will be helpful!
  • Floral cotton stretch fabric to make a 50’s style sheath dress.

Ep. 82 – Wouldn’t That be the Dream?

Intro/Announcements:

  • We are back from vacation! It was super fun, but it’s nice to be home.
  • Bullet Journal – still trying out new things.

Knitting:image (4)

FO:

WIPs:

Sewing

I’d like to focus on making Bras and Swimsuits here in the near future so I can really figure out how to do it right! I’ve purchased three more Craftsy Classes: “Sewing Bras: Foam & Lace”, “Adjust the Bust”, and “Fitting Solo. I also bought some pink sweater knit fabric that I need to figure out what to do with.

FOs:

  • Infinity Scarf – with left over swim wrap fabric. Just made up the pattern
  • Pirate Costumes – for the cruise. Basic black pajama bottoms for everyone which I then cut off with zig-zags. Then purchased t-shirts cut the same way…Easy!
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James did not want to pose for a picture!

  • Seagull top – V1387
  • Navy Cardigan – M6996
  • Pajama Pants – Burda 12-2010-134
  • Floral Swimsuit – B4526
  • Swim Cover up – jumpsuit style – M6083 – added 3″ to length of bodice

Swimsuit Fails!

  • Red Suit – S1374 – not supportive enough!
  • Mimi G Suit – S1116 – may work but I’ll need to figure out a better way for this to be supportive!

My Own Flock of Seagulls (V1387)

I’ve only got a few days left before we leave for our cruise (cue cheers!), so today was meant to be a sew-a-thon, but only one thing got done. This top took a lot longer to put together than I thought it would, mostly because the fabric required that I take everything a bit slower and I was super slow with all the hand stitching. But, in the end, I love it!

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Does this top give me linebacker shoulders?

I had originally purchased Vogue 1387 for view B, but the muslin didn’t go well (fit wise) so I just set it aside. Then, while looking at this fabric and trying to decide which pattern to use I ended up coming back to this one, but for view A.

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>>> Vogue 1387 Review <<<

Pattern Description: View A: Top has self-lined yokes, front pleats, shaped hemline, and very narrow hem. Front longer than back and mock wrap, pullover, fitted through bust, no shoulder seams, elasticized tie ends for casing, underarm inset, and armhole bands.

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Pattern Sizing: 14-22. I made a 14 with some fit adjustments.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, but mine is made from awesome fabric! 🙂

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. Although it could have been clearer in some spots.

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The armband is a bit finicky to work with. In the end, I treated it like a y-seam by only stitching the side seams up to the big circle, then attached the armband ends to each seam.

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The underarm inset was also tricky, so I pinned just the right side in place first, went all the way around the armhole, and on the way back down the other end pinned the left side (while the armband was still attached to the machine). This was a lot cleaner finish then what I got on my muslin.

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Oh, and I also did the tie’s a bit differently. I attached each one to the side seams of the casing, before closing the casing. Then I added elastic around the entire waist, so the ties are more decorative than functional.

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Love the style. Its a cute, light top. I also love the shape of the yoke and the V on the back neckline.

Fabric Used: Awesome seagull fabric. I think its poly and its actually featured in another Vogue Pattern, which I thought was kind of funny.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: After making the muslin in a 14 (one size down from the recommended for my size) I decided to add 2 inches to the bodice (above the ties). I also added 3/4″ to the front overlap edges for a bit more coverage. I had planned to stitch the fronts where they cross but haven’t yet. I also left off the facing and just did a narrow hem.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don’t think I would sew it again because it is such a distinctive style. But I would recommend it to others but suggest a muslin not only for fitting but as a good walk through of the construction.

Conclusion: As the seagulls say in Finding Nemo, “Mine, mine, mine!”

Cardi Party! (M6996)

We’ve had such a great weather week, but then today it started snowing. Argh! So, all these photos were taken indoor and are a bit “flashy.” Oh, well.

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With self-fabric belt. I kind of think it looks like a bathrobe like this. :)

Cardigan, done! One step closer to a completed cruise wardrobe!

I’ve had this pattern for a long while, before I really started thinking about sizing and fit. I purchased the (L, XL, XXL) pack and I’m sure I was thinking that I was a size 16 so that was correct. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m really more of a 12 or 14 with an aggressive FBA. In this case I just cut out the L and decided to fit as I went. Knit garments are a lot more forgiving and especially this style of cardigan.

>>> M6996 Review <<<

Pattern Description: From the envelope: Close-fitting, unlined jackets have raised neckline with front or front band extending into gathered back collar, long sleeves and stitched hems. I chose view D (which is exactly the same as view C just with a belt).

Pattern Sizing: The envelope contained L, XL, XXL and while I cut out the L with my changes its probably closer to the M.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, although I didn’t.

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Love it! I’m still on the fence about the self-fabric belt but love it open. I’d like to make the other views in the future.

Fabric Used: Old stash fabric. A neighbor cleaned out her stash years ago and this was gifted to me. Its some kind of stable knit. It was actually one big tube of fabric which was super cool. The only other fabric I’ve seen come like that is ribbed knit fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I changed the construction order around a lot and even the methods. Here’s what I did differently:

  • I set the sleeves in flat…so much easier. I also waited until the end to hem the cuffs.
  • I used an elastic for the back of the band instead of gathering and stay tape…again, so much easier…just stretch and stitch and it gathers on its own.
  • The way they suggest you hem the bottom and then attach the band. I didn’t want the raw (serged) edge visible at the bottom so I did that backwards. I attached the band, finished that seam and when I folded up the hem, I covered that serged edge.

As for sizing changes I took about 4″ width off at the hem, 3″ off at the waist/bust, and graded down to about 1.5″ narrower at the sleeve (this was done all as one seam).

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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, and Yes. I’ll have to adjust the fit a bit more (possibly narrow the shoulders) to make up for having the wrong size pattern.

Conclusion: Lovely cardigan. It will go with everything in the cruise wardrobe. While I hope it will be hot enough that I won’t use it much, I know that airports, airplanes, etc. will all be air conditioned so I’ll likely use it often.
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