I said a Zig, Zag, Ziggity, Zag (M7360)

Another top completed in my Spring Sudoku Wardrobe! I’ve had this fabric for almost 2 years and had planned to make a top just like this but had never gotten around to it. Finally, with the great excuse of completing this wardrobe challenge I did it.

It’s a super comfy henley blouse with long sleeves, though I’ll likely wear it with sleeves rolled up and use the tab.

Pattern Review – M7360

Pattern Description: Loose-fitting, pullover tops have neck band, half placket, back pleated into self-lined yoke with forward shoulder seams, no shoulder seams, French darts, hemline variations, and narrow hem. I made view C which has button tabs, two-piece sleeves, seam opening on long sleeves, button cuffs, rolled sleeves and hemline.

Pattern Sizing: 6-14, and I cut a straight 14 which is technically a size smaller than I should use based on measurements.

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. I was most concerned about the henley opening, especially at the bottom, but I followed the instructions and all went all.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I think this is a perfect casual (or even a bit dressy) blouse! I might have to look at the other various including a short sleeve version and the longer hemline. I did find the marking for the buttonholes on the cuffs were set in too far, but it was too late for me to redo them. Since I’ll mostly be wearing this with the sleeves rolled up, it should be fine.

Fabric Used: Navy and cream polyester purchased from Hancock’s about 2 years ago. It was always meant to grow up to be a top like this, but just took me a while to get around to it.

I think I kept putting it off because I was nervous about using such slippery fabric. I didn’t interface any parts of it (really bad of me I know) but I didn’t want to mess with the semi-sheer-ness of it. I did spray starch and iron the cuffs, neckband, and henley band which helped give the fabric a bit of body while I sewed. I’ll have to see what happens when I wash it.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None! Although, the bust dart is a bit high for me so if I make this again I’ll have to lower it by about 1″ or 1.5″. Other than that, it’s a perfect fit!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I can imagine having a few versions of this top in my closet. I would definitely recommend it to others, although depending on the type of fabric you choose it may be easier if you aren’t a complete beginner.

Conclusion: Lovely and comfy top, perfect for spring!

A 20 minute scarf!

One my my accessories for the Spring Sudoku Wardrobe is an infinity scarf. The inspiration photo came from anthropologie and the scarf costs $58. No way man! I had searched high and low for the correct fabric that would match the two tops I’ve planned, but didn’t find anything I liked. Then, I had an epiphany…I could up-cycle something from the thrift store.

I was in search of either bedding, or curtains, or dresses that would have enough sheer-ish fabric in the colors I wanted. And I hit the jackpot!

I actually found two dresses but the other one wasn’t quite the right colors. The winner was a Lauren Conrad dress with a sheer overlay gathered skirt that only cost $5. Score!

This was so easy to make – its basically just a tube of fabric. The hardest part was figuring out how to turn the thing inside out! I ended up having to rip out a bit of serging near the button band edge and then stitch it again when pulled out through the button band. I decided to leave the button band in because it not only finished the edge but I think it adds a cute bit of detail.

This was a great quick project and really adds some color to any outfit. I’ll wear it doubled up as shown above and can see this working for a lot of items in my wardrobe throughout Spring. If only Spring would arrive, for real!

 

Blue “Duchess” Jacket – M5327

The third item for my Sudoku Wardrobe challenge is finished and it’s super fun! I was inspired by the “Duchess” blazer which is basically a standard blazer with a unique hem on the back. I used a pattern already in my stash (McCall’s 5327) which had a scalloped back hem, and used view A with short sleeves because I only had a small amount of the stashed fabric I wanted to use.

Original “Duchess” Blazer costs $595!!!!!

 

My version used free gifted fabric, and thrifted pattern ($0.50) and 2 buttons. Total cost, about $5!!!

I wore it to church today with my bird shirt, tank, and skirt from my closet. This is my first outfit complete! Looking at it all together now, I sort of feel like it looks like something a flight attendant would wear on a really awesome Caribbean flight…Jamaica Air maybe?

Pattern Review – M5327

Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, unlined jacket has princess seams, collar, lapels, flaps, shaped hemline with back slits and sleeve length variations.

A note on the sleeves…view A has short sleeves with lots of gathers on the cap and they are really puffy! I sort of feel like Anne of Green Gables in her puff-sleeve dress. 🙂

Pattern Sizing: 12-18 and I made size 14 which is technically 1 size too small for my bust/waist but turned out perfect. I prefer my clothes more on the fitted end and after checking finished garment sizes have tended to go down a size on big 4 patterns.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes! I really had to be creative with pattern layout to get everything to fit on the small amount I had but I got everything to fit. I only cut one layer for the sleeve and just turned the hem under (instead of having a double thick sleeve). I also cut the under collar and hem facing on the bias with a seam instead of fold, just so I could fit it on the fabric.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes! I followed them exactly and it worked out great. There is quite a bit of hand stitching necessary to attach the front facing at the side and shoulder seams as well as stitch down the collar but it wasn’t to bad and I like the way it finishes the inside nicely. The instructions do recommend folding under and stitching the seam allowances to finish them, but I just used my serger.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really liked all of it. If I ever make this again, I think I’d add some length as I prefer my jackets longer, but with limited fabric, I just used the pattern as designed. I might also consider removing some of the puff from the sleeve for a bit of a more traditional look.

Fabric Used: Bottom weight twill gifted to me by a neighbor.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t include the faux-pocket flaps (just flaps with no pocket underneath). I also used two buttons instead of one because I wanted the center front to lay flatter when closed (though I’ll more often just wear it open).

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Its a nice pattern for an unlined jacket, but with the distinctive sleeves and back hem I think I’ll try another blazer pattern to make a more traditional lined version. It was a great first try for me since it is unlined and rather simple to put together so I would recommend it (though I know the pattern is out of print).

Conclusion: Love the jacket and it will go great with everything in the Sudoku Wardrobe. This process got me excited about possibly making some more structured jackets in the future…maybe for a fall wardrobe?

Grade D…but Wearable

I once had a classmate who shared one way she saved money on groceries while a poor college student…she bought eggs labeled “Grade D, but edible.” Since then, Troy and I use this phrase whenever something turns out to be not that great but we still end up doing it or using it. So that’s why this tank is “Grade D, but wearable.” 🙂

As part of my Sudoku wardrobe I wanted to make a couple of tanks to layer under some semi-sheer tops. I was originally going to purchase the Stroop Patterns camisole pattern, but as I was cleaning up my craft room I came across this tank which I already owned. I thought this one (Ottobre Magazine 02-2010 #18) would be basic and easy to make.

Not so much.

I only just looked at the photo and didn’t really pay attention to the technical drawing. Do you see that “fold” at the front neckline. That is for real! This neckline was so wide that the shoulders were just completely falling off the end of my shoulder. Argh!

This pattern on top of S1167 tank. See the shoulder placement…so wide!

Also, it was huge! I made a size 42 which according to the measurements on the size chart is one size smaller than I needed. I still ended up having to take about 1 1/2 inches from each side seam (6″ total)!!!!

And the neckline….oh boy. I ended up just folding under the hem allowance and putting some clear elastic under the hem and stretching it in order to gather the front and back neckline centers.

Even still, I will wear it as a layering piece under other tops….like my bird top!

Pattern Review ~ Ottobre 02/2010 #18

Pattern Description: The little top worn under the shirt has a loose front neckline (I should have read this a little more carefully).

Pattern Sizing: 34-52

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes and no. Having gone back to read the description and looking at the tech sketch its obvious the neckline would be big. But that’s not how it looked on the model.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes the instructions were super easy and that’s what drew me to the pattern but the pieces themselves didn’t work well.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the idea of it more that the execution.

Fabric Used: Interlock knit from JoAnn’s.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As mentioned above, I took in the side seams by a total of 6″ all around and added elastic to the center front neckline and center back neckline.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? No. I’ll be looking for another tank pattern.

Conclusion: Fit was off and the design didn’t work for me. I won’t be making this one again and would recommend you carefully consider the fit and shape of this top. But it is wearable and I will still use it under other tops as a layering piece.