Saturday, January 26, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I am getting some mightly pull lines on the back when I lift my arms. I am asking the PR gurus about it to see what they think.
I did a bang-up job de-puffing the arms. I liked the puff at the bottom so I mostly left that part alone.
The full review on PR.com:
Pattern Description: From the envelope: Tops A, B, C, D have gathered upper front, lower section with princess seams, sleeve and collar variation. A: stand-up collar and tie, two-piece sleeve. B: gathered sleeve with band and collar with collar band. C, D: gathered sleeve with band and stand-up collar. D: purchased trim. I made version B with the collar.
Pattern Sizing: This is the AA, sizes 6, 8, 10, 12. I made a size 6.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mostly. I used a very different fabric and I'm not as curvy. And I made a couple changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes pretty easy. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I liked the pattern lines. I like the gathered bust. Nothing that I disliked really.
Fabric Used: I used a 100% polyester something from JoAnn's. It has nice drape. I was afraid it would be a little too Miami Vice but it turned out okay.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made a SBA by slicing and overlapping the front where the gathers are. I de-puff-ified the sleeves a bit. They were very puffy for my muslin. Here is the original sleeve and here it is after I folded out some ease and chopped off some of the cap.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will sew it again after I get a few alterations figured out. I have some weird lines on my bust which happens with all woven tops. I need to get that figured out. I think the lines and the arm tightness are all related. I'll have to ask the fitting gurus here on the boards. For the rest of you, here are the lines and the pulling (pulling #2) pictures. Again, I don't think this is a pattern thing. I think it is a me thing.
Conclusion: Cute tops! Although I'm not sure about view D, lace on the really puffy sleeves??
And, I've been wanting to try my hand at a few bras. How much would it rock if you could make your own comfortable bras??
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
I had a very unproductive weekend as far as sewing goes too. I kept getting side tracked by 13,000 different projects. I did manage to trace all of my patterns out. I didn't cut anything but maybe tonight or tomorrow.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Next on the to-do list is to hash out the shirt for Butterick 5147. I made a drastic SBA but I think it was too much. I made my own facings and want to attach them before I make up my mind about the SBA I need to FBA.
After that, I am making a light jacket for my Grandpa-in-law. I have to find a lightweight zipper that is long enough and that is proving to be difficult.
Here is a dream list for this weekend:
- Finish all outstanding projects.
- Trace out the sheath dress for the Butterick pattern. Cut muslin.
- Finish making light jackets for my daughters. They are cut out but not sewn.
I am guessing I'll get to change a lot of dirty diapers and do a lot of laundry but a girl can dream.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
These little wristlets are perfect for a cellphone, keys, money, and chapstick. I got these from splityarn with this tutorial.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Pattern Description: Dress, in evening or street length, is slightly gathered to high-waist inset band. Scoop neckline. Pockets in side seams. Full length sleeves gathered into cuffs, short sleeves or sleeveless. Optional purchased trim. I think it is a mid-60s pattern. There is no date on it though. Here is the front of the envelope.
Pattern Sizing: Size 10, Bust 32.5", Hip 34.5"
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, but mine looked less defined. Here is the front and back.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, although I did not interline it.What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I'm not sure it is the best look for me. I love the fashion drawings but the end result is like screaming, "Hello! I'm a PEAR!!!" and I'm not sure I like that.
Fabric Used: A flowing suiting material. Black with white flowers on it. Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:I took out a few of the gathers on the top bodice but left the rest alone. I did not underline it like the pattern suggested. Instead, I used two layers of bodice material to line the bodice. Here is the inside front and inside back. You can see I had no idea what I was doing with that invisible zipper and the back seam. I'll know better next time.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'm not sure I will sew it again. I think I need something that shows off my waist. The most fitted part of this dress is the band right under my chest. If I had more (or any for that matter) chest, I think it would look better. I do recommend it to others. It is a cute pattern and super easy.
Conclusion: Cute, but maybe not for me?
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Here is my latest craft-y sewing projects. I saw these dolls on One Red Robin and thought they were the cutest little dolls I had seen in quite a while. So, of course, I HAD to make one. Two, actually. But they are fast and easy so it is fun to get a fast project done. I finished this one yesterday and am working on a new one tonight. This is my first try with embroidery and you can tell if you look closely. The eyes are very different but they look okay. I just made sure the hair was *just* so to cover most of the mistake. If you haven't checke dout One Red Robin. You should. Cute stuff.
The girl is my sick, snotty, congested little one. She really likes the fleece scarf on the doll.