Happy Friday

Continuing in my quest to build up my cardigan collection, I made McCall’s 7476 View B with C collar.

Pretty easy sew, however maybe it was just me but I thought the sleeve pattern was a few inches larger than then the drop shoulder section. But I eased it the best I could. This also have pockets so that’s always a plus

McCall’s 7476 View C with View B collar

McCall 7476 View C with View B collar 

Side View

I still haven’t decided on a button for McCall 7476
I also made OOP Vogue 8780. Image result for vogue 8780

This was also a very easy sew, I would like to make it with a different fabric this dark color, I’m not sure if its really my style. I will hang it up, in the closet for a few weeks to see if it grows on me, if not I will give it away.

Vogue 8780 Front View

Vogue 8780

Vogue 8780 it has pockets too! 

One hand in the pocket 

I’m not sure what I will make next yet. I want to start making fall dresses, but this Indian Summer is playing with my emotions. It’s 95 degrees today!!!

Both fabrics are from fabric mart
McCall 7476 : Stucco/Black Retro Circle Jacquard Double Knit
Vogue  8780   :Shadow Gray/Smoke Gray/Slate Gray/Multi Camo Print

Well that’s it for now until next time … SEW ON

Happy Saturday

So I may have ordered some fabric last night and honestly I really don’t need anymore. Today when the emails came I just deleted didn’t even open them up.

My last two orders have been from Fabric Mart…. Their sales be so good tho. Next year I want to focus on mixing the fabric love ❤️. So I want to either visit or make a purchase from the following places and if you know of any I should check out drop a comment with the name.
Style Makers Fabric
Stone Mountain Fabrics
Cali Fabrics
Emma One Sock – ordered once
Mood Fabric
La Finch Fabric – ordered once
Metro Textiles – New York
Gorgeous Fabrics
Textile Discount Fabric – Chicago
Promenade Fine Fabric – ordered once

Now moving right along I picked up this Simplicity for View C and D. The short jacket and the vest.
I really liked the shoulder on the vest.Image result for simplicity 8469

I used this double knit I got from Fabric Mart last year I think. I didn’t like the feel of it for a dress but knew it would be fine as a cardigan. Well I guess technically this may not be considered a cardigan but just roll with it.

The directions were pretty straightforward. I cut a size 18. I did not grade up for the hips like I normally do. Now the pattern pieces only have the bust measurements so I had to measure the flat pieces for the waist and the hips. I think I checked the measurements a lot and it seemed that a 18 would be fine.

I love the pattern although the facing on the sleeve didn’t go as easy as I hoped. Also once the sleeve was faced or rather arm hole the off the shoulder part that I liked about this pattern seemed to have been minimize.

I also had to hand sew on the snaps. First time for that. I thought I was making great speed until I realized I had mixed the top and the bottoms on one side and I was installing them wrong. Lol 😂

Right now I’m focusing on building my wardrobe. So for the next week or so I will be making cardigans. I had so much focus on Fall but the weather is Summer Summer so I have clothes that can’t come out to play for now.

Well until next time Sew on

Simplicity 8469 View C Front Detail w/Snaps

Simplicity 8469 View C Front Detail w/Snaps

Simplicity 8469 View C Pockets

Simplicity 8469 View C Back View

Simplicity 8469 View C Closed

Simplicity 8469 View C 

The End

Happy Sunday

The Packers won!!! Yay….  Now back to sewing… I picked up this pattern I believe it was last week, at Joann’s during the Vogue sale. I liked the cascade side. Now even though I liked the design I wasn’t sure if it would work for my body, I’m bottom heavy and I tend to not to like to wear anything that makes me look wider than I am. But I figured what do I have to lose lets go for it.

I knew I wanted View B, long, nothing short hitting above or below the knee, do the volume on the sides. I had some fabric I had ordered from Fabric Mart, over the summer. I purchased 8 yards of this Chartreuse Poly/Lycra. Why did I purchase 8 yards, well I thought I would start sewing for profit, and I wanted enough for myself a dress and enough to make one to sale. Well I haven’t started sewing for profit, not sure if I will. This pattern requires 5 yards of fabric, and I thought this color would look marvelous in this design.

The pattern pieces are huge though, and my old table was not wide enough so I sat it aside until the new table came. Even with that large surface, some of the pattern hung off the table. I had to pull the cutting mat off the table, and maneuver to cut the bottom. I refused to cut it on the floor and it worked.

The only downside of this pattern even though, its only three main pieces, you have to cut them one by one, so its feel like its taking forever. I would love to make this again, but it will be a day when I have wine in my hand and I feel like cutting.

There was a typo on the image in the instructions when you open the pattern instructions, view B is marked as view A. So I had to make sure I circle the view I was making not to confuse. and of course since we are cutting them on a single layer, remember to flip flip. There is a clip you make on the bottom of the hem, they don’t line up when you sew the bottom pieces together, but my dots, for the hem lined up so I was fine.

One thing I loved about this pattern was no need to do a full bicep adjustment, that rarely ever happen for me. I know I wanted a shorter sleeve do to my being bottom heavy, and the color I wanted something to break up the dress from top to bottom, so a little skin helps, I cut off 7 inches off the sleeves. I didnt want them as short as view A.
The facing for the neckline was nice, although I would love to see it with just a v neck. It’s not deep so that’s great, work appropriate. The drape on the dress is lovely. I look forward to wearing it this fall.

I cut an XL.

Well that’s it for now….

Vogue 9268 View B Front View

Vogue 9268 View B Drape View

Vogue 9268 View B 

V neck

Vogue 9268 View B Back View,

 wet spot is from me cleaning something I wasted 🙁

Vogue 9268 View B Side View

Happy Saturday All

Stopping by for a quick review. I picked up the Sew Sew Def latest edition, September/October. I wanted the PDF dress pattern. I love it. The online magazine editions are 9.99.  I felt that wasn’t to bad for a PDF pattern. Yes I bought the edition specifically for the pattern. Erica Bunker is on the cover, and she has an article about matching plaids/and interview. I will get around to reading it although I think the tips are similar to ones I have read before.

The pattern itself is just 3 pieces. I was excited to get it printed at the print shop, until I got there and they said it was two pages. It was going to be 20.00 dollars. I decided not to get it printed, and just printed the pages out at work. (please don’t tell lol) I don’t really like putting pdf patterns together, unless I’m in the mood. I do like the PDF patterns where you just match the symbols and tape.

This pattern you cut certain sides, and tape it together. They do put little scissors were to cut so that was nice. The pattern gives you an option to cut on a fold or center back seam. I prefer back in two pieces, do to my swayback.

What I thought sucked on this pattern was the 1/4 seam allowance. That gives little room for error or adjustments I think. It went together fairly smoothly the neckband made me pause for a second but I got it.

I cut the XL, and graded to a XXL for the hips. I wasn’t planning on making this weekend, but as I was organizing my fabric I came across this fabric I bought last summer or fall. It’s popular in ready made clothing”Po Boy Fabric”. And so I sat it aside because I didn’t want the same type of dress that everybody was wearing at the time.

The fabric is very stretchy, and not opaque I didn’t line it because I plan to wear a slip under it.

I plan to make it again a few times in a heavier knit. This is my first time putting snaps in, it went well. I pegged this from the hips down. I’m heavy on the bottom and I don’t like the straight wide look. I will make the adjustments to the pattern, but this time I altered the dress while on. I think I took off about 2-3 inches off.

Well that’s it for now.

Batwing Dress #1012 Mimi G Off Shoulder Look

Batwing Dress #1012 Mimi G On Shoulder Look

Batwing Dress #1012 Mimi G 

She did those snaps not perfect

Batwing Dress #1012 Mimi G 

Side View

Oh yea I finally upgraded my my cutting table. I picked up 2 crafting tables from Wayfair. I pushed them together to get the surface I wanted. I wouldn’t mind adding a third one. But FED EX left the boxes downstairs, and these things were a beast getting up the stairs alone. Single woman problems. I refuse to go through that pain alone. But I like that the cutting table surface is made up of smaller tables, easier to move.

Extremely heavy boxes, leaning table in the back

All done

Starting to fill in the cubbies

Happy Tuesday

So I sewed up this blouse yesterday to go under my McCall’s peplum cardigan. I made View A. It’s a pretty easy sew. However the neck tie to the bodice threw me for a loop. I had to set the instructions aside. Because the diagram was throwing me. I just pinned it on the mannequin and it made sense.

I like the inside. My serger is on the fritz again, so I had to use my scissors, for the inside. I like it.

I believe this top transition well into the Fall. The cardigan is is scuba knit which is hot, so having a sleeveless blouse works for me. Both fabrics are from Joann’s Fabric Store.

To see a video of these two check out my instagram.com/seamslong

Well that’s it for now….

Oh I broke down and ordered my new cutting table so I’m super excited about that. My current table is leaning the wheels are bent, dont ask me how.. its not sturdy at all. And I refuse to cut on the floor again.

McCalls 7601 View A

McCalls 7601 View A Inside

McCall 7601 View A inside 

Back View

McCall 7601 View A Bow tie maybe?

McCall 7601 View A 

Just tied

McCalls 6844 Peplum With McCalls 7601 Option A

McCalls 6844 Peplum With McCalls 7601 Option B

Happy Sunday

I am really excited about sewing for Fall. I stopped in Joann’s yesterday, I had the 25% all purchases coupon. Initially I walked through the store, didn’t really see much. I’m thinking about the sewing pattern review sewing bee contest so I was browsing for fabric for that.  I grabbed some more storage containers, went by patterns and decided to hold off on getting the vogue patterns. 
There was a cart full of fall fabric to be set out, and I came across this beautiful blue floral scuba. I took it to the counter to see the price, regularly 19.99 on sale for 11.99. So I thought nope, put it back. Checked out and went home. A couple hours passed and I thought I really wanted that fabric. And the light bulb went off, I have a 25% off all purchases. So I jumped back into my car and went back to grab it. 
Now here comes my melt down…… I searched high and low for the fabric I could not find it. So then I started to look up on top of the shelves where they stock over flow, and let me tell you Joann’s have some beautiful fabric up there. WHY is it up there, and not on the actual shelf???? Who knows.
After going through all the aisle, and shelves etc I finally asked for assistance. The counting counter lady, seemed convinced I was mistaken. She kept saying this is all that we have. So I asked is it in the back. She shrugged that off. Now I’m getting upset because I really wanted this fabric, and then I remembered I had taken a photo earlier, so I showed the lady. And it has the time stamp with the location, I said I was here at 11:30am. Lady goes in the back and retrieves my fabric. And all is well in the world. 
Wearing Floral can be tricky, I knew because of the print and the size of the flowers I would not do a dress, personal preference do to my shape, or maybe a very short dress lol.  But I wanted either, a pencil skirt or a jacket, I decided on the jacket. Now even though I wouldn’t wear this as a dress, I would  wear a pencil skirt with a jacket, etc. Anyways I came home and grabbed McCall’s 6844, and the rest is history. I made view D and I love it. Absolutely love it. 
Picked up some fabric to make a blouse to go with it. So stay tune.

I always seem to make an easy project hard, I spent most of my time cutting this fabric. It’s a fast sew. But I wanted to have the flowers fall as flattering as possible. So I looked to mirror the sleeves, to make them look uniform. Made sure I cut the front and back similar line. And the peplum made sure I spaced that nicely. 
What I forgot to do… is to flip my sleeve piece because I cut those one by one. And even though the notches did not match up, I sewed the sleeve up anyways. 

McCall’s 6844 View D 

When I thought I had the perfect sleeves

And realized my error staring at the jacket for a while. So I had to undo it, take it and luckily I was able to recut it correctly. Its not 100% perfect but its much better. 
So note to myself and you too. If you’re cutting pieces out 1 layer, remember to FLIP the pattern for the second piece. 
This pattern is still in print, it was very popular in 2013-2014. However I think its still a great pattern So grab it if you like. 

McCalls 6844 View D Front View Unbelted

McCalls 6844 View D 

Front View belted

McCalls 6844 View D 

Back View Unbelted

McCalls 6844 View D Front View

 belted Close Up

Good Morning

I’m still trying to figure out what direction to take this blog. Or even if I want to blog anymore. Although consistency is a major issue. I do like the ability to when I want to write about what I’m making in my own little space in this cyber world.

One thing I have done is gone through my patterns, twice I have to reduce my collection. I told myself you can only have 1, either lots of fabric, or patterns, you can not have both. So I decided to start minimizing my pattern collection. The fabric well that’s another story. 

When I first started sewing in 2014, I will admit that everything that came out if it appealed to me and sometimes when it didn’t I picked up the pattern. I think my pattern collection was up to 600 patterns. 

I am down to 462 patterns. Still a lot but its progress. I have stopped running out and snatching the new release patterns etc. I think my goal is to get down to maybe 350 patterns.
From doing my inventory
I have discovered I really love McCall dresses
I love Simplicity jackets/blazers/coats
Butterick collection is very small, a little of this and that of each
Vogue collection is small, maybe because of the price lol
PDF collection is extremely small
Burda collection is small mainly because my hips don’t align with their sizing and I don’t feel like adjusting every pattern.
Tops I have not made any from any pattern company, odd isn’t it…

I also realize that I’m intrigued by time consuming projects, and I truly do love vintage patterns and styles. So I will be focusing on more on things I like, versus current trends. Which nothing is wrong current trends, I just don’t have to desire to keep up with them. Call me a snail, I might sew something that was popular in 2014, and be super excited like it was just released today.

I think sewing is a very personal thing, and to continue to enjoy the craft
you have to sew what you like,
when you like it,
and how you like it.

Well enough blabbing for now, I have started working on my fall sewing… I’m really feeling 70’s inspired looks so I think my fall wardrobe will have a 70’s vibe. Which is fine by me because guess what I sew what I like lol

I picked up this Nicole Miller Fabric from joann’s a year or so ago. I had intended to make a jumpsuit out of it, Mimi G one, but determine after seeing a few of the makes it wasn’t really going to work for me. So the fabric set on the shelf, and I ended up gifting the pattern away.

I really love the secretary style dresses, and I picked up this Simplicity 8214, I had planned on making the skirt floor length but decided against it, I picked up another fabric to try that look. Now this is a inspired by Project Runway pattern. It seems to me, and I could be wrong that these patterns run small. This is maybe my 2-3 project Runway style. I cut a 22. Normally I can do a 16-18 top, and grade to a 22 for hips etc. But this one I did a size 22. And it fits…snug tho… (give me a couple weeks)

I absolutely love the outcome, I don’t think I will make it again, to many patterns… Moving on to Simplicity 8216 similar but yet different pattern.

But for now enjoy the photos

Fabric for  Simplicity 8214 View A

Bodice View Simplicity 8214 View A

Pockets Simplicity 8214 View A

Front View Simplicity 8214 View A

Back View Simplicity 8214 View A

Side View Simplicity 8214 View A

Buttons close up Simplicity 8214 View A

Its 4 buttons but only see three lol