Friday, November 25, 2011

Pattern Review Stretch and Sew 470, skirt

Abby has accomplished a lot of sewing lately (see following 2 posts)!!
  Enjoy her pattern reviews.

Cherry Red to Cream Stripes

The fabric was incredibly easy to work with.  Both fabric and lining were washed and dried in the machine so care for this skirt will be a cinch.  The pattern is from 1985 and I made a few changes to suit current style and my taste.  I shortened the skirt so that it was a little more modern and added belt loops.

I added the rayon lining, diamond white, which was a breeze to put on the inside.  The pattern didn't call for a lining but I preferred one to prevent the cotton from sticking to leggings or nylons if I ever wore them.  It also has more of a high-end feel for me.  

I used scraps of lining to seam finish the skirt seams

and pockets with a Hong Kong binding.

Originally one side pocket was left as a flap that buttoned at the waist to close it.  It was a perfect set-up for a zipper because the pocket front crosses over the back slightly to hide the opening.  I added the zipper here and, thus, the zipper is an invisible zipper!

You look lovely, Abby!
Pattern Review McCalls 6319, View A

Wings and  Stripes (sold out)

This fabric is so soft and light, it's so comfortable.  This is the second dress I've made from this McCalls pattern.  I changed the pleats at the shoulder and waistline to gathers instead.  They worked beautifully on this fabric and I love the look better.

The tricot lining was perfect.  I was a little concerned about the light color of the lining so I took the neckline part of the lining and created a facing out of the garment fabric.  I wanted the neck to blend from outside to inside just in case.

Elastic is sewn to the waistband to cinch it in and it's the perfect place for a belt!
  A perfect 5 hour project!

Another great outfit, Abby!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pattern Review Butterick 5610

Sku #S1103
100% Silk

This silk crepe de chine fabric was an exciting challenge for me.  It's my first time working with silk and the first time working with crepe de chine!  Overall, the fabric was easy to manipulate and use.  The pleats in the front add just a little body to the shirt. 
I used french seams on all seams edges to prevent fraying and to keep the inside clean.

 I hand sewed the neck facing down (I prefer hand sewing over stitch in the ditch for most fabrics anyway).  I also ended up hand sewing the sleeve and bottom hems after 3 attempts using a normal machine stitch.  I'm glad, however, that the machine and fabric weren't getting along on the hems despite my strong desire to give up because the hand stitching is completely invisible and looks fabulous.
Thanks Abby!!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Last Fabrics for October 2011

Amber Knit
100% Polyester

Glacier Grey Knit
100% Polyester
This is a fabulous knit that will take you from the office to cocktails.  The hand is stable with a very fine rib and subtle sheen.  The knit is dress weight with good crosswise stretch and slight lengthwise stretch.  Perfect for cardigans, shells, dress or skirts. 

Sewl Mate

84% Cotton 8% Polyester 8% Metallic

Animal Instinct
100% Viscose

Construction in Progress
 Interfacing-Bosal Sheer Fusible Tricot
YKK Invisible Zipper #A893
Gutermann Thread #520

 Schmetz Stretch Needles
Gutermann Thread #100
Stay Tape

Sweet Inspiration

Burda Style 11/2011 #121

Pattern Suggestions: Butterick 5472, 5673, McCalls 6441, 6462, Simplicity 2154, 3533, Vogue 1058, 8667

Sewing Tip: You don't need to use facings.  Just turn the edges under and topstitch.