Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Burda 6910 (i.e Yummy Mummy Dress;)

 "Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

           James 1:22                                                                                                          

    Greetings fellow blog-land sewers! Wow, it's been a long time since my last post (November)! Truth be known, I have done some sewing these past months, mostly for other people though. I figured it was time I made a dress for myself.



     I've had this Burda pattern since back in the summer I believe, and have been dying to make it (View C). I figured it would be one of those "immediate gratification" projects since I wanted a new dress *now*. Wasn't quite as immediate as I had hoped, especially since Isaac is still so little:)

      I've become quite a fan of "Easy" (and "Quick", at least in theory:) labeled patterns and DIY projects.

     The fabric comes from Fabricville and is a polyester/spandex blend which seems to be my fabric of choice. Also seems to be my colour scheme of choice (turquoise/black/brown/blue) considering I have at least three other projects made from similar colours! Haha, I think it's so "me"! I think I have enough fabric left over to make something else, yay!

       This pattern is very reminiscent of my beloved Vogue 1314. I purchased the Burda pattern because it had raglan sleeves instead of set-in sleeves and I figured it would be a lot faster. It was in some respects, but I had to do a bit of tweaking, which I suppose is often the case with new patterns. I cut the smallest size for the lower half and graded up a size for the top. I had to take in the bottom to make it more fitted (otherwise the gathers sagged), which I did by putting the dress on inside out and pinning to fit, taking the dress off carefully, & marking the stitching lines with a washable marker. I used a basting stitch first then an overlock stitch on my regular sewing machine.

      I'm sure I'll make this pattern again, but I will widen/deepen the neckline. I'm not a fan of turning the band under and topstitching as directed by the pattern (Vogue does also). I prefer having the band show. If I would have been more patient. I would have done it with this dress.

       I read the other reviews on PatternReview.com and knew I'd have to shorten the neckband, which I did by at least three inches! I don't know how anyone could have gotten a smooth neckline with the length of that neckband pattern piece as it was. I'm very grateful to read other sewers reviews of a pattern before tackling it myself, even if it seems to be a no-brainer! My review on P.R here.

       Next time I make this pattern I think I'm going to make a lining. I have a slip that I can wear with it, but I think that the gathers hold up better with the lining fabric. In a similar dress I made, the lining fabric is smooth & slippery on one side (against my skin) and more matte and a tad rough on the other side (against the fashion fabric).

    A few more photos:)....
Me & my boy:)

      I should mention that I had to shorten the dress a few inches as well (three, I believe) since Burda is designed for 5 ft 6" (I'm 5 ft 2") and I knew I wanted to wear it with high boots (thanks mom for the boots!;) xo

  Bye for now, happy sewing all!:)

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Dressing up Disney Style;) with a modified Vogue 1314

       Never too old to dress up, especially if there's a Disney theme involved;) The Little Mermaid is, hand's down, my *favourite* Disney movie ever!! I loved it as a kid. I thought Ariel was so beautiful & I was fascinated with the idea of mermaids. So cool! I actually wanted to make a mermaid costume last year but found out that I was pregnant, so that costume went on hold till this year;) Dan was such a sport to dress up as Eric, my prince charming;) The only part of his costume I made was the red sash (a red rectangle of fabric with 1/4 inch elastic sewn along the sides to gather and seam up the back.

     I just winged it for the most part. Well, I had *some* idea beforehand but, I mostly made it up as I went. I really liked Kim Kardashian's mermaid costume a couple years ago. I just happened to notice a photo in our local paper and thus, inspiration struck;) I used my old standby pattern, Vogue 1314, to create a ruched "tail", cutting it just at the underarms of the pattern and adding a gathered rectangle of light blue fabric for the "fin".


     Here I have the lining and the tail fabric, right sides together, and used an overlock stitch to sew them together.

       Fabric turned right-side-out and pressed. I used a double needle to sew around the top to make sure the lining wasn't going to roll out. I attached the main fabric and lining on the inside, as the original Vogue pattern instructs. I left the lining hang free at the bottom, and didn't bother hemming, as it was a knit (and a costume). I attached the fin to the main fabric only:)

      I purchased this gorgeous sparkly turquoise "tail" spandex at Atlantic Fabrics. It feels very good quality. The "fin" fabric, however, I believe is just a novelty fabric & it was very difficult to work with. I had to create a casing for elastic to gather it, as basting stitches was impossible with the skipped stitches galore!:p The fabric runs easily too & has poor recovery. I was pretty much just drawn to the colour, but I suppose as it was for the fin, I didn't feel the need to inspect it as I did the tail fabric.

Looks like Pacman;)

     For the seashells, I made a pattern by tracing a shell shape (with a dart in the proper position;) on muslin fabric (directly on my body) and "truing it" as best I could & transferred it onto paper. I used a purple spandex that had a matte side and a shimmery side (was marked down due to defect on the shimmery side).

  I used a layer of fleece, left over from Isaac's Flounder costume, to "pad out" the shells slightly:) This is the back. I used the less flashy matte side to show, and simply marked freehand where I thought the lines should have been and stitched over them. Not shown, but you can see more detail in the photo below. I overlapped the shells slightly when I attached them to my costume. I added a strap because, well, strapless wouldn't do!:) I thought halter style would be nice:)

My self-sparkled wedding shoes:)

        If you're familiar with The Little Mermaid,  you'll recall the scene where Ariel comes out of the water in a sparkly purple dress. I thought these shoes would be perfect :) Nice to wear my wedding shoes again!

   Til next year! Thanks for reading:)

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Under the Sea;) with Simplicity 1767

    Wow, October is here yet again! And you know what *that* means??? Ohhh yeah!! It's costume time!!:) Yay!! This year, not only do I get to make *myself* a costume;), I also got to make one for my little Isaac! Dan and I were out shopping at Costco last week and there were a few inexpensive costumes out for baby, but what fun would that be?;) Besides, I'm going as Ariel, so I thought it would be fun to do a theme! I considered making a crab costume, but Flounder won out:)

 I think Isaac makes a cute little Flounder:)

"My" Flounder:)
The "real" Flounder:)

    Soooo, I scoured the internet for ideas for Isaac's costume. Although mermaid costume tutorials  abound on the world-wide-web, there's next to nothing for Flounder! I did find a couple of costume images that I used as a guide:

....and this one which is actually my favourite one that I've seen. I couldn't find anything but the photo (no accompanying blog post:(. It was helpful as a reference though. If Isaac was younger, I probably would've made him a bunting costume like this.

So cute!

 The resulting costume, doesn't he look thrilled??:) Oh well, at least Sabastian does;). I actually purchased this Sabastian online, to go with our costumes:)

My review on PR here.

    I used a basic one-piece baby costume pattern, Simplicity 1767, and added fins on the arms, tail & head to resemble Flounder. This is a pretty easy pattern, especially if you follow it for one of the views listed. Even with my modifications, I was surprised that I finished it over the course of a few days (which is fast for me!:). I started it on Monday and posted photos on Facebook last night (Wednesday) !:)

    I'm going to make something of a disclaimer here: I probably made this process a whole lot more difficult than it needed to be. I've never sewn any type of clothing for a baby, certainly not a costume, so it was a lot of trial and error since I think I botched the sizing (yes, on such a simple pattern, I admit it!). This isn't a tutorial per say, but I'd like to share my process. There's not a whole lot out there online for a Flounder costume, so this might prove helpful to someone!:)


     I printed a picture of Flounder to use to help me get an idea of how to arrange the back markings. I simply cut strips of blue fleece on the fold. I was going to make a template, but I found it easier just to cut freehand. I trimmed the pieces as I felt necessary.

Isaac sleeping why mommy sews, what a good boy!:)

 I used steam a seam & a press cloth (using a low temperature, fleece and irons are not friends!) so the markings wouldn't shift while I sewed them (maybe I would have been fine with just pins but I just love my steam a seam!!;)

Used steam a seam to secure stripes on tail fin before stitching..

   So, I *should have left a section of the centre back seam open so I could have sewn the tail into the seam, but I forgot! I used an overcast stitch too, so rather than unpick all those stitches, I did this instead...

Here the tail fin is sewn to the back, right in the centre back seam. I used a piece of seam binding on the inside.

I pinned the tail "pieces" together and sewed around.

     Sorry, this isn't the best photo. I'm sewing Flounder's "mohawk" fin into the hood seam. I just winged it, making a bigger fin than necessary, planning to trim it down to size later. More on that a bit later...

    Here I used the middle section of Flounder's fin (drew & cut freehand) and put them together and traced to make the bigger light blue part. I thought it would help make it more symmetrical. The light blue fleece is cut on the fold. I extended the middle piece, intending to trim off the excess later.

Note: I should have used a fabric marker, as Crayola washable markers bled onto my hands & sewing machine. Washes off easily, just annoying!

 Arranging the fleece sections...

   Sewing around the middle section (starting and finishing on the "fold line" to secure:) There will be a little section of the dark blue piece that is free, will be trimmed later.

    I basted the front & back of the costume together
so I could both check the fit and "fin" placement:)
Isn't he sweet!!?:)

Checking fin placement;)

 I marked the inside of the fin, where I wanted the
line of stitching to be, with chalk.

   I didn't take a photo, but I pinned the two flaps together and sewed around the fin to make it on piece.

  Dark blue middle part on the underside is trimmed away since I only wanted it to show on the upside:)

    Here I drew freehand, on Flounder's mohawk fin, and sewed along the marks, a couple of times, and trimmed the excess carefully...

 Ta da!!:)

  I used a smaller seam allowance to join the front and back pieces, as I was concerned it might be too small. I'll probably sew around it again closer to Halloween.

The back, with Sabastian:)

The front, also with Sabastian;)

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A couple more photos...

      So there you have it! In hindsight, it would have been simpler to construct all the fins and then sew them into the seams, but oh well, I was making this up as I went & it turned out ok I think. :)

Next up: Ariel! ;)

Monday, 28 July 2014

NewLook 6936

 "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."  Ephesians 4:30-32

       Hello sewing (and non-sewing;) friends!:) I finally have another project to share, New Look 6936 in view A. Although this pattern is rated "Easy, 2 hour", it took me a lot longer than 2 hours (oh, I wish I could crank out projects that quickly!) Maybe if I didn't have a now 2 month-old to take care of I may have sewn it faster. My hat (if I had one) goes off to any and every mom out there who is juggling parenthood with hobbies (and all the other stuff we do on a daily basis:)

        Isaac is sleeping peacefully at the moment, so yay, I can do some blogging along with coffee-sipping (household stuff can wait!:)

Mommy & me:)

       The fabric I used is a beautiful rayon jersey from, where else, Fabricville!:) I love their end-of-season sales where you buy 1 meter and get 2 free! I almost always get 1 & 1/2 of two different fabrics and therefore have material for two different projects! Yay:)

Pattern photo.

       Here to the right is New Look 6936. I've sewn it once before in view D, pictured below and reviewed here. My current dress reviewed here.

New Look 6936, summer of 2012:)

      I didn't take photos of the construction part because, well, this is such a simple pattern that it isn't really necessary. I suppose the only thing that may have been helpful was the sewing of the neck binding (I *loathe* narrow hems at the neckline, especially when the fabric is lightweight, as is this rayon). I just winged it, and cut a strip of fabric for the neck (like a t-shirt binding), and ended up with less than a 1/2" widthwise neck binding. I found that any wider looked a bit too sporty (IMO) for the this print of fabric. I also used Steam A Seam lite 2 to the sleeve and skirt hem to help avoid unsightly puckers.

More photos...:)

        So there you have it! If you're looking for an easy-to-sew summer dress, this is one pattern that is worth trying. Bye for now & happy sewing!:)