Monday, 17 July 2017

Tribal Print McCalls:)

"First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth."

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all-the testimony that was given at just the right time."

1 Timothy 2:1-5

     Happy Monday all!:) My latest McCalls 6886 is a wearable muslin in a cotton knit that I started for my American Flag Dress. P.S. I  was picked as one of the three winners in the random draw! Yay! I received a free pattern from Dressy Talk Patterns!:)

I used this particular fabric because it had a horizontal print. I quickly sewed it together using a basting stitch to check the fit and then set is aside until my flag dress was done.

 I initially intended to dye it since I thought the white & black was a little boring. I've worn it so much already though & the print is really growing on me! I love the fit of it (perfect length & not too tight, I think I must have used a slightly smaller seam allowance). I did a sway-back adjustment using Nancy Zieman's "slide & pivot" method. I'm already planning another version in a daisy print (bought it at the same time as this black and white tribal print (or aztec print??). I'm going to adjust it a tiny more to make it fit even better at the lower back.

My sewing machine pendant Dan bought for me for Mother's Day last year:)

  I wish I would have taken more care to ensure the print lined up on the sides, lol. I was mostly concerned that the stripes on my Flag Dress would line up alright on the sides & they did!:) Overall I love this dress!:) Have a great week everyone!


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

2017 Flags of the World Dress Project:)/McCalls 6886 Pattern Hack Challenge

"May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!"

-Psalm 72:8

   Happy Independence Day to all my American friends!! Some lovely sewing Vloggers decided to host a "Flags of the world dress project" this year! You could pick your own countries flag, or choose whichever flag you wanted! I've made a Canada Day dress before, so I thought it would be fun to do an American flag theme this year! I am so excited about this project!! I actually joined Instagram so I could participate, lol:) Lots of modelling pics, then some progress photos at the bottom!:)

These ladies all co-hosted this challenge! 
(Renata) Running N Style
Akram's Ideas
Judith Dee's World
(Bianca) Vintage On Tap

   The fabrics are all french terry from Fabricville. Stars are also french terry.

    I figured the easiest way for me to go about this was sewing strips of red & white together first, then cutting the top and bottoms separately.

I used a rotary cutter (fresh blade makes such a difference!). Making marks along the sides and taping the pattern pieces to both fabric and pattern was a big help.

  I used a 1" wide strip cut 15% less the neckline circumference (half red, half navy blue), butted the ends together and used steam a seam on the back (thin white knit underneath) to reduce bulk). Sewn like a typical facing. I topstitched with a double-needle. I used thread to match the different shades of the neckline. I kept the same navy bobbin thread.

  For the stars, I used Heat n Bond "Stretch". Quite a new product, there wasn't much online that I could find! I cut a loose-leaf size sheet of heat n bond to a piece of paper to put through the printer (maybe it wasn't necessary but I didn't want to take any chances:).  Not sure if this was the best way to add stars (similar star fabric was none to be found in store). I hope they hold up for a while:D

My husband Dan, was a big help in laying out the stars! <3 He always takes my blog photos too:)

    I tried to be as accurate as possible in cutting & matched the sides as best I could. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!:) I used the same pattern pieces, flipped, for the navy blue fabric.

Well, thats it for today!!:) I hope all my American friends have a wonderful Independence Day!

God Bless America! :) <3

Monday, 12 June 2017

An Unintended Hack Job. McCalls 7531

Jesus answered, "I AM the way, the truth and the life. No one come to the Father except through Me."

-John 14:6

"It is by grace you have been saved, through faith. And that, not of yourself, it is the gift of God. Not by works so that no man can boast."

-Ephesians 2:8-9

         Hi friends!:) My latest make was intended to be another body-con dress. I just adore my tropical version and I wanted another in this *stunning* floral print! $5 a metre at Fabricville!!!! The bolt says "unknown fibres" but it seems like a type of scuba knit. Not overly stretchy though. Its kind of structured and not enough stretch for a body-con dress :( I should have given it more thought but I just assumed it would be fine! I was sadly mistaken, but I managed to salvage the bottom and make a skirt out of it!:) I used a Nancy Zieman method for applying the elastic waist (photos below). I wore it to church yesterday with this basic black t-shirt and loved it!:) I'd still like to make a fitted dress of some kind out of it, but I'll have to pick a different pattern. I purchased enough to make a couple more items. This fabric would make an absolutely gorgeous jacket!

I used 2" wide elastic cut about an inch less than what my waist measured where I wanted the skirt to sit. I butted the elastic ends together with a piece of woven fabric underneath (this is Lightning McQueen flannel, lol:)

    I topstitched the side seams (seam allowance finger pressed towards the back).

   The elastic is sewn, zigzagged to the wrong side of the waist of the skirt, then turned under  and stitched in the ditch of the side seams and centre back seam.

        I found this through googling, but its from Nancy Zieman's book, "The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew" (which is on my to-get book list!). Here is the method. I'm currently reading her biography, "Seams Unlikely", which is fantastic! I remember my mom watching her on TV back in the day & its cool to learn more of her story.

        Well, that's all for today. Thanks for reading:)!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Tropical Body-Con Dress, McCalls 7531

"God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."

1 Peter 5:5-7

***Update*** Time got away from me, so I ended up using this dress for my "Pin it Sew it" entry.  I made my dress not thinking of using it for the event, but since I didn't have time to make something new, I decided to use it last minute! Lol. My inspiration Pin was maxi-length but I preferred to do mine knee length.




   Hey friends!:) My planned pattern hack didn't turn out as great as I was expecting. *Sigh*. It was supposed to be a sarong dress with this same tropical knit fabric. After a sewing fail its always nice to do an "immediate gratification" project, lol! This McCalls's pattern didn't have any reviews yet (at least I haven't seen any posted) but I hoped it would work ok. I love how it turned out! I think I'll get lots of wear out of this casual t-shirt dress!:)

  This is a "Learn to Sew for fun" patten, so there are a ton of tips and detailed explanations geared  for beginners. I glanced at them and they seem alright. I made view A.

   I removed the 5/8" seam allowance on the neckline (and then another 1/4", since I preferred the neck slightly larger. I probably could've taken even more, just my preference). My dress neck circumference was then about 28". I cut a neckband (2" wide, folded in half) to be about 24.5"plus SA. I attached the band to the neckline using a 1/2" seam allowance. I also shortened & curved the the sleeve a bit to be more like a favourite RTW top.

   I've made a bunch of knit dresses, but they usually have ruching. This one doesn't and has a curved centre-back seam, which is good for shaping. I may shorten the waist length a bit next time (maybe a 1/4").

       I had to use a slightly smaller seam allowance up top (waist up). I think my fabric is not quite as stretchy as the pattern recommends. Its a more "stable" knit, as opposed to a slinky 4-way stretch that would probably be best for this pattern. Unless I've already used a pattern, I always use a loose basting stitch to quickly sew the main seams of a dress together to check the fit (rather than do a proper muslin. I just can't be bothered for the most part, lol).

         Next up is a more relaxed-fitting summer dress in this rather 80's/early 90's looking tropical print rayon! I cut it out last night, will hopefully get at it tonight:)

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Mother's Day Dress!:) McCalls 7465

"As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem."

Isaiah 66:13

      Happy Monday! And a (late) Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!:) Great Mother's Day message at service yesterday (on Hannah) & spent the afternoon hanging out with my boys & out to dinner in the evening with my husband while my own wonderful mom babysat!:) My oldest son likes to see me in dresses now and will say smile & say, "Mommy pretty" whenever I wear one!:) So sweet!

         I wasn't planning to have a special Mother's Day dress until the weekend! I cut it out Friday afternoon and sewed it up Saturday night after putting the boys to bed. I was on a mission, lol. I sewed like a madwoman trying to get it done! Because I was determined to wear it next day, I decided to sew it pretty much as directed and take note of any changes for the next one! I know! I know! Its not a good idea to sew in a hurry (bad Rikki!) but I took my chances, lol! I've had this pattern for a few months now and decided I needed to make it *now* after seeing Margo's two gorgeous versions!


        This fabric is a bright floral, textured knit. I think it was like, $4.99/m at Fabricville!

 Although I do quite like my dress, but I'm not so sure about the "blousy" look on me! May be because the fabric doesn't have a lot of drape. Definitely needs a belt. I'll probably shorten and narrow the waist next time. I think I may apply the elastic a little differently too.

               My next project *will* be my Hawaiian sarong dress! I really would like to get it done this week! I'm also am planning a couple of receiving blankets for my friend who is having a baby girl!:)
Til next time! Have a great day everyone!:)