Saturday, 2 September 2017

McCalls 7467

 "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.  For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ."

Jude 1:3-4

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  Happy Saturday my friends!:) I can't believe its September already! My last post I mentioned that I wasn't ready to give up Summer sewing quite yet, but now I feel ready to transition into some Fall stuff. Yesterday the temperature was definitely Fall-like, even though its technically Summer for another couple of weeks. I went to Fabricville the other day and all their Fall collection is out on display. I picked up a couple of remnant pieces of a lovely soft Fall knit & I'm already thinking about what to make with it:) 

I finished this dress earlier in the week & started on my last Summer project of the season, my "European Holiday Dress" (because of the print, not that I'm heading on any vacation, lol).  More on that next post! Now back to the current project!

       The floral print is polyester-lycra knit from my stash. The black is a heavier scuba knit. Initially I cut out the pieces for view D. I just love the look with the funnel-type collar. The black fabric wasn't stretchy enough for this patten though (you'd think I'd have learned by now, :p). I cut black sleeves & the back of the dress in the scuba knit & cut the collar but it turned out too tight & the collar didn't look like the illustration at all! I was pretty bummed about that:/ I basted all the seams together but I didn't want to unpick the middle panel so I left the black front sides. I really like the contrast & it makes it appear more hour-glass (bonus!).

    I then cut out the sleeves in the floral but I didn't like how it looked, so I made it sleeveless, with arm & neck band. I used 1/4" elastic to gather the middle panel after trying to gather the usual way which was a total fail! Next time I'll try something else.  The elastic is very uncomfortable against my skin so I need to wear a full slip underneath, which is ok, I have one I really like.

       So that's it for me today! How about you all? Are you done with Summer sewing? Have most of you moved on to Fall wear? What are you working on or what plans do you have? I'd love to hear!:) I hope you all are doing great & enjoy day!

Monday, 14 August 2017

McCalls 6886, Double-Take

"You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise."
Galatians 3:26-29

    Hey my lovely friends!:) What have you stylish sewers been up to lately? Soon it'll be time for Fall sewing, wow! Gotta get a few more Summer projects in before then!

After my recent swimsuit challenge (took a little over two weeks), I needed an instant gratification project (or two, lol). I had a daisy print dress (fabric from my stash) on the brain when I ran out to Fabricville to get some more swimwear elastic & spotted the Hawaiian-print cotton knit which was on sale!! Regularly $16.99/metre and I got it for $4.99 a metre! I've since gotten a bit more so I can make a little skirt and another dress of some kind! Not often I come across a Hawaiian print cotton knit so I took advantage, lol:)

      I made these pretty much like my last Tribal-print dress (used a slightly smaller seam allowance on the side seams). I didn't make any adjustments to the pattern because I was dying to make something quick, lol. I also wanted them done for my weekend away with my husband:)

   I did finish the necklines differently however. I made a neckband for the Daisy dress but decided I didn't like how a neckband was going to look on the Hawaiian dress. I had already trimmed the 5/8" off the neckline (like I usually do) so I didn't have much seam allowance to work with. The fabric isn't very opaque either, so I decided to make a facing for the neckband with the wrong side showing.
I cut a strip of 1.5'' (pretty sure it was 1.5":p)  wide fabric, cut to be 15% less the neck circumference. I should have cut it even shorter though because the neckline doesn't lie completely flat.  I under-stitched, then turned it inside, topstitched & pressed it to death to get it to lie flat.

I tried using a double-needle, but I was getting a lot of skipped stitches (I had used steam a seam, that may have been why. I used SAS because I was getting unsightly tunnelling, bah). Also, this particular print left tiny holes in flowered parts, yikes! Knits can be tricky to top-stitch, at least for me, lol. Oh well, it turned out all right in the end! I used a triple-stretch straight stitch and it looks...passable. The Hawaiian fabric gets wrinkled fairly easily so I pretty much have to press it before I wear it but thats ok. I love it! Plus I have enough fabric to make another dress if I need to;)

      Well, thats all for today. I wore the daisy print dress to church yesterday & loved it:) Feels dressy-casual (is that a term, lol?). Anyone moved on to Fall sewing? If so, what are you making? I'd love to hear:) I'd also love to hear if you're still on Summer stuff.

Have a fabulous week everyone!:)

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Swimsuit Hack/ Sewing Stuff in PEI

"..But when the kindness of God our Saviour and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This is the Spirit He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by His grace, we would become heirs with the hope of eternal life. 

This saying is trustworthy. And I want you to emphasize these things, so that those who have believed God will take care to devote themselves to good deeds. These things are excellent and profitable for the people."

Titus 3:4-8

    Hello my lovely sewing (and non-sewing) friends!:) Anybody make some swimwear this season??:) Or perhaps in the process? This is only the second (wearable) suit I've made for myself  but I must say I do enjoy it! This project was more involved than my last basic one piece. I had a look in mind, this view from Butterick 5795. I had to hack up a basic tank suit (I used the pattern from the Kwik Sew swimwear book) to recreate the look since this pattern only comes in Plus sizes.

View D, Butterick 5795

  I studied the Butterick pattern and instructions to try figure out the best (and simplest way) to got about making a pattern that would fit me.

 First, I made a muslin of the basic tank style but drew the V neck on (from the Kwik Sew master pattern) to see if I liked the fit. I made a separate left and right side.

I marked "slash lines" starting from the waist up to almost at the bust. (this photo I hadn't added all the lines yet, I ended up drawing lines about 1" apart and spreading them 1"). After my second muslin, I added two more slash lines for a bit more gathering below the waist. I may add more next time (if I decide to do another one).

I added two more slash & spread lines below the waist after I took this photo.

Left front piece before sewing with crossover piece (out of thin white nylon/lycra)

    I used cups from an inexpensive bandeau-type strapless bra. I probably should have cut them in a more triangular shape :/ Seems to work ok though.

I ended up (carefully) cutting out the back lining and resewing at the crotch. The lower back ended up being a bit too tight and I thought removing the back lining might reduce some of the strain. It did help a bit, but next time I'll grade up a little in that area.

The side gathers aren't as taught as I intended (when I realized this I had already sewed the seam and it would have been too much unpicking:p). The print helps draw attention away from the saggy gathers, lol.


Beach in PEI 

  My husband and I were able to get away to PEI for a few days and I was able to test out my new suit at Brackley Beach! Held up great in the water:) I didn't get to go fabric shopping (drat), but I did get a couple of cool sewing-related photos! We visited the Ann of Green Gables Museum where they had an antique treadle machine used by Author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The shell-encrusted Folk Art Dress Form was at the Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium:) I'm wearing a new McCalls 6886 dress I finished the day we left!:)

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine at the Ann of Green Gables Museum

Folk Art Dress Form @ the Ripley's Odditorium

        Well thats all for today! I hope you all are having a great summer! Have you been sewing any swimwear this season? Have you ever stumbled across any cool sewing related items while on vacation? Do tell!:)

Til next time!


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