Sunday, April 9, 2017

Simplicity 8214

I put this on the sewing fast track because I saw it on Mimi G's blog and she looked great in it. I do like the pattern, but it needs some modifications for me.

 Notice that the bust darts are way too high and the sleeves too tight.

Normally, I don't like to sew solid fabrics, and I think that is a factor in me not really loving this dress.

I do love the attached tie and the button front (the buttons are dark green leaves to match the embroidery). It's finally spring here and we are at the Conservatory in St.Paul, so beautiful, fresh and warm.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Vogue 7494

Here is a dress made from fabric and a pattern that had been residing in the stash for quite awhile.

Luckily, I have a husband and they come in handy for zipping up dresses (and taking pictures). However the fabric was too thick for an invisible zipper so I could hardly get out either. I went to the store and got a heavy duty zipper, so I will re-install that when I get motivated.

The fabric is a moleskin with a fringe that was already!

This is one of my favorite makes of the winter, except for the zipper problem.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Simplicity 1284

Not much to tell one this one. I had the fabric for quite awhile and didn't want to cut up the print too much. The pattern has darts in the shoulder and they kind of pouf out. I'll try pressing that area flat.
It also really comes together at the neck so it's hard to show off a necklace. Other than that it's a good pattern.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

McCall's 3074

This pattern was very easy to sew and it fits nicely too! All I did was grade out at the hips.

 I saw another great version of this dress online (, she used the uneven hem and I think it made the dress look more modern, so I had to copy that idea. I love sewing blogs and use them for inspiration and fitting tips.

Fabric from the stash, embroidered moleskin and crushed velvet.

Butterick 6052

 This is a pattern that I've been gazing longingly at for so many years and then when I finally made it, it was such a disappointment, kinda like a bad date.

 How do I begin? The shoulders were way too wide. I had to rip them out and re-cut the shoulders and the sleeve. Look at all the wrinkles by the bustline. Yikes!

 There is a front zipper, but had to rip that out and start over on that too! I like the fabric and the color, but that's about it. I'll probably wear it one more time and donate it.

Vogue 8921

 This is a super easy pattern that everyone should have if you love dresses.

Just changed the back pleats to gathers. I will make this again, but I would sew the version with the waist band feature.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

McCall's 6792

 Only two pictures turned out in this batch. This is a double faced knit from Vogue Fabrics. It is hard to see the contrast in the inset. I did  not like the plain back, so I cut out two fronts and it didn't seem to make a difference in the fit. I also cut it as long as a could with the fabric I had.

I added the strap with the buckle, just because it needed a little something extra. I do like this dress, it is easy and comfortable.