Monday, June 29, 2015

70's Stripes

 A few weeks ago, I picked up some knits on Etsy for a SONG. One of the fabrics, in particular, I am very excited to sew with:
 It's a flannel backed sweatshirt knit and I love it. I only have about a yard and a half, though, so I need to choose exactly the right pattern for this baby.  When I saw McCall's 5637 circa 1977, I may have squeaked a little bit. Or a lot bit. Tell me that this isn't the cutest top EVER!?!?!
I love view "B" with the pockets in the seams and the giant cuffs on the sleeves. Adorable.

Of course, I am not so arrogant to think that I would sew this up properly the first time around, so I grabbed some drapey knit to make a practice top. Which was a HUGE mistake. Ugh! When will I learn to be more thoughtful about fabric choices?
 #1-This material does not press well, and a lot of the instructions involve pressing seam allowances.
#2 - YOU CANNOT CUFF LIGHTWEIGHT KNIT. Duh. I knew that, but I was temporarily insane, apparently.
#3 - Without the bulk of the sweatshirt knit, this top is too big.
Regardless of the dopey muslin fabric choice, I love this style. The pockets are awesome and convenient, the sleeves are a perfect length, and the subtle boat-like neck keeps me from feeling choked.
I will have to make a new muslin with some scraps of sweatshirt that I have lying around, and see how it goes. There will definitely be a few tweaks to the fit -shoulders, sleeves, and side seams, but I think the heavier fabric will be MUCH easier to work with for this pattern.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Karma Capris

With summer in full swing here, I thought it was time to bite the bullet and make some capris. This is a big deal, because I am pretty scared of sewing pants. Skirts - no problem, shorts - sure, why not? But, pants? Yikes!  So, I pulled out a pattern that looked pretty dummy-proof to ease the way a little.
 This pattern lists just about every fabric imaginable in the suggested list, the waist for view B is elastic, and the style seemed like it could be flattering on just about anyone. So, I dove in with a cotton print that I have yards and yards of.
 Surprisingly, I am extremely pleased with this first attempt!! I made the garment almost exactly according to the envelope size and instructions. The main thing that I changed was the length - removing about 2 inches at the shorten line.  It appears that I could probably take another inch or so..
 The ribbon drawstrings allow for this gypsy-style hem (my son's term), but I don't love that look, and the hanging ribbon keeps making me think that bugs are crawling on my legs, so I think I'm just going to take them out and leave it as a slit.
There are some excess fabric issues in the front between crotch and waist, but the back is actually pretty good. Everything is wrinkled because I took these photos after wearing the capris all day. Sorry.

All in all, this was a quick sew. I traced out the pattern this time which will make it a lot easier to adjust my next attempt. I am thinking of modifying it to be a fitted waist, definitely adding pockets, and thinning out the legs just a tad. This could easily become a TNT with a little more tweaking. How exciting!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Skort

 So, I made a skort. This is my wearable muslin, and I think I will definitely size down the waist and add some more length next time. I may also try to make it a fitted waist (instead of elastic) in the future. We'll see.
The wind aided me in showing the shorts underneath.
I committed a couple of "sewing sins" during this project - cutting the pattern right from the tissue paper instead of tracing and not changing my black serger thread for the seam finishes. In my defense, I was in a sewing mood, and I didn't want to lose my mojo. ;)

There isn't much more to say about this one. The garment came together quickly (it's just shorts with a panel on the front, so...), there were very few fitting issues, and I just wanted to get something off of my sewing to-do list today.

P.S. Sorry for the crap pictures. I was in a hurry, and my camera remote wasn't allowing me to stray more than 2 feet from the lens. Argh! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Let's Talk Leggings..

This is a "What was I thinking?" project, for sure. I got it into my head that I would like some homemade leggings. Keep in mind - I don't actually own any RTW leggings, but I somehow thought that I needed leggings in my life.  Also, I hate tight-fitting things. So, totally makes sense that I would embark on the leggings journey, right?
Knowing myself as I do (HA!), I accepted that my first attempt would not be perfect, and I stitched together some scrap t-shirts to substitute for muslin. I also used this Kwik Sew pattern that was already in my stash (how did that even get there?).
I admit, I actually love this patchwork look even though it makes my husband cringe. Of course, the weird crotch sagging makes ME cringe, so it was off to make alterations.....

....Which I didn't even bother doing. I just bought a new leggings pattern. Because I am a glutton for punishment, apparently.
This Cake pattern is actually pretty neat. It has this "connect the dots" method that supposedly allows you to maximize the success of your fit.
Except when you are a lazy punk that measures like a monkey. Yikes. This was my first attempt at this pattern. I had to add some additional scrap knit to the waist since I was WAY OFF on my front and back rise measurements.

But, I marched on and tore up a jersey dress that I made last year (which I never wear) to make a new muslin with more front and back rise. Ummm.....nope. Although, to be fair, I think a lot of the issues with this third muslin revolve around how unflattering this fabric pattern is on me. Gross.
Final verdict - My thighs are not meant to be showcased in leggings. And, I still hate how tight-fitting clothes feel on my skin.

Also, I am burning every scrap of  that pink and gray Von Dutch jersey that I have in my fabric stash.