Monday, June 29, 2015

June Wrap Up and MidYear Check-In

Can you even believe that we are halfway through 2015? I mean, for serious! Half the year is gone!!!!!

June has been interesting, I got in a bunch of sewing and then started work and then bam. Complete sewing stall. I needed a mojo-boost so I cut the recent S1063 and started that. And then DD let me know that she needs a new swimsuit, so that's in progress as well. Those are reflected in the totals but reviews will be coming soon.

This month I sewed 15.75 yards:

  • McCall's 6802 cardigan in grey sweater knit - 2 yards (for my daughter)
  • Butterick 6204 dress in black cotton twill - 2.5 yards
  • Burda June 2015 culottes in plum RPL - 1.5 yards wadder
  • Vogue 8805 dress in ponte - 1.75 yards
  • Vogue 9032 pants in rayon blend suiting - 2.5 yards
  • Butterick 6183 top in polkadot cotton poplin - 1.5 yards
  • Butterick 5760 skirt in a tweed-y suiting - 1 yard (WIP)
  • RTW knockoff in black jersey - 1.5 yards
  • McCall's 6519 in sweater knit - 1 yard (WIP)
  • McCall's 6759
Favorite: My V8805 dress! The in progress skirt could have been but that Vogue dress just turned out so well! I wore it this past week and felt amazing in it!

FAILS: Obviously the horror that was the culottes. 

Accomplishments: Color blocking!!! This may seem like a 'huh?' to some but I do not have the mind for it and felt so proud of myself for pulling it off!

Back in January I posted 10 "goals" for 2015...let's check in.

1) Buy a new sewing machine

I got a new machine! yay! It's been 3 months since I've had it...I will write a review soon. There are some features I still need to test out.

2) New techniques

I was mainly thinking welt pockets; which I still haven't done. But I did make bound buttonholes which is just as scary! 

3) Using my Burda mags

I made garments for Jan and Feb and June. There is a jacket from May on the to-do list and a couple dresses from June. I'm trying. I'm unsure if I'm going to renew my subscription for 2016.

4) Patterns

At the time I posted, I had 453. I now have 442. I got up to 503 and then culled 62 patterns from the stash. I will aim not to go over 500 again.

5) Fabric


I think that my stashing philosophy will change just a little bit. My new job will be much more demanding once the retiree leaves and I think my sewing will lessen a bit. I think I will probably stash basics (like ponte. I love, love, love rayon blend ponte) and neutral suiting when I see a deal. But I will switch a little bit to buying specifically for special projects. I really wanted a flowy summer skirt but of all the fabric I have (and it's a lot), I couldn't find anything in stash that would work).

6) Budget


Because I stress-buy, I've busted the budget a few times. 

7) Personal Goal

I lose a little (a little!), I stall, I get annoyed. Wah.

8) Documentation

I like the 110 Creations book a lot and the idea of recording but I just don't enjoy sketching. Not my jam.

9) Jeans

yep! I've made two pair and want to find a grey denim to make a 3rd pair.

10) Progression

I sew fast. I am accepting that. For example, when I made the suit, I made a muslin and sewed bias tape everywhere and still...I made a jacket, skirt and pants in like 4 days and I was NOT sewing every minute :) 

Now that I think a little more, I guess I wasn't adding much dress/skirt appropriate fabric because I couldn't wear them! I have a few dresses and skirts in mind that may take a little more time to work up. 

I am so excited for fall sewing with this new job!!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Early Fall Patterns: Simplicity and McCall's

So the other day I really did a hard purge and removed 62 patterns from the collection but now, more will be added. Oh yes, they will.


Must haves:

7186 is a fantastic work dress!

7199 stopped me in my tracks! YES. YES. YES!!!

7193: I wished this had cup sizing...but I think it's worth doing an FBA!

Patterns that I really like but probably won't add (unless I see them made up and fall in love!)

7185; a fun dress pattern

7189: Another great dress

7187: Really like this one but I don't think I can do that dropped waist

7204: I really like this but tend to shy away from long full cardigans like this (too short and thick!)

7192: Another cute top

7194: A strong contender, but I'd probably have to see it made up.
Those angled hems are kind of meh.

I NEVER look at costumes but is she a total babe or what!?!?


I've already added a few Simplicity's to the pattern collection:

I already have fabric out to make view C. I don't care for the back drape on the other view

I just cannot give up on the raglan! And with these great panels! Swoon!

A sack dress but with a wide sash. I think I may love this.
We will see!

Does this awesome fall jacket need any words? I think not.

Totally sucked in by the pattern pic. We will see if I actually sew it

Was going to pass on this one until I saw cup sizing. 
Cup sizing will get me nearly every time.

I considered this one but decided I probably wouldn't actually make it.

So any new patterns for you??

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Butterick 6183, Vogue 9032 and RTW

Thank you everyone for the well wishes on the new job!

The first "week" (2 days!) went very well. It's a small, quiet office that's really close to home. It only took me 5 minutes to get there in Friday traffic! I am impressed by how well they treat their employees. The digs are decidedly un-fancy, but not only do people hang around and retire from this place (shortest tenure prior to myself and a new IT person that started recently is 13 years) but they close the week between Christmas and New Year! I have not heard of non-manufacturing environments doing this for a long, long time.

I hope to stay here for AWHILE!

When B6183 came out I thought that top was absolutely everything. I made it before in ponte because I didn't want to muslin it :)

This time, I used a cotton poplin with a tiny polka-dot print.

I cut a size 16C (I said recently that the D cup has too much projection for me)
1/2" swayback (need 3/4")
1/2" narrow shoulder
added CB seam
eliminated the zipper and used a hook and eye closure
used my paisley bias tape :)

There's a little excess fabric like I need a tuck at the armscye

Normally I don't really care about my serger thread...but the next few projects I had in mind were light colored so I had a combo of taupe and cream loaded and used it.

But every time I see the inside of this top I'm all O_o LOL!! 

I wore this outfit on my first day and felt great!

I have sewn several pair of Vogue 9032 pants and wanted to try the pleated view. Halfway through making them I went to try them on and absolutely hated them. But since I loved the color and feel of the fabric I decided to finish them anyway, even if they became a wadder. 

I tried to convert them to darts based on great suggestions on IG, but that seemed to highlight my tummy pooch even more than the pleats. 

So, I do not hate them but I hate the pleats. I will wear them only with tops long enough to cover them. 

The top is my copy of the RTW top I made for the Fabric Mart contest last year. Not long ago, FM had knits on sale and they had a black rayon jersey. For SOME reason I only ordered 2 yards. I kept looking at it and thinking, I need a black top but I need to make the "right" pattern. And then it hit me...use the RTW top!!! :) So glad I did. I foresee this one getting lots of wear.

The left is the RTW top and the right was my first version. 

I followed it up with a taupey colored one from a liquidy rayon jersey which I love.

And funnily enough, while going through OLD pics today on my laptop trying to find one of my dad and me, Lookey at what I found:

I had THREE of them before! Hahaha!!!! Smart lady! ;-)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Beginnings!

I had my last interview on Tuesday and then sat on my thumbs waiting for the next interview THIS Tuesday. I had so much nervous energy and pulled out like TEN sewing projects! Hahaha!

I got three sewn and 2 in progress. All patterns I've sewn before with some tweaks. Because I GOT THE JOB!!! the over abundant sewing will slow for a bit. I have just over 5 weeks of intensive training with the current person before she retires.

I'll get these 5 items blogged over the coming days, as I get pictures. The horrific photo quality you see? That's as good as it got today as it is so overcast.

1. Butterick 5760 skirt - mod includes lining. Still needs finishing

2. McCall's 6519 woven pullover top -mod is that I made it in a drapey sweater knit. Still needs finishing

Vogue 9032 pants  - made the view with the pleats. Finished. 

RTW Knockoff top - Love. I may wear this for my first day! Done in a black rayon jersey. Finished.

Butterick 6183 top - made in a woven this time (as intended per the pattern). Done in a pindot cotton poplin. Finished. 

I was certain I would reward myself with new fabric if I got the job...but I'm totally leaning towards jewelry and shoes! I am more excited than I should be about wearing normal (e.g., non safe/comfortable) shoes!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Vogue 8805; the "It's About Time!" Dress

You know V8805...The cute little easy, breezy dress that like, nearly everyone else has sewn??

I'm sure you've seen some gorgeous combinations of fantastic pontes and linens and so on...My mind does not colorblock. I see it. I love it. I tried it and had a massive fail.

I needed a quick and easy project after the more involved dress and the dreaded culottes. I decided that in the right color scheme, this would be a great work-appropriate dress to add to my wardrobe. I don't have many of those and anticipate wearing LOTS of dresses this summer in my new role (which hopefully will come soon; ONE MORE interview on Tuesday with the company president!). It IS above the knee, BUT I think the fit allows it to still be good for work.

See that lady? I like her dress, a lot. But thought the chartreuse might be a bit much. So I went with a remnant from my cobalt V1411 pants - yay me! I have loads and loads of Maggy London black ponte and had a remnant in that taupe-y color from my NL lace/nude dress.

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Based on the intended fit (meaning, it's not body hugging; it's meant to skim), and the finished measurements, I cut a size 16, C cup.

Wait...I actually traced the pattern. YAY ME!

Once I saw the colors together I was so excited to get this one sewn up! I shortened the middle section 1" based on some reviews that I'd read awhile back.  I hemmed it 3/4" (serged and turned up) instead of the narrow hem suggested.

After basting the side seams, I took in the waist about 3/8" (so 1.5" total). I nipped it from right below the bust dart to just above the high hip. I didn't want it to be snug anywhere. There *is* a bit of a puff of fabric at the middle back but it's not terrible.

I had black thread in both my machine and serger. I sewed all of the connecting seams with black thread, pressing the seams open (they are left unfinished). Then I did the black topstitching. I switched to blue and did that topstitching. Then, I switched to tan, did the back slit, sewed the shoulder seams and did the tan topstitching. It all went really quickly this way.

I used a hook and eye as a closure. Because of the thickness of the ponte and because I didn't feel like making bias tape, I used a 1.5" wide strip of ponte, very, VERY slightly stretching it in place (flat). I then trimmed, pressed and topstitched at 3/8". I may go in and trim all of the seam allowances that were left unfinished, but honestly, it doesn't bother me. The seams that were finished (the side seams) and the hems, were serged in black.

If you're anal about that sort of thing, look away! LOL!

I had low expectations when I first decided to sew this dress. Well, it worked! :)

The outtake:

That remote is always out to get me.