Sunday, December 29, 2013

Finished Items, Last of 2013!! :)

First, Thursday morning I went down to the sewing room and took, oh...about 10 minutes to "make" this scarf. I really love it.


Using 1 yard of Snuggle flannel from JoAnn (which shrank quite a bit in width when washed - beware!), I cut it all nice and square, then sewed the long ends together (the ~42" length) and then serged. Then I turned the tube and sewed the short ends into a circle, leaving a space to turn it. Then I just used fusible on the opening. If I were giving it away I'd stitch it shut...but I hate hand sewing!

Something inside of me made me know - KNOW - that Burda 7283 would be a winner for me. When I bought this 2 yards of moleskin from Hancock, I had no clue what I'd make from it. I'd never worked with it before but liked it's suede-like feel. And I think I paid like $4/yd - win.

I cut a straight 16 based on finished hip measurement of 45". The waist was 33" I think. It sits at the natural waist. Now, I hadn't sewn a Burda pattern before and didn't know what to expect. Fit - yes. Instructions - holy cow.

There were 4 instructions. Four. Cuatro. Quatre.

ok, ok. I ran into a problem with the waistband facing and button band and basted and unstitched like SEVEN times!!! I finally said, forget it and knew it would 'ruin' the gorgeousness of my interior.




This skirt is everything. I want to lie next to it and rub it when I go to bed tonight. Seriously.

I love the front buttons but I should've followed my instincts and made the button band non-functional and inserted a zipper in the side or back seam. I had to stitch 2 snaps between the waistband and the first skirt button. But it's okay! I love it!!!!

The waistband has 2 rows of top stitching (I did 3) and I am in love with the look of it.



I was going to serge the interior seam but thought black would be too harsh against the navy. So I decided on a pretty finish. Yep. I used bias tape on all. the. seams. I used 6 yards of bias tape. OMG. But it's soooo pretty!!!



At the waistband


Sooo the ruined interior, yes, I knew you wouldn't forget. I don't know what in the heck was up with the facing. meh.



It didn't fit. So my interior isn't as perfect as I wanted and it even made me say 'forget it' and just serge the button band! LOL!! I will be making this again - for sure!

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Next up is Simplicity 2255.


I don't have many details. I cut this at some point in the spring...maybe April. I was still very new to sewing, had no experience yet in making alterations for fit and didn't quite have much intuition with how things are constructed. The mandarin collar gave me FITS. I could not figure it out. This got thrown into the UFO bin and I'd forgotten about it. I did some cleaning up and organizing (more on that tomorrow) and when I put it on Lily I was pleasantly shocked by how well it fit. It even had button holes! So I endeavored to turn this UFO into a finished garment!

It's a straight size 14 and the fabric has some lycra in it. Otherwise, I'd need about a 1/2" FBA. And of course...that ole' swayback.

I love the neckline, love the fabric, love the slightly tinted white shade and love the buttons. I am totally wearing this to work tomorrow!!








19 comments:

  1. Love -love the skirt... and the white tunic is just perfect.. Lots of pretty sewing going on at your house.. Have fun... happy sewing.

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    1. Thank you!! This skirt makes me much happier than the brown one! lol!

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  2. Love the Burda skirt. Love it. Really love the bias tape. I made this skirt last year but due to poor fabric choice, I didn't wear it that often. I hope to remedy that asap. In fact, I may go fabric shopping tomorrow.

    I also plan on trying that Simplicity pattern. I'm in the mood for a casual shirt. Great job on it as well.

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    1. Thanks! Even my daughter said, wow, that's pretty!!

      I think they're both pretty solid patterns. I can't argue with the fit of that top with no adjustments. I think I can easily make it a TNT!

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  3. Love that Burda skirt. The shape is so flattering on you, and the insides are so pretty with all the bias tape. Never mind about the facing, I'm sure the next one will be perfect. You must be a very fast sewer...you seem to be making loads of things at the moment.

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    1. Thank you!! :)

      I have sewing mojo galore due to life being a little on the stressful side. Not grateful for the stress, but definitely for the outlet!

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  4. This is a really skirt and top! That's happened to me before with a pattern and not sure why! What I did was to cut scrap of fabric just wide and long enough to complete tbe facing and fill it in. The extra seam doesn't matter, because it would at least fill the gap. Then I extended the facing pattern piece using pattern paper prior to putting it away so I wouldn't forget for future creations!

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    1. Thanks Myra!!

      That is an excellent idea. I am going to fix the facing piece *NOW* before I forget and end up in the same predicament!

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  5. Someone can't TYPE! I meant...this is a really GREAT skirt and top!

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  6. The skirt and boots combo is perfect! Not everyone can pull off the midi-length and you do it well. Congrats on taming that UFO, too. Mandarin collars and collar stands are the devil's work. I still can't sew a collar stand correctly, so I feel ya girl.

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    1. Thanks L! I was worried about looking short but I like it - a lot :)

      Laughing so hard at collars being the devil's work! hahahaha! I'm going to tame that collar. I'm determined!

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    2. (((And stubborn! shhhhhh!)))

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  7. Love the skirt! (and of course, I have both of those patterns lol). I like the length and the style of the skirt looks great ~
    The top is cute - great work top. It's funny - we are practically the exact same size too!

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    1. We are sewing twins Jenny!

      Now I just have to scour your blog and make all the things you've made. Boom. Easy peasy! :)

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  8. Your skirt looks great! I'm so glad you're so pleased with it. But I must say, I'm surpised the instructions were so lacking. The few times I've sewn with Burda envelope patterns, I've found the instructions to be really good.

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    1. I've always read how great their instructions were. I guess a skirt like this doesn't *need* a ton of instruction but I second guess myself a lot and was in panic mode at times.

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  9. These are all wonderful pieces but I especially love the sleeveless white blouse. What a great layering piece!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn!

      It was quite comfortable all day! No riding up, no gaping at the bust - I am happy!

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  10. Everything is wonderful but I just had to applaud your finish on the navy skirt. Absolutely beautiful, and so much nicer than a serged edge. Would you believe I do that on doll clothes?

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