Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY, McCalls 6967

A couple of weeks ago McCalls came out with some really neat looking patterns for Summer.  I was really taken by surprise with the sundress McCalls 6967.  I liked the little flounce that it had on the bodice and I liked the fabric choices that it suggested for making the dress.  In this pattern there were several pieces that could be made.  A top, a skirt, a short dress, and a long dress.  All of the pieces would be a good staple to any Summer wardrobe.

My oldest daughter was in love with the short dress and I thought it would be a nice add it to her closet.  So, I found a piece of Challis and she approved of the print and here is M6967.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

I changed the waist a little and this look is what she liked vs. the pattern style. (I made 2 of these this past weekend).

Finished look with black gladiator sandals.
At this point I would normally do a review and I think this pattern really needs to have something said about it since I liked it so much.  I had a few picks of fabric to choose from and the first dress was made from a jersey.  Oshja didn't like it because it was a shiny jersey and she said, "It looks like a sleeping gown."  Once a stood back and got a look at it, I agreed with her.

Not wanting to throw a good gown to the lost file pile, I completely took the casing out and now she just has a lounge piece.  I immediately went to work on a second dress and she found the fabric that became her final dress.  I actually liked sewing this pattern, but I definitely didn't like the casing for the waist.

The waist setting according to the pattern is a little high (above the navel).  It was almost up under the bust-line, which made the dress look completely different from the cover photo.  I looked at what my options were for changing the construction of the waistband and I went with cutting the front and back pieces 2 in. below the waist line and setting the elastic as I normally would for an elastic waist dress.  When she saw the dress, she was more pleased with the way it looked the second time and she liked the way I addressed her waist issue.

The ties are extremely too long.  You could be 7ft. tall and I still think that these ties are just too long.  So an after thought is going to be to cut about 2" off of them and tie a knot at the ends.

I do plan on making this dress again because I didn't make one for me.  I think this is a good pattern for an advanced beginner, but not for someone who is just starting out.  The casing would cause a tiny bit of trouble, but I would make the purchase for the pattern stash.  There's always next Summer.

Thanks for joining me today.  Until next time.

Lots of Love


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY, New Look 6289 and New Look6286


Even though I made a commitment to not wear or sew any pants to Marigold at http://www.hideousdreadfulstinky.com/ and The Summer of No Pants community for this Summer, I couldn't help but to throw in these gorgeous linen shorts.

I had 2 yds of linen that I had gotten from fabricmart.com and I was determined to use it for something.  It took about one short leg to be cut in order for me to figure that I had had this particular piece of fabric set aside for a dress.  Soooo, it can only be used once and this piece was about to be a pair of shorts.

I used New Look 6289 to make the shorts and blended it together with New Look 6286 for the top.

The fabric that I used to make the top with is a Crepe Knit.  I got it for almost free at one of my Hancock stops because it was less than a yard left and I really wanted this piece of fabric.  The manager didn't want me to be out done, so she threw it in for 50 cents.

Here's a look at what I put together.

I really enjoyed today's post.  I look forward to next time.

Until then, Lots of Love

Sunday, July 6, 2014

DIY McCall's 6959 Review


I was really in love with McCall's 6959 when it came out a couple of months ago for the Spring/ Summer line of patterns.  It might have been the way the model was smiling in the picture, but I just knew I had to have that dress.  There are a pretty good bit of wrap dresses, shirts, skirts, just anything you can think to wrap out there, but that didn't matter to me.  I thought the bias around the dress was just beautiful, so guess who started the 6959 project?  That's right, Me.

My luck runneth over when I was able to find the perfect piece of Linen to go with my dream wrap dress.  I had seen this fabric several times in Hancock Fabrics, but it was just not saying anything to me at the time.  I admired its beauty as it glistened under the ambiance of the florescent lights.  My eyes would just tear up and then my mind would say,,"Keep it moving!"  I really wanted that fabric.  So one day while I was out window shopping (LOL) I decided that a yard maybe even 2 wouldn't hurt anything.  Then pow!  McCall's breaks out with this pattern.

Here are my findings at the fabric store and what I did with both the pattern and the fabric.

Yay! I got both of them in 1 shot.  This fabric is a gorgeous gold foil weave linen print that looks kind of strange up close, but it definitely had me thinking for weeks after I had seen it.  With pattern in hand and fabric to boot.

The Review

Pattern Description: Misses wrap dress with options.

Pattern Sizing: 14-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that this was a simple wrap dress made with quality fabric.
Fabric Used: Linen

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any changes to the pattern. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I will make this again.  I do recommend this pattern to others. 

Conclusion:  I am not totally disappointed because I love wrap dresses and this one came through to an extent.  I didn't like that the V in the front was not as structured as it could have been.  I think the bias tape made it flimsy.  The skirt was awesome.  I loved the way it loolked and I did allow for a 24hr hang period before finishing.  The sleeves were a little tight for my arm size so adjustments had to be made in order to get them to fit.  I used the 3/8 ribbon for the inside ties, but you could have used the bias tape just the same.  Overall, this is a nice pattern, but it lacked structure in the bodice.

Well, that's it for today.  I hope you enjoyed today's post.  

Until next time, Lots of Love


Friday, July 4, 2014

DIY, New Look 6282 Review


Today I am really feeling this dress that I made using New Look 6282.  Even though it is a very basic pattern, I liked the construction and the flow of the pattern.  My first thought for making this dress was to go with an all over solid or all over print fabric, but after debating with myself for a couple of hours I came up with a combination that kind of cured both my print and solid side (tell why later).  The print fabric is a soft cotton Challis that I got from Walmart a few months back and the solid color fabric is a peach skin that I also got from Walmart.

At first glance I thought this pattern was going to have a cheap construction effect because lately all the maxi dress patterns that I have made do not have a slip (lining) for the bottom.  Normally I would have to make one in order to feel comfortable in public.  This one has a lining for the whole thing, which works for a sheer Chiffon, extra lightweight Lawn, or even a really neat looking Lace.  Whatever sheer fabric you might choose this pattern has taken care to ensure that modesty is covered.  For modesty's sake I also chose the wider straps even though I actually liked the thinner ones.  

After reading through my instructions I began this project with the bodice first.  According to the instructions that is what comes first, but I wanted to start with the easiest part right off.  However, (the REAL reason for 2 colors) after laying out the pattern and seeing that I really didn't have enough material to go either all solid or all print my mind caught a serious headache.  I twisted the pattern and I turned it every which way but, I still could not make it fit completely on one whole piece of either of the two fabrics.  Then the idea came to me to just make part of it in solid.  I actually wanted the whole top solid and go for the look of View B with the exchange of the dark colored fabric as a print, but then I thought, why not have the front bodice solid and the rest of the dress in print?  Ok, my dilemma was quickly solved.

Here's a look see at what I mixed up. LOL
Jewelry- Forever21, Sandals- old my closet.

The Review

Pattern Description: Misses maxi dress with 2 skirt variations, 2 lengths and 2 strap variations.
Pattern Sizing: 4-16
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the easy construction and the fact that this pattern came with a built in slip process.   
Fabric Used: Cotton Challis and peach skin
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any changes to the pattern. 
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I will make this again.  Maybe do the short version with the small straps. I do recommend this pattern to others. 
Conclusion: Liked this pattern overall.  It was nice to have a wide range of fabrics to choose from.  I think this one takes a personal touch.  There are a lot of fabrics that would make this dress fancy or simple.  The V in the front is a modest one and something that you can live with without worrying about an extra tank underneath.  The skirt can be made to have either the 2 splits, 1 split, or none at all.  This is a very good go to pattern for a maxi.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a  

Until next time, Lots of Love,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DIY Vintage McCall's 9206


Sewing Pattern Review is having a vintage sewing contest.  Well, needless to say, I joined.  I love just about anything vintage and this was the perfect opportunity for me to get into my vintage stash and shuffle things around.

For this contest I chose a simple vintage pattern McCall's 9206.  One contest rule was ,,,IT MUST BE BEFORE 1980.  I think I might be safe with the year mark because the copyright for this pattern is 1968.  Here is a photo with an actual year written on it and possibly who the pattern belonged to at the time.
All of the fabric options were lovely and I had a tough decision between Shantung, Gabardine, and a Jersey.  I went with a double knit.  I pretty much like how this pattern turned out and was very shocked (!?!) to find that there was a Butterick pattern that looked similar to this vintage pattern.  Not to do a lot of rambling because there is talk enough in the Review which I will post here.
Now here's my entry photo collage.
Here's my review.
Supplementary questions:

What year is your pattern from? (Or decade if you can't date it precisely)
 Copyright on the pattern says 1968, but I have a photo attached from another pattern that has a date of 1970 written on the front.

Why did you choose this pattern?
 I love Vintage items and this particular dress reminded me of something that I saw on Bewitched.  I was excited to see a "Real" vintage challenge.

If you used any vintage techniques or fabrics please tell us about them.
 I didn't use anything vintage other than the pattern.  I have not had the privilege at this time to get my hands on any fabric or notions from yesteryear, just patterns and each one excites me and becomes a treasure.

What made this pattern different/more difficult/easier or more interesting than a modern pattern?
 The thing that made this pattern different was that everything was straight to the point.  On the envelope it stated EASY.  The instruction sheet said it was going to be 8 or 9 steps.  To me, this was pretty much how things went.  Here's the catch, the steps were time consuming, yet fun.  Each piece had to be cut out then underlined.  I thought this might be at least 5 steps, but the front yoke needed interfacing at the neck.  This was different to me because I have always put it on the facing.  These steps would be more of what I would call the prep work.

With all the prep work done it was time to start putting this dress together.  The front center panel had to be joined to the 2 outside panels.  The seams were to be pressed open, but I used a serger and pressed my seams to the center.  Once I had those pressed I was able to stitch a 3/8" seam on the outside front.  The same process was used on the front yoke.  I thought this gave a good detail to this dress.  The pattern called for a regular zipper in the back.  I didn't have a regular black 22" zipper, but I did have an invisible one.  So, I went for it with the invisible zipper.  I really wanted to keep this dress in line with what they might have used back in the late 60s, but I just used what was on hand.

The finish work was pretty easy.  I am on the height challenged side, so I knew that I was going to need to cut some of the fabric off the bottom.  I measured before I got started and took off 4".  I really thought they were making this pattern for Twiggy.  I ended up cutting off another 5" in order to get the right length than I wanted.  I used a 2" hem, which is unusual for me, but very much a part of fashion during that time.

I wouldn't say that this pattern is more difficult than today's patterns.  I would rate it about the same in difficulty, style, and overall appearance.

Pattern Description:  Vintage Misses Dress with front yoke and short set in sleeves.  Front and center seaming with center back zipper.  Dress is underlined with interfaced belt and contrasting front panel.

Pattern Sizing: 18 1/2.  I graded in between a 16 and the 18 1/2

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?   Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I liked that I almost got my birth year with this one and I love the look because it is so easy to fall into today's fashions.  Here is a current pattern that reminds me of this pattern.

Fabric Used:  Double Knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I had to cut the length as previously stated.  I didn't like how long the pattern was.  I had to vary in the bustline and waist between a 16 and 18 1/2 to get the correct alteration sizing .

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, and Yes.

Conclusion:   Overall this was a great pattern.  I didn't realize the symmetry between this pattern and the Butterick pattern at first, but they are very much alike.  The little belt was something that gave an opportunity to contrast with the center panel.  I used black buttons to tie it all together.  This is also a pattern that I would suggest to a beginner and I wouldn't say search the ends of the earth for a vintage pattern because the listed pattern is very much like this one.

I really had fun with this vintage pattern.  If you haven't had the opportunity to sew a vintage pattern, try one.  It will take you back to a time when life was simpler and making your on clothes was the "Cool" thing to do.

Until next time,  Lots Of Love