Archive | November, 2011

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

26 Nov

Well, it’s been a crazy week for me!  As promised, I spent several evenings cutting, and I now have eight projects ready to sew.  Well, ready to sew if I ever get my sewing room back in order!  I am glad to say that the situation is improving, and I hope to be finished this weekend.

See?  It’s getting better!

I found a thread rack (on the right in the photo) at a church rummage sale, and I’m going to hang it behind the desk.  I also picked up an office chair (with wheels!) as a doorbuster at Staples today, so I can finally banish that awful diner chair to the basement!  The cutting table and iron are downstairs now, but I’m putting them down by the windows.

Speaking of those windows, I’m thinking of making curtains for them.  I’ve been everywhere, but I can’t decide on a fabric.  The problem, I suspect, is that I don’t really love the wall color in this room  (it was supposed to be purple gray, but it’s just purple!)  I’m leaning towards a black and white print (the actual color is lighter than in this photo.)  Does anyone have a favorite source for curtain fabric?  I don’t want to spend a lot, but I don’t want something that’s going to look terrible either!

I’ve set up my exercise area in the part you can’ t see in the photo (where I am standing.)  It’s much larger than my living room, so it’s great – I did Turbofire (kickboxing) tonight, and I got a much better workout because I actually had room to do everything!  The only concern is not whacking myself with a beam (they are reachable with my hands.)

I spent two days painting my Mom’s living room, which was quite the ordeal as she has paneling I had to prepare and paint (like in the attic… never again!)  We stayed here for Thanksgiving with my family, and then decided to be insane and hit the day after sales.  I never go, because competitive shopping stresses me out.  I also used to work retail, so it’s not my thing.  I wanted the Kinect for my Christmas present (yes, I pick out my own… it is easier on my husband!) so I thought it might be worth trying, especially as the stores open so early now, meaning I’m still awake.  Sears at 3 am?  Why not?  I actually thought the experience was rather fun, as we made friends with the people in line around us, and attempted to get the crowd to join in a sing-along (no dice!)  After watching the news I expected to either get trampled, shot, or maced, but I thought there was a remarkable sense of camaraderie among the people waiting in line.  I got my Kinect, so I’m happy – I cannot wait to get some games for it!

I hope that those of you in the US had a nice holiday.  I’m hoping to get in some sewing this week, as I’m booked solid on the weekends until the new year (tis the season for concerts, gigs, and parties!)

 

Taking my (sewing) medicine, plus fitness update

21 Nov

I love to sew, which is probably obvious from reading this blog!  Having said that, there are some parts of the process that I love more than others.  For example:

I love:

Ironing seams

Sewing fast

Narrow hems (I’m weird)

 

I… don’t love:

Cutting, both the pattern and fabric

Sewing on buttons

Trying to adjust gathers evenly

 

Out of those, I hate cutting the most.  In fact, when I’m not sewing it’s often because I can’t face up to the idea of cutting something out!  I use a rotary cutter, which is easier than anything else of course, but even so I hate all the pinning and marking.  Patterns are tedious too, but not as bad as fabric.  I’ve been trying to figure out what to do about this issue – I hate to miss out on  sewing time because the part I don’t like comes first!

I’m off work all week, as I don’t teach on Thanksgiving week.  I am not going out of town for the holiday this year, so I decided to try an experiment:

I brought my cutting table into my living room, put on some tv I’d been meaning to watch (Stephen Fry’s “In America” on Netflix) and set myself to cutting.  Cutting is much more fun with something to watch!  I’m also trying to train myself to use pattern weights for smaller pieces, to avoid pins. I don’t have a cutting mat that is as large as my table, so that only works with small pieces, as I need to scoot the mat sometimes.  I’m way to cheap to pay as much as the large ones cost so far, but eventually I may get one!

After I cut the pieces to a pattern, I marked them (with my chalk pen) and removed the pattern pieces.  I put them in zip loc bags with the pattern.

This way, when I want to sew I can just pull a the pieces out.  I’m still working on cutting my winter wardrobe today, and then I have a rehearsal tonight, but tomorrow I plan to start some sewing!

Finally, I thought I would post a little update about my progress on the exercise program I committed to (Ballet Body Periodization.)  I’ve completed 2 months of the program out of 6.  Each month gets a little harder, but I am (mostly) enjoying the challenge.  I’m very excited to have upper body strength for the first time ever (thus this ridiculous photo!)

Ok, so I won’t be winning any bodybuilding competitions, but if you look really closely you can see actual muscles!   I don’t have a body type that builds easily on my upper half, as it is naturally small, so this is exciting.  The plan has a ton of plank and pushup work for upper body.  At first this made my wrists ache, as I have tendinitis, but after awhile I actually felt my wrists strengthening.  It has actually aided in my playing – I used to get aches in my wrist after a long session, but not anymore!

I also made a full body collage of the changes I’ve seen.  Having a visual record of progress makes it easier to continue on days that I’d rather just nap!

The biggest change is core strength, as I think you can see in the top row.  You should be able to click and make the photo bigger, I know it’s small.  I’m not dieting (or changing my diet really) so any change is due to the plan.  I actually know singers who refuse to do core strengthening exercises, as they believe it will form a ring of muscle that will impede their breathing and lung capacity.  I don’t find this to be the case, though I suppose it’s possible that overtraining might cause a problem, especially if you overtrain only one part of the core, if (for example) you only did traditional crunches.  My knees have strengthened as well.  I used to get pain in my right knee sometimes, but as I’ve strengthened the muscles around the knee that has gone away.

The biggest change, though, is in how I feel.  I have more energy overall, and my self-esteem has increased.  I think my body is healthier – I got my usual November/change of the weather cold this week, and it was gone in 6 days (plus I never got as run down as I usually do.)  I exercise for an hour on average, 6 days a week (it’s actually longer than an hour on strength days, and less on cardio (I do 40 minutes, as I’m still working on endurance.)   I am telling you, if I can do this anyone can.  I have not seriously committed to a plan like this in my entire life!  I used to dance, but that was different – and I was not a super great dancer either!  I did exercise when I was dating a trainer, but it wasn’t for me, and I didn’t see great results.  I plan to continue with the plan, and after that is over try a different plan.  I’m trying to make this a lifestyle change!  I’ve bought way too many exercises dvds, and my husband is getting me an x-box Kinect for Christmas.  I tried out one of the dancing games, and it’s a great workout – I love to dance, even if I’m not the best!

I hope to be back later this week with some completed garments – hopefully even some pants!

McCalls 6167

11 Nov

Pattern: McCalls 6167

Fabric: Stretch shirting (fabric.com, Winter 2010)

Notions: 12 1/2 inch buttons

 

Ok, so… it turns out that I forgot how much I don’t enjoy the process of making a button-down shirt.  Between the collar, the continuous lap placket, and the buttons, I did not particularly enjoy the process… but I love my shirt!  I bought this fabric last year.  It’s from the same lot of fabric that I used to make my plaid Vogue 8028.  I love the color, and meant to make this shirt last year.  I ran out of time so I made it for this winter instead!  This took me about 5 evenings to sew, a bit at a time.  I like to set arbitrary dates to finish something, to ensure that I actually do it.  It this case I thought “I want to wear this on Thursday,” which spurred me on to finish it last night!

I pretty much followed the pattern, cutting a size 8.  I added one inch to the lower front and back pieces at the top, because I am long waisted.  I wanted to wear this as a tunic with leggings, but I wanted to avoid the “where are her pants?” feeling that I get from a shirt that is too short.  I also sewed the button band shut – after all, I’m not wearing it open, and I didn’t feel like making all those buttonholes.  My buttons are decorative.  I did make the buttonholes on the sleeves as well as for the tabs (although I’m not sure I will ever use the tabs, as my arms are always cold!)  I removed all the ease from the sleevecaps with no ill effects.  The sleeves, incidentally, are the perfect length for me.  My arms are long, so I would measure!  They are slightly roomy, but not in a bad way.

An inch shorter would have been too short for me. Having said that, I do have a long torso (so long that I can wear petite length pants, even though I am 5’8″ tall.)

About the instructions… well, I can’t say they were bad.  I followed them to the letter, and I ended up with a great shirt.  Having said that, they will not produce a shirt that is very much like  RTW shirt. The main issue is all the hand sewing.  The pattern calls for slip stitching the cuffs, placket, and collar down on the inside.  That’s a lot of hand sewing!  It’s not that I mind (I took the chance to catch up on my bad reality tv watching… I am ashamed, but I love The Biggest Loser!)  The problem for me is that my hand sewing is not as secure as machine stitching, and that I do know you can complete these pieces without hand sewing, as I’ve done it before.

The only place where I had to consult other sources from the instructions was the continous lap placket.  I’ve done one before, but the diagram made no sense to me.  I would have liked a line that said “stretch the sleeve end out straight at the slash, and sew the lap piece in a straight line.”  The diagram shows this, but it didn’t look right to me (but I am diagram challenged!)

I love the empire waist.  Without the drawstring the shirt is a bit large, but with the waist it looks great!  I wore this outfit today for teaching, rehearsal, and dinner with friends, and it was great (and comfy) for all three events.  I highly recommend this pattern!

 

The last planning post: Dresses

6 Nov

Finally, we come to my favorite part of my wardrobe – the dresses!  I have done a good job filling my wardrobe with dresses, after years of hardly wearing any.  When I sat down with my friend to weed my cl0set, I knew some hard choices were about to be made.  Not all of my handmade dresses are keepers, but I have a terrible attachment to them!  But common sense prevailed, and we must say a sad farewell to these dresses:

Vogue 8631: Alas, my love for the fabric could not compensate for the lack of adequate closures.  I spent the whole time I was wearing the dress worried about flashing someone (I do not like wrap dresses!)  Then my husband ran it through the drier, and that was that.

Simplicity 2848:  I suspect that I might actually be a bit past the age where jumpers are cute.  I always felt silly when wearing it, so I have given it away.

Vintage Vogue 1219:  Suffered from overfitting (a common affliction for me when I started out!)  Twas also a bit stiff from the underlining.  I gave it away, but I want to make this pattern again!

Vogue 7617:  Didn’t fit well in the chest, and once again I used a stiff underlining.  I have learned my lesson now, and consider carefully if underlining is appropriate.  I want to make this again too!

Sadness!  But also happiness, because it all helps to make room for new projects, especially after a large clean-out of my thrifted dresses (I have no attachment at all to something for which I paid under 5 dollars.)

I tried very hard to evaluate my dresses, with an eye on what I actually like to wear.  I came up with a few categories:

1. Short dresses, which can also be worn over leggings as a tunic.

2. Ponte dresses.  It’s my favorite fabric right now, and I can’t get enough!

3. Updated Vintage. I love, love, love vintage, but I also don’t want to be uncomfortable or feel like I’m wearing a costume.  Vogue pattern magazine did a spread earlier this fall with updated versions of their patterns.  I was inspired to update some of my patterns for fall and winter.

4. Sleeves.  I love sleeves, why don’t more dresses have them in the winter?  It gets cold here!  Having said that, no sleeves at all are better than a short sleeve.

What don’t I wear?

1. Anything that wrinkles excessively. I like to use the damp dry setting on my drier, which I find takes care of most wrinkles.  If something is going to always be wrinkled, the end result will be me never wearing it.

2. Dry clean only.  I only dryclean coats if I can help it.  My husband doesn’t wear dress clothes for work, so I have no reason to go there.  Anything that needs drycleaning will sit in a bag for 6 months before I get around to it.  I can use the wool or handwash settings on my frontloader for many items.  I avoid lining items because I don’t want to wash something with a lining.

3. Overfitted dresses.  I have recently discovered pencil skirts, so I don’t mean that – I mean anything I can’t take a deep breath and/or move my arms freely.  I have started using stretch wovens, and I’m in love with them!

With that list of rules in mind, here is some project inspiration!

Simplicity 2308: I purchased this fabric to copy the Milly dress here.  Milly is currently my favorite brand.  I love the fun fabrics they use, so I was thrilled to find a similar print.  Mine is not metallic, and is an ITY knit rather than a silk chiffon, and the scale is slightly larger.  I think this pattern has a great deal of potential, but it all depends on the fabric choice.  I’m hoping mine is good!

Simplicity 2054:  I plan to make the version with detatchable cowl using this lace print ponte (available at Joann’s this season.)  This is such a plain style htat I think it will benefit from the print.  I’m not sure about the sleeves – articulated elbow or not?  I think the dress is pretty plain without it, but I’m not sure it fits  my style.

New Look 6067:  I adore this dress – look at those fun pleats!  My fabric is a heavier cotton sateen (Jones NY via Fabricmart.)  It’s navy with red dots.  I had considered using this fabric for a trench coat, but to be honest I don’t wear the two that I have.  This dress has a bit of a retro feel to me, without venturing into costume, which I feel is a danger with this sort of fabric.

Simplicity 2145:  Yes, this is the knock-off of Kate Middleton’s Issa engagement dress.   I plan to make mine in red, so that it’s not so completely a copy.  I loved that dress when I saw it, so I must make this!  The red is a beautiful color, can’t you see this for the holidays?

Simplicity 2282: I have really been longing for a peplum this year.  Last year I made Vogue 1209, which has a back peplum.  I wore it Tuesday, and remembered how I love it! I’m planning to use a RPL woven suiting.  It’s navy with a really subtle black pinstripe.  Simplicity 2282 is a good match for the Stella McCartney dress I fell in love with (minus the front bit of peplum.)  I do plan to open up that neckline to a scoop.  Crewnecks are not for me.  Lastly, I plan to use a contrasting piping around the peplum, and possibly the princess seams (the Sew Convert made this dress and used piping to great effect!)

Vogue 8745:  The inspiration dress is from Modcloth (where it is available in gray – I changed the picture to match my fabric.)  I plan to lengthen this top (and cut longer ruffles.)  I’m also planning to make a black leather obi belt (via my trusty Kwik Sew pattern) to define the waist.  I need one badly, as I keep wishing I had one when wearing other dresses!

Vintage patterns: Vogue 9660(1950s,) Vogue 5782 (1960s) and McCall 5336 (1970s)

I’m considering fabric options for these three projects, but I may yet change my mind.  I’m currently feeling very inspired by the 1970s, so McCall 5336 is up first.  I’m looking for a lightweight woolen with drape to make the short hemline/long sleeved version.  My inspiration for this dress is from Diane Von Furstenberg’s Pre Fall 2011 collection (here... there are no exact matches, but the feel of the collection shows what I am aiming for.)  I am thinking of a warm brown or orange-red for fall.

I  am not sure where I am going to start.  Right now I have the McCall’s 6167 on the cutting table (I was convinced by your positive feedback on that one!) and after that I want to make Simplicity 2256 (the ponte jacket.)  After that I will work on a dress.

I am possibly sort of OCD about planning!  It’s curious though… without a plan like this I will go a month without sewing, but with the plan I feel inspired!  I know I won’t get to everything, but that’s not important to me – what’s important is that I have projects ready to go when I get the sewing urge.   It does not often coincide with the planning urge, so I often end up stymied by what to make.   I plan to cut several projects at a time too – it keeps me from using cutting as an excuse not to sew (I hate to cut, even with the rotary!)

Vogue 8634

5 Nov

Pattern: Vogue 8634

Fabric: Rayon/lycra jersey, purchased at fabric.com

Notions: Stitch witchery

Notes:  I seem to be on a roll for making tops right now!  I chose this pattern based on the excellent reviews – it seems everyone has made one!  I liked the raglan shoulders, and I thought the length would be flattering.

I chose a striped rayon jersey from fabric.com.  It is perhaps a bit lightweight, but that gives the cowl a nice drape!

I only encountered one issue with the fabric – what to do with the hem?  I like to leave knit hems raw wherever possible, due to the difficulty of getting a nice hem without rippling, but this one looked sad without a hem.  I first hemmed it in a pretty standard way – I serged the lower edge, folded under an inch and topstitched.  That didn’t look good – it was super ripply, and just not nice.  I decided to resort to using stitch witchery (fusible tape that holds seams together.) I applied the tape, ironed it in place with a damp cloth, and ran two rows of top stitching on top, using my walking food for even feeding.  It looks better, but I’m still not 100% on the hem.  The weight of the adhesive inside the hem causes it to hang differently from the rest of the garment.  I have regular weight Stitch Witchery – there is a light, and perhaps I should try that?  I have also heard of using washaway stabilizer, but I was out.  Any advice is welcome, as I have a few more light knits coming up, and I’d like to find a better hem solution!

I added 2 inches to the top in cutting, as I often have to lengthen tops (long torso here!)  It ended up being unnecessary, so I removed it before hemming.  I cut an XS in the shoulders and bust, blending to a medium at the bottom.  I could have gone with a small – it’s slightly bigger than I think is intended by the pattern.

The pattern is highly recommended, with a few caveats.  First, it is a raglan sleeve, which is not ideal for everyone.  I love them, but I know they can be problematic.  Second, I would consider removing the empire seam.  I don’t think it does much for shaping, and it makes it harder to use a print (my stripe is so small that you can’t see it!)  Finally, I would recommend a slightly heavier knit.  Mine is a t-shirt type knit, which feels lovely and soft but lacks the drape that I would prefer at the bottom.

This made a nice outfit for dinner with my in-laws, if a bit more neutral/conservative than my usual.  The pants silhouette is new for me – slim rather than straight/flared legs.  I really like it, which surprises me a great deal! I can already think of several ways to use this top in a more exciting way – maybe I will come back with a few of those ideas later this week!

 

 

 

Planning a cold weather pt 2: coats, jackets, and pants

4 Nov

Or: everything else that isn’t dresses.  I love wearing dresses more than anything, but I really want to avoid getting stuck in a rut, so I’ve worked hard to find some other styles that work for me!

Coats

My bedroom has 2 closets, the large walking closet I’ve shown before, and a smaller normal closet.  I don’t know why, nor can I explain a walk-in closet in a 110 year old house (it was likely not a closet, but I’m not sure what it was… I only know that it’s original to the house.)  I use the second closet for my coats (my husband uses the guest room closet for his clothes.)  It could be said that I have a coat problem, especially now that I work from home, and don’t even need a coat every day!  I’ve never made a real coat, as I just have so many.  I am, however, giving some consideration to the idea of making my own coat this year.   I even have a pattern!

McCall’s 6442:  I just adore this coat!  I love the wide skirt and fitted waist.  The best part is that it has a hood, making it totally unlike my other coats!  I have started looking for fabric, but thus far I have been stumped.  My issue is that I don’t want to spend as much for fabric as I would for an actual coat, and everything I like seems to be $30 a yard, which is simply not on.  I like the plaid in the photo, so I’m considering either a plaid or a bright solid – there is one made up in red on patternreview which I love.  Very little red riding hood.  If I find the right fabric I plan to snatch it up.  The style reminds me of Colette patterns’ Lady Gray coat, with the addition of a hood and slightly less dramatic lapels.  I love Colette patterns, but they require a lot of fitting for me, particularly around the upper body and shoulders,  so I don’t think I would choose that for my first coat.

Jackets

I do not wear many jackets.  I have somewhat broad shoulders, which are not getting any smaller with the amount of pushups I’ve been doing lately, so it’s hard to get a good fit.  Most jackets, if they fit in the waist, feel like a straightjacket through the shoulders and back.  I have made a few jackets with success, but I find lining them tedious, so I tend to stick to more casual styles.  One of the trends I’ve noticed recently is the ponte jacket – taking a traditionally tailored jacket and making it in either a ponte or even a sweatshirt knit.  I love the look, which juxtaposes formal and casual (much like my own style!)  I also love that this allows more room for my shoulders to actually move.  I’m planning to take at least one jacket pattern (unlined) and make it from a heavy knit.  Here is my choice:

I bought a pretty rigid gray ponte awhile back.  It won’t work for a dress, but it’s perfect for this jacket!  I’m leaning towards the brown version.  I actually like the ruffle neck on the other, but it doesn’t have the tailored look that I would like.  If this works out, I can think of a few other patterns that could get this treatment.

Cardigans

I have a lot of cardigans, and wear one nearly every day.  In particular, I get a lot of use out of the current long, oversized cardigans I bought and made last year (including the Jalie Pleated Cardigan.)  I wore them so often, in fact, that I’m now down to just one, and it has seen better days!  In addition to my knitting, I plan to make these two cardigans as replacements:

McCall’s 6247 and McCall’s 6408

These patterns are both by Nancy Zieman for McCall’s.  I’ve never seen her show, but these cardigans appeal to me greatly!  Both are long enough to wear with leggings, and have full skirts (I hate a cardigan that doesn’t actually meet in the front!)  I have actually changed my mind a bit, and am using black rayon jersey for 6408, and a charcoal wool jersey for 6247 (which is the replacement for a gray cardigan that took an ill advised trip through the drier this month.)

Pants

I have made pants before, but it’s not something I have pursued with any degree of seriousness.  But this year I’m ready to try!

Simplicity 0499 - this is the Joann’s version of Simplicity 2315, which suffers from excessive airbrushing – the pants on the envelope don’t look real!  They do, however, look really cute here.  I like that they have a back zip.  My other black skinny pants have a front zip, and I am not fond of how you can see it through tunics sometimes.

McCall’s 6173 –  I resisted leggings when they came back, but I’ve given up.  They’re comfortable, and pretty warm in the winter.  I can always use more, and this pattern looks decent.

McCall’s 6404 –  This is the most risky pattern for me, but I love the unusual seaming on the legs.  I would certainly not wear them with a shirt tucked into them though – they are only one step removed from leggings, which aren’t really pants to me.  I would make them in black or dark gray.

I’m headed to Joann’s for the sale tonight (there is a 25% off your total order printable coupon this week) and I hope to pick up some ponte for the pants, and possibly something else fun.  I like the April Johnston for Project Runway line of fabrics they have right now – I loved her on the show, and some of the prints are cute.  I’m also needing some steam a seam.  I sewed up one of my knit tunics last night, and while I love it very much I could use some stabilizer for the hemline!

Planning a cold weather wardrobe pt 1: tops

3 Nov

I try to purge my closet twice a year, before the volume of clothing I own gets to a critical point.  I have two main sources of clothing – either it’s handmade or thrifted.  This leads to a bit of closet stuffing sometimes!  I call over a friend, put on some fun music, break out the wine, and try on every single item in my closet.   I find that last part to be essential.  I can lie to myself about a garment when it’s on the hanger, but trying it on makes it obvious what I should do.  If I still can’t decide, it goes to my friend, who knows to be brutally honest.  This year I donated three large garbage bags full of clothing to Goodwill, including most of my older pairs of pants.  I’m planning to do a post every day this week talking about different parts of my wardrobe, giving some insight into how I plan things.

Today’s topic: Tops

Shirts are definitely the most neglected part of my wardrobe right now.  I spent the past year wearing dresses most of the time, but I’m looking to shake things up a bit.  I recently purchased some slim fitting ponte pants (Michael Kors) and skinny jeans that actually fit (from The Limited) and I want tunics and longer blouses that work with that silhouette.

The sad rack above is the extent of my top collection after my clean out.  Half of those shirts I don’t even love – I just kept them so I could have something to wear!  I do have more cardigans and sweaters of course, but I need both.  So for the next few weeks I plan to focus on tops, with the hope of increasing my collection a bit!  Here are my current plans:

Vogue 8634: Cowl necks work really well for my body type, but I’m picky about them.  I love either a separate cowl, or at least a separate piece used as the cowl (I find cowl necks where the cowl is part of the bodice front to be unflattering on me.)  It seems like everyone but me has made this top!  I plan to make the extra long length from gray/black striped jersey, purchased at Fabric Mart in their last big sale.

McCall’s 6203: I initially overlooked this pattern due to a bad envelope photo.  I changed my mind recently when I ran across Lisa’s version!  I totally stole her idea of using gray.  I haven’t seen anyone make this version, with the neck drape.  Round necklines aren’t as good on me, so I will likely make this one.  My fabric is from fabric.com.

Vogue 8731: I love this top – it’s simple, but the pleats are really interesting.  I’m using a crimson tencel jersey, which I have ordered from fabric.com but not yet received.  When I decided to make some tops I realized I would have to buy fabric (a hardship, I know) because most of my knits are ITY.  I love ITY for dresses, but find it too heavy for most tops.  In this case, I’m pretty sure the weight of the fabric would pull the center pleats out of shape.  Fabric.com said this was a lightweight jersey, and in my experience when they say that they mean it!

Vogue 8771: I love dolman sleeves.  I don’t like the other view of this pattern, which has  long tight cuffs below the sleeves (doesn’t work on me) but I like this one!  I have a metallic black jersey (poly/rayon/lurex blend) and plan to use that to make this top.

 

These tops are all knits, because I wear knit tops more often (ironing is not my friend,) but I did storyboard a few blouse patterns as well.  I have the idea that I could use up some fabrics which I love, but which are a bit much made into a dress.

Simplicity 2307: The fabric is a cotton shirting, purchased from Sawyer Brook, and originally from J. Crew.  I have had this for a year, and have been stumped as to how to use it.  I think an entire dress of this pattern would be too much, but perhaps a shirt?  This pattern has a stand up collar and little pinticks.  I chose it because it does not have princess seams, which would be impossible in this fabric.

McCall 6167: in stretch shirting.  The pattern is a smaller scale buffalo plaid.  I meant to make this last year, but ran out of winter!

Simplicity 2365: Ok, so… I know this print is insane.  I love it though.  The rayon itself is very slightly crinkled, so it doesn’ t need a lot of ironing – bonus!

 

So that’s it for my shirt sewing plans.  The knit tops are easy – I can easily make one in an evening.  The blouses are a little more complex, as I haven’t made a shirt before (I have made several shirtdresses, which I suppose are the same idea.)  I plan to cut these patterns tonight, and hopefully get one or two of them sewn on the weekend!  I will be back later with more sewing ideas.  My storyboards, as always, are in my flickr album, if you want to see all of them.


 

 

 

 

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