Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Isn't this pretty?

I brought this New Look 6120 from Simplicity a while ago and I was afraid to try it.
Isn't that a pretty dress? Do you think it would hide little bumps around the belly?  I certainly hope so!  I've got the pattern pieces cut out - just need to measure to make sure it will fit right.  I'm in between at least two sizes.  The upper bust is smaller than the hip area.  I haven't mastered that yet.
So here's the fabric I'm planning on using.  It's a charmeuse which the pattern suggests:
It's slippery, which worries me.  I read that I should use a rotary cutter and starch the fabric.  I don't have starch but I do have a cutting mat and rotary cutter - should I try my luck?  he he I probably will anyway.

So I hope to make this over the next few days.  Wish me luck!
Oh and if you've made this pattern - let me know what you thought and I'd love to see a pic :)

And if you have a blog - send me a link - I love to see what people do :)

I spend a lot of my evenings researching information on other blogs before I start cutting and slicing my fabric.  Here's what I found tonight on Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing:


Gertie's blog is so awesome.  I have seen a lot of bloggers linking to her site for info. 

and she had this on her site too:

Isn't that dress gorgeous!!!  I'm not that thin so I can't wear it that way!  But, my charmeuse is polyester (eek) not silk.  I guess it's safe to start cutting and slicing - I got it on sale so I won't be devastated if it doesn't come out right. 

I'll keep researching and I think I will start linking lots of info back to where I find it.  There are so many talented sewers out there ~ I hope to be as good as them someday :)

Just discovered the Narrow Hemmer Foot

Tonight I discovered my machine's Narrow Hemmer Foot.  I have a Brother sewing machine.  I purchased it for only $80 bucks on Amazon and it came with a bunch of accessories that are pretty cool.  Among them was the Narrow Hemmer Foot.  I discovered this little gem after I saw a tut and decided to try the tut.

The tut was for a cute summer top that has a faux ruffle across the top.  It requires a narrow hem (hence why I used the foot).  If you're interested in seeing the tutorial, go to mimigstyle.com.  Anyways, her top is way cute - mine ...well, I tried! lol.

But I got to use the Narrow Hemmer Foot and I'm really impressed.  I used a lightweight cotton and a small hem is great for it.  No pressing - just followed my machine's manual and sewed a small hem with it. 

Here's a pic of it:

So I've been really happy with this machine - it's got 25 stitches and I've only used about 5 so far.  I can't wait to get better and learn more so I can do more with it. 

Here's the top I made from Mimi's tut:

Since I'm a bit busty I don't think this type of top looks good on me.  It's a good thing it wasn't any longer because it would not have fit over my hips. 

Anyway, just wanted to mention the foot and my new top.  Not sure if anyone's reading this but :) 

Good night!

Friday, July 27, 2012

By the way...

By the way - are there any local (Orlando, FL) bloggers?  I'd love to get together with some other sewists - I've yet to find or meet someone who's as into fabrics and patterns as I am :)

It's been a while...I'm stuck

Lately I've been stuck on following blogs written by much more talented and experienced sewists than I.  I've been reading up on pattern fitting and adjusting, fabrics and choosing the right types, inserting zippers - the last two were disatrous (wah) - and drooling over their new pretty dresses, shorts, blouses, etc.

I ordered some new patterns and some new fabric from Fabric.com - it was my first time ordering from them.  I'm thinking I should move into knits and jerseys and try making some of those kinds of dresses.  I wasn't crazy about the last two that I made and that's why there aren't any photos of them. 

Well, just wanted to update the blog.  Pretty soon, I will start linking to other sites and hopefully adding more dresses to my wardrobe.  I did buy a cute peplum top and I want to make a couple of skirts to wear with it.  I wish I had more time to sew too but it seems that there is not enough time in the day!

Happy Sewing :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Update on NL 6886

Here's a pic of what the dress looks like now:

It's not 100% complete and I did make some adjustments.  I cut the length of the skirt shorter because I am short (5 ft 2) and I didn't like the way the skirt was so long on me.  The other thing that I'm not sure of is the full skirt look because I've already got full hips and I'm not very slim so I think it fills me out too much.  I'm going to slim the skirt by making it into a pencil skirt.  The other issue I'm having is with the back of the bodice.  See below:

It bags up on my back like this.  I'm not sure why - maybe because I have a short torso and then my hips start to fill out?  Or maybe the size I used was too big although it fit the waist.  hmmm.  Things to ponder...
There was a lot of gape in the back so I added some darts and that seemed to fix that problem.  The darts in the back were in addition to the darts that the pattern called for. 

In the picture below you can see the darts on the inside of the front bodice.  I used muslin as a lining and sewed it as one fabric. 

Besides that, I had issues sewing the zipper.  I had already sewed the skirt and bodice together (following the patterns directions) and that was a bit problematic.  Hope no one looks too closely at the zipper lol - it's kinda crooked! 

I still have to finish the hem and sew the straps on - I decided to do a black bias tape on the bodice - I'll post a pic when I'm done with that.  Whew!  It's my first dress so I guess it's not too bad? 

What's your experience been sewing dresses with bodices?  Any tips you can share?

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Look 6886

So I'm going to try my hand at New Look 6886 - it's a cute dress, doesn't look very complicated.  The thing that's been tough for me is fit or choosing the right size.  I've been researching for days about how other people size and fit and it seems everyone has a different method. 

Here's a pic of the envelope:

What I decided to do was the cut all the pieces I needed for View D - which is what the model is wearing - and then measure and measure and measure.  Seems like all I do is measure!  Then I cut the muslin, which I am going to use to underline the dress.  Not sure if that's the right thing to do but I'm not sure who to ask.  oh well, trial and error - we'll see! 

So here's the muslin:

I basted the bodice and pinned the darts to get an idea of how it would look once sewn.  I wrapped it around me too to make sure it would fit.  Right now, it's pinned it to the dressform.  Side note - i need to find a tut to pad "Sally" up (my son chose her name lol).  Her hips are not the same size as mine.  Mine are wider, much wider ~ 

I just cut out the fabric I chose:

It's a cheapy fabric from Walmart on clearance.  It's 100% cotton though so I figured it should be good ? maybe? hope so? 
I know some people buy fabric online but I'm still learning about fabric and muslin and all this other stuff - I'm not very confident yet buying fabric I can't touch online.  And I figure it doesn't hurt as much if I mess up a cheapy fabric rather than a really nice one I love. *shrugs*

I've got the skirt front pinned to the dressform (no pic yet) and it's getting late so I guess I have to stop now.  Bummer.

if you happen to come across my blog I'd love some feedback - ideas, thoughts, opinions - it's all good!



Thursday, July 12, 2012

I have to share this before I go to bed...

I just got these two shoes:

OMG - I LOVE them!!!  The yellow are much more comfortable than the blue ones but love them both.  I'll try to take some pics this weekend with them on :)
Oh they are Miz Mooz shoes...

A dress and a skirt

Sharing a dress and a skirt I made.  The dress is pretty easy - it was McCall's M6115.  It's not my favorite style but I wanted to start learning how to read and use patterns.  I actually wore it to work.

The skirt is an A line skirt that I drafted my own pattern for.  Very simple.  Still trying to figure out the best way to clean up the inside though - I need to finish the edge on the facing and I guess I'm being lazy.  I still wore the skirt to work - no one can tell what part isn't finished! lol  Sorry the skirt is wrinkled because I sit all day in a office cube.  oh well!


The pics aren't that great since I'm using my BlackBerry ~ a new camera is already on my Xmas list....