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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jogger Pants



I decided to make a pair of jogger pants - aka sweatpants.




When I searched my inventory for a pattern to use, I came across this one.  I actually
bought it with plans to make the top,  but I never did.



I'm always looking for that pants pattern   - one that's both flattering and comfortable.  And I think I've found it.

 
I used a sweatshirt type knit that I've had for several years.  For the waistband and cuffs, I used the wrong side of the fabric - which is solid gray. The fabric is very soft, so the pants are so comfortable. Since the pattern is designed for wovens, and I used a knit, they are a little looser fitting.



I'm so glad I gave this pattern a try.  The ONLY change I made was to remove some from the top of the pants as they came up too high. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.




I decided to make a 2nd pair using a woven - some kind of a poly. For this pair, I narrowed the legs from the knee down. Of course, they aren't as comfortable as the knit pair, but they're good.  I hope with minor modifications this will become my TNT pants pattern.






Thursday, August 20, 2015

Simplicity 7541

This is a sleeveless dress pattern designed for woven fabrics.  It's a simple pattern
that has a great fit.  The neckline is neither too low cut nor too wide for me -
which is unusual.  And even though there's no darts, it has a nice shape. 
Its my go-to pattern for any simple woven top or dress.




I used it as my starting point for this top:
























With these white pants, the outfit has a 60's vibe.

I love this cotton black and white print fabric, but didn't have enough of it to make anything.
So, I used solid black cotton and added a wide band to the bottom and a pleated center panel.
I also used the black to make bias binding for the neckline and armholes.






























 I lightened this up trying to show the pleats in the front.

























Friday, July 17, 2015

Easy & Cool Summer Top

Since I love wearing cotton woven tops during the summer, I was intrigued when I saw Butterick 6215. 
When Butterick's were on sale at Joann Fabrics, I picked it up.


                




The most important way to insure a successful project is to pick the right fabric and this time I did.  
I sewed it from a soft, light-weight cotton print that's perfect for this top.


What do I like about this pattern?
It's quick and easy to make - no buttonholes.
It's cool and comfortable to wear
And the fit is good - a V-neck that's not loo low cut.

The only change I made was to the length of the back.  I didn't like the extreme hi-low hemline. 
So, I shortened it a couple inches.
        



 I wasn't sure about it, but now that I've worn it, I really do like it.








Sunday, July 5, 2015

Black & White Dots Top

I've finished another top.



I used Vogue 9057 and made view B.   With a few changes I got the loose tunic type top that I wanted.  First, I lengthened it by 2 inches.  Then I added fullness through the waist and hips by moving the center of the pattern away from the fold of the fabric.  And, obviously, I shortened the sleeves.  I really like how it turned out.


 Vogue 9057
 

















The black and white dot fabric is a light weight ITY that's perfect for summer tops. It's very soft and was easy to work with.  I don't remember where I got it, but I bought 4 yards.  This top only took 1 yard, so I still have a lot of it left.




The black fabric that I used for the sleeves is a thin poly knit from Joann's. I also used it for the neckband. This is the method I used for the neck: cut a strip 2 inches wide and fold it in half; attach it to the neck and then serge the seam; then fold the seam down and top stitch.




I like the contrast of the black sleeves and neckband with the print fabric.  I also like the rounded shape of the hem.






Friday, July 3, 2015

Sheer Top

Sometimes the simplest things turn out to be the best.  Like this top:
 


The fabric is a sheer black and silver that I got at Joann's.  I paid $5.25 a yard and only used 1 yard.  I made narrow bias binding from a light-weight silvery/gray fabric I had in my stash, and used it to finish the neck, sleeves and hem.

 


I wear it with a black cami underneath.  It's nice and cool on these hot summer days.





I didn't have a pattern for what I wanted, so I altered Vogue 8880. I removed the waistline seam and the neckline darts.




 
I like how it turned out.  It's comfortable and fun and I get compliments whenever I wear it.



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sleeveless Knit Top & Mesh Jacket



Butterick 5925 was the starting point for this top. I've used this pattern a couple times before and really like it.  I make a size medium and the fit is good with only minor alterations. 
 
 This time, I left off the pockets and made it sleeveless.




This was one of those projects that just happened as I went along.  When I started, I didn't have a clear idea of what this top would be. The print fabric was left over from a maxi skirt project, and I used it to cut the front and then added the black band across the bottom.  I initially thought I would use the black fabric for the back, but didn't have enough of it, so I used it as the side pieces.  I also bound the neckline and armholes with strips of the black knit.



t can be cool in the office, so I wanted a little something to  wear over sleeveless tops.

I had 1-1/2 yards of this mesh-like fabric that I bought the fabric at Joann Fabrics.

I started with an oop pattern for a simple jacket and then made a few changes to get the shape I wanted.

I wore the set to work and it was very comfortable.



Monday, June 22, 2015

Silky Summer Tops

I love wearing silky tops for summer and recently made 2 using McCall's 7093.



For the first version, I made the length of view " D" with the pockets from view "B" and made short sleeves.  I used 3 different fabrics: a blue floral and solid blue that I had in my stash and I picked up the white "silky" from Joann Fabrics.  I don't really like the white fabric,  but it was the only thing I could find at the time.




I bound the neckline with bias strips cut from the blue fabric.



I made a straight size 16 with no alterations.  It's a little big through the shoulders and bust - and maybe a little too long.






For the 2nd top,  for the front section I used a silky print that I've had in my stash for years and black for the back and sleeves.  This version is a little shorter than the first and uses the curved back hem of view "c".  I wasn't sure I'd like the longer back hem, but I really do.  I made this one a size smaller from the waist up, and the fit is good.

















I'm sure I'll get a lot of wear out of both of these tops this summer.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Knit Maxi Skirt

 
I didn't use a pattern to cut this simple maxi skirt which is basically an A-line.  I made the back a little bigger than the front to allow for hip room.  I then added a waistband.  I made it one day and wore it the next.  I paired it with a basic black tee and black sandals.   The fabric is an ITY that I believe I bought at WalMart several years ago.  This skirt took about 2-1/2 yards and I still have a couple yards left.










Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summer Handbag

Since the weather has warmed up, I've been planning to make a summer handbag.  I love polka dots, so when I saw this blue and white dots fabric at Joann Fabrics on the red tag table for 50% off, I had to grab it.  When I got ready to start on my purse, I went diving thru my stash for some coordinating fabric and I came up with this blue tropical print.  It looks so summery and beachy.   This print is also a home d├ęcor from Joann Fabrics.  I used a solid blue from the stash for the lining.

There's a large zippered pocket on one side and an open pocket on the other.  Inside there's a cell phone pocket and a small zippered pocket. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


I used white plastic drapery rings on the straps.





I used plastic canvas to stiffen the bottom.