9/17/2014

Oldie But Goodie - New Look 6735

Fall is just down the block and I am so ready, although I have not officially swapped my summer gear for the Fall ones.


Honestly, the only items that I need to swap out for Fall/Winter are my suits, thereby keeping all my Fall/Winter tops, sweaters, dresses, skirts & pants in the back of the closet.  Waking up to mid to high 50 degrees had me rethinking what I ironed the night before and the short-sleeve suits were not going to fly.

Reaching to the back of my closet yield an Oldie but Goodie... New Look 6735


 The vest was made back in 2008 and it has remained a workhorse in my wardrobe.


It's such a versatile piece and have paired it with a skirt, button-up & rocked it as a vest, worn it too many times to count under a suit as a tank, worn it under a black cardi & jeans.... it's just a simple versatile garment.

Donned it with a denim jacket, old black pants (Loft) & Franco Sarto Austin Pumps

The denim jacket (True Freedom) is my new favorite right now and  schlepped around my old Anne Klein Tote via Macys (similar here)

Loving the sand finish and quilted sleeves. The perfect topper to revitalize an oldie but goodie.



Here is what others had to say about New Look 6735





Until then,
Have a Great Week


9/12/2014

RTW Friday

Happy Friday All and hoping everyone is looking forward to a fun filled weekend.

I hope to get some sewing in, wishing it was for me, but will be sewing for my mom a dress or two.  To add to the fun, my sister & the kiddos will be over this weekend and hoping she remembers to bring the dress I made for her B-day to get pics.  One of the down sides of sewing for others is depending on them to get pics.


Its FRIDAY!!!! and I am ready to get the weekend started.  However, I must work and what better way to sail through the day, than wearing something casually fun & bright.

Black Fedora - courtesy of my Daughter's hat collection


The blazer via  Macy's  - Jones New York

Tank top - from my mom during her thrift shop excursions
Necklace & bracelets - New York City street vendors

Jeans via  Loft  and Henry Ferrera Moccasin via DeJanerio
Photo bombing is my daughter's dog...Mr. Ayden...lol

Until then,
Have a Great Weekend.




9/10/2014

Butterick 5672 Carnival Dress

Thanks All for the lovely compliments.

ETA:

Took a few more pics and we played around with the ISO and this looks a teeny bit better.  Also wanted to show the back, wherein there is pooling, but think that is from not removing enough from the waist seams.... despite that....... loooooooove it... on to the next project.


Another take on Butterick 5672 (Modified): Close-fitting lined dress with left pleats, invisible zipper with sleeve options.  Reviews of my modified versions here, here & here.

Started on this dress during the Labor Day weekend and finally finished it this past weekend.  Having made it several times, it should have been a quickie, however, that was not the case, my plan was to do something different with this dress. 


The fabric is a faux embroidered silk that I purchased at Virgo Fabric during mid-summer and knew immediately it needed to be a dress. I coined it carnival dress because of the vibrant embroidered design and the fact that I started working on it during the Labor Day weekend. 


Like the other reviews, I used the lining pieces to cut the dress & like my Lace dress went against the fabric suggestion and used a woven. I used the same grey knit lining that I used in my lace dress for this dress as well.  I purchased the remaining 5/yds of lightweight knit from Flatbush Fabrics some time ago specifically for lining dresses.


I was inspired by a zipper detail dress and decided that something along that detail would be perfect for this dress.  I'm notorious for buying notions, although I have no plans for them at the time of purchase.  I buy with the idea that just in case I need it and that was the case with the 52" zipper that I got from Sav-a-thon.



Dress front with zipper detail

I only used the zipper for the front, and after sewing the waist darts, measured for the length I needed and made thread stoppers before cutting the zipper to desired length.  Pinned one side of the zipper to the bodice edge and repeated the process for the skirt waist, thereafter, serged the seams.

Underside of Dress


The back does not have the waist zipper detail just a center back zipper.  Had to adjust the back, which was longer than the front, despite the added length in the front.  I cut, give or take 1/4" from the  bodice edge and the same for the skirt raw edge.



The other detail that I added to the dress was black side panels. I cut two strips of black woven fabric 3" wide and a lil more than the length of the dress, pinned then machine basted the strips between the dress side seams.  Of course, by adding the panels, it enlarged the armholes. With the dress wrong side out, pinched, give or take 1/8" either side of the panel seams and that fixed the enlarged armholes.


For the lining I took a different stance, instead of cutting according to the pattern pieces (which has separate bodice front/back and front/back skirt) I pinned the pattern front bodice to the front skirt and repeated the process for the back, thereby cutting a full front and back lining.  The lining was machined stitched at the neckline and hand stitched the lining to the zipper edges... as well as hand basted the lining of the armhole to the fashion fabric, then machine stitched.




Finished off the dress by serging the hemline, folded to the inside, used steam-a-seam/lightweight heat-n-bond to finish the hem.



The dress came out the just as I had envisioned... love it.  
(However, be forewarned my pics are crappy.)  

Our point & shoot Kodak has been acting up and now my guy is using our fuji compact slr and boy-o-boy its a challenge finagling the settings.

 With that, the detail is lost in the crappiness of the photos

 I am sure one can get the gist of the dress.... riiiiight.... with eyebrows arched...lol

This dress can be paired with a variety of solid colored blazers and also can be casualized with a demin jacket...


Until then 

Have a Great Week.

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