1/27/2015

New Look 6323

Tunic tops have become my go-to for the weekends, sporadically on casual Fridays at work and especially on vacation.  I've come to really like the overall simple style, which I feel exudes comfort, flirty fun and versatile with jeans, legging or worn solo with stockings.. daring but oh so doable.

In come, New Look 6323: Misses tunic with a crew neck with short or long sleeves, or v-neck with 3/4 sleeves. Also included in the envelope is pull on leggings with elastic waist.



3 easy patterns pieces and with that, made version D, but tweaked the neckline for a scoop neck and sleeves from Version B.



I made two tunics in 2014 for my November vacation and let me tell you they were perfect for Atlanta temps. The first one I used a beige/creme printed double knit for the body and sweater knit for the sleeves. Cut a medium, but once it was constructed it was too big at the neckline and torso. With that I removed 1/4" from each side seam and added darts at the back neckline. 1/2" wasn't enough and serged off another 1/4" from each side seam, thereby making it a better fit.  The length was perfect for my 5'3" height.  The neckline, sleeves and hemline were pressed to the inside and final stitched.  

For the second tunic, I used a tweedy knit and pleather for the sleeves and tweaked the pattern pieces.  I cut a small for the neckline, shoulders & body, but kept the medium for the armholes and because I was short on fabric shortened it.  Like the first one, all the seams were serged and used the same process for finishing the neckline, sleeves and hemline.  The finished measurements for the bust for a small is 35" and I am a 40" and found the pattern ran big in that area.  So thinking that they failed to mention ease above finished measurements.



Despite all that, they work well for weekend wear and with easy & effortless Fridays have rocked the tweedy one on Casual Friday.  Seriously, the question begs, is it a top or a mini dress, whatever the case, I have gone so far as to be daring and worn it as a dress with spandex shorts and stockings... it totally felt flirty, fun and honestly @ 50+ life is all about what one wants not what others thinks.

1/01/2015

Hello 2015 ! ! !

Happy New Year to All  ! ! !

First, I want to Thank All of You for your continued friendship & inspiration. 
 I am looking forward to 2015 being another great year,
 as well as looking forward to seeing all that you share and inspire....


Here's to Wishing Everyone a Blessed, 
Healthy & Prosperous 2015 !


I'm starting my New Year off with my 2014 Favorites.  This year was more about tops and they added just the right pop to my casual summer work wear.  I made a few dresses experimenting with fun fabrics.


  
Butterick 5672: This pattern (I should correct that, the lining pattern pieces) have become my go to dress pattern, its a simple and classic silhouette that fits perfectly & makes for a great transitional garment.

Simplicity 1849:  Known as my mileage top. I have made this too many times to count.  Every time I wore one of them I wanted to twist & shout because the  twist detail gives nice waist shaping and it's so flattering whether paired with a skirt, pants or shorts.

McCalls 6844:  This cardigan made for the perfect alternative to a blazer or cardigan.

Butterick 6065:  The shaped hemline of this top is the eye catcher and made with a fabulous fabric... pure cuteness.

Butterick 5954:  This top is trendy, and has that here today and gone tomorrow factor.  However, it was perfect worn casually and worked just as well worn under a suit... now that I call a win win situation.

Burda 6851:   I like to think of this raglan jersey tee as my retro sporty look, rocked it with jeans and heels while out & about with my guy or sister.

Burda 7678:  This make was inspired after I purchased a crossover wrap blouse. Paired it with a tank and slacks an it made for a super comfy & easy breezy topper during the hot  hazy days of summer.

New Look 6756: Talk about feeling like a caped diva in training....lol.  I was inspired by others that had made capes and decided to jump on the band wagon. It was so worth it.  I didn't get to wear it too much before the cold set it, but it will be rocked again come Spring.


Now off to do more sewing, more crafting, sharing and continuing to be inspired...

Until then...

12/28/2014

Arms Deep in Crochet...

...is where I've been over the last few months.   I have been crocheting cardigans, pullover sweaters & dresses.  Most of the crocheting as been for the lil ones that visit me, which is perfect for using up remnant yarn.  As for the pattern, 4 years ago, I came across Gail Tanquary's Striped Crochet Cardigan, which is a top down crochet pattern.  What an awesome way to crochet garments, which makes trying on as you go a joy, and most importantly the garment is seamless.

Over the years, I have crocheted a many cardigans with GT's awesome pattern and was inspired to venture off on my own. I have morphed it every which way to create cardigans, pullovers & dresses for the little ones, and for myself as well.  Majority of my crochet garments are made with acrylic yarns, which is resilient and once steam blocked becomes very soft.  Currently, working on a pullover for my guy, so stay tuned.   Of course, I couldn't possibly create a garment without the use of rtw clothing, which serves as a template to gauge sizing throughout the crochet process.  At times there is usual ripping out and starting over.  However, for the most part, once I get the right stitch count for the neckline, shoulders and fronts, I am off and running... umm I mean crocheting.



Last month I made a cardigan for myself to take with me on vacation, so there was some serious wrist action going on to get it completed. To eradicate the mountain of leftover yarn, I used 3 shades of leftover green balls and was able to get a full garment from them.  Although top down patterns are seamless, I modified my cardigan by adding a hood and making a separate ribbed band and machine sewed in a jacket zipper.  So this cardigan was not all seamless.  However, its a great way to add your own design elements.



Of course, crocheting for the lil ones that visit me makes for a great way to use up leftover yarn.  Again, I use their old clothes as templates to help me gauge sizing.  For Mr. Jordan I used an old sweatshirt and added a zipper closure and for Ms. Jewel I used a sweatshirt as well and for closures opted for buttons.

Ms. Niema got a dress.  I started this dress while on vacation, and didn't have any old clothing for reference and referred to my go to chart via Carft Yarn Council to gauge sizing.  I did have to go back and tweak the neckline and that required me to do a decrease row at the neckline and a decrease row for the armholes.  Other than that the dress was perfect for her. I also like to put in linings for the dresses and use the crochet garment as a template.  Basically it's a skirt lining, using stretchy knit and the lining starts just below the armhole down to the hemline, sew the front/back at the sides of the skirt lining and machine stitch to the dress and lastly hem.
I was able to complete my cardigan in time and it was perfect for the temps in Atlanta. Sported it with a tank top and slacks one day, then with jeans and a long sleeve tee on another.  Perfect topper.  Its Funny now... I was in Walmart with the kids and family and we had our cardigans on and a lady gushed and swooned over the cardigans and stated that she always wanted a homemade crochet jacket and where did I get them.. umm yeah. I thanked her and stated that I made them, before I could finish telling her have a nice day a few other ladies came over and inquired about our jackets, honestly I was overwhelmed and back peddled from them simultaneously telling them thanks, however, my sister thought it was too funny.




Latest garment for Mr. Jordan is a pullover sweater that is perfect for wearing over a button-up shirt and jeans.
Lil Ms. Jewel's dress is still a work in progress and hope to finish the sleeves and put in the lining this week.

Below are a few links on Top Down Sweaters:

The Green Dragonfly 

KT and the Squid

Wool Works' Top Down Knit Sweater 

Zasio Sweater

Maggies Crochet Blog

Until then, 
Everyone have an Awesome New Year!

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